From THE UNIVERSITY OFIOWA SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE:
IOWA CITY, IA — The top-rankedUniversity of Iowa wrestling team (9-0) recorded six pins and three majordecisions en route to a 48-3 win over Northern Iowa (3-4) Thursday night atCarver-Hawkeye Arena. The 45-point victory margin is Iowa’s largest in the79-year series, and the win was Iowa Head Coach Tom Brands’ 85th careervictory.
“That was a team that was focused on tonight, focused on what they neededto do,” said Brands. “It was a good step for us. That doesn’t mean itwill be automatic next time, but I have to give those guys credit. The win waslopsided, but that’s what it needs to be – that’s what it’s about. For the mostpart, our guys can feel good about tonight’s performance, but we can definitelybuild on this.”
The Hawkeyes, who picked up their 47th straight dual win and 20th consecutivevictory in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, collected 29 takedowns on the evening,allowing just one for the Panthers. It was the third time this season that Iowapinned six opponents in a dual, duplicating their efforts against Iowa Lakesand Southern Illinois Edwardsville at the Iowa City Duals on Nov. 20. Iowadecked seven opponents that day against Cornell College.
Hawkeye redshirt freshmen Matt McDonough (125) and Nate Moore (133), sophomoreMontell Marion (141) and senior Brent Metcalf (149) gave the Hawkeyes aconvincing 24-0 lead with their pins. McDonough had a 9-2 lead before stickingCaleb Flores in 4:38 to improve to 9-0 on the season. Moore, who was filling infor senior starter Daniel Dennis, made the most of his dual meet debut byscoring a first-period pin over Ryan Jauch in 2:42. Marion, who was also makinghis first dual appearance in a Hawkeye singlet, built a 6-2 lead over TrentWashington before decking him in 3:28. Metcalf had a 14-2 lead over TrevorKittleson before recording the fall in 3:49 and improving to 9-0. The Hawkeyesenior 149-pounder has seven pins this season and 38 in his career. He onlyneeds two more to break into Iowa’s top 10 career pins list.
Junior Aaron Janssen took Iowa into the intermission with an 11-1 majordecision over Tyson Reiner at 157. It was Janssen’s 15th career win and hisfirst major decision of the season.
Seniors Ryan Morningstar (165) and Jay Borschel (174) got the Hawkeye fans backon their feet with second-period pins, giving Iowa a 40-0 lead. Morningstar led1-0 going into the third period before recording the fall over David Bonin in5:32. Borschel, who is 9-0 on the season, had a 5-0 lead over Jarion Beetsbefore recording the pin in 4:44 to pick up his 70th career win.
Major decisions from seniors Phillip Keddy (184) and Chad Beatty (197) builtthe Hawkeye lead to 48-0. Keddy recorded the most takedowns of the night (6) inhis 14-5 win over Andy O’Loughlin, while Beatty tallied five takedowns in his15-5 victory over Dustin Bauman.
Northern Iowa’s Christian Brantley recorded the Panther’s only win and takedownof the night, scoring a 3-2 decision over Hawkeye sophomore Blake Rasing atheavyweight to end the dual.
Up next for Iowa is a trip to the 46th annual Midlands Championships, whichwill be held Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, IL. The Hawkeyes are the defending teamchampions and have won the most team titles (20) in the 46-year history of themeet. All matches will be held at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Northwestern University’scampus.
Iowa 48, Northern Iowa 3
125 – Matt McDonough (I) pinned Caleb Flores (UNI), 4:38
133 – Nate Moore (I) pinned Ryan Jauch (UNI), 2:42
141 – Montell Marion (I) pinned Trent Washington (UNI), 3:28
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Trevor Kittleson (UNI), 3:49
157 – Aaron Janssen (I) maj. dec. Tyson Reiner (UNI), 11-1
165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) pinned David Bonin (UNI), 5:32
174 – Jay Borschel (I) pinned Jarion Beets (UNI), 4:44
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) maj. dec. Andy O’Loughlin (UNI), 14-5
197 – Chad Beatty(I) maj. dec. Dustin Bauman (UNI), 15-5
Hwt. – Christian Brantley (UNI) dec. Blake Rasing (I), 3-2