Before we get to the numbers, it was brought to my attention on the night of Jan. 30 that Iowa’s 23-12 win over Minnesota was just the Gophers’ second loss in their last 31 dual meets.
This is where I saw it:
— Minnesota Wrestling (@GopherWrestling) January 31, 2015
Let that sink in for a moment, because that is really impressive.
I did some digging. Minnesota’s other loss in those 31 duals? It came to Michigan last season. Score: 19-14.
If we want to take it a step further, the Gophers’ last loss before that weird dual against the Wolverines came at the hands of, of course, Iowa, a 16-15 loss in Minneapolis during the 2012-13 season. Earlier that year, Minnesota also lost to Oklahoma State, 22-15.
In all, that’s four losses in 44 duals.
Again, really impressive.
Anyway, back to the numbers. As I said the first time we did this, wrestling isn’t really a numbers-heavy sport, but sometimes, they allow us to see more into how a dual was decided. Maybe this will be fun. Maybe this will be confusing. Hopefully, it gives us something else to talk about. We’ll see.
Without further ado …
No. 1 Iowa 23, No. 2 Minnesota 12
Total match points: Iowa 69, Minnesota 47
Iowa’s total includes Nick Moore’s 4-2 lead before his second-period pin at 165 pounds.
Moore with the pin at 4:27! Hawkeyes up 6-0 to start the dual!
— IowaWRLive (@IowaWRLive) January 31, 2015
Total takedowns: Iowa 22, Minnesota 10
Takedowns by period
First period: Iowa 7, Minnesota 3
Second period: Iowa 10, Minnesota 2
Iowa’s Thomas Gilman had 5 takedowns in the second period of his 23-7 technical-fall victory over Ethan Lizak at 125 pounds. Gilman’s 9 takedowns (3 in the first period, 5 in the second, and 1 in the third) led all wrestlers.
Fun fact from Gilman's match: He had more takedowns in the second period (5) than he did in the first (3). That's, uhh, not bad.
— Cody Goodwin (@codygoodwin) January 31, 2015
Third period: Minnesota 5, Iowa 4
Overtime: Iowa 1, Minnesota 0
Mike Evans scored in overtime to beat Logan Storley, 3-1, at 174 pounds. It was Evans’ first overtime match of the season.
Stall warnings: Iowa 1, Minnesota 1
— Iowa’s Josh Dziewa was hit for stalling in the first period of his 7-3 loss to Nick Dardanes at 141 pounds. Minnesota’s Jake Short was also hit for stalling in the first period of his 4-0 loss to Brandon Sorensen at 149 pounds.
Fun Stat(s): Evans and Storley combined, by my count, for five pushouts — Evans had three, and Storley had two. It spoke to the kind of pace each guy was trying to employ on the other. A 3-1 score doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but with all the pushouts combined with neither guy’s really giving too much ground to the other, it was all sorts of exhilarating.
One more: Twice in the third period, Iowa’s Nathan Burak fought off a really, really good shot from Minnesota’s Scott Schiller. We’re talking just incredible defense on a high single, as well as good hip action on a deep, deep double leg. I was in awe. (Sammy Brooks and Cory Clark also displayed some great defense in their matches at 184 and 125. I’ll address this more later in the week, after I rewatch the dual and make some Vines. It’ll be fun. I hope. We’ll see.)
One last thing: I saw this last night, too. What do you guys think?
BTW, how about Iowa pounding Minnesota in wrestling last night? Anything less than the nat'l title now a disappointment.
— LukeMeredith (@LukeMeredithAP) January 31, 2015
March is growing closer and closer by the day. So, naturally, we’ll see.