In the first conference meeting (and third time in history), the Iowa Hawkeyes came out on top over Maryland 33-3, picking up bonus point wins in five of the team’s nine wins, it was exactly the type of performance Iowa needed before they continue their road trip against #6 Penn State this Sunday.
The dual started at 141 where Iowa senior Josh Dziewa faced off against Shyhiem Brown in what was a Midlands rematch. In their previous meeting Dziewa won 4-2 and this match provided the same margin as Dziewa needed overtime to win 3-1 in sudden victory. The win put Iowa out front 3-0, and from their Iowa never let control of the dual out of their hands.
Brandon Sorensen can’t have enough nice things said about him right now as he used eight takedowns to win his match by major decision and was the first bonus win for the Hawkeyes. After a 4-0 win over Jake Short in the Minnesota dual, it was good to see the freshman get back to his aggressiveness and win the match in dominating fashion.
#14 ranked Mike Kelly dropped the only match on the night for the Hawkeyes 5-4, losing on riding time. Kelly gave up a takedown and a reversal in the match. With out an offensive point, it is pretty easy to point to the cause of Kelly’s problems.
Nick Moore picked up a medical forfeit at 165 in the first period to put Iowa out front 13-3 and what would kick off a string of seven straight wins for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa picked up back-to-back major decision from Mike Evans and Sammy Brooks at 174 and 184 respectively to push the Iowa lead to 20-3. Things got a little heated between Evans and Snook with both picking up penalty points in the match. After the match completed, Evans was docked a team point which is why the score was only 20-3 instead of 21-3.
#6 Nathan Burak got the night off and Tom Brands elected to go with Kris Klapprodt at 197. Klapprodt hit a big five point move in the first and wound up winning 9-3. Klapprodt provided all of the offensive points in the match, and put up a great showing for being “just a backup”.
Bobby Telford took care of the first meeting between ranked wrestlers as he defeated #13 Spencer Myers 4-0. Telford didn’t get a takedown until the third period, but was constantly pushing the pace the entire match.
Thomas Gilman then came out and scored what was the fifth bonus win when he won 20-9 over Josh Polacek. Gilman went into the third period up 10-4 and then doubled his points on five takedowns. The win put the team score at 30-3 with one bout to go.
Cory Clark had the privilege of wrestling Maryland other top 20 ranked wrestler and he won 7-5. Clark got put in an early 2-0 hole, and he responded with an escape and takedown to close out the first to lead 3-2. Clark added an escape and takedown in the third and almost had a perfect period except for a locked hands call. Clark then was reversed in the third , but had riding time locked up so he wound up with his 7-5 score and 33-3 final team score.
As mentioned the Hawkeyes will continue their road trip as they head to Penn State for a top ten matchup on Sunday. With a win over the Nittany Lions the Hawkeyes will clinch at least a share of the Big Ten conference dual title.
#1 IOWA 33, Maryland 3
141 – #6 Josh Dziewa (IA) dec. #20 Shyheim Brown (M), 3-1 SV1; 3-0
149 – #2 Brandon Sorensen (IA) major dec. Ben Dorsay (M), 18-6; 7-0
157 – Lou Mascala (M) dec. #14 Michael Kelly (IA), 5-4; 7-3
165 – #7 Nick Moore won by medical forfeit Tyler Manion (M); 13-3
174 – #2 Mike Evans (IA) major dec. Josh Snook (M), 17-5; 16-3*
184 – #8 Sammy Brooks (IA) major dec. Tony Gardner (M), 19-8; 20-3
197 – Kris Klapprodt (IA) dec. Rob Fitzgerald (M), 9-3; 23-3
285 – #2 Bobby Telford (IA) dec. #13 Spencer Myers (M), 4-0; 26-3
125 – #5 Thomas Gilman (IA) major dec. Josh Polacek (M), 20-9; 30-3
133 – #3 Cory Clark (IA) dec. #20 Geoffrey Alexander (M), 7-5; 33-3
*Iowa was deducted one team point following the 174-pound match