EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wrestling was topped by No. 3 Iowa, 44-0, Sunday afternoon in front of a spirited crowd at Jenison Field House.
With the loss, the Spartans are now 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Big Ten Conference action. The Hawkeyes improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in B1G action, completing their sweep in Michigan after posting a 31-7 win at No. 15 Michigan Friday night at Ann Arbor. Iowa has now 20-straight road duals and 24 Big Ten duals in a row.
Sunday was not only MSU's first action of the 2017 portion of the schedule, but was also the first home dual in a span of three of their next four duals being at home.
Eight of the 10 wrestlers in Iowa's lineup were ranked, with the two unranked wrestlers being in the two weight classes that the Spartans are ranked, with MSU's Javier Gasca, ranked No. 16 at 141 pounds, dropping a 12-2 major decision to Iowa's Topher Carton, while at 165 pounds, the Spartans' Drew Hughes, ranked No. 15, dropped a 2-1 decision to Iowa's Joey Gunther.
"I think the bottom line today was that our guys didn't compete up to their full abilities. I think there was probably too much of a respect factor involved and we know our guys are better than that. If they're going to become championship level wrestlers, they're going to have to adjust their mindset," MSU head coach Roger Chandler said.
The Spartans have a pair of matches next weekend, opening by heading to Evanston, Ill., to tangle with Northwestern on Friday, Jan. 13, before returning home to host Maryland on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Spartans will then host in-state foe Central Michigan on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at Jenison Field House as part of the annual “Tumbles and Takedowns” with the MSU gymnastics team.
125: No. 1 Thomas Gilman (IOWA) fall Logan Griffin (MSU), 0:45
Gilman opened with a pair of takedowns, before pinning Griffin at 45 seconds.
133: No. 1 Cory Clark (IOWA) dec. Austin Eicher (MSU), 7-0
Clark scored the first points of the bout with a takedown and later added two more takedowns to open a 6-0 lead, adding a point for the riding time and won 7-0.
141: Topher Carton (IOWA) maj. dec. No. 16 Javier Gasca (MSU), 12-2
Carton opened with two points on a takedown with a minute left in the opening period. Gasca scored a point on an escape to close to 2-1, before Carton posted a late takedown for a 4-1 lead after the first frame. Carton scored an escape in the opening of the second stanza, then later extended his lead to 11-2 with a takedown and back points through two periods. The third period was scoreless until Carton scored a final point for riding time and the 12-2 major decision.
149: No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (IOWA) tech fall Nick Trimble (MSU), 20-5
Sorensen scored an early takedown for a 2-0 lead, before Trimble trimmed the gap in half with an escape. The Hawkeye posted another takedown for a 4-1 lead at the halfway point of the opening period. Sorensen added four back points for an 8-1 advantage at the end of the first frame. Trimble’s gap grew to 9-1 after Sorensen escaped from the start of the second period and the visitor from Iowa added a takedown for an 11-1 lead. Trimble escaped for a 11-2 margin, but Sorensen tacked on another takedown for a 13-2 lead, which he held through the end of the second. The Spartan score an escape before Sorensen tallied another takedown for a 15-4 lead and added another takedown and a 17-4 lead. Trimble escaped for a 17-5 gap, but Sorensen added three more points and the 20-5 technical fall win.
157: No. 2 Michael Kemerer (IOWA) maj. dec. Austin Thompson (MSU), 14-2
Kemerer opened a 5-0 lead in the early going and added a takedown later before Thompson scored an escape for a 7-1 lead after the first frame. Kemerer scored three more takedowns before Thompson scored an escape but then the Hawkeye added riding time for the 14-2 major decision.
165: Joey Gunther (IOWA) dec. No. 15 Drew Hughes (MSU), 2-1
Hughes and Gunther battled to a scoreless opening period, before Gunther scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds of the second stanza for a 2-0 lead. Hughes started the third period on top and got a stalling point but couldn’t get any more for the 2-1 loss by decision.
174: No. 13 Alex Meyer (IOWA) tech. fall Drew Barnes (MSU), 22-7
Meyer notched a takedown for a 2-0 lead with a minute left in the first frame. The Hawkeye score a point on an escape in the opening of the second period, then added two more for a takedown before Barnes scored an escape for a 5-1 score. Meyer countered with a takedown and a 7-1 lead before Barnes registered an escape in the waning seconds of the second stanza and a 7-2 margin. Meyer tacked on three takedowns that Barnes would score escapes on for a 13-5 score. After another Barnes escape, Meyer scored four on a near fall with back points and a 19-7 lead. Meyer added another takedown and added riding time for a 22-7 technical fall victory.
184: Wesley Maskill (MSU) vs. No. 6 Sammy Brooks (IOWA)
Brooks scored a takedown for a 2-0 lead in the opening minute of the opening period. Maskill countered with an escape before Brooks added another takedown and a 4-1 margin. Brooks doubled his score with a near fall for an 8-1 lead. The Spartan added another escape before Brooks countered with another takedown then Maskill escaped for a point and a 10-3 score after two periods. Brooks tallied two more takedowns and a 14-3 lead. Another nearfall by Brooks scored him two more points and a 16-3 gap before posting the 19-3
197: Cash Wilke (IOWA) dec. Matt Okaiye (MSU), 8-4
Wilke posted a takedown before Okaiye escaped for a 2-1 score after one frame. The Hawkeye escaped from the second period starting position and a 3-1 lead before adding another takedown but Okaiye escaped from it for a 5-2 score after two periods. Okaiye escaped from the third period starting position to close to 5-3, but Wilke added another takedown that Okaiye later escaped from and a 7-4 score, adding riding time for the 8-4 final.
HWT: No. 6 Sam Stoll (IOWA) win by DQ Jacob Cooper (MSU), 6-0
Stoll opened a 2-0 lead in the first portion of the first frame and stretched the margin to 5-0 at the end of the period after getting awarded more points for stalling. The match was ended at 6-0 after Cooper was disqualified for number of stalling penalties.
No. 3 Iowa 44, Michigan State 0
125: No. 1 Thomas Gilman (IOWA) pinned Logan Griffin (MSU), 0:45; Iowa leads, 6-0
133: No. 1 Cory Clark (IOWA) dec. Austin Eicher (MSU), 7-0; Iowa leads, 9-0
141: Topher Carton (IOWA) maj. dec. No. 16 Javier Gasca (MSU), 12-2; Iowa leads, 13-0
149: No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (IOWA) tech. fall Nick Trimble (MSU), 20-5; Iowa leads, 18-0
157: No. 2 Michael Kemerer (IOWA) maj. dec. Austin Thompson (MSU), 14-2; Iowa leads, 22-0
165: Joey Gunther (IOWA) dec. No. 15 Drew Hughes (MSU), 2-1; Iowa leads, 25-0
174: No. 13 Alex Meyer (IOWA) tech. fall Drew Barnes (MSU), 22-7; Iowa leads, 30-0
184: No. 6 Sammy Brooks (IOWA) tech. fall Wesley Maskill (MSU), 19-3; Iowa leads, 35-0
197: Cash Wilke (IOWA) dec. Matt Okaiye (MSU), 8-4; Iowa leads, 38-0
HWT: No. 6 Sam Stoll (IOWA) win by DQ Jacob Cooper (MSU), 6-0, 3:36; Iowa wins, 44-0