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DI: Hawkeyes top Huskers 22-9 for seventh consecutive win in series

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Iowa won seven of 10 bouts to defeat Nebraska 22-9 on Saturday at the Devaney Center. The win was Iowa's seventh consecutive in the series.

Thomas Gilman, Tony Ramos, and Josh Dziewa spotted Iowa a 10-0 lead with two wins and a major decision, but Nebraska kept things close with three wins in matches that featured ranked opponents.

It was a stretch that got UI head coach Tom Brands' attention.

Gilman used a point for riding time to defeat No. 9 Tim Lambert 2-1 at 125. Ramos scored five takedowns to record his team-best fifth major decision 15-4 at 133, and Dziewa used two takedowns and two near-fall points to win 9-2 at 141.

Nebraska (8-1, 2-1) closed to within 10-6 before intermission with a pair of wins at 149 and 157. Fifth-ranked Jake Sueflohn defeated No. 13 Brody Grothus 5-2 at 149, and third-ranked James Green ended Derek St. John's 27-match win streak with a 9-7 win at 157.

Nick Moore used three takedowns to win 8-2 at 165, but fourth-ranked Robert Kokesh closed the gap with a 7-3 win against No. 6 Mike Evans at 174.

After Nebraska pulled to within 13-9, freshman Sammy Brooks swung the momentum back toward the Hawkeyes when he finished a single-leg with 17 seconds into the sudden-victory period to defeat No. 11 T.J. Dudley 6-4 at 184.

Brooks wasn't able to finish a number of shots in the first and second periods, but eventually caught Dudley on the edge and grabbed a 4-3 lead with 37 seconds left in the third. Dudley escaped to force overtime, but Brooks went right back to the leg, ending the match and earning his second straight win over a rated opponent.

Brooks' win extended Iowa's lead to 16-9, and Nathan Burak (197) and Bobby Telford (285) closed with a pair of decisions for the final 22-9 score.

No. 5 Oklahoma State 30, West Virginia 6

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Oklahoma State is 4-3 after a dominating 30-6 win against Big 12 foe West Virginia in on Saturday.

Four of the night’s 10 bouts ended in bonus points for the Cowboys.

Sophomore Eddie Klimara kicked it off for the Pokes, defeating Cory Stainbrook 7-2. It was Klimara’s ninth win of the season.

No. 5 Jon Morrison put the first of several bonus points on the board for the Cowboys with his 13-4 major decision against Nathan Pennesi at 133 pounds.

No. 6 Cornell 33, Harvard 6

ITHACA, N.Y. -- With four nationally ranked starters sitting out among the first five spots in the lineup, few would have blamed Cornell head coach Rob Koll if he had trepidation about what the halftime score might look like in Saturday afternoon's Ivy League-opening dual against Harvard.

The Big Red won three of those matches and entered the break with a 16-3 lead to set his mind at ease. In the end, Cornell coasted with its 59th consecutive Ivy League dual match win with a 33-6 triumph against the Crimson at the Friedman Wrestling Center.

Without the services of nationally-ranked Nahshon Garrett (125), Mark Grey (133), Chris Villalonga (149) and Brian Realbuto (149), the Big Red was able to showcase its impressive depth.

Bricker Dixon took a forfeit at 125 pounds, but even without it, the Big Red would have had a 10-3 edge. 

Harvard backup Ryan Osleeb won a 7-0 decision against Cornell's backup, Logan David, at 133 pounds to quickly get the Crimson back into the dual, but that was the lone highlight for the visitors. Mike Nevinger earned a dominant 1-0 decision win against Harvard's Todd Preston. Nevinger paced the match throughout and used an escape quickly in the third period to improve to 5-1 on the season.

Without Villalonga, Conner David dominated his opponent at 149 pounds, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after the first period and never looking back. David used a late takedown to get Nicholas Stager on his back for three near-fall points and nearly a pin before the final horn.

Taylor Simaz wrestled a great first two periods to earn a decision against former New York state champ Tyler Grimaldi, taking a 5-0 lead into the final period and holding on for a 10-5 victory to send the Big Red into the break leading 16-3.

To close out the dual, Jacob Aiken-Phillips had takedowns in the first and second periods to build a 5-1 lead, and much like Simaz, was able to hold on for the victory.