Last weekend wasn’t fun for Hawkeye basketball and wrestling fans.
The men’s basketball team blew a 19-point first half lead and lost at Nebraska, 64-60, on Saturday.
The wrestlers lost two meets to Minnesota and Missouri finishing fourth at the National Dual meet in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon and night.
On Sunday, the Iowa women got beat 66-46 by Nebraska.
We’ll start with wrestling.
Led by a pin from Tony Ramos, the Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off Cornell 21-16 in the first round of the National Dual meet championship last Friday.
Tony had five takedowns in the first period, three in the second before getting the pin in the third period.
“I went out, wrestled hard and knew I had him worn down,” said Tony. “Coach said go for the pin, so I worked on top, worked the legs and got the fall.”
Iowa had five winners, including Matt McDonough (8-3 decision), Derek St. John (12-3 major), Mike Evans (11-2 major) and Bobby Telford (9-0 major).
The Hawks also lost two matches 3-1 and one match 3-2.
“We advanced as a team, which is good,” said head coach Tom Brands, “but we’ve got a lot to talk about with each individual.”
On Saturday in the first meet Iowa won four matches with Matt, Tony, Derek and Nick Moore winning. Minnesota won six and came out on top 22-15.
Both teams had pins with Tony Ramos getting the fall at 133 for Iowa but once again the Hawkeyes lost two matches by the score of 3-1.
“They won six and got the major and pin,” said coach Brands. “We have to compete from the start of the match to the end. That’s the bottom line.”
Missouri knocked off Iowa in the battle for third place 18-16 Saturday night.
I was stunned that both Matt McDonough and Derek St. John lost at the same meet.
Matt lost to fourth-ranked Alan Walters 4-0, and Derek lost to 19th-ranked Kyle Brady 4-3 on a takedown by Brady with 30 seconds left.
Iowa still had a chance to win the dual, but Bobby Telford lost to top-ranked Dom Bradley in overtime, 4-2. Bobby lost his balance and was taken down in overtime in the loss.
“We have work to do and I would say that if we win or lose,” said coach Brands. “Things are maybe a bit bizarre right now and we have to stop going down that path.”
I guess if they have to lose, it’s better now than during Big Ten and NCAA tournament time… only time will tell.
There have been some tough losses for the Hawkeye teams this year.
You can go back to football and the Iowa State game when the Hawkeyes lost, 9-7. Iowa dropped a pass in the end zone which would have given the Hawks a 10-9 lead with 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Also, the Central Michigan game was brutal, as Iowa couldn’t recover an onside kick and CM kicked a field goal with three seconds left to win, 32-31.
Those two wins would have given the Hawks a 6-6 record and a bowl bid.
The Hawkeye women lost a heartbreaker to Northwestern as the Wildcats hit a layup with time running out in a 67-65 loss at home in early February.
Iowa led by double-digits over the ‘Cats in the second half only to lose on a last-second shot.
The men have had their share of close calls.
The Hawks lost by 3 against Michigan State, by 3 in overtime against Purdue, by 3 at Minnesota and by 4 at Wisconsin in double-overtime.
Their 64-60 loss at Nebraska, after leading by 16 at halftime, could be the one that bursts the bubble and keeps Iowa out of the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight year.
The Hawks shot only 28 percent from the floor in the second half while the Huskers hit 63 percent.
Did Iowa fall flat or did Nebraska get hot?
Devyn Marble scored 18 while Aaron White had 15 points and 13 rebounds but Adam Woodbury and Josh Oglesby were scoreless, and Melsahn Basabe only had 2 points.
Mel is averaging 7.1 points per game while Adam and Josh are averaging 4.8.
I find this hard to believe, but Adam didn’t even attempt a shot from the floor or free throw line.
I’ve said this before, if Iowa wins, it’s usually because all 10 players in the rotation are contributing.
The Hawks are 17-10, 6-8 in the Big Ten and Iowa’s chance to get to the dance is almost gone.
The Hawkeye women ended the lost weekend for Iowa with a 66-46 loss at Nebraska Sunday.
Basketball is a game of match-ups. The Hawks have struggled matching up with the Cornhuskers and have lost five straight to them.
Nebraska is a lot like Iowa. When you hold their top scorers in check, like the Hawkeyes did, they have enough weapons to still come out on top.
In the first game in which Iowa lost 76-75 in Iowa City, Jordan Hooper had 29 points and Lindsey Moore 14.
Last Sunday at Lincoln, Jordan, who is an All-Big Ten pick, and Lindsey both had 10 points while freshman Rachel Theriot scored a career-high 19 points.
Twenty-one Iowa turnovers didn’t help and the Hawks were only 3-15 from 3-point range.
Samantha Logic and Theairra Taylor led Iowa with 12 and 10 points respectively. Samantha also had six assists and Morgan Johnson grabbed nine rebounds.
Iowa drops to 17-11, 6-8 in the Big Ten. They have two more games left plus the Big Ten Tournament. They need to win at least two more to get into the NCAA tournament.
It was a tough weekend for the Hawkeyes and their fans.
I still believe the talent is there and Iowa has good coaches.
It’s crunch time and all three teams are capable of bouncing back.