Hawkeyes overtake Rutgers late, 23-15

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The University of Iowa wrestling team won six of the final seven bouts to rally past No. 16 Rutgers on Friday night in front of a record 6,754 fans at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

The Hawkeyes fell behind 12-0 after losses at 125, 133, and 141 pounds, but strung together four-straight wins to grab the lead and move on to their 23rd consecutive Big Ten road win.

“We’re going to be in the funny farm if we have to keep digging ourselves out of holes,” said Hawkeye head coach Tom Brands. “We know we have good guys at every weight. The thing that is going to make these guys part of this team is, are you going to perform. It’s not even about winning. It’s about wrestling the entire match. Nothing in life works if you wrestle only part of it.”

A winner-take-all heavyweight bout went Iowa’s way, as Sam Stoll turned a first-period takedown into a fall, flattening Razohnn Gross in 2:40 to clinch the win.

No. 7 Iowa 23, No. 16 Rutgers 15

125–Nick Suriano (R) tech. fall Justin Stickley, 23-5; 133 – Scott DelVecchio (R) major dec. Paul Glynn, 12-4; 141–Michael Van Brill (R) dec. Carter Happel, 3-2; 149–Brandon Sorensen (I) dec. Eleazar DeLuca, 4-1; 157–Michael Kemerer (I) tech. fall Brett Donner, 24-8; 165–Alex Marinelli (I) dec. Richie Lewis, 6-4 SV1; 174–Joey Gunther (I) dec. Jordan Pagano, 5-4; 184–Nicholas Gravina (R) dec. Mitch Bowman, 4-0; 197–Cash Wilcke (I) dec. Kevin Mulligan, 8-3; 285–Sam Stoll (I) pinned Razohnn Gross, 2:40.