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COLLEGE WRESTLING: Hawkeyes clinch regular season title

IOWA CITY — Top-ranked Michael Kemerer put the finishing touches on a Hawkeye wrestling rout here Saturday, pinning No. 9 Devin Skatzka in 2 minutes, 52 seconds to punctuate No. 1 Iowa’s 35-6 win over No. 13 Minnesota.

Kemerer, ranked No. 1 at 174 pounds, led 4-2 in the first period before rolling up a cradle, sending 12,608 fans home happy and clinching Iowa’s first outright Big Ten regular season title since 2015.

It was also the Hawkeyes’ third top-10 win of the evening, and the fifth match that ended in bonus points.

Austin DeSanto and Alex Marinelli both won by technical fall, piling up 17 combined takedowns at 133 and 165, respectively. Jacob Warner won by 13-4 major decision at 197, and Spencer Lee won by forfeit at 125.

Max Murin and Pat Lugo added top-10 wins. Murin finished a takedown with 19 seconds left in sudden victory to top No. 4 Mitch McKee, 6-4, at 141, and Lugo followed suit with a 3-2 win over No. 7 Brayton Lee at 149.

The team win was Iowa’s sixth straight in the series, and represented the largest margin of victory against the Gophers since a 44-2 Iowa win in 1992.

“Big win. Onward. Oklahoma State next,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “We got sole possession of first place in the dual meet season for the Big Ten, so we go upstairs, get some T-shirts and hats, take a couple pictures, and get a move on. I don’t say that lightly, I say that because that’s what you do.

“Oklahoma State is a big dual. I don’t know what they’re ranked, but it’s a program that takes their wrestling very seriously. It is an important dual and we have to be ready to go.”

Iowa hosts No. 10 Oklahoma State on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Cyclone matmen dispatch West Virginia

AMES, Iowa – The No. 19 Iowa State wrestling team (8-4, 5-1 Big 12) racked up the bonus points Saturday night, defeating West Virginia (3-11, 0-7) by a final score of 34-6.

The Cyclones won eight matches with four coming by major decision and two by fall.

Junior Jarrett Degen and sophomore Marcus Coleman were the ISU pinners against West Virginia. Degen scored on four takedowns, a reversal and six nearfall points before bringing Liam Lusher to his back in 4:19.

The shortest match of the night provided the most excitement. In just 24 seconds, Coleman cradled Jackson Moomau and rolled him over, bringing all 3,362 Cyclone fans in attendance to their feet.

Juniors Todd Small, Ian Parker, Sam Colbray and Gannon Gremmel all secured major decision victories in Iowa State’s rout of West Virginia.

Iowa State has a quick turnaround as it’s set to host No. 19 UNI in Hilton Coliseum today at 2 p.m.

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