Hawkeyes score bonus points to improve to 5-0
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa wrestling team opened its Big Ten season with a 36-9 win against Maryland on Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes scored bonus points in each of their seven wins against the Terps, including a pair of falls by Cory Clark (133) and Sammy Brooks (197).
Iowa has now won 18 straight Big Ten openers.
The second-ranked Hawkeyes (5-0, 1-0) also earned wins over Grand Canyon (44-0), Iowa Central (54-0) and Cornell College (58-0). Iowa improved to 25-0 all-time in the Iowa City Duals.
In four duals combined, the Hawkeyes were 37-3 with 35 bonus-point wins.
Iowa fans watched five wrestlers make their Carver-Hawkeye Arena debuts. Senior Jake Kadel (141) used two takedowns and two nearfall points to earn a 6-3 win against Uzo Owuama of Grand Canyon, and redshirt freshman Sam Stoll (285) recorded his first career fall in 1:36 against Grand Canyon’s Sean Medley. Stoll finished the day with three first-period pins.
Redshirt freshmen Burke Paddock (165), Logan Ryan (141), and Skyler St. John (157) also wrestled inside Carver for the first time. Senior Patrick Rhoads made his first Carver-Hawkeye Arena appearance since 2011. He was 2-0 with a pin and a technical fall.
Iowa All-Americans Thomas Gilman (125), Cory Clark (133), Brandon Sorensen (149) and Nathan Burak (197) combined for a 16-0 mark with 16 bonus point victories, including nine pins, four major decisions and three technical falls.
Sammy Brooks (184) and Alex Meyer (174) each posted 4-0 records. Brooks had two falls, one technical fall and one win by forfeit, while Meyer added a pin and two major decisions.
Iowa returns to the mat Nov. 29 in Ames to face Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The dual begins at 2 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa has won the last 11 meeting in the series.