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Another big win for wrestlers

Hawk Talk
Mitch Bowman digs in for a grip on Oklahoma State’s Keegan Moore during the 184-pound match at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Jan. 14. Bowman took a 10-6 decision, helping the Hawks to a 20-12 dual win. (Darren Miller/hawkeyesports.com)

The seventh-ranked Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off the third-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys last Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The crowd was big (over 13,000), the atmosphere was electric and you had the two most storied programs in wrestling.
Oklahoma State has won 34 NCAA titles, Iowa 23.
The third-most titles are eight by Iowa State.
The Cowboys have 1,098 dual wins, the Hawkeyes 995.
The Hawks now have a 13-11 advantage in Iowa City.
You start with Spencer Lee at 125 pounds and end with Sam Stoll at 285.
Both picked up key wins.
Spencer started it out, jumping out to an 8-0 lead with a couple of takedowns and near-fall points, winning 10-5.
It looked like Spencer might have run out of gas.
There is a lot of pressure on the true freshman from Pennsylvania and he exploded from start of the match to take the early lead.
Spencer was ranked ninth, his opponent, Nic Piccininni, sixth.
The Hawks lost the next two matches, but Brandon Sorensen made a statement at 149.
The senior from Cedar Falls is a three-time All-American. Brandon finished fourth in the NCAA as a redshirt freshman in 2015. As a sophomore, he finished second in the nation. Last year, Brandon was third.
Against the Cowboys, Brandon had six takedowns to secure a 23-8 technical fall.
Michael Kemerer (157) and Alex Marinelli (165) had 9-2 and 5-2 decisions respectively.
Alex, ranked 11th, knocked off eighth-ranked Chandler Rogers.
Mitch Bowman (184) might have had the biggest win of the day with a 10-6 win over 19th-ranked Keegan Moore.
Third-ranked Sam Stoll took two overtimes to knock off 10th-ranked Derek White, 6-4.
The Hawks won the matches they were supposed to win and added a couple of upsets.
Head coach Tom Brands tried to keep the win in perspective.
“You don’t congratulate yourself in January,” said Tom. “We pointed for this dual. This was a big dual for our team. Of course there are a lot of things we have to figure out and work on. We had some tough matches and we won some tough matches.”