Over 8,000 fans made the trek to Iowa City tonight to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes hammer Big Ten opponent Michigan State, 49-6. Many fans came to witness some history, as a trio of freshmen made their Carver-Hawkeye debuts including the hype machine that is Spencer Lee at 125 pounds.
Coming off a UNI Open title and sixth place finish at the Midlands, Lee’s potential wasn’t exactly unknown. In fact Lee throttled a returning All-American, Sean Russell of Edinboro, 17-2 in the Midlands quarterfinals less than a week ago. Coming out into the Arena he has dreamed about wrestling in since a middle school, the true freshman certainly didn’t waste any time, pinning his Michigan State opponent in 46 seconds to give Iowa a 6-0 lead in the dual.
Not to be out done, Paul Glynn also picked up his first win inside Carver with a fall of his own at 133. The sophomore trailed 4-0 early in his match against Matt Santos, but stormed back to a 8-4 lead by the end of the second period. With the match trending in his favor, Glynn managed to put Santos away at the 6:13 mark.
Also making his Carver debut was Lisbon, Iowa native Carter Happel who did manage to score the first takedown in his match against the #18 ranked Javier Gasca, but the Spartan proved to be too much as Michigan State’s lone ranked wrestler pinned Happel in 4:04.
Adding to the pin parade with a pair of second period falls was 149-pound senior Brandon Sorensen who earned his workman-like fall in against Jwan Britton in 4:45 and sophomore Michael Kemerer who pinned Jake Tucker in 4:21. The Hawkeyes carried a 24-6 lead into the break.
The final Hawkeye to make his Carver debut came at 165 pounds where freshman Alex Marinelli made his first start against Austin Hiles. He may have broken up the pin party, but not from a lack of effort. With the match winding down Marinelli almost caught Hiles on his back, but settled for a 23-5 technical fall victory in his first home performance.
The Hawks notched a pair of back-to-back major decisions at 174 and 184 pounds from Joey Gunther and Mitch Bowman. Gunther dominated from his feet winning 15-5, and Bowman came out on top 9-0 with over four minutes of riding time.
It looked as though the Spartans were going to hold Iowa to their first non-bonus point victory at 197 pounds, as sophomore Cash Wilcke started the third period of his match tied 2-2 with Nick May. After an escape and takedown to take a 5-3 lead, Wilcke powered over a half nelson to give Iowa their fifth pin on the night.
Sam Stoll closed the night out with Iowa’s sixth fall, pinning Matt Lloyd in the first period in the dual finale.
The Hawkeyes will return to their home mat next weekend when they host rival Oklahoma State on Sunday, January 14th.
Iowa Hawkeyes 49 – Michigan State Spartans 6
125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) fall Rayvon Foley (MSU), 0:46
133: Paul Glynn (Iowa) fall Matt Santos (MSU), 6:13
141: #18 Javier Gasca (MSU) fall Carter Happel (Iowa), 4:04
149: #2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) fall Jwan Britton (MSU), 4:45
157: #2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) fall Jake Tucker (MSU), 4:21
165: #14 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) tech fall Austin Hiles (MSU), 23-5
174: Joey Gunther (Iowa) major decision Logan Ritchie (MSU), 15-5
184: Mitch Bowman (Iowa) major decision Shwan Shadaia (MSU), 9-0
197: #8 Cash Wilcke (Iowa) fall Nick May (MSU), 5:54
285: #6 Sam Stoll (Iowa) vs Matt Lloyd (MSU), 2:03