Nov. 2, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va. — University of Iowa All-American Tony Ramos used a pair of late takedowns to defeat Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter on Saturday night at the NWCA All-Star Classic.
Ramos, the top-ranked 133-pounder in the country, finished a single-leg takedown in sudden victory to earn a 5-3 decision over Carter in the 141-pound exhibition. Carter is ranked No. 3 at 141 pounds in preseason polls.
“I felt him break in the third,” said Ramos. “He was worn out and I could see some hesitation. He gave a half-shot and I was able to get into the leg and finish.”
Ramos scored first in the match, escaping early in the second period. Carter then answered with the first takedown of the match, catching Ramos’ ankle for a 2-1 lead.
Carter later escaped to open the third period, extending his lead to 3-1, before Ramos forced overtime with a takedown with 20 seconds left in regulation.
“There was no panic,” said Ramos. “We knew what to expect going in, and I knew to watch for him kicking out. When he did I kept going for the leg and was able to finish.”
The 48th annual NWCA All-Star Classic, presented by the United States Marine Corps, was hosted by the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University.
The Hawkeyes open the regular season Nov. 22 when Baker University, Cornell College, and Iowa Central visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the Iowa City Duals. Competition begins at 10 a.m. (CT).
“It feels good and it’s exciting to get the season started,” said Ramos. “The guys in the room see it and they know the season is here. It’s time to keep going.”