STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Hawkeyes (12-1) grabbed the lead early, holding a 12-3 lead after the 157-pound bout. No. 1-ranked Matt McDonough defeated OSU’s Eddie Klimara in the 125-pound bout in a 10-4 decision. Jon Morrison, who is ranked fifth in the 133-pound weight class, lost to second-ranked Tony Ramos by decision. Jordan Oliver, the top wrestler in the 149-pound weight class, kept his undefeated season alive with a 10-4 decision victory over Iowa’s Michael Kelly.
Tyler Caldwell, ranked third in the 165-pound weight class, started the Cowboys’ rally with a 3-2 decision victory over Iowa’s Nick Moore, who is ranked 18th. Caldwell took the lead with an escape in the second. Moore tied the score with an escape. Caldwell recorded a takedown near the edge of the circle but Moore was able to escape near the boundary. The last points were a hot discussion between Smith and Iowa’s coach Tom Brands.
“(The point of contention) was about the escape, then it became about the takedown,” Smith said. “I was like ‘wait a minute, we don’t need to go back that far. You can look at the escape.’ I didn’t think (Moore) broke away. You got to have a clean break.”
In a top five matchup, Chris Perry, the top-ranked 174-pound wrestler, pulled out a 4-3 victory by decision over Iowa’s Mike Evans, who was ranked fourth. Perry scored a takedown halfway through the first period. Evans cut the lead in half on an escape in the second period. Perry expanded his lead to 3-1 with an escape in the third. With nine seconds remaining, Perry gave up a takedown to tie the match at 3. Perry’s 1:19 riding time scored him the winning point. Smith said Perry getting the bonus point for riding time wasn’t good enough.
“We got to get tougher and get better,” Smith said. “These are tough matches. Sometimes its hard to hold a guy down.”
Heavyweight Alan Gelogaev clinched the match for the Pokes with a 7-3 decision victory over Iowa’s Bobby Telford. Smith said every match was a battle.
“We did what we needed to do,” Smith said. “ ... It was a tough classic match. A lot of those matches were won by a takedown. Sometimes that’s what it is, battling until you score your one takedown.”