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STILLWATER, Oklahoma — The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team won eight matches, including three by bonus points, to defeat eighth-ranked Oklahoma State, 30-7, on Sunday afternoon in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The 30 points scored are the most by an Iowa team against Oklahoma State since 1995.
The Hawkeyes won the first five bouts to build a 19-0 lead, and besides a couple hiccups at 165 and 184, dominated the Cowboys to earn their largest win in the series since a 31-3 victory in 1995. It is the second year in a row Iowa won eight-of-10 matches against the Cowboys.
“You win eight matches in Stillwater, it’s good to build on, and we have to keep moving forward,” said UI head coach Tom Brands. “We have a lot of work to do. This is a good performance but we have to keep building. There is a lot of work to do.”
Thomas Gilman opened the match wearing down 11th-ranked Eddie Klimara to the tune of five takedowns and 1:32 of riding time on his way to a 15-5 major decision.
“I got to my offense against a worthy opponent and it feels good,” said Gilman. “I’m not throwing caution to the wind but I’m going out and letting it fly.”
Cory Clark followed with three takedowns and a reversal in his 10-5 win at 133, and Josh Dziewa sucked the air out from the home crowd with a pin at 141. Dziewa trailed, 5-1, after two periods before escaping to start the third and finishing a cow-catcher to record a fall in 6:27.
“I can do better. I gave up two takedowns in the first minute, that’s not what I want to do,” Dziewa said. “I tried to keep my composure and towards the end of the second he laid on his belly and I felt he was going to try to hold onto a two takedown win.
“I wasn’t going to let that happen. I knew I had riding time, I was looking for a go-behind, and he slipped up and let that arm go. I felt him breaking. It’s nice.”
Brandon Sorensen extended Iowa’s lead to 16-0 with a 6-1 win over second-ranked Josh Kindig. Sorensen scored takedowns in the second and third periods, adding 1:58 of riding time to defeat the NCAA finalist.
Michael Kelly made it five straight for the Hawkeyes when he erased a 4-1 deficit and upset No. 12 Anthony Collica at 157.
Defending NCAA champion Alex Dieringer put the Oklahoma State on the board with a 20-8 major decision over Patrick Rhoads. Second-ranked Mike Evans then silenced the crowd with a tutorial at 174.
Evans turned a first-period takedown into a 10-0 lead by gaining eight nearfall points on three tilts. He opened the second period with two more back points, cut his opponent, and finally terminated the match with a takedown and two more nearfall, winning 16-1 for his fourth technical fall of the season.
The Cowboys earned their second win after Nolan Boyd scored a five-point move to sneak past Sammy Brooks, 9-6, at 184.
Iowa cemented the win with a pair of decisions at 197 and 285. Nathan Burak scored a takedown in every period to win, 7-3, at 197, and Bobby Telford used a first-period takedown to hold off fourth-ranked Austin Marsden, 4-3, at 285.
The Hawkeyes (8-0, 3-0) return to the mat Friday, Jan. 16 hosting No. 13 Illinois on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for youth 18 and younger. UI students and children five-years old and younger are admitted free.
NOTES: Attendance was 3,596… Iowa won for the first time in Stillwater since 2009… The 30 points scored are the most by Iowa against Oklahoma State since 1995… Rhoads was making his first career dual appearance… Telford’s last five wins have been against top 10 opponents… Evans (17-0), Burak (11-0) and Telford (17-0) remain unbeaten.
#1 IOWA 30, #8 Oklahoma State 7
125 – #5 Thomas Gilman (IA) major dec. #11 Eddie Klimara (OKST), 15-5; 4-0
133 – #5 Cory Clark (IA) dec. Gary Wayne Harding (OKST), 10-5; 7-0
141 – #8 Josh Dziewa (IA) pinned #20 Dean Heil (OKST), 6:27; 13-0
149 – #5 Brandon Sorensen (IA) dec. #2 Josh Kindig (OKST), 6-1; 16-0
157 – #16 Michael Kelly (IA) dec. #12 Anthony Collica (OKST), 9-6; 19-0
165 – #1 Alex Dieringer (OKST) major dec. Patrick Rhoads (IA), 20-8; 19-4
174 – #2 Mike Evans (IA) tech. fall #18 Jordan Rogers (OKST), 16-1; 24-4
184 – #17 Nolan Boyd (OKST) dec. #7 Sammy Brooks (IA), 9-6; 24-7
197 – #6 Nathan Burak (IA) dec. Luke Bean (OSU), 7-3; 27-7
285 – #1 Bobby Telford (IA) dec. #4 Austin Marsden (OKST), 4-3; 30-7