Nov. 16, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling team opened the 2013-14 season winning 12 individual titles Saturday at the Luther Open.
Iowa swept 10 weights in the Elite Division and added a pair of titles in the Freshmen Division.
Bobby Telford led the Hawkeyes with five falls, navigating the 285-pound bracket in a combined time of 7:32. It was Telford’s first appearance since leaving last year’s national tournament due to injury.
“I’m feeling good right now,” said Telford, “I always felt good with my training, so it was just great to get out there. There was never a concern, never a doubt. I’m feeling strong and now we just keep going.”
Iowa’s 10 individual champions combined for 21 pins, and the entire Iowa lineup totaled 48 falls.
“I like that we won 10 weight classes and I like that we were wrestling guys in the finals,” said UI head coach Tom Brands. “There are always things to work on. We need to get healthy and we need to eliminate some things, but we’ll move forward and we’ll continue to build. We have a lot of guys feeling good about today and that’s a good thing.”
Returning All-Americans Tony Ramos, Derek St. John, Mike Evans and Ethen Lofthouse were among the tournament champions. Ramos scored three falls and a major decision en route to the 133-pound title, and Evans used three pins and two technical falls to win the 174-pound bracket.
St. John and Lofthouse both wrestled teammates in their respective finals. St. John won the 157-pound title with a 9-2 win over Brandon Sorensen, and Lofthouse defeated Sammy Brooks, 3-2, in the 184-pound finals.
Two other weight classes featured all-Iowa finals. Cory Clark defeated Thomas Gilman, 4-0, at 125, and Josh Dziewa blanked Topher Carton 4-0 at 141. Clark and Gilman combined for five pins and one tech fall before meeting in the finals.
The Hawkeyes return to the mat Friday, Nov. 22, at the Iowa City Duals. Iowa hosts Baker University, Cornell College and Iowa Central on Mediacom Mat at Carver-Hawkeye Arena beginning at 10 a.m. (CT).