MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Second-ranked Iowa won its fourth conecutive Big Ten regular-season title with a 19-12 victory against No. 5 Minnesota Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena.
The Hawkeyes closed out the 2010-11 dual meet season with a 15-0-1 record and posted their fourth consecutive 8-0 record in Big Ten dual competition, while extending their unbeaten streak to 77 duals.
Iowa jumped out to a 9-0 lead with wins from sophomore Matt McDonough (125), redshirt freshman Tony Ramos (133) and junior Montell Marion (141).
McDonough, who is ranked either first or second in the nation depending on the poll, scored three third-period takedowns to beat No. 5 Zach Sanders 10-3. The win was McDonough’s ninth consecutive, giving him a 20-1 season mark and perfect records in duals (16-0) and Big Ten duals (8-0). The loss was only the third for Sanders this season.
Ramos collected his 10th consecutive win with a 7-3 decision againts Minnesota redshirt freshman David Thorn at 133. The Hawkeye redshirt freshman scored a takedown in each period and added a third-period escape to remain undefeated in dual competition (12-0) and Big Ten duals (8-0), while posting an 18-3 season record.
Marion, who is ranked between third and fifth in the nation, scored an escape as time expired to beat No. 2/4 Mike Thorn 4-3. After a scoreless first period, Marion jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second on an escape and a takedown. Thorn tied the score at 3-3 in the third period, but Marion escaped to improve to 7-1 and hand the Minnesota junior his third loss of the season.
The Golden Gophers put their first team points on the board when junior Danny Zilverberg scored a takedown in sudden victory to beat Hawkeye sophomore Mark Ballweg 5-3 at 149 pounds. Hawkeye redshirt freshman Derek St. John responded at 157 pounds with a 20-8 major decision against Matt Mincey, giving the Hawkeyes a 13-3 lead. St. John dominated the match, scoring eight takedowns and giving the Hawkeyes an important bonus-point victory.
Minnesota came out of the intermission with three consecutive wins at 165, 174 and 184 pounds to pull within one point at 13-12.
Golden Gopher sophomore Cody Yohn scored three nearfall points in the second period and held off a late charge by Hawkeye senior Aaron Janssen to post a 6-4 win at 165. Iowa redshirt freshman Ethen Lofthouse then had a 3-0 lead with riding time in the third period in his 174-pound bout with Minnesota senior Scott Glasser, but Glasser scored two takedowns and two nearfall points for the 7-5 win. Golden Gopher redshirt freshman Kevin Steinhaus followed at 184, scoring two third-period takedowns to beat Hawkeye sophomore Grant Gambrall 5-4 and hand Gambrall his first Big Ten dual loss of the season.
Iowa senior Luke Lofthouse gave the Hawkeyes some breathing room with his 7-4 win against Minnesota junior Sonny Yohn at 197. Lofthouse, who is ranked eighth or ninth in the nation with a perfect 7-0 Big Ten dual record, scored five points in the third period to give Iowa a 16-12 lead. Yohn, who is ranked between fourth and seventh, was wrestling in his second Big Ten dual of the season after missing the majority of the conference schedule due to injury.
Hawkeye junior heavyweight Blake Rasing ended Iowa’s dual meet season on a positive note, knocking off eighth-ranked Tony Nelson 4-2. Rasing, who is ranked between 15th and 18th, scored an escape to tie the match at 1-1 early in the third period. He then followed with a takedown and a riding time point for the win.