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...
- 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.