No. 2 Iowa takes down No. 1 Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nick Moore used short time, Mike Evans used overtime, and for the 71st time in 100 meetings Iowa defeated Minnesota in a battle for the Border Belt 23-12 on Friday night inside Williams Arena.
Moore opened the dual with a quick six, whipping Brandon Kingsley to his back in the second period to give Iowa a 6-0 lead, and Evans topped fourth-ranked Logan Storley with a takedown 39 seconds into the first sudden-victory period to give the Hawkeyes a 9-0 edge.
Moore played down the importance of setting the tone. "It's good for me. It's good for me to build. Other than that I don't know how much it helps or hurts."
Evans, who was waiting on deck, was much more in tune with the moment.
"You feel it for sure, definitely in a hostile environment," Evans said. "You've got a guy who goes out there and puts six on the board it shuts them up real quick. You don't have to listen to those fans so much, it's really nice."
The Hawkeye seniors stole a couple big moments from 13,603 Minnesota fans, and before the shock had a chance to settle in, Sammy Brooks scored six takedowns at 184 to extend the Iowa lead to 12-0.
The Hawkeyes won six of 10 matches overall and scored the only bonus points of the dual. Besides Moore's pin, Thomas Gilman notched nine takedowns, one reversal, and terminated his match 23-7 with two nearfall points at 125. All told, Iowa scored 23 takedowns to Minnesota's 10.
"I think the way [Gilman] is wrestling," Iowa head coach Tom Brands said, "we've talked about it a lot this year, because there's a difference from last year -- but the way he's wrestling those bonus points are going to come because he's not keeping it close."
Minnesota got on the board when sixth-ranked Scott Schiller scored a takedown in the final seconds to beat third-ranked Nathan Burak 3-1 at 197. Telford then put Iowa up 15-3 at the break with a 6-4 win at 285. Telford scored two takedowns and added 1:49 of riding time to beat 13th-ranked Michael Kroells.
Gilman's win extended the Hawkeye lead to 20-3, but Minnesota closed the gap with wins at 133, 141, and 157. Cory Clark narrowly lost 5-3 to top-ranked Chris Dardanes at 133, and Michael Kelly led 8-5 in the final minute before giving up a four-point move to top-ranked Dylan Ness at 157. Josh Dziewa lost 7-3 at 141, and Brandon Sorensen picked up Iowa's sixth win, 4-0 at 149.
"It was 6-4, but we had a lot of bonus points [Friday night]," Brands said. "We had a fall and a tech fall and that's a big difference. We've got to keep it going."
The dual victory gives Iowa (11-0, 6-0) sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Minnesota is 10-1 (6-1).