The Hawkeyes won seven of ten matches. While Iowa’s Tony Ramos won his 133-pound match by a technical fall – and two of his teammates beat their Buckeye opponents by five points – four of the matches were decided by three points or less. Two went beyond regulation.
Despite the win, Iowa head coach Tom Brands was not happy, saying his team lacked “awareness and hustle and about 18 other things.”
“This guy’s not happy and I’m not putting up with it,” Brands said. “I don’t have a team right now. I can’t live with what I watched out there.”
“I am waiting to see a team emerge. We did a few good things against a team that came in here for blood, but matches don’t have to be that close,” Brands continued. “Giving up takedowns off of scrambles and flurries, just hustling things, that’s awareness. This guy’s not happy with that at all.”
Ohio State’s three wins included back-to-back wins by Hunter Stieber and Cam Tessari at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively, and No. 13 ranked Peter Capone’s upset victory over fourth-ranked heavyweight Bobby Telford.
One anticipated battle between the top two 133-pounders did not take place. Logan Stieber, Ohio State’s top-ranked wrestler and defending NCAA champ in that weight class was unable to face off against second-ranked Tony Ramos after suffering an injury in late December.
Iowa is now 11-0 for the season, while Ohio State falls to 6-2.
- 125: No. 1 Matt McDonough (IA) dec. No. 12 Nikko Triggas (OSU), 10-5
- 133: No. 2 Tony Ramos (IA) tech. fall Kyle Visconti (OSU), 30-14
- 141: No. 2 Hunter Stieber (OSU) dec. No. 8 Mark Ballweg (IA), 6-4
- 149: No. 14 Cam Tessari (OSU) dec. No. 19 Michael Kelly (IA), 8-7
- 157: No. 1 Derek St. John (IA) dec. Josh Demas (OSU), 4-2
- 165: No. 19 Nick Moore (IA) dec. Mark Martin (OSU), 4-2
- 174: No. 7 Mike Evans (IA) dec. No. 2 Nick Heflin (OSU), 9-4 (SV1)
- 184: No. 9 Ethen Lofthouse (IA) dec. No. 16 Kenny Courts (OSU), 5-3
- 197: Nathan Burak (IA) dec. No. 9 Andrew Campolattano (OSU), 3-2
- Hwt: No. 13 Peter Capone (OSU) dec. No. 4 Bobby Telford (IA), 3-2 (TB1)
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