Iowa wrapped up their home dual meet schedule the same way it began: with a one-sided rout. Indiana put up more of a fight than Maryland did a week ago, but the end result was still Iowa putting a (very) crooked number up on the scoreboard and coming away with another dual meet victory. Iowa won eight of ten matches against the Hoosiers, including all five after intermission. Iowa notched bonus points in six of those eight victories, including three pins, two major decisions, and a technical fall. Indiana got a pin at 141 and a win at 157 to cut Iowa's lead to 17-9 going into intermission, but they didn't have the firepower to contend in the upper weights, which allowed Iowa to cruise to an easy victory.
This was also Senior Night for Iowa and there was a ceremony for Iowa's three seniors (Sam Stoll, Mitch Bowman, and Perez Perez) after the dual meet. Stoll and Bowman both competed -- and got to end their Iowa careers with wins. Stoll managed to earn bonus points with a 16-6 major decision to put a cap on the night, while Bowman produced the most dramatic and exciting moment of the night, securing a match-winning takedown with under 10 seconds remaining in the third period. Now that's a good way to end your final match in Carver-Hawkeye Arena: with a thrilling win and getting your hand raised in victory as thousands of Iowa fans cheer.
#3 Iowa 37, Indiana 9
|125||#2 Spencer Lee||FALL (4:12)||Elijah Oliver||IOWA 6-0|
|133||#3 Austin DeSanto||TECH FALL (18-3)||Paul Konrath||IOWA 11-0|
|141||Kyle Luigs||FALL (6:15)||#14 Max Murin||IOWA 11-6|
|149||#12 Pat Lugo||FALL (1:22)||Fernie Silva||IOWA 17-6|
|157||Jake Danishek||DEC (5-1)||Jeren Glosser||IOWA 17-9|
|165||#2 Alex Marinelli||FALL (2:10)||Dillon Hoey||IOWA 23-9|
|174||Mitch Bowman||DEC (3-1)||Jacob Covaciu||IOWA 26-9|
|184||#11 Cash Wilcke||DEC (5-2)||Norman Conley||IOWA 29-9|
|197||#4 Jacob Warner||MAJ DEC (16-5)||Jake Kleimola||IOWA 33-9|
|285||#6 Sam Stoll||MAJ DEC (16-6)||Fletcher Miller||IOWA 37-9|
A few thoughts:
- Four of the first six matches of the dual ended in pins (three in favor of Iowa) and all but one match ended before the final whistle. In fact. until 157 only one match had even made it into the third period (141). There were a lot of quick finishes in this dual; if you arrived a few minutes late to this one, you missed a lot of action!
- Elijah Oliver has faced Iowa wrestlers four times in his career now; he's been pinned in three of those matches (twice by Thomas Gilman and now once by Spencer Lee). Guessing he doesn't really like seeing that black single on the other side of the mat from him. Lee was on his way to a dominant technical fall before he was able to re-position and force Oliver's shoulders to the mat for a pin.
- Austin DeSanto didn't waste much time making an impact on his return to the Iowa lineup. His 18-3 technical fall win came entirely in the first period -- he scored three takedowns in the opening period and added nearfall points on each one. DeSanto used a slick fireman's carry to earn his takedowns and Konrath seemed more than happy to expose his back to the mat while being taken down. Better or more experienced wrestlers likely won't give up as many nearfall points as Konrath did here, but that takedown was still a slick trick for DeSanto to have in his arsenal.
- The only real disappointment of the evening was at 141, where Max Murin was pinned in the third period. Murin started well with a takedown and was in on several other shots in the first two periods. But that became the problem: while Murin would have good attacks, he wasn't able to finish them, as Luigs was adept at scrambling out of trouble. Eventually Luigs started putting Murin in more trouble, finally exposing Murin's back for two near the end of the second period. The third period featured some funky scrambling from both guys, with Luigs scoring a reversal and a two-point nearfall to go up 7-4, then Murin getting a reversal of his own to make it 7-6. After an escape from Luigs to make it 8-6, he went right back on the attack, taking Murin down and putting him to his back for a pin. It was an ugly finish to a back-and-forth match. Murin did some good things in the match (at least early on), but he needs to wrestle much smarter -- and much sharper -- if hes going to make noise in March.
- Lugo got Iowa back on track at 149 with a first period pin in just 1:22. It was Lugo's third pin of the season and his fastest one yet. Nothing to complain about there.
- Indiana's other win of the dual came at 157, where Jake Danishek dispatched Jeren Glosser, who was filling in for usual starter Kaleb Young. Danishek grabbed a 5-1 win, but it was a close match most of the way. Glosser was in deep on a few shots but unable to finish, while Danishek did the same, finally finishing his first takedown with just seconds left in the first period and his second with time running out in the third. Glosser was close to scoring in the third, but couldn't quite finish.
- After intermission, Marinelli got the second half of the dual off to a good start for Iowa with a first period pin of his own. After a pair of takedowns, Marinelli went to work on the mat and after a slight readjustment, he was able to plant Hoey for the fall. It was Marinelli's team-leading eighth pin of the season.
- As noted, Bowman produced one of the most thrilling moments of the evening in his match at 174. The match itself wasn't super-exciting -- it was tied 1-1 off a pair of escape points with time winding down in the third, although Bowman had been in on a handful of shots to that point -- but Bowman was able to get to Covaciu's legs and finish in the final few seconds of the third period. For all that Bowman has done for the Iowa program, it was nice to see him get a W in his final appearance at CHA.
- Cash Wilcke picked up Iowa's third straight with a workmanlike 5-2 win at 184. After a scoreless first period (sigh), Wilcke was able to finish two takedowns and score an escape point to get some points on the board. He was the decided aggressor in the final two periods, so it was good to see him get rewarded for that.
- Jacob Warner kept the points flowing with a 16-5 major decision win at 197. We haven't seen Warner score a lot of bonus points this year or really be active from neutral, but he was a takedown machine here. Many of them were counters off attacks from Kleimola, but he still did an excellent job of finishing and turning those situations into points for himself. Warner's offensive output has been ticking up as the season has progressed, which is a good trend.
- And finally, Sam Stoll closed out the dual with a dominant win in his last match in front of Iowa fans. He couldn't get one last pin in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but he provided bonus points anyway -- with a dang TAKEDOWN CLINIC~! That was certainly not expected, but Stoll racked up six takedowns (!) and drew three stall points on Fletcher and added a riding time point, too. Nice of Stoll to send fans home with a show.
That's a wrap on the home portion of Iowa's dual meet schedule. Iowa finishes the year 7-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, their first undefeated record at home since 2012-13 (seriously). Iowa improves to 13-0 overall this season and 8-0 in the Big Ten.
Hawkeye fans, thank you for your support all season inside Carver! Hope to see you in Madison, Stillwater, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh. Here's another look back at Friday's Senior Night action against Indiana: pic.twitter.com/rVnxWyGCa0
— Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling (@Hawks_Wrestling) February 16, 2019
NEXT: Iowa heads to Madison to face #16 Wisconsin (8-5 overall, 3-5 Big Ten) on Sunday (2 PM CT, BTN Plus).