Wrestling: Badgers nearly upend Iowa

Dual comes down to final match

The University of Wisconsin wrestling team had its opportunities for an upset Sunday but No. 9 Iowa held on for a 19-14 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Badgers led 11-6 with five matches remaining, but Iowa turn the tables with wins in the next three matches. Freshman Matt Fields, who is ranked seventh in the nation, won a 15-4 major decision over Badger junior Lee Kraemer at heavyweight to draw the Hawkeyes within 11-10.

At 125 UW sophomore Collin Cudd looked poised for victory, but Iowa freshman Charlie Falck managed a reversal with seven seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Falk went on to win that match 13-11 and give Iowa a 13-11 lead.

UW junior Tom Clum – a defending Big Ten Champion and national No. 4 – also lost in overtime, suffering two penalty points in the final 37 seconds of regulation before losing a 7-5 decision to Iowa junior No. 16 Mario Galanakis at 133.

"We wrestled pretty well today, we just couldn't get the wins at 125 and 133 to give us the victory," assistant head coach Bart Chelesvig said. "Next time we come here (Iowa) for the Big Ten Championships we'll be ready."

The Badgers bounced back at 141 and nearly won the match at 149. UW junior Ed Gutnik improved to a perfect 6-0 this season with a 7-2 decision over No. 10 freshman Alex Tsirtsis at 141 to draw within 16-14.

A decision victory at 149 would have given Wisconsin a narrow victory, but Iowa junior No. 6 Ty Eustice edged Badger freshman No. 13 Craig Henning 3-2 to give the Hawkeyes a 19-14 win.

The win was Iowa's 31st consecutive dual meet victory over Wisconsin. The No. 13 Badgers fell to 7-2-1 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten, while ninth-ranked Iowa improved to 6-2, 1-0.

Iowa opened the match with a 6-0 lead after decision victories at 157 and 165 but Wisconsin came storming back, led by junior No. 16 Kelly Flaherty's 11-3 major decision win over freshman Luke Lofthouse at 174.

The Badgers led 7-6 after 14th-ranked senior Brady Reinke upset No. 2 Paul Bradley at 184, earning a 4-3 decision victory.

Wisconsin extended its lead to 11-6 with junior No. 12 Ryan Flaherty's 9-1 major decision over Hawkeye junior Adam Fellers at 197.

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