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Iowa breaks Midlands scoring record, Gross avenges loss to DeSanto

Iowa won the Midlands title by 95.5 points and broke the tournament scoring record (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Top-ranked Iowa capped off a dominant performance at the 57th Midlands Championships on Monday by crowning five champions and 12 placewinners en route to breaking the all-time tournament scoring record.

The Hawkeyes finished with 196.5 points, 95.5 points ahead of runner-up Northern Iowa. Illinois finished in third place with 94.5 points. Wisconsin (93) and Princeton (84.5) rounded out the top five teams

Iowa's Max Murin opened the finals with a 5-3 victory over Campbell's Josh Heil at 141 pounds. Pat Lugo (149), Kaleb Young (157) and Alex Marinelli (165) followed up with titles. Tony Cassioppi gave Iowa its fifth champion as he defeated Matt Stencel, 5-1, at heavyweight.

Alex Marinelli after winning his third Midlands title (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)

For Marinelli, it was his third Midlands title. He earned the Champion of Champions Award and won awards for most falls (4) and highest tournament point total (29).

The main event match between Wisconsin's Seth Gross and Iowa's Austin DeSanto at 133 pounds lived up to the hype. It was an action-packed match filled with scrambles. Gross used an early cradle to go up 4-1 after the opening period. DeSanto picked up an escape in the second period and cut the deficit to 4-2 after the second. Gross, though, had over a minute of riding time.

Gross started the third period on bottom. DeSanto was able to erase riding time before Gross picked up an escape to make the score 5-2. DeSanto immediately fired off a shot and secured a takedown to make the score 5-4 in favor of Gross. Gross escaped to make it 6-4. DeSanto continued to press forward and earned a point off a stall call to make it 6-5 with a little over a minute remaining. Gross was able to hold off DeSanto in the final minute and claim the victory.

Purdue crowned a pair of champions with Dylan Lydy (174) and Christian Brunner (197). Lydy edged Northern Iowa's Bryce Steiert, 3-2. Brunner beat Virginia's Jay Aiello, 7-3.

At 184 pounds, Northern Iowa's Taylor Lujan, ranked No. 4, shut out Iowa redshirt Abe Assad, 3-0.

Third-ranked Pat Glory of Princeton captured the title at 125 pounds by blanking Northwestern's Michael DeAugustino, 3-0.

Placewinners

125:
1st: No. 3 Pat Glory (Princeton) dec. No. 10 Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern), 4-0
3rd: No. 11 Michael Colaiocco (Penn) dec. No. 9 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan), 5-4
5th: No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) and No. 8 Brock Hudkins (Indiana) double medical forfeit
7th: Chris Cannon (Northwestern) maj. dec. Nolan Hellickson (Harvard), 12-2

133:
1st: No. 2 Seth Gross (Wisconsin) dec. No. 1 Austin DeSanto (Iowa), 6-5
3rd: Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) by injury default over No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)
5th: Noah Gonser (Campbell) dec. Louie Hayes (Virginia), 3-2
7th: Colin Valdiviez (Northwestern) maj. dec. Joe Heilmann (North Carolina), 13-0

141:
1st: No. 8 Max Murin (Iowa) dec. No. 7 Josh Heil (Campbell), 5-3
3rd: Zach Sherman (North Carolina) dec. Dylan Duncan (Illinois), 3-2
5th: No. 17 Shakur Laney (Ohio) by medical forfeit over No. 9 Tristan Moran (Wisconsin)
7th: Dresden Simon (Central Michigan) dec. Salvatore Profaci (American), 9-5

149:
1st: No. 3 Pat Lugo (Iowa) dec. No. 1 Austin O'Connor (North Carolina), 8-4
3rd: No. 7 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) by medical forfeit over Vincent Turk (Iowa)
5th: No. 15 Kizhan Clarke (American) by medical forfeit over Jeron Glasser (Iowa)
7th: Kanen Storr (Michigan) dec. Alec Hagan (Ohio), 6-4 SV

157:
1st: No. 8 Kaleb Young (Iowa) dec. Markus Hartman (Army West Point), 5-3
3rd: No. 5 Quincy Monday (Princeton) dec. No. 9 Kendall Coleman (Purdue), 5-3
5th: Logan Parks (Central Michigan) dec. No. 10 Anthony Artalona (Penn), 3-1 SV
7th: No. 19 Justin Ruffin (SIUE) by medical forfeit over Cade Devos (South Dakota State)

165:
1st: No. 2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) dec. No. 6 David McFadden (Virginia Tech), 5-3
3rd: No. 3 Evan Wick (Wisconsin) maj. dec. Danny Braunagel (Illinois), 13-3
5th: No. 19 Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) dec. No. 15 Zach Hartman (Bucknell), 7-3
7th: No. 17 Kennedy Monday (North Carolina) pinned Izzak Olejnik (Northern Illinois), 0:28

174:
1st: No. 4 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) dec. No. 5 Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa), 3-2
3rd: No. 10 Joey Gunther (Illinois) dec. No. 11 Ben Harvey (Army West Point), 4-2
5th: Jacob Covaciu (Indiana) by default over Donnell Washington (Indiana)
7th: Victor Marcelli (Virginia) by medical forfeit over Tyler Morland (Northwestern)

184:
1st: No. 4 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) dec. Abe Assad (Iowa), 3-0
3rd: Cash Wilcke (Iowa) dec. Zach Braunagel (Illinois), 5-3
5th: Andrew Morgan (Campbell) dec. No. 12 Noah Stewart (Army West Point), 6-4
7th: Jack Jessen Villa (Northwestern) by medical forfeit over No. 20 Johnny Sebastian (Wisconsin)

197:
1st: No. 8 Christian Brunner (Purdue) dec. No. 16 Jay Aiello (Virginia), 7-3
3rd: No. 3 Patrick Brucki (Princeton) dec. No. 2 Jacob Warner (Iowa), 10-5
5th: Gage Braun (Northern Illinois) by medical forfeit over Hunter Ritter (Minnesota)
7th: J.T. Brown (Army West Point) by medical forfeit over Alex Hopkins (Army West Point)

285:
1st: No. 4 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) dec. No. 8 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan), 5-1
3rd: No. 5 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin) dec. Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard), 3-0
5th: No. 15 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa) by medical forfeit over No. 13 Josh Hokit (Fresno State)
7th: Zach Elam (Missouri) dec. Bobby Heald Bedford (Army West Point), 6-0

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