Hawkeyes Widen Gap at IC Duals
Nov. 24, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa wrestling team improved its dual record to 5-0 with a pair of wins over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (49-0) and Cornell College (49-3) today at the Iowa City Duals. The Hawkeyes won 19 of 20 individual bouts and recorded eight falls.
Iowa swept all 10 matches from SIUE, scoring bonus points in nine matches and building a 32-1 advantage in takedowns to blank the Cougars 49-0. Tony Ramos (133), Nick Moore (165) and Tomas Lira (197) all recorded pins for the Hawkeyes, while Derek St. John (157) and Grant Gambrall (174) both earned technical falls.
Matt McDonough (125) won by forfeit, and Michael Kelly returned to the lineup with a 10-2 major decision at 149. Mark Ballweg (141) put up bonus points for the fourth straight match, scoring a 12-3 major decision.
The Hawkeyes won nine of 10 bouts en route to a 49-3 win over Cornell. McDonough and Ramos opened the dual with consecutive pins, and Ballweg made it three straight Iowa falls with his first pin of the season (2:13). St. John, Moore and Ethen Lofthouse (184) also earned pins against the Rams.
Brody Grothus (149) returned to the lineup and scored two first period takedowns before holding on to a 5-4 win. Bobby Telford earned his second win of the day with a 19-2 technical fall, and Mike Evans scored a 16-0 technical fall in his 174-pound varsity debut.
Nathan Burak also cracked the lineup for the first time in his Hawkeye career. He dropped a 9-8 decision to Cornell's Alex Coolidge before scoring a 15-9 win in an exhibition match against Iowa Central.
"I think that's probably the best guy in the building that he wrestled," Brands said after Burak's debut. "That was a good test for him. We know that kid pretty well. I don't think it's an indication. Let him learn."
"There are definitely some things I need to work on," said Burak. "I have to build off that. Focus on the good, put the bad in the past and focus on what's coming up next.
Nick Moore and Tony Ramos each recorded pin No. 3 when the Hawkeyes hosted Iowa Central in an exhibition dual. Ramos has pinned five of six opponents this year, and Moore is undefeated with four bonus point victories at 165 pounds. He was 3-1 at 165 last year before moving down to 157.
"We like Nick Moore," said Brands. "We like where he's at. I liked the second and third match. The third match especially. I like doing things on your own where you're widening the gap and separating yourself without coaxing from the corner. I think that's maturity, that's experience, that's confidence. I think he's gaining confidence."
The Hawkeyes return to the mat Saturday, Dec. 1, when Iowa State visits Carver-Hawkeye Arena to compete in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The teams will battle for the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy beginning at 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: Attendance was 5,654... Iowa is 16-0 all-time in the Iowa City Duals... Matt McDonough has won 33 straight matches, a career-best... St. John earned his 50th career victory (50-9)... Iowa is 198-19 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
#4 IOWA 49, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 0
#4 IOWA 49, Cornell College 3