IOWA CITY, Iowa – Top-ranked Iowa defeated Northern Iowa 38-4 on Thursday night on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes won nine-of-10 matches to extend their streak of unbeaten duals to 83. Iowa also recorded a 29-5 edge in takedowns.
“We saw some good things and we saw some areas that need improvement,” head coach Tom Brands said. “We saw some situations where the other guy is not really trying to score. We can’t allow that. We’re going to have to work harder and push through it.”
The dual started at 184 pounds where Northern Iowa’s fifth-ranked Ryan Loder scored the Panthers’ lone win with a 13-2 major decision against senior Vinnie Wagner. Wagner scored the first takedown of the night 21 seconds into the bout, but Loder scored the next 13 points to give UNI a 4-0 lead.
It would take UNI six more matches to score another takedown as Iowa strung together eight consecutive wins and benefited from a forfeit at 174 to run off 38 unanswered team points.
Junior Grant Gambrall put the Hawkeyes on the board with a 7-3 decision against UNI’s Taylor Kettman at 197. Gambrall started the scoring with a first-period takedown and took the lead for good by opening the third frame with an escape. He added a pair of takedowns in the final frame to improve to 2-0 this season and cut into the Panther lead 4-3.
Redshirt freshman Bobby Telford accumulated 4:20 of riding time to dominate Blayne Beale in the battle of heavyweights. Telford scored three takedowns and added three nearfall points to earn a 12-0 major decision and give Iowa a 7-4 advantage in the team score.
Junior Matt McDonough stretched the Hawkeye lead to 11-4 with a 10-1 major decision against Cruse Aarhus at 125. McDonough scored three takedowns, piled up 3:04 of riding time, including the entire third period, and added two nearfall points to record his eighth bonus-point win of the year.
Sophomore Tony Ramos fired six takedowns en route to a 15-5 major decision against Ryan Jauch at 133. Ramos scored one takedown in the first period, two in the second, and three in the third to wear down Jauch and extend Iowa’s team lead to 15-4 at the intermission.
Senior Montell Marion, the nation’s top-ranked 141-pounder, answered the intermission with eight takedowns to record an 18-8 major decision against Seth Noble. The four-point win was Marion’s team-high sixth major decision of the season and extended Iowa’s lead to 19-4.
Redshirt freshman Josh Dziewa, the third Hawkeye to suit up at 149 in six duals this season, electrified the crowd with two takedowns and five nearfall points while building a 9-1 first period advantage. Dziewa added a third takedown in the second frame and withstood a rally from UNI’s Clay Welter to secure a 14-6 major decision in his Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut.
Sophomore Derek St. John recorded Iowa’s seventh consecutive win with a 3-1 decision against Northern Iowa’s David Bonin. St. John, the nation’s second-ranked 157-pounder, scored a takedown midway through the first period before giving the crowd a scare with a medical timeout 26 seconds into the second period. St. John returned to the mat and allowed Bonin to escape and cut into his lead, 2-1. St. John then started the third period in the down position and extended his lead to 3-1 with an escape midway through the period. He eventually held on for the win to improve to 11-0 on the year and extend Iowa’s lead to 26-4.
Redshirt freshman Mike Evans made quick work of what turned out to be the final bout of the night. Evans put UNI’s Riley Banach on his back early in the 165-pound match and recorded three nearfall points before flattening the Panther in 1:10. It was the fastest pin of Evan’s career and extended Iowa’s team lead to 32-4.
Northern Iowa forfeited the final match of the night against Iowa’s Ethen Lofthouse at 174 to make the final team score 38-4.