Back Points: Iowa-Minnesota wrestling

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:

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.

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.

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?

March is growing closer and closer by the day. So, naturally, we’ll see.

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