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Seniors St. John, Ramos help propel No. 3 Iowa over No. 11 Michigan, 26-6

University of Iowa senior wrestlers Derek St. John (left) and Tony Ramos
University of Iowa senior wrestlers Derek St. John (left) and Tony Ramos
Tony Rotundo, (both images)

Led by seniors Derek St. John and Tony Ramos, third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling defeated No. 11 University of Michigan, 26-6, before 8,358 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City Sunday.

Eight of ten Hawkeyes won their matches, including St. John, the No. 2-ranked 157-pounder, who completed his career in the House that Gable Built with a near-perfect 31-1… while Ramos, ranked third at 133, managed to finish with a flawless 34-0 record at home.

Iowa head coach Tom Brands – before Ramos, the last Hawkeye to go undefeated in four seasons in the home venue (1989-92) – said, “There is something special about Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and there is something special about our fans, and there is something special about how they reward their guys," said Brands. "It's their team and they feel a lot of ownership with that. Especially when you're doing the job, and the way Ramos competes, he's been able to do the job."

In addition to Ramos and St. John, Iowa also honored seniors Joe DuCharme, Ethen Lofthouse, Tomas Lira, and Nick Trizzino at the conclusion of the dual.

The Wolverines left Iowa with two wins: Steve Dutton at 141 pounds, and freshman heavyweight Adam Coon, who was awarded the match because of a mere six-second riding time advantage over Bobby Telford after completing two sudden victory periods.

With the win, Iowa is now 13-2 for the season, and 6-1 in Big Ten competition; Michigan falls to 10-4 overall, with a 6-2 record in the Big Ten.

Match Results

  • 125: Cory Clark (IA) dec. No. 19 Conor Youtsey (UM), 4-1
  • 133: No. 3 Tony Ramos (IA) dec. No. 19 Rossi Bruno (UM), 6-1
  • 141: No. 13 Steve Dutton (UM) dec. No. 9 Josh Dziewa (IA), 3-2
  • 149: No. 12 Brody Grothus (IA) dec. No. 7 Eric Grajales (UM), 17-14
  • 157: No. 2 Derek St. John (IA) dec. No. 14 Brian Murphy (UM), 3-1
  • 165: No. 4 Nick Moore (IA) dec. No. 6 Dan Yates (UM), 8-2
  • 174: No. 5 Mike Evans (IA) tech. fall Collin Zeerip (UM), 16-0
  • 184: Sammy Brooks (IA) dec. No. 16 Domenic Abounader (UM), 9-4
  • 197: No. 16 Nathan Burak (IA) dec. Chris Heald (UM), 4-1
  • Hwt: No. 2 Adam Coon (UM) dec. No. 3 Bobby Telford (IA), 3-3 SV 2 (:06 riding time advantage)

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