On a cold snowy night in Iowa the Hawkeyes welcomed in Big Ten opponent the Scarlett Knights of Rutgers to open the 2019 home schedule. The dual was highlighted by a trio of ranked head-to-head meetings, including a top ten matchup between #8 Austin DeSanto and #3 Nick Suriano. Iowa came out on top in two of those three meetings, and got bonus contributions from their usual suspects for a final score of 30-6

There was little time wasted in the 125-pound matchup as Spencer Lee quickly dispensed Nick Denora by way of fall in under a minute. The official time of the fall was recorded as :38 seconds.

That led into the highly anticipated bout between DeSanto and Suriano at 133 pounds. After a scoreless first period both wrestlers were hit with a stall call to end the period. Suriano was first to get on the score board when he chose down in the second period, and picked up an escape and takedown to move out front 3-0. DeSanto would pick up an escape to cut the lead to 3-1 to end the second.

In the final period DeSanto got a pair of points after Suriano was hit for stalling twice to tie things at three all. Suriano was then forced to cut DeSanto. With regulation winding down DeSanto took a last second shot on the edge of the mat that he finished for the takedown and the upset of the returning NCAA finalist, 6-4.

Redshirt freshman Max Murin keep things moving at 141 pounds with his 8-4 victory over Pete Lipari. Murin controlled the bout whistle to whistle to maintain his team’s momentum.

The set up the second marquee matchup of the evening taking place between #11 Pat Lugo and #2 Anthony Ashnault at 149 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Lugo managed to get on the board first with an escape a little over midway through the period. Ashnault added an escape of his own to send the match to sudden victory. An ankle pick from Ashnault led to a takedown and the first Rutgers win of the evening.

That led us into the final ranked meeting of the night between #5 Kaleb Young and #13 John Van Brill. Young took control of the match in the first by getting a danger two point call with Van Brill exposing his back. Young built on his lead in the second when he reversed Van Brill to go up 4-1. A point for riding time and Young came away with the victory 5-2.

Marinelli continued his bonus streak picking up a first period fall against Anthony Oliveri. The Bull racked up three takedowns and a pair of near fall points before putting Oliveri away in 2:15.

Rutgers added their second win of the night at 174 pounds where Joe Grello managed to defeat Iowa senior Mitch Bowman. An open period takedown for Grello was the match’s first score, followed by a Bowman escape. In the second while Bowman was trying to work a turn on top, Grello slipped out for a reversal to go up 4-1 on the Hawkeye. Bowman managed to get a reversal late, but Grello’s early match efforts were too much to overcome.

Cash Wilcke flipped the script back to Iowa’s favor with his 6-1 win over Willie Scott. Wilcke scored by way of takedown, reversal, escape and riding time.

It looked like it was going to be a tight victory at 197 pounds for the Hawkwyes as Jacob Warner led just 1-0 with just over thirty seconds to go. But with time winding down the freshman locked up a wrist tilt for four big near fall points to extend his victory to 6-0 after riding time.

Making a surprise appearance was #1 ranked Sam Stoll, who made his first dual appearance since the Iowa State dual last month. In his return to the mat Stoll wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard picking up a takedown just over third seconds in to the bout. Stoll was able to add second and third period takedowns, and also scored off a pair of stall points against Colucci. His final score was a 10-0 major decision.

Dual Results (TOM Rankings)
#4 Iowa 30 – #13 Rutgers 6
125 #2 Spencer Lee fall Nick Denora, 0:38
133 #8 Austin DeSanto dec #3 Nick Suriano, 6-4*
141 #15 Max Murin dec Pete Lipari, 8-4
149 #2 Anthony Ashnault dec #11 Pat Lugo, 3-1 SV
157 #5 Kaleb Young dec #13 John Van Brill, 5-2
165 #2 Alex Marinelli fall Anthony Oliveri, 2:15
174 Joe Grello dec Mitch Bowman, 6-3
184 #11 Cash Wilcke dec Willie Scott,6-1
197 #7 Jacob Warner dec Matt Correnti, 6-0
285 #1 Sam Stoll maj Christian Colucci, 10-0
*Iowa deducted one team point after the 133-pound match

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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