After a one-year hiatus, Iowa and Iowa State wrestling resumed hostilities as part of the Cy-Hawk series, but the result was a familiar refrain: another Hawkeye victory. For the 16th time under Tom Brands and the 17th consecutive time overall, Iowa wrestling topped Iowa State in a dual meet, 22-11. Iowa won six of ten bouts in a dual marked by chippiness on and off the mat. Rivals gonna rival.
Iowa State got things started with a win at 125 lbs, with Kysen Terukina dispatching Jesse Ybarra with a commanding 8-2 decision win. Iowa responded by winning the next three bouts, with narrow decision wins by Austin DeSanto and Max Murin (making his season debut) around a comfortable major decision victory by Jaydin Eierman. Iowa State got back on the board at 157 lbs, where defending national champion David Carr knocked off Kaleb Young. Iowa got their second bonus point win of the day at 165, with Alex Marinelli cruising to a major decision victory of his own. Nelson Brands added a win for Iowa at 174, using a dramatic takedown in sudden victory to earn a 3-1 win, before Iowa State won back-to-back matches at the next two weights. Marcus Coleman used a third period takedown to keep Myles Wilson at bay at 184, while Jacob Warner lost his dual meet season debut to Cuban wrestler Yonger Bastida in a narrow decision. Tony Cassioppi polished off the win for Iowa with a dominating and smothering DQ win; he overpowered Sam Schuyler and earned five stalling penalties to secure the automatic disqualification. There were also team points deducted from both teams late in the dual; Iowa State lost a team point when Bastida spiked his head gear on the mat after his win at 197, while Iowa lost a team point when there was a heated fracas between both benches after the 285 lb match.
Credit where it's due: Iowa State looked well-prepared for this dual and they definitely took it to Iowa at multiple weights. 141, 165, and 285 were really the only weights where they looked completely outclassed or overmatched. (Granted, Iowa was also without two of their best wrestlers in the lineup, in Spencer Lee and Michael Kemerer.) There was a charged atmosphere throughout Hilton Coliseum tonight and the ISU wrestlers (and some of the Iowa competitors) definitely fed off that energy.
|125||#21 Kysen Terukina||DEC (8-2)||Jesse Ybarra||ISU 3-0|
|133||#3 Austin DeSanto||DEC (6-4)||Ramazan Attasauov||TIE 3-3|
|141||#2 Jaydin Eierman||MAJ DEC (15-7)||#19 Zach Redding||IOWA 7-3|
|149||#11 Max Murin||DEC (3-2)||Ian Parker||IOWA 10-3|
|157||#1 David Carr||DEC (6-2)||#9 Kaleb Young||IOWA 10-6|
|165||#1 Alex Marinelli||MAJ DEC (16-5)||Grant Stotts||IOWA 14-6|
|174||Nelson Brands||DEC (3-1 SV)||Joel Devine||IOWA 17-6|
|184||#14 Marcus Coleman||DEC (4-1)||Myles Wilson||IOWA 17-9|
|197||#24 Yonger Bastida||DEC (4-3)||#3 Jacob Warner||IOWA 17-11*|
|285||#7 Tony Cassioppi||DQ**||#29 Sam Schuyler||IOWA 22***-11|
* Iowa State was deducted a team point after Bastida threw his head gear in celebration following his victory.
** Cassioppi was awarded a DQ victory after Sam Schuyler was hit with five stalling penalties during the match.
*** Iowa was deducted a team point after the Cassioppi match after things got heated between the two teams.
A few additional thoughts:
Still no Spencer Lee on the mat, but he did apparently weigh in for this dual, which is perhaps a sign that he'll be in action sooner rather than later. Ybarra had won his previous matches this year, but Terukina completely controlled that match, scoring off a few good takedowns and also riding Ybarra well.
DeSanto's opponent, a Russian named Ramazan Attasauov, gave Austin plenty of problems. He had strong hips and very good defense, which he used to stymie DeSanto's leg attacks on multiple occasions. He also didn't seem opposed to trying to goad DeSanto and play a few mind games with him. He didn't offer much in the way of offense, though, even down two late and needing a takedown to tie the match, he was not particularly active on his feet.
