Penn State

Iowa defeats Northwestern

Sorry for the lack of posts. Most of this week’s efforts are focused on content for Sunday’s print edition. We’re not giving anything away but Mike Burns, our lead page designer, has done some cool things.

Anyway, Northwestern didn’t come close to spoiling Sunday’s events. Iowa hammered the Wildcats 31-9 last night to improve to 10-0-1 and increase its unbeaten streak to 72.

Here’s the box score:

Iowa 31, Northwestern 9125: Matt McDonough (I) pinned Brandon Precin, 6:11133: Tony Ramos (I) dec. Levi Mele, 9-3141: Mark Ballweg (I) pinned Kaleb Friedley, 2:49149: Andrew Nadhir (N) dec. Mark Ballweg, 11-4157: Derek St. John (I) dec. Jason Welch, 4-2165: Aaron Janssen (I) dec. Kevin Bialka, 3-0174: Ethen Lofthouse (I) maj. dec. Brian Roddy, 18-7184: Grant Gambrall (I) dec. Aaron Jones, 8-2197: John Schoen (N) won by forfeitHwt: Blake Raising (I) dec. Ben Kuhar, 10-4

The meet almost went perfect for the Hawkeyes. McDonough’s pin against the top-ranked Precin avenges his loss in last month’s Midlands Finals. St. John also scored a big win as he prepares to face Penn State ace David Taylor on Sunday.

The forfeit at 197 is a major concern. First, it would be a blow to the sport. The meet is one of the biggest in Penn State history and the sold-out crowd deserves a full card. Also, a forfeit, especially at one of Penn State’s shaky weights, could make the meet less competitive.

Luke Lofthouse is the Iowa’s 197-pounder. He made the trip to Northwestern and didn’t wrestle despite weighing in.