Match Notes: #1 Iowa vs #4 Ohio State

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Two of college wrestling's most dominant powers collide as the Buckeyes of Ohio State enter Carver-Hawkeye Arena to take on #1 ranked Iowa. Can Ohio State keep up with their Big Ten rivals whose entire lineup is ranked in the top 10? We'll be providing live updates of the action so you can find out for yourself!


Projected Lineups:

125: Hunter Lucas, tOSU vs #1 Spencer Lee, Iowa

133: #20 Jordan Decatur, tOSU vs #2 Austin DeSanto, Iowa

141: #1 Luke Pletcher, tOSU vs Carter Happel, Iowa

149: #6 Sammy Sasso, tOSU vs #1 Pat Lugo, Iowa

157: Elijah Cleary, tOSU vs #4 Kaleb Young, Iowa

165: #12 Ethan Smith, tOSU vs #2 Alex Marinelli, Iowa

174: #8 Kaleb Romero, tOSU vs #3 Michael Kemerer, Iowa

184: #24 Rocky Jordan, tOSU vs #9 Abe Assad, Iowa

197: #1 Kollin Moore, tOSU vs #4 Jacob Warner, Iowa

285: #23 Gary Traub, tOSU vs #3 Tony Cassioppi, Iowa


First whistle is scheduled for 9:07 PM ET. We will start with a bang as the dual will start at 165, the Bull vs Ethan Smith. 

Bout sheets are out with a one substitution for each team. Looks like we'll see Hunter Lucas at 125 for the Bucks instead of Malik Heinselman, and Carter Happel in Max Murin's place for the Hawks. 

You can watch this meet on BTN courtesy of your local cable provider, or on the Fox Sports app. It will be the second dual of the B1G Friday Night Wrestling event. The Penn State vs Nebraska match that precedes this one is entering the home stretch, as Mark Hall just picked up a clutch pin over Mikey Labriola. It's 17-12 PSU with three weights to go. Make that 17-15 after Venz decisioned Aaron Brooks. Two weights to go.

Schultz beat Rasheed 3-1 so it'll come down to the heavies. That'll will happen simultaneously to the introductions in Iowa City. Unless this goes to overtime (please don't go into overtime) we shouldn't miss much. 

I'll be here, in my blogging perch, ready to go, whenever they cut to the Bucks and Hawks. 

Nevills gets the victory and saves the dual for the Nittany Lions. Let's head over to Carver-Hawkeye baybee!

165: #12 Ethan Smith, tOSU vs #2 Alex Marinelli, Iowa

1st period: We missed about a minute of the dual thanks to the PSU v Nebraska meet and that's all the time Marinelli needed to build a 4-1 lead. A minute later and it's 6-3, Marinelli going for bonus points with his cement job/cow catcher. Smith grabs a leg, Marinelli maybe thought gator bacon but Smith converts to make it 6-5 in short time. Smith gets the rideout to keep it close.

2nd period: Marinelli stands and is out in about 17 seconds. Alex works to finish a single leg and gets two more to make it 9-5. Marinelli with a strong ride to finish the period still up by 4. RT at 1:40 in Alex's favor.

Crowd looks massive. Could be a sell out. Well over 10,000 anyway. 

3rd period: Smith starts the third on bottom. He stands, Marinelli foot sweeps him to his butt but he stands again and is away to cut it to a 3 point deficit. Another takedown for Marinelli and escape for Smith makes it 11-7. Marinelli going right through Smith's head and hands defense. He's looking for a major. 13-8 after Marinelli cuts Smith. But Smith goes back in and gets a takedown and pretty much ends any bonus possibilities. Short time, Smith on top trailing by 3, though RT is locked up. And that's how it ends, a four point win, 14-10 for Alex Marinelli. The Bull stays undefeated and notches another ranked win. 

Iowa 3, Ohio State 0


174: #8 Kaleb Romero, tOSU vs #3 Michael Kemerer, Iowa

1st period: Kemdawg fires off a shot right off the whistle, has a single, switches to a double, and draws first blood. 2-0. Switch attempt by Romero but Kemerer steps over and they will restart after going out of bounds. 2:14 left in the first. Romero can't escape as Kemerer is being crafty on top, pinching Romero's legs with his thighs as he stands. Kemerer gets dinged for stalling and the Brands brothers are less than thrilled about it. Romero still can't escape and the crowd is demanding a stall on the Buckeye. They won't get one but Kemerer does get the ride out. He's still up 2-0.

