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Hawkeyes Top Illinois in Consolation Finals
Iowa wins eight of 10 bouts en route to 28-6 win
Derek St. John scored his second pin of the season in the second period today against Illinois.
Derek St. John scored his second pin of the season in the second period today against Illinois.
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Feb. 19, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. - The University of Iowa wrestling team rode bonus point victories from Derek St. John and Grant Gambrall to roll past Illinois, 28-6, in the consolation finals of today's NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. Iowa won eight of the 10 matches.

Gambrall, an All-American at 184 pounds last year, had wrestled at 197 pounds this season up until today. He dropped a 3-1 decision in the semifinal round before responding with a 10-2 major decision against Tony Dellago in tonight's consolation finals.

St. John, who has missed time since suffering a knee injury in early December, erased an early takedown by scoring a reversal and escape before flattening Jackson Morse 14 seconds into the second period. His win answered one of Illinois' two wins and extended Iowa's team lead to 15-3.

The Hawkeyes were spotted another 9-0 lead by their three lower weights. Matt McDonough avenged his only loss of the season with a 6-3 win over Jesse Delgado. Tony Ramos scored a 5-2 win over B.J. Futrell, his third win in as many tries this season against the Illini, and Montell Marion earned a 6-2 win over Daryl Thomas.

Mike Evans and Ethen Lofthouse squeezed a pair of decisions in between St. John and Gambrall's efforts. Evans earned a 5-1 decision and Lofthouse won his fifth straight, topping Jordan Blanton 4-2.

After Gambrall clinched the dual with his major decision, Illinois got back on the board with an 11-6 win at 197. Leading the team race 25-6, Bobby Telford put the final touches on the National Duals with a 5-0 win over Illinois' Pat Walker.

Minnesota won the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals with an 18-13 win over top-ranked Oklahoma State in the finals.

The Hawkeyes (14-4) return to the mat March 3-4 at the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue will host the event inside Mackey Arena. Tickets can be purchased through the Purdue ticket office by visiting purduesports.com.

NOTES: Attendance was 4,453... McDonough has won 19 in a row.

CONSOLATION FINALS (regional seeds)
#2 IOWA 28, #4 Illinois 6
125 - Matt McDonough (Iowa) dec. Jesse Delgado (Ill.), 6-3; TS 3-0
133 - Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. B.J. Futrell (Ill.), 5-2; TS 6-0
141 - Montell Marion (Iowa) dec. Daryl Thomas (Ill.), 6-2; TS 9-0
149 - Eric Terrazas (Ill.) dec. Michael Kelly (Iowa), 3-2; TS 9-3
157 - Derek St. John (Iowa) pinned Jackson Morse (Ill.), 3:14; TS 15-3
165 - Mike Evans (Iowa) dec. Conrad Polz (Ill.), 5-1; TS 18-3
174 - Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Jordan Blanton (Ill.), 4-2; TS 21-3
184 - Grant Gambrall (Iowa) major dec. Tony Dellago (Ill.), 10-2; TS 25-3
197 - Mario Gonzalez (Ill.) dec. Vinnie Wagner (Iowa), 11-6; 25-6
285 - Bobby Telford (Iowa) dec. Pat Walker (Ill.), 5-0; TS 28-6

FINAL FOUR RESULTS (regional seeds)
#1 Oklahoma State 19, #4 Illinois 15
#3 Minnesota 16, #2 IOWA 15

#2 IOWA 28, #4 Illinois 6

#1 Oklahoma State 13, #3 Minnesota 18

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