Iowa 197-pounder Luke Lofthouse has been named the final Big Ten Wrestler of the Week award of the season after picking up a crucial win to help the second-ranked Hawkeyes clinch the Big Ten dual-meet title on Sunday.
Ranked eighth in the country at 197, Lofthouse defeated fourth-ranked Sonny Yohn of Minnesota, 7-4, to push the Hawkeyes to a 19-12 win over the fifth-ranked Gophers. Trailing Yohn, 3-2, entering the final period, Lofthouse tied the bout on an early escape before notching two takedowns with under a minute left to earn the victory. The win gave Iowa three points and a 16-12 lead heading into the final bout of the match. Lofthouse closed the regular season with a 16-4 record, including a 7-0 mark in Big Ten duals.
The Hawkeyes recorded their fourth-straight 8-0 record in conference play to earn the dual-meet title for the fourth consecutive season.
The last Iowa Wrestler of the week was Matt MCDonough, named Feb. 1.