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Hawkeye grapplers stay unbeaten with victory over Buffalo

December 18, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Backed by pins from third-ranked Tony Ramos and fifth-ranked Bobby Telford, the fifth-ranked Iowa wrestling team dominated Buffalo, 39-3, on Monday.

Telford stuck Justin Heisermann at 1:36, while Ramos ended the dual with a win by fall at 4:27. The Hawkeyes also got bonus points in six other matches.

"We had some excitement tonight but now it's important we continue to move forward," said UI coach Tom Brands. "We've got to get two hands to the leg more at some weights. We need to finish stronger. It's needs to be quick, one move."

The dual started with 11th ranked Mark Ballweg scoring a 12-3 major decision over Andrew Schutt at 141 and then back-to-back major decisions by Michael Kelly and top-ranked Derek St. John pushed Iowa's lead to 12-0.

After Mark Lewandowski scored Buffalo's only win at 165 pounds, Iowa rolled off three consecutive major decisions from seventh-ranked Mike Evans, seventh-ranked Ethen Lofthouse and unranked Nathan Burak.

Matt Gurule also claimed a win by decision at 125 pounds as he continues to wrestle for top-ranked and defending national champion Matt McDonough. Gurule beat returning NCAA qualifier Max Soria, 15-10.

Ramos has recorded bonus points in all 10 of his matches this season.

Iowa's lone loss came at 165 pounds where Nick Moore lost an 8-3 decision to Lewandowski.

Iowa returns to the mat Jan. 4 against No. 4 Ohio State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes will meet at 7 p.m.

"Jan. 4 against Ohio State looms large," said Brands. "It's next on the schedule and that's what we look for. We've got to get home, get back on campus, get to work and keep a good thing going."

The Hawkeyes (10-0) also will send a limited number of participants to the Midlands Championships Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill.



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