No. 4 Iowa (9-1, 4-1) dropped its first dual of the wrestling season in a 22-12 loss to No. 2 Ohio State (10-0, 5-0) Sunday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The Buckeyes ended a three-year losing streak to the Hawkeyes. Iowa has won 37 of the last 39 duals with Ohio State.
Iowa scored an upset early when No. 6 Spencer Lee upset top-ranked Nathan Tomasello 3-2 at 125 pounds. Brandon Sorensen (149), Michael Kemerer (157) and Alex Marinelli (165) all won matches for the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes wrestle No. 8 Michigan at 5 p.m. CT Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Ohio State 22, Iowa 12
125 — #6 Spencer Lee (IA) dec. #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU), 3-2; 3-0
133 — #2 Luke Pletcher (OSU) dec. Paul Glynn (IA), 8-2; 3-3
141 — #11 Joey McKenna (OSU) major dec. Carter Happel (IA)/ 13-2; 3-7
149 — #2 Brandon Sorensen (IA) dec. #6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU), 4-2; 6-7
157 — #2 Michael Kemerer (IA) dec. #6 Micah Jordan (OSU), 8-4; 9-7
165 — #11 Alex Marinelli (IA) dec. #13 Te’Shan Campbell (OSU), 4-1; 12-7
174 — #3 Bo Jordan (OSU) dec. Kaleb Young (IA), 10-5; 12-10
184 — #2 Myles Martin (OSU) major dec. #20 Mitch Bowman (IA), 17-8; 12-14
197 — #1 Kollin Moore (OSU) dec. #5 Cash Wilcke (IA), 6-3; 12-17
285 — #1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) tech. fall Steven Holloway, 24-0; 12-22
HWT — Ohio State’s No. 1 Kyle Snyder (5-0), the reigning two-time national champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, faces sophomore Steven Holloway (5-2) in the finale. Iowa is holding out No. 3-ranked Sam Stoll. Snyder, as expected, beat Holloway decisively, winning 24-9 (5:00) by technical fall. Ohio State wins 22-12.
197 — No. 1 Kollin Moore (15-0) of Ohio State vs. No. 5 Cash Wilcke (13-1) of Iowa. Moore attacked with a fireman’s carry and scored on Wilcke, who then escaped. Moore leads 2-1. Wilcke takes down to start the second. Wilcke escaped but Moore earned another takedown followed by another Wilcke escape. Moore leads 4-3 entering the third. Moore chose neutral to start thee third period. They battled the rest of the period and Moore took down Wilcke with 20 seconds left to win 6-3. Ohio State extends its lead to 17-12.
184 — Ohio State’s No. 2 Myles Martin (19-0) vs. Iowa’s Mitch Bowman (10-3). Martin won the national title two years ago as a freshman. Martin took Bowman down 10 seconds into the match and turned Bowman over twice for 4-point near fall. Iowa coach Tom Brands is challenging the second 4-point near fall. The call stands. Bowman escapes but Martin is up 10-1. Martin scores again to lead 12-1. Bowman escapes to open the second period but Martin takes down Bowman to lead 14-2. Martin let up Bowman with an optional start but Bowman fought to take down Martin, who then escaped. Entering the third, Martin leads 15-5 and took the down position. Martin reversed Bowman, who escaped to trail 17-6. Riding time is under 1 minute. Bowman scored another takedown with a cradle and started to take Martin to his back when the buzzer sounded. Ohio State regains the lead at 14-12.
Attendance — 15,117 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center
174 — Tough match for Iowa with redshirt freshman Kaleb Young battling No. 3 Bo Jordan. Jordan three times took down Young in the first period and leads 6-2 with more than a minute of riding time. Entering the third, Jordan starts down and leads 8-3 with one more point of riding time headed his way. Jordan escaped but Young took a nice shot and pulled it in for a takedown with 2 seconds left to avoid a major decision. Jordan won 10-5, but the Hawkeyes still lead the dual 12-10 with four matches left.
165 — Iowa freshman Alex Marinelli is wrestling in his home state against No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell (14-4). Marinelli pulled down Campbell with a single and nearly put him to his back. Marinelli led 2-0 and took down position to start the second. Both wrestlers have been hit with stalling. Campbell was a transfer from Pittsburgh. Campbell rode out the second and chose down to start the third. Marinelli took down Campbell again and erased all of the riding time to win 4-1. Iowa is now up 12-7.
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Intermission — It’s going to be difficult for Iowa to pull out this dual. Iowa will need Alex Marinelli to dominate his match at 165 and score a big upset in one of the heavier weights.
157 — Another tough one with No. 2 Michael Kemerer and No. 6 Micah Jordan. Kemerer attacked off the whistle and scored a takedown 6 seconds into the match to lead 2-0. Kemerer has just battered Jordan and built up 2:54 in riding time. Jordan chooses neutral to start the second period but Kemerer took him down again to go ahead 4-0. Kemerer chose down to start the third and has locked up riding time. Kemerer escaped but Jordan took him down shortly afterward. Kemerer escaped and now leads 6-2. Jordan kept pressing and gained another takedown. But Kemerer pulled out a 8-4 win with riding time and the Hawkeyes up 9-7 through five matches.
