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Iowa wrestlers dominant early at Midlands

[ 0 ] December 29, 2013 |

EVANSTON, Ill. – Penn State didn’t rattle Iowa to the point where the Hawkeyes contemplated a full system reboot.

But the Hawkeyes arrived Sunday at the Midlands Championships needing to wash away the residue left by a double-digit home defeat, needing to regain a layer of swagger they lost eight days earlier and, perhaps most, needing to display the toughness they lacked against the top-ranked Nittany Lions.

“Winning matches and confidence is good, but getting tough is worth more,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “You don’t always have the luxury of having confidence or being able to get your confidence back. Winning tough matches certainly helps, but also going out and getting tough is the formula that is probably harder and faster and probably how you’re going to be defined better. You can’t always have it convenient.”

There are far bigger challenges to come in the last three months of the college wrestling season, but the third-ranked Hawkeyes stood tall against the one they confronted Sunday.

Iowa won 10 of its 11 quarterfinal bouts on the opening day of the Midlands and nearly lapped the field at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Hawkeyes piled up 112 points, and their designated scoring lineup finished the day with a 29-1 record.

Illinois is a distant second with 57 points while Northern Iowa, with a pair of semifinalists, is sixth with 39. Everybody but Iowa has three or fewer semifinalists.

What does it mean? Well, Brands acknowledged Sunday afternoon that he wasn’t really sure, because the Hawkeyes hadn’t been tested. The degree of difficulty increased Sunday night, and so did Iowa’s performance. But still, the Hawkeyes remain the only team in the tournament ranked in the top nine nationally.

“It’s expected,” Iowa 141-pounder Josh Dziewa said. “We expect every single kid in the lineup to win every single time, and that’s absolutely possible.”

Based on the seeds, the Hawkeyes were supposed to have nine semifinalists. Dziewa was the one who beat the numbers.

The seventh-seeded junior connected on a go-for-broke throw in the closing minute to score five points in a 6-1 win against No. 2 Rick Durso of Franklin & Marshall. It came after Durso hit a duck under and appeared in position to score the go-ahead takedown until Dziewa launched him.

“I was in trouble,” Dziewa said. “I had one chance and I took it. I flew over the top. That’s not something I want to be doing. That’s not where I’m comfortable.”

It took late-match dramatics for Northern Iowa’s Joe Colon to remain in the championship bracket at 133. Trailing 3-0 in the final minute, the No. 4 seed turned Wisconsin’s Tyler Graff twice to win 6-3 to join 165-pound teammate Cooper Moore in the semifinals.

“(Colon) said he felt (Graff) relax a little bit in the one situation where he got him turned and then he turned him again,” Northern Iowa coach Doug Schwab said. “That’s a great job of keeping your composure even though you’re down 3-0. He found a way to get it done.”

Grand View won its first four matches Sunday, but the Vikings watched their tournament party shrink to two by the end of the day. Two-time NAIA heavyweight champion Eric Thompson dropped an 11-5 decision to undefeated Michigan freshman Adam Coon, while 165-pounder Chad Lowman remained in the consolations with a pair of victories Sunday night.

Iowa’s Cory Clark (125), Thomas Gilman (125), Tony Ramos (133), Derek St. John (157), Nick Moore (165), Mike Evans (174), Ethen Lofthouse (184), Nathan Burak (unattached at 197) and heavyweight Bobby Telford joined Dziewa in the semifinals.

Ramos said some of the Hawkeyes needed a day like Sunday to brush off the 24-12 loss against Penn State.

“Some of the guys had to do some soul searching and figure out what they wanted to do – if they wanted to win, if they wanted to dominate or if they were just going to go out there and try to keep it close with the top guys,” he said. “Right now things are looking pretty good, but I think we can do more — all of us.”

IOWA COLLEGE RESULTS

First Round

125 pounds—Gilman (Iowa) bye; Clark (Iowa) pinned Olivieri (Illnois), 4:03.

133—Colon (Northern Iowa) bye; Ramos (Iowa) bye.

141—Wright (Grand View) bye; Lazor (Northern Iowa) bye; Dziewa (Iowa) bye.

149—Patten (Northern Iowa) bye; Grothus (Iowa) bye; Sorensen (Iowa) bye; Kelly (Iowa) bye; Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa) bye.

157—St. John (Iowa) bye; Staudenmayer (Brown) dec. Witte (Northern Iowa), 3-1.

165—LeBlanc (Indiana) dec. Gillmor (Iowa), 8-6; C. Moore (Northern Iowa) dec. Wanzek (Minnesota), 8-2; Santiago (Rider) maj. dec. Maas (Northern Iowa), 13-2; Lowman (Grand View) dec. Cox (Wisconsin), 6-2; N. Moore (Iowa) maj. dec. Meza (CSU-Bakersfield), 13-3.

174—Evans (Iowa) pinned Curby (Eastern Michigan), 2:16; Williams (Wartburg) bye; Caldwell (Northern Iowa) bye; Mitchell (Edinboro) T1.5 Moreno (Luther); Meyer (Iowa) bye.

184—Lofthouse (Iowa) bye; DeVilbiss (Luther) bye; Lux (Northern Iowa) bye; Brooks (Iowa) bye.

197—Minto (Northern Iowa) pinned Idelson (Columbia), 0:45; Burak (Iowa) maj. dec. Johnson (Southern Oregon), 13-3; Ayala (Princeton) dec. Bartel (Northern Iowa) 3-1.

