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College Wrestling: Hawkeyes pin Nebraska, 31-6, in 2021 opener


This news story was published on January 16, 2021.
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Iowa’s Spencer Lee wrestles Nebraska’s Liam Cronin at 125 pounds Friday, January 15, 2021 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

IOWA CITY – The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team defeated No. 6 Nebraska, 31-6, on Friday night in the 2021 season opener at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa won eight-of-10 bouts, scored bonus points in four matches and defeated six ranked opponents to win its 14th straight dual overall and extend its Big Ten winning streak to 19.  The Hawkeyes held a 28-5 advantage in takedowns and an 89-35 edge in match points.

The Hawkeyes got a fall from Spencer Lee, a technical fall from Austin DeSanto, and major decisions from Kaleb Young and Nelson Brands.

In just over six minutes of mat time, Iowa built a 11-0 lead in the team score. Lee led 6-0 before recording the fall in one minute, 21 seconds at 125. DeSanto won 21-6, piling up 10 takedowns before terminating his match in four minutes, 57 seconds at 133.

Jaydin Eierman made his Hawkeye debut at 141 and registered atop 10 victory over No. 7 Chad Red, 8-4. Max Murin scored a pair of takedowns on his way to a 6-2 win at 149, his first collegiate match at 149, and Young used four takedowns, two reversals and four back points to earn a 17-5 major decision at 157.

Alex Marinelli scored takedowns in each period to win 9-3 at 165. Nelson Brands earned a top 10 major decision in his Big Ten dual debut, topping No. 7 Taylor Venz, 13-5, and Tony Cassioppi closed the dual with a 3-0 shutout at 285.

Nebraska won matches at 174 and 197. Freshman Patrick Kennedy dropped a 7-4 decision to No. 4 Mikey Labriola at 174, and a third-period takedown was the difference in Jacob Warner’s 3-2 loss to No. 2 Eric Shultz at 197.

UP NEXT

No. 1 Iowa wrestles at No. 14 Minnesota on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. (CT). The dual is televised live on BTN.

NOTES

  • The Hawkeyes returned to the mat for the first time since winning the Big Ten Championships on March 8, 2020, in Piscataway, New Jersey (45 weeks).
  • Iowa has won 14 straight overall, 17 straight at home and 19 consecutive Big Ten duals.
  • Spencer Lee improved to 19-0 all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  In Lee’s 19 home wins, he has five pins, eight technical falls and three major decisions. Five of the wins are against top 10 opponents.
  • Spencer Lee extended his winning streak to 24 matches.
  • Spencer Lee’s pin was the 22nd of his career, 17 have come in the first period.
  • Austin DeSanto won 21-6, his 22nd career match scoring 20 or more points.
  • Iowa is 113-12 (.904) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07.
  • Tom Brands improved to 12-0 all-time against Nebraska.
  • Nelson Brands made his Big Ten debut.
  • Jaydin Eierman made his University of Iowa debut.
  • Patrick Kennedy made his collegiate debut.

#1 IOWA 31, #6 Nebraska 6
125        #1 Spencer Lee (I) pinned #11 Liam Cronin (N), 1:21; 6-0

133        #5 Austin DeSanto (I) tech. fall Alex Thomsen (N), 21-6; 11-0

141        #1 Jaydin Eierman (I) dec. #7 Chad Red Jr. (N), 8-4; 14-0

149        #8 Max Murin (I) dec. #20 Brock Hardy (N), 6-2; 17-0

157        #6 Kaleb Young (I) major dec. Caleb Licking (N), 7-5; 31-0

165        #2 Alex Marinelli (I) dec. #18 Peyton Robb (N), 9-3; 24-0

174        #4 Mikey Labriola (N) dec. Patrick Kennedy(I), 7-4; 24-3

184        #8 Nelson Brands (I) major dec. #7 Taylor Venz (N), 13-5; 28-3

197        #2 Eric Shultz (N) dec. #4 Jacob Warner (I), 3-2; 28-6

285        #2 Tony Cassioppi (I) dec. #16 Christian Lance (N), 4-0; 31-6

Records: Iowa (1-0, 1-0), Nebraska (1-1, 1-1)

Attendance: 246

Date: Jan. 15, 2021

Extra Matches

CULLAN SCHRIEVER

133        Tucker Sjomeling (N) dec. Cullan Schriever (former Mason City Mohawk) (I), 6-2

141        Ridge Lovett (N) dec. Carter Happel (I), 4-2

149        Jevon Parrish (N) dec. Zach Axmear (I), 5-3

184        Myles Wilson (I) major dec. Nathan Haas (N), 15-6

197        Silas Allred (N) major dec. Connor Corbin (I), 12-2

285        Cale Davidson (N) dec. Aaron Costello (I), 3-2

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