Iowa Sweeps Duals, Brands Earns Win No. 100

Nov. 25, 2011

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa wrestling team extended its unbeaten dual winning streak to 80 games Friday with wins over Baker (47-3), Cornell College (42-0) and Iowa Central (37-6) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tom Brands earned his 100th win as Iowa’s head wrestling coach as Iowa swept the Iowa City Duals for the fourth time in as many seasons. Brands owns a 100-6-1 record since taking over the Hawkeye program in 2006. The Hawkeyes recorded nine pins while posting a 27-3 record in the three duals.

Seven Hawkeyes recorded perfect 3-0 marks in the duals, including 125-pounder Matt McDonough, 174-pounder Ethen Lofthouse and heavyweight Bobby Telford. All three Hawkeyes recorded a pair of pins and a bonus-point victory. McDonough opened the three-dual event with a second period pin against Baker’s Bo Newport and Telford sent the crowd of 8,527 home with a first period pin against Central’s Lonnie Brown. McDonough added a first period pin against Jacob Colon (Central). Telford put Baker’s Dylan Berg on his back in 2:17. Lofthouse recorded a fall against Baker’s Clarence Brown in the opening period before pinning Cornell’s Brent Hamm in 1:06, the fastest fall of the night.

Redshirt freshman Mike Evans, sophomores Tony Ramos and Derek St. John, and senior Montell Marion also posted perfect 3-0 marks. Evans, Ramos and Marion recorded one pin each. St. John added two technical falls. Twenty-two of Iowa’s 27 wins earned bonus points.

Senior Vinnie Wagner made his first career appearance in front of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd. The 184-pounder earned a 21-8 major decision over Cornell’s Andrew Roberts.

Junior Grant Gambrall returned to the mat for the first time since winning the third-place bout at last season’s NCAA Championships. Gambrall made his first career appearance at 197 pounds and used 1:35 of riding time to earn a 4-3 decision over Cornell’s Alex Coolidge.

Redshirt freshman Jeremy Fahler earned a pair of major decisions in each of his 184-pound bouts. Fahler topped Baker’s Parker Owen 9-1 before recording a 12-4 win over Iowa Central’s Cristian Mays.

Sophomore Tomas Lira split a pair of decisions at 197 pounds. Redshirt freshman Jacob Ballweg lost two of his three decisions while competing at 149 pounds.

The Hawkeyes return to action Dec. 2 when they host sixth-ranked Illinois on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Kids five and under are admitted free to all home wrestling events. The Iowa-Illinois dual will be streamed live on via Hawkeye All-Access, a subscription service committed to providing quality coverage of University of Iowa athletic events. The Hawkeyes face in-state rival Iowa State in Ames on Dec. 4. The Cyclones host Iowa inside Hilton Coliseum at 2 p.m. Steven Grace and Mark Ironside will broadcast both weekend duals on AM-800 KXIC.

Hawkeye Notes: Iowa scored bonus points in 22 of its 27 wins… Iowa is unbeaten in its last 80 duals… the Hawkeyes improved to 14-0 all-time in the Iowa City Duals… six Hawkeyes made their Carver-Hawkeye Arena debuts: Jacob Ballweg, Mike Evans, Jeremy Fahler, Tomas Lira, Vinnie Wagner and Bobby Telford… four Hawkeyes improved upon their undefeated records inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena: Matt McDonough (22-0), Tony Ramos (9-0), Derek St. John (11-0), Grant Gambrall (10-0).