Jan. 7, 2014
ON THE MAT
The University of Iowa wrestling team hosts No. 5 Oklahoma State on Friday at 7:07 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for youth, and free for UI students and children five years old and younger.
THE SERIES -- OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 27-18-2. The Cowboys won the first meeting, 24-8, in 1954, and own a two-match winning streak in the series. Oklahoma State won 17-16 in 2012, its last visit to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and won 18-12 last season in Stillwater, Okla.
The schools have split 20 duals wrestled in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes last win at home over the Cowboys was a 19-16 victory on Jan. 16, 2010.
LONG TERM SUCCESS
Iowa (23) and Oklahoma State (34) have combined for 57 NCAA team championships, and are two of just five programs with more than 900 dual victories (Oklahoma State 1,043; Iowa State 1,031, Oregon State, 985; Iowa, 934; Minnesota, 910).
The two schools have also combined for 216 NCAA individual titles. Oklahoma State leads all schools with 136 titles, while Iowa is in second with 80 individual championships.
Twenty wrestlers, one at every weight class from each school, are ranked inside the top 20 at their respective weights. Eleven of the nationally ranked wrestlers are rated No. 5 or better.
Both schools have one top-rated wrestler. Iowa's Derek St. John is 19-0 and ranked No. 1 at 157 pounds, and Oklahoma State's Jon Morrison is 14-0 and ranked No. 1 at 133 pounds.
DEPTH AT 125
Thomas Gilman and Cory Clark have split time in the Iowa lineup and shared time in the national rankings. Clark opened the season ranked No. 4 and started Iowa's first four duals. Gilman, who cracked the lineup Dec. 5 at Edinboro, has started four of the last five duals, and is ranked No. 3 nationally.
Clark is 12-0 with eight falls and one major decision (He lost 10-8 to Jarrod Garnett in the Midlands semifinals, but Garnett is not a collegiate wrestler).
Gilman is 12-2 with six bonus-point wins and three wins over ranked opponents, including a 3-1 victory over defending NCAA Champion Jesse Delgado (Illinois) in the Midlands finals. He is 3-2 vs. ranked opponents. He lost 4-0 to No. 4 Clark in the finals of the Luther Open, and 4-1 to No. 3 Nico Megaludis (Penn State).
ANOTHER SHOT AT THE TOP COWBOY
Oklahoma State brings in the nation's top-rated 133-wrestler for the second time in as many visits to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Cowboy senior Jon Morrison is 14-0 and scheduled to face No. 4 Tony Ramos (15-2). The last time Oklahoma State visited Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 2011, No. 4 Ramos upset top-ranked Jordan Oliver, 4-3, in the first tiebreak period.
Ramos is 2-0 all-time against Morrison. He won 3-2 in a dual last year, and 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Championships. This is the first time Morrison enters the match as the higher rated wrestler.
Ramos is 30-0 all-time inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena and has an overall dual record of 60-2.
BEST-OF-FIVE FOR DZIEWA
Junior Josh Dziewa will face his fifth ranked opponent this year in No. 14. Anthony Callica. Dziewa has split his previous four meetings against ranked opponents, twice beating No. 5 Rick Durso (F&M) at the Midlands Championships, and twice falling to the nation's No. 2 wrestler (Mitchell Port, Edinboro; Zain Retherford, Penn State).
GROTHUS BREAKS INTO RANKINGS
Brody is ranked No. 15 at 149 pounds in the most recent Intermat rankings.
Grothus went 6-2 en route to a third-place finish at the Midlands Championships. He avenged an earlier season loss to No. 8 Dave Habat, pinning Habat in 1:38. He also topped No. 2 Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern, 3-2.
Grothus is 17-5 overall with four falls. He earned his first career Big Ten dual win Jan. 3 at Purdue, and improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 3-2 win against Michigan State on Jan. 4.
No. 2 AND THEN SOME
Senior Derek St. John begins a streak of top 10 opponents when No. 2 Alex Dieringer visits Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday. St. John is 2-0 all-time vs. Dieringer, including an 8-4 decision in the 2013 dual and a 3-2 overtime win in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Following the Oklahoma State dual, St. John will face No. 6. Taylor Walsh (Indiana), No. 3 James Green (Nebraska), and No. 9 Dylan Ness (Minnesota).
