Match Notes: Iowa at South Dakota State

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 DATE  Dec. 2, 2016
 LOCATION  Brookings, South Dakota | Frost Arena (6,100)
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The third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team travels to Brookings, South Dakota, to wrestle No. 20 South Dakota State in a nonconference dual Friday. The Hawkeyes and Jackrabbits meet at 7:30 p.m. (CT) at Frost Arena. 
Iowa leads the all-time series 5-0. The Hawkeyes are 1-0 at home against the Jackrabbits, winning 28-15 last season, and 4-0 at a neutral site. Iowa is making its first appearance at South Dakota State. 

All-Time Meetings
1996     W, 29-6
1997    W, 38-6
1999    W, 45-4
2000    W, 47-0
2015    W, 28-15

The Hawkeyes have won 19 straight road duals since losing at Minnesota, 22-15, at the 2013 NWCA National Duals. That streak includes five non-conference duals.
    Iowa has won 43 straight nonconference road duals against schools not named Oklahoma State. The last time Iowa lost a nonconference road dual to a team not named Oklahoma State was in 2005 at Nebraska (24-13). 

The combined record of Iowa’s varsity lineup was 68-2 (.971) in the month of November. Individually, Iowa is 29-1 in dual matches. 
    The Hawkeyes five returning All-Americans — Thomas Gilman (125), Cory Clark (133), Brandon Sorensen (149), Alex Meyer (174), and Sammy Brooks (184) — are a combined 33-0. Gilman, Clark, and Sorensen have 12 pins in 21 matches. 

Seniors Thomas Gilman and Cory Clark are both ranked No. 1 at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. 
    Both wrestlers placed runner-up at the 2016 NCAA Championships and both have opened the 2016-17 season with undefeated records. Gilman is 6-0 with five falls and a technical fall. Clark is 7-0 with four pins and a technical fall. Collectively, Gilman and Clark are 166-23 (.878) all-time.
    The Hawkeyes are one of three schools to have two top-rated wresters according to Intermat. The others include Penn State (Zain Retherford 149, Jason Nolf 149) and Ohio State (Bo Jordan 174, Kyle Snyder 285). Both schools visit Carver-Hawkeye Arena in January. 

Senior Thomas Gilman is halfway towards matching his career high in single-season falls. Gilman recorded 10 falls in 2016, sharing the team lead with Sam Stoll. Through six matches this year Gilman has five pins, including three first-period falls.  He has scored 17 of a possible 18 points in three duals (2 falls, 1 technical fall).

Topher Carton has taken ownership of the 141-pound spot in the Iowa lineup, rattling off a career-best eight-match winning streak to open the season. Carton has scored bonus points in seven of eight matches, including two major decisions, two pins, and three technical falls. 

Redshirt freshman Cashe Wilcke is filling the lineup spot vacated by three-time All-American Nathan Burak at 197 pounds. Wilcke is 7-0 this season with one pin, one technical fall, and two major decision. He defeated teammate Mitch Bowman, 3-2, in the 197-pound finals of the Luther Open.  
    Wilcke was 13-3 last year competing unattached at 184 pounds. He competed in four open tournaments and won the Grand View Open and Duhawk Open. 
    Wilcke won his Big Ten debut at Purdue on Nov. 27, scoring a takedown with two seconds on the clock to earn a 6-4 decision. 

Iowa’s next dual win will be the 200th of head coach Tom Brands’ career. Brands is 199-37-1 (.842) in 13 years as a college head coach. He is 181-17-1 (.913) in 11 seasons at Iowa and was 17-20 in two seasons at Virginia Tech (2005-06).

LAST MEETING: Iowa 28, SDSU 15, Dec. 4, 2015 (Iowa City, Iowa)
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team used bonus points to put away South Dakota State, 28-15, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A pair of pins by juniors Thomas Gilman and Sammy Brooks at 125 and 184, respectively, and an 8-0 major decision victory by sophomore Brandon Sorensen at 149 highlighted the dual.
    No. 2 Gilman opened the dual pinning Kahlen Morris at 1:43. He dominated the match, tallying three takedowns and adding nearfall before ending the match with a fall.
    Two nationally ranked wrestlers squared off at 133, with No. 2 Cory Clark coming away with the 4-1 win over No. 15 Brance Simms. 
    Following a loss at 141, the Hawkeyes rebounded with a major decision win at 149. Top-ranked Sorensen got aggressive after a scoreless first period, tallying three points in the second and tacking on five more in the third period for the 8-0 victory. 
    No. 3 Alex Meyer got Iowa back on track following a pair of losses at 157 and 165 with a hard-fought win in the 174 bout. After trailing 2-1 after the first period, Meyer used an escape and takedown to jump ahead in the second period. He put the bout in the books, 5-2, with a stall warning and 1:38 of riding time against David Kocer.
    Eighth-ranked Brooks made quick work of the 184 bout, pinning Brady Ayers in just 43 seconds, the fastest fall of his career.
    After an Iowa forfeit at 197, redshirt freshman Sam Stoll wrapped the meet with a 5-0 disqualification win after Alex Macki was called for stalling five times in the heavyweight bout.

#2 IOWA 28, South Dakota State 15
125 – #2 Thomas Gilman (IA) pinned Kahlen Morris (SDSU), 1:34; 6-0
133 – #2 Cory Clark (IA) dec. #15 Brance Simms (SDSU), 4-1; 9-0
141 — Seth Gross (SDSU) dec. Logan Ryan (IA), 3-2; 9-3
149 – #1 Brandon Sorensen (IA) maj. dec. Alex Kocer (SDSU), 8-0; 13-3
157 – #6 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Edwin Cooper, Jr. (IA), 6-5; 13-6
165 – #20 Luke Zilverberg dec. Burke Paddock (IA), 4-2; 13-9
174 – #3 Alex Meyer (IA) dec. David Kocer (SDSU), 5-2; 16-9
184 – #8 Sammy Brooks (IA) pinned Brady Ayers (SDSU), 0:43; 22-9
197 – #12 Nate Rotert (SDSU) won by forfeit; 22-15
285 – Sam Stoll (IA) won by disqualification over Alex Macki (SDSU) in 4:07; 28-15

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 977-226-31 (.799) in 107 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 35 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 53 NCAA Champions have won a total of 81 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 16 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 111 Big Ten champions have combined for 197 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time, and 29 two-time Big Ten champions from Iowa. 
    Iowa’s 154 All-Americans have earned All-America status 319 times, including 18 four-time, 36 three-time and 40 two-time honorees.

Iowa wrestling events are broadcast by KXIC and streamed online at Hawkeye All-Access. Steven Grace and Mark Ironside will call the action for Hawkeye Sports Properties, a property of Learfield.