IOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 5 Iowa advanced to the semifinals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals with a pair of victories against No. 23 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Oregon State on Sunday afternoon inside Hilton Coliseum. Iowa topped the Hokies 31-3 in the semifinals before earning a 22-14 win against the Beavers in the regional finals.
Seniors Montell Marion and Vinnie Wagner each scored key victories for Iowa in the finals.
Marion upset fourth-ranked Mike Mangrum 6-4 in overtime to help Iowa build an 11-0 team lead. Marion, rated No. 6 at 141 pounds, trailed 4-3 entering the third period before scoring an escape to tie the frame. He then finished a high crotch to score a takedown with 23 seconds left in sudden victory to secure the 6-4 win.
Wagner clinched the regional title with a third period rally at 184 pounds. He trailed 5-3 early in the third frame before scoring a pair of takedowns and riding out the Hokie to finish a 7-6 decision and extend the team lead to 22-7.
Sophomores Tony Ramos and Ethen Lofthouse contributed to regional title with a pair of technical falls in the finals. Ramos, ranked No. 4 at 133 pounds, scored three nearfall points as time expired to notch a 24-8 win. Lofthouse used 2:51 of riding time and scored a takedown with one second left to finish his 174-pound bout with a 21-6 victory.
Junior Matt McDonough and redshirt freshman Mike Evans also scored victories for Iowa in regional final.
Iowa (13-3) advanced to the finals with a 31-3 win against No. 24 Virginia Tech. The Hawkeyes scored the first 19 takedowns of the match and finished with a 24-7 takedown advantage.
Ramos, Marion and Evans all defeated ranked opponents. Ramos scored a 3-2 win against top-ranked Devin Carter at 133 pounds to avenge one of his two losses this season. He recorded a second period takedown and opened the third period with an escape to earn the win.
Evans and Marion each earned major decisions against their ranked opponents. The ninth-ranked Evans picked up a takedown and two nearfall points in the first period against seventh-ranked Pete Yates. He added a takedown in the final minute of the match and didn’t allow a point to Yates en route to a 9-0 victory.
Marion scored three takedowns and picked up three nearfall points in his 13-2 win against No. 20 Zach Neibert. McDonough and Lofthouse also earned major decisions for Iowa. McDonough scored six takedowns in a 16-5 win and Lofthouse scored five takedowns in a 13-3 win.