Iowa’s top-ranked Thomas Gilman was in a heck of a fight at 125 pounds with Minnesota’s sixth-ranked Ethan Lizak.
Lizak dominated the first period, gained a takedown, then twice turned over Gilman for a total of six back points. At the end of one, Lizak led 8-0. After the second period, Lizak had more than 3 minutes of riding time and led 8-2 after Gilman gained a reversal.
Then Gilman struck back with shocking fury.
In a neutral position to start the third period, Gilman (21-0) scored a pair of quick takedowns and let Lizak up twice. Then 45 seconds into the period, Gilman locked Lizak around the head and turned him over. Gilman got the pin in 5:58 to stay unbeaten and propel Iowa to a 27-11 win against the Gophers at Minneapolis’ Sports Pavilion.
Gilman (21-0) now has scored extra points in 19 of his 21 matches this year.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) February 5, 2017
Match of the night
At 165, Iowa’s unranked Joey Gunther (14-5) finally got some payoff after some recent tough matches by beating Minnesota’s No. 15 Nick Wanzek, 5-2. Gunther pulled in a single-leg takedown near the edge of the mat in the first period to take an early lead. Each scored an escape, and Wanzek gained a point with a minute left after Gunther was hit for stalling. Down 3-2, Wanzek nearly scored a late takedown on a headlock, but Gunther pulled through and covered for the 5-2 win.
Gunther had lost his previous three matches in overtime, including on Friday to Wisconsin’s Isaac Jordan, who is ranked No. 3. The win boosts Gunther, a redshirt freshman, to 14-5.
What it means for Iowa and Minnesota
The Hawkeyes (10-2, 6-1 Big Ten) have won three straight duals. No. 13 Minnesota (6-4, 5-3) had its two-match dual winning streak snapped.
“I love how the Hawkeyes wrestled in general,” Iowa radio analyst Mark Ironside said.
Who starred for Iowa
In a 157-pound matchup of ranked opponents, Iowa’s No. 2 Michael Kemerer (22-1) battled and overpowered Minnesota’s No. 9 Jason Short (18-10), 13-5. Kemerer, a redshirt freshman, scored an early takedown, but Short, a senior, escaped and gained his own takedown. After Kemerer got away to even the match at 3-3, Kemerer had a quick finish and scored to end the period and take a 5-3 lead.
Kemerer countered Short’s aggressive attack and turned it into points. Kemerer took down Short three more times to earn the major decision.
Who starred for Minnesota
At 197, No. 2 Brett Pfarr dominated Iowa’s Mitch Bowman, winning by technical fall (19-4) when riding time was applied at the end. Pfarr nearly pinned Bowman in the second period and worked a nearside cradle throughout the third but couldn’t gain the fall.
Who is next
Iowa (10-2, 6-1) competes at Indiana on Friday. Minnesota (6-4, 5-3) wrestles Ohio State in Minneapolis on Friday.
— Christian Pyles (@CPyles8) February 5, 2017
Box score: Iowa 27, Minnesota 11
149: No. 3 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) maj. dec. over Brandon Kingsley (Minn), 13-2
157: No. 2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) maj. dec. over No. 9 Jake Short (Minn), 13-5
165: Joey Gunther (Iowa) dec. over No. 15 Nick Wanzek (Minn), 5-2
174: No. 13 Alex Meyer (Iowa) maj. dec. over Chris Pfarr (Minn), 10-1
184: No. 5 Sammy Brooks (19-2) major over Bobby Steveson (Minn), 10-2
197: No. 2 Brett Pfarr (Minn) tech. fall over Mitch Bowman (Iowa), 19-4
HWT: No. 8 Michael Kroelis (Minn) dec. over Steven Holloway (Iowa), 7-0
125: No. 1 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) pinned No. 6 Ethan Lizak (Minn), 5:58
133: No. 2 Cory Clark (10-1) dec. over No. 17 Mitch McKee (17-10), 10-3
141: No. 12 Tommy Thorn (Minn) dec. over No. 18 Topher Carton (Iowa), 3-2
*Iowa was docked one team point after Gilman’s match.