NEW YORK Iowa captured a pair of wrestling duals Sunday at the inaugural Grapple at the Garden at Madison Square Garden, blanking Hofstra 42-0 and topping Bucknell 34-9.
“Most guys wrestled well and put themselves in good positions, and those who didn’t need to make the adjustment before we get to Buffalo,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “Now we look forward.”
Top-ranked Matt McDonough recorded a 10-2 major decision over No. 18 Steve Bonanno of Hofstra at 125 pounds for his 36th straight win. McDonough did not wrestle against Bucknell.
Second-ranked Tony Ramos (133) scored a pair of major decisions to improve to 9-0 this season — all bonus point victories.
No. 15 Mark Ballweg (141) earned his third straight win over a ranked opponent when he got to the legs of Hofstra’s ninth-ranked Luke Vaith with 38 seconds left. He escaped with a 3-2 win after fighting off a single leg attack as time expired. Ballweg has won his last 23 bouts at 141 pounds.
The Hawkeyes totaled 10 major decisions in the two duals and received pins from Derek St. John, Mike Evans, Ethen Lofthouse and Bobby Telford.
Iowa remains on the East Coast and wrestles at Buffalo (0-1) at 6 p.m. Monday.
IOWA 42, HOFSTRA 0
125 pounds—Matt McDonough dec. Steve Bonanno, 10-2; 133—Tony Ramos dec. Jamie Franco, 14-4; 141—Mark Ballweg dec. Luke Vaith, 3-2; 149—Michael Kelly dec. Matt Spataro, 14-2; 157—Derek St. John dec. Cody Ruggirello, 16-4; 165—Nick Moore dec. Nick Terdick, 12-4; 174—Mike Evans dec. Jermaine John, 8-0; 184—Ethen Lofthouse pinned Victor Pozsonyi, 2:39; 197—Nathan Burak dec. Tim Murphy, 10-3; hwt—Bobby Telford pinned Paul Snyder, 4:35.
IOWA 34, BUCKNELL 9
125—Matt Gurule dec. Austin Miller, 6-5; 133—Tony Ramos dec. Paul Petrov, 23-9; 141—Mark Ballweg dec. Derrik Russell, 12-3; 149—Michael Kelly dec. Adam Healey, 14-5; 157—Derek St. John pinned Vincent Favia, 4:53; 165—Corey Lear (B) dec. Nick Moore, 5-2; 174—Mike Evans pinned Stephen McPeek, 2:53; 184—Ethen Lofthouse dec. Robert Marchese, 14-3; 197—Tyler Lyster (B) pinned Nathan Burak, 3:39; hwt—Bobby Telford dec. Joe Stolfi, 6-1.