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Spartans Fall at No. 3 Iowa, 41-0

John Rizqallah nearly upset third-ranked Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa in the 184-pound match Saturday night at Iowa City, but fell, 3-2.

Jan. 4, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Third-ranked Iowa shut out the Michigan State wrestling team, 41-0, Saturday night before a crowd of 6,661 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) featured nine ranked wrestlers in their starting lineup, including seven in the top 10. No. 3 Thomas Gilman started the dual with a 20-7 major decision against Brenan Lyon at 125 pounds, followed by a pin from No. 4 Tony Ramos over Garth Yenter.

Ninth-ranked Josh Dziewa recorded a 16-5 major decision against Brian Gibbs at 141 to put Iowa up, 14-0.

Sophomore Nick Trimble, fresh off a tournament win at the Cradle Gear Invitational last weekend, nearly upset No. 15 Brody Grothus in the 149-pound match, but lost 3-2 on riding time. Trimble delivered an early takedown in the first period, but Grothus tied it with an escape later in the first and also in the third; Grothus compiled 1:37 of riding time to get the win.

Top-ranked and defending national champion Derek St. John closed the first half of the dual with a 22-7 technical fall victory over Roger Wildmo at 157.

The second half of the dual began with No. 5 Nick Moore pinning Bobby Nash in the closing seconds of the third period in the 165-pound bout. Kevin Nash then fell victim to a 21-6 technical fall to Alex Meyer at 174.

In one of the two matches featuring two ranked wrestlers, No. 20 John Rizqallah just fell short in an upset bid against No. 3 Ethen Lofthouse at 184 pounds. Rizqallah recorded a takedown with only five seconds remaining in the first period to grab a 2-0 lead; however, Lofthouse claimed a 4-2 victory after notching an escape in the second, followed by two stalling calls on Rizqallah in the third period. Lofthouse tacked on a point for riding time (1:52).



At 197 pounds, No. 11 Nathan Burak topped Nick McDiarmid, 3-0.

In the marquee match of the dual, No. 4 Bobby Telford of Iowa snapped ninth-ranked Mike McClure's 14-match winning streak with a 2-0 shutout victory. After neither wrestler scored in the first two periods, Telford finally got on the board with an escape to start the third, and also added a riding-time point (1:54).

Michigan State (5-5, 0-2 Big Ten) has a bye next weekend and returns to action Friday, Jan. 17 to host Minnesota at Jenison Field House at 7 p.m.

No. 3 Iowa 41, Michigan State 0
125 - No. 3 Thomas Gilman (IA) major dec. Brenan Lyon (MSU), 20-7; Iowa leads, 4-0
133 - No. 4 Tony Ramos (IA) pinned Garth Yenter (MSU), 5:25; Iowa leads, 10-0
141 - No. 9 Josh Dziewa (IA) major dec. Brian Gibbs (MSU), 16-5; Iowa leads, 14-0
149 - No. 15 Brody Grothus (A) dec. Nick Trimble (MSU), 3-2; Iowa leads, 17-0
157 - No. 1 Derek St. John (IA) tech. fall Roger Wildmo (MSU), 22-7; Iowa leads, 21-0
165 - No. 5 Nick Moore (IA) pinned Bobby Nash (MSU), 6:51, Iowa leads, 27-0
174 - Alex Meyer (IA) tech. fall Kevin Nash (MSU), 21-6; Iowa leads, 32-0
184 - No. 3 Ethen Lofthouse (IA) dec. #20 John Rizqallah (MSU), 4-2; Iowa leads, 35-0
197 - No. 11 Nathan Burak (IA) dec. Nick McDiarmid (MSU), 3-0; Iowa leads, 38-0
285 - No. 4 Bobby Telford (IA) dec. No. 9 Mike McClure (MSU), 2-0; Iowa wins, 41-0

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