Co Big Ten champs
The University of Iowa wrestling team won seven of 10 matches to defeat No. 15 Wisconsin, 28-10, and earn a share of the Big Ten title Sunday.
Cory Clark and Tony Ramos opened the dual with pins, and Nick Moore recorded his team-high fifth major decision to help Iowa improve to 7-1 in conference duals. The Hawkeyes share the Big Ten dual title with Minnesota and Penn State, and in two weeks Iowa returns to Madison to challenge for the Big Ten tournament title.
Clark led 7-2 before decking No. 9 Ryan Taylor in 2:03 at 125. He scored a takedown in the opening 20 seconds, exchanged a pair of reversals to make the score 4-2, and was working on three near-fall points before finishing the match with his ninth pin of the year.
Ramos had to chase Tyler Graff stand-in Matt Cavallaris around the mat for two and one-half periods before finally securing the fall in 6:23 at 133. Graff, ranked No. 5 at 133, missed his second straight match with an injury.
Ramos recorded seven takedowns and 4:28 of riding time before securing his team-best 11th pin.
After the intermission, Moore, a former West High Trojan, extended Iowa’s lead to 19-7 with an 18-4 win at 165. He scored a pair of takedowns in each period, piled up 2:37 of riding time, and was awarded three near-fall points as time expired to win his 10th straight match.
The Hawks also got wins from Brody Grothus (149), Mike Evans (174), Ethen Lofthouse (184) and Nathan Burak (197).
The Big Ten championship should be a great battle. Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa will be the favorites... can the Hawks come through?