Match Notes: #4 Iowa at #15 Iowa State

Nov. 26, 2013

Match Notes

The University of Iowa (3-0) wrestling team faces Iowa State (5-0) on Sunday in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The dual begins at 2 p.m. (CT) inside Hilton Coliseum (7,914). Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for youth (high school age and younger).

The Iowa-Iowa State wrestling rivalry introduced the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy in 2010. In a joint collaboration, the schools announced the annual dual would be wrestled for a trophy representing Iowa State’s former two-time NCAA Champion and Iowa’s 15-time NCAA championship coach. Iowa has won each meetings since the trophy’s inception, including a 22-13 win in 2010, a 27-9 win in Ames in 2011, and winning in Iowa City, 32-3, in 2012.

#4 Iowa at #15 Iowa State
Date Sunday, Dec. 1 | 2 p.m. (CT)
Location Ames, Iowa | Hiilton Coliseum
TV CH. 798, 165, 59.2
Radio AM 800 KXIC
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Iowa leads the all-time series 61-16-2, and has won the last nine meetings. The Hawkeyes own a 24-11-1 advantage in Ames. Iowa State’s last win in the series was 19-16 on Dec. 5, 2004. Iowa has won the last four meetings in Ames, and has not lost to Iowa State on the road since Dec. 7, 2003 (21-13). Prior to that Iowa State win, the Hawkeyes had won 30 in a row in the series. The Hawkeyes have won 10 straight in the series on two occasions. Iowa won 30 in a row from 1987-2002, and 10 straight from 1981-86. A win on Sunday would run Iowa’s active win streak to 10.

Iowa’s probable lineup owns a 17-9 individual record against Iowa State. Tony Ramos (3-0), Derek St. John (3-0) and Bobby Telford (2-0) are all perfect against the Cyclones. Michael Kelly and Nick Moore are both 2-1 all-time against Iowa State, and Mike Evans is 1-1. Ethen Lofthouse started 0-3 against Iowa State, but has since won three in a row to even his record. Tomas Lira is 1-3 all-time against the Cyclones. Cory Clark, Josh Dziewa, Kris Klapprodt and Terrance Jean-Jacques are making their first appearances against Iowa State.

The Cy-Hawk Series is in its 10th season in 2013-14, being sponsored for the third time by Iowa Corn. Iowa State currently leads the series, 6-5, after finishing ahead of Iowa in both men’s and women’s cross country at NCAA Regionals last week. The Cyclones also registered a 3-1 win in volleyball earlier this fall. Iowa has posted victories in women’s soccer (3-0) and football (27-21). The Hawkeyes’ win in women’s soccer was worth two points, while Iowa was rewarded with three points for its win in football. Iowa owns an 8-1 lead in the Cy-Hawk Series duals. The Cyclones won the first meeting in 2004, while Iowa has won the last eight. (Iowa has won nine straight overall, including a meeting at the National Duals.)

Redshirt freshman Cory Clark made his varsity debut at the Luther Open on Nov. 16. Clark pinned his first three opponents before earning a 4-0 decision against Iowa teammate Thomas Gilman in the 125-pound finals. Clark made his Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut at the Iowa City Duals on Nov. 22, pinning each of his opponents in the opening period. He is 7-0 overall and tied for the team lead with six falls (Tony Ramos). Clark owned a 20-2 record competing unattached last season. He won four tournament titles and placed fourth at 125 pounds at the 2012 Midlands Championships. He was a four-time Iowa high school state champion at South East Polk in Des Moines from 2009-12.

Senior Tony Ramos recorded three pins at the Luther Open on Nov. 16 and three more at the Iowa City Duals on Nov. 22. His six falls ties Cory Clark for the team lead. Ramos entered the season with 24 career pins, and has since raised his career total to 30. He recorded two falls as a redshirt freshman, eight falls as a sophomore, and 14 falls last season as a junior. Ramos needs 44 career falls to tie Chuck Yagla for 10th all-time in career pins. Brent Metcalf, who scored 47 pins from 2008-10, was the last Hawkeye to crack the top 10 list. Prior to Metcalf, the list had not changed since Terry Brands (48), Tom Brands (46), and Mark Reiland (45) ended their careers in 1992.

Junior Josh Dziewa has started the season 8-0 with four falls and a pair of major decisions. Dziewa is expected to make just his sixth career dual start. He is 5-0 all-time in duals after recorded three pins at the Iowa City Duals on Nov. 22. His career dual record including a 1-0 mark as a redshirt freshman (149 pounds), and a 1-0 in record last season as a sophomore. Both wins were major decisions. Dziewa earned the 141-pound starting spot after running through the Luther Open on Nov. 16. He recorded two major decisions, one pin, and a pair of decisions over teammates Ethan Owens (2-0) and Topher Carton (4-0). His win at the Luther Open was his fourth career tournament title.

