Feb. 6, 2015
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team won nine-of-10 bouts to defeat Maryland, 33-3, on Friday night at the Xfinity Center.
The Hawkeyes owned a 32-3 advantage in takedowns and scored bonus points in five matches to improve to 7-0 in the Big Ten and 5-0 on the road.
“I think there were some good things that happened,” said UI head coach Tom Brands. “When you pick up your pace things start going your way, and when you work hard you have to work hard the whole time. I think we can be smarter and a lot more intense.”
Josh Dziewa opened the dual with a 3-1 win in sudden victory at 141. Dziewa worked around 20th-ranked Shyheim Brown to finish a takedown with two seconds on the clock and give Iowa a 3-0 lead.
Brandon Sorensen extended Iowa’s lead to 7-0 with an 18-6 victory at 149. Sorensen scored eight takedowns and piled up 4:22 of riding time to earn his seventh major decision of the season.
Maryland dented the scoreboard with a win at 157 when Lou Mascala used 1:50 of riding time to edge Michael Kelly, 5-4.
Leading 7-3, Nick Moore jumped to a 3-0 lead over Tyler Manion before the Terp withdrew from the match for medical reasons. Moore’s win at 165 started a string of seven straight Iowa wins.
Mike Evans used three takedowns, one reversal, five nearfall points, and 4:08 of riding time to defeat Josh Snook, 17-5, at 174. Evans led 2-0 after one period and 6-0 after two before dominating the third period and earning his fourth major decision of the season.
Sammy Brooks then scored three nearfall points in the first period and three more in the third to defeat Tony Gardner, 19-8, at 184.
Kris Klapprodt then clinched the dual with a 9-3 win over Rob Fitzgerald at 197. Klapprodt opened up a 5-0 lead in the first period and added two takedowns in the final period to earn his first career Big Ten dual win.
Bobby Telford wrestled a scoreless first period before building two minutes of riding time in the second at 285. He escaped to open the third and recorded a takedown in the final seconds to finish a 4-0 win over 13th-ranked Spencer Myers.
Thomas Gilman used nine takedowns to earn his team-best eighth major decision of the season, 20-9, at 125 pounds. Cory Clark finished the dual with a 7-5 win over 20th-ranked Geoffrey Alexander at 133.
“Now we’re getting ready for Sunday,” added Brands. “We have to be optimistic (about tonight), but that doesn’t mean you’re not truthful. You take care of what is in front of you, you crumple it and you move on. We didn’t crumple it enough.”
The Hawkeyes (12-0, 7-0) return to action Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT) at No. 5 Penn State (10-2, 6-2). BTN will televise the dual.
NOTES: Attendance was 2,139… Iowa improves to 5-0 on the road… Iowa owned a 32-3 advantage in takedowns… Mike Evans improves to 20-0… Kris Klapprodt earned his first career Big Ten dual victory… Telford improved to 7-1 against ranked opponents… Gilman has won his last five matches by bonus points.
#1 IOWA 33, Maryland 3
141 – #6 Josh Dziewa (IA) dec. #20 Shyheim Brown (M), 3-1 SV1; 3-0
149 – #2 Brandon Sorensen (IA) major dec. Ben Dorsay (M), 18-6; 7-0
157 – Lou Mascala (M) dec. #14 Michael Kelly (IA), 5-4; 7-3
165 – #7 Nick Moore won by medical forfeit Tyler Manion (M); 13-3
174 – #2 Mike Evans (IA) major dec. Josh Snook (M), 17-5; 16-3*
184 – #8 Sammy Brooks (IA) major dec. Tony Gardner (M), 19-8; 20-3
197 – Kris Klapprodt (IA) dec. Rob Fitzgerald (M), 9-3; 23-3
285 – #2 Bobby Telford (IA) dec. #13 Spencer Myers (M), 4-0; 26-3
125 – #5 Thomas Gilman (IA) major dec. Josh Polacek (M), 20-9; 30-3
133 – #3 Cory Clark (IA) dec. #20 Geoffrey Alexander (M), 7-5; 33-3
*Iowa was deducted one team point following the 174-pound match