2nd period: Kemerer as a much easier time underneath. He escapes after 5 seconds to make it 3-0. RT not yet secured but it probably will be. Some tactical maneuvering from neutral but not a lot of committed shots. The second period runs out, but before it does Romero gives up a point for illegal clubbing. Kemdawg leads 4-0.

3rd period: Smith chooses neutral, wisely. Riding time essentially locked up so make it a 5 point lead. Romero shoots in after about 30 seconds but Kemererrolls through, grabs a leg and gets a stalemate. That scramble cost Romero valuable time. Kemerer counters a desperation shot by Romero to make it 6-0. They go out of bounds and Kemerer will cut Romero to try and get a TD and ride out in the last 14 seconds to make it a major. Romero doesn't let him and it's a 7-1 regular decision. Kemerer also stays undefeated and the Hawkeyes win two in a row to start the dual.

Iowa 6, Ohio State 0


184: #24 Rocky Jordan, tOSU vs #9 Abe Assad, Iowa

1st period: The Buckeyes were heavy underdogs going into this dual. This one will be critical for them if they want the upset. Rocky is a redshirt freshman, Assad is a true frosh. Really nice hand fighting but so far nothing on the scoreboard after 90 seconds. Assad gets a leg with 45 seconds left in the period but Jordan throws his hips on his head and Assad can't unfold his body to finish they takedown. The period ends scoreless.

2nd period: Assad goes down. He gets to his feet but Jordan does a not front trip to bring him back down. A roll through and hip heist after about 45 seconds gives Assad the escape and the 1-0 lead. Jordan fires off a couple shots, the second one gets him a leg but he can't finish before the period runs out. 

3rd period: Jordan gets a shot underneath. Jordan escapes and we're knotted at 1-1, riding time not a factor. Jordan attacks, Assad sprawls and looks for a go-behind. Assad fires off a re-attack and after a protracted scramble gets the go-ahead takedown. 30 seconds left after Assad stuffs a granby attempt by Jordan. Assad rides out the third and wins a hard fought battle with Rocky Jordan. Iowa is three for three!

Iowa 9, Ohio State 0


197: #1 Kollin Moore, tOSU vs Cash Wilcke, Iowa

1st period: Plot twist! Cash Wilcke takes the mat in lieu of Jacob Warner. Wilcke spent his redshirt freshman and sophomore season at 197, so he's no stranger to the weight, but its almost a certainty that he weighed in at 184 today. Moore blasts through him for the first takedown about halfway through the period. Wilcke escapes to make it 2-1.Moore just missed a TD with 30 seconds left but after a restart gets a low level double with 20 seconds left. Period will end with Moore up 4-1. 

2nd period: Moore escapes quickly in the second, it's 5-1. Moore counters a shot by Wilcke and he extends his lead. It's 7-1. Moore going catch and release. Wilcke with a nice high crotch but Moore stuffs him. We'll go to the third with Moore leading 7-2.

3rd period: Wilcke chooses down for the final frame of regulation. Moore runs riding time to 1:17 before cutting Wilcke. Moore putting the pressure on and now Wilcke gets dinged with a stall warning. Coach Ryan tells Moore he needs two takedowns (and a rideout) to get the major. 30 seconds remaining. Wilcke defends Moore's final attacks to keep things to a regular decision. Valient effort by the Hawkeye but Kollin Moore stays undefeated and take the first match for the Buckeyes in Carver-Hawkeye.

Iowa 9, Ohio State 3


285: #23 Gary Traub, tOSU vs #3 Tony Cassioppi, Iowa

1st period: Its Gas Tank vs Big Tone. Cass in on a single and had Traub in the air and completely off the mat. Cass brings Traub down to Earth and eventually gets the takedown. Traub escapes to make it 2-1 after nearly two minutes of wrestling. Cass applying pressure and Traub gets hit with a stall warning for failing to circle back to the mat. The Hawk calls are resounding throughout CHA as Cass gets a thunderous double leg to make it 4-1. A mat return with a few seconds left in the period fires the crowd up and keeps it 4-1 going into the second.

