IOWA CITY -- The No. 2 Iowa wrestling team lost to No. 4 Minnesota in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, 19-15.
Two highly-ranked Hawkeyes -- No. 3 Thomas Gilman at 125 pounds, and No. 2 Derek St. John at 157 -- suffered upsets.
Gilman faced the Gophers' unranked Sam Brancale, who quickly made a statement by throwing Gilman to his back for an early five points. Gilman fought off his back once, only to let Brancale whip him over again for a first-period pin.
In Iowa's other suprising defeat, Derek St. John took a 3-2 lead into the third period against 14th-ranked Dylan Ness. But Ness took St. John to his back for a reversal and nearfall points for a 7-4 victory. It is the first time in St. John's career that the senior has lost consecutive matches.
There were some positive results for Iowa in the dual. Junior Mike Evans knocked off 5th-ranked Logan Storley, an opponent who had beaten Evans all three times the pair had wrestled previously. Evans, ranked 6th at 174 pounds, used an escape in a tie-break period to seal the victory. Hawkeye heavyweight Bobby Telford scored a takedown in the closing seconds of overtime to beat No. 2 Tony Nelson, finishing the dual on a positive note for Iowa.
Check thegazette.com tonight for full coverage of the dual.
#2 IOWA 15, #4 Minnesota 19
125 - Sam Brancale (UM) pinned #3 Thomas Gilman (IA), 2:03; 0-6
133 - #3 Tony Ramos (IA) dec. #9 David Thorn (UM), 6-2; 3-6
141 - #11 Josh Dziewa (IA) dec. #5 Chris Dardanes (UM), 1-0; 6-6
149 - #3 Nick Dardanes (UM) dec. #13 Brody Grothus (IA); 5-3; 6-9
157 - #14 Dylan Ness (UM) dec. #2 Derek St. John (IA), 7-4; 6-12
165 - #4 Nick Moore (IA) dec. Danny Zilverberg (UM), 3-2; 9-12
174 - #6 Mike Evans (IA) dec. #5 Logan Storley (UM), 2-1 (TB1); 12-12
184 - #9 Kevin Steinhaus (UM) dec. Sammy Brooks (IA), 8-6; 12-15
197 - #1 Scott Schiller (UM) dec. #16 Nathan Burak (IA), 16-5; 12-19285 - #3 Bobby Telford (IA) dec. #2 Tony Nelson (UM), 3-1; 15-19