IOWA CITY — The No. 4 University of Iowa wrestling team doubled-up No. 16 Lehigh on Saturday, winning seven of 10 matches to top the Mountain Hawks, 28-14, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes won the dual’s first six bouts, piling up a 25-0 advantage in takedowns and scoring bonus point in five matches.
Spencer Lee opened the scoring with a first-period technical fall at 125 pounds. He registered a takedown in the first 10 seconds and added three four-point turns to terminate his 125-pound match, 15-0, in 2:30.
“I’m the first guy, so I feel like it’s my job to get the ball rolling and score as many points to get the team fired up,” Lee said.
Iowa won by major decision in the next three bouts. Austin DeSanto scored eight takedowns in a 19-8 win at 133. Max Murin scored four takedowns and added four nearfall points in a 14-3 win at 141, and Pat Lugo scored eight points in the final minute of the first period en route to a 12-3 win at 149.
Iowa won its fifth match before intermission at 157, when Kaleb Young used a first-period takedown and 1:47 of riding time to defeat No. 15 Josh Humphreys 4-1.
The Hawkeyes went 2-3 after the break. Alex Marinelli played catch and release for 6 minutes, 28 seconds, in a 20-5 technical fall at 165, and Cash Wilcke scored a takedown 43 seconds into sudden victory to win 6-4 at 184.
“I think they are realizing that how hard they wrestle is most important,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “Do you want to wrestle like this and leave it up to chance or do you want to slam the door on these guys?”
“The higher pace you wrestle, the better your chances. Those matches when you wrestle that type of pace, it’s over halfway over through the second period. The thing is you have to keep your foot on the gas pedal.”
The Hawkeyes are off until the Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Crowned at UNI Open
CEDAR FALLS — Two Hawkeyes and one Panther placed atop their respective brackets at the UNI Open.
Iowa’s Nelson Brands (165) and Tony Cassiopi (285) claimed titles, while 141-pounder Josh Alber was host UNI’s lone champion.
Iowa’s Vince Turk was second at 141, while Panther runners-up were Max Thomsen (149) and Austin Yant (174).
No. 4 Iowa 28, No. 16 Lehigh 14
At Iowa City
125–Spencer Lee (IA) tech. falled Luke Resnick, 15-0; 133–Austin DeSanto (IA) major dec. Brandon Paetzell, 19-8; 141–Max Murin (IA) major dec. Ryan Pomrinca, 14-3; 149–Pat Lugo (IA) major dec. Jimmy Hoffman, 12-3; 157–Kaleb Young (IA) dec. Josh Humphreys, 4-1; 165–Alex Marinelli (IA) tech. falled Cole Walter, 20-5; 174–Jordan Kutler (L) major dec. Jeremiah Moody, 12-3; 184–Cash Wilcke (IA) dec. Andrew Price, 6-4 SV1; 197–Jake Jakobsen (L) pinned Steve Holloway, 1:01; 285–Jordan Wood (L) major dec. Aaron Costello, 13-3.