2nd period: Cassioppi goes underneath. Traub slips in a grapevine on the rights side and is doing a good job keeping Tony down on the mat. He's erased riding time and we get a stalemate with 59 seconds on the board. Traub riding tough but Cass finally shakes free with 5 seconds left in the period. CHA showers him with applause. 

3rd period: Traub on bottom, stands and escapes. 5-2 Cassioppi leads, riding time not a factor. Traub has double overs, he's looking for a trip. He's close! Cass regains his balance and goes bear hug. He picks Traub up and puts him on his back! Traub fights off his back. It's 2 and 2 nearfall for Cassioppi. Traub gets the escape in the final seconds to make it 9-3 but its a regular decision either way. Cassioppi defeats the gas tank and Iowa extends their lead.

Iowa 12, Ohio State 3


125: Hunter Lucas, tOSU vs #1 Spencer Lee, Iowa

Scoreboard now says Iowa 11, Ohio State 3. Gonna go ahead assume there was a team point deducted, probably for something one of the Hawkeye coaches said, but we're merely speculating at this point. I'll see if I can dig up the official ruling during this halfway break.

It appears it was for 'failure to control the mat', which is a catch-all rule that means 'coaches-need-to-chill-out'. 

BTN just showed a replay of Tom Brands walking on to the mat, which is not allowed, and what cost the Hawkeyes a team point.

1st period: We're underway again. We'll see if Spencer can score some third-period points, something he's struggled to do all season long. Lee gets a takedown and throws in an armbar (bar-arm) and half. Lee muscles Lucas over but somehow Lucas fights off his back. Lee leads 6-0 as we pause to clean up some blood. On the restart, Lee reinforces a bar and collects four points from nearfall action. Another tilt runs the score to 14-0 with 53 seconds still on the clock. Yet another tilt and Lee has himself an 18-0 techfall. Another victory, though Lee's difficulties scoring in the third period continue.

Iowa 16, Ohio State 3


133: #20 Jordan Decatur, tOSU vs #2 Austin DeSanto, Iowa

1st period: And while I'm making a joke about Lee's lack of third period scoring I miss a takedown by Decatur. DeSanto escapes to make it 2-1. Tricep control fireman's to a dump makes its 3-2 for DeSanto now. Decatur escapes to tie it up. Catur vs Santo, it's the battle of the De's! Score two more for the De of the Santo variety, Austin gets a takedown. Decatur escapes, DeSanto back in on a high-c, Decatur traps the trailing arm and they're stalemated after a short scramble. A DeSanto attack gets another scramble that Austin eventually wins, with just 2 seconds to spare. DeSanto take a 7-4 lead into the second.

2nd period: DeSanto starts down. Escape makes it 8-4 as DeSanto doubles Decatur. Make it 10-4 after another takedown for DeSanto. DeSanto cuts Decatur, then scores again. Repeat to make it 14-6. Decatur fading. It's 18-8 as DeSanto won't stop. Riding time at 1:52 as we go to the third, DeSanto pulling away.

3rd period: Decatur chooses down. Option start by DeSanto, then the bloodbath resumes. DeSanto wins by tech. Decatur scored the first takedown, DeSanto got the next, like, 12 or something. 

Iowa 21, Ohio State 3


141: #1 Luke Pletcher, tOSU vs Carter Happel, Iowa

1st period: Ohio State needs 3 pins to tie the score and win on criteria. So an Iowa victory is a pretty safe assumption at this point. Pletcher with a takedown in about 5 seconds. Happel escapes to halve the score after 30. Single leg with a back trip finish makes it 4-1 with a little over a minute left in the first. Happel escapes and limits the damage to just two takedowns in the first. 

2nd period: Pletcher escapes from bottom to extend his lead back to three. A takedown, and quick escape, make it 7-3. Pletcher attacking at an aggressive pace. Happel picks up his second stall warning and gives up a point. Pletcher gets a takedown to make it 10-3. That's how it remains at the end of the period. 

