That was fun. The third-ranked Hawkeyes headed into Michigan’s high school gym arena thing and took care of business with a 31-7 win. Major decisions from Thomas Gilman and Brandon Sorensen, a tech fall from Sammy Brooks, and a Sam Stoll pin were the highlights for Iowa, which went 8-2 in matches to move to 6-0 and pick up its second conference win of the season.
Somewhat surprisingly, it wasn’t Gilman with the largest margin of victory, point wise, for the Hawks — it was Brooks with a 21-4 tech fall over Ernest Battagila to take the cake in that category. Stoll recorded a pin over Dan Perry on the edge to finish things off — very nice.
In his return to the mat, Cory Clark’s wrist/hand injury didn’t effect him too much in a 2-0 decision over No. 8 Stevan Micic. The Wolverine was heavy on Clark’s neck and wrist, but the Iowa All-American was able to keep things in control for a 2-0 victory. Sure, it would’ve been nice to see him open it up, but after over a month off, a win like this over a potential AA opponent works just fine.
The only two Iowa losses came at 165 where No. 2 Logan Massa majored Joey Gunther and 174 where 11th-ranked Alex Meyer lost to No. 13 Myles Amine. Just going to keep the mouth shut regarding 65 for now.
This was exciting.
This is great stuff pic.twitter.com/qGHlcYXeqN— BlackHeartGoldPants (@BHGP) January 7, 2017
FULL RESULTS, Hawkeyes in bold
125 / No. 1 Thomas Gilman major dec. Austin Assad, 20-7
133 / No. 1 Cory Clark dec. No. 8 Stevan Micic, 2-0
141 / Topher Carton dec. Salvator Profaci, 8-4
149 / No. 2 Brandon Sorensen major dec. Zac Hall, 10-1
157 / No. 2 Michael Kemerer dec. No. 7 Brian Murphy, 6-3
165 / No. 2 Logan Massa major dec. Joey Gunther, 16-6
174 / No. 13 Myles Amine dec. No. 11 Alex Meyer, 6-5
184 / No. 5 Sammy Brooks tech fall Ernest Battaglia, 20-4
197 / Cash Wilcke dec. Jackson Striggow, 5-2
HWT / No. 7 Sam Stoll fall Dan Perry in 2:22
Thanks for following along. Enjoy Wild Card weekend, talk to you Sunday.