College Wrestling Spotlight: Iowa Edges Minnesota 19-17 with Bonus Points
Fans of the beloved Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling program filled the stands on Sunday afternoon to witness a back-and-forth battle against Minnesota. As foam hands with two fingers pointed to the sky were raised every time an Iowa wrestler secured a takedown, the Hawkeyes ended their two-dual losing streak by edging the Golden Gophers 19-17.
The Carver-Hawkeye Arena was packed with just over 9,500 fans as the home team won their seventh straight dual over the Golden Gophers. No. 6 Iowa earned a dual victory over No. 3 Minnesota by bonus points as redshirt freshmen Nick Moore and Mike Evans earned majors. Tony Ramos continued his undefeated winning streak at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to 14 matches.
Former National Champion Matt McDonough set the standards for the Hawkeyes as he earned a decision victory 7-1 over the Golden Gophers top-ranked wrestler Zach Sanders at 125-pounds. McDonough earned a couple of takedowns plus a reversal to build a 6-1 lead. He earned a point for riding time (2:56) as well making it 7-1 en route to knocking off Sanders.
The winning continued for Iowa as they reigned victorious in five of the first six matches. Tony Ramos at 133-pounds and Montell Marion at 141 earned decision wins over opponents Chris Dardanes and brother Nick Dardanes. Ramos won 5-2 giving Iowa a 6-0 lead, and Montell won by decision over Nick to give them a nine nothing lead after three matches.
Dylan Ness majored his opponent from Iowa cutting the Hawkeye lead to five. Ness won over Michael Kelly 15-7 before the No. 6 team in the nation would respond with two bonus-points wins.
Moore came out on the attack Sunday as he scored a pair of takedowns early at 157. He added three near fall in the first period making it 7-1 against Alec Ortiz. Ortiz was unable to escape as he was rode by Moore the entire second period. In the third, Moore added an escape, pushed the Gopher around to gain a stalling point, and scored another takedown. He allowed a late escape but received a point for riding time. The match ended in a major decision at 11-2.
Evans scored another pin fall win for the Hawkeyes as he earned his sixth of the season. At 6:02 Cody Yohn was flattened by Evans when he sunk in a deep half-nelson and ran on his toes giving him a pin-fall. This boosted the Hawkeyes lead by six more points increasing the total lead to 19-4.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers fought back in the dual as they won the final four matches. However, the three decision victories and a major wasn’t enough for the Gophers to tie or win. Minnesota would need a miracle in their final match at heavyweight in order for them to have a chance.
At 174-pounds Logan Storley won a decision over Ethan Lofthouse 5-3. The 184-pounder for Minnesota, Kevin Steinhaus majored Vinnie Wagner cutting the lead to eight.
Sonny Yohn earns a decision victory as well over Grant Gramball at the 197-pound weight class. Gramball had a chance to secure the victory for Iowa with a 3-2 lead entering the third period. Yohn locked it up at three all, and eventually winning it by acquiring a takedown with ten seconds left in the match respectively winning 5-3.
The Golden Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson was given the opportunity to win the dual with a pin-fall. Nelson was unable to do so, winning by decision over Blake Rasing 7-2. Nelson was able to score a pair of takedowns and a point for riding time (1:22), but unable to earn bonus-points.
Iowa will be back on the mat next Sunday, February 5th, at 1 pm.(CT) when the Badgers travel to Iowa. The Hawkeyes dual vs. Wisconsin will be streamed on Btn.com. The Golden Gophers will Host Nebraska at the Sports Pavilion at noon central time.
Matches and scores-
#5 Iowa 19, #3 Minnesota 17
125 - No. 2 Matt McDonough (I) dec. No. 1 Zach Sanders (M), 7-1; 3-0
133 - No. 4 Tony Ramos (I) dec. No. 7 Chris Dardanes (M), 5-2; 6-0
141 - No. 7 Montell Marion (I) vs. No. 12 Nick Dardanes (M), 3-2; 9-0
149 - No. 11 Dylan Ness (M) major dec. Michael Kelly (I), 15-7; 9-4
157 - Nick Moore (I) major dec. Alec Ortiz (M), 11-2; 13-4
165 - No. 8 Mike Evans (I) pinned No. 14 Cody Yohn (M), 6:02; 19-4
174 - No. 7 Logan Storley (M) dec. No. 9 Ethen Lofthouse (I), 5-3; 19-7
184 - No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (M) major dec. Vinnie Wagner (I) 19-11
197 - No. 6 Sonny Yohn (M) dec. Grant Gambrall (I), 5-3; 19-14,
285 - No.4 Tony Nelson (M) dec. Blake Rasing (I), 7-2; 19-17
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