No. 2 Iowa handles Iowa State on the mat
AMES — The second-ranked Iowa wrestling team embraced a hostile environment here Sunday afternoon and shined.
The Hawkeyes won eight of the 10 matches with No. 11 Iowa State, posting a convincing 29-6 victory inside Hilton Coliseum.
Spencer Lee, Austin DeSanto, Pat Lugo, Alex Marinelli, Michael Kemerer, Nelson Brands, Jacob Warner and Tony Cassioppi were all winners as Iowa earned a 28-4 edge in takedowns and 90-38 advantage in match points.
“We won some pickles,” Iowa head coach Tom Brands said. “But we like to dominate. We want 100-0 in our favor for the win probability and we were 50-50 in some situations.
“We had four guys get bonus points and bonus points are huge.”
Lee, the top-ranked 125-pounder in the nation, earned a 17-2 technical fall over No. 7 Alex Mackall to start things off. DeSanto followed with a major decision over former two-time Iowa Central national champion Todd Small at 133 with Kemerer and Warner adding major decisions.
“I just had to go out and wrestle my match,” Lee said. “It was important to start the dual off strong and with a bang. That was the plan.”
Ian Parker got the Cyclones on the board with a decision over Carter Happel, while David Carr upset second-ranked Kaleb Young at 157 for the other ISU win. Carr, ranked 11th, won 6-1.
“We got man-handled by a very good wrestling team,” Iowa State head coach Kevin Dresser said. “I don’t think there is any other way to spin it than that.
“The fortunate thing about wrestling a great team is you really get exposed and know what you have to work on. Up-and-down the lineup, they have super solid guys.”
At 184 pounds, Nelson Brands earned a 4-3 win over No. 7 Sam Colbray in his first mat experience in the Cy-Hawk rivalry.
“I just see it as another match, not a rivalry,” he said. “I know it is, but I prepare the same for every match I am going to wrestle.”
The victory gave Iowa a 7-6 lead in the 2019-20 Cy-Hawk Series.
Tom Brands is now a perfect 15-0 in his coaching career vs. the Cyclones, retaining the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy in the process. Iowa is on a 16-dual win streak overall against Iowa State.