Hawkeyes Pin Their Way Through Iowa City Duals
By Douglas Miles, Reporter
IOWA CITY – Iowa's renewed focus on quick pins and bonus points was on full display in its opening dual competition of the season.
The fourth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes earned pins in 24 of its 30 matches to sweep the Iowa City Duals in front of 5,713 fans Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
"I think the energy was good, I think the pace was good," Iowa Coach Tom Brands said. "I think when those two things are good, I think that leads to a lot of bonus points and a lot of situations where you are going to get falls."
Iowa (3-0) began the day with shutout wins over both Baker (59-0) and Iowa Central C.C. (55-0). A 3-2 decision over Iowa's Kris Klapprodt by Alex Coolidge of Cornell College prevented the hat trick. Coolidge is the top-ranked Division III wrestler at 197 and a national runner-up last season.
Iowa's Josh Dziewa, who wrestled at 149 during last year's Big Ten Championships, is settling in nicely at his preferred weight class of 141. The junior started his third career dual and recorded three pins to improve to 8-0 this season.
"I just want to put on a show for the fans," Dziewa said. "That's what it is all about. What our fans like is domination, and going out there wrestling hard for seven minutes. Giving everything you got so when you walk off the mat, you know you left it out there. That's what they want, that's our goal – is just to please them."
Red-shirt freshman Cory Clark continued his impressive start to the season with three more pins, giving him six pins in seven matches (7-0) at 125. No. 1 ranked 133-pounder Tony Ramos added three pins and raised his career total to 29. Seniors Derek St. John (177) and Ethen Lofthouse (184) also tallied three pins.
"The things that I liked about it was there wasn't a lot of slow wrestling," Brands said. "For the most part, it was fast wrestling. You can have lopsided scores and not look good. These were lopsided scores and there's some progress."
Heavyweight Bobby Telford and 197-pounder Nathan Burak were each held out of the duals while Nick Moore returned to the mat and recorded pins in each of his matches.
"We're just working through both of them," Brands said of Telford and Burak. "We're working through a lot of things."
Brands termed Telford as "dinged up a little bit," but hinted that both could have competed had it been a more crucial dual. Next up for the Hawkeyes is a trip to No. 16 Iowa State on Dec. 1.
"We got to get ready now," Brands said. "We're in the week that we need to get ready."