By K.J. Pilcher, The Gazette
AMES ? Paul Glynn has had to rally a few times in his wrestling career.
The moments haven?t been numerous, but they have occurred. The University of Iowa 133-pounder does not want to be in that position, but he demonstrated it?s one he can overcome.
Glynn fell into an abyss-like hole against Markus Simmons but climbed out for an 8-7 victory, helping the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes clobber Iowa State, 35-6, Sunday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa won its 14th straight dual in the Cy-Hawk Series, improving to 13-0 in the rivalry under head coach Tom Brands and 8-0 since the inception of the Dan Gable Trophy.
The victory provides a much-needed springboard into the upcoming Big Ten Championships on March 3-4.
?It meant a lot because you always want to go out into the postseason with a win,? said Glynn, whose record is just 8-9. ?It?s easier to move forward with success, so it was good.?
Simmons stormed to an early lead with a takedown and four nearfall off a tilt, ending the first period with a 6-0 lead and 2:30 of riding time. Simmons escaped, adding another point to his lead, but Glynn remained unfazed and faithful.
?I?ve been talking to Tom a lot and he?s been trying to keep me real relaxed before my matches and just keeping the mood light with me because sometimes, I guess, I can get a little uptight and stuff,? Glynn said. ?It helps in situations like that when your back?s against the wall. You just have to calm your mind and go out and score the next point.?
Glynn secured his first takedown just beyond the midway point of the second and cinched up a cradle, taking Simmons over for a four-point nearfall as the period expired. Glynn added a takedown in the third and erased what seemed to be insurmountable riding time.
Brands said he needs to start quicker and defend holds better, but he remained composed.
?Stay in there and get back to what you do well and he got in deep on some shots and converted,? Brands said. ?That?s the thing. He finished.
?He didn?t really get rattled and dug himself out of a hole.?
Spencer Lee sparked the Hawkeyes with a quick, and expected, pin over Sinjin Briggs at 125. Glynn and 141-pounder Vince Turk certainly fanned the flames.
Turk started quickly, taking down 15th-ranked Ian Parker and putting him on his back for a 4-0 lead. Turk continued to build, adding takedowns in the second and third for a 13-5 major decision over a foe, who has beaten Oklahoma State?s two-time NCAA champion Dean Heil.
?Turk has been wrestling well,? Brands said. ?He?s scoring more points. He didn?t get ridden. Those are things that where he gets a lead and shuts down a little bit but he didn?t shut down.?
Brands said Carter Happel could still factor in the postseason lineup, as well as 174-pounder Kaleb Young, but said he does not know if the lineup will change.
Iowa (12-3) dominated the dual in every position. The Hawkeyes held a 22-1 advantage in takedowns and 6-4 edge in nearfall. Iowa earned the only three points for riding time, owning a 64-27 lead in match points.
?The frustrating part, I think, for the coaching staff is that we just didn?t compete in some weights,? Iowa State Coach Kevin Dresser said. ?I think we have guys who have black-and-gold singlet-itis that they are intimidated by the black-and-gold singlet.
?I get it because I wore one. I saw guys crumble just because of the color singlet I was wearing. We?ve got some guys, that truth be told, have that a little bit. Some guys were just outmanned and we had some guys who just didn?t get it done.?
The rout continued with decisions from second-ranked Brandon Sorensen (149) and Michael Kemerer (157) for a 19-0 lead at the break. Alex Marinelli (165) opened the second half with a pin and heavyweight Sam Stoll capped the dual with a 14-4 major decision.
Iowa wasn?t taking anything for granted, especially in a rivalry dual where anything can happen.
?It doesn?t matter if it?s a mismatch or not,? Brands said. ?There are knockout blows in this sport where it?s one second with both shoulders on the mat and you can get beat. You have to be ready to go and our guys went out ready to go for the most part. Felt good about it.?
Dresser landed on the other end of the spectrum. The outcome demonstrated how daunting of a task remains to resurrect the Cyclones (8-10).
?It just shows we?ve got a process here,? Dresser said. ?Yeah, we?ve made some progress this year, but anytime you wrestle good teams you get exposed. Obviously, Iowa is a very good team and we knew that coming in.?
Iowa State?s lone victory came by forfeit to Sam Colbray at 197. Iowa?s eighth-ranked Cash Wilcke did not weigh in and reserve Steven Holloway weighed in but did not wrestle.
?Holloway has an injury,? Brands said. ?He was ready to go, if we needed him. We weighed in one guy there and the right thing to do is to protect our guy.
?Cash Wilcke is fine. There is a flu bug going around Iowa City, Iowa.?
Iowa will turned their sights to the postseason. They still entertain aspirations for a conference and national title.
?We?re nothing but up from here,? Marinelli said. ?We have a lot of improvements in areas, like what I?m seeing in myself. That?s good that you see it even with a win.?