12/1 #NextLevel: Top-ranked Hawkeyes Flatten Badgers

North Florida Matmen staff report

IOWA CITY, IA — With winter raging throughout the Midwest and Northeast, top-ranked Iowa rampaged through sixth-ranked Wisconsin just as effectively in the Big Ten Conference opener Sunday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes controlled the Badgers (coached by Bolles alum Chris Bono), 32-3, handing Wisconsin its first dual loss of the season and giving Iowa coach Tom Brands his 100th career dual win as head coach.

Chris Bono
Chris Bono

Iowa set the pace immediately at 125, as two-time national champion Spencer Lee won by technical fall in 3:14, rolling to a 16-0 win. But things really started going south for the Badgers at 133, as #2 Austin DeSanto took top-ranked Seth Gross down three times en route to a 6-2 win.

Iowa would not give up a takedown or get scored upon, in fact, until 157, as Max Murin (141) powered through a 3-2 decision over Wisconsin’s Tristan Moran, and South Dade alum Pat Lugo (149) scored takedowns in both the first and second periods for a 5-3 win over the Badgers’ Cole Martin. At 157, the Badgers’ Garrett Model got a reversal against Iowa’s Kaleb Young, but Young set the pace otherwise, with four takedowns in a 12-6 decision to put Iowa up at the intermission, 17-0.

After the intermission, things didn’t go a lot better for Wisconsin, although the Badgers would get on the board. At 165, Iowa’s second-ranked Alex Marinelli scored two takedowns over third-ranked Evan Wick in a 4-2 win to extend the lead out to 20-0. Jared Krattiger, at 174, would get Wisconsin’s first takedown over third-ranked Hawkeye Michael Kemerer, but Kemerer would later come back and win by fall in 5:46. The Badgers would take their first lead at 184 on Johnny Sebastian’s third-period takedown over the Hawks’ Cash Wilcke; Sebastian would take the win, 7-5, in the second sudden-victory overtime, for Wisconsin’s only dual points.

Iowa would regain momentum on two Jacob Warner takedowns for a 5-2 win over Taylor Watkins at 197. At 285, the Hawks’ #12 Tony Cassioppi turned back third-ranked Trent Hillger, with an early takedown that stood up for a 3-2 win to close out the dual.

“We ran into a really good team tonight,” Bono said in remarks given for the Badgers’ team website. “In about six matches, if you look at the score, we are about one takedown away from reversing the score here. I’m happy it happened now; we’ve got a couple of months to build on it. Our guys are fighters and they will respond.”

Wisconsin is now off until Saturday, when the Badgers will go to Edwardsville, IL, for the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Invitational.

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