IOWA CITY — Fast start. Lots of points. Wrestling for a full seven minutes.
For the University of Iowa wrestling team, much of what was missing from a near-stumble against Iowa State on Dec. 1 was more evident last night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Five of the first six Iowa wrestlers recorded bonus-point wins as the fourth-ranked Hawkeyes defeated No. 16 Lehigh, 28-14, before 7,434 fans.
“Any time you can get bonus points, that is what we want,” Iowa Coach Tom Brands said. “Matches like that, that a guy is trying to keep it close to win in the end or whatever his strategy was, trying to maybe lull you to sleep and then snipe you. … the higher pace you wrestle, the better your chances are. Those matches, when you wrestle that type of pace, they’re over halfway through the second period. The thing is, they’re over halfway through the second period but you’ve got to keep your foot on the gas pedal.”
Iowa (6-0) notched just two bonus-point victories in a 19-18 home win over the rival Cyclones. Against Lehigh (0-4), reigning Iowa NCAA champion and No. 1-ranked Spencer Lee nearly pinned Luke Resnick in the opening seconds of the 125-pound match before winning by technical fall, 15-0, in 2:33.
“I’m the first guy, so I feel like it’s my job to get the ball rolling,” Lee said. “Score as many points as I can and get the team fired up in a good way. Not too excited, just ready to go when it’s time. … I feel like that is my job. Even if we started with other weights, then it could be that guy’s job. That’s how we believe in each other.”
Three Hawkeyes who dropped decisions last week to the Cyclones — sophomore Austin DeSanto, red-shirt freshman Max Murin and junior Pat Lugo — all won in impressive fashion.
DeSanto — a Drexel transfer who is ranked No. 11 at 133 pounds — used a frenetic pace to pile on points against Brandon Paetzell and won by major decision, 19-8.
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“Since last week, I lost my match, I’ve got to set the tone hard after Spencer,” DeSanto said. “That was my plan coming in here today.”
Ranked No. 20 at 141 pounds, Murin followed Lee and DeSanto with a 14-3 major decision against Dan Moran.
“Last match against Iowa State, I had a slow start,” Murin said. “I only wrestled six minutes, 20 seconds of that match and it cost me and I lost the match. Ever since last week, the coaches have been on me. Quick starts and wrestle the full seven minutes. I knew I could do it. I didn’t have to look very far.”
In the only match pitting two ranked wrestlers, fifth-ranked 157-pounder Kaleb Young scored a 4-1 decision over No. 15 Josh Humphreys of Lehigh. At 165, fourth-ranked Alex Marinelli won by technical fall, 21-5, in 6:28.
Iowa junior Cash Wilcke scored a late takedown to avoid defeat in the 184-pound match, then got another in the first sudden-victory period for a 6-4 victory over Andrew Price.
AT CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
No. 4 Iowa 28, No. 16 Lehigh 14
125 — No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) tech. fall Luke Resnick, 15-0 (2:33)
133 — No. 11 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) maj. dec. Brandon Paetzell, 19-8.
141 — No. 20 Max Murin (Iowa) maj. dec. Dan Moran, 14-3.
149 — No. 10 Pat Lugo (Iowa) maj. dec. Jimmy Hoffman, 12-3.
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157 — No. 5 Kaleb Young (Iowa) dec. No. 15 Josh Humphreys, 4-1.
165 — No. 4 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) tech. fall Trey Cornish, 21-5 (6:28).
174 — No. 6 Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) maj. dec. Jeremiah Moody, 12-3.
184 — No. 14 Cash Wilcke (Iowa) def. Andrew Price, 6-4 (SV-1).
197 — No. 14 Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) pinned Steven Holloway, 1:00.
285 — No. 6 Jordan Wood (Lehigh) maj. dec. Aaron Costello, 13-3.
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