Hawkeyes hammer Badgers on the mat

MADISON, Wis. — The third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team clinched a share of the Big Ten regular season championship with a 35-2 win over No. 16 Wisconsin on Sunday at the UW Field House.

The Hawkeyes improved to 14-0 overall and 9-0 in the Big Ten, tying Iowa with Penn State for the dual title. The regular season title is Iowa’s 11th since the conference started recognizing a dual champion in 1999.

“We’re getting ready for Oklahoma State, we’re getting ready for the postseason, whether we get a trophy for this or not,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “We have to keep getting better and that’s the bottom line. Our best wrestling is in front of us, but our best wrestling is coming out of us.”

The Hawkeyes won the first nine matches and had a 30-2 advantage in takedowns. Iowa put up bonus points in six matches.

Spencer Lee won by fall at 125 pounds, Mitch Bowman won by technical fall at 174, and Austin DeSanto (133), Vince Turk (141), Kaleb Young (157), and Jacob Warner (197) all won by major decision.

Second-ranked Alex Marinelli won a 6-4 decision in a matchup of top-three wrestlers. Marinelli used a reversal in the third period to force overtime, and got a takedown 35 seconds into sudden victory to top No. 3 Evan Wick.

Iowa returns to the mat next Sunday at Oklahoma State in a 2 p.m. dual.

No. 3 Iowa 35, No. 16 Wisconsin 2

At Madison, Wis.

125–Spencer Lee (IA) pinned Ethan Rotondo, :56; 133–Austin DeSanto (IA) major dec. Jens Lantz, 21-8; 141–Vince Turk (IA) major dec. Michael Cullen, 11-1; 149–Pat Lugo (IA) dec. Cole Martin, 3-1 SV1; 157–Kaleb Young (IA) major dec. Garrett Model, 11-2; 165–Alex Marinelli (IA) dec. Evan Wick, 6-4 SV1; 174–Mitch Bowman (IA) tech. fall Anders Lantz, 27-9; 184–Cash Wilcke (IA) dec. Mason Reinhardt, 5-4; 197–Jacob Warner (IA) major dec. Beau Breske, 9-0; *285–Trent Hillger (W) dec. Sam Stoll, 1-0.

* — both teams deducted one team point following match