#1 Iowa 36, Army 7: Cruise Control

By RossWB on November 29, 2021 at 6:56 am
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#1 Iowa wrestling took on Army Sunday in a dual meet scheduled less than 48 hours earlier and while the event was hastily assembled, the result was never in doubt: Iowa won handily, taking eight of ten matches en route to a 36-7 overall victory. As was the case in Iowa's season opening dual meet win over Princeton, Iowa did not field a full-strength lineup -- this was almost literally a half-strength Iowa. Up to five regular/expected starters were missing from this lineup (including bonus point stalwarts Spencer Lee and Michael Kemerer). That said, the only thing a full-strength Iowa lineup would have done is increase the margin of victory for the Hawkeyes. 

Iowa opened the dual with three consecutive wins, starting with Jesse Ybarra earning a 3-1 victory in sudden victory at 125 lbs. Ybarra and Ryan Chauvin traded escapes in regulation, before Ybarra was finally able to secure a takedown near the edge of the mat late in the first sudden victory overtime period. Next, Austin DeSanto and Jaydin Eierman produced bonus point wins for Iowa at 133 and 141. DeSanto rolled to a 21-6 technical fall victory behind a rapid-fire series of takedowns, with a few nearfall points mixed in for good measure. Eierman used a series of takedowns and nearfalls to rack up his own big lead before finally cradling Corey Shie and pinning him in the third period. 

Army got their first win of the meet at 149 lbs, where PJ Ogunsanya took down Cobe Siebrecht via 11-3 major decision. This was a bit of a rude awakening for Siebrecht after his impressive bonus point win against Princeton, with Ogunsanya controlling the match and using a handful of takedowns and then nearfall points in the third period to stretch his lead and earn the major decision. Iowa rebounded with one final win before intermission, with Kaleb Young grabbing a 4-1 win over Markus Hartman. Young used a first period takedown and a second period escape to build a 3-1 lead, then rode Hartman hard in the third to earn the 4-1 victory. Not a flashy victory in the least, but an effective one anyway. 

Alex Marinelli brought some juice to the proceedings after intermission, picking up a win via third period fall over Christian Hunt. Like Eierman, Marinelli racked up a big lead with a handful of takedowns (mostly in the first period), then finally finished the match with a pin in the third period.

Nelson Brands kept the bonus points flowing for Iowa at 174 with an 18-5 major decision win. He started fast and picked up a pair of takedowns in the first period, added another in the second, then picked up multiple takedowns (and a 4-point nearfall) in the third period to really blow the match open and earn the major decision victory. Myles Wilson added another win for Iowa at 184 with a 4-1 win, using an escape and takedown in the second period to go up 3-0 and then adding a riding time point to finish the scoring. 

Army won their second match of the dual at 197 with a 4-1 win by JT Brown over Zach Glazier. For the second straight dual meet, Glazier got a bit manhandled by an opponent. Brown got an escape late in the first period, then earned an escape in the second to go up 3-0. He added a riding time point after riding Glazier for most of the third period. Glazier really hasn't shown much effectiveness in the lineup at 197 lbs; let's hope whatever ailment is afflicting Jacob Warner (a leg/ankle injury, I believe) is only minor. 

Iowa finished off the dual with a flourish, with Tony Cassioppi earning a second-period pin to wrap up the festivities for the day. Tony Pins used a trio of takedowns in the first period to open up a lead, then got an escape and a penalty point against Brandon Phillips (via stalling) to extend his lead before bear hugging Phillips and taking him to the mat for the pin. 

#1 Iowa 36. Army 7

WT WINNER RESULT LOSER TEAM SCORE
125 Jesse Ybarra DEC (3-1 SV) Ryan Chauvin IOWA 3-0
133 #3 Austin DeSanto TECH FALL (21-6) Dominic Carone IOWA 8-0
141 #2 Jaydin Eierman FALL (5:54) #26 Corey Shie IOWA 14-0
149 #22 PJ Ogunsanya MAJ DEC (11-3) Cobe Siebrecht IOWA 14-4
157 #8 Kaleb Young DEC (4-1) Markus Hartman IOWA 17-4
165 #2 Alex Marinelli FALL (6:36) Christian Hunt IOWA 23-4
174 Nelson Brands MAJ DEC (18-5) Clayton Fielden IOWA 27-4
184 Myles Wilson DEC (4-1) Brad Laughlin IOWA 30-4
197 #20 JT Brown DEC (4-1) Zach Glazier IOWA 30-7
285 #7 Tony Cassioppi FALL (3:53) Brandon Phillips IOWA 36-7

Big, big, BIG thank you to longtime reader snowpork for providing excellent, detailed match-by-match commentary and results in the comments yesterday -- that was great!  Thank you very much for doing that!

There isn't much else to say about this dual. It was an easy victory; it should have been an easy victory, even with the nature of this Iowa lineup. This Iowa lineup obviously is not good enough to win Big Ten or NCAA Championships -- but this also isn't the lineup that we should expect to see on the mat in March, when those prizes are earned. For now, Iowa is doing what they need to do -- no more, no less. 

NEXT: Iowa goes on the road to face Iowa State in Ames next Sunday, December 5 (6 PM CT). 

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