Oklahoma St. ends Iowa’s win streak
Hawkeyes fail to win dual for first time since Jan. 5, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. -- No. 10 Iowa saw its 69-match winning streak come to an end Sunday afternoon as it tied sixth-ranked Oklahoma State 15-15 in Stillwater, Okla. The Hawkeyes, who are unbeaten in their last 70 duals, recorded their first tie since an 18-18 result at Penn State on Dec. 4, 1992. It was also the first time that Iowa did not win a dual since losing to Oklahoma State 19-14 on Jan. 5, 2008.
Each team won five bouts and neither scored bonus points in the dual, which was held in front of 4,580 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The teams alternated victories until Oklahoma State (7-2-1, 1-0 Big 12) put together consecutive wins at 184 and 197 pounds. Hawkeye heavyweight Blake Rasing scored a takedown in sudden victory to give Iowa (8-0-1, 1-0 Big Ten) the tie.
Hawkeye sophomore Matt McDonough led off at 125 pounds with a 7-3 win against redshirt freshman Jon Morrison. Going into the third period with a 3-3 tie, McDonough scored an escape and a takedown, and accumulated 3:50 in riding time to pick up his 50th career victory and remain undefeated in dual competition (9-0).
Iowa junior Tyler Clark made his Hawkeye dual debut against a formidable opponent, facing top-ranked and undefeated Jordan Oliver at 133. Oliver, who recorded the 11-4 decision, jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first period. Clark fought back, scoring two second-period escapes and riding Oliver for the majority of the final period.
Hawkeye sophomore Mark Ballweg picked up a big win for the Hawkeyes at 141, beating true freshman Josh Kindig 8-3. After a scoreless, action-packed first period, Kindig scored two nearfall points to get on the scoreboard. Ballweg escaped, then scored a takedown of his own to take a 3-2 lead. Kindig escaped early in the third period to tie the score at 3-3, but Ballweg posted a takedown, two nearfall points and a point for riding time to seal the win and remain undefeated at 9-0 this season.
Cowboy senior Jamal Parks posted an 8-4 decision over Hawkeye senior Matt Ballweg at 149 to tie the dual at 6-6, but Iowa redshirt freshman Derek St. John scored a takedown with seven seconds remaining in his 157-pound match to beat Oklahoma State senior Neil Erisman 7-5 and give Iowa a 9-6 lead. St. John remains undefeated in dual competition at 9-0.
Oklahoma State tied the score at 9-9 when redshirt freshman Dallas Bailey scored a 6-2 win over Hawkeye senior Aaron Janssen at 165.
Hawkeye redshirt freshman Ethen Lofthouse managed a 4-3 win over Oklahoma State junior Mike Benefiel at 174 to give Iowa a 12-9 edge, but Cowboy redshirt freshman Chris Perry evened the score at 12-12 with his 2-0 decision over Iowa redshirt freshman Grant Gambrall at 184. Perry is the younger brother of Mark Perry, who was a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion at Iowa.
Oklahoma State senior Clayton Foster, who is ranked third in the nation, broke the see-saw trend and gave the Cowboys their first lead of the afternoon at 15-12 with his 5-3 win over Hawkeye senior Luke Lofthouse at 197. Rasing came up big for the Hawkeyes at heavyweight, scoring a takedown in sudden victory to beat redshirt freshman Blake Rosholt 3-1 to end the dual in a 15-15 tie.