St. John is 3-0 this year against ranked opponents, and has eight straight wins against ranked opponents. He has won a team-best 26 straight matches dating back to last season. His last defeat was a 5-4 loss to Nebraska's James Green in the semifinals of the Big Ten Championships. He won two matches in the consolation bracket to place third, and then won five-straight at the national tournament to win the 157-pound NCAA title. He has opened the 2013-14 season with 19 straight wins. The 26-match win streak is the longest of St. John's career.
Nick Moore scored 11 dual points last weekend to raise his season total to 33, the fourth highest on the team. Moore earned a tech. fall against Pat Robinson of Purdue and pinned Michigan State's Bobby Nash on consecutive nights, Jan. 3-4.
Moore faces Oklahoma State's No. 2 Tyler Caldwell on Friday. Caldwell beat Moore, 3-2, in Stillwater last year. It is the only previous meeting between the wrestlers. Caldwell was rated No. 3 at the time, and Moore was ranked No. 20.
Moore is 2-2 this year against ranked opponents. He defeated No. 6 Mike Moreno (Iowa State) and No. 13 Pierce Harger (Northwestern), and lost to top-ranked David Taylor (Penn State) and No. 5 Steve Monk (NDSU).
SWEET 16 FOR EVANS
Junior Mike Evans has scored bonus points in 16-of-17 wins this year. Evans has a recorded seven falls, and leads the team with four major decisions and five technical falls.
Evans racked up three pins and two majors en route to his first Midlands title Dec. 30. He is 17-1 this season and has a career record of 66-16, including a 20-1 all-time mark inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Evans is 0-1 all-time against Chris Perry. Perry used 1:19 of riding time to top Evans, 4-3, last year in Stillwater.
RANKED AT 184
No. 3 Ethen Lofthouse is expected to face No. 19 Nolan Boyd on Friday night. It is the first meeting between the two wrestlers.
Lofthouse is 2-2 against ranked opponents this season. His only two losses this season are to No. 1 Ed Ruth (Penn State) and No. 3 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland). He defeated No. 14 Ophir Bernstein (Brown), 8-2, in the semifinals of the Midlands Championships, and topped John Rizqallah (Michigan State), 4-2, on Jan. 4.
He has won 10 of his last 14 meetings against ranked opponents.
BURAK-ROSHOLT TAKE II
Sophomore Nathan Burak will face No. 12 Blake Rosholt on Friday. It is the second career meeting between the wrestlers. Rosholt, then ranked No. 5, scored a takedown with 20 seconds remaining to defeat Burak, 3-2, last year in Stillwater.
Burak made his first attached appearance of the season Friday at Purdue, losing 5-4 to No. 17 Braden Atwood.
Burak earned his first attached win of the season Jan. 4 against Michigan State's Nick McDiarmid. He is 6-2 overall and 2-2 against ranked opponents.
TELFORD WITH ANOTHER SHOT AT RANKED FOE
Bobby Telford owns a 13-1 record this year, including a 4-1 mark against ranked opponents. He has wins over No. 12 Jimmy Lawson (Penn State), No. 13 Adam Fager (Utah Valley), No. 6 J.T. Felix (Boise State), and No. 9 Mike McClure (Michigan State). His lone loss came in Midlands finals to No. 4 Adam Coon (Michigan).
Telford is expected to face No. 15 Austin Marsden on Friday night. It is the first meeting between the wrestlers.
HAWKEYE WRESTLING HISTORY
Iowa's overall dual meet record is 934-223-31 (.799) in 104 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 34 Big Ten titles. Iowa's 52 NCAA Champions have won a total of 80 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 16 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes' 105 Big Ten champions have won a total of 190 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time, and 28 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa's 148 All-Americans have earned All-America status 301 times, including 17 four-time, 32 three-time and 38 two-time honorees.
The Hawkeyes have crowned at least one All-American every year since 1972, a span of 42 seasons. Iowa has totaled 255 All-America honors during that stretch. The Hawkeyes return five All-Americans to this year's squad. Tony Ramos (2nd-133), Derek St. John (1st-157), Mike Evans (6th-174) and Ethen Lofthouse (5th-184) join 2012 All-American Bobby Telford (5th-285) in the 2013-14 lineup.
