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B1G WRESTLING TOURNEY 2013: FINAL RESULTS; IA 3RD

That sucked.

CONSOLATION BRACKET
157: #1 Derek St. John FALL (6:36) #3 Dylan Alton (Penn State)
165: #4 Nick Moore DEC (7-2) #6 Pierce Harger (jNW)
184: #5 Ethen Lofthouse FALL (3:47) #6 Tony Dallago (Illinois)
197: #6 Nathan Burak DEC (5-3) #8 Max Huntley (Michigan)
285: #4 Bobby Telford DEC (7-3) #6 Adam Chalfant (Indiana)

This round went really well.

3RD PLACE MATCHES
157: #1 Derek St. John DEC (3-2) #6 Josh Demas (Ohio State)
165: #5 Cody Yohn (Minnesota) DEC (6-1 OT) #4 Nick Moore
184: #5 Ethen Lofthouse DEC (8-1) #3 Josh Ihnen (Nebraska)
197: #3 Mario Gonzalez (Illinois) DEC (3-2) #6 Nathan Burak
285: #4 Bobby Telford DEC (5-2) #3 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin)

These matches went OK.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
125: #3 Jesse Delgado (Illinois) DEC (10-4) #1 Matt McDonough
133: #1 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) DEC (3-1 OT) #2 Tony Ramos
141: #1 Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) DEC (8-3) #3 Mark Ballweg
174: #5 Matt Brown (Penn State) DEC (7-3) #2 Mike Evans

This round was a complete disaster.

FINAL TEAM SCORE
1) Penn State --151 pts
2) Minnesota -- 139 pts
3) Iowa -- 133.5 pts
4) Ohio State -- 109.5 pts
5) Illinois -- 84.5 pts
6) Michigan -- 75 pts
7) Nebraska -- 61 pts
8) Northwestern -- 56 pts
9) Purdue -- 39 pts
10) Wisconsin -- 37 pts
11) Indiana -- 30.5 pts
12) Michigan State -- 22 pts

sigh.

More thorough breakdown to come later.

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2013 B1G WRESTLING TOURNEY: SESSION II RESULTS

Well, as I feared they might, things didn't go so hot for Iowa in the semifinals.

CONSOLATION BRACKET
149: #6 Caleb Ervin (Illinois) DEC (3-2) UN Josh Dziewa

Thus ends Josh Dziewa's tournament and any hopes Iowa had for getting 10 wrestlers into the NCAA Tournament. (Iowa did qualify wrestlers at the other nine weights.) Dziewa gave it a game effort, but unfortunately at the end of the day he had the same results we would have had with Kelly or Grothus: 0-2. On the bright side, Dziewa was a lot of fun to watch and gives me hope for him at 141 (his preferred weight) next year.

SEMIFINALS
125: #1
Matt McDonough FALL (2:46) #4 Sean Boyle (Michigan)
133: #2 Tony Ramos DEC (3-1) #3 Tyler Graff (WIsconsin)
141: #3 Mark Ballweg DEC (3-1 OT) #2 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota)
157: #4 James Green (Nebraska) DEC (5-4) #1 Derek St. John
165: #1 David Taylor (Penn State) TECH FALL (16-0; 2:37) #4 Nick Moore
174: #2 Mike Evans DEC (6-0) #6 Jordan Blanton (Illinois)
184: #1 Ed Ruth (Penn State) MAJ DEC (10-1) #5 Ethen Lofthouse
197: #2 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) DEC (3-1 OT) #6 Nathan Burak
285: #1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) DEC (1-0) #4 Bobby Telford

I was nervous about the semifinal sessions because they featured a lot of unfavorable match-ups for Iowa -- four where they were clear underdogs, another match where they were a slight underdog, and two matches were they were slight favorites, but facing tricky opponents. Well, they lost all four matches were they were clear underdogs, won the match where they were a slight underdog and split the matches where they were slight favorites against tricky opponents.

