Ramos Wins Big Ten Title
By K.J. Pilcher and Josh Christensen, Reporters
MADISON, Wis. – The chorus of cheers from his fans and echoing jeers of others drowned out the sigh of relief that might have come from the University of Iowa's Tony Ramos.
When the time elapsed, Ramos fell to his back and pointed upward and released the pressure coming with his quest to earn a nameplate on the wall of the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex wall with former Hawkeye conference champions.
The Hawkeye senior claimed his first major college title, winning the 133-pound bracket at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on Sunday at the University of Wisconsin's Kohl Center. Ramos was the only one of five Hawkeye finalists to win, helping Iowa challenge Penn State, which won its fourth straight Big Ten title by a 140 ½ to 134 margin.
Top-seeded Ramos defeated Wisconsin's No 2-seed Tyler Graff, 2-1, and has already switched focus to a national title.
"A huge weight was lifted off," Ramos said. "I finally got my name on the side of the wall that you look at every day. It is exciting but now I just need the asterisk on the other side and I've done everything I could possibly do here."
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