Michigan rallies for 19-17 win over No. 4 Iowa wrestlers

Hawkeyes lose final four bouts for second week in a row

IOWA CITY — Tom Brands was surprisingly calm.

“It’s not the end of the world,” the Iowa wrestling coach said Saturday after his fourth-ranked Hawkeyes lost, 19-17, to No. 7 Michigan in front to 10,418 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. “But it might be getting close.”

The Hawkeyes, for the second week in a row, lost the final four matches and the dual.

Last week it was a 22-12 loss to No. 2 Ohio State after Iowa built a 12-7 lead. This time, the Hawkeyes led, 17-7, after No. 9 Alex Marinelli scored a 3-2 win over No. 8 Logan Massa at 165 pounds.

Win one of the final four bouts and Iowa wins this dual.

But the Hawkeyes managed just one takedown in those duels.

“That was a winnable dual, even without (Michael) Kemerer,” who didn’t weigh in, Brands said. “We’ve got to get guys more competitive.”

The Hawkeyes (9-2, 4-2) started strong thanks to freshman Spencer Lee at 125 and senior Brandon Sorensen at 149.

The third-ranked Lee (10-1) dominated No. 9 Drew Mattin, winning by technical fall, 15-0, 21 seconds into the second period. He scored three four-point nearfalls in the first three minutes.

“I was told to go out and score some points and have some fun,” Lee said. “Everything felt good.”

Sorensen (16-0) scored four takedowns, three in the second period, and built an 8-3 lead before decking Ben Lamantia in 4:54.

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Vince Turk (7-5) also won for the Hawkeyes, scoring a takedown in overtime for a 13-11 win over Sal Profaci at 141.

It was 14-7 Iowa at the break after Michigan’s seventh-ranked Alec Pantaleo scored a hard-fought, 5-2, win at 157 over Jeren Glosser, who was filling in for the second-ranked Kemerer.

“He’s healthy,” Brands said of Kemerer. “He’s nicked up a little bit. It was a smart thing to do.”

Marinelli (10-0) opened the second half with a key victory, but it was’t enough.

“I’m happy with the win,” Marinelli said. “The score I’m not happy with it. People want to dominate.”

It was the last win for the Hawks.

“It’s kind of rough,” Marinelli said of the dual loss, which came down to No. 2 Adam Coon of Michigan scoring a 3-2 win over No. 3 Sam Stoll at heavyweight. “We don’t take losses very easily.”

Brands said it’s on the coaches to figure out what’s wrong in those upper weights. The biggest loss was at 184, where Michigan’s No. 14 Kevin Beazley scored two takedowns in a 6-5 win over No. 5 Cash Wilke.

“We’ve got to get Wilcke going,” Brands said, adding takedowns Wilcke, and others, gave up were too easy.

“We have to contest and fight that more. It just can’t be that easy.”

Iowa hosts Minnesota on Friday.

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“We just have to move forward,” Lee said. “The next match is the most important one.”

MICHIGAN 19, IOWA 17

At Carver-Hawkeye Arena

(Takedowns in parentheses)

125 pounds — Spencer Lee (I) tech. fall over Drew Mattin, 3:21, 15-0 (1,0); 133 — Stevan Micic (M) dec. Paul Glynn, 19-5 (6,0); 141 — Vince Turk (I) dec. Sal Profaci, 13-11 SV (4,5); 149 — Brandon Sorensen (I) pinned Ben Lamantia, 4:54 (4,0); 157 — Alec Pantaleo (M) dec. Jeren Glosser, 5-2 (1,0); 165 — Alex Marinelli (I) dec. Logan Massa, 3-2 (1,0); 174 — Myles Amine (M) dec. Kaleb Young, 3-1 (0,0); 184 — Domenic Abounader (M) dec. Mitch Bowman, 4-1 (1,0); 197 — Kevin Beazley (M) dec. Cash Wilcke, 6-5 (2,1); Hwt. — Adam Coon (M) dec. Sam Stoll, 3-2 (1,0)

Takedowns — Michigan 16, Iowa 11; Reversals — Michigan 2, Iowa 0; Escapes — Michigan 13, Iowa 20; Nearfall points — Michigan 4. Iowa 12; Pentaly points awarded — Michigan 1. Iowa 1; Riding time points — Michigan 4, Iowa 0; Total match points — Michigan 58, Iowa 55

Referee — Kenny Ritchie. A — 10,418

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