The #3 Iowa Hawkeyes dominated a #16 ranked Wisconsin Badger squad Friday night in Carver Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes were able to get bonus victories at five weights against the Badgers en route to their 33-8 victory. The dual was highlighted by Topher Carton’s major decision over #16 ranked Cole Martin in the dual’s only ranked head to head matchup.
The night began at 184 pounds where senior Sammy Brooks did his best impression of Thomas Gilman and started the Hawkeyes off with a fall against Hunter Ritter. Brooks was unable to put Ritter away when locking up the cradle in the first period, but he would not be denied a second time, using a whip over to pin him later in the period.
Following a 3-1 decision from freshman Cash Wilcke over Mason Reinhardt at 197 pounds, Tom Brands appeared to be playing with his lineup as he sent Faraan Brantley out to face #2 ranked Connor Medbery at heavyweight. Brantley, who’s last competition was two seasons ago, with the action coming at 174 pounds. It was clear that Medbery was too much for the junior, as the Wisconsin wrestler racked up a 18-1 technical fall.
Thomas Gilman was a buzzsaw-self scoring four first period takedowns to give him a 8-4 lead after the first period. Gilman continued his high pace picking up a pair of second period takedowns, and three more in the third period to win by major decision, 21-7.
We did not see Cory Clark take the mat at 133 pounds, instead junior Phil Laux took to the mat against Eli Stickley. After giving up a takedown for the first score of the match, Laux quickly notched a reversal before adding four near fall points to close out the first period up 6-2. Neither wrestler would add to that score the rest of the match.
After dropping his last three matches, Carton came out and picked up a major decision, 9-1 against #16 Martin at 141 pounds. Carton’s performance was fueled by two takedowns and two near fall points along the way to his bonus point victory.
Following a 9-5 decision from Brandon Sorensen at 149 pounds, redshirt freshman Michael Kemerer got the crowd going when he pinned Jared Scharenbrock in :57 seconds at 157 pounds. Kemerer started the match with a takedown and while working for a second takedown, Scharenbrock dove for Kemerer’s ankle hoping to create a leg pass situation. Unfortunately for Scharenbrock he landed square on his back and Kemerer was able to catch the Wisconsin wrestler in a cradle for a fall.
Joey Gunther then wrestled #3 Isaac Jordan even through regulation at 165 pounds, with each wrestler only scoring escapes through the first seven minutes. Gunther’s luck ran out in overtime, as Jordan picked up a takedown in sudden victory to pick up Wisconsin’s second win in the dual.
Alex Meyer closed things out with a 11-3 major decision over Ryan Christensen to put the final, 33-8.
Up next for the Hawkeyes will be a #13 ranked Minnesota Gopher squad this Sunday at 11:00 AM. Look for our preview to follow tomorrow. Brands said after the dual that Cash Wilcke will get the next dual off, and sophomore Mitch Bowman will start at 197 pounds. Regular starters Cory Clark (133) and Steven Holloway (285) are expected back in the lineup.
#3 Iowa 33, #16 Wisconsin 8
184 — #5 Sammy Brooks (IA) pinned Hunter Ritter (W), 4:54; 6-0
197 — Cash Wilcke (IA) dec. Mason Reinhard (W), 3-1; 9-0
285 — #2 Connor Medbery (W) tech. fall Faraan Brantley (IA), 16-1; 9-5
125 — #1 Thomas Gilman (IA) major dec. Jens Lantz (W), 21-8; 13-5
133 — Phillip Laux (IA) dec. Eli Stickley (W), 6-2; 16-5
141 — #17 Topher Carton (IA) major dec. #16 Cole Martin (W), 9-1; 20-5
149 — #4 Brandon Sorensen (IA) dec. Andrew Cone (W), 9-5; 23-5
157 — #2 Michael Kemerer (IA) pinned Jared Scharenbrock (W), 0:55; 29-5
165 — #3 Isaac Jordan (W) dec. Joey Gunther (IA), 3-1 SV1; 29-8
174 — #11 Alex Meyer (IA) maj. Dec. Ryan Christensen (W), 11-3; 33-8