The Iowa Hawkeyes kept their perfect Big Ten record in tact following a 20-13 win over Nebraska on Super Bowl Sunday. It was a back and forth affair between the two border rivals, but a key upset helped push the Hawkeyes past the Huskers, and improved their Big Ten record to 6-0, 11-0 overall.
Making his dual season debut was junior Vince Turk who got the call against the #17 ranked Chad Red. These two faced each other three times last season, with the Husker holding the advantage. Unfortunately the Hawkeye was unable to even the series as Red came out on top by a score of 4-1. All offensive points were scored in the final period, and Red picked up an additional point for riding time.
In the dual’s second bout Pat Lugo was able to knot the team score at three a piece with his 8-4 victory over Jordan Shearer. Lugo led the match by one point after the first period, but was able to separate himself from Shearer by scoring an escape, takedown, and earned a point for Shearer stalling to widen his lead.
One of the dual’s feature bouts was the 157-pound bout between #7 Kaleb Young and #2 Tyler Berger. After a scoreless first period it was Young that managed to get on the scoreboard first getting an escape. Berger was able to get out for a quick escape in the third to tie the match at 1-1. The match went into sudden victory where Berger was able to end the match with a takedown.
Coming into the dual we highlighted the 165-pound matchup as the feature match. What we got was a low scoring affair with Marinelli’s escape the match’s only point scored in action was a Marinelli escape. The Hawkeye also earned an additional point for riding White the entire second period, and his third point came from a hands to the face penalty on White in the third period.
Nebraska was able to re-take the team lead after the 174-pound bout with the #9 Mikey Labriola proving too much for backup Keegan Shaw. It was the first bonus match on the day, as Labriola came out with a 14-4 major decision.
Perhaps the biggest moment in the dual with the final thirty seconds of the 184-pound matchup between #12 Cash Wilcke and #4 Taylor Venz. The pair were tied at 2-2 with Venz dangerously close to accruing riding time. Wilcke was able to spin out underneath for an escape to take a 3-2 lead, and then add a final nail in the coffin a late takedown to seal the match at 5-2.
The upset by Wilcke was pivotal to the final outcome as the Hawkeyes stole a key match from the Huskers, with Iowa favored in three of the last four bouts.
Iowa was able keep things going with another win as Jacob Warner downed #5 Eric Schultz 4-1 at 197 pounds for their first lead of the day. The workmanlike victory was also the first time that a team managed to post wins in back-to-back matches. All of the match’s scoring came in the third period.
Nebraska responded with an upset of their own at heavyweight where David Jensen picked up a 3-0 victory over Sam Stoll. Jensen earned two points for stalling against Stoll and rode him out in both the second and third periods to claim the riding time point as well.
Spencer Lee grabbed the team lead back from the Huskers after he drilled All-American Zeke Moisey, 18-4 at 125 pounds. Moisey was able to score the match’s first points with an early takedown, but Lee was able to take control en route to his major decision victory.
Shutting the door for the Hawkeyes was Austin DeSanto, who led a takedown barrage against Brian Peska to claim a technical fall victory, 25-10.
Dual Recap (TOM Rankings)
#3 Iowa 20 – #9 Nebraska 13
141 #17 Chad Red dec Vine Turk, 4-1
149 #11 Pat Lugo dec Jordan Shearer, 8-4
157 #2 Tyler Berger dec #7 Kaleb Young, 3-1 SV
165 #2 Alex Marinelli dec #6 Isaiah White, 3-0
174 #9 Mikey Labriola maj dec Keegan Shaw, 14-4
184 #12 Cash Wilcke dec #4 Taylor Venz, 5-2
197 #6 Jacob Warner dec #5 Eric Schultz, 4-1
285 David Jensen dec #1 Sam Stoll, 3-0
125 #2 Spencer Lee maj dec #15 Zeke Moisey, 18-4
133 #3 Austin DeSanto tech fall Brian Peska, 25-10
*Iowa deducted a team point after the 133-pound match