The evening started well, with McDonough scoring a pinfall out of the blue in a crazy scramble situation. Unfortunately, Ramos followed that up with probably his worst match all season, a match where he barely took any shots and seemed far too content to let Graff simply circle away from him. In fact, his only takedown came on a counter off a Graff shot. But a win's a win and now Tony gets his long-awaited rematch with Stieber tomorrow. Hopefully he can make it count. Following Ramos' win, Ballweg hit the mat for the rubber match against Dardanes and thankfully this match was a virtual carbon copy of their match from the regular season dual meet (when Ballweg won 3-1 with a late TD) and not a repeat of their match from National Duals (when Dardanes broke Ballweg and beat him via major decision). This match was also excellent proof that final scorelines can be deceiving; this ended with the same 3-1 scoreline as the Ramos-Graff match, but it featured 10x the excitement.

Unfortunately, after that match things started going downhill for Iowa. St. John again found himself behind early against James Green and his powerful double leg takedowns. Green used his lightning-fast shots to build a lead that held up for the win, but what really killed DSJ was the late takedown he conceded in the 2nd period and all the riding time he gave up in the 1st period. Moore-Taylor was... goddamn. They should film that match and use it as an instructional video on how to score points on the mat. Taylor simply manhandled Moore effortlessly and racked up an easy 16-0 tech fall.

Evans turned the tide for Iowa at 174 with a smothering 6-0 win. After a scoreless first period, Evans rode Blanton the entire 2nd period, then reversed him in the 3rd, got a tilt, and rode him out. It was an impressive display for riding, but it's still concerning to see Evans struggle to get takedowns from neutral. Lofthouse ran into the beastly Ed Ruth at 184 and, predictably, lost, although the fact that it was only a 10-1 major decision and that Ruth didn't achieve that until late in the 3rd period is mildly impressive. Lofthouse got beat, but he didn't get massacred. The night drew to a close with a pair of Iowa-Minnesota matches at 197 and 285. Like Ballweg-Dardanes, round three between Burak and Schiller was a repeat of their dual meet match; Schiller won that match 3-1 in OT, just as he did here. Burak was achingly close to getting the winning takedown on a few occasions, but just couldn't quite finish them (story of the season for him, unfortunately). Telford-Nelson was the usual snoozer between those two, although at least we were spared the sight of Bobby laboring under a never-ending Nelson spiral ride.

TEAM SCORE AFTER SEMIFINALS
1) Penn State --123 pts
2) Minnesota -- 112.5 pts
3) Iowa -- 109 pts
4) Ohio State -- 92 pts
5) Illinois --73.5 pts
6) Michigan -- 61 pts
7) Nebraska -- 52 pts
8) Northwestern -- 50 pts
9) Purdue -- 28 pts
10) Indiana -- 26.5 pts
11) Wisconsin -- 26 pts
12) Michigan State -- 17 pts

Here's the updated bracket.

Up next in Session III on Sunday morning:

CONSOLATION BRACKET
157: #1 Derek St. John vs. #3 Dylan Alton (Penn State)
165: #4 Nick Moore vs. #6 Pierce Harger (jNW)
184: #5 Ethen Lofthouse vs. #6 Tony Dallago (Illinois)
197: #6 Nathan Burak vs. #8 Max Huntley (Michigan)
285: #4 Bobby Telford vs. #6 Adam Chalfant (Indiana)

I don't really fancy Iowa's ability to turn things around and win the team title, but any chance they have is reliant on them coming out on fire in the consolation rounds Sunday morning. They must win these matches and bonus points wouldn't hurt. The most difficult match by far is St. John's showdown with Alton; their previous matches have been nail-biters and there's little reason to expect that won't be the case again tomorrow.

The good news is that Iowa will be favored in all of these consolation matches. Lofthouse owns a win already this season over Dallago (9-5) and Burak also beat Huntley earlier this year (5-2). Telford and Moore have never wrestled their opponents before.

And in Session IV on Sunday afternoon:

FINALS
125: #1
Matt McDonough vs. #3 Jesse Delgado (Illinois)
133: #2 Tony Ramos vs. #1 Logan Stieber (Ohio State)
141: #3 Mark Ballweg vs. #1 Hunter Stieber (Ohio State)
174: #2 Mike Evans vs. #5 Matt Brown (Penn State)

Rematches aplenty here. McD is 2-2 lifetime against Delgado, but most recently he lost to Delgado at a dual meet this year (9-4). Ramos is 0-3 against Stieber (7-0, 5-2, 4-2). Ballweg is 0-1 against Stieber (6-4). Evans is 1-0 against Brown (4-3).

