Hawkeyes pile up bonus points to pin Rider 35-6

IOWA CITY — Freshman Justin Stickley opened with one fall and junior Sam Stoll closed with another as the No. 7 University of Iowa wrestling team rolled past No. 22 Rider, 35-6, on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Stickley (125 pounds) erased a 6-1 deficit before building a 15-7 lead and earning his third fall of the season in 4 minutes, 36 seconds. Stoll’s pin was less dramatic at 285. He turned a first-period takedown into his third fall of the year in 1:27.

“Stickley was all over the guy and when you’re all over a guy it inspires your teammates,” said Hawkeye head coach Tom Brands. “But these guys are veterans and they are not going to get too caught up in that. It inspires me and it inspires the crowd. That was a pretty loud roar on that fall. That’s what our fans want to see.”

Iowa scored bonus points in seven of eight wins, adding five major decisions to their bookended falls.

Brandon Sorensen and Michael Kemerer scored major decisions at 149 and 157, respectively, and before Stoll closed the dual, Iowa racked up three straight majors from Joey Gunther, Mitch Bowman and Cash Wilcke.

Iowa forced the action most of the night, owning 28 of the 33 takedowns scored and forcing 15 stall calls. The Hawkeyes also got four-point nearfalls from Stickley, Kemerer, Bowman, and Wilcke.

Iowa returns to the mat Dec. 1, hosting No. 14 Illinois at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa 35, Rider 6

At Iowa City

125–Justin Stickley (I) pinned Jonathan Tropea, 4:36; 133–Phillip Laux (I) dec. Anthony Cefolo, 5-1; 141–Tyson Dippery (R) dec. Vince Turk, 8-4; 149–Brandon Sorensen (I) major dec. Gary Dinmore, 14-4; 157–Michael Kemerer (I) major dec. B.J. Clagon, 18-5; 165–Chad Walsh (R) dec. Kaleb Young, 5-4; 174–Joey Gunther (I) major dec. Dean Sherry, 12-3; 184–Mitch Bowman (I) major dec. Michael Fagg-Daves, 15-3; 197–Cash Wilcke (I) major dec. Ethan Laird, 16-3; 285–Sam Stoll (I) pinned Mauro Correnti, 1:27.