That went well! The Hawkeyes surged past the Huskers, taking 7 of 10 matches, with the only losses coming at 133, 197, and heavyweight. With the win, Iowa picked up its 12th win of the regular season, finishing a dozen up, a pair down.
Iowa picked up bonus points in from 149 pounder Brandon Sorensen and 174 pounder Alex Meyer to go with a pin (!!) from 184-pounder Sammy Brooks. Sorensen picked up a major, while Meyer managed the tech fall. Brooks’ pin came in the third period, there’s a bit more later.
Michael Kemerer had my personal favorite win of the afternoon, a 3-2 win over No. 3 Tyler Berger. That favoritism is mostly because of this tweet from a few days back.
My second favorite win of the afternoon came at from none other than Brooks. In his last Carver Hawkeye Arena match, he stuck No. 3 T.J. Dudley, a win that should get him on the opposite side of the bracket as Bo Nickal come Big Tens in a couple weeks. That’s huge and should boost Iowa’s conference championship chances, on paper.
It’s sad Clark was the lone Hawkeye senior to lose on Senior Day, but as Mark Ironside mentioned on the radio, he’s basically wrestling with one arm. It’s not going to be an easy road for the senior this postseason, but we’ll talk about that this week.
This late Sunday afternoon is about celebrating Iowa’s seniors. Hope you all have a few Old Piles with me to do so.
No. 4 Iowa 27, No. 6 Nebraska 9
125 / No. 1 Thomas Gilman dec. No. 3 Tim Lambert, 6-3
133 / No. 4 Eric Montoya dec. No. 3 Cory Clark, 9-6 (Nebby lost a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct following this loss)
141 / No. 20 Topher Carton dec. No. 10 Colton McCrystal, 6-4
149 / No. 4 Brandon Sorensen major dec. Colin Purington, 13-5
157 / No. 2 Michael Kemerer dec. No. 3 Tyler Berger, 3-2
165 / No. 16 Joey Gunther dec. Dustin Williams, 4-1
174 / No. 8 Alex Meyer tech fall Micah Barnes, 17-1
184 / No. 4 Sammy Brooks pinned No. 3 T.J. Dudley, 5:46
197 / No. 6 Aaron Studebaker major dec. Cash Wilcke, 12-2
HWT / No 10 Collin Jensen dec. Steven Holloway, 5-1