Collectively, No. 6 Iowa’s 22-12 loss to No. 1 Ohio Statethat could’ve gone better. But…
Spencer Lee, folks.
Using a dominant second-period ride, Lee picked up a 3-2 decision over the nation’s top-ranked 125-pounder, Nathan Tomasello. The freshman’s flexibility was on full display as the fire hyrdant got in on a hand full of high-crotch shots, but was only able to finish one before Lee promptly escaped.
Though it’s been a small sample size, Lee’s ability to hide his back leg is the best I’ve seen in college wrestling since former Penn Stater Nico Megaludis. Oh, and he controlled the bejesus out of the center of the mat. Good stuff.
The next two weight classes, however, were a different story. At 133, Paul Glynn managed to keep things to a decision against No. 2 Luke Pletcher, but a very passive Carter Happel got absolutely worked for a major by 11th-ranked Joey McKenna. Rinse, repeat.
At 149, it was No. 2 Brandon Sorensen over sixth-ranked Ke-Shawn Hayes in a less-explosive match than last week. The senior used a third-period takedown and ride out to remain undefeated on the season. Your wrestling dudes here at the Pants are happy with the way he’s looked the past few weeks.
Things got a bit hairy in second-ranked Michael Kemerer’s win over Micah Jordan due to a late explosion from his opponent but was ultimately able to hang on. His knee took a beating in the first and third periods, and had a hitch in his giddy up leaving the mat. Something to keep an eye on.
After the intermission, we saw Alex Marinelli grind out a victory after he was taken on a ride for the entirety of the second period. A third-period takedown off a whizzer and an ensuing ride to negate the riding time Te’Shan Campbell accumulated did the job.
Third-ranked Bo Jordan overpowered Kaleb Young — not sure where Joey Gunther is — but a late takedown kept things at a decision. From there, the bad ‘keyes turned the lights out on the good ‘keyes to give Iowa its first dual loss of the season. The murderer’s row of Jordan, Martin, Moore, and Snyder was too much to overcome, though Bowman, and Wilcke wrestled respectable matches. No Sam Stoll Sunday.
Credit where credit’s due, Ohio State was the better team Sunday afternoon, but I”m still grinning from that Lee match. This dude’s going places, folks.
125 / No. 9 Spencer Lee dec. No. 1 Nathan Tomasello, 3-2
133 / No. 2 Luke Pletcher dec. Paul Glynn, 8-2
141 / No. 11 Joey McKenna major dec. Carter Happel, 13-2
149 / No. 2 Brandon Sorensen dec. No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes, 4-2
157 / No. 2 Michael Kemerer dec. No. 6 Micah Jordan, 8-4
165 / No. 9 Alex Marinelli dec. No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell, 4-1
174 / No. 3 Bo Jordan dec. Kaleb Young, 10-5
184 / No. 2 Myles Martin major dec. Mitch Bowman, 17-8
197 / No. 1 Kollin Moore dec. No. 5 Cash Wilcke, 6-3
HWT / No. 1 Kyle Snyder tech fall Steven Holloway, 25-9