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Top Ranked Hawkeyes Crush #3 Ohio State for 60th Straight Win

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In a night of farewells and milestones, the top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team handed #3 Ohio State (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten) its first conference dual loss of the season with a 32-3 victory Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win was Iowa's 60th straight and gave the Hawkeyes their 18th undefeated season at home, setting a school record for season wins (11-0) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Improving to 22-0 (7-0 Big Ten), Iowa now stands alone atop the conference regular season standings with a chance to clinch the title outright Sunday afternoon at Wisconsin.

For the first time this season, the dual started at a weight class other than 125 pounds. But Iowa posted its same winning result, going 9-1 on the night in front of 9,125 fans. Dennis opened the dual at 133 with a 3-2 win over Ohio State's Ian Paddock. The Hawkeye senior scored the dual's first takedown and followed with a second-period escape to post his 15th win of the season.

            Ohio State put its only team points on the board at 141 when #2 Reece Humphrey scored a 9-5 decision over Hawkeye sophomore Montell Marion, who is ranked between fourth and seventh in the nation.

            The Hawkeyes shut the Buckeyes out the rest of the dual, scoring a pin, two major decisions and five decisions. Metcalf recorded his 100th career victory at 149 with a 3-1 decision over #2 Lance Palmer. The top-ranked Hawkeye senior remains undefeated at 28-0 this season and boasts a perfect 25-0 career record at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. At 157, junior Aaron Janssen came back from a 2-1 third-period deficit, scoring a takedown, a stalling point and a riding time point for a 5-2 victory over Buckeye Sean Nemec. Morningstar made his 85th career dual start an exciting one with a 1-0 decision over #6 Colt Sponseller at 165. After two scoreless periods, the fourth-ranked Hawkeye escaped with 34 seconds left in the match for the win. Borschel scored Iowa's first bonus points of the night at 174 with a 9-0 major decision over Ohio State's Dave Rella, keeping his undefeated record of 27-0 intact. Keddy followed at 184 with his second straight win over Buckeye Mike Pucillo - a 3-2 decision for Keddy's 20th season victory. Junior Luke Lofthouse scored takedowns in the first two periods, then added an escape and a point for riding time in his 6-1 victory over Ohio State's C.J. Magrum at 197. Erekson built a 7-0 first-period lead at heavyweight before pinning Corey Morrison in 2:53 to pick up his 60th career victory. Iowa redshirt freshman Matt McDonough ended the dual with a 9-1 major decision over Nikko Triggas at 125 to remain undefeated at 28-0 this season. 

{courtesy University of Iowa Athletics}

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