IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa scored four bonus-point victories en route to a 24-13 win against No. 17 Northwestern Sunday in front of 7,954 fans inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes won six of 10 bouts en route to their 39th consecutive conference victory.
“Six out of 10 matches isn’t what we’re about,” head coach Tom Brands said. “It’s a lot more fun to steamroll opponents, work hard and feel good about all 10 guys. We have work to do.”
The Hawkeyes (9-1, 4-0) got cooking and built a 14-3 team lead with three consecutive bonus-point wins at 125, 133 and 141 pounds.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Iowa 24, No. 17 Northwestern 13|
|No. 3 Penn State 43, Wisconsin 0|
|No. 4 Minnesota 40, Purdue 0|
|No. 5 Cornell 22, No. 24 Binghamton 21|
|No. 10 Pittsburgh 30, Bloomsburg 3|
|No. 13 Wyoming 23, No. 16 Oregon State 22|
|No. T17 Virginia Tech 24, NC State 15|
Junior Matt McDonough totaled five takedowns and added a pair of nearfall points en route to an 18-4 major decision against seventh-ranked Levi Mele at 125.
Sophomore Tony Ramos then followed suit with a first period pin against Jameson Oster. Ramos led 4-1 before flattening Oster with 26 seconds left in the opening frame. The pin was the fifth of the season for Ramos.
Senior Montell Marion continued the pressure with a 21-7 major decision at 141. Marion piled up nine takedowns — three in the first, four in the second, two in the third — en route to his team-high seventh major decision of the season.
The Hawkeyes string of wins followed the duals’ opening bout between No. 19 Mike McMullan and eighth-ranked Bobby Telford. The heavyweights battled to a 5-5 tie through three periods before McMullan finished a takedown in the sudden victory period to earn the 7-5 win.
The Wildcats (5-3, 1-2) got back on the board when Kaleb Friedley won a 3-2 decision against redshirt freshman Michael Kelly at 149 pounds to pull with seven points at 14-6. Northwestern then trimmed Iowa’s team lead to 14-10 when No. 3 Jason Welch earned a 17-4 major decision against redshirt freshman Nick Moore.
Redshirt freshman Mike Evans ended Northwestern’s run with an 11-0 major decision against Pierce Harger. Evans scored a takedown in the first period and added three nearfall points as time expired to take a 5-0 advantage into the second frame. He scored two more takedowns over the final four minutes and totaled 2:50 of riding time to pick up his fourth major decision of the season.
Sophomore Ethen Lofthouse extended the Hawkeyes’ team lead to 21-10 with a 5-2 decision vs. No. 9 Lee Munster. Lofthouse trailed 2-1 after the first period, but he rode Munster the entire second frame to take control of the match. Lofthouse then opened the third period with an escape, scored a takedown, was awarded a point for stalling and cashed in 2:35 of riding time to earn the win.
Senior Vinnie Wager clinched the team score with an 11-4 win at 184. Wagner did not allow an offensive point and totaled four takedowns to pick up the win and extend Iowa’s team lead to 24-10. Northwestern earned the final decision of the night when John Schoen took advantage of a stall call on Iowa’s Grant Gambrall to hold on for a 2-1 win at 197.