Hawkeyes pin down Midlands team title

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The University of Iowa wrestling team went 5-for-5 in the finals to roll to its 27th team title at the 2017 Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Saturday night at the Sears Centre Arena.

Brandon Sorensen (149 pounds), Michael Kemerer (157), Alex Marinelli (165), Cash Wilcke (197) and Sam Stoll (285) all won titles at their respective weight classes. It marked the first time in school history Iowa crowned five individual champions at the Midlands.

The Hawkeyes scored 156.5 points, 47 or more than runner-up Rutgers (109.5). It was Iowa’s largest margin of victory since scoring a tournament-record 189 points and winning by 58.5 points in 2014.

Two of Iowa’s title bouts went into sudden victory, and the other three were decided by a total of six points.

The Hawkeyes have won more team titles than any other school (27) in the 55 year history of the event, including each of the last five.

Iowa returns to action Friday, hosting Michigan State at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.