Hawkeyes score another double-digit win over Cowboys

By Roger Moore
Special to the Register


STILLWATER, Okla. – Josh Dziewa delivered the stunner. Brandon Sorensen provided the knockout punch.

Top-ranked Iowa won the first five bouts, including a third-period pin by Dziewa while trailing, and a dominant 6-1 decision by Sorensen over 2014 national finalist Josh Kindig, and cruised to a 30-7 win over No. 8 Oklahoma State. It was the Hawkeyes' second consecutive double-digit win over the Cowboys.

"You win eight matches in Stillwater, Oklahoma … that is something to build on," Iowa head coach Tom Brands said. "This is a good performance, but we have to continue working, moving forward."

Thomas Gilman (17-1) opened the day with a dominant 15-5 major decision at 125. All-American Cory Clark (15-1) followed with a 10-5 decision for a 7-0 lead. Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Dean Heil built a 5-2 lead at 141 only to see Dziewa (16-4) lock up a snake and score a fall at 6:27. It took the energy out of Gallagher-Iba Arena and put the visitors up 13-0.

"I tried to keep my composure because I felt like he was going to try and hang on to a two-takedown win," said Dziewa, who entered with three straight losses. "I felt him starting to break, get tired; it felt nice to finish off the match that way. But I have to be better in the first period."

Sorensen (22-2) followed up his victory over Hunter Stieber of Ohio State with another solid performance, controlling all seven minutes.

"Today was about toughness," Cowboys head coach John Smith said. "(Iowa) was tougher than we were in just about every position from start to finish."

All-American Mike Evans (12-4) made quick work of Jordan Rogers at 184 pounds, finishing a 16-1 technical fall in 4:58 with Nathan Burak (11-0) cruising 7-3 at 197 pounds and Michael Kelly (16-2) picking up a 9-6 win at 157.

The Cowboys' only victories came at 165, where national champion Alex Dieringer (16-0) dominated Patrick Rhoads, 20-8, and at 184, where a second-period mistake cost Sammy Brooks five points in a 9-6 loss to Nolan Boyd.

Bobby Telford (17-0) won a battle of two All-American heavyweights in the finale, beating Austin Marsden 4-3 due mainly to a first-period takedown.

"We are the best conditioned team in the country; I think we saw that today," Dziewa said. "It wasn't that (OSU) was fading, it was that we were still going hard deep into the matches."

Over the last seven meetings with Oklahoma State, Iowa is 4-2-1.

Iowa (8-0) hosts Illinois on Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. ​