EAST LANSING, Mich. — Iowa collected bonus points in seven matches and didn't allow a takedown Sunday as it rolled to a 44-0 Big Ten wrestling victory at Michigan State.
In their final tune-up before a match next Sunday at top-ranked Oklahoma State, the third-ranked Hawkeyes dominated from start to finish.
Thomas Gilman set the tone with the fastest pin of his career, needing 45 seconds to pin the Spartans' Logan Griffin at 125 pounds, and Sam Stoll ended the meet with a six-point win when Michigan State 285-pounder Jacob Cooper was disqualified after being called for stalling six times.
"I liked Stoll's match,'' Iowa coach Tom Brands said. "That's a 1-0 type of wrestler that likes to keep it close and our pace was high. Every time he walks on the mat I always say I love Stoll because he can hand fight, his pace is high and he scores.''
Iowa picked up technical falls from Brandon Sorensen at 149, Alex Meyer at 174 and Sammy Brooks at 184 and major decisions from Topher Carton at 141 and Michael Kemerer at 157.
Carton's 12-2 victory over 16th-rated Javier Garcia was the second straight over a rated opponent for the senior from Davenport Assumption. He recorded three takedowns, four nearfall points and 3 minutes, 05 seconds in riding time to move to 17-2 on the season.
"Today was more along the lines of what we're trying to put together,'' Carton said. "The coaches have me believing that if I wrestle seven minutes hard and go to my offense with pressure, it makes it really hard on opponents and that's when my wrestling is at its best.''
In total, Iowa collected 37 takedowns on its way to its biggest win over the Spartans since a 46-point victory in 1986.
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"I think our conditioning was evident,'' Brands said. "That's good. That's a badge of honor for our guys.''
Bettendorf pair places: Iowa wrestlers Paul Glynn and Jack Wagner of Bettendorf were among 11 Hawkeyes who earned top-three finishes Saturday at the Pat Flanagan Open in Dubuque.
Glynn took second place in the open division at 141 pounds, dropping a 3-2 decision to Iowa teammate Carter Happel in the finals.
Wagner was third in the open division at 133, losing to Rudy Yates of Northern Iowa 9-4 in the quarterfinals and beating Cody Vogel of Wisconsin-Eau Claire by technical fall in the consolation bracket before dropping a 4-3 decision to unattached wrestler Justin Stickley in sudden victory in the third-place match.
In addition to Happel, Iowa's Jeren Glosser at 149 and Skyler St. John at 165 earned first place at the tourney.