40 YEARS OF DOMINANCE
Since 1974, only seven schools have captured the NCAA Championship. During that 40-year span, the Hawkeyes have won 23 team titles, including nine straight from 1978-86. The other schools include Oklahoma State (7), Minnesota (3), Penn State (3), Iowa State (2), Arizona State (1) and Oklahoma (1).
IOWA-OSU DRAWS A CROWD
A sell-out crowd of 15,400 packed Carver-Hawkeye Arena when No. 1 Iowa hosted No. 2 Oklahoma State in 2011. The Cowboys won the dual, 17-16, with the winning point coming from criteria. Oklahoma State has been involved in five of the top 25 largest duals in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history, and Iowa-Oklahoma State has drawn three of the top 20 largest dual crowds in NCAA history.
The Hawkeyes have won 17 of the last 18 duals inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and own a 210-20 (.915) all-time record inside the arena. The Hawkeyes have won five tournament titles on their home mat, including the 1983 and 1994 Big Ten Championships, and the 1986, 1991 and 1995 NCAA Championships.
LAST MEETING -- JAN. 13, 2013 in Stillwater, Okla.
Iowa fell to second-ranked Oklahoma State, 18-12, at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowboys won six of 10 matches to hand the fourth-ranked Hawkeyes their first dual loss of the season (12-1).
Iowa won four of the first five bouts to build a 12-3 lead before Oklahoma State rallied for five straight wins. The Cowboys needed a third-period takedown in four consecutive matches to earn one-point victories beginning at 165 through 197.
Matt McDonough (125), Tony Ramos (133) and Mark Ballweg (141) got the Hawkeyes rolling early with three straight decisions to build a 9-0 advantage. Oklahoma State cut Iowa's lead to 9-3 when top-ranked Jordan Oliver (149) scored a 9-4 win over Michael Kelly, but Derek St. John (157) regained Iowa's nine-point advantage with an 8-4 win over No. 9 Alex Dieringer.
The Cowboys began chipping into the Iowa lead when No. 3 Tyler Caldwell scored a 3-2 decision over Nick Moore at 165. Oklahoma State's top-ranked Chris Perry used 1:19 of riding time to top No. 6 Mike Evans, 4-3, at 174, and No. 12 Chris Chionuma scored a takedown with 1:13 left in the third to tie the dual, 12-12, and earn a 3-2 win over No. 9 Ethen Lofthouse.
Nathan Burak nearly scored an upset of No. 5 Blake Rosholt at 197 pounds, but the Hawkeye freshman was unable to finish his shots and Rosholt countered a crackdown with a chest lock and a takedown with 20 seconds on the clock. Burak escaped with three seconds left but Rosholt held on for the 3-2 win to grab its first lead of the dual, 15-12.
Iowa had a chance for the win or force a tiebreaker scenario at 285 pounds, but the Cowboys clinched the dual, 18-12, when third-ranked Alan Gelogaev topped No. 6 Bobby Telford, 7-3.
#4 IOWA 12, #2 Oklahoma State 18
125 - #1 Matt McDonough (IA) dec. Eddie Klimara (OSU), 10-4; 3-0
133 - #2 Tony Ramos (IA) dec. #5 Jon Morrison (OSU), 3-2; 6-0
141 - #9 Mark Ballweg (IA) dec. Julian Feikert (OSU), 8-3; 9-0
149 - #1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. #19 Michael Kelly (IA), 9-4; 9-3
157 - #1 Derek St. John (IA) dec. #9 Alex Dieringer (OSU), 8-4; 12-3
165 - #3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. #19 Nick Moore (IA), 3-2; 12-6
174 - #1 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Mike Evans (IA), 4-3; 12-9
184 - #12 Chris Chionuma (OSU) dec. #9 Ethen Lofthouse (IA), 3-2; 12-12
197 - #5 Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. Nathan Burak (IA), 3-2; 12-15
285 - #3 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. Bobby Telford (IA), 7-3; 12-18