149 — Iowa’s No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (14-0) battles No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes. This is a must-have for Iowa. Neither wrestler scored in the first period and Sorensen starts the second period down. Sorensen escaped after 11 seconds to lead 1-0. After a break, Hayes shot with a double leg, switched to a single and pulled in the match’s first takedown. Sorensen quickly escaped to tie the match at 2-2 going into the third. Hayes chose neutral to start the third. With about 50 seconds left in the match, Sorensen shot and took down Hayes to lead 4-2. Sorensen rode out Hayes to win 4-2. Ohio State still leads the dual 7-6.
141 — Freshman Carter Happel (10-6) takes the spot for Iowa against No. 11 Joey McKenna (6-1). This is a big one if Iowa wants to battle for a dual win. McKenna shot fast and got in on a single leg and scored a takedown just 12 seconds into the match to lead 2-0. Happel gained an escape on an optional start to trail 2-1. McKenna is too fast for Happel and quickly took him down again and is up 4-1. McKenna scored a late takedown in the second period and took Happel to his back to lead 10-2 entering the third with 1:28 in riding time. The wrestlers started in neutral position entering the third and McKenna picked up another takedown. Coupled with riding time, McKenna earned a major decision 13-2. Ohio State now leads 7-3.
133 — No. 2 Luke Pletchter of Ohio State battles Paul Glynn. This is a tough match for Iowa. Pletcher is 19-0 while Glynn is 6-5. Pletcher took down Glynn twice in the first period and leads 4-1 entering the second. Glynn escaped and Pletcher scored another takedown to lead 6-2 entering the third. Pletcher escaped to start the third to lead 7-2 plus riding time. Glynn battled throughout the third period to avoid losing by major decision in an 8-2 win win for Pletcher. The dual is tied 3-3 heading to 141 pounds.
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125 — Starting off the top with Iowa’s Spencer Lee against Ohio State’s Nathan Tomasello at 125 pounds. This will tell us where Lee fits in. Tomasello is more powerful, a former national champion, ranked No. 1 and 86-6 overall. Lee is the young phenom and ranked No. 6. Tomasello twice had two good shots but was unable to score in the first period. Tomasello took down to start the second, and Lee nearly turned him for points while Tomasello tried to sit out. Lee has been doing an excellent job of riding Tomasello for the entire second period. Lee was down to start the the third, escaped via optional start and has 1:59 in riding time. Tomasello took down Lee, but Lee escaped. The score is 2-2. Lee survived several solid attacks from Tomasello and pulled out a 1-0 upset. Iowa leads 3-0.
Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State meet time, details
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, Jan. 21
Location: Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio
Rankings: Iowa (9-0, 4-0) is ranked No. 4; Ohio State (9-0, 4-0) is ranked No. 2
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State on TV?
BTN will air the dual live. Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons call the action from the Schottenstein Center.
How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State online?
BTN will stream the meet on BTN-Plus and the BTN2GO app. FloWrestling.com also streams the dual.
How can I listen to Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State on the radio?
For Iowa wrestling, 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) is the flagship station.
Who is calling the Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State State meet?
Steven Grace handles play-by-play while two-time NCAA champion Mark Ironside adds analysis for KXIC.
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Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State key matchups
125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State)
Spencer Lee (8-1) pinned a decent wrestler in his Iowa debut then knocked off No. 6 Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State last week. Now he gets his ultimate test against No. 1 Nathan Tomasello.
Tomasello was the top-ranked wrestler entering the 2017 NCAA Tournament at 133 pounds. He lost his semifinal match to Iowa’s Cory Clark, who won the national title. Tomasello has struggled on the national stage against Iowa wrestlers, including a 125-pound semifinal loss to Iowa’s Thomas Gilman in the 2016 semifinals. Tomasello, who has returned after missing three months with injuries, now wrestles at 125.
“We’ve got to be ready,” Brands said. “It’s similar to both the other matches the preparation. Both of those guys were capable. We have to figure some things out. The thing about Spencer Lee is he’s moving forward in his head and he’s always thinking. It’s not like, ‘Man I made it through that.’ It’s like, ‘I’ve got work to do.’ That’s the way you want to go forward.
“This is another opportunity. We know how capable our guy is. If we just focus on doing the things that we do best, I feel good about that matchup.”
HWT: Sam Stoll (Iowa) vs. Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)
One pivotal match is at heavyweight where No. 3 Sam Stoll (12-0) of Iowa faces two-time NCAA champion, defending Olympic champ and top-ranked Kyle Snyder (5-0).
“[Stoll is] going to have to wrestle physical, and timid cannot be an ingredient in any way during that seven-minute match,” Brands said. “When that clock starts and the whistle’s blown and you’re going back to the center of the mat, you’d better be ready. There’s no let-up.”
Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State probable lineups
Weight: Ohio State vs. Iowa
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (2-0) vs. No. 6 Spencer Lee (8-1)
133: No. 2 Luke Pletcher (19-0) vs. Paul Glynn (6-5)
141: No. 11 Joey McKenna (6-1) vs. Vince Turk (6-5)/Carter Happel (10-6)
149: No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (19-2) vs. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (14-0)
157: No. 6 Micah Jordan (17-2) vs. No. 2 Michael Kemerer (15-0)
165: No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell (14-4) vs. No. 8 Alex Marinelli (8-0)
174: No. 3 Bo Jordan (16-2) vs. Joey Gunther (11-3)
184: No. 2 Myles Martin (19-0) vs. Mitch Bowman (10-3)
197: No. 1 Kollin Moore (15-0) vs. No. 5 Cash Wilcke (13-1)
HWT: No. 1 Kyle Snyder (5-0) vs. No. 3 Sam Stoll (12-0)