The numbers don’t lie.
On this matchup between the No. 1 and No. 6 ranked faculty wrestling groups within the nation, the distinction was barely greater than 5.
Prime-ranked Iowa received eight of the ten bouts, scored 26 takedowns — to Nebraska’s 5 — and 90 match factors en path to a 31-6 rout of the Cornhuskers on Friday evening at a largely empty Carver-Hawkeye Area.
It was a dominant opening to this shortened 2021 season, however Iowa Coach Tom Manufacturers mentioned it might have been higher.
“They responded properly to the lengthy, lengthy lay off,” he mentioned. “However we are able to get higher … we’ve acquired to maintain getting higher.”
The defending Massive Ten champion Hawkeyes received the primary six bouts, getting a pin from two-time nationwide champion Spencer Lee at 125 kilos and a 21-6 technical fall from Austin DeSanto at 133. Lee wanted simply 1 minute and 21 seconds to complete Liam Cronin and DeSanto scored eight takedowns and 4 nearfall factors, ending Edwin Thomsen in 4:57.
Jaydin Eierman, a three-time All-American at Missouri, made his Hawkeye debut at 141 and scored a pair of takedowns in an 8-4 win over seventh-ranked Chad Purple.
“It was simply wonderful to get on the market and do what I needed to do,” Eierman mentioned of his first match in an Iowa singlet. “I might have been extra dominant … it’s simply going to get higher from right here.”
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Nebraska’s first win got here on the expense of one other debut. True freshman Patrick Kennedy, a four-time Minnesota state champion, took the mat rather than All-American Michael Kemerer at 174 and misplaced to fourth-ranked Mikey Labriola, 7-4. It was a loss, however a strong efficiency.
“To be actually recreation, you’ve acquired to complete,” Manufacturers mentioned of Kennedy, who was in a few photographs.
Kemerer needed to wrestle, Manufacturers mentioned, however the coach and “the medical workforce” made the decision to take a seat this twin out.
“He’ll be within the lineup Friday evening” at Minnesota, Manufacturers mentioned.
The Hawkeyes additionally acquired wins from Max Murin, who has moved as much as 149 to make room for Eierman, Kaleb Younger at 157, Alex Marinelli at 165, Nelson Manufacturers at 184 and Tony Cassioppi at heavyweight.
“We have been sharp, actually sharp in some weights,” Tom Manufacturers mentioned.
Younger was spectacular in his 17-5 victory over Caleb Licking, scoring 4 takedowns and a few nifty reversals. Nevertheless it was Nelson Manufacturers who actually impressed, trying greater, stronger and higher than throughout his restricted freshman marketing campaign.
Abe Assad received the beginning spot final 12 months and positioned fourth within the Massive Ten Championships.
Manufacturers scored 5 takedowns final evening in a dominating, 13-5, win over sixth-ranked Taylor Venz. The rating was 6-3 going into the third interval.
“I simply take pleasure in wrestling,” Nelson Manufacturers mentioned, retaining his solutions quick to all questions. “I used to be simply having fun with wrestling.
“I’m trying ahead to maintain having fun with wrestling.”
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IOWA 31, NEBRASKA 6
(Takedowns in parentheses)
125 kilos — Spencer Lee (I) pinned Liam Cronin, 1:21 (1,0); 133 — Austin DeSanto (I) tech. throughout Edwin Thomsen, 21-6, 4:57 (8,0); 141 — Jaydin Eierman (I) dec. Chad Purple, 8-4 (2,1); 149 — Max Murin (I) dec. Brock Hardy, 6-2 (2,0); 157 — Kaleb Younger (I) dec. Caleb Licking, 17-5 (4,0); 165 — Alex Marinelli (I) dec. Peyton Purple, 9-3 (3,0); 174 — Mikey Labriola (N) dec. Patrick Kennedy, 7-4 (3,0); 184 — Nelson Manufacturers (I) dec. Taylor Venz, 13-5 (5,0); 197 — Eric Schultz (N) dec. Jacob Warner, 3-2; Hwt. — Tony Cassioppi (I) dec. Christian Lance, 4-0 (1,0)
Takedowns — Iowa 26, Nebraska 5; Escapes — Iowa 12, Nebraska 25; Reversals — Iowa 3, Nebraska 0; Nearfall factors — Iowa 14, Nebraska 0; Penalty factors awarded — Iowa 1, Nebraska 0; Driving time factors — Iowa 5, Nebraska 0; Complete match factors — Iowa 90, Nebraska 35
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