Well, that wasn’t a total disaster, but it wasn’t really good by any standards. Iowa rolled into Stillwater and kicked things off with major decision from Thomas Gilman at 125. What followed was a mess. A big mess. Like, only winning two more matches a mess.
At 133, top ranked Cory Clark fell in a 5-0 hole and eventually lost 7-6 to No. 6 Kaid Brock. It was an incredibly entertaining match to watch, with lots of action from both sides throughout. Clark ended the match with 59 seconds of riding time while sporting a substantial shoulder wrap. Healthy Cory Clark is more fun than injured Cory Clark.
The second of the most disappointing losses for the Hawkeyes came at 149, where No. 2 Brandon Sorensen dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 3 Anthony Collica in the second set of tiebreakers. Collica ended with two more seconds of riding time than Sorensen, giving him the victory and putting Iowa’s chances of winning the dual further down the drain than they already were.
And with those already slim chances, wrestlers not named Michael Kemerer or Sammy Brooks didn’t do anything. No. 2 Kemerer beat No. 5 Joe Smith with an impressive 4-3 victory and No. 5 Brooks opened things up with a major over No. 4 Nolan Boyd.
Topher Carton looked decent against defending NCAA Champ Dean Heil but dropped his match. Skyler St. John wrestled at 165 and got pinned. Alex Meyer’s looked underwhelming at 174 as did Cash Wilcke at 197, and Sam Stoll gave up a late takedown to drop a decision at heavyweight.
We’ll discuss this further this week, but there’s a lot of work to be done between now and Friday when No. 2 Penn State rolls into town. Full results with Hawkeyes in bold are below.
125 / No. 1 Thomas Gilman major dec. No. 11 Nick Piccininni, 12-4
133 / No. 6 Kaid Brock dec. No. 1 Cory Clark, 7-6
141 / No. 1 Dean Heil dec. No. 19 Topher Carton, 6-4
149 / No. 3 Anthony Collica dec. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen, 4-3
157 / No. 2 Michael Kemerer dec. No. 5 Joe Smith, 4-3
165 / No. 4 Chandler Rogers fall Skyler St. John in 2:19
174 / No. 5 Kyle Crutchmer dec. No. 13 Alex Meyer, 5-2
184 / No. 5 Sammy Brooks major dec. No. 4 Nolan Boyd, 13-3
197 / No. 4 Preson Weigel dec. Cash Wilcke, 6-0.
HWT / No. 9 Austin Schafer dec. No. 7 Sam Stoll, 5-4