Hawkeyes upset Cowboys 20-12

PHOTO BY BRIAN RAY/HAWKEYESPORTS.COM • Iowa’s Alex Marinelli celebrates after defeating Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rogers 5-2 at 174 pounds during Sunday’s dual meet at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa wrestling team won six of 10 matches as the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes handed No. 2 Oklahoma State its first dual loss of the season, a 20-12 decision on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa won by decision at 125, 157, 165, 184 and 285 pounds, and got a technical fall from Brandon Sorensen at 149 to defeat its highest-rated opponent since topping No. 1 Oklahoma State, 18-16, in 2015. The Hawkeyes have won the last three meetings against the Cowboys in Iowa City.

Iowa (9-0) trailed the team race 7-3 before Sorensen’s five-point win gave the Hawkyes an 8-7 lead. Ranked No. 2 at 149, Sorensen led 6-4 early in the second period before finishing the final 2:33 with six takedowns, piling up 2:51 of riding time, and earning a 23-8 technical fall over No. 14 Boo Lewallan.

“When I am attacking that’s when I’m best,” Sorensen said. “When my feet and hands are moving together, I’m feeling good. That’s when I think I can beat anyone and that’s what happened.”

No. 2 Michael Kemerer followed Sorensen with a 9-2 decision at 157, and No. 11 Alex Marinelli backed up Kemerer with a 5-2 decision over No. 8 Chandler Rogers at 165. The Cowboys (6-1) were deducted a team point for failing to the control the mat during 157, and after six matches the Hawkeyes led 14-6.

Oklahoma State cut into Iowa’s lead with a 3-1 win at 174, but Mitch Bowman swung momentum back for the Hawkeyes with a 10-6 win over No. 19 Keegan Moore at 184. The win gave Iowa a 17-9 lead with two matches left.

“Going out there and getting a win to help the team win a close dual like that is incredible, especially in front of that crowd,” said Bowman. “It was euphoric — that’s kind of a big word for me — but it was incredible to hear the crowd erupt when the buzzer went off knowing that I did my job the way I should have done it.”

The dual opened and closed with Hawkeye wins in top 10 matchups. Ninth-ranked Spencer Lee scored two takedowns and four near-fall points in the first period at 125 to defeat No. 6 Nick Piccininni, 10-5, and No. 3 Sam Stoll topped No. 10 Derek White in overtime, 6-4, at 285.

“We pointed to this. We had success with some tough matches and did some good things, but we need to get ready to go to Columbus a week from today,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “You don’t congratulate yourself many times in January. Maybe this is one time where you take a little bit of a breath because we did point to this dual.

“This was a dual about two teams who are in the same category and two teams that are trying to get to the next category, and that means Penn State and Ohio State. They are 1 and 2 and everybody else seems to be on the outside. To get there you have to take steps. We took a step and we have to keep moving forward.”

Iowa returns to the mat next Sunday on the road at No. 2 Ohio State. The 2:30 p.m. dual will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

No. 7 Iowa 20, No. 3 Oklahoma St. 12

At Iowa City

125–Spencer Lee (IA) dec. Nick Piccininni, 10-5; 133–Kaid Brock (OSU) major dec. Phillip Laux, 16-6; 141–Dean Heil (OSU) dec. Vince Turk, 4-0; 149–Brandon Sorensen (IA) tech. fall Boo Lewallen, 23-8; 157–Michael Kemerer (IA) dec. Jonce Blaylock, 9-2; 165–Alex Marinelli (IA) dec. Chandler Rogers, 5-2; 174–Jacobe Smith (OSU) dec. Joey Gunther, 3-1; 184–Mitch Bowman (IA) dec. Keegan Moore, 10-6; 197–Preston Weigel (OSU) dec. Cash Wilcke, 6-0; 285–Sam Stoll (IA) dec. Derek White, 6-4 SV2.

(* — Oklahoma St. was deducted one team point at 157 pounds for failure to control the mat)