Telford Bats Leadoff, Iowa Wins, 38-4

Jan. 12, 2014

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling team won nine of 10 bouts to defeat Indiana, 38-4, inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes (10-1, 3-0) scored bonus points in seven wins and won the only match featuring ranked opponents.

Third-ranked Bobby Telford used a four-point move in sudden victory to top seventh-ranked Adam Chalfant, 9-5, at heavyweight.

“Telford knew it was going to be a tough match,” said UI associate head coach Terry Brands. “Chalfant is a big strong kid and he is going to come out and fight, and that’s what he did. He came out and got that first takedown.”

Indiana struck first, in a dual that started at 285 pounds, when Chalfant scored a takedown with 1:36 left in the first period.

Telford escaped in the first, allowed an escape in the second, and took his first lead of the match, 4-3, with a takedown in the third. Chalfant regained the lead with a reversal, but Telford escaped to send the match to overtime tied, 5-5. A takedown and two near-fall points 35 seconds into the sudden victory period ended the bout.

“The thing that is interesting,” added Brands, “is maybe that’s the thing that is going to get us moving forward, because he had to come from underneath a guy and it proved to himself that he can do the things he was doing last year.”

“I’m building right now,” said Telford. “I’m building my shape and I’m not where I want to be. I’m building all of my wrestling, but there are times in the match where I’m starting to hit on all cylinders. I’m not there yet. I’m not there at all. I got a little kick-start, a little backfire, so maybe we’ll get started here.”

The dual was nearly all Iowa after the heavyweight bout. Indiana (7-4, 0-3) forfeited at 125, and the Hawkeyes won three straight by bonus-points to take a 23-0 lead into intermission. Tony Ramos recorded his ninth fall of the season at 133, and Josh Dziewa (141) and Brody Grothus (149) each scored major decisions.

After the break, Indiana’s sixth-ranked Taylor Walsh defeated Michael Kelly, 17-6, at 157, but Iowa rattled off four straight victories to close the dual.

Nick Moore (165), Sammy Brooks (184), and Nathan Burak (197) won by major decision, and Mike Evans won, 6-2, at 174. The 38-4 final score was the largest margin of victory in the series since 1976, a 39-2 Iowa win.

“Did you get better? That’s always the ultimate takeaway,” said Brands. “Are you getting better every match, every minute of every match, and then ultimately every moment of every match…

“Are we getting to where we’re supposed to be? Are we hanging in positions? Are we building our leads? Are we getting back in the match when we fall or slip behind? Those are great measuring sticks to how good a team is and how good a team is going to be tomorrow.”

Iowa returns to the mat Jan. 18 at No. 8 Nebraska. The dual will be televised on BTN.

“Nebraska is next and we have to be at our best,” said Brands. “That’s the next thing on our schedule, we have got to put the pedal on the mat and it has to be real. I cannot be a cliché. It has to be real and we have to live it and display in on the mat.”

Notes: Attendance was 6,447… Bobby Telford improved to 6-1 this year against ranked opponents… Ramos improved to 32-0 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena… Iowa is 36-4 in individual matches over its last four duals… Michael Kelly made his first appearance at 157 since the opening week of 2011-12.

#3 IOWA 38, Indiana 4
285 – #4 Bobby Telford (IA) dec. #7 Adam Chalfant (IU), 9-5 (SV); 3-0
125 – Thomas Gilman (IA) win by forfeit; 9-0
133 – #4 Tony Ramos (IA) pinned Chris Caton (IU), 3:27; 15-0
141 – #9 Josh Dziewa (IA) major dec. Ethan Raley (IU), 20-10; 19-0
149 – #15 Brody Grothus (IA) major dec. Eric Roach (IU), 11-3; 23-0
157 – #6 Taylor Walsh (IU) major dec. Michael Kelly (IA), 17-6; 23-4
165 – #5 Nick Moore (IA) major dec. Ryan LeBlanc (IU), 13-3; 27-4
174 – #6 Mike Evans (IA) dec. Nate Jackson (IU), 6-2; 30-4
184 – Sammy Brooks (IA) major dec. Luke Sheridan (IU), 12-3; 34-4
197 – #11 Nathan Burak (IA) major dec. Garret Goldman (IU), 10-2; 38-4