Hawkeyes Shutout Chattanooga, Cornell College

Nov. 26, 2010

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling team improved to 4-0 on the season with shutouts over Chattanooga (47-0) and Cornell College (43-0) Friday night in Mount Vernon, IA. Iowa scored 66 takedowns during the two duals, while allowing only four, in front of 1,475 fans at Cornell College’s Small Multi-Sport Facility. Chattanooga defeated Cornell in the first dual of the night, 35-3.

The Hawkeyes, who are ranked seventh in the most recent NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, opened the night with a 47-0 win over Chattanooga (4-5). Five Hawkeyes – senior Jake Kerr (165-2:19), junior Blake Rasing (Hwt.-1:05), sophomores Mark Ballweg (141-4:42) and Jeret Chiri (149-3:47), and redshirt freshman Ethen Lofthouse (174-0:52) – pinned their opponents, while sophomore Matt McDonough scored his 40th career victory with a decision at 125. Sophomore Nate Moore (133) and Chiri (149) made their first dual appearances of the season. Moore scored four takedowns to post a 9-5 win over Cody Hood to collect his 15th career victory. Chiri trailed Dean Pavlou 4-2 midway through the first period before scoring a takedown and three nearfall points to take the lead before scoring his second-period fall. Senior Luke Lofthouse (197) recorded nine takedowns in his 21-8 major decision over Robert Prigmore. Sophomore Grant Gambrall (184) scored a second-period escape, a third-period reversal and a point for riding time to score a 4-0 decision Chattanooga’s Jason McCroskey, who is ranked in the top 20 nationally. Redshirt freshman Derek St. John accumulated over four minutes of riding time in his 13-2 major decision over Dan Waddell.

Iowa extended its school-record dual winning streak to 65 matches overall and 43 on the road with its 43-0 win over Cornell College (4-2). McDonough, Ballweg, Ethen Lofthouse and Gambrall all recorded technical falls, with Ballweg scoring 12 nearfall points in his 15-0 match with Kevin Donahue that ended in 3:09. Senior Aaron Janssen (165) and redshirt freshman Tony Ramos (133) each made their first dual appearances of the season, with both recording major decisions and Janssen collecting his 30th career victory. Rasing also scored a major decision at heavyweight, while Luke Lofthouse pinned Robert Widmer in 1:17. Chiri and St. John both recorded decisions to preserve their unbeaten records.

“I feel good,” said Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands. “Have we been tested yet? No. We haven’t. There is a lot still unknown. (Derek) St. John did a good job with his emotions against Cornell. That match was a good test for him.”

The Hawkeyes will put their undefeated record on the line when they host #17 Iowa State (4-0) Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Michigan State (3-0) Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Both duals will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Iowa-Iowa State dual will be aired live on Mediacom Connections, and both duals will be streamed live on bigtennetwork.com. The Iowa-Iowa State dual is scheduled to be a “Black Out”, where fans are encouraged to wear black attire to the event. It is also the fifth event of the 2010-11 Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa State currently holds a 6-5 lead in the series.

#7 Iowa 47, Chattanooga 0
125 – Matt McDonough (I) dec. Prescott Garner (UTC), 7-1
133 – Nate Moore (I) dec. Cody Hood (UTC), 9-5
141 – Mark Ballweg (I) pinned Shawn Greevy (UTC), 4:42
149 – Jeret Chiri (I) pinned Dean Pavlou (UTC), 3:47
157 – Derek St. John (I) maj. dec. Dan Waddell (UTC), 13-2
165 – Jake Kerr (I) pinned Brandon Wright (UTC), 2:19
174 – Ethen Lofthouse (I) pinned Levi Clemons (UTC), 0:52
184 – Grant Gambrall (I) dec. Jason McCroskey (UTC), 4-0
197 – Luke Lofthouse (I) maj. dec. Robert Prigmore (UTC), 21-8
Hwt. – Blake Rasing (I) pinned Matt Lettner (UTC), 1:05

#7 Iowa 43, Cornell College 0
125 – Matt McDonough (I) tech. fall Timothy Hood (C), 18-3 in 5:47
133 – Tony Ramos (I) maj. dec. Tigue Snider (C), 14-5
141 – Mark Ballweg (I) tech. fall Kevin Donahue (C), 15-0 in 3:09
149 – Jeret Chiri (I) dec. Jacob Schwebke (C), 9-4
157 – Derek St. John (I) dec. Nicholas Loughlin (C), 4-2
165 – Aaron Janssen (I) maj. dec. Joe Hambleton (C), 13-5
174 – Ethen Lofthouse (I) tech. fall Derek Munsey (C), 24-9 in 6:53
184 – Grant Gambrall (I) tech. fall Andrew Roberts (C), 22-7
197 – Luke Lofthouse (I) pinned Robert Widmer (C), 1:17
Hwt. – Blake Rasing (I) maj. dec. Wyatt Bauman (C), 11-1