This is a guest post by Nick Isburgh (@nisburgh).
1. Klimara wrestled a great match against McDonough. He didn’t accept a defeat and attacked McDonough the entire match. To hold the #1 wrestler in the nation to a minor decision was in and of itself, a win for the Cowboys. Wow, as only a freshman, if he continues to grow at the current pace, he’s going to win some big matches in the near future.
2. Morrison and Feikert just did not seem to be the aggressors in their matches. Feikert does not look like the same wrestler we all saw at the beginning of the season and Morrison should really trust his leg attacks more against higher competition…they are great!
3. Well, Oliver did manage to match McDonough, although it was only a decision, the fact that he was able to turn the feeling of the match was important. And Dieringer just looked like the spotlight was too big on him in this match. Expect Dieringer to build up some more confidence the rest of the season and compete a little bit more against higher ranked wrestlers later in this season.
4. We really did need bonus points from either Caldwell or Perry in this match to put some pressure on the Hawkeyes. Granted, both opponents were ranked, getting bonus points would have certainly put an insurmountable pressure on the upper weights to perform.
5. Wow! What a win from Chionuma! That was huge for the dual and huge for his confidence! Look for Chionuma to look a little different for the rest of the year on his way to an All-American season!
6. Another huge win in his first match back against a very worthy opponent in Burak. Look for a solid rest of the season by Rosholt, on his way to his own All-American status.
7. Something a lot of people didn’t know, if Iowa had won the final dual and Telford had scored first against Gelogaev, Oklahoma State would have lost according to criteria in a tie-breaker for a dual match. Each team would have had 5 wrestlers to score first (Criteria #6), therefore, the match would have come down to criteria #7: Greater number of points for near-falls. Iowa would have won with St. John’s near-fall of Dieringer in the 157 match. So for Gelogaev to score on a takedown in the first period was HUGE for the Cowboys!
8. Gelogaev did a great job coming back after a major decision loss to Telford last season with a game plan. To not tie-up with Telford even after the absurd clubbing and attempts to get Gelogaev to tie-up was the game plan and it worked in the important win for the Cowboys.
9. The crowd (5,537) did a great job today. It was one of the best crowds that GIA has seen in a long time for a wrestling match! Our fans always have a pretty good feel for the dual, and I feel that the only difference that could have been in this dual was a bonus-point victory for Oliver could have powered up the crowd and given Dieringer a better chance against St. John.
10. To wrestle 10 matches and not have a single bonus-point victory shows just how tough both teams are. Even with 4 (!) of the weight classes featuring the #1 wrestler in the nation! Great victory for the Cowboys, they certainly look as if they have the ability to compete with the Nittany Lions for the National Championship this season!
125: No. 1 Matt McDonough (Iowa) dec. Eddie Klimara (OSU); 10-4
133: No. 2 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. No. 5 Jon Morrison (OSU); 3-2
141: No. 10 Mark Ballweg (Iowa) dec. Julian Feikert (OSU); 8-3
149: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. Michael Kelly (Iowa); 10-4
157: No. 1 Derek St. John (Iowa) dec. No. 9 Alex Dieringer (OSU); 8-4
165: No. 3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. No. 18 Nick Moore (Iowa); 3-2
174: No. 1 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 4 Mike Evans (Iowa); 4-3
184: No. 15 Chris Chionuma (OSU) dec. No. 10 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa); 3-2
197: Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. Nathan Burak (Iowa); 3-2
285: No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. No. 7 Bobby Telford (Iowa); 7-3
Cowboys win 18-12!