Second verse, same as the first? If you're Iowa wrestling, it sure is. Less than 48 hours after blasting Indiana 41-0, Iowa dropped Purdue by an identical 41-0 score. This victory was even more impressive than the lopsided thumping that the Hawkeyes delivered to the Hoosiers, though, because the Boilermakers actually have some quality wrestlers -- they sent out four wrestlers against the Hawkeyes with rankings inside the Top 8 at their respective weights. All four of those guys would, based on those rankings, be expected to finish with All-America honors at the NCAA Tournament in two months. Didn't matter. Iowa dropped all four of Purdue's ranked wrestlers like a bad habit and steamrolled their unranked wrestlers.
Here's a stat that might sum up the story of this dual meet: Iowa had more pins (2) than Purdue had takedowns (1).
Yes, Purdue had one (1) takedown for the entire dual meet, recorded by Kendall Coleman in a losing effort against Kaleb Young at 157 lbs. Iowa outscored Purdue 73-12 in match points (which doesn't include the two matches that Iowa ended with pins). They had five bonus point wins among their 10 overall wins, including two technical falls, two pins, and a major decision. This dual meet was every bit as lopsided as the final score would suggest it was; Iowa dominated from the very beginning and didn't let up until the final whistle blew.
#1 Iowa 41, #18 Purdue 0
|125||#1 Spencer Lee||TECH FALL (17-0)||#5 Devin Schroeder||IOWA 5-0|
|133||#2 Austin DeSanto||TECH FALL (17-1)||Travis Ford-Melton||IOWA 10-0|
|141||#5 Max Murin||DEC (6-1)||Parker Filius||IOWA 13-0|
|149||#1 Pat Lugo||MAJ DEC (8-0)||Nate Limmex||IOWA 17-0|
|157||#4 Kaleb Young||DEC (4-3)||#7 Kendall Coleman||IOWA 20-0|
|165||#2 Alex Marinelli||FALL (1:51)||Tanner Webster||IOWA 26-0|
|174||#2 Michael Kemerer||DEC (8-4)||#4 Dylan Lydy||IOWA 29-0|
|184||Abe Assad||DEC (5-2)||Max Lyon||IOWA 32-0|
|197||#5 Jacob Warner||DEC (8-2)||#3 Christian Brunner||IOWA 35-0|
|285||#4 Tony Cassioppi||FALL (2:00)||Thomas Penola||IOWA 41-0|
A few thoughts:
Sunday's dual showed precisely why Iowa's 1-2 punch of Lee at 125 and DeSanto at 133 is the most terrifying way to start a dual meet for opponents. Lee got things started in his customary fashion: a quick takedown and then several trips to tilt town for Devin Schroeder. The match never got to the second period. Lee's skill on top is absolutely otherworldly; his grip strength is immense and his ability to turn guys -- very much against their will -- to expose their backs is uncanny. He showed off a few different tilts today and even nearly got a pin.
Meanwhile, Austin DeSanto followed suit with his own 17-1 technical fall, nearly matching Lee blow for blow. DeSanto is no stranger to technical falls, but he used a slightly different gameplan to achieve this one; instead of his usual barrage of takedowns, DeSanto took a page out of Lee's playbook and went to work on the mat and was able to turn Ford-Melton for nearfall points on a few different occasions. A quick escape and takedown in the second period finished off the technical fall and put Iowa up 10-0 barely 10 minutes into the dual.
The pace of the scoring slowed down with Max Murin at 141, but the end result was the same: a Hawkeye victory. Murin used a pair of takedowns, an escape, and a riding time point (earned from an absolutely smothering ride) to pick up an easy 6-1 victory. Much as it was on Friday, the only quibble with this performance is that he didn't cut loose to try and secure a major decision. But that's indeed a quibble after such a controlling display.
One wrestler who definitely improved on his performance from Friday was Pat Lugo, who eased his way to an 8-0 major decision in his match here. Lugo scored a takedown in each period and tacked on an escape and a riding time point to secure the major decision. It's great to see Lugo continuing to work to extend his leads and look for more points.
157 was one of the spotlight matches of the dual and it was a tightly contested match. Young secured a critical takedown late in the first period to open up a 2-0 lead, then extended that to 3-0 with an escape to start the second. Coleman cut into the lead with an escape and a slick takedown of his own (Purdue's only takedown of the meet) in the third, but Young secured a quick escape that ended up being the winning margin. It would be nice to see him extenidng his margin of victory against Coleman, but for now we'll take the win.
Alex Marinelli got things started with a bang after intermission, taking down Webster at will to open the bout. After going up 6-2 after three takedowns, Marinelli went to work on the mat and was able to lock up a pin with the same figure four head-lock move that he used to get a pin on Indiana. He's used that move a few other times this season as well and it appears to be a devastating addition to his arsenal of attacks and pinning maneuvers.
174 was one of the other spotlight matches of the dual and it did not disappoint. After a slow start and a scoreless first period, Kemerer struck first with a quick escape in the second period. He ended the second up 2-0 after Lydy was penalized for stalling. Lydy got a quick escape of his own in the third period, but Kemerer remained aggressive and that aggression paid off in the form of three third period takedowns. According to the announcers, Lydy hadn't conceded a takedown all season to that point, so Kemerer taking him down three times in the third is quite impressive. Kemerer had been close to a takedown earlier in the match, so it was satisfying to see him complete the deal in the third. It was also satisfying to see Kemerer finish the match so strongly; he looked fatigued in the third period of his Indiana match and had to grind his way to a victory there (though he did pick up a third period takedown to extend his lead). He finished much stronger here, against a quality opponent; that seems like a good sign for the future.
Abe Assad got his second start of the weekend (and of the season overall) for Iowa and picked up a 5-2 win almost identical to his win on Friday. Assad got a takedown to end the first period and another in the third to extend his lead over Iowa native Max Lyon. Assad didn't exactly blow his doors off, but this was still a pretty solid win overall.
The third and final spotlight match was at 197, where Jacob Warner tangled with Christian Brunner in a clash of Top 5-ranked wrestlers. Warner scored first with an escape in the second (after fending off a few different Brunner shot attempts in the first) and extended his lead with a hard ride in the third that led to him exposing Brunner's back for four nearfall points during a mat return. Even after Brunner got an escape, Warner kept the pressure up and picked up a takedown to extend his lead and get a more comfortable win. While I would have liked to see Warner be a bit more active in the first and second periods, it's great that he was able to finish strong with an excellent third period. He found ways to score and kept working to build his lead; no complaints there.
- Just as he did against Indiana, Tony Cassioppi finished off the dual for Iowa with a pin. It took him a whole two minutes to get the fall this time, though, unlike the 20 seconds he needed against the Hoosiers. Tsk tsk, Tony. Tony Pins continues to his ability to overwhelm overmatched heavyweights.
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NEXT: Iowa welcomes #2 Nebraska (5-1, 0-1 Big Ten) to Carver-Hawkeye Arena next Saturday (8 PM CT, BTN).