Hawkeye wrestlers place second
University of Iowa senior Tony Ramos won the 133-pound Big Ten title during championship round action of the conference tournament Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The Hawkeyes finished second in the team standings with 135 points, trailing only Penn State’s 140.5 points.
Nine Iowa wrestlers finished in the top five of their respective brackets, the most of any school. All nine place winners earned an automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Championships.
“I believe that we have a team to win it here and I believe we have a team to win it in a couple of weeks, that’s how you go forward,” said head coach Tom Brands. “That’s what our next mission is. We have to get ready for the next tournament. Even if we come out on top (here), there are things to work on and there are things to work on now. It’s the same either way. We have to go to work.”
The top-seeded Ramos earned his first career Big Ten Championship by downing second-seeded Tyler Graff of Wisconsin, 2-1. Ramos, who finished second at the 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Championships, used a second period escape and 1:37 of riding time to defeat Graff.
“It didn’t go exactly the way I wanted, but I got the win,” said Ramos. “I wanted to win this one in regulation and I’m walking out of here with the title. It was a lot of fun and the fans were great.”
Iowa also recorded four runner-up finishes. Former West High Derek St. John (157), Nick Moore (165), Mike Evans (174) and Ethen Lofthouse (184) all placed second at their respective weights.