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Penn State tops Iowa, 24-12, getting its first win in Iowa City since 2006

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Tom Brands might now wish he had never signed on for Twitter.

In early September, the Iowa head coach conversed with his Penn State counterpart, Cael Sanderson (@CaelSanderson), on his then-new Twitter account (@TomBrandsHAWK) about adding a dual meet between the two teams for the 2013-14 season. The next day, the dual appeared on the schedule.

Saturday night, the two Big Ten powers faced each other on the mat... with top-ranked Penn State dominating No. 3 University of Iowa, 24-12, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday night.

The dual was notable for a number of reasons beyond being set up via social media. The non-conference battle between two Big Ten mat titans was the first for Penn State at Carver-Hawkeye since 2006. The loss was Iowa's first of the season and snapped the Hawkeyes' 13-match home winning streak.

What’s more, the dual-meet attendance record of 15,996, set at the Penn State-Pitt dual two weeks ago, still stands, as 13,747 fans attended the Nittany Lions-Hawkeye meeting. (Among those in attendance: Actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, seated near former Iowa coach Dan Gable. Kutcher, an Iowa high school wrestler, attended University of Iowa before being discovered by an agent.)

Penn State won seven of the ten matches, putting bonus points on the board with three major decisions from David Taylor at 165 pounds, Ed Ruth at 184, and, at 197, Morgan McIntosh. The Nittany Lions also won the takedown battle, 18-10… and got a 68-40 edge in total match points.

Iowa’s Tony Ramos gave the Hawkeyes bonus points by pinning Jimmy Gulibon in their 133-pound match.

The two coaches had very different assessments of their respective team’s performances.

"We did not perform," said Iowa’s Brands. "(Penn State) is a team that if you let them do what they did to us tonight, they're going to take you out. That's a good description. They kicked us right off our home mat."

“We're pretty solid once you go up,” Penn State Coach Cael Sanderson said. “We're pretty good on the bottom, too, but so is Iowa. The matchups were a little different as we went through the lineup, obviously.”

With the win, Penn State is now 7-0, and 1-0 in the Big Ten; Iowa falls to 6-1 overall, and has not yet had a Big Ten dual.

Match Results

  • 125: No. 3 Nico Megaludis (PSU) dec. Thomas Gilman (IOWA), 4-1
  • 133: No. 3 Tony Ramos (IOWA) pinned No. 15 Jimmy Gulibon (PSU), 5:22
  • 141: No. 8 Zain Retherford (PSU) dec. No. 9 Josh Dziewa (IOWA) 4-2
  • 149: Zack Beitz (PSU) dec. Michael Kelly (IOWA), 6-1
  • 157: No. 1 Derek St. John (IOWA) dec. James Vollrath (PSU), 10-4
  • 165: No. 1 David Taylor (PSU) maj. dec. No. 4 Nick Moore (IOWA), 12-3
  • 174: No. 3 Matt Brown (PSU) dec. No. 6 Mike Evans (IOWA), 4-1
  • 184: No. 1 Ed Ruth (PSU) maj. dec. No. 2 Ethan Lofthouse (IOWA), 12-4
  • 197: No. 3 Morgan McIntosh (PSU) maj. dec. Sam Brooks (IOWA), 16-4
  • Hwt: No. 3 Bobby Telford (IOWA) dec. No. 12 Jimmy Lawson (PSU), 3-2

Both sides now: Check out the recaps from the official Iowa Hawkeye wrestling website as well as the Penn State website, which has detailed match-by-match accounts.

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