IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa wrestling team won 8-of-10 bouts to top fifth-ranked Oklahoma State, 24-6, on Friday night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The 18-point margin of victory was Iowa’s largest over the Cowboys since a 29-10 win in 1996.
Third-ranked Iowa (9-1) won all eight bouts by decision, and won matches they were not favored, including a win at 133, where fourth-ranked Tony Ramos used two takedowns and three nearfall points to defeat top-ranked Jon Morrison, 8-2.
Ramos’ win was on the heels of Thomas Gilman’s 4-2 at 125 and stretched Iowa’s team lead to 6-3.
Oklahoma State’s 14th-ranked Anthony Collica cut the lead in half with a 5-3 win over No. 9 Josh Dziewa at 141, but Brody Grothus swung momentum back toward the Hawkeyes with a 9-5 win over No. 3 Josh Kindig at 149.
Grothus scored a takedown in the first, scored a reversal and three nearfall points in the second, and added 3:11 of riding time to earn his third straight win over a top-10 opponent.
St. John extended Iowa’s lead to 12-3 before intermission with a 2-1 win over No. 2 Alex Dieringer. The match was scoreless after one period, and Dieringer had a tight ride on St. John until the defending NCAA champion scored a reversal with 24 seconds left in the second.
Fifth-ranked Nick Moore extended Iowa’s lead to 15-3 with a 3-1 overtime win over No. 2 Tyler Caldwell at 165. Moore and Caldwell exchanged escapes in the second and third periods before Moore finished a shot with 15 seconds left in the first sudden-victory period.
Top-ranked Chris Perry held on for a 5-4 win over No. 6 Mike Evans at 174 to cut Iowa’s lead to 15-6, but Sammy Brooks, Nathan Burak, and Bobby Telford closed the dual with three straight wins. Brooks used two takedowns and two back-points to defeat No. 16 Nolan Boyd, 7-1, at 184, and Burak used three takedowns to defeat Jordan Rogers, 8-3, at 197. Telford improved to 5-1 against ranked opponents with a 2-1 win over No. 15 Austin Mardsen at 285.
Iowa returns to the mat Sunday at 2 p.m. when Indiana visits Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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Notes: Attendance was 10,141… Ramos is 31-0 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena… St. John is 30-0 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena… Iowa snapped a two-match losing streak to Oklahoma State… the Hawkeye are 4-1 against ranked opponents… Derek St. John extended his winning streak to 27 matches.