Junior Michael Kelly put together five straight wins at the Luther Open to earn the starting nod at 149 pounds. Kelly defeated teammate Connor Ryan in the semifinals, 6-1, before topping Upper Iowa’s Edwin Cooper, 6-5, in the finals. Kelly is 8-0 to start the season for the second time in his career. He raced to a 12-0 as a true freshman before suffering his first loss. He has three pins and two major decisions among his eight wins. The three pins are one more than he recorded all of last season.

Senior Derek St. John enters 2013-14 as a three-time All-American and a chance to become the 18th four-time All-American in school history. St. John finished fourth as a freshman and runner-up as a sophomore before winning the NCAA title in 2013. He put together five-straight wins to climb to the top of the 157-pound bracket and become the 52nd national champion in program history. His title is the 80th individual NCAA wrestling championship in school history. Mark Perry was the last Hawkeye four-time All-American. He is also the last Iowa wrestler to win back-to-back NCAA championships. Perry won titles in 2007 and 2008.

Junior Mike Evans earned a team-high four technical falls to complement four pin this season. The four pins surpass his season total from a year ago, when he recorded two falls, and the four falls are one more than Derek St. John led the team with a year ago. Evans opened the season in the starting lineup for the third straight year, but for the first time at 174 pounds. He recorded a 26-8 record at 165 as a freshman, and was 2-0 at 165 his sophomore season before bumping up a weight class. He was 21-7 at 174 in 2013, earning a Big Ten runner-up finish and his first All-America honor.

NO. 1 AT 184
Senior Ethen Lofthouse emerged from an all-Iowa final four to win the 184-pound bracket at the Luther Open on Nov. 16. Lofthouse defeated Jeremy Fahler, 4-0, in the semis and Sammy Brooks, 3-2, in the finals. Alex Meyer placed fourth. Lofthouse is ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds by AWN. He reached the All-America stand for the second straight year last season, racing through seven ranked opponents en route to a fifth-place finish. Lofthouse pinned each of his three opponents at the Iowa City Duals on Nov. 22 to raise his season total to five falls, one more than he had all of last season.

Junior Bobby Telford returned to action with a tournament title at the Luther Open on Nov. 16. Telford pinned all five opponents in his first appearance since leaving the 2013 NCAA Championships with a knee injury. He navigated the 285-pound bracket in a combined time of 7:32. He pinned his first four opponents in the opening minute before winning the championship finals with a second period fall (4:42). Telford’s five falls match his season total from a year ago. He now has 19 career pins.

Junior Nick Moore made his season debut at the Iowa City Duals on Nov. 22. Moore opened the season with a pair of first period falls. Moore was 18-10 overall last season at 165, placing fourth at the Big Ten Championships and earning his first NCAA berth. He is currently ranked No. 8 at 165 pounds.

Thomas Gilman defeated Oklahoma State’s Edward Klimara, 5-2, to win the 125-pound Gold Division title at the Joe Parisi Open on Saturday. Gilman, a redshirt freshman, earned a spot in the finals by defeating another Cowboy, Austin Miller, 7-5, in the quarterfinals, and topping Missouri’s Barlow McGhee, 3-1, in the semifinals. The tournament championship is Gilman’s first this season, and the third of his career. Redshirt freshman Sammy Brooks earned a pair of falls and an overtime victory before dropping a 2-1 decision in the 184-pound finals. Redshirt freshman Topher Carton and sophomore Brody Grothus rebounded from a pair of quarterfinal defeats to win the consolation bracket of their respective weights. Carton recorded a pair of falls and a 5-1 mark to place third at 141 pounds. Grothus recorded three pins and a 6-1 mark to place third at 149. Redshirt freshman Phillip Laux won the 125-pound title in the Black Division (freshmen/sophomores). Laux went 5-0 with three pins to improve to 9-0 this year.

Twenty-six Hawkeyes combined for 48 falls at the season-opening Luther Open on Nov. 16. Bobby Telford led all Hawkeyes, pinning each of his five opponents en route to the 285-pound title. Iowa swept 10 weight classes in the Elite Division and earned a pair of titles in the Freshman Division. Iowa Elite champions included Cory Clark (125), Tony Ramos (133), Josh Dziewa (141), Michael Kelly (149), Derek St. John (157), Walt Gillmor (165), Mike Evans (174), Ethen Lofthouse (184), Kris Klapprodt (197) and Telford. Phillip Laux (125) and Broc Berge (197) both won titles in the Freshman Division.

