By Jason Brummond
For the Press-Citizen
Iowa may finally have an answer at 149 pounds.
Sophomore Brody Grothus won his second Big Ten dual match in as many nights and third-ranked Iowa dominated Michigan State in a 41-0 dual win Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) won six matches with bonus points and finished with a 43-2 takedown advantage in their first Big Ten shutout since a 49-0 victory over Northwestern in 2010.
“Guys are putting up more points,” 133-pounder Tony Ramos said. “You’re starting to see guys go to the legs more. Can we do it more at some spots? Yeah.
“Everyone needs to keep attacking and keep scoring points.”
Iowa earned falls from Ramos and 165-pounder Nick Moore. Top-ranked Derek St. John at 157 and freshman Alex Moyer at 197 each won by technical fall.
A key victory came at 149, where Iowa just snapped a nearly two-year skid without a contested Big Ten dual victory.
Grothus didn’t record a takedown in his 3-2 decision over Michigan State’s Nick Trimble, but it gave him and the Hawkeyes two wins in the first two conference duals at the troubling weight class.
Grothus trailed 2-1 after the first period, but he rode Trimble for <FZ,1,0,13>the entire second period to rack up 1:43 in riding time. Grothus needed only seven seconds to escape in the third period and he deflected a couple of shot attempts from Trimble in that final period to secure the win.
“I’d like to score more points on top,” Grothus said. “I need to get a little tougher there and meaner. The rideout is tough. That’s what you have to do there in your best position.”
Grothus’ 5-3 decision on Friday night against Purdue was Iowa’s first contested win at 149 since Michael Kelly’s 7-3 decision on Jan. 13, 2012, at Nebraska.
Grothus was in and out of the lineup last year with Kelly, who started six of Iowa’s first seven duals this season. Grothus knows he needs to fight to keep the spot.
“I’ve been given these opportunities after performing at Midlands, and I need to keep building off of that tournament,” he said. “Tonight I didn’t wrestle my best, but I still found a way to win, and I think that’s important.”
Iowa’s aggressiveness sputtered in the last three matches.
Ethen Lofthouse at 184, Nathan Burak at 197 and heavyweight Bobby Telford all won by decision. None scored any points in the first period, prompting a challenge from coach Tom Brands.
“Make it a mismatch,” Brands said. “It doesn’t have to be a close one.”
The Hawkeye coach was particularly fired up during the 184-pound bout.
Brands unsuccessfully challenged a takedown call against Lofthouse in the first period, despite an enthusiastic toss of the green flag from the scorer’s table onto the mat.
In the second period, Brands dropped flat on his stomach on the edge of the match trying to get a stalling call against Michigan State’s Mike McClure. Later, Brands took off his jacket and flung it past the Iowa bench.
Lofthouse won the match 4-2 with an escape, two points for stalling and riding time.
Burak won 3-0 with a second-period reversal and riding time. Telford won 2-0 with an escape and riding time.
Iowa’s 125-pounder Thomas Gilman and 141-pounder Josh Dziewa won with major decisions.
The Hawkeyes next face No. 4 Oklahoma State. Brands said the aggressiveness needs to continue.
“I think we have some guys who like to get a first takedown and then they like to slow things down and ride,” Brands said. “With a little bit of urging form the corner, some guys figured out they can do some pretty exciting things.”
IOWA 41, MICHIGAN STATE 0
125 – Thomas Gilman (I) maj. dec. Brenan Lyon, 20-7
133 – Tony Ramos (I) pinned Garth Yenter, 5:25
141 – Josh Dziewa (I) maj. dec. Brian Gibbs, 16-5
149 – Brody Grothus (I) dec. Nick Trimble, 3-2
157 – Derek St. John (I) tech. fall Roger Wildmo, 6:37, 23-7
165 – Nick Moore (I) pinned Bobby Nash, 6:51
174 – Alex Meyer (I) tech. fall Kevin Nash, 6:01, 22-6
184 – Ethen Lofthouse (I) dec. John Rizqallah, 4-2
197 – Nathan Burak (I) dec. Nick McDiarmid, 3-0
Hwt. – Bobby Telford (I) dec. Mike McClure, 2-0