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Iowa Athletics | January 4, 2014

Hawkeyes win 16th consecutive Big Ten opener

BRADLEY, Ill. -- Third-ranked Iowa defeated No. 21 Purdue 30-3 Friday night at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School. The Hawkeyes scored 25 takedowns and surrendered just one to win their 16th consecutive Big Ten opener.

Nick Moore and Ethen Lofthouse scored bonus points for Iowa. Lofthouse scored eight takedowns en route to a 20-7 win at 184, and Moore used three takedowns and nine nearfall points to earn the first technical fall of his career 16-1 at 165.

Third-ranked Iowa (7-1, 1-0) won five consecutive matches to build a 15-0 lead before intermission. Thomas Gilman (125), Tony Ramos (133), Josh Dziewa (141), Brody Grothus (149), and Derek St. John each won by decision. Grothus' 5-3 win was his first career Big Ten dual victory. St. John won 7-2 to extend his winning streak to a career-best 25 matches.

Alex Meyer earned a win in his Big Ten debut, extending Iowa's lead to 23-0 with a 5-3 decision at 174 pounds. Meyer scored a takedown in the first, erased a 3-2 deficit with a reversal in the third, and added a point for riding time.

Bobby Telford closed the dual with a 4-0 win at 285. Telford scored a takedown in the first, an escape in the third, and added a point for riding time.

Purdue (3-2, 0-2) won its lone match at 197 pounds. Nathan Burak was unable to erase a 3-1 deficit to start the third, and No. 17 Braden Atwood, the 2013 Midlands runner-up, used a point for riding time to win 5-4. The match was Burak's first this year as an attached competitor.

No. 8 Nebraska 26, Wyoming 12

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Trailing Wyoming 12-9, No. 8 Nebraska (6-0) won the final five matches of the dual en route to a 26-12 triumph against the Cowboys at the Devaney Center on Friday night.

Ranked wrestlers Jake Sueflohn (149), James Green (157), Austin Wilson (165), Robert Kokesh (174) and TJ Dudley (184) all earned victories during the Huskers’ closing run.

Sixth-ranked Sueflohn tied the dual at 12 following his 4-0 decision against Brandon Richardson. After a first-period takedown Sueflohn added a second-period escape before an additional point for riding time.

Fourth-ranked Green improved to 19-0 on the season after notching a 5-1 decision against No. 20 Andy McCulley on Friday night. Following a scoreless first period, Green earned a reversal in the second period and tacked on a takedown in the third period with a point for riding time.