The Hawkeyes return seven wrestlers with NCAA Championships experience. Senior Derek St. John (157) is the defending national champion at 157 pounds and a three-time All-American. Seniors Ethen Lofthouse (184) and Tony Ramos (133) are three-time NCAA qualifiers and two-time All-Americans. Juniors Mike Evans (174) and Bobby Telford (285) are two-time NCAA qualifiers. Telford earned All-America honors in 2012, while Evans earned All-America honors in 2013. Junior Nick Moore (165), and sophomore Nathan Burak (197) both qualified for their first NCAA Championships in 2013.

The seventh-largest dual crowd in NCAA history saw Iowa defeat top-ranked Penn State on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The Hawkeyes drew a sellout crowd of 15,077, the sixth-largest wrestling crowd in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history. In seven home dates last season, Iowa averaged 8,764 fans per dual. It marked the fifth straight year Iowa averaged over 8,000 fans, and the seventh straight season the Hawkeyes led the nation in attendance. The dual wrestling attendance record for Carver-Hawkeye Arena is 15,955, set when Iowa defeated Iowa State (20-15) on Dec. 6, 2008.

2013-14 SCHEDULE
Beginning with No. 15 Iowa State, 10 of Iowa’s 17 dual opponents are ranked in the top 25 of the preseason NWCA/USA Today/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. They include Penn State (1), Minnesota (2), Oklahoma State (3), Edinboro (14), Nebraska (10), Iowa State (15), Northwestern (17), Purdue (20), Michigan (22), and Wisconsin (24). Iowa’s schedule includes two regular season tournaments, 17 duals, eight home dates and two postseason events — Big Ten Championships (Mar. 8-9), and NCAA Championships (Mar. 20-22).

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 929-222-31 (.799) in 103 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 34 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 52 NCAA Champions have won a total of 80 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 16 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 105 Big Ten champions have won a total of 190 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 28 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa’s 148 All-Americans have earned All-America status 301 times, including 17 four-time, 32 three-time and 38 two-time honorees.

The Hawkeyes won nine of 10 matches to top Iowa State, 32-3, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa scored bonus points in five matches and won all four contests against ranked opponents. The 29-point victory was the largest margin of victory in the series since Iowa won 33-4 in 1996. The Hawkeyes (6-0) scored 33 takedowns to Iowa State’s three.

#4 IOWA 32, Iowa State 3
174 – #7 Mike Evans (IA) major dec. Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 10-1; 4-0
184 – #8 Ethen Lofthouse (IA) dec. #16 Boaz Beard (ISU), 10-3; 7-0
197 – #15 Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Nathan Burak (IA), 5-4; 7-3
285 – #5 Bobby Telford (IA) dec. #15 Matt Gibson (ISU), 3-2; 10-3
125 – #1 Matt McDonough (IA) major dec. #19 Ryak Finch (ISU), 13-2; 14-3
133 – #3 Tony Ramos (IA) major dec. John Meeks (ISU), 19-7; 18-3
141 – #13 Mark Ballweg (IA) dec. #18 Luke Goettl (ISU), 4-1; 21-3
149 – Michael Kelly (IA) major dec. Luke Swalla (ISU), 16-6; 25-3
157 – #1 Derek St. John (IA) major dec. Logan Molina (ISU), 16-5; 29-3
165 – Nick Moore (IA) dec. Mike Moreno (ISU), 3-2; 32-3

The Hawkeyes have crowned at least one All-American every year since 1972, a span of 42 seasons. Iowa has totaled 255 All-America honors during that stretch. The Hawkeyes return five All-Americans to this year’s squad. Tony Ramos (2nd-133), Derek St. John (1st-157), Mike Evans (6th-174) and Ethen Lofthouse (5th-184) join 2012 All-American Bobby Telford (5th-285) in the 2013-14 lineup.

Since 1974, only seven schools have captured the NCAA Championship. During that 40-year span, the Hawkeyes have won 23 team titles, including nine straight from 1978-86. The other schools include Oklahoma State (7), Minnesota (3), Penn State (3), Iowa State (2), Arizona State (1) and Oklahoma (1).

Iowa finished the 2012-13 home schedule with a 9-0 record inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,077). The perfect record marked Iowa’s 20th undefeated season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since moving from the UI Fieldhouse in 1983. Iowa has a 205-19 (.915) all-time record in the arena. The Hawkeyes have also won five tournament titles on their home mat, including the 1983 and 1994 Big Ten Championships, and the 1986, 1991 and 1995 NCAA Championships.

Season and single-meet tickets are now available for purchase on Season tickets for Iowa’s remaining home duals (not including the Penn State dual) are available for $85. Single-meet tickets for Buffalo (12/12), Michigan State (1/4), Indiana (1/12) and Michigan (2/9) are $12 for adults and $8 for youth Single-meet tickets to Penn State (12/21), Oklahoma State (1/10) and Minnesota (1/25) are $15 for adults and $8 for youth. Kids five-years old and younger are admitted free to all wrestling events, but everyone entering the arena must have a ticket.