Max Murin celebrates after beating Mitch McKee (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Senior Michael Kemerer put the finishing touches on a Hawkeye route Saturday, pinning No. 9 Devin Skatzka in two minutes, 52 seconds to punctuate top-ranked Iowa's 35-6 win over No. 13 Minnesota.
Kemerer, ranked No. 1 at 174, led 4-2 in the first period before rolling up a cradle, sending 12,608 fans home happy and clinching Iowa's first outright Big Ten regular season titel since 2015.
It was also the Hawkeyes' third top-10 win of the evening, and the fifth match that ended in bonus points.
Alex Marinelli won by technical fall at 165 pounds (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Austin DeSanto and Alex Marinelli both won by technical fall, piling up 17 combined takedowns at 133 and 165. Jacob Warner won by 13-4 major decision at 197, and Spencer Lee won by forfeit at 125.
Max Murin and Pat Lugo added top 10 wins. Murin finished a takedown with 19 seconds left in sudden victory to top No. 4 Mitch McKee, 6-4, at 141 pounds, and Lugo followed suit with a 3-2 win over No. 7 Brayton Lee at 149.
Murin was making his first appearance in four weeks, and wrestled into overtime for the first time in his career.
"I tell myself I don't want to celebrate until I get my goal at nationals, but it was kind of a big relief," Murin said. "It felt really good. Awesome team win too."
The team win was Iowa's sixth straight in the series, and represented the largest margin of victory against the Gophers since a 44-2 Iowa win in 1992.
Tom Brands following Iowa's 35-6 win against Minnesota on Saturday, February 15, 2020. pic.twitter.com/Qo21jEyQzMâ€" Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling (@Hawks_Wrestling) February 16, 2020
"Big win. Onward. Oklahoma State next," said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. "We got sole possession of first place in the dual meet season for the Big Ten, so we go upstairs, get some T-shirts and hats, take a couple pictures, and get a move on. I don't say that lightly, I say that because that's what you do.
"Oklahoma State is a big dual. I don't know what they're ranked, but it's a program that takes their wrestling very seriously. It is an important dual and we have to be ready to go."
Iowa hosts No. 10 Oklahoma State on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. (CT). The dual is televised on BTN.
184 -- Owen Webster (M) dec. Cash Wilcke (IA), 3-2; 0-3
197 -- #6 Jacob Warner (IA) major dec. Hunter Ritter (M), 13-4; 4-3
285 -- #1 Gable Steveson (M) dec. #3 Tony Cassioppi, 7-5; 4-6
125 -- #1 Spencer Lee (IA) won by forfeit; 10-6
133 -- #3 Austin DeSanto (IA) tech. fall Boo Dryden (M), 24-8; 15-6
141 -- #9 Max Murin (IA) dec. #4 Mitch McKee (M), 6-4 SV1; 18-6
149 -- #2 Pat Lugo (IA) dec. #7 Brayton Lee (M); 3-2; 21-6
157 -- #5 Kaleb Young (IA) dec. Ryan Thomas (M), 5-4 TB1: 24-6
165 -- #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) tech. fall Kasper McIntosh (M), 21-6; 29-6
174 -- #1 Michael Kemerer (IA) pinned #8 Devin Skatzka (M), 2:52; 35-6
Records: Iowa (12-0, 9-0), Minnesota (9-7, 4-4)