Iowa wrestling takes down Nebraska to stay perfect

Hawkeye wrestling improved to 6-0 in the Big Ten to enter the last two months of the season.


Nick Rohlman

Iowa’s Cash Wilcke takes down Purdue’s Max Lyon during Iowa’s dual meet against Purdue at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Wilcke defeated Lyon 12-4 in a major decision. The Hawkeyes defeated Boilermakers 26-9.

Anna Kayser, Assistant Sports Editor

Iowa wrestling continued its dominance over the Big Ten on Feb. 3, rolling to a 20-13 win against No. 9 Nebraska.

Despite having some starters resting during meets for the past few weeks, Iowa hasn’t missed a beat, and the wrestlers have come out with bonus points to make the team 7-0 against ranked opponents.

With the Hawkeyes starting off with a backup at 141, the Huskers took three matches of the first half to grab a 10-6 lead at intermission.

Nebraska’s victories included a thrilling win by No. 2 Tyler Berger over No. 7 Kaleb Young at 157, No. 19 Chad Red over Vince Turk at 141, and No. 9 Mikey Labriola with a major decision over Keegan Shaw at 174.

Iowa’s No. 12 Pat Lugo and No. 2 Alex Marinelli both recorded decisions — Marinelli over No. 6 Isaiah White — in the first half.

After the break, Iowa and its regular starters cruised through the rest of the meet. No. 13 Cash Wilcke recorded an upset over No. 4 Taylor Venz, followed by No. 5 Jacob Warner topping No. 11 Eric Shultz, giving Iowa a 12-10 lead.

At 285, the Huskers retaliated with an upset of their own when No. 14 David Jensen took down No. 3 Sam Stoll for another lead change.

Iowa’s trusty lightweight duo of No. 2 Spencer Lee and No. 3 Austin DeSanto — both of whom sat out meets in the state of Illinois on Jan. 25 and 27 — finished the dual with bonus points.

Lee cruised to an 18-4 major decision over No. 16 Zeke Moisey, and DeSanto ended the meet with an exclamation-mark technical fall. Iowa was docked one team point after DeSanto’s match, making the score 20-13 and improving its Big Ten record to 6-0.

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