Sweeping Out The Trash: #1 Iowa Wrestling Beats Michigan, 36-0

Metaphorically speaking, this is what Iowa did to Michigan tonight.

(rankings from InterMat; Iowa wrestler listed first, Michigan wrestler listed second)

125: #4 Matt McDonough maj. dec. Sean Boyle, 14-3 (Iowa 4-0)
133: #6 Dan Dennis dec. Zac Stevens, 2-0 (Iowa 7-0)
141: #7 Montell Marion maj. dec. Mark Weber, 19-6 (Iowa 11-0)
149: #1 Brent Metcalf tech fall Mark Boyer, 23-7 (Iowa 16-0)
157: Aaron Janssen maj. dec. Dave Johnson, 12-4 (Iowa 20-0)
165: #5 Ryan Morningstar dec. Aaron Hynes, 6-4 (OT) (Iowa 23-0)
174: #2 Jay Borschel dec. Justin Zeerip, 6-0 (Iowa 26-0)
184: #8 Phil Keddy maj dec. Hunter Collins, 10-2 (Iowa 30-0)
197: Luke Lofthouse dec. #9 Anthony Biondo, 9-6 (Iowa 33-0)
Hwt: Blake Rasing dec. Ben Apland, 6-1 (Iowa 36-0)

Yeah.  Michigan, consider yourselves bitchmade.  No need for a full breakdown, but...

Notes:

  • Dan Dennis is clearly still very, very rusty on the mat.  (And speaking of 133 lbs., if you have a few positive thoughts to spare, send 'em Nate Moore's way, as he had to go in for another surgery to clear up his staph infection.)
  • Brent Metcalf was up 18-5 after the first period and rode him all but 57 seconds of the round.  No, that's not a typo -- he took him down five times and picked up some nearfall points along the way.  I think it's safe to say that he put on a show for the hometown fans.
  • When Iowa gets a win at 157, you know it's all clicking.  Nice job, Janssen.
  • Morningstar is clearly still not aware that he doesn't get bonus points for upping the degree of difficulty in his matches.  I will never ever understand him; I just hope he continues to win these nail-biters.
  • JayBo won his match despite not getting a single takedown, nearfall, or reversal.  Zeerip, who the announcers declared had "unbelievably strong strength" stalled, stalled... and then stalled a little bit more.  The ref was not amused.
  • From the "when it's all going your way" department... Iowa even prevailed in the one match they weren't favored to win (197), as Lofthouse got a very nice upset win over #9 Anthony Biondo.  Good to see that he can be a serviceable fill-in while Chad Beatty is out.

Next up is unranked Purdue in stinky West Lafayette at 12pm CST on Sunday.  No BTN or BTN.com coverage, but All-Access XLL (available at hawkeyesports.com) has the Iowa radio feed ($14.95/mo.) and who knows -- Michigan wound up live streaming this meet on their website, so maybe Purdue will be kind enough to do the same.  If not, Andy Hamilton and/or KJ Pilcher will probably be liveblogging the meet in some fashion.

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