MOUNT VERNON — Eventually, the young Hawkeye wrestlers are going to face some adversity this season.
But not on Black Friday, when No. 7 Iowa continued its dominance, beating Chattanooga 47-0 and Cornell College 43-0 in front of 1,475 fans in the Small Multi-Sports Center.
Iowa (4-0) added two more wins to the ongoing school-record streak, now at 65 straight duals.
“I think we’re doing a good job,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said.
The Hawkeyes also added a little more youth and inexperience to an already young roster with sophomore Jeret Chiri (149) and redshirt freshman Tony Ramos (133) got their first career dual victories.
“It’s a great feeling,” Chiri said. “The best feeling in the world right now.”
Chiri was in the lineup for redshirt freshman Dylan Carew, who is out with an undisclosed knee injury. Carew wore an immobilizer on his right knee Friday.
Brands didn’t have a timetable for his return. “He wants to go,” Brands said.
Chiri felt ready to be the next man in.
“I’m the guy; I’m the 149-pounder,” Chiri said. “I’m the guy. I have to do my best and work hard.”
A sophomore from New London, Chiri had the most exciting match of the evening. He trailed Chattanooga sophomore Dean Pavlou 4-2 early in the first period, and led just 7-6 in the second when he was cradled, reversed Pavlou out in a scramble and put him on his back.
Chiri got the pin in 3:47 in his first career dual match for the Hawks. Pavlou was one of two returning NCAA qualifiers for the Mocs.
“I got in a bad position, and I made the best of it,” Chiri said. “I didn’t have any other choice. I was in desperation mode, which I should never be in, and it worked.”
“You can’t get cradle-locked,” Brands said. “But even when he gave up a takedown, boom, it’s a quick switch. Electricity. He’s a little bit of an unknown now.”
Chiri said his natural instinct is to scramble, but he’s worked hard to be more under control wrestler.
“The coaches don’t like it,” Chiri said. “I’ve tried to become solid. Be a hammer. Being a hammer is keeping them on their toes, pushing back, on the attack the whole time.”
Chiri’s was one of five pins for the Hawkeyes against the Mocs — Mark Ballweg (141), Jake Kerr (165), Ethen Lofthouse (174) and Blake Rasing (hwt.) also had pins.
Chattanooga had one ranked wrestler, and Iowa’s No. 7 Grant Gambrall won a 4-0 decision over No. 17 Jason McCroskey at 184.
Brands shifted the lineup a little bit for the second dual against Cornell, putting Tony Ramos (133) and Aaron Janssen in for Nate Moore and Kerr.
“That’s why we do this,” Brands said. “Two duals are better than one for that reason. Janssen had a strong Omaha. And 133 … we’re still trying to figure out. But it’s not a controversy there.”
The results were pretty much the same against the Division III Rams but without as many pins. Matt McDonough (125), Ballweg, and Ethen Lofthouse had dominating wins by technical fall.
Luke Lofthouse (197) had the lone pin.
In the tightest match against the Rams, Derek St. John (157) was tied 1-1 late in the third period against Nicholas Loughlin but got a takedown in the final minute and plus riding time, won 4-2.
“St. John was tested tonight,” Brands said. “In the past, he’s gone he other way with his emotions. He did a good job with his emotions, because that was a test.”
Chattanooga beat Conrell 35-3 in the first dual of the evening.
Iowa returns to the mat for a pair of duals next weekend. The Hawkeyes host Iowa State on Friday, and Michigan State on Saturday. Both start at 7 p.m.
“Ask me if we’ve been tested,” Brands said, then answered his own question. “We haven’t been tested yet.
“But we’ve got some good wrestlers.”