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#1 Iowa wins border mat war at #5 Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS (KWWL) -- The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team extended its winning streak to 59 dual matches Sunday night with a 28-9 win at #5 Minnesota at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

The Hawkeyes improved to 21-0 (6-0 Big Ten) while handing the Golden Gophers (11-5, 5-1 Big Ten) their first conference dual loss of the season. Iowa went 7-3 on the night, scoring team bonus points at six weights. It was Iowa's second win over Minnesota this season, posting a 28-18 win Jan. 10 in the championship semifinals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls.

"In a dual meet like this you need bonus points, and we got them early," said Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands, who collected his 80th career victory with the win. "This was a big win for us. This rivalry is not going away. We have got to be ready to come into an environment like this and perform."

Iowa will close out the dual season hosting #3 Ohio State on Friday, before traveling to #15 Wisconsin on Sunday.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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