Well, that was a bloodbath. Not only on the mat, but more so in finding a way to follow the dual. First, we had this.
Technical difficulties on the campus of Purdue. No BTN Plus coverage. Listen to Grace and Ironside on KXIC AM 800 and Hawkeye All-Access— IowaWRLive (@IowaWRLive) November 27, 2016
Then, we had this.
No All-Access stream from West Lafayette, Indiana. KXIC AM 800 is your home for @Hawks_Wrestling today.— IowaWRLive (@IowaWRLive) November 27, 2016
And if you were wondering, KXIC is not on TuneIn — for some reason — so those not lucky enough to be in Iowa City, like myself, were left with the Twitters only. Between a hoops game on YouTube with no commentary yesterday and the wrestling fun today, it’s been a big weekend for Hawkeye sports coverage.
But, as for the results, things went pretty much as expected for the Hawks. Iowa recorded bonus points in five matches with two tech falls and three majors — Thomas Gilman and Alex Meyer had the techs with Topher Carton, Brandon Sorensen, and Sammy Brooks accounting for the majors. On the afternoon, Tom Brands’ crew totaled 131 match points in the process. Not bad, not bad at all.
Alex Meyer had the highest total for the Hawks with 25, Gilman had 23, Brooks 19, Carton 18, and Sorensen 16. At 165, Joey Gunther won 8-4 in his Big Ten debut. Cash Wilcke did the same at 197 with a 6-3 decision. Michael Kemerer won 9-3 at 157 pounds.
The only Hawkeye loss of the afternoon was at heavyweight, where Steven Holloway wrestled while Sam Stoll nurses his injury suffered at the end of last season. The redshirt freshman dropped a 3-2 decision to Purdue’s Tyler Kral, who scored via two escapes and an unnecessary roughness call.
FULL RESULTS via Purdue, with Flowrestling rankings.
125 / No. 1 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) tech fall Ben Thornton (Purdue) 25-10 (5:02)
133 / No. 1 Cory Clark (Iowa) dec. Luke Welch (Purdue) 6-0
141 / Topher Carton (Iowa) major decision Kyle Ayersman (Purdue) 19-8
149 / No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) major decision Nate Limmex (Purdue) 17-6
157 / No. 6 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) dec. Alex Griffin (Purdue) 10-3
165 / Joey Gunther (Iowa) dec. Dylan Lydy (Purdue) 8-4
174 / No. 6 Alex Meyer (Iowa) tech fall Peter Andreotti (Purdue) 25-10 (7:00)
184 / No. 7 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) major decision Tanner Lynde (Purdue) 20-9
197 / Cash Wilcke (Iowa) dec. Christian Brunner (Purdue) 6-4
285 / Tyler Kral (Purdue) dec. Steven Holloway (Iowa) 4-2