The Daily Iowan goes through the Iowa wrestlers’ matches in Session IV and whom they will face on Saturday, the last day of the 2015 NCAA Championships.
ST. LOUIS — With only the Saturday morning consolation matches and the evening finals left, the team race is Ohio State’s to lose. The Buckeyes are the leaders of the tournament with 86.5 points, while Iowa sits in second with 73. It’s not entirely insurmountable for the Hawkeyes, but a lot of things will have to go their way.
Iowa went 6-4 during the session and placed one wrestler in the finals — 133-pounder Cory Clark. They also still have five wrestlers left in the consolation bracket and will end the tournament with six All-Americans.
Here’s the weight-by-weight breakdown:
125 pounds, Semifinals: Zeke Moisey (West Virginia) pins No. 6 Thomas Gilman in :52
Things did not start off well at all for the Hawkeyes as Moisey was able to pin Gilman in just 52 seconds. Moisey got a takedown almost immediately in the match, got an escape, and then got put on his back. This is a major blow to Iowa’s chances for a team national title.
Up next, consolation semifinals, No. 2 Nahshon Garrett, Cornell. Gilman beat Garrett earlier this year at the National Duals in a close 3-1 match and a similar match could play out Saturday in the semifinals. However, Garrett has been on the warpath since getting bounced in the second round and has rattled off major decisions in his last three matches.
133 pounds, Semifinals: No. 3 Cory Clark over No. 7 Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State), 7-5
After a quiet first period, Gulibon scored a reversal on Clark to go up 2-0 in the second period. Clark escaped and then got a takedown to move ahead and sealed things with an escape and a takedown in the third. Gulibon managed a late takedown, but that was not enough to top Clark.
Up next, National Championship, No. 13 Cody Brewer, Oklahoma. Underseeded, Brewer has smashed his way through the bracket and absolutely demolished the previously undefeated Chris Dardanes by major decision in the semifinals. This should be a fun one.
149 pounds, Blood Round: No. 4 Brandon Sorensen over No. 7 Sal Mastriani (Virginia Tech), 9-1
Sorensen took care of business against Mastriani and got a late takedown to grab the major decision and is guaranteed to be an All-American.
Consolation quarterfinals: Sorensen over Daniel Neff (Lehigh), 4-3
Neff scored an early takedown, but Sorensen escaped once in the first period and then again in the second to tie the bout. Neff chose down in the third and quickly escaped to put himself ahead. Then, with about 20 seconds remaining, Sorensen shot, got a takedown, and won the match.
Up next, consolation semifinals: No. 5 Chris Villalonga, Cornell. Sorensen beat Villalonga earlier this season at the National Duals by a score of 4-1 and could very well do the same again.
174 pounds, Semifinals: No. 2 Matt Brown (Penn State) over No. 3 Mike Evans, 1-0
Not a whole lot to say here. Brown chose down in the second period and escaped fairly quickly. Evans had a chance on a shot in the third period but couldn’t finish and lost the match.
Up next, consolation semifinals: Robert Kokesh, Nebraska. Evans has a very, very tough match here. Kokesh was undefeated on the season coming into his quarterfinal match, where he was beaten. All-time, Evans is 3-4 against Kokesh, though the Nebraska wrestler has beaten him four times in a row.
184 pounds, Blood Round: No. 3 Blake Stauffer (Arizona State) over No. 9 Sammy Brooks, 7-2
Stauffer took it to Brooks early and often, and while at times it seemed that Brooks was going to be able to pull off a minor upset and reach All-American status, it simply didn’t happen. Stauffer’s two takedowns in the third period saw to that.
Up next: Nothing, Brooks will have to wait until next year to get another chance in the tournament.
197 pounds, Blood Round: No. 6 Nathan Burak over Canaan Bethea (Penn), 10-3
Burak steadily increased his lead throughout the match, scoring at least one takedown in every period. Workmanlike, for lack of a better word.
Consolation quarterfinals: No. 2 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) over Burak, 6-3
McIntosh scored two early takedowns, and Burak couldn’t do much after that, despite Burak being in deep on shots several times in the second and third periods.
Up next, seventh-place match: Max Huntley, Michigan. Burak has beaten Huntley every time they’ve faced each other during their college career. A Burak win here would help Iowa in the team race.
Heavyweight, Blood Round: No. 3 Bobby Telford over Blaize Cabell (Northern Iowa), 4-0
Telford got a takedown early in the first period and had a bunch of riding time in the period as well. Nothing much happened until the third period, when Telford got an escape and then used riding time to push him to the eventual final.
Consolation quarterfinals: Telford over No. 9 Michael Kroells (Minnesota) , 2-0
A rematch of the Big Ten heavyweight semifinals, Telford once again beat Medbery, albeit in a very dry 2-0 win. He used riding time and a third period escape for his eventual victory.
Up next, consolation quarterfinals, No. 5 Connor Medbery, Wisconsin. Yet another familiar Big Ten foe for Telford as he will wrestle Medbery for a chance to wrestle in the third/fourth-place match.
1) Ohio State, 86.5
2) Iowa, 73
3) Cornell, 66.5
4) Edinboro, 64.5
5) Missouri, 60