Spencer Lee won by technical fall at 125 pounds (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Spencer Lee and Austin DeSanto ran out of intermission with consecutive technical falls to send the top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team past No. 4 Ohio State, 24-10, on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Lee dominated from start to finish, turning a first-period takedown into 16 nearfall points and using just two minutes, 32 seconds of the first period win 18-0 at 125 pounds.
DeSanto gave pause to his 133-pound match, surrendering a takedown in the first seven seconds of the first period. But he quickly escaped and turned the next five minutes, 37 seconds into a DeSanto highlight real -- three takedowns in the first, five in the second, and four more in the third. His 12th and final takedown terminated the match, 27-12.
"He is awesome. I told him that is how it's done," said Iowa coach Tom Brands. "You want a definition of how to wrestled a dominating wrestling match. That is how it's done. Twenty-seven points."
"From last week to this week I'm more focused. Leaner, meaner, hungry like a wolf," DeSanto said. "I am ready to go. I've got to move my feet off the whistle; you guys saw that. Coming out too rushed. I have to be looser, hands down, be ready."
The consecutive wins extended Iowa's halftime lead from 11-3 to 21-3. The dual started at 165 pounds, and Iowa opened with decisions from Alex Marinelli, Michael Kemerer, and Abe Assad. Marinelli used six takedowns to win, 14-10, at 165. Kemerer used two takedowns and two minutes, 50 seconds of riding time to earn a top 10 win at 174. Assad put the 13th largest crowd in Carver history (13,405) on its feet with a deciding takedown in the final minute of 184.
Tony Cassioppi claimed a 9-3 win at 285 pounds (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Ohio State got on the board with a decision at 197, but Tony Cassioppi put momentum back in the Hawkeyes' favor with a 9-3 win at 285. He led 4-1 after one, 5-1 after two, and used a four-point move in the third to nearly end the bout with bonus points.
"I have always wanted to wrestle like a smaller guy. Move my feet, score points like guys like DeSanto," Cassioppi said. "I need a little more DeSanto in my wrestling in that third period to get that major. That is something I learned today."
Iowa won seven-of-10 bouts overall and held a 27-11 advantage in takedowns. The Hawkeyes are now 5-0 in the Big Ten and have won 44-of-50 matches in those five wins.
"Every dual is a statement dual for our team," Lee said. "We are just going out there and wrestling our hardest, proving that we can be the best in the country. Right now, we are. We just have to keep it going. We haven't won nationals yet, have we? We have to keep it going every week, do our best to improve, and be ready for the big show when it comes in March."
Ohio State picked up wins at 141 and 149 in the second half, but Kaleb Young ended things with a 4-1 win at 157 pounds. Iowa's 14-point margin of victory was its largest in the series since defeating the Buckeyes, 33-3, in 2011. It was Iowa's largest margin against a top-five team since defeating No. 5 Cornell, 24-8, in 2015.
Iowa hosts No. 2 Penn State on Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
165 -- #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) dec. #13 Ethan Smith (OSU), 14-10; 3-0
174 -- #2 Michael Kemerer (IA) dec. #8 Kaleb Romero (OSU), 7-1; 6-0
184 -- #7 Abe Assad (IA) dec. #22 Rocky Jordan (OSU), 3-1; 9-0
197 -- #1 Kollin Moore (OSU) dec. Cash Wilcke (IA), 8-3; 9-3
285 -- #3 Tony Cassioppi (IA) dec. #24 Gary Traub (OSU), 9-3; 11-3*
125 -- #1 Spencer Lee (IA) tech. fall #28 Malik Heinselman (OSU), 18-0; 16-3
133 -- #2 Austin DeSanto (IA) tech. fall 18 Jordan Decatur (OSU), 27-12; 21-3
141 -- #1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) major dec. Carter Happel (IA), 14-5; 21-7
149 -- #6 Sammy Sasso (OSU) dec. #1 Pat Lugo (IA), 2-1 TB1; 21-10
157 -- #6 Kaleb Young (IA) dec. #32 Elijah Cleary (OSU), 4-1; 24-10
*Iowa was deducted one team point for control of the mat following the 285-pound match
Records: Iowa (8-0, 5-0), Ohio State (7-2, 3-1)