As expected, Iowa rolled into Ann Arbor for a weekend of dual meets against Michigan and Michigan State -- and rolled out a lopsided winner. Iowa won eight of ten matches in the dual meet against Michigan with bonus points in four of those eight wins. Iowa won the first five matches of the dual and had a 17-0 lead by intermission. Michigan won the first two matches after intermission, but the Hawkeyes cruised through the last three matches to finish an easy 31-7 overall win.
#3 IOWA 31, #15 MICHIGAN 7
|125||#1 Thomas Gilman||MAJ DEC (20-7)||Austin Assad||IOWA 4-0|
|133||#1 Cory Clark||DEC (2-0)||#8 Stevan Micic||IOWA 7-0|
|141||Topher Carton||DEC (8-4)||Sal Profaci||IOWA 10-0|
|149||#2 Brandon Sorensen||MAJ DEC (10-1)||Zac Hall||IOWA 14-0|
|157||#2 Michael Kemerer||DEC (6-3)||#10 Brian Murphy||IOWA 17-0|
|165||#2 Taylor Massa||MAJ DEC (16-6)||Joey Gunther||IOWA 17-4|
|174||#9 Myles Amine||DEC (6-5)||#13 Alex Meyer||IOWA 17-7|
|184||#6 Sammy Brooks||TECH FALL (20-4)||Ernest Battaglia||IOWA 22-7|
|197||Cash Wilcke||DEC (5-2)||Jackson Striggow||IOWA 25-7|
|285||#6 Sam Stoll||FALL (2:23)||Dan Perry||IOWA 31-7|
A few thoughts...
- Gilman came out blazing with a bevy of takedowns in the first period and kept up the pressure from there. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get any back points or enough takedowns to secure the technical fall -- though he came close. Overall, another dominant performance from Gilman.
- Cory Clark made his long-awaited return to the Iowa lineup and looked a little rusty at times, but overall did a solid job of grinding out a win over a tough opponent. Micic is a Top 10 guy and a guy who's difficult to score on, so Clark's inability to finish a takedown on him isn't super-damning. He showed good scrambling ability and was in deep on a takedown attempt in the third period -- this wasn't a bad return for Clark.
- Carton gave up the opening takedown at 141, but responded very well with an escape and a takedown in the closing seconds of the first period to take a 3-2 lead. He was the aggressor for the rest of the match and did a nice job of securing a few more takedowns and securing an easy decision win.
- Meanwhile, Sorensen started slow against Hall, although his efforts to get to his offense and secure a few takedowns was often thwarted by Hall's decision to backpedal for much of the match. Sorensen finally did manage to get a few takedowns late and those, coupled with a few penalty points and a few back points, enabled him to lock up a major decision.
- Kemerer gave up the opening takedown in his match with Murphy (when Murphy countered a solid Kemerer shot), but he got an escape and then pushed the pace against a fading Murphy before finally getting the breakthrough points in the third period. Kemerer's relentlessness and ability to maintain pressure on opponents so often pays big dividends, and it did again in this match.
- Michigan got their first win of the dual at 165 lbs, where Logan Massa worked a takedown clinic against Joey Gunther. The biggest surprise was that Massa had to settle for a major decision; he was getting takedowns at will in the first period for much of the second, but he ran out of gas badly in the third period and looked very sluggish. Unfortunately, Gunther didn't have the offense to make that costly for Massa.
- Myles Amine made it two wins in a row for Michigan by pouncing on Alex Meyer for an early takedown and then getting in on Meyer's legs with ease for the rest of the match. He didn't always finish those shots, but he ensured that Meyer spent a lot of the match tied up in scrambled and unable to score his own points. But for all that, Meyer still had a chance to take the match into sudden victory if he had been able to maintain his solid ride in the third period -- unfortunately, he got out of position and Amine was able to get a reversal that ended up providing the winning points. All told, another not-great performance by Meyer -- hopefully he picks it up soon.
- Sammy Brooks was facing a 1-4 opponent who had been bonused in most of those losses. Anything but a completely dominant performance would have been a letdown. This was not a letdown -- Brooks got a takedown within the first minute, put Battaglia on his back and got bonus points, and kept pouring on the pressure -- and the points -- from there. Brooks wasn't able to get the pin, so he had to settle for a technical fall early in the third period.
- Cash Wilcke wasn't very active through the first two periods, but he got the decisive takedown in the third period -- and another one on top of that to expand the winning margin. It wasn't the most dynamic performance, but it was a pretty good response to his inconsistent Midlands outing. He just needs to get those third period takedowns a little bit earlier in the match.
- Finally, Sam Stoll finished off the proceedings with a first-period pin against an overmatched opponent. Once he got the bearhug on Perry, it was all over. That's two straight pins for the newly returned Stoll -- not too shabby.
— Go Iowa Awesome (@IowaAwesome) January 7, 2017
NEXT: Iowa finishes up their Mitten State road trip with a dual meet against Michigan State on Sunday (12 PM CT, BTN Plus).