Iowa wrestling blows by Princeton in home opener

Cody Goodwin
Hawk Central

Princeton had never wrestled at Carver-Hawkeye Arena before Friday night. The lone dual between Iowa and the Tigers came in 2001 at a neutral site. The Hawkeyes rolled then, 36-7.

On Friday night, Princeton made its Carver debut, as did six members of the Iowa wrestling team. Much like that matchup in 2001, the Hawkeyes cruised, this time to a 31-10 victory before an announced crowd of 7,940.

Iowa, now 3-0 on the year, breezed through the Tigers (0-1), taking seven of 10 matches. Four bonus-point victories — one technical fall and three pins — lifted the Hawkeyes in their home opener for the 2018-19 season.

Iowa's Max Murin celebrates after pinning Princeton's Marshall Keller at 141 during an NCAA wrestle dual on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Spencer Lee squared off with Princeton’s Patrick Glory, a ballyhooed true freshman ranked 21st nationally at 125 pounds by Trackwrestling. Lee, the defending NCAA Champion at 125 and No. 1 by Track, rolled to an 18-2 technical fall — two takedowns and three sets of back points.

“Just keeping wrestling the whole time, all 7 minutes,” Lee said afterward. “That was the plan. That’s what I had to do.”

Austin DeSanto followed with a second-period fall over Jonathan Gomez at 133, the first of three over the next five weights. Max Murin then pinned Marshall Keller at 141 in the second period, and Alex Marinelli recorded the third over Dale Tiongson at 165, putting Iowa up 25-3.

“They’re big roll guys. You could see it in Spencer’s match,” said DeSanto, who made his Carver debut on Friday. “You can see it in all the other matches. They like to roll when they’re shot on or in funky situations.

“Just being ultra-aware, drilling that stuff, and when they roll, just stick them.”

The night’s marquee matchup did not go Iowa’s way. Matthew Kolodzik, the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 149 pounds, scored a reversal and a takedown in the second period to beat Iowa’s Pat Lugo, 7-4, to put Princeton on the board. The Hawkeyes were deducted a team point afterward.

Otherwise, the dual went mostly as expected. Princeton’s other wins came at 174 pounds, where Travis Stefanik used a first-period headlock to beat Iowa’s Myles Wilson, 14-3; and at 197, where Patrick Brucki, ranked 8th nationally, beat Connor Corbin, 10-3.

Kaleb Young (157), Cash Wilcke (184) and Aaron Costello (285) all recorded decision victories. DeSanto, Murin, Lugo, Wilson, Corbin and Costello all made their Carver debuts. Some went better than others, but in the end, Iowa rolled again.

“It was a great experience,” Murin said. “My emotions were going everywhere for a little bit. It felt good. But there’s no time to dwell on the first win in Carver. It was cool, but it’s time to move on.

“Long season, and we’ve got big goals.”

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

No. 3 Iowa 21, Princeton 10

125 -- Spencer Lee (IA) tech. fall Patrick Glory (P), 18-2; 5-0

133 -- Austin DeSanto (IA) pinned Jonathan Gomez (P), 3:27, 11-0

141 -- Max Murin (IA) pinned Marshall Keller (P), 4:23; 17-0

149 -- Matthew Kolodzik (P) dec. Pat Lugo (IA), 7-4; 16-3*

157 -- Kaleb Young (IA) dec. Quincy Monday (P), 7-4; 19-3

165 -- Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned Dale Tiongson (P), 3:58; 25-3

174 -- Travis Stefanik (P) major dec. Myles Wilson (IA), 15-3; 25-7

184 -- Cash Wilcke (IA) dec. Kevin Parker (P), 8-3; 28-7

197 -- Patrick Brucki (P) dec. Connor Corbin, 10-3; 28-10

285 -- Aaron Costello (IA) major dec. Obinna Ajah (P), 6-0; 31-10

*Iowa was deducted a team point.