The Black and Gold were all over the Big Ten Network Saturday afternoon.
Following Iowa’s Men’s Basketball victory in Evanston against Northwestern, the network then turned towards Iowa City for the #2 Hawkeyes (11-2, 4-1) and the #4 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-1, 5-1). Unfortunately for most of the 10,000+ fans in attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the wresters were unable to follow suit.
The Gophers came out guns blazing, taking a 6-0 advantage on a stunning pin of 3rd ranked Thomas Gilman by Minnesota’s unranked, Sam Brancale to begin the afternoon at 125 pounds.
The Hawkeyes fought all the way back to tie the dual at 12 all, with an exhilarating overtime decision by 6th ranked Mike Evans, who ripped through the clutches of his opponent for a gritty escape in the sudden-death period. At the time, it seemed that the thunderous roar from the hometown crowd would claim the momentum and surge Iowa to victory.
However, the slugfest between top 5 programs went south after that for the Hawkeyes, as Minnesota took two of the next three matchups. Despite splitting the ten decisions overall, the early effort was enough for Minnesota to secure a hard-fought dual victory, 19-15.
Iowa looks to rebound next Friday in aforementioned Evanston to take on the Wildcats, before heading home for Senior Night on February 9th against the Michigan Wolverines.