Three tiebreakers later, No. 4 Iowa tops No. 3 Minnesota

No. 4 Iowa outscored No. 3 Minnesota, 41-33, in match points to defeat the Gophers, 16-15, Saturday at Williams Arena. The two teams were tied at 15 after splitting the first 10 bouts, but the Hawkeyes earned the deciding team point based on the advantage in match points — the third tiebreak criteria.

“I don’t want to nitpick here but we could have scored some bonus points,” said head coach Tom Brands. “You have to get bonus points when you can. We had some close matches that came down to finishing. If we finish we’ll see more things go our way.”

Iowa raced to a 9-0 team lead by opening the dual with three straight wins at 125, 133 and 141. Top-ranked Matt McDonough erased a 3-0 deficit by scoring takedowns in the second and third periods and building 1:37 of riding time to win 6-3 over No. 13 David Thorn.

#4 IOWA 16, #3 Minnesota 15
125 – #1 Matt McDonough (IA) dec. #13 David Thorn (UM), 6-3; 3-0
133 – #2 Tony Ramos (IA) dec. #9 Chris Dardanes (UM), 8-2; 6-0
141 – #9 Mark Ballweg (IA) dec. #10 Nick Dardanes (UM), 3-1; 9-0
149 – #10 Dylan Ness (UM) dec. Michael Kelly  (IA), 8-2; 9-3
157 – #1 Derek St. John (IA) dec. Danny Zilverberg (UM), 6-2; 12-3
165 – #18 Nick Moore (IA) dec. #10 Cody Yohn (UM), 8-2; 15-3
174 – #2 Logan Storley (UM) dec. #6 Mike Evans (IA), 4-3; 15-6
184 – #5 Kevin Steinhaus (UM) dec. #14 Ethen Lofthouse (IA), 6-3; 15-9
197 – #12 Scott Schiller (UM) dec. #20 Nathan Burak (IA), 3-1 (SV); 15-12
285 – #2 Tony Nelson (UM) dec. #5 Bobby Telford (IA), 2-1; 15-15*; 16-15
*Iowa earns one team point on the third criteria – total match points (41-33)

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John Brooke on 1/27/2013 @ 1:46pm EDT Said:

It is difficult for an Iowa fan to listen to wrestling commentators from Iowa State and Coe College when watching big ten wrestling, but at least get your facts straight. Tim, your comment that Minnesota is dominated by instate wrestlers while Iowa gets wrestlers from all over the US is reviewed and disallowed. Minnesota has 22 wrestlers from out of state (out of 39, = 56%), while Iowa has 16 (out of 33, = 48%). Further, Iowa has 2 million less people to draw from than Minnesota. And as long as you are here, Pennsylvania has four times as many people but PSU still has 10 out of 36 out-of-state wrestlers (28%).

Matt E on 1/28/2013 @ 10:45am EDT Said:

Okay. You may have a point John Brooke. However a statistic is only a statistic if you make it one. When looking at the full roster, you have a good point. But let’s look at the starters from each team over the course of the last 5 years. (To define starter: wrestled the Big Ten Championships – Postseason or most recent dual).

Iowa:
2009 – 4 of 10 in-state wrestlers (40%)
2010 – 5 of 10 in-state wrestlers (50%)
2011 – 7 of 10 in-state wrestlers (70%)
2012 – 6 of 10 in-state wrestlers (60%)
2013 – 5 of 10 in-state wrestlers (50%)
TOTAL AVG: 54%

Minnesota:
2009 – 6 of 10 in-state wrestlers (60%)
2010 – 6 of 10 in-state wrestlers (60%)
2011 – 7 of 10 in-state wrestlers (70%)
2012 – 5 of 10 in state wrestlers (50%)
2013 – 6 of 10 in state wrestlers (60%)
TOTAL AVG: 60%

So there you have it.

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