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No. 1 Iowa tops Princeton

PRINCETON, New Jersey -- University of Iowa sophomore Jacob Warner scored a takedown with three seconds on the clock to top No. 2 Pat Brucki, 5-4, and lead the top-ranked Hawkeyes past No. 12 Princeton on Sunday.

Warner, ranked No. 3 at 197, entered the third period tied, 3-3. He trailed 4-3 following a Brucki escaped, but grabbed his first and only lead of the match with three seconds on the clock.

"As the match went on I felt stronger and stronger," Warner said. "I got that takedown and I was a dog on a bone. I got to that leg, and I need to get there more, but when I got to that leg I wasn't letting go."

Iowa won four of five matches after intermission to put the dual out of reach. Alex Marinelli won by fall in 6:20. Michael Kemerer won by 19-4 technical fall at 174, and Tony Cassioppi closed the dual with a 10-2 major decision at 285.

Iowa led 12-6 at the break, getting wins from No. 1 DeSanto at 133, No. 9 Murin at 141, and No. 3 Lugo at 149.

Lugo scored a reversal with 10 seconds left in the first tiebreak to defeat No. 14 Mike D'Angelo, 3-2. It was his third straight win against a ranked opponent. DeSanto racked up 12 takedowns in a 25-10 technical fall, and Murin used four takedowns and 3:30 of riding time to earn a 12-2 major decision.

"Going to overtime I knew I was going to get the win. I was calm, cool and collected," Lugo said.

Lugo nearly escaped to tie the match, 2-2, but failed to clear D'Angelo and came back with the match-winning reverse.

"I thought about taking the one, but if the two is there I'm going to take it," Lugo said. "I thought it was there, we got into a little scramble and I knew I didn't have much time and couldn't stay there and wait for the stalemate. I have to go and can't put the match in the ref's hands."

Iowa won seven-of-10 bouts and owned a 37-5 advantage in takedowns to earn the 30-9 win in front of 2,284 fans at Jadwin Gymnasium.

NOTABLES
  • DeSanto improved to 4-0 and won his first match as the top-ranked 133-pounder in the country.
  • Murin earned his first major decision of the season.
  • Lugo won his third straight match against a ranked opponent
  • Marinelli's pin was his first of the season and 16th of his career.
  • Kemerer has scored bonus points in all four matches this season (1 major, 1 pin, two technical falls).
  • Warner defeated the highest-ranked opponent of his career.

    UP NEXT
    Iowa returns to the mat Dec. 29-30 at the 2019 Midlands Championships in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

    Results:
    125 -- #4 Patrick Glory (P) dec. Aaron Cashman (IA), 10-4; 3-0; 0-3
    133 -- #1 Austin DeSanto (IA) tech. fall Sean Pierson (P), 25-10; 5-3
    141 -- #9 Max Murin (IA) major dec. Marshall Keller (P), 12-2; 9-3
    149 -- #3 Pat Lugo (IA) dec. #14 Mike D'Angelo (P), 3-2 TB1; 12-3
    157 -- #9 Quincy Monday (P) dec. #4 Kaleb Young (IA), 3-2; 12-6
    165 -- #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned Connor Melbourne (P), 6:20; 18-6
    174 -- #3 Michael Kemerer (IA) tech. fall Kevin Parker (P), 19-4; 23-6
    184 -- Travis Stefanik (P) dec. #10 Nelson Brands (IA), 7-6; 23-9
    197 -- #3 Jacob Warner (IA) dec. #2 Patrick Brucki (P), 5-4; 26-9
    285 -- #3 Tony Cassioppi (IA) major dec. Aiden Conner (P), 10-2; 30-9
    Records: Iowa (4-0), Princeton (1-2)
    Attendance: 2,284
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    CoachKC (1) about 11 months ago
    Any idea where Lee was? Weighed in?
    mjl5249 (2) about 11 months ago
    How does the article not even mention Spencer Lee missing a top 5 matchup with Pat Glory?? Terrible reporting!
    boulderboulder (1) about 11 months ago
    It's because the article is written by Iowa, and they do not want to say anything negative about Lee.
    Leon (2) about 11 months ago
    There goes Lee ducking top competition again.👎👎👎👎
    jdwhite (1) about 11 months ago
    Lee is getting ready for Senior Nationals and will keep a light dual schedule. No secret there and we've known for a while that he won't travel to most of the away duals.

    Ducking top competition? Nah, he's getting ready for a lot more competition than Glory could give him.
    dbestsport (1) about 11 months ago
    These comments that people are ducking are so ridiculously stupid.
    We heard it about Shakur Rasheed against Valencia, and what happened this weekend... Penn State pulls Aaron Brooks red shirt.
    Enough already.