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No. 1 Iowa wins final two matches to outlast N.C. State, 19-15

No. 1 Iowa won the final two matches of the evening to beat N.C. State and win the red pool at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals in Florida on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy N.C. State Sports Information)

No. 5 North Carolina State challenged top-ranked Iowa Tuesday night in the Red Division finals at the Collegiate Wresting Duals but the Hawkeyes won the final two matches of the evening to beat the Wolfpack, 19-15, in Niceville, Fla.

Iowa (6-0) has won 24 matches in a row, the longest current winning streak in the nation.

“Any time you compete you’re going to get tested,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “Even shutouts or (matches) lopsided on paper, you still have to be ready to go. We talked about entitlement at the beginning of the year. No one is laying down for us. You see that every time out.”

The Hawkeyes won the first three matches to build a 10-0 lead. Top-ranked Spencer Lee opened with a 6-1 decision at 125 over No. 5 Jakob Camacho, the sophomore from Danbury and Austin DeSanto put bonus points on the board with a 16-7 major decision at 133.

No. 2 Jaydin Eierman (141) scored a takedown with 23 seconds left in the third period to escape with a 7-6 decision over No. 16 Ryan Jack, the sophomore from Danbury. It was Eierman’s only lead of the match.

“There were some compromising positions,” said Brands. “Some of them we came out of and some of them we didn’t. We have to come out of those positions, and better yet, you stay on them and control everything and make it go your way.”

Jack scored a pair of takedowns in the first period, and his attempt at a defensive pin in the final seconds was not awarded.

The Pack went back-to-back victories to make it a one-point team race. Tariq Wilson (149) used a takedown in the first and third and ride time to score a 7-3 decision. At 157, No. 23 Ed Scott picked up a big win with his pin of No. 8 Kaleb Young in 1:10 to pull the Wolfpack within a point, 10-9.

Top-ranked Alex Marinelli won for Iowa at 165 but North Carolina State took a 15-13 lead with a pair of back-to-back wins from the Hidlway brothers.

Hayden Hidlay (174) got a takedown in the first and added 1:11 of ride time for a 4-2 decision over Nelson Brands. Trent Hidlway (184) followed with a takedown and two-point near fall in the first, along with 2:25 of riding time, for a 6-0 decision over Abe Assad.

Tied at one in the final minute at 197, Iowa’s Jacob Warner scored a deciding takedown in a 3-2 win, giving Iowa a 16-15 lead heading into 275 pounds.

“I was happy to get the win,” Warner said. “I just believe in myself. It’s easy to let yourself down, it’s hard to let the team down. In those situations I’m not really doing it for myself. I’m doing it for my team and that makes it a lot easier.”

The deciding match leaned in favor of Hawkeye heavyweight Tony Cassioppi, who scored a takedown in the closing seconds of the first and added a second takedown in the final minute of the third, clinching the dual with a 6-2 win over Tyrie Houghton.

“Our guys responded well and Warner and Cassioppi, because of the weight class order, there was drama,” Brands said. “They dug us out and we have some patient guys that are wrestling well. Maybe not the results they want, but they’re striving for them.

“The thing is, keep striving. You’re not going to get calls in this sport,” Brand said. “You’re going to have to earn them. You’re not going to be given calls. You have to earn the calls. You have to earn the points. You have to earn everything on the mat.”

(1) Iowa 19, (5) N.C. State 15
At Niceville, Fla.

125: (1) Spencer Lee (Iowa) dec. (5) Jakob Camacho, 6-1
133: (3) Austin DeSanto (Iowa) major dec. (17) Kai Orine, 16-7
141: (2) Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) dec. (16) Ryan Jack, 7-6
149: (3) Tariq Wilson (NCSU) dec. Coby Siebrecht, 7-3
157: (23) Ed Scott (NCSU) pin (8) Kaleb Young, 1:10
165: (1) Alex Marinelli (Iowa) dec. Donald Cates, 7-2
174: (5) Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) dec. Nelson Brands, 4-2
184: (3) Trent Hidlay (NCSU) dec. Abe Assad, 6-0
197: (7) Jacob Warner (Iowa) dec. (15) Isaac Trumble, 3-2
285: (6) Tony Cassioppi  (Iowa) dec. Tyrie Houghton, 6-2
Records: North Carolina State 5-1, Iowa 6-0 

2021 Collegiate Wresting Duals
Red Pool
Final: Iowa 19 NC State 15
Third place: Missouri 26 Lehigh 9
Fifth place: Central Michigan 26 Binghamton 11

Blue Pool
Final: Penn State 29 Arizona State 10
Third place: Cornell 18 Virginia Tech 15
Fifth place: Northern Iowa 33 Hofstra 9

Material from Iowa and North Carolina State sports information was used to prepare this report.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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