Iowa Wrestling’s Six Pins Crush Michigan State

Story by Ben Colin

Photo: Mark Lundy

Iowa City, Iowa – Notching six pins Friday easily resulted in an Iowa wrestling victory over Michigan State as the Hawkeyes continue their undefeated start to the season. The win marked the eighth thus far, their first since the new year.

Behind the six falls, Iowa racked up 49 points. Michigan State scored only six points from a pin by No. 18 Javier Gasca against Iowa’s Carter Happel.

Iowa opened with dual pins from Spencer Lee (125) and Paul Glynn (133). Lee excited the nearly 100-percent Hawkeye crowd by recording his pin in 46 seconds.

Glynn used nearly the entire match, finishing off Michigan State’s Matt Santos with 47 seconds remaining.

No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (149) and No. 2 Michael Kemerer (157) both won their matches via pin in the second period. Coming with the high national ranking, both wrestlers continue on their undefeated campaigns. Sorensen moves to 13 wins and Kemerer to 12 wins.

The Hawkeyes closed with two final pins from No. 8 Cash Wilcke (197) and No. 6 Sam Stoll (285). They also added to their so far undefeated season.

Only three total matches were decided by something other than a pin. The stretch of 165, 174, and 184 went in Iowa’s favor but without a fall. No. 14 Alex Marinelli won in a 24-5 tech fall, sophomore Joey Gunther in a 15-4 decision, and junior Mitch Bowman with a 9-0 decision.

Iowa missed the half-century mark by one point. Only ten times in school history has a team climbed into the fifties against a Big Ten opponent. Friday’s win marked the 200th dual victory for Tom Brands. He becomes only the second coach in history to achieve such a feat.

The Hawkeyes are next on the mat Sunday, January 14 against No. 3 Oklahoma State at 3pm. Television coverage of the meet is on BTN.

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