Hawkeyes top Wisconsin, set national attendance recordFebruary 6, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa wrestling team won nine of 10 bouts to top Wisconsin, 39-3, Sunday afternoon inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes scored the first 33 takedowns and finished the day with a 36-2 takedown advantage. The dual was Iowa's final home contest of the regular season. Iowa finished the home schedule averaging a national record 9,014 fans in six home dates, breaking its previsous record of 8,209 set last season.
The Hawkeyes (11-3, 6-2) opened the dual with consecutive technical falls at 125 and 133. Junior Matt McDonough recorded four takedowns and scored 11 nearfall points en route a 20-2 win over Austin Hietpas at 125 pounds. The win was the 15th straight for McDonough. It was also his first technical fall of the season.
Sophomore Tony Ramos followed suit with his team-best sixth technical fall of the season. Ramos piled up six first-period takedowns and collected 5:17 of riding time in a 25-7 win over Shane McQuade.
Senior Montell Marion, wrestling his final match inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, totaled 10 takedowns and 3:57 of riding time to earn a 21-7 major decision over Thomas Glenn. The major was Marion’s team-high eighth of the season.
Wisconsin (5-10, 0-8) then forfeited the 149-pound matchup to extend Iowa’s team lead to 20-0.
Sophomore Derek St. John stretch the led to 23-0 with a 6-1 decision against Shawn Perry at 157. St. John grabbed the leg of Perry in the opening minute, finished the takedown and then rode the Badger for the remaining 2:02 of the period. He opened the second frame with an escape to extend his lead to 3-0 and scored an early takedown in the third period to build a 5-0 lead. He eventually surrendered an escape but finished with 1:56 of riding time to earn the final 6-1 decision. St. John was making his first appearance since Jan. 20 and only his second appearance since suffering a knee injury Dec. 8 against Northern Iowa. He is now 12-1 this season.
Redshirt freshman Mike Evans continued the Hawkeye scoring parade with a pin following the intermission. Evans scored a first period takedown against No. 12 Ben Jordan before flattening the Badger in 3:23 to extend the Hawkeye lead to 29-0. The pin was Evans’ seventh of the season.
Sophomore Ethen Lofthouse earned Iowa’s fifth bonus-point victory with a 16-5 major decision over Frank Cousins. Lofthouse scored six takedowns and accumulated 1:49 of riding time to earn his second major of the season.
Senior Vinnie Wagner closed his Carver-Hawkeye career with a 6-1 decision at 184. Wagner scored a single takedown in both the first and second periods to build a 4-1 edge and added a third period escape to extend his lead to 5-1. He finished the bout with 1:18 of riding time for the final 6-1 decision, extending Iowa’s lead to 36-0.
Wisconsin scored its first takedown of the day when Jackson Hein scored a quick two points against Iowa’s Tomas Lira at 197. Hein had built a 7-2 lead entering the third period before Lira attacked for a pair of takedowns in the final minute. The Hawkeye sophomore pulled within one point, 8-7, before running out of time in a 9-7 loss.
Leading the team race 36-3, redshirt freshman Bobby Telford put the finishing touches on the dual with a 4-0 win against Cole Tobin in the heavyweight match. Telford scored a first period takedown, a second period escape and added 1:24 of riding time to earn his fifth straight win.
The Hawkeyes return to the mat Sunday, Feb. 12, at the NWCA National Dual tournament in Ames, Iowa. The tournament will be broadcast by AM-800 KXIC and streamed online at hawkeyesports.com via Hawkeye All-Access.
NOTES: Attendance was 6,809… Iowa averaged a national record 9,014 fans in six duals (the Iowa City duals do not count toward national attendance averages)… Iowa broke its previous attendance average of 8,209, set last season through six home dates… Iowa won at least nine of 10 dual matches for the fourth time this season… Iowa has won 20 straight Big Ten home duals… Eight Hawkeye seniors were honored after the dual, including Brodie Ambrose, Tyler Clark, Stew Gillmor, Tyler Halverson, J.J. Krutsinger, Montell Marion, Blake Rasing and Vinnie Wagner.
#5 University of Iowa 39, University of Wisconsin 3
125 - Matt McDonough (I) tech. fall Austin Hietpas (W), 20-2; TS 5-0
133 - Tony Ramos (I) tech. fall Shane McQuade (W), 25-7; TS 10-0
141 - Montell Marion (I) major dec. Thomas Glenn (W), 21-7; 14-0
149 - Mike Kelly (I) won by forfeit; TS 20-0
157 - Derek St. John (I) dec. Shawn Perry (W), 6-1; TS 23-0
165 - Mike Evans (I) pinned Ben Jordan (W), 2:23; TS 29-0
174 - Ethen Lofthouse (I) major dec. Frank Cousins (W), 16-5; 33-0
184 - Vinnie Wagner (I) dec. Timmy McCall (W), 6-1; TS 36-0
197 - Jackson Hein (W) dec. Tomas Lira (I), 9-7; TS 36-3
Hwt. - Bobby Telford (I) dec. Cole Tobin (W), 4-0; TS 39-3