Hawkeyes Down Iowa State, 22-13

Dec. 3, 2010

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling team kept its 66-match winning streak intact with a 22-13 victory over #14 Iowa State Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The sixth-ranked Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 on the season, while handing Iowa State (4-1) its first dual loss. The win also gives the Hawkeyes a 7-6 edge in the 2010-11 Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series. The dual will be replayed Monday at 8 p.m. (CT) on Iowa Public Television.

Iowa used wins at six weights – including four major decisions – to post its seventh-straight over Iowa State, and it’s 30th over the Cyclones in Iowa City. A crowd of 11,895 saw the Hawkeyes record their 28th straight win in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That attendance total ranks 21st in the top 25 all-time Carver-Hawkeye Arena dual meet crowds. At the intermission, officials from both schools announced the creation of the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy, which will be presented to the winner of the intrastate rival each year.

“From our perspective, we saw a lot of good things, but also a lot of slop,” said Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands. “The first things that come to my mind from the dual meet are a little bit of sloppiness and a little ugliness. When you get an opportunity to put yourself back in the match, you have to capitalize on that. Especially when you’re getting back in the match and it looks like it’s starting to go your way.”

Iowa State jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Jerome Ward’s 5-3 decision in sudden victory over Hawkeye senior Luke Lofthouse at 197. Ward led 3-1 in the third period, but Lofthouse earned two stalling points in the last 40 seconds of the bout to force overtime. Ward scored the takedown in sudden victory to seal the win, and Iowa State’s bench earned an official warning during the match.

The Hawkeyes rolled off wins at the next four weights to take a 14-3 lead into the intermission. Junior Blake Rasing led things off with a 2-0 decision over Kyle Simonson at heavyweight. Sophomore Matt McDonough scored six takedowns to post a 14-4 major decision over Patrick Hunter at 125, collecting his 10th straight win. Redshirt freshman Tony Ramos followed with a solid six-takedown performance at 133, winning a 14-5 major decision over Brandon Jones. Redshirt freshman Mark Ballweg scored a takedown with 11 seconds left in his 141-pound bout to post a 3-1 win over Cyclone senior Chris Drouin.

Iowa State senior Nate Carr, Jr., gave the Cyclones their second victory with a 13-3 major decision over sophomore Jeret Chiri at 149. But Iowa redshirt freshman Derek St. John scored three third-period takedowns to beat Iowa State’s Trent Weatherman, 12-3, at 157. The Cyclones used decisions at 165 and 174 to pull within five points (18-13), but Hawkeye sophomore Grant Gambrall sealed the team win with a 12-3 major decision over Cole Shafer at 184 to end the dual and collect his 20th career victory.

Iowa will open the 2010-11 Big Ten season Saturday when it hosts undefeated Michigan State (4-0) at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Spartans defeated Northern Illinois, 20-15, Friday night in DeKalb, IL. Tickets for the dual are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, if purchased in advance, and $12 for adults and $6 for youth, if purchased at the door. Tickets can be ordered from the UI Athletics Ticket Office at (319) 335-9323 or online at hawkeyesports.com. The dual will be streamed live on bigtennetwork.com. A live audio broadcast will also be available on AM-800, KXIC and hawkeyesports.com.

#6 University of Iowa 22, #14 Iowa State University 13
197 – Jerome Ward (ISU) dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 5-3 SV *
Hwt. – Blake Rasing (I) dec. Kyle Simonson (ISU), 2-0
125 – Matt McDonough (I) maj. dec. Patrick Hunter (ISU), 14-4
133 – Tony Ramos (I) maj. dec. Brandon Jones (ISU), 14-5
141 – Mark Ballweg (I) dec. Chris Drouin (ISU), 3-1
149 – Nate Carr, Jr. (ISU) maj. dec. Jeret Chiri (I), 13-3
157 – Derek St. John (I) maj. dec. Trent Weatherman (ISU), 12-3
165 – Andrew Sorenson (ISU) dec. Jake Kerr (I), 4-1
174 – Jon Reader (ISU) dec. Ethen Lofthouse (I), 6-1
184 – Grant Gambrall (I) maj. dec. Cole Shafer (ISU), 12-3