Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa wins marquee matchups, handles Minnesota

Hawkeyes improve to 7-0 with 24-10 victory

Iowa Hawkeyes' Kaleb Young answers questions during Iowa Wrestling Media Day at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes' Kaleb Young answers questions during Iowa Wrestling Media Day at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Kaleb Young sparked Iowa with a big move.

Alex Marinelli fanned the flames.

Fourth-ranked Iowa won seven bouts and scorched No. 8 Minnesota, 24-10, in a Big Ten Conference dual Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes notched their fifth straight win in the “Border Brawl” series, improving to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference this season.

“I think we showed some things with where we’re headed,” Iowa Coach Tom Brands said. “There are things in this lineup that aren’t going our way necessarily, but where we’re headed, the path that we’re on, going the right direction.”

Five matches between two ranked wrestlers highlighted the dual. Iowa won four of them, starting with the first match at 157. Fourth-ranked Young and No. 16 Steve Bleise were in a 1-1 match in the waning seconds. Bleise appeared to have an edge with a bodylock for a decisive takedown. Young kept his balance and composure, posted an arm and threw Bleise to his back for six points and a 7-1 decision.

“I’d say I stayed calm, but I don’t really know,” said Young, who earned his first win over a top-10 opponent. “I was just wrestling. I’ve been there 100 times. He came up tight. I stepped my hips out in front and let it fly.”

Marinelli followed with pin in 5:55 over Carson Brolsma, building an 8-1 lead before the fall. He gave Iowa an early 9-0 lead. Marinelli (12-0) leads all Iowa starters with five pins and nine bonus-point victories.

“During the week, Tom told me we need bonus points,” Marinelli said. “That’s all I needed to know. Needed bonus points and got the pin.”

Austin DeSanto, ranked 10th, recorded a mild upset with a 6-1 victory over All-American and seventh-ranked Ethan Lizak. DeSanto tallied two first-period takedowns and a reversal in the third, securing the dual win with a 20-7 lead with two matches left.

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NCAA champion and second-ranked Spencer Lee blanked No. 5 Sean Russell, an All-American transfer from Edinboro. Lee scored a first-period takedown, an escape and added a riding-time point for a 4-0 decision. Lee rebounded from his runner-up finish at the Midlands Championships.

“I was really focusing on my training, believing in my coaches,” Lee said in a post-match TV interview. “I’ve got to believe in myself more and the way I can wrestle. I feel like I haven’t shown that yet. I’m still getting ready to do what I do best and that’s wrestle and have fun out there.”

Pat Lugo closed the meet with an impressive 14-0 major decision over No. 22 Tommy Thorn. The 11th-ranked junior scored eight nearfall points in the second period to break things open.

Cash Wilcke (184) and 197-pounder Jacob Warner also won for Iowa.

Minnesota fell to 8-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Iowa hosts No. 24 Rutgers Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, starting at 8 p.m.

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