IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team closed its home schedule with a 37-9 thumping of Indiana on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa won eight-of-10 bouts, registering three pins, one technical fall, and a major decision, to improve to 8-0 in the Big Ten Conference.
Among the eight victories were wins from seniors Mitch Bowman and Sam Stoll. In his final match at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Bowman scored a takedown with nine seconds left on the clock to win, 3-1, at 174 pounds.
Stoll recorded six takedowns and added more than three minutes of riding time to finish his Carver career with a 16-6 major decision. Both wrestlers left the mat to standing ovations.
“There is really no other place like Carver,” Stoll said. “It was really an indescribable atmosphere.”
Stoll controlled his match from start to finish at 285. A four-year starter when healthy, he finished his career at Carver with a 24-4 record. Bowman has fought for every minute of mat time over the last four years, appearing everywhere in the lineup from 174 pounds to heavyweight. That fight continued in his 15th (10-5) and final match at Carver. His 3-1 win at 174 was the lowest scoring match of the night, but the late drama made for the largest cheer.
“It was awesome to go out to that,” Bowman said. “Carver is known for great finishes and I thought that was a pretty good finish.”
“There was no way Bowman was going to let that match go,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “(Stoll, Bowman, and Perez Perez) have all been great ambassadors for our program. They are unselfish, good leadership qualities, will do well in life. They also learned from mistakes they made. You can’t beat that."
Two of Iowa’s three falls were in the first period. Spencer Lee built a 13-0 lead before earning a fall in four minutes, 12 seconds at 125. Pat Lugo turned an early takedown into a fall in one minute, 22 seconds at 149, and Alex Marinelli led 4-1 before recording his team-best eighth fall of the season at 165, this one in two minutes, 10 seconds.
Austin DeSanto, won 18-3 at 133, scoring four takedowns and 10 nearfall points to terminate his match in two minutes, 48 seconds. Jacob Warner scored three takedowns in the third period and added three minutes, 39 seconds of riding time in a 16-5 major decision at 197. Cash Wilcke scored one takedown in the second period and another in the third to win, 5-2, at 184.
The Hawkeyes finished their home season 7-0. It is the 21st time in school history Iowa has posted an undefeated record at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes have two regular season duals left, both on the road, before the postseason begins March 9-10 at the Big Ten Championships.
Iowa returns to the mat Sunday at Wisconsin at 2 p.m. (CT) inside the UW Field House. A win against the Badgers would guarantee at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.
· Spencer Lee’s fall was his fifth of the season.
· Austin DeSanto’s technical fall was his fourth of the season.
· Lee and DeSanto improved to a combined 30-2 with 23 bonus-point victories.
· Pat Lugo’s fall was the fastest of his career (1:22) and his third of the season.
· Alex Marinelli improved to 18-0 with his team-best eighth fall of the season. The fall was the fastest of his career (2:10). He has won a career-best 18 straight. He is 16-0 all-time in Big Ten duals and 12-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
· Jacob Warner improved to 7-0 in the Big Ten.
· Iowa extended its winning streak in the series to 24 duals.
· The Hawkeyes were 7-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season. It marks the 21st time in school history, and the first since 2012-13, that Iowa finished a season undefeated at home.
· Iowa recognized seniors Mitch Bowman, Perez Perez, and Sam Stoll following the dual.
125 -- #2 Spencer Lee (IA) pinned Elijah Oliver (IN), 4:12
133 -- #3 Austin DeSanto (IA) tech. fall Paul Konrath (N), 18-3
141 -- Kyle Luigs (IN) pinned #14 Max Murin (IA), 6:15
149 -- #12 Pat Lugo (IA) pinned Fernie Silva (IN), 1:22
157 -- Jake Danishek (IN) dec. Jeren Glosser (IA), 5-1
165 -- #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned Dillon Hoey (IN), 2:10
174 – Mitch Bowman (IA) dec. Jacob Covaciu (IN), 3-1
184 -- #11 Cash Wilcke (IA) dec. Norman Conley (IN), 5-2
197 -- #4 Jacob Warner (IA) major dec. Jake Kleimola (IN), 16-5
285 -- #6 Sam Stoll (IA) major dec. Fletcher Miller (IN), 16-6