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Despite mixed results, Iowa sends nine wrestlers to NCAAs

The Big Ten Championships didn’t go as planned for the Hawkeyes, but they still booked nine tickets to the nationals.

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Michigan's 165-pound Logan Massa celebrates a victory over Iowa's Alex Marinelli during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 1 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Michigan's 165-pound Logan Massa celebrates a victory over Iowa's Alex Marinelli during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 1 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Michigan's 165-pound Logan Massa celebrates a victory over Iowa's Alex Marinelli during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 1 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

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Two four-time Big Ten champions were crowned, but Iowa wasn’t on the winning end after the dust cleared from the Big Ten Championships.

Iowa’s Spencer Lee started action for the Hawkeyes wrestling for third place at 125 pounds.

Lee put up a takedown in the first 20 seconds and put up three 4-point near falls to go up 14-0 by the end of the first period. A second-period takedown in the next period was all Lee needed for the tech fall and the third-place finish.

Ohio State’s Nathan Tomasello won the 125-pound title after coming back from trailing 5-2 against Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak to win a 10-7 decision. Tomasello knocked off Lee in the semifinals, 2-1. The Buckeye became a four-time Big Ten champion, adding his name to the list of 15 others to accomplish such a feat.

Michigan’s Stevan Micic reached the top of the podium at 133 pounds after beating Luke Pletcher of Ohio State in a 7-4 decision.

Iowa’s Vince Turk took home fifth place with a 4-1 decision over Wisconsin’s Eli Stickley. Turk, who had two takedowns in the first period, came into the tournament unseeded and worked through the consolation bracket.

“It’s just like war out here; there are going to be casualties,” he said. “You can’t be on the battlefield and think about the casualties. You got to move forward and finish.”

The 149-pound championship had the heated rivalry of Brandon Sorensen and Zain Retherford, and Sorensen added one more loss to Penn State’s now-three time Big Ten champion. The Nittany Lion won a 2-0 decision over Sorensen with a riding time and escape point.

At 157 pounds, the top two seeds —Iowa’s Michael Kemerer and Penn State’s Jason Nolf — medically forfeited the tournament. Michigan’s third-seeded Alec Pantaleo walked to the top of the podium after topping Micah Jordan of Ohio State with a 3-1 decision.

Kemerer and Nolf shared the sixth place spot on the podium.

Iowa’s Alex Marinelli finished in sixth place at the tournament after he was put into the consolation bracket following a second-round loss to Michigan’s Logan Massa. Massa met him again in the fifth-place match where the Wolverine won by a 6-3 decision.

Illinois’ Isaiah Martinez was the 16th man to claim four Big Ten titles after he topped Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph at 165 pounds.

Joey Gunther finished sixth after falling to Purdue’s Dylan Lydy, 3-2. A first-period takedown was enough to top Iowa’s 174-pounder.

In the finale, Penn State sophomore Mark Hall topped Michigan’s Myles Amine with a 4-3 decision to add the first Big Ten individual title to his trophy case.

Iowa 184-pounder Mitch Bowman capped his weekend in eighth place after working through the consolation bracket and dropping the seventh-place match to Wisconsin’s Ricky Robertson.

Bo Nickal of Penn State took home the 184-pound title with a 7-4 decision over Ohio State’s Myles Martin.

Cash Wilcke medically forfeited out of the fifth-place match for precautionary reasons, said head coach Tom Brands, and defaulted to sixth place. Ohio State’s Kollin Moore took the individual title with an 8-4 decision over Shakur Rasheed.

Iowa’s Sam Stoll finished his weekend in fourth place. Penn State’s Nick Nevills put Stoll on his back for a 4-point near-fall to win a 5-1 decision, ending Iowa’s weekend with a loss.

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder won at heavyweight, topping Michigan’s Adam Coon with a takedown in sudden victory.

Even if their weekend didn’t go as planned, all of Iowa’s wrestlers, minus 133-pounder Paul Glynn, qualified for Cleveland. Iowa finished the Big Ten team race in fourth, behind Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan.

“It’s a qualifier and we have work to do, regardless of where we ended up at each individual weight class,” Brands said. “Obviously, our seeds didn’t hold at a lot of places.”

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Two Minnesota wrestlers warm up before Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa's 149-pound Brandon Sorensen prepares to compete against Penn State's Zain Retherford in the finals of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Retherford went on to defeat Sorensen by decision, 2-0, taking home first place in the tournament. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa's 125-pound Spencer Lee competes against Northwestern's Sebastian Rivera during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Lee won by major decision, 12-0. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa's 149-pound Brandon Sorensen places second during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa's 165-pound Alex Marinelli faces off against Rutgers' Richie Lewis during day two of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in East Lansing, MI on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018. Lewis beat Marinelli in a decision. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa's 165-pound Alex Marinelli competes against Rutgers' Richie Lewis during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Lewis beat Marinelli in a decision, 7-5. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Rutgers' 165-pound Richie Lewis celebrates a victory over Iowa's Alex Marinelli during day two of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in East Lansing, MI on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Michigan's 197-pound Michigan's Kevin Beazley wins over Iowa's Cash Wilcke during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Beazley defeated Wilcke by decision, 3-1. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa's 184-pound Mitch Bowman competes against Wiscosnin's Ricky Robertson during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Robertson defeated Bowman by decision, 9-4. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Ohio State's 125-pound Nathan Tomasello and Minnesota's Ehtan Lizak wait for a disputed call from an official in the finals of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Tomasello went on to defeat Lizak by decision, 10-7, giving him first place in the tournament. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

A cameraman with Big Ten Network sits on his phone during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Ohio State's Nathan Tomasello beats Minnesota's Ethan Lizak in the finals of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Tomasello defeated Lizak by decision, 10-7, taking home first place in the tournament. Tomasello is the 15th four time champion for Big Ten wrestling. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa's 125-pound Spencer Lee places third during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Lee defeated Purdue's Luke Welch by tech fall in 3:23. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

The 125-pound weight class wrestlers are placed on the podium during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Nebraska's 133-pound Jason Renteria competes against Rutgers' Scott Delvecchio during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Renteria went on to defeat Delvecchio by decision, 3-2, placing 5th overall in the tournament. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Family members of Nebraska's Jason Renteria cheer him on during day two of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in East Lansing, MI on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Nebraska's 133-pound Jason Renteria competes against Rutgers' Scott Delvecchio during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Renteria went on to defeat Delvecchio by decision, 3-2, placing 5th overall in the tournament. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

during day two of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in East Lansing, MI on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Penn State's 174-pound Mark Hall competes against Michigan's Myles Amine in the finals of day two of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in East Lansing, MI on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018. Hall went on to defeat Amine in a 4-3 decision, placing first overall. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa's 141-pound Vince Turk places fifth during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

The 285-pound weight class wrestlers wait for the podium during day two of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in East Lansing, MI on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Michigan's 285-pound Adam Coon competes against Ohio State world champion Kyle Snyder during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Snyder went on to defeat Coon in overtime. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Ohio State 285-pound world champion Kyle Snyder competes against Michigan's Adam Coon during Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Snyder went on to defeat Coon in overtime. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

Ohio State 285-pound world champion Kyle Snyder places first in the Big Ten Wrestling Championships Day 2 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2018. Snyder beat Adam Coon in overtime to finish first overall. (Ben Allan Smith/The Daily Iowan)

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