Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Jackson told the media after Sunday’s instate dual with Iowa that the Cyclones will beat the Hawkeyes.
He also said his Iowa State grapplers were coming.
Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, the Cyclones will have to “beat” their instate rival another year after Iowa won seven of 10 bouts and claimed bonus points in two matches during a 23-9 victory at Hilton Coliseum.
It was the 10th straight win in the series for Iowa and it helped the Hawkeyes retain the Dan Gable Trophy. It also pushed the Hawkeyes back in front in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, 7-6.
“Someone told me that we were big favorites against these guys,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “They said we are way ahead of the Cyclones, but I don’t think there is such a thing as that.
“We know when we come here it’s going to be a battle.”
Top-ranked Tony Ramos (133) and sixth-ranked Mike Evans (174) were the two Hawkeyes that claimed bonus points and No. 8 Nick Moore (165) upset sixth-ranked Mike Moreno, 3-1, to lead Iowa to another win in the series. Brands is now 9-0 all-time against the Cyclones.
“I think we were looking for bonus points, but when you go out and wrestle a team like Iowa State you know they want to keep it close,” said Evans, who scored a major decision over No. 8 Tanner Weatherman. “That can make it hard, but it’s on us to create separation. We need to start doing that. We need to open up and break open the match.”
The other four wins for the Hawkeyes included Ethen Lofthouse at 184, Cory Clark at 125, Josh Dziewa at 141 and Derek St. John at 157.
Second-ranked Lofthouse defeated Leland Weatherspoon, 4-0, while fourth-ranked Clark needed every possible point against upset-minded Earl Hall. Clark got himself into a few bad positions but held on for the 8-7 win. Clark’s 2:44 of riding time was the difference.
“We’ve seen Clark battle,” said Brands. “He knows where he’s at and he’s aware. He won that match on awareness. He won on riding time and on keeping the guy down. He won that match because he’s pretty gutsy.”
Dziewa, ranked 14th at 141, beat Gabe Moreno, 12-5, and top-ranked and defending national champion St. John beat John Nicholson, 5-1, to seal the dual win.
Eighth-ranked Moore’s 3-1 win over sixth-ranked Mike Moreno was considered an upset, but Moore battled through a late scramble to claim another win over his Iowa State rival.
“I got there and he was pretty deep in my legs,” said Moore, who is 2-1 all-time against Moreno. “It worked out for me, but it’s something where you have to get your hips back and get around, rather than getting in the scramble.
“Now it’s important to keep building from here, keep everything in perspective and take it for what it’s worth.”
Evans’ 10-1 major decision over Weatherman opened the dual and gave Iowa four quick points.
Lofthouse’s win made it 7-0 and then third-ranked Kyven Gadson (197) beat Sammy Brooks, 3-2, to put Iowa State on the board.
The Cyclones continued to close the gap at heavyweight as Quean Smith took advantage of an Iowa lineup that did not feature NCAA all-American Bobby Telford. Smith took Terrance Jean-Jacques to overtime and won 6-4 in Sudden Victory.
The other win for Iowa State came at 149 when Luke Goettle beat Michael Kelly, 4-2.
“I thought it was a much better match than we had last year from top to bottom. Our guys competed and fought hard,” Jackson said. “I am proud of my guys, proud of how they competed. We are better than what we showed tonight. We are going to continue to get better. We are going to beat the Hawks. We are going to be beat them. It’s coming.
“No one is happy about losing to Iowa. I know I’m not. I’m confident we are heading in the right direction. Our guys are going to be pretty good. We are going to be good.”
The Hawkeyes return to the mat Thursday at 6 p.m. at No. 14 Edinboro. Iowa returns home Dec. 12 to face Bufallo at 7 p.m.
Attendance was 6,261 … The Hawkeyes have won 10 straight in the series, including the last four meetings since the inception of the traveling trophy … Brooks was making his first career dual appearance and his first appearance at 197.
No. 4 IOWA 23, No. 15 Iowa State 9
174 – #6 Mike Evans (IA) major dec. #8 Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 10-1; 4-0
184 – #2 Ethen Lofthouse (IA) dec. Leland Weatherspoon (ISU), 4-0; 7-0
197 – #3 Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Sammy Brooks (IA), 3-2; 7-3
285 – Quean Smith (ISU) dec. Terrance Jean-Jacques (IA), 6-4 (SV); 7-6
125 – #4 Cory Clark (IA) dec. Earl Hall (ISU), 8-7; 10-6
133 – #1 Tony Ramos (IA) major dec. Dakota Bauer (ISU), 16-5; 14-6
141 – #14 Josh Dziewa (IA) dec. Gabe Moreno (ISU), 12-5; 17-6
149 – Luke Goettl (ISU) dec. Michael Kelly (IA), 4-2; 17-9
157 – #1 Derek St. John (IA) dec. John Nicholson (ISU), 5-1; 20-9
165 – #8 Nick Moore (IA) dec. #6 Mike Moreno (ISU), 3-1; 23-9