Iowa Wrestling Weight Class Comparison

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 08, 2013 5:00 AM

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The DI takes a look at each weight class for Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament.
Breakdown based on preliminary seeds

125: Matt McDonough is the top seed and two-time Big Ten champ. He’s looked vulnerable late this season, though, and he would probably see one of two tough foes — Illinois’ Jesse Delgado