Hawkeyes Drop First Dual to Ohio State 22-12

Story by Ross Bartachek

The Iowa Hawkeyes dropped their first dual meeting of the season today in Columbus as the top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes won six of ten matches fueling them to a 22-12 victory. The Hawkeyes managed to come out on top of three of the duals top ten matchups, but in the end the upperweights for the Buckeys over powered their Hawkeye counterparts.

Leading things off was a top ten meeting between Ohio State’s #3 ranked Nathan Tomasello and Iowa true freshman, #9 Spencer Lee. Most of the discussion around this matchup heading into the dual centered around the experience edge Tomasello would bring into the dual, but that wasn’t the case today. On the strength of a second period rideout and two escapes, Lee downed the former NCAA champion 3-2 to put the Hawkeyes on the board first in the dual.

The Buckeyes notched back-to-back victories at 133 and 141 pounds as #2 Luke Pletcher and #11 Joey McKenna managed victories over Paul Glynn and Carter Happel respectively. Glynn was able to stave off the major decision from Pletcher, falling 8-2, while McKenna earned a bonus win over Happel, 13-2.

Things turned back to Iowa’s favor in the middleweights, starting with senior Brandon Sorensen’s 4-2 decision over #6 Ke-Shawn Hayes at 149 pounds. With the match knotted at 2-2 and one minute to go Sorensen picked up the match clinching takedown to go up 4-2. Sorensen finished the rideout to give Iowa their second win on the day.

Iowa sophomore Michael Kemerer provided the Hawkeyes with their third top ten dual matchup victory on the day following his 8-4 decision over the #7 ranked Micah Jordan. With a 4-0 lead entering the third period, Jordan made things interesting picking up two takedowns, but Kemerer was able to fend off the Buckeye to put Iowa back out front in the dual score, 9-7.

#5 Iowa 12 – #1 Ohio State 22

125: #9 Spencer Lee (Iowa) decision #3 Nathan Tomasello (OSU), 3-2 RT
133: #2 Luke Pletcher (OSU) decision Paul Glynn (Iowa), 8-2
141: #11 Joey McKenna (OSU) major decision Carter Happel (Iowa), 13-2
149: #2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) decision #6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU), 4-2
157: #2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) decision #7 Micah Jordan (OSU), 8-4
165: #8 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) decision #12 Teshaun Campbell (OSU), 4-1
174: #3 Bo Jordan (OSU) decision Kaleb Young (Iowa), 10-5
184: #2 Myles Martin (OSU) major decision Mitch Bowman (Iowa), 17-8
197: #1 Kollin Moore (OSU) decision #5 Cash Wilcke (Iowa), 6-3
285: #1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) tech fall Steven Holloway (Iowa), 24-9

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