Buffalo senior wrestler Justin Farmer was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he stepped onto the mat Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
He had the misfortune of being third-ranked Tony Ramos’ next opponent following a rare Ramos loss. Farmer paid for it, losing by technical fall at 133 pounds. Ramos was leading 22-7 when the match was terminated early in the third period.
Ramos’ thrashing, which included nine takedowns, was typical of the entire dual as third-ranked Iowa cruised to a 46-0 victory over the 1-5 Bulls before a crowd of 5,901.
“It’s exciting after a loss to get another match in so you can get back on with the winning ways and doing things right,” said Ramos, who dropped a 3-2 decision to Edinboro’s eighth-ranked A.J. Schopp last Thursday in Edinboro, Pa.
Ramos spent much of his match allowing Farmer to escape so he could take him down again in his quest for more points.
“Every match is going to be a challenge, it’s whether or not someone wants to come out there and compete or try and keep it close or just put their head down and let you run around them,” said Ramos, who improved to 8-1 on the season. “A lot of people ask me, ‘Does it get frustrating when you get guys like that?’ It’s not frustrating to me. I’m just going to try and score as many points and if they want go out there and look how they do and people perceive them how it’s being perceived, than that’s on them. It’s not on me.”
Asked if he would’ve been surprised if his match with Hunter was close, Ramos said: “I don’t know if I would say it would’ve been a surprise, but more of a letdown for me not going out there and doing what I’m supposed to do.”
Freshman Cory Clark launched the beat-down by defeating Max Soria 13-3 for a major decision at 125 pounds.
Ramos followed with his technical fall, and junior Josh Dziewa also got back on the winning track by defeating Nick Flannery 16-7 for another major decision at 141 pounds. Dziewa was pinned in his last match against Edinboro last Thursday.
Iowa led 25-0 at the break, recording two pins, two major decisions and one technical fall in the first five matches. No. 1 ranked senior Derek St. John barely needed two minutes to pin Jake Capana at 157 pounds.
The second half of the match was more of the same, highlighted by third-ranked Bobby Telford’s triumphant return at heavyweight where he recorded a 16-3 major decision over freshman James Benjamin. Telford hadn’t wrestled since pinning all five of his opponents at the Luther Open on Nov. 16.
He had no problem with staying focused on the Buffalo dual, even with top-ranked Penn State up next on Iowa’s schedule on Dec. 21 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“It’s not hard at all,” Telford said. “How can you look past a match against a Division I wrestler? Everyone is out there trying to make a name for themselves.”
The only close match that was even slightly competitive came at 197 pounds, where Iowa freshman Sammy Brooks defeated junior Angelo Malvestuto by major decision, 13-5. Brooks, who was filling in for injured Nathan Burak, blew the match open in the third period.
Iowa (6-0) now has more than week to prepare for its much anticipated match against Penn State. There is added incentive with Penn State having broken Iowa’s attendance record Sunday. The Nittany Lions defeated Pittsburgh 28-9 before a crowd of 15,996 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus.
Iowa held the previous mark for its dual against Iowa State on Dec. 6, 2008 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Ramos already was looking ahead to Penn State by the break in Thursday’s match.
“It’s real big and they broke our attendance record, so they’ve got another thing on us,” Ramos said. “This is where we show people that we’re in the running for a national title.”
Iowa coach Tom Brands wants more than a sellout for the Penn State match. Carver-Hawkeye Arena has a seating capacity of 15,077 for wrestling.
“Let’s not limit it to a sellout,” Brands said. “Don’t turn people away at the door. Just keep packing them in.”
IOWA 46, BUFFALO 0
125 – Cory Clark (UI) major dec. Max Soria 13-3.
133 – Tony Ramos (UI) tech fall Justin Farmer 22-7, 5:54.
141 – Josh Dziewa (UI) major dec. Nick Flannery 16-7.
149 – Michael Kelly (UI) pinned Ryan Tadora 4:03.
157 – Derek St. John (UI) pinned Jake Capana 2:02.
165 – Nick Moore (UI) major dec. Wally Maziarz 13-4.
174 – Mike Evans (UI) tech. fall Rrok Ndokaj 22-6, 5:58.
184 – Ethan Lofthouse (UI) major dec. Tony Lock 18-6.
197 – Sammy Brooks (UI) major dec. Angelo Malvestuto 13-5.
Hwt. – Bobby Telford (UI) major dec. James Benjamin 16-3.