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

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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