Hawkeyes Top Iowa State, 27-9

Dec. 4, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling team won seven-of-10 matches inside Hilton Coliseum to top Iowa State, 27-9, Sunday afternoon in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Hawkeyes scored bonus points in three matches and extended their streak of unbeaten duals to 82.

“We’ve got work to do,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “We know when we wrestle everybody we have to be ready to go, and there are still a couple weights we have to get going.”

Junior Matt McDonough battled through a scoreless first period before notching a pair of takedowns, one escape and adding a point for riding time to win the opening 125-pound match, 6-0.

Sophomore Tony Ramos answered McDonough’s effort with a second period pin in the 133 pound match, extending Iowa’s team lead to 9-0. Ramos surrendered an early takedown in the first period before rattling off eight takedowns to build a 14-6 lead. Ramos then put Shayden Terukina on his back with 28 seconds left in the second period to record his third pin of the season.

Senior Montell Marion used three takedowns to build a 6-2 lead in the opening period of the 141-pound match. He then added four more takedowns in the final two periods and used a stalling call and a point for riding time to top Luke Toettl, 17-5, for his team-leading fifth major decision.

Junior Mark Ballweg and Iowa State’s Joe Cozart exchanged escapes en route to a 1-1 score after three periods in the 149-pound match. Ballweg then caught Cozart 22 seconds into overtime to earn the 3-1 decision and give Iowa a 16-0 lead in the team race.

Sophomore Derek St. John gave Iowa its fifth straight win of the match with a second period pin against Iowa State’s Michael Moreno in the 157-pund match. St. John used three takedowns built a 6-2 lead against Moreno before putting the Cylone on his back in 4:38. The pin, St. John’s first of the season, gave Iowa a 22-0 advantage at the intermission.

ISU answered the intermission with three straight decisions at 165, 174 and 184 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Evans dropped a 4-3 decision to fifth-ranked Andrew Sorenson at 165. Sophomore Ethen Lofthouse fell 8-5 to No. 10 Chris Spangler at 174 and senior Vinnie Wagner lost 10-9 to Iowa State’s 15th ranked Boaz Beard at 184. Wagner battled back from a 8-4 deficit in the third period and appeared headed for overtime when the official’s table awarded Beard an additional second of riding time to give Iowa State a one-point edge.

Sophomore Tomas Lira turned the momentum back in Iowa’s favor by scoring an early takedown and adding three nearfall points to grab a 5-0 lead in the 197-pound match. Iowa State’s Cole Shafer returned the favor with a takedown and three nearfall points to grab a 6-5 edge before Lira strung together a pair of escapes and a takedown to secure the 10-6 win. Lira rode Shafer the entire third period.

Redshirt freshman Bobby Telford closed the dual with two takedowns and two reversals to defeat Iowa State’s Matt Gibson, 9-3, in the heavyweight match.

Iowa returns to the mat Thursday, Dec. 8, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes host Northern Iowa on Mediacom Mat at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Kids five and under are admitted free.

Match notes: Attendance was 7,216 inside Hilton Coliseum… Iowa was deducted one point from the team score for unsportsmanlike conduct following the 165-pound match… The win was Iowa’s eighth straight in the series…. The Hawkeyes lead all-time series 60-16-2

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125 – Matt McDonough (IA) dec. Ryak Finch (ISU), 6-0
133 – Tony Ramos (IA) pinned Shayden Terukina (ISU), 4:32
141 – Montell Marion (IA) major dec. Luke Toettl (ISU), 17-5
149 – Mark Ballweg (IA) dec. Joe Cozart (ISU), 3-1 (OT)
157 – Derek St. John (IA) pinned Michael Moreno (ISU), 4:38
165 -Andrew Sorenson (ISU) dec. Mike Evans (IA), 4-3
174 -Chris Spangler (ISU) dec. Ethen Lofthouse (IA), 8-5
184 – Boaz Beard (ISU) dec. Vinnie Wagner (IA), 10-9
197 – Tomas Lira (IA) dec. Cole Shafer (ISU, 10-6
Hwt. – Bobby Telford (IA) dec. Matt Gibson (ISU), 9-3