In essence, Iowa is an underdog in two of these matches (the two involving the Stiebers) and a coin-flip in the other two. There's a chance this tournament could end on a very sour note for Iowa. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

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2013 B1G WRESTLING TOURNEY: SESSION I RESULTS

PIGTAIL ROUND
125: n/a
133: #2 Tony Ramos FALL (2:02) UN Brandon Fifield (Michigan St)
141: #3 Mark Ballweg FALL (2:55) UN Alex Gregory (Indiana)
149: #5 Andrew Alton (PSU) DEC (3-2) UN Josh Dziewa
157: #1 Derek St. John FALL (4:07) UN Collin Zeerip (Michigan)
165: n/a
174: n/a
184: n/a
197: #6 Nathan Burak DEC (4-3 OT?) #11 Caleb Kolb (Nebraska)
285: n/a

Iowa got off to an almost-perfect start in the pigtails, with pins in three of their first four matches, earning some much-needed bonus points for Iowa. Josh Dziewa justified his selection at 149 by almost beating #5 seed Andrew Alton in his match. Nathan Burak capped off the pigtail round for Iowa with a very nervy win over Nebraska's Caleb Kolb in overtime.

QUARTERFINALS
125: #1 Matt McDonough DEC (5-4) #8 Dom Malone (jNW)
133: #2 Tony Ramos DEC (9-5) #7 Cashe Quiroga (Purdue)
141: #3 Mark Ballweg DEC (6-1) #6 Ridge Kiley (Nebraska)
149: n/a
157: #1 Derek St. John DEC (5-1) #8 Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota)
165: #4 Nick Moore DEC (5-4) #5 Cody Yohn (Minnesota)
174: #2 Mike Evans MAJ DEC (12-3) #10 Chad Welch (Purdue)
184: #5 Ethen Lofhouse DEC (2-1) #4 John Rizqallah (Michigan St)
197: #6 Nathan Burak DEC (3-2) #3 Mario Gonzalez (Illinois)
285: #4 Bobby Telford DEC (4-0) #5 Mike McClure (Michigan St)

The quarterfinals also went very well for Iowa, with 9 wins in 9 matches. The 9 semifinalists Iowa has is the most of any other Big Ten team; Penn State has 6 semifinalists, while Minnesota and Ohio State each have 5 semifinalists. There were some more nerve-shredding matches here, with Matt McDonough, Nick Moore, Ethen Lofthouse, and Nathan Burak all winning 1-point decisions. But wins are wins and they gave Iowa some much-needed placement points in the team title race.

TEAM SCORE AFTER QUARTERFINALS
1) Iowa -- 79 pts
2) Penn State -- 62 pts
3) Minnesota -- 49 pts
4) Ohio State -- 47.5 pts
5) Illinois --33 pts
6) Michigan -- 32 pts
7) Nebraska -- 26 pts
8) Northwestern -- 22 pts
9) Wisconsin -- 18.5 pts
10) Michigan State -- 10 pts
11) Purdue -- 9 pts
12) Indiana -- 4 pts

Up next tonight:

SEMIFINALS
125: #1
Matt McDonough vs. #4 Sean Boyle (Michigan)
133: #2 Tony Ramos vs. #3 Tyler Graff (WIsconsin)
141: #3 Mark Ballweg vs. #2 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota)
157: #1 Derek St. John vs. #4 James Green (Nebraska)
165: #4 Nick Moore vs. #1 David Taylor (Penn State)
174: #2 Mike Evans vs. #6 Jordan Blanton (Illinois)
184: #5 Ethen Lofhouse vs. #1 Ed Ruth (Penn State)
197: #6 Nathan Burak vs. #2 Scott Schiller (Minnesota)
285: #4 Bobby Telford vs. #1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota)

While the morning went brilliantly for Iowa, the evening session looks very difficult for Iowa. Iowa wrestlers are underdogs in five of the nine matches and in three of the matches they're taking on the #1 seed at the weight; beating the likes of Taylor, Ruth, and Nelson is going to be exceptionally difficult. So it's important to keep Iowa's early success in perspective -- they've done a really great job so far, but the team race could (and probably will be) much closer after tonight's matches, barring some very surprising upsets.

CONSOLATION BRACKET
149: UN Josh Dziewa vs. #6 Caleb Ervin (Illinois)

Here's the updated bracket.

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B1G WRESTLING TOURNEY 2013: BRACKET ANALYSIS

The official bracket is out -- let's break it down.

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