No. 1 Hawkeyes bury Badgers in B1G opener

IOWA CITY — Three University of Iowa wrestlers defeated top-three opponents to lead the No. 1 Hawkeyes past No. 6 Wisconsin, 32-3, on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Second-ranked Austin DeSanto upset No. 1 Seth Gross at 133 pounds, No. 12 Tony Cassioppi topped No. 2 Trent Hillger at 285, and No. 2 Alex Marinelli defeated No. 3 Evan Wick at 165.

In a battle of 1 vs. 2, DeSanto prevailed 6-2 on the strength of three takedowns. Marinelli won his fourth straight against Wick, this time by 4-2 decision. Cassioppi used a first-period takedown to win the Big Ten Conference dual’s final bout, 3-2.

“When you look at 133, 165, and heavyweight, that’s a lot of fun for a lot of fans in here,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands.

The dual featured five ranked matchups and the Hawkeyes won them all. Ninth-ranked Max Murin made his season debut at 141, defeating No. 10 Tristan Moran, 3-2. At 149 pounds, No. 3 Pat Lugo used a pair of takedowns to defeat No. 17 Cole Martin, 5-3.

The Hawkeyes won nine of 10 bouts and outscored the Badgers 76-32 in match points, holding a 22-3 advantage in takedowns. Wisconsin held a match lead for only 46 seconds of the entire dual.

Top-ranked Spencer Lee opened the dual with a 16-0 technical fall at 125. Lee scored a takedown 70 seconds into the match and added three sets of four-point tilts to build a 14-0 lead. He reversed Michael Cullen 14 seconds into the second period to terminate the match.

At 174, Michael Kemerer scored five takedowns to build a 17-6 lead before flattening Jared Krattinger in 5 minutes, 47 seconds.

Kemerer and Lee are a combined 6-0 with six bonus-point wins this season.

Iowa is back in action next Sunday with a match against No. 12 Princeton in Princeton, N.J.

No. 1 Iowa 32, No. 6 Wisconsin 3

At Iowa City

125–Spencer Lee (IA) tech. falled Michael Cullen, 16-0; 133–Austin DeSanto (IA) dec. Seth Gross, 6-2; 141–Max Murin (IA) dec. Tristan Moran, 3-2; 149–Pat Lugo (IA) dec. Cole Martin, 5-2; 157–Kaleb Young (IA) dec. Garrett Model, 12-6; 165–Alex Marinelli (IA) dec. Evan Wick, 4-2; 174–Michael Kemerer (IA) pinned Jared Krattinger, 5:47; 184–Johnny Sebastian (W) dec. Cash Wilcke, 7-5 SV2; 197–Jacob Warner (IA) dec. Taylor Watkins, 5-2; 285–Tony Cassioppi (IA) dec. Trent Hillger, 3-2.


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