Iowa runs away with Midlands title
Hawkeyes capture tournament-record 22nd team championship
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 1 Iowa junior Matt McDonough earned his second Midlands title in three years to help the Hawkeyes win their tournament-record 22nd team title at the 49th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championship. McDonough pinned eighth-seeded Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the 125-pound final.
Iowa piled up 152 points, 46.5 more than tournament host Northwestern (105.5). Oklahoma (94.5), Virginia Tech (76.5) and Edinboro (74.5) rounded out the top five.
McDonough fell behind 2-0 in the opening period before rebounding and building a 7-4 lead heading into the second frame. He then put Garnett on his back with a headlock and finished the fall with 58 seconds remaining in the second period.
The pin was McDonough’s second of the tournament. He also added a major decision among his five victories en route to the tournament title.
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Four other Hawkeyes advanced to the finals but had to settle for second-place finishes. Tony Ramos (133 pounds) and Bobby Telford (heavyweight) each dropped overtime decisions in their respective finals.
Ramos gave up a takedown in the first sudden-victory period against Virginia Tech’s No. 2 seed Devin Carter. Telford was called for locked hands in the second tiebreaker and was unable to escape top-seeded Jarod Trice of Central Michigan in the heavyweight finals.
Both losses were the first of the season for Ramos (15-1) and Telford (14-1).
Montell Marion (141 pounds) and Ethen Lofthouse (174 pounds) also dropped decisions in their respective finals. Marion, the nation’s top-ranked 141-pounder, fell 5-3 to Kendrick Maple of Oklahoma, the tournament’s No. 3 seed.
Lofthouse fell to Northwestern’s fifth-seeded Lee Munster, 7-3, in the 174-pound final. Marion’s loss was his first of the season (14-1).
Tyler Clark (133 pounds) earned a fourth-place finish after falling to fourth-seeded B.J. Futrell of Illinois 6-4 in the consolation finals. Clark finished the tournament with five wins in seven matches to record the highest Midlands finish of his career. He finished fifth last season.
Michael Kelly (149 pounds) recorded a 3-2 decision against Utah Valley’s seventh-seeded Josh Wilson in the fifth-place match. Kelly, who entered the tournament unseeded, finished the championships with a 5-2 record that included a pin and a major decision.
The Hawkeyes finished with 11 place-winners and a combined 60-26 record.