The Hawkeyes won five matches, Minnesota won five but Iowa took the meet with a 41-33 advantage in match points Saturday in Minnesota.
The big three– Matt McDonough, Tony Ramos and Derek St. John– led the way with decisions.
It would have been nice for Tony to get one more takedown at 133 to get a major. He won 8-2 but couldn’t get a takedown at the end.
Mark Ballweg had a solid 3-1 win at 141 but it was Nick Moore’s 8-2 decision at 165 that helped put Iowa in front.
Nick was ranked 18th coming in, while Minnesota’s Cody Yohn was 10th. Nick had a 7-0 lead late in the match but lost a two-point reversal. He won 8-2 with a point for riding time.
The Hawkeyes’ last four matches were lost by 4-3, 6-3, 3-1 and 2-1.
They had their chances but couldn’t finish.
Top-ranked Penn State comes to Carver-Hawkeye Arena this Friday.
The Hawkeye men had two tough road games last week traveling to Columbus, Ohio and Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State was coming off a close loss to Michigan State and I was worried it was going to be a blowout when the Buckeyes were up by 23 in the second half.
The Hawkeye went on a 20-4 run, closed the gap to five and might have won, but only hit 13-26 free throws and lost, 72-63.
Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe helped spark the comeback. They combined for 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The young Hawkeyes are still learning how tough it is to win on the road in the Big Ten.
Every possession is challenged, every rebound and every loose ball a battle.
Aaron White had 13 but no one else scored in double figures.
Adam Woodbury, Iowa’s prized recruit at center, has been struggling during Big Ten play.
Adam is shooting 53 percent from the floor for the season but only 36 percent during Big Ten play. He is still getting some decent looks and when his shot starts dropping again he will be okay.
Adam has trouble when he picks up a couple of cheap fouls early and then has to sit on the bench like he did against the Buckeyes. He only played seven minutes, scored 2 points, had two rebounds and three turnovers.
It’s a good learning experience for Adam, but Hawk fans want results now and it still might happen.
The second game was at Purdue and Iowa lost 65-62 in overtime.
The Hawks are playing hard at both ends, had four players in double figures but shooting continues to hurt Iowa.
Kind of like the football team, the Hawkeye basketball team has trouble scoring.
Iowa only scored 16 points in the first half and were 4-26 from the floor, 1-7 from 3-point land.
That’s 15.4 percent shooting from the floor!
Mike Gesell got hot in the second half, going 5-7 from the floor, 2-3 from behind the arc and finished with 18.
Devyn Marble, Aaron White and Melsahn Basabe all had 12 with Mel grabbing eight rebounds.
I thought Devyn had a good look at a shot the could have won the game in regulation but it just didn’t go down.
Melsahn had a chance to tip it in, but the ball wasn’t bouncing Iowa’s way.
Iowa’s got to find a way to get Josh Oglesby going. Josh didn’t score going 0-5 from the floor.
For the season, Josh is shooting 29% from the floor, 28% from 3-point range.
Since the Big Ten season started, Iowa has faced the toughest schedule in the nation.
The Hawks fell to 13-7, 2-5 in the Big Ten.
Hawk women 2-0
The Hawkeye women had a home game with Wisconsin and a road trip to Michigan last week.
Iowa took care of the Badgers last Thursday at Carver, 71-60, but it didn’t come easy.
Wisconsin is down to nine players because of injuries and played only seven. The Hawkeyes have gone through that before, and you have to play with what you have.
Iowa led by 5 at half, but I was a little nervous when Morgan Johnson picked up her third and fourth foul early in the second half.
Morgan, who leads Iowa in scoring, had two quick fouls in the first half and would finish with only 2 points.
The main thing Iowa coach Lisa Bluder teaches on offense is balance.
If you take one player out, another steps up or you could have Jaime Printy.
Jaime, who finished with 29 points, took over in the second half, scoring 14 straight points as the Badgers clawed back and took the lead late in the game.
Jaime was leading Iowa in scoring last season and having an all-Big Ten season before she was hurt.
This year, she started slowly coming off the bench the first couple of games. She’s been starting since then, has stepped up her offense lately, and is as good as anyone in the Big Ten.
Bethany Doolittle, Theairra Taylor and Melissa Dixon all had 10 points in the win as the Hawks went 11 deep.
The Hawks followed that up with a huge 63-57 win at Michigan Sunday.
That made up for Iowa losing at home against the Wolverines on Jan. 4.
That’s also the 6th straight win over a ranked team.
Tough defense, free throw shooting (12-14), Bethany Doolittle with a career-high 19 points and the Hawks are 16-5, 5-2 in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes have struggled with the zone defense this year, but when Bethany is hitting from the baseline, and Jaime, Melissa and Theairra hitting 3-pointers, Iowa is tough to defend.
Samantha Logic had a couple of big steals in the second half that she converted into layups. She finished with 10 points and eight assists.
Iowa shot 61 percent in the second half and outscored the Wolverines, 33-25.