Here's some breaking news for you: Maryland isn't very good at wrestling. The Terps were helpless and hapless in the face of an Iowa onslaught on Friday night, losing 48-0 to the Hawkeyes in a dual that was every bit the beatdown that the scoreline suggests. The shutout was Iowa's second of the season (they blanked Kent State 45-0 earlier this year) and their most lopsided win since a 48-0 win over Iowa Central last season. They last surpassed 48-0 with a 55-0 win over Iowa Central in 2016. NOTE: Iowa Central is a community college; Maryland is a Big Ten university. Iowa's last shutout against Big Ten competition was a 44-0 blanking of Michigan State in 2017.
For most of the evening, the most exciting battle was whether Iowa would score more team points or record more takedowns. It ended up going down to the wire, but team points (48) just edged out takedowns (46). Takedowns might have prevailed if it hadn't been for three Iowa pins in the first period that ended matches quickly. In winning all 10 matches, Iowa recorded bonus points in eight of 10 bouts (all but 157 and 285), with pins at 125, 133, 165, and 174, technical falls at 149 and 197, and major decisions at 141 and 184. This was a comprehensive rout from the opening whistle.
#3 Iowa 48, Maryland 0
|149||#12 Pat Lugo||TECH FALL (23-8)||Pete Tedesco||IOWA 5-0|
|157||#7 Kaleb Young||DEC (10-4)||Ryan Diehl||IOWA 8-0|
|165||#2 Alex Marinelli||FALL (3:50)||Philip Spadafora||IOWA 14-0|
|174||Mitch Bowman||FALL (2:44)||Josh Ugalde||IOWA 20-0|
|184||#10 Cash Wilcke||MAJ DEC (23-9)||Kyle Jasenski||IOWA 24-0|
|197||#5 Jacob Warner||TECH FALL (24-9)||Niko Cappello||IOWA 29-0|
|285||#7 Sam Stoll||DEC (1-0)||#9 Youssif Hemida||IOWA 32-0|
|125||#2 Spencer Lee||FALL (0:30)||Brandon Cray||IOWA 38-0|
|133||Paul Glynn||FALL (2:46)||Orion Anderson||IOWA 44-0|
|141||#15 Max Murin||MAJ DEC (12-3)||Danny Bertoni||IOWA 48-0|
A few thoughts:
The Terps were badly overmatched at almost every weight (285 was the only real exception), but credit to the Iowa wrestlers: they didn't go half-speed or let their weaker opposition hang around in most of the matches. They attacked early and often and were rewarded with points in bunches. That's what you want to see when there's a huge talent disparity on display.
Alex Marinelli got the pin train rolling for Iowa at 165, notching his seventh pin of the season, which is tops among Iowa's starters this year.
Mitch Bowman made his return to the lineup at 174 and he was active off the jump, picking up three takedowns before locking Ugalde in a cradle and pinning him.
Spencer Lee's pin in 30 seconds was his fastest pin of the season (and of his career), narrowly edging out a 37-second pin he had against Rutgers' Nick DeNora a few weeks ago. Here's the entire match and here's another angle of the pin.
Paul Glynn ably filled in for Austin DeSanto at 133, recording multiple first period takedowns before finishing the match with a pin late in the period.
It was gratifying to see Cash Wilcke and Jacob Warner both let their offense fly in their matches; both guys have tended to be very buttoned-up from neutral this year, which has been frustrating to watch at times. It helped that their opponents offered relatively little resistance (particularly once the floodgates opened up and the takedowns started piling up in a hurry), but I was still pleased to see them pushing the pace and constantly looking for more points.
Young's win at 157 was a decision, but it wasn't particularly close; he was close to additional nearfall points or more takedowns on a few occasions, but wasn't able to seal the deal. He does get a demerit for being the only Iowa wrestler to give up a takedown, though.
- Sam Stoll had the most difficult match of the night by far for an Iowa wrestler, facing not just Maryland's only ranked wrestler, but a Top 10 opponent and All-America threat who had beaten Stoll the last time they were on the mat together. Stoll was able to grind out a 1-0 victory that wasn't pretty, but did keep Iowa's shutout hopes alive. After a 0-0 first period characterized by Stoll exerting a lot of pressure on Hemida but being unable to get a takedown, Hemida chose neutral for the second period, which was essentially a replay of the first period. Stoll chose down in the third, but unlike last week (when he was ridden for two entire periods), he was able to get a quick escape this time. Hemida got to his legs on several occasions in the third period, but Stoll defended those attacks well. As ever, it would be good to see Stoll showing more ability to score from neutral, but there's value in scraping out ugly wins, too.
There's not much to take from this dual -- Maryland has a very poor team and they posed no threat to Iowa in this one. Iowa took care of business, which is good, but we didn't learn much of note from this performance.
NEXT: Iowa probably isn't going to be challenged much in their dual against Indiana (4-10 overall, 1-6 Big Ten) next Friday (7 PM CT, BTN Plus/Flo), either.