No. 1 Iowa Defeats Indiana, 26-12January 6, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The University of Iowa wrestling team defeated Indiana 26-12 tonight inside University Gym to extend its streak of unbeaten duals to 84, tying the Oklahoma State record set from 1959-66. The top-ranked Hawkeyes won seven-of-10 bouts to improve to 2-0 in conference duals, 7-0 overall.
The Hawkeyes stormed to a 13-0 team lead behind a pair of bonus-point victories from junior Matt McDonough (125) and sophomore Tony Ramos (133). McDonough opened the dual with a 13-1 major decision, his fourth major of the season, and Ramos notched his fourth pin of the year with a second period fall to give Iowa a 10-0 team lead. Sophomore Nick Trizzino then extended the Hawkeye lead to 13-0 with a 5-1 decision in the 141-pound match. Trizzino, a sophomore from Bettendorf, Iowa, was making his first dual appearance of the season.
Indiana got on the board when Taylor Walsh narrowly edged Iowa’s Michael Kelly at 149 pounds, 4-3. Iowa then bounced back and extended its team lead with back-to-back victories from redshirt freshmen Nick Moore (157) and Mike Evans (165). Moore scored a 9-4 win in his first career Hawkeye dual and Evans recorded his third major decision of the season, 10-0, to give Iowa a 20-3 advantage in the team score. Evans’ victory marked the ninth time this season he has either pinned or shutout his opponent.
Indiana’s Ryan LeBlanc pulled the Hoosiers within 13 points, 20-7, with a 15-5 major decision over Iowa redshirt freshman Walt Gillmor in the 174-pound match. Gillmor, a Donahue, Iowa, native, was making his first career dual appearance and just his fifth career appearance at 174 pounds.
The Hawkeyes eventually closed the match with two wins in the final three bouts. Redshirt freshman Jeremy Fahler extended Iowa’s team lead to 23-7 with a 3-1 decision at 184 pounds and, after Indiana’s fourth-ranked Matt Powless topped sophomore Tomas Lira 22-7, senior Blake Rasing closed the dual with a 6-4 win in the heavyweight bout. Rasing, a 2011 Big Ten champion, was making his first dual appearance of the season.
Iowa’s win sets up a potential record breaking dual Saturday night when Oklahoma State visits Iowa City. A win or tie over the Cowboys would run Iowa’s streak of unbeaten duals to 85, breaking OSU’s previous mark. A win against Oklahoma State would also be the 900th dual victory in Iowa wrestling history. Only three other NCAA programs – Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State – have at least 900 dual victories in their respective wrestling histories.
Iowa and Oklahoma State will square off beginning at 7 p.m. on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Call the UI Ticket Office at 800-IA-HAWKS to purchase tickets to the dual. Fans are encouraged to wear black for the BLACKOUT event. Fans wearing black will receive $2 off tickets purchased at the door.
Notes: Iowa wrestled with five redshirt freshmen in the lineup… the five redshirt freshmen – Kelly, Moore, Evans, Gillmor, Fahler -- combined for a 3-2 mark… Iowa is undefeated in its last 37 conference duals… the Hawkeyes have won 20 straight Big Ten road duals.