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College Sports

No. 2 Iowa throttles No. 11 Iowa State in Cy-Hawk wrestling battle

AMES — The second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team defeated No. 11 Iowa State, 29-6, on Sunday in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series in front of 11,238 fans inside Hilton Coliseum.

Iowa won eight-of-10 bouts, owning a 28-4 edge in takedowns and a 90-38 advantage in match points.

The Hawkeyes scored bonus points at four weight classes and swept a pair of top 10 matchups. Top-ranked Spencer Lee earned a 17-2 technical fall against No. 7 Alex Mackall at 125, and No. 5 Pat Lugo won a 4-2 decision against No. 4 Jarrett Degen at 125.

Lee scored two takedowns and 12 nearfall points to terminate his match in 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

“I just had to go out there and wrestle my match,” Lee said. “I wanted to start the dual meet off strong. Start it off with a bang. That was kind of the plan.”

Lugo’s first-period takedown was the difference in a match that saw three reviews in the final minute. It was Lugo’s first win over Degan in three tries.

“We won some pickles,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “We like that dominant, it is 100 to zero probability in our favor, and it was 50-50 in a couple of those situations.”

Austin DeSanto scored five takedowns and four nearfall points in a 16-5 major decision at 133.Michael Kemerer used six takedowns and nearly three minutes of riding time to win 14-5 at 174.

Jacob Warner scored four takedowns and 3:23 of riding time to win 11-2 at 197.

Spencer Lee, DeSanto, Kemerer, Warner. Bonus points are huge,” Brands said

Alex Marinelli, Nelson Brands, and Tony Cassioppi won by decision against ranked wrestlers.

Marinelli scored three first- period takedowns to win 13-7 at 165. Cassioppi scored a takedown in short time in both the first and third periods to win, 6-0, at 285. Brands, who is unranked and undersized at 184, scored a takedown in the first tiebreak period to separate himself from No. 7 Sam Colbray, 4-3, at 184.

It was Nelson’s first career win over a ranked opponent.

“I don’t even know what he was ranked. I don’t look at that stuff. I know he was ranked but I wrestle the same every match,” Nelson Brands said.

Iowa’s win was its 16th straight in the series and the Hawkeyes retained possession of the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy for the 10th straight year.

Iowa State’s wins came at 141 and 157. At 141, No. 12 Ian Parker defeated Carter Happel, 6-4, in Sudden Victory. No. 11 David Carr knocked off second-ranked Kaleb Young 6-1 at 157.

The victory by Iowa gives the Hawkeyes a 7-6 advantage in the annual Cy-Hawk season series.

Tom Brands improved to 15-0 against the Cyclones.

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