Tony Ramos got some revenge and three other Iowa wrestlers scored upset wins Friday night and the third-ranked Iowa grapplers dominated No. 5 Oklahoma State in front of more than 10,000 fans inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes (9-1) won eight of the 10 bouts and pummeled the Cowboys 24-6 in a non-conference affair matching long-time wrestling rivals.
It was the largest margin of victory over Oklahoma State since Iowa won 29-10 in 1995. The win also snapped a two-match losing streak against the Cowboys.
Ramos dropped to third in the rankings at 133 following a pair of losses recently, but the Hawkeye senior showed why he began the season at No. 1. Ramos dominated top-ranked Jon Morrison, 8-2, after scoring two takedowns and three nearfall points. Ramos is now 31-0 lifetime at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"Coming in here, I knew it was going to be a big match," said Ramos, who had lost two of his last three matches against ranked opponents. "I just wanted to go out and make a statement because I'm getting tired of hearing people saying I'm off this year. I'm not off. I'm not down. I had a bad match, and I got caught. Those are two things that happened, but you just keep moving forward."
Ramos was not the only Hawkeye to score an upset.
Fifteenth-ranked Brody Grothus took down third-ranked Josh Kindig by a 9-5 decision at 149 to give the Hawkeyes a 9-3 lead in the team standings. No. 5 Nick Moore also beat No. 2 Tyler Caldwell, 3-1, in Sudden Victory at 165 and then unranked Sammy Brooks downed No. 16 Nolan Boyd, 7-1, at 184.
Grothus scored a takedown in the first, a reversal and three nearfall points in the second, and added 3:11 of riding time to earn his third straight win over a top-10 opponent.
"You have to work hard in all aspects of wrestling," said Grothus. "It's like Terry Brands says, score first, score fast and then keep scoring. That was my mentality tonight."
Moore and Caldwell exchanged escapes in the second and third periods before the former Iowa City West four-time champion finished a shot with 15 seconds left in the first sudden-victory period.
"I had a clear mind the whole day," Moore said after avenging a 3-2 loss to Caldwell last season. "I was focused and ready to go. I had good training the whole week. I felt good and was ready to go when I stepped on the mat."
Top-ranked Derek St. John took a big step toward repeating as the 157-pound national champion when he dumped No. 2 Alex Dieringer, 2-1. The match was scoreless after one, but St. John turned the match his way when he reversed Dieringer with 24 seconds left in the second period. Those two points were the difference in the match. It was St. John’s 27th straight win.
"Those are the things you fall into," said St. John, who improved to 30-0 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. "When you're on the bottom you're always trying to get to your feet. You're safe on your feet. I got to my feet a couple times, got stopped, and you just keep wrestling because those things open up and develop."
Top-ranked Chris Perry held on for a 5-4 win over No. 6 Mike Evans at 174 to cut Iowa's lead to 15-6, but Brooks, Nathan Burak, and Bobby Telford closed the dual with three straight wins.
Brooks used two takedowns and two back-points to defeat No. 16 Nolan Boyd, 7-1, at 184, and Burak used three takedowns to defeat Jordan Rogers, 8-3, at 197. Telford improved to 5-1 against ranked opponents with a 2-1 win over No. 15 Austin Mardsen at 285.
Third-ranked Thomas Gilman began the night with a 4-2 win over No. 16 Eddie Kilmara at 125 to give Iowa an early lead.
Iowa returns to the mat Sunday at 2 p.m. when Indiana visits Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
125 – #3 Thomas Gilman (IA) dec. #16 Eddie Klimara (OSU), 4-2; 3-0
133 – #4 Tony Ramos (IA) dec. #1 Jon Morrison (OSU), 8-2; 6-0
141 – #14 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. #9 Josh Dziewa (IA), 5-3; 6-3
149 – #15 Brody Grothus (IA) dec. #3 Josh Kindig (OSU), 9-5; 9-3
157 – #1 Derek St. John (IA) dec. #2 Alex Dieringer (OSU), 2-1; 12-3
165 – #5 Nick Moore (IA) dec. #2 Tyler Caldwell (OSU), 3-1 (SV); 15-3
174 – #2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. #6 Mike Evans (IA), 5-4; 15-6
184 – Sammy Brooks (IA) dec. #16 Nolan Boyd (OSU), 7-1; 18-6
197 – #11 Nathan Burak (IA) dec. Jordan Rogers (OSU), 8-3; 21-6
285 – #4 Bobby Telford (IA) dec. #15 Austin Mardsen (OSU), 2-1, 24-6