After Session 1: Notebook

Tom Brands and the Hawkeyes have a lead headed into the second session of competition at the Midlands wrestling championships. Read a small notebook from Brian Finley after the first session.

Two Up:

Tony Ramos: He came out and looked excellent in his first two matches. At one point during his second contest of the day, his opponent simply refused to get off the mat and claim the escape point he was being given. Similar to the way Bubba Jenkins couldn't get off the mat against Brent Metcalf in Carver. He's really taken control of 133, despite having another potential top-10 competitor behind him in Ty Clark. I expect Ramos will come out the victor once again tonight, as Ramos and Clark match up in the quarterfinals.

Grant Gambrall: After admitting to being unable to go 7 minutes against UNI at his new weight (197), Grant seems to have spent the 2-week layoff getting his lungs back under control. He wrestled two full matches, each with offense in the third period, something he didnt' have against UNI. I was surprised he got the #7 seed at 97, but he's wrestling like he belongs there today.

Two Down:

Montell Marion: Unfortunately, Marion started off up to some of his old tricks today. He gave up an early takedown in his first match (which he later reversed for a pin), and was trailing in the third period of his second match-up. It looked eerily like the lapses we saw all last year, which we hadn't seen thus far this season.

Blake Rasing: Telford has obviously secured the spot at 285, but I was expecting a little more fire out of Rasing today. He seemed content pushing and shoving for 7 minutes, which isn't what the Iowa coaches are looking for. In his second match of the day, that lack of offensive intensity bit him in the behind, as he couldn't find enough third-period offense to win.

The following wrestlers are still in the championship side of the bracket. Note that not all of these wrestlers are point-scorers for the Hawkeyes at this tournament.

125: Matt McDonough
133: Tony Ramos, Ty Clark
141: Montell Marion
165: Mike Evans
174: Ethen Lofhouse
184: Vinnie Wagner
197: Grant Gambrall
285: Bobby Telford

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