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No. 7 Iowa beats No. 3 Oklahoma State, 20-12, winning six bouts on home mats in Carver-Hawkeye Arena

By Roger Moore, Special to | Jan. 14, 2018, 7:57 p.m. (ET)

Sam Stoll of Iowa celebrates his sudden victory win over Derek White to close out Iowa's win over Oklahoma State. Photo by Darren Miller, University of Iowa

IOWA CITY – There was no “did you just see that moment” in the 52nd all-time meeting between Oklahoma State and Iowa on Sunday afternoon inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Just a big third period from unranked Mitch Bowman and two big wins from Iowa rookies Spencer Lee and Alex Marinelli, quickly climbing the ranks at their respective weight classes, as seventh-ranked Iowa beat the No. 3 Cowboys 20-12 in front of over 13,000.

After Oklahoma State (6-1) got a late third period takedown from Jacobe Smith (13-3) at 174 pounds to beat Joey Gunther, 3-1, Bowman, a junior from Donahue, Iowa, battled with Keegan Moore for five minutes and a 6-6 tie with one period remaining.

Over that final two minutes, with the dual in the balance, Bowman (10-3) was the better of the two and gutted out a 10-6 win to put the hosts up 17-9 with two bouts left.

OSU All-American Preston Weigel (4-0) then controlled Cash Wilcke, 6-0, for the second straight year at 197 pounds. Iowa’s Sam Stoll (12-0), with the visitors needing at least a technical fall to tie, won a review-filled 6-4 decision in a second overtime with Derek White to fashion the final score at 20-12.

“Going out there and getting a win to help the team out and win a close dual like that is incredible, especially in front of that crowd,” Bowman said. “It was euphoric, I don’t know, that’s kind of a big word for me, but it was incredible to hear the crowd erupt when the buzzer went off knowing that I did my job the way I should have done it.”

It was Iowa’s fourth win in five meetings with Oklahoma State, who leads the all-time series 28-22-1.

“Bowman showed me something in the North Dakota match and that’s the Bowman we want to show up,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “When he gave up that takedown he had a choice to unravel or stay tough and he stayed tough, and when he’s tough, he’s tough. He’s a little bit out of my weight class so I haven’t felt his horses 100 percent, but everyone who has practiced with him, he’s a horse. We just have to keep bringing him along and keeping his shape going.

“We won some tough matches, that’s a positive. In a dual that we pointed toward we have to find our personnel at 133 and 141. You say winning ugly is still a win but when you’re losing ugly you’re not even close to winning ugly. When you’re losing and you’re coming on then you can get to that winning ugly state then you can go and start dominating.”

The Cowboys hit the mats for the first time since a week-long trip to Italy where they edged fifth-ranked North Carolina State, 19-16, in Naples nine days ago. Smith and Weigel joined national champion Dean Heil and All-American Kaid Brock in earning wins for the visitors, but the Hawkeyes, who face Ohio State next Sunday, won six bouts and were the better of the two all day.

“It wasn’t one of our better matches,” OSU head coach John Smith said. “I actually don’t know if we’ve wrestled a good match yet. The tight matches and the ones we needed to win, we didn’t win. I thought we might need some bonus points somewhere and we didn’t get bonus. It just wasn’t enough.

“I think we’re kind of finding our place. I think we’ve really gotten a lot more recognition than we should have. We’re still finding out who we are. This should help us moving forward.”

Lee, a three-time Pennsylvania state champion at Franklin Regional, and Marinelli, a four-time Ohio state champion for St. Paris Graham, recently entered the Hawkeye lineup, Lee pinning Michigan State’s Rayvon Foley in his debut on Jan. 5. On Sunday, Lee raced to an 8-1 first period lead against All-American Nick Picinninni in the dual’s opening bout; the Cowboy settled things down, but Lee, a two-time Junior World champion in freestyle, won comfortably, 10-6, to move to 2-0.

Marinelli (8-0) countered two Chandler Rogers shots in a 5-2 decision. Rogers, like Picinninni, was also an All-American last March.

“I love Marinelli, every time I see Marinelli wrestle I thank Ryan Morningstar for going out and getting that recruit,” Brands said. “That’s Morningstars baby, hes like a shiny red Ferrari except he’s a work horse.”

Three-time All-American Brandon Sorensen (14-0) took advantage of a fatigued Boo Lewallen to win going away, 22-7, by technical fall at 149 pounds. It put the Hawkeyes up 8-7 after four matches and sent unbeaten Michael Kemerer to the mat, who controlled Jonce Blaylock to the tune of 9-2 and sent the Hawks to the intermission up 11-6. The visitors were deducted a team point after the first period of Kemerer’s match.

Heil (15-2) scored a takedown in the first 18 seconds then grinded to a 4-0 win over Turk. After winning 55 straight, Heil entered Sunday with back-to-back losses to rivals Bryce Meredith of Wyoming and Kevin Jack of North Carolina State. Heil’s win followed Brock’s dominating 16-6 major decision and gave the visitors a momentary 7-3 advantage. Sorensen, Kemerer, and Marinelli, a solid 1-2-3 punch for Brands and Co., made that lead short-lived.

No. 7 Iowa 20, No. 3 Oklahoma State, 12

125-Spencer Lee (I) dec Nick Picinninni, 10-5
133-Kaid Brock (O) maj dec Phillip Laux, 16-6
141-Dean Heil (O) dec Vince Turk, 4-0
149-Brandon Sorensen (I) tech fall Boo Lewallen, 23-7 (6:50)
157-Michael Kemerer (I) dec Jonce Blaylock, 9-2*
165-Alex Marinelli (I) dec Chandler Rogers, 5-2
174-Jacobe Smith (O) dec Joey Gunther, 3-1
184-Mitch Bowman (I) dec Keegan Moore, 10-6
197-Preston Weigel (O) dec Cash Wilcke, 6-0
285-Sam Stoll (I) dec Derek White, 6-2 SV2
*OSU deducted a team point during 157-pound match