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PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The University of Iowa wresting team recorded a 27-9 win over the No. 23 ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The win improves Iowa’s winning record against Rutgers to 2-0 after a 33-9 victory in 2009.
The Hawkeyes resumed their regular season schedule after collecting 4 individual titles and an overall team-win at the 52nd Ken Kraft Midlands Championship on Dec. 29th and 30th. Sophomore Cory Clark (133), junior Nathan Burak (197), and seniors Mike Evans (174) and Bobby Telford (285) all walked away with championship honors at their respective weights.
Thomas Gilman took on Rutger’s sophomore Sean McCabe and scored early finishing the first period ahead 10-4. Gilman ended the match at 6:33 with a 25-10 tech fall. The win included 12 takedowns by Gilman and put the Hawkeyes in front 4-0.
Sophomore Phillip Laux went at 133 to compete with Scott DelVecchio, ultimately being overcome 10-3. This was Laux’s first career dual appearance, bringing his career record overall to 23-2.
Senior Josh Dziewa battled the No. 11 ranked Anthony Ashnault, but fell behind at the very end with a last second takedown by Ashnault. The 2-point score gave the Rutgers redshirt freshman a 3-1 advantage. The win put Rutgers ahead 6-4 heading into the 149-pound match-up.
Brandon Sorenson, coming off of a third place finish at the Midlands Championships, collected a major decision 18-5 victory over Ken Theobold. Sorenson recorded his 6th career major decision win, moving his career record to 20-3.
At 157 Michael Kelly faced #13 Anthony Perrotti and recorded a 4-0 decision, helping to move Iowa further into the lead with a score of 11-6. This was Kelly’s first Big Ten appearance of the 2014-2015 season.
Seniors Nick Moore (165) and Mike Evans (174) collected a major decision and decision, respectively. Moore took on Nick Gravina and recorded four takedowns and two near falls in the 16-4 victory. Evans, defending 174-pound Midlands champion, shut out opponent Phil Bukuckas with a 5-0 decision.
Sammy Brooks delivered the only fall of the night, pinning Hayden Hrymack at 3:52. The pin contributed three of six bonus points Iowa tallied during the dual.
Three takedowns helped Rutgers newcomer Andrew Campolattano defeat Kris Klapprodt in an 8-5 decision at 197.
Undefeated heavyweight Bobby Telford improved his season record to 15-0 after a 6-2 decision over Billy Smith, solidifying the Iowa victory with a final score of 27-9.
Iowa will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 4 as they take on the No. 7 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The dual is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. (CT) in Columbus, Ohio.
#1 Iowa 27, #23 Rutgers 9
125 – #4 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) tech fall Sean McCabe (Rutgers), 25-10; 4-0
133 – Scott DelVecchio (Rutgers) dec. Phillip Laux (Iowa), 10-3; 4-3
141 – #11 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) dec. #6 Josh Dziewa (Iowa), 3-1; 4-6
149 – #10 Brandon Sorenson (Iowa) major dec. Ken Theobold (Rutgers), 18-5; 8-6
157 – Mike Kelly (Iowa) dec. #13 Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), 4-0; 11-6
165 – #7 Nick Moore (Iowa) major dec. Nick Gravina (Rutgers), 16-4; 15-6
174 – #2 Mike Evans (Iowa) dec. Phil Bukuckas (Rutgers), 5-0; 18-6
184 – #8 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) pinned Hayden Hrymach (Rutgers), 3:52; 24-6
197 – Andrew Campolattano (Rutgers) dec. Kris Klapprodt (Iowa), 8-5; 24-9
285 – #3 Bobby Telford (Iowa) dec. #9 Billy Smith (Rutgers), 6-2; 27-9