Nick Moore continued to establish his ability at 165 on Saturday, getting three wins — all by pin — at the fifth annual Iowa City Duals.
Iowa won all three duals by wide margins, beating Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 49-0 and Cornell College 49-3, as well as Iowa Central Community College 45-6 in an exhibition match.
ICCC didn’t arrive early enough to officially weigh in, so their dual with the Hawkeyes had to be an exhibition. Iowa improved to 16-0 all-time in the Iowa City Duals.
“For whatever reason, they weren’t here on time,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “It’s funny how sometimes, with all this technology, we still don’t get the word out. We’re glad they got on the bus when they did and came to Iowa City.”
Having the third dual allowed some Hawkeyes to get some extra time on the mat. Moore got his third pin, this one in 3:21 over Dillon Geoghegan.
“His talent, skill ability is through the roof,” Brands said of Moore. “We sure like him. He did a really good job of filling in last year at 157.”
When Derick St. John was hurt, Moore wrestled at 157. He went 12-7 as a redshirt freshman.
“It taught me a little bit about being in the lineup,” Moore said. “It certainly gave me a lot of competitive matches to wrestle. It showed me a different level of training and conditioning.”
In the offseason, NCAA qualifier Mike Evans made the move from 165 to 184, and now perhaps back to 174.
On Saturday, Grant Gambrall went 2-0 at 174 and Ethen Lofthouse was 3-0 at 184. Evans was 1-0 at 174.
“I don’t think our lineup is set,” Brands said. “At the beginning of the year, I didn’t think it was set. We might have answered some questions over the last couple of weekends.
“We are not in a hurry to get that resolved. Not in a hurry to have answers and put names in stone at those weight classes. We are very patient. Sometimes, too patient.”
Moore, now 4-0 on the season, is starting to dig in at 165.
“I want to go out there every time and just wrestle like I can wrestle,” Moore said. “I’m getting close and closer every time I step out there. Sometimes I come out slow and hold things back a little bit.
“If I can hold this spot, I can make strides.”
Brands was confident that the Moore out on the mat was getting closer to the Moore he’s seen excel in the practice room.
“I’ve seen some very wicked, nice, explosive, high-level stuff in the practice room,” Brands said. “It hasn’t come to the surface yet competition-wise, probably more than any other reason is, he hasn’t had a lot of time in the lineup.
“Having three matches today, I think he took a step forward.”
Brands also officially took the redshirt off freshman Nathan Burak, sending him out there twice at 197.
Burak lost 9-8 to Alex Coolidge of Cornell but bounced back to beat Brandon Bradney of ICCC 15-9.
“I think that’s probably the best guy in the building that he wrestled,” Brands said, referring to Coolidge. “It was a good test for him.
“He responded to some adversity. He’s doing some things where he’s getting himself in trouble.”
Brands expects Burak to be in the mix at 197 going forward. Tomas Lira (197) had a pin in his only match Saturday.
Mark Ballweg got two wins at 141, Mike Kelly and Brody Grothus each got a win at 149. So some battles will continue to the next dual, which is next Saturday against Iowa State.
But Moore seems like a good bet.
“He’s definitely dominant,” Brands said. “He went on every road trip with us. When guys went down, he had a big kaboom against Minnesota. He’s been very relevant, very important to the program.”
Tony Ramos went 3-0 with three pins as well Saturday. The senior all-American said he was aiming for the Hodge trophy.
“It’s something I want to improve on … my top wrestling, working for falls,” said Ramos, who is now 5-0 with four pins this season. “If you want to win the Hodge trophy, it comes down to who has the most falls, that’s something I’m shooting for.”
Mattt McDonough (5-0), St. John (5-0) and Bobby Telford (5-0) also remained undefeated on the season with a pair of wins Saturday.
“It felt good to be back home, wrestling in Carver,” Ramos said. “Now we get ready for Iowa State.”
Iowa went 19-1 in the two duals that counted and improved to 154-6 all-time in the Iowa City Duals.
IOWA 49, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 0
<EM>125 – Matt McDonough (I) won by forfeit.
<EM>133 – Tony Ramos (I) pinned Patrick Myers 4:24.
<EM>141 – Mark Ballweg (I) maj. dec. Drew Vrbenec 12-3.
<EM>149 – Mike Kelly (I) maj. dec. Dillon Pousson 10-2.
<EM>157 – Derek St. John (I) tech. fall Kyle Lowman 17-1.
<EM>165 – Nick Moore (I) pinned Jake Residori :56.
<EM>174 – Grant Gambrall (I) tech. fall Deshoun White 23-6.
<EM>184 – Ethen Lofthouse (I) maj. dec. Jake Tindle 14-4.
<EM>197 – Tomas Lira (I) pinned Josh Wood 4:35.
<EM>285 – Bobby Telford (I) dec. David Devine 4-1.
IOWA 49, CORNELL COLLEGE 3
<EM>125 – McDonough (I) pinned Mitch Hood 1:17.
<EM>130 – Ramos (I) Pinned Ben Rosen 2:26.
<EM>141 – Ballweg (I) pinned Zachary Henning 2:13.
<EM>149 – Brody Grothus (I) dec. Trevor Engle 5-4.
<EM>157 – St. John (I) pinned Josh Guenther 2:47.
<EM>165 – Moore (I) pinned Benjamin Rosen 1:37.
<EM>174 – Michael Evans (I) tech. fall Brent Hamm 16-0.
<EM>184 – Lofthouse (I) pinned Kevin Sthmer 1:41.
<EM>197 – Alex Coolidge (C) dec. Nathan Burak 9-8.
<EM>285 – Telford (I) tech. fall Carl Gaul 19-2.
IOWA 45, IOWA CENTRAL CC 6
<EM>125 – Matthew Gurule (I) dec. Tristan Bundy 12-5.
<EM>133 – Ramos (I) pinned Tyler Reiste 2:28.
<EM>141 – Josh Dziewa (I) pinned Kristopher Lehman :43.
<EM>149 – Patrick Rhoads (I) dec. Kenan Jackson 11-5.
<EM>157 – Devin Geoghegan (ICCC) pinned Ethan Owens 2:25.
<EM>165 – Moore (I) pinned Dillon Geoghegan 3:21.
<EM>174 – Gambrall (I) pinned Cody Harrison 3:52.
<EM>184 – Lofthouse (I) pinned Joseph Stanton 2:31.
<EM>197 – Burak (I) dec. Brandon Bradney 15-9.
<EM>285 – Telford (I) pinned Cheven Okonoboh 1:28.