Iowa extends dual win streak to 80
Brands earns 100th career victory as Hawkeyes head coach
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Top-ranked Iowa extended its unbeaten dual winning streak to 80 games on Friday with victories against Baker (47-3), Cornell College (42-0) and Iowa Central (37-6) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tom Brands earned his 100th win as Iowa's head wrestling coach as Iowa swept the Iowa City Duals for the fourth time in as many seasons. Brands owns a 100-6-1 record since taking over the Hawkeye program in 2006. The Hawkeyes recorded nine pins while posting a 27-3 record in the three duals.
Seven Hawkeyes recorded perfect 3-0 marks in the duals, including 125-pounder Matt McDonough, 174-pounder Ethen Lofthouse and heavyweight Bobby Telford. All three Hawkeyes recorded a pair of pins and a bonus-point victory. McDonough opened the three-dual event with a second period pin against Baker's Bo Newport and Telford sent the crowd of 8,527 home with a first period pin against Central's Lonnie Brown. McDonough added a first-period pin against Jacob Colon (Central). Telford put Baker's Dylan Berg on his back in 2:17. Lofthouse recorded a fall against Baker's Clarence Brown in the opening period before pinning Cornell's Brent Hamm in 1:06, the fastest fall of the night.
Redshirt freshman Mike Evans, sophomores Tony Ramos and Derek St. John and senior Montell Marion also posted perfect 3-0 marks. Evans, Ramos and Marion recorded one pin each. St. John added two technical falls. Twenty-two of Iowa's 27 wins earned bonus points.
Senior Vinnie Wagner made his first career appearance in front of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd. The 184-pounder earned a 21-8 major decision against Cornell's Andrew Roberts.
Junior Grant Gambrall returned to the mat for the first time since winning the third-place bout at last season's NCAA Championships. Gambrall made his first career appearance at 197 pounds and used 1:35 of riding time to earn a 4-3 decision against Cornell's Alex Coolidge.
Redshirt freshman Jeremy Fahler earned a pair of major decisions in each of his 184-pound bouts. Fahler topped Baker's Parker Owen 9-1 before recording a 12-4 win versus Iowa Central's Cristian Mays.
Sophomore Tomas Lira split a pair of decisions at 197 pounds. Redshirt freshman Jacob Ballweg lost two of his three decisions while competing at 149 pounds.