There were bonus points aplenty in today’s contest that pit the Iowa Hawkeyes against the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Hawks used five bonus point victories to come out on top 34-3 in their first conference dual. Purdue managed just two takedowns in a dual that was largely controlled by the Hawks.
Continuing his red hot start, Thomas Gilman kicked things off by scoring a technical fall, 25-10 over Ben Thornton at 125 pounds.The tech fall was Gilman’s sixth bonus victory on the season as the senior All-American moves to a perfect 6-0 on the season.
The second match of the day had a much slower pace as senior Cory Clark came out on top 6-0 against Luke Welch. Welch was able to slow the offense of Clark who won by major decision when the pair met in the teams’ dual last season.
Iowa got back into the bonus at 141 pounds when Topher Carton was able pick up a major decision against Kyle Ayersman at 141 pounds, 19-8. After giving up the match’s first score, Carton came back with two takedowns of his own to lead 5-3 after the first. Carton then poured it on adding three takedowns in both the second and third period to get his team a bonus point.
Junior Brandon Sorensen added a major decision of his own at 149, downing Nate Limmex by a score of 17-6 and freshman Michael Kemerer added a 10-3 decision against Alex Griffin to put the Hawks up 19-0 a the half way point in the dual. Freshman Joey Gunther then picked up his first road dual win by downing Dylan Lydy 8-4.
Iowa would pick up two more bonus wins in the second half of the dual with seniors Alex Meyer and Sammy Brooks combined to win 45-19 against their two opponents at 174 and 184 respectively. Meyer scored just one takedown in the first period, but really picked up the pace from there on his way to his technical fall over Peter Andreotti. At 184 it was all Brooks in the early going on the way to his major decision against Tanner Lynde.
Iowa saw a lot of excitement at 197 where Cash Wilcke needed a late takedown to defeat Christian Brunner, 6-4. With the match winding down Brunner hit an ankle pick and looked like he was going to score the match winning takedown, but Wilcke was able to get Brunner extended and come around to score the match winning score on a go behind.
The lone blemish on the day came at heavyweight where Tyler Kral was able to put a tough third period ride on Steven Holloway to come out on top 4-2 in the day’s final match. Entering the third period Holloway had a chance to tie by getting an escape, but Kral was able to ride the entire period for the win. Regular starter Sam Stoll made the trip to Purdue and may be returning to the lineup soon.
The Hawks return to the road next Friday when they head to Brookings, South Dakota for a non-conference matchup with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
IOWA HAWKEYES 34 – PURDUE BOILERMAKERS 3
125: Thomas Gilman tech fall Ben Thornton 25-10, 5-0 IOWA
133: Cory Clark dec Luke Welch 6-0, 8-0 IOWA
141: Topher Carton maj dec Kyle Ayersman 19-8, 12-0 IOWA
149: Brandon Sorensen maj dec Nate Limmex 17-6, 16-0 IOWA
157: Michael Kemerer dec Alex Griffin 10-3, 19-0 IOWA
165: Joey Gunther dec Dylan Lydy 8-4, 22-0 IOWA
174: Alex Meyer tech fall Peter Andreotti 25-10, 27-0 IOWA
184: Sammy Brooks maj dec Tanner Lynde 20-9, 31-0 IOWA
197: Cash Wilcke dec Christian Brunner 6-4, 34-0 IOWA
285: Tyler Kral dec Steven Holloway 4-2, 34-3 IOWA