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The Iowa wrestling team won 7-of-10 bouts en route to its 11th-straight dual victory over Iowa State on Dec. 1 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Darren Miller)


EDITOR'S NOTE: Hawk Talk Daily will continue a modified publication schedule through the beginning of August. HTD will still arrive each morning in your email inbox but with content for five of every seven days -- a schedule that will be interrupted when warranted  -- being drawn from the 2013-14 athletics year... a "Best of" series.      


AMES, Iowa-- The University of Iowa wrestling team won 7-of-10 bouts to top Iowa State (5-1) on Dec. 1 inside Hilton Coliseum, 23-9.  


The Best of Tony Ramos and Mike Evans scored bonus points, and No. 8 Nick Moore defeated No. 6 Mike Moreno to help Iowa (4-0) win its 11th straight in the series and maintain possession of the Dan Gable Trophy.


"When we come to town we know we're getting a battle," said UI head coach Tom Brands, who improved to 9-0 all-time against Iowa State. "We had opportunities to put things away and widen gaps, and we're missing those opportunities. We need to anchor what's there and finish those scoring opportunities."


Evans opened the dual with a major decision at 174. He scored three takedowns, two nearfall points and 2:19 of riding time to top Tanner Weatherspoon, 10-1.


"I think we were looking for bonus points, but when you go out and wrestle a team like Iowa State you know they want to keep it close," said Evans. "That can make it hard, but it's on us to create separation. We need to start doing that. We need to open up and break open the match."


Ethen Lofthouse extended Iowa's lead to 7-0 with a 4-0 win at 184. Lofthouse scored a takedown in the first, an escape in the second, and added 1:44 of riding time to defeat Leland Weatherspoon.


Cory Clark, Ramos, and Josh Dziewa strung together consecutive wins at 125, 133, and 141 to help Iowa extend its lead to 17-6 after Iowa State had pulled within a point.


Clark's 2:44 of riding time was the difference in an 8-7 win over Earl Hall.


"We've seen Clark battle," said Brands. "He knows where he's at and he's aware. He won that match on awareness. He won on riding time and on keeping the guy down. He won that match because he's pretty gutsy."


Ramos totaled seven takedowns and earned 3:43 of riding time in a 16-5 major decision at 131, and Dziewa used a pair of three-point nearfalls to rally past Gabe Moreno, 12-5, at 141.


Derek St. John earned a 5-1 win over John Nicholson at 157, which meant the team outcome was already decided when Moore met Moreno in the final match of the afternoon.


The pair exchanged escapes in the second and third periods before Moore came out on top of a scramble with 1:01 left in the third, eventually breaking Moreno flat as time expired to earn a 3-1 win.


"I got there and he was pretty deep in my legs," said Moore, who is 2-1 all-time against Moreno. "It worked out for me, but it's something where you have to get your hips back and get around, rather than getting in the scramble.


"Now it's important to keep building from here, keep everything in perspective and take it for what it's worth."


The Cyclones won at 197, 285 and 149. Kyven Gadson defeated Sammy Brooks, 3-2, at 197, and Quean Smith scored a takedown in sudden victory to top Terrance Jean-Jacques, 6-4, at 285.


Luke Goettl used a takedown with two seconds on the clock to defeat Michael Evans, 4-2, at 149. addition
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