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No. 3 Iowa beats No. 19 Northwestern, but top-ranked Telford falls to McMullan

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Third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling defeated Big Ten rival Northwestern, ranked No. 19, 31-6, in front of 1,832 fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. Friday night… but the top-ranked Hawkeye heavyweight Bobby Telford was upset by Wildcat big man Mike McMullan.

Telford, who became the No. 1 wrestler at 285 pounds after beating two-time defending champ Tony Nelson of Minnesota last weekend, lost to McMullan – currently ranked third -- 3-1, SV1.

McMullan led Telford 1-0 going into the third period. With 1:15 left in the match, Telford knotted the score with a quick escape to take the match into overtime. The Northwestern junior broke the tie with a takedown in the first sudden victory period.

The uppermost weight class has been heavy with upsets and ranking changes this season. None of the top heavyweights is undefeated in 2013-14. The champ Nelson, who was 25-1 last season, has suffered four straight losses this season, falling to Northwestern’s McMullan, then to Michigan freshman phenom Adam Coon, then to Iowa’s Telford, and, on Sunday, to Indiana's Adam Chalfant. (In fact, it was the first time McMullan, Telford and Chalfant had defeated Nelson in their collegiate careers.) Coon, who had been put at the top of the rankings after knocking off Nelson, suffered his first loss as a Wolverine, falling to cross-state rival Mike McClure of Michigan State. McMullan has one loss (to Chalfant)… Telford now has two losses (the other being to Coon)… and McClure has lost four matches.

Telford was just one of two Hawkeyes to leave Evanston with losses, the other being Brody Grothus at 149. Otherwise, Iowa dominated the dual, garnering bonus points in three of its victories (a major decision win from Cory Clark at 125, Tony Ramos’ pin at 133, and Mike Evans’ win by forfeit at 174.)

Friday’s win over Northwestern was Iowa’s ninth straight in the Hawkeye-Wildcat series.

With the victory, Iowa is now 12-2 for the season, and 5-1 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern is 12-2 overall, with a 5-1 record in the Big Ten.

Match Results

  • 125: Cory Clark (IA) maj. dec. Garrison White (NW), 10-1
  • 133: No. 3 Tony Ramos (IA) pinned Dominic Malone (NW), 5:24
  • 141: No. 9 Josh Dziewa (IA) dec. Pat Greco (NW), 5-4, TB1
  • 149: No. 4 Jason Tsirtsis (NW) dec. No. 12 Brody Grothus (IA), 5-2
  • 157: No. 2 Derek St. John (IA) dec. Ben Sullivan (NW), 8-3
  • 165: No. 4 Nick Moore (IA) dec. No. 7 Pierce Harger (NW), 7-3
  • 174: No. 5 Mike Evans (IA) win by forfeit
  • 184: No. 4 Ethen Lofthouse (IA) dec. Jacob Berkowitz (NW), 11-5
  • 197: No. 16 Nathan Burak (IA) dec. No. 17 Alex Polizzi (NW), 3-1, SV1
  • Hwt: No. 3 Mike McMullan (NW) dec. No. 1 Bobby Telford (IA), 3-1, SV1

Both sides now: Check out recaps from the official Iowa wrestling website… as well as from Northwestern.

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