MINNEAPOLIS — Trailing 8-0 late in the second period, things didn't look good for Iowa's Thomas Gilman.
The Hawkeyes' top-ranked 125-pounder turned momentum from a reversal late in the period into a pin of sixth-ranked Ethan Lizak, which allowed aggressive Iowa to finish off Minnesota 27-11.
"I knew I had to get to my feet and get out,'' Gilman said. "I wasn't going to win the match by staying underneath for five minutes and then going to my feet. I knew I had to get some points in that second period.''
That reversal set the tone for a third period that started with both wrestlers on their feet and ended 58 seconds later with Lizak on his back, but not before Gilman used two takedowns and two intentional releases to pull within 10-6 before putting Lizak's shoulders to the mat following a third takedown.
The pin was the eighth of the season for Gilman, who improved to 21-0 by handing Lizak his fourth loss in 23 matches.
"He came out there to beat me and I really appreciate that,'' Gilman said. "I genuinely mean that, too. He came out there to beat me. Not a lot of guys do that. They wrestle to keep it close. It was a good match.''
In a dual that started at 149 pounds, the third-ranked Hawkeyes started with the same type of aggression.
Brandon Sorensen at 149, Michael Kemerer at 157, Alex Meyer at 174 and Sammy Brooks at 184 all won by major decisions, and a 5-2 win by unrated Joey Gunther over 15th-rated Nick Wanzek gave the Hawkeyes a 19-0 lead midway through the dual.
The win was the first in four attempts against a ranked opponent for Gunther, who used takedowns in the first and third period to win.
"We need to keep bringing him along,'' Iowa coach Tom Brands said. "Gunther has been doing a good job, but he can open it up a little more and build leads. He can be more aggressive because he does have good shots.''
The Hawkeyes (10-2, 6-1 Big Ten) also picked up 10-3 decision from Cory Clark at 133, but lost three matches against rated opponents.
Topher Carton, a 17th-ranked senior from Davenport Assumption, lost a 4-3 decision at 141 to 12th-rated Tommy Thorn on an escape with :40 remaining.
The loss was Carton's third of the season by one point to a rated opponent.
Minnesota's second-ranked Brett Pfarr won by technical fall over North Scott alum Mitch Bowman at 197 and eighth-ranked Michael Kroells gave the Golden Gophers (6-4, 5-3) a 7-0 decision over Steven Holloway at 285.
Five Hawks win titles
Five Iowa wrestlers won titles over the weekend at the Missouri Valley Colllege Open in Marshall, Missouri.
The Hawkeyes' Carter Happel at 141 pounds and Alex Marinelli at 165 pinned their way to the finals, where Happel won a 14-2 major decision over teammate Brock Rathbun and edged teammate Kaleb Young 5-4.
Perez Perez at 125, Keegan Shaw at 149 and Joel Northrup at 165 also won titles while Matt Malcolm finished second at 157.