The second-ranked Iowa wrestling team won eight of 10 bouts and clobbered Iowa State on Nov. 29 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands thought the Nov. 29 dual against Iowa State was a sellout. It sure felt like one. Sounded like one, too, with all the fans ruthlessly yelling and verbally attacking any Cyclone wrestler who dared to take even one step backward while on the mat.
But sights and sounds can sometimes be deceiving. It was only 11,882 who came to watch the second-ranked Hawkeyes dispatch No. 12 Iowa State, 28-8. It was Iowa’s 11th-straight victory in the series, and it will retain the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy with it.
“They said it was sold-out. That’s my bad. I got wrong information,” Brands said. “But you can probably ask 11,800 people what they thought [of the dual] and, because they’re so educated, you’d probably get a good answer.
“And I’ll probably give you the same answer. I think it was workmanlike. I think it was a little ho-hum, maybe. I think we left some points off the board because we’re not capitalizing on major-decision opportunities. … I think you do that by getting the ball rolling earlier.”
Just three of the night’s 10 bouts were decided in bonus-point fashion, and they happened to be the last three. With the dual well in hand, Sammy Brooks opened up and beat Lelund Weatherspoon at 184 pounds, 9-1. After a scoreless opening period, Brooks tallied 5 points in the second period, including 4 in the final 10 seconds.
Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson followed by pinning Kris Klapprodt in 5:31 at 197 pounds. The Cyclones were then deducted a team point after Gadson walked off the mat and was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct.
“Not happy with the way Kyven came off the mat,” Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson said. “Not happy with what he did. He’s emotional. It’s his last year. I make no excuses for him, but that’s not the kind of behavior we’re going to tolerate. He’s better than that.”
Iowa’s Bobby Telford ended the dual with a pin at heavyweight, his 7th of the season (he’s 7-0, by the way). Telford won by fall over Quean Smith in 5:36.
“Very patient,” Brands said about Telford. “It was very well wrestled, I thought. Very patient and mature, like he’s on a mission.”
Iowa State’s only other win came at 165 pounds. Third-ranked Michael Moreno topped fifth-ranked Nick Moore, 6-3. Moreno managed a takedown late in the first period for a 2-0 lead, then another with 17 seconds left in the second for a 4-1 lead. Moore added a takedown of his own in the third, but by then, it was a little too late.
“Obviously, he got a win, but it wasn’t a pretty win,” Jackson said about Moreno. “We worked a couple of positions from that crackdown position. He let himself get out-scrambled. Otherwise, I don’t think he gives up that takedown.”
The rest of the dual was, as Brands said, ho-hum. There were no surprises. It went mostly chalk the entire way.
Before Moreno won at 165, Iowa won the dual’s first five bouts, all by decision. Thomas Gilman and Cory Clark opened with wins at 125 and 133 pounds. Josh Dziewa added a 9-2 win at 141.
Brandon Sorensen got the call at 149 pounds over Brody Grothus and earned a 7-6 win over Gabe Moreno. Michael Kelly won a tight match at 157, beating Luke Goettl, 11-6, thanks to a third-period reversal that put Goettl on his back.
In all, workmanlike might be the best word to describe Iowa’s performance. And, in typical Iowa-wrestling fashion, most of them weren’t terribly happy about the night, despite near-complete domination through the entire the lineup.
“We need to open up, and we need to score more points,” Clark said. “What are we afraid of? We just need to wrestle the way we can wrestle. I’m not going to make excuses, and I’m not sure what the reason is, but a lot of us would agree that we can give more than what we’ve giving.”
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