COLUMBUS, Ohio – Iowa’s fourth-rated wrestling team was unable to follow the lead of Spencer Lee on Sunday.
The freshman 125-pounder stunned Ohio State’s top-ranked Nathan Tomasello 3-2 in the first match of the day, but the second-ranked Buckeyes went on to hand the Hawkeyes their first loss in 25 Big Ten road duals 22-12.
Iowa won four of the first six matches, but Ohio State rode the strength of a lineup that included six wrestlers rated in the top three nationally to win in front of a crowd of 15,117 at the Schottenstein Center.
“We won four matches and we needed to win 10. We need to get first-period takedowns. We need to get off bottom. We need to get the first takedown, the second takedown, the last takedown,’’ Hawkeyes coach Tom Brands said.
“The guys that didn’t get their hand raised, the reason is because it was too easy for the opponent. When it’s too easy for the opponent, we’re either letting up or we’re not fighting. There is a belief issue there.’’
That wasn’t an issue for Lee, who spent the entire second period driving Tomasello into the mat to build up riding time that proved to be the difference in his match.
After an optional start to open the third period, Tomasello collected a takedown to snare a 2-1 lead but Lee quickly escaped to tie the score and make his point for 1:53 in riding time count.
The experience was lesson filled for the sixth-rated Iowa freshman who said it was the first time he had ever won a match without scoring at least one takedown.
“I learned that I can wrestle seven minutes, but I need to score more points,’’ Lee said. “You let a match be that close where in the end, he can get a takedown. You have to build your lead.’’
Bettendorf’s Paul Glynn dropped an 8-2 decision to second-ranked Luke Pletcher at 133 and the Hawkeyes’ Carter Happel fell by a major decision at 141 before Brandon Sorensen, Michael Kemerer and Alex Marinelli strung together three consecutive wins to give Iowa (9-1, 4-1 Big Ten) a 12-7 lead.
Sorensen used a third-period takedown to beat sixth-rated Ke-Shawn Hayes at 149, Kemerer opened a 6-1 lead in his win over sixth-ranked Micah Jordan at 157 and Marinelli used takedowns in the first and third period to claim a 4-1 decision.
The Buckeyes (10-0, 5-0) won the final four matches in dominant fashion.
Second-rated Myles Martin won a 17-8 major decision over North Scott’s Mitch Bowman at 184 and top-ranked Kyle Snyder won by technical fall at 285 over Steven Holloway after Brands opted not to send third-rated Sam Stoll to the mat against the Olympic medalist.
“There’s a lot of wrestling left, important matches for our team,’’ Brands said. “I want to make sure I’m doing the right thing every week.’’
Bush sparks Cyclones: Iowa State won its last four matches, including a decisive pin by Marcus Harrington at 285 in the final match, to claim a come-from-behind 25-16 dual victory over West Virginia Sunday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones were down 17-7 with four matches to go until Davenprt Assumption graduate Danny Bush jumpstarted the comeback at 174 pounds with a pin over Parker VonEgidy in a mere 1:07.
Bush's pin spearheaded the Cyclones' first Big 12 win of the season.
UNI loses to SDSU: South Dakota State registered pins at the first two weight classes and made that hold up in a 22-16 win over Northern Iowa.
Bettendorf grad Jacob Schwarm built a 6-0 lead in his match for the Panthers at 125 pounds, but Connor Brown pinned him early in the second period.
Jack Wagner and Logan Ryan, also Bettendorf grads, lost for the Panthers at 133 and 157 pounds, respectively. UNI fell to 5-3 overall, 2-1 in the Big 12.