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Iowa wrestling wins 52nd consecutive dual

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team fought off a strong performance by #4 Oklahoma State, scoring a 19-16 win Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A crowd of 10,967 was on hand to see the Hawkeyes pick up their 52nd straight dual win, beating the Cowboys for the first time in Carver-Hawkeye since December 4, 2000. Both teams won five bouts, but Iowa's bonus-point wins at 125, 149 and 174 were the difference in the final team scores. Iowa remains undefeated on the season at 14-0, while handing Oklahoma State (8-1-1) their first season loss. The match will be aired Sunday at 9 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.

"I think two years ago when Oklahoma State came to town, looking back on it, I think we made a mistake not getting ready for them," explained Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands, who recorded his 90th career coaching victory with the win. "I think we did a better job getting ready for them (this year), but we left a lot of points on the mat. When you leave a lot of team points on the mat, you move a lot of team points from your column to theirs. That's what happened."

"I'm not going to admit it, but I feel a little bit drained because it was big for us," said Brands. "It was a big statement for our program. I feel like our guys - as a team, as a whole - rose to the occasion. I give them credit for last weekend (at National Duals), and we've got to get better going into this next phase (of the season)."

Up next for top-ranked Iowa is its first Big Ten road trip of the 2009-10 season. The Hawkeyes will wrestle Michigan (4-7) Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. (CT) at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor. Then they will face Purdue (8-3) Jan. 24 at Noon (CT) at Lowell High School Gymnasium in Lowell, IN.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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