Eierman didn't get a pin in his match and he did give up a takedown, but he also scored several of his own and really showed off his slick offense and ability to score from multiple positions, as well as his strong riding ability. Eierman looked like he was in complete control of this match from the opening seconds.
Max Murin made his season debut and won a low-scoring but hotly-contested match with Ian Parker (also making his season debut) with a 3-2 victory. Murin got to Parker's leg and finished well in the first period, then got an escape to boost his lead to 3-0. He spent a lot of time on defense from that point -- perhaps too much time, as he earned a pair of stall warnings (and a penalty point) late in the match. It would have been nice to see Murin continue his attack and extend his lead with another takedown. Still, this was a pretty solid win over a talented opponent.
Young's match with David Carr went pretty much as expected, minus a 0-0 first period. Young briefly took the lead 1-0 after an escape to start the second period, but Carr eventually found his range and was able to score a few takedowns on Young in the second and third periods. He's a very good wrestler, with a very savvy offensive game. Young, for his part, defended well for a while, but didn't offer much in attack.
Marinelli's match with Stotts looked like one of the bigger mismatches of the day and Marinelli made sure that it played out exactly that way. He used a series of takedowns in all three periods to overwhelm Stotts and eventually break him down. He did try for some near fall points and a pin, but Stotts defended those well; to his credit, Marinelli didn't waste too much in fruitless efforts to pin him, but rather seemed content to run a takedown clinic instead.
The Brands-Devine match was light on action through the first three periods, but Brands' managed to get in deep on a re-shot on Devine and finished the shot near the edge of the mat early in sudden victory. It was a thrilling end to what had been a fairly dull match to that point. Nelson is wrestling smarter and a bit more conservatively now, but it would be nice to see him cut loose on offense just a little bit more, especially in regulation. FUN FACT: this was the only match in the dual that featured two former Iowa prep wrestlers squaring off.
The Wilson-Coleman match was very similar at 184, at least until Coleman took a sharp shot in the third period and hooked Wilson's leg, eventually finishing the shot with a takedown and putting on a solid ride after that. Wilson looked game and defended Coleman well earlier in the match and had some good attacks and scrambles that got him in Coleman's leg(s), but he wasn't able to finish.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the night came at 197, where Jacob Warner made his dual meet debut, but dropped a 4-3 decision to the much-lower-ranked Bastida. Bastida is primarily versed in freestyle wrestling (which became very apparent in the third period, when he chose to stay neutral rather than go down on the mat and try for an escape)m but he had some explosive and very sudden offensive attacks, which he used to score takedowns in the first and third periods of the match. Warner defended several other shots well, but he didn't show enough urgency or aggression, especially after going down 4-3 in the third period. This was his first match back after suffering an ankle injury several weeks back, and a rematch might go differently now that Warner knows more of what to expect for Bastida (and if Warner's conditioning is improved). But this was still a depressing result and one that could cost Warner come seeding time at the NCAA Tournament.
- Tony Cassioppi finished the dual with a lopsided win; he was up at least 9-0 at the time of the match's stoppage for a DQ finish. Cassioppi used a pair of strong takedowns to get Schuyler down on the mat and, once he had him there, he put on some mean rides to smother him and keep him there. Schuyler, for his part, wasn't interested in doing much of anything when he was on the mat, and the referee was more than happy to ding him for stalling for those efforts. I will say that the referee did hand out those stall points pretty quickly (especially compared to a few other matches in this dual that were notably action-free for long stretches), but I'm never going to get too upset at a referee for being aggressive with stalling calls and trying to generate more action in a match.
Iowa has dominated this series for a decade-and-a-half now and the only difference in tonight's dual is that the final result wasn't quite as lopsided as it's been in many of Iowa's previous 16 wins in the series (which had an average margin of victory of 15 points). Iowa State managed to win four matches and looked competitive in several other bouts. There are definite signs of progress from that program. But they're also still a clear second fiddle to Iowa, in the state and nationally, and that was also made apparent in this dual.
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