CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Iowa senior Matt McDonough suffered his fifth career loss Friday, dropping a 9-4 decision to Illinois’ Jesse Delgado to snap a 42-match win streak.
Iowa’s Tony Ramos and Bobby Telford won by fall, two of the six Hawkeye victories in a 25-12 dual win.
The win gives Iowa (17-1, 7-0) at least of share of the Big Ten regular season championship. The second-ranked Hawkeyes can clinch the title outright with a win over No. 13 Nebraska on Sunday.
Iowa used bonus points at 133, 157 and 285 to separate themselves from the Illini (6-5, 2-5).
“We can’t let guys hang on and let the clock run against us,” said head coach Tom Brands. “There was too much clinging and too much stickiness. We can’t allow them to slow us down, and too many times tonight that’s what we did.”
No. 2 Ramos and 10th-ranked Daryl Thomas wrestled through a scoreless first period before Ramos scored an escape and takedown in the second period to take a 3-0 lead into the third. Ramos totaled three more takedowns in the final period and was working on nearfall points when he flattened Thomas with: 24 seconds on the clock.
“He came out with a game plan against me and I had to make adjustments,” Ramos said following his eighth pin of the season. “I could tell he was beginning to wear down and I didn’t want to hesitate. I just opened up.”
125: Delgado (IL) dec. McDonough, 9-4; 133: Ramos (IA) pinned Thomas, 6-3; 141: Ballweg (IA) dec. Rodrigues, 2-9; 149: Ervin (IL) dec. Grothus, 5-0; 157: St. John (IA) maj. dec. Nora, 20-8; 165: Polz (IL) dec. Moore, 7-3; 174: Evans (IA) dec. Blanton, 2-1; 184: Lofthouse (IA) dec. Dallago, 9-5; 197: Gonzalez (IL) dec. Burak, 3-1; Hwt: Telford (IA) pinned Lopez, 2:32.