IOWA CITY — Iowa opened its wrestling season in dominating fashion Friday, scoring bonus points in 20 of the 27 wins it recorded while sweeping three opponents at the Iowa City Duals.
The Hawkeyes followed a season-opening 48-0 rout of Iowa Central with a 33-6 win over Buffalo and a 38-6 victory over North Dakota State in front of a crowd of 6,786 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa won six matches by pin and seven by technical fall while piling up a 103-8 advantage in takedowns against its three opponents.
"On the bottom we were strong, and on top, that has to be fun watching that many back points," coach Tom Brands said. "Our footwork in the neutral position made it easier for us in other positions, and we were wrestling hard the entire match."
Brands called the sweep a starting point for a team that saw returning all-Americans Brandon Sorensen and Michael Kemerer collect bonus points in each of their three victories.
Sorensen won by pin, technical fall and major decision at 149 pounds while Kemerer at 157 pinned his first two opponents before scoring a 17-2 technical fall over 14th-rated Clay Ream of North Dakota in 4 minutes, 40 seconds.
The pair joined Vince Turk at 141, Kaleb Young at 165, Joey Gunther at 174, Mitch Bowman at 184, Cash Wilcke at 197 and heavyweight Sam Stoll at 285 in opening the season with three wins.
Bowman, a junior from North Scott, scored a takedown in the final minute to erase a 4-3 deficit and beat North Dakota State’s Tyler McNutt 5-4 in his final match of the day.
He rallied for the victory after opening the season with a first-period pin and a 10-4 decision.
Paul Glynn, a sophomore 133-pounder from Bettendorf, was one of four Hawkeyes to make their Carver-Hawkeye Arena debuts Friday.
He lost his only match of the day, allowing a late-escape and giving up a point for riding time in a 2-0 loss to fifth-ranked Bryan Lantry of Buffalo.
Iowa’s other two losses came at 125, where Justin Stickley won by technical fall, lost an 8-4 decision and was pinned as he became the first true freshman to compete for the Hawkeyes since Nathan Burak competed during the 2012-13 season.
In their first Carver-Hawkeye appearances, Turk claimed three bonus-points wins at 141 and Young scored a technical fall and a major decision before beating 20th-rated Andrew Fogarty of North Dakota State, 3-2.
Cordell Eaton, a North Dakota State sophomore from North Scott, dropped a 5-3 decision at 197 to the Hawkeyes' Wilcke.