IOWA CITY — Tom Brands expected more.
More takedowns. More wins. More fight.
Instead, all the fourth-ranked Iowa wrestling team ended up with on Saturday was one more loss on its record.
Seventh-rated Michigan claimed decisions in the final four matches to rally for a 19-17 victory and silence a crowd of 10,418 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The loss in what the Iowa coach labeled a "winnable dual" was the second straight for Iowa, following a 22-12 setback to second-ranked Ohio State on Sunday.
"It’s not the end of the world, but it might be getting close," Brands said. "We’re in the last week of January now. We’ve got to get it figured out."
Brands saw a familiar theme play out in the final matches as the Wolverines won for the first time against Iowa since 2006, a victory secured when second-rated 285-pounder Adam Coon made a first-period takedown the difference in a 3-2 win over the Hawkeyes’ third-ranked Sam Stoll.
"At (197), at heavyweight, those takedowns came way too easy. Against a second-ranked guy like (Coon), giving up a takedown in the first period is a tough hole to dig out of," Brands said. "It just can’t be that easy. There’s got to be a fight out there."
Iowa scored just two takedowns in its final six matches against the Wolverines, including one in the opening period at 165 which allowed ninth-rated Alex Marinelli to move to 10-0 with a 3-2 victory over eighth-ranked Logan Massa.
"I was able to get a good shot, a good double leg and finish it," Marinelli said. "… I’m happy with the win, but I’m not out there to win 3-2. I expect more. I went out and did my job, which is all I can do. We don’t take losses too easily around here."
Marinelli’s win moved the Hawkeyes ahead 17-7, a margin Michigan chipped away at one match at a time.
Seventh-ranked Myles Amine edged Kaleb Young 3-1 at 174, fifth-rated Domenic Abournader held off North Scott’s Mitch Bowman 4-1 at 184, positioning Kevin Beazley to cut the Iowa lead to 17-16.
He used two second-period takedowns to earn a 6-5 win over Cash Wilcke at 197 before Stoll lost for the first time in 14 matches this season against Coon, now 19-0.
"Second straight meet we’ve lost the last four matches," Brands said. "Coming off the bottom at ’84, ’74, can throw that in there. We’ve got to get Wilcke going. That was a winnable dual, even without (Michael) Kemerer."
Brands opted to sit the second-ranked 157-pounder, who he said was "nicked up," and Michigan’s seventh-rated Alec Pantaleo won a 5-2 decision over Jeren Glosser at the weight.
"In the postseason, Kemerer could have wrestled. Today, it was the smart thing to do," Brands said.
Iowa (9-2, 4-2 Big Ten) won only four matches against Michigan, a dual that opened with Spencer Lee scoring three four-point near falls in the opening period and needing just 21 seconds of the second period to finish off a 15-0 technical fall.
"I was told to go out and score points and have some fun, and that’s what I did," Lee said.
The Hawkeyes also collected bonus points at 149 when Brandon Sorensen followed a 13-11 overtime decision by Vince Turk at 141 with the fifth pin of his 16-0 season, dropping the Wolverines’ Ben Lamantia in 4 minutes, 54 seconds.
Michigan (8-2, 5-1) earned bonus points in just one match, a 19-5 major decision by fifth-rated Stevan Micic over Bettendorf’s Paul Glynn at 133.
"It was a tough meet to lose," Lee said. "We just have to move forward to the next match and get going again."