Andy Hamilton “¢ Iowa City Press-Citizen
The top-ranked Iowa wrestling team did enough Friday to beat up on two more opponents and set another school record for dual dominance.
But the Hawkeyes didn’t do enough to appease coach Tom Brands during wins against Bucknell and Rutgers in Lewisburg, Pa.
“There is seven minutes to wrestle and much, much more has to happen in those seven minutes, “Brands said. “I’m not sure we understand that right now. We could understand it, but then what’s the hesitancy? That’s the disconnect. We’ve got to figure it out. There’s got to be more happening in seven minutes.”
The Hawkeyes (7-0) won 16 matches while beating Bucknell 29-7 and handling Rutgers 33-9 to extend their school record of consecutive dual wins to 45 and match the program record for most wins on the road with 31.
Freshman Matt McDonough registered a pin and a technical fall in a pair of victories at 125, Daniel Dennis posted a technical fall and a major decision at 133 against No. 13 David Marble of Bucknell, and Jay Borschel notched two majors at 174, including a 10-1 demolition of Bucknell’s ninth-ranked Shane Riccio.
McDonough, Dennis and Borschel have scored bonus points for the Hawkeyes in all seven of their matches this season.
Top-ranked Brent Metcalf had his string of five straight pins snapped when he went down to the wire before pulling out a 3-2 win against No. 13 Kevin LeValley of Bucknell at 149.
“(LeValley) had a game plan and the game plan worked, “Brands said. “We get sharper finishing and we can widen the gap that way. If we do finish, the gap is probably wider there, but there’s not enough attempts. There has to be more attempts.”
The Hawkeyes are off until the Dec. 6 showdown with No. 2 Iowa State in Ames.
“That’s what we live for, “Brands said. “We better get sharper quick.”
Iowa 29, Bucknell 7
125 — Matt McDonough (UI) tech. fall Derrik Russell 19-4, 7:00.
133 — Daniel Dennis (UI) maj. dec. David Marble 14-5.
141 — Dan LeClere (UI) dec. Zac Hancock 9-5.
149 — Brent Metcalf (UI) dec. Kevin LeValley 3-2.
157 — Brantley Hooks (B) dec. Matt Ballweg 6-1 .
165 — Andy Rendos (B) maj. dec. Aaron Janssen 10-2 .
174 — Jay Borschel (UI) maj. dec. Shane Riccio 10-1.
184 — Phillip Keddy (UI) maj. dec. Rob Waltko 12-4.
197 — Chad Beatty (UI) dec. Jay Hahn 11-5.
Hwt. — Jordan Johnson (UI) dec. Joe McMullan 7-3.
Iowa 33, Rutgers 9
125 — Matt McDonough (UI) pinned Vinny Dellafave 3:39.
133 — Daniel Dennis (UI) tech. fall Billy Ashnault 20-5, 7:00.
141 — Dan LeClere (UI) dec. Trevor Melde 7-3.
149 — Brent Metcalf (UI) tech. fall Kellen Bradley 20-5 in 6:27.
157 — Aaron Janssen (UI) dec. Braden Turner 2-0.
165 — Gregory Zanetti (R) dec. Jake Kerr 8-6 SV .
174 — Jay Borschel (UI) maj. dec. Daniel Rinaldi 16-3.
184 — Grant Gambrall (UI) maj. dec. Jesse Boyden 11-3.
197 — Chad Beatty (UI) dec. Lamar Brown 9-3.
Hwt. — Dominick Russo (R) pinned Jordan Johnson 1:24.