Hwt—Telford (Iowa) bye; Krumweide (Northern Iowa) bye; Herman (Luther) bye; Cabell (Northern Iowa) bye; Thompson (Grand View) bye.

 

Second Round

125—Gilman (Iowa) maj. dec. Watterson (Brown), 14-4; Clark (Iowa) pinned White (Northwestern), 1:35.

133—Colon (Northern Iowa) maj. dec. Smith (Northern Illinois), 17-5; Ramos (Iowa) maj. dec. Quiroga (Purdue), 13-5.

141—Wright (Grand View) dec. Lazor (Northern Iowa), 6-3; Dziewa (Iowa) dec. Fanta (Northern Illinois), 8-4.

149—Patten (Northern Iowa) dec. Shober (Northwestern), 9-3; Grothus (Iowa) dec. LeHolm (Eastern Michigan), 12-6; Sorensen (Iowa) dec. Crone (Wisconsin), 6-4; Kelly (Iowa) dec. Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa), 5-1.

157—St. John (Iowa) maj. dec. Orem (Maryland), 10-1.

165—C. Moore (Northern Iowa) T1.5 Welch (Purdue), 15-0; Harger (Northwestern) dec. Lowman (Grand View), 7-3; Moore (Iowa) maj. dec. Zeigler (Princeton), 14-4.

174—Evans (Iowa) pinned Schmalhuas (Utah Valley), 2:45; Williams (Wartburg) pinned Jackson (Indiana), 3:55; Caldwell (Northern Iowa) dec. Brennan (Rider), 5-3; Zilmer (North Dakota State) dec. Meyer (Iowa), 7-5, SV1.

184—Lofthouse (Iowa) maj. dec. Fiala (Nebraska), 16-5; Joseph (Eastern Michigan) pinned DeVilbiss (Luther), 6:32; Brown (Lehigh) T1.5 Lux (Northern Iowa), 15-0; Brooks (Iowa) maj. dec. Smith (Utah Valley), 13-1.

197—Polizzi (Northwestern) dec. Minto (Northern Iowa), 7-3; Burak (Iowa) dec. Ayala (Princeton), 8-3.

Hwt—Telford (Iowa) dec. Dwyer (Beebe Trained), 6-0; Krumweide (Northern Iowa) dec. Kettler (George Mason), 5-2; Walz (Virginia Tech) dec. Herman (Luther), 9-6; Cabell (Northern Iowa) dec. Johnson (Augsburg), 3-2; Thompson (Grand View) pinned Torrence (Northern Illinois), 6:01.

 

Third Round

 125—Gilman (Iowa) and Clark (Iowa) qualified for quarterfinal round.

133—Colon (Northern Iowa) dec. Spjut (Virginia Tech), 6-2; Ramos (Iowa) tech. fall Tolbert (Utah Valley), 23-8.

141—Raley (Indiana) dec. Wright (Grand View), 8-7; Dziewa (Iowa) dec. Preston (Harvard), 5-2.

149—Grajales (Michigan) pinned Pattern (Northern Iowa), 1:35; Neibert (Virginia Tech) dec. Grothus (Iowa), 3-2; Habat (Edinboro) dec. Sorensen (Iowa), 9-7, SV1; Roulo (George Mason) dec. Kelly (Iowa), 8-7.

157—St. John (Iowa) dec. Martinez (Illinois), 6-2.

165—C. Moore (Northern Iowa) and N. Moore (Iowa) qualified for quarterfinal round.

174—Evans (Iowa) dec. Callahan (Princeton), 6-0; Liegel (Wisconsin) dec. Williams (Wartburg), 8-2; Epperly (Virginia Tech) dec. Caldwell (Northern Iowa), 9-4.

184—Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Robertson (Wisconsin), 7-4; Brooks (Iowa) beat Downey (Nebraska), won by default.

 197—Burak (Iowa) qualified for quarterfinal round.

Hwt.—Telford (Iowa) maj. dec. Krumweide (Northern Iowa), 10-2; James (Edinboro) dec. Cabell (Northern Iowa), 6-4, SV1; Thompson (Grand View) dec. Knutson (North Dakota State), 8-1.

 

Quarterfinal Round

125—Clark (Iowa) dec. Deutsch (Rider), 8-1; Gilman (Iowa) dec. Peters (Northern Iowa), 6-3.

133—Ramos (Iowa) maj. dec. Lotito (Cal Poly), 14-5; Colon (Northern Iowa) dec. Graff (Wisconsin), 6-1.

141—Dziewa (Iowa) dec. Durso (F&M), 6-1.

157—St. John (Iowa) maj. dec. Greisheimer (Edinboro), 10-2.

165—C. Moore (Northern Iowa) dec. Morse (Illinois), 5-2; N. Moore (Iowa) dec. Harger (Northwestern), 7-4.

174—Evans (Iowa) maj. dec. Liegel (Wisconsin), 12-4.

184—Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Reyes (Illinois), 7-3; Sheptock (Maryland) dec. Brooks (Iowa), 3-2.

197—Burak (Iowa) dec. Penny (Virginia Tech), 9-7, SV1.

Hwt—Telford (Iowa) dec. Fager (Utah Valley), 6-1; Coon (Michigan) dec. Thompson (Grand View), 11-5.

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About Andy Hamilton: University of Iowa graduate Andy Hamilton is originally from Williams, Iowa, and started at the Des Moines Register in August after 12 years at the Press-Citizen. He covers wrestling for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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