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College Wrestling: Iowa finishes iregular season undefeated; ISU wins

By Des Moines Register: Original here

Evanston, Ill. – For the first time since 1999-00, the top-ranked Iowa wrestlers have gone unbeaten in duals.

The Hawkeyes improved to 24-0 with a 34-13 win over No. 19 Northwestern (9-8-1, 2-5-1 Big Ten) Sunday afternoon.

Iowa won the Big Ten Conference title with an 8-0 mark. The Hawkeyes have posted 12 unbeaten and untied seasons in history, while this season has produced the most wins.

“We are in the postseason now,” said Iowa coach Tom Brands. “We need to have everyone contributing in a dominating way.”

Iowa went 7-3 at Northwestern, scoring bonus points in six matches, to score its 38th straight dual win. Juniors Brent Metcalf (149), Chad Beatty (197) and Dan Erekson (heavyweight) pinned their Wildcat opponents, junior Jay Borschel (174) scored a match-termination technical fall, and juniors Daniel Dennis (133) and Ryan Morningstar (165) posted major decisions.

No. 3 Cyclones top Nebraska
Lincoln, Neb. – Nick Fanthorpe is back and Iowa State’s third-ranked wrestling team is clicking.

Fanthorpe, a junior All-American 133-pounder, scored a major decision in his first match in nearly a month and the Cyclones dealt No. 4 Nebraska a 30-10 loss Sunday.

“We wanted to get Nick (Fanthorpe) a match before the conference meet,” Iowa State coach Cale Sanderson said. “This was as good of a time as any, and he went out there and wrestled tough for us.”

Iowa State’s second straight win at Nebraska was its fourth straight overall in the series. The Cyclones closed their dual season with a 15-3 mark. Iowa State is the only Big 12 Conference team to beat the Huskers for the second straight season. Nebraska finished with a 17-3-1 dual record.

The 20-point victory margin was the Cyclones’ biggest win in Lincoln, Neb., since a 33-11 rout of the Huskers on Nov. 30, 1984.

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