3rd period: Happel gets one more escape point in the third, then gets in on Pletcher's leg to give the rowdy CHA crowd something to cheer for. Pletcher gets his leg back and they're in neutral with 1 minute to go, 10-4 in favor of Pletcher. A shot by Luke causes Happel to get hit for stalling again, as he has done a lot of backing up in this match. Pletcher finishes a double soon after to make it 13-4. Happel escapes with a few seconds to go but Pletcher had already wrapped up riding time and the final is 14-5, a major for the Buckeyes.

Iowa 21, Ohio State 8


149: #6 Sammy Sasso, tOSU vs #1 Pat Lugo, Iowa

1st period: Barring any more deductions, the Hawkeyes have sewn up this meet. But we still have a marquee matchup at 149. Lugo looking for revenge after falling to Sasso at Midlands last year while Sasso was redshirting. A lot of half shots and feeling out in the first 90 seconds. Lugo captures a leg and a scramble ensues. Sasso's whizzer saves the day and they're back in neutral with 45 left in the period, still scoreless. Duck attempt by Sasso, Lugo pounces in on a counter, somehow Sasso once again defends. Incredible defense from the Buckeye redshirt freshman.

2nd period: Lugo defers, Sasso chooses down. Sasso escapes to break the tie. Upper body ties with a minute left on the clock. Lugo once again gets a single, has Sasso hopping but Sasso dives and grabs an ankle. Potentially dangerous is called and the super defense of Sasso once again prevails. Period ends with Sasso holding a slim 1 point lead.

3rd period: Lugo gets a turn underneath. Crowd letting Pat hear it. Lugo gets to his feet but Sasso brings him back down. Another stand and Lugo escapes just as RT was creeping up towards that 1;00 mark for Sasso. Lugo got it in time though, and we've got one minute to go in a deadlocked match. Sasso with an over-under bodylock. Lugo ducks under and brings Sasso down to the mat. Sasso on his back, bridges and flips Lugo off. No takedown called. Another Houdini from Sasso! NO! They DID call a takedown! That changes things just a bit! 5 seconds left on the clock and the referees will officially review the sequence. Another twist, call overturned! No takedown! This has been a wild one. Nothing in the final 5 seconds. Let's go to sudden victory!

SV: Sasso shoots, Lugo looks for a side cradle, Sasso pops his head. He will not be taken down! The period ends with Sasso in a front headlock but no takedown awarded for anyone. Once again the officials will review. Iowa challenges, saying Lugo had a cradle locked up and enough control for two. Very much a grey area in folkstyle. Tough to say how this one will be ultimately adjudicated. Call on the mat is upheld. Tiebreakers!

TB1: Sasso is out in about 6 seconds. Nothing else from neutral. Sasso leads 2-1

TB2: Lugo on bottom. Locked hands called! Oh no it's not! Waved off. Sasso riding. Sasso rides out Lugo to get the victory! Or does he??? Yet another review, this time for the locked hands. 

No locked hands! Sasso wins 2-1! We'll have a new #1 at 149! Probably. I'm pretty sure. Almost definitely. Just don't know who that would be yet. 

Anyway, insane defense saves Sasso and earns him the victory over #1 Pat Lugo. 

Iowa 21, Ohio State 11


157: Elijah Cleary, tOSU vs #4 Kaleb Young, Iowa

1st period: After being sufficiently thrilled and chilled, we close out with 157. No scores after 90 seconds, a shot by Young earns Cleary his first stall warning. Another shot gives Young two with 60 seconds left in the period. Clearly escapes and the period ends, Young up by a point.

2nd period: Cleary goes on bottom. Young with a nice mat return. One minute left in the period, Young still riding tough. Cleary can't get anything going and Young gets the the second period ride out. He's got about two and half minutes of RT. 

3rd period: Young will try out this bottom wrestling thing. He does pretty well at it, escaping in 10 seconds. Young leads 3-1, RT now locked up. Young in on a shot, Cleary defending, whether or not he finishes the shot is immaterial from a team point perspective. Young does not finish the shot but he does win the match, 4-1. 

Iowa 24, Ohio State 11

Put it in the books, Iowa with a dominant performance, though Ohio State scores an upset with Sasso's dramatic win over Lugo. 

Thanks for following along my friends. Apologies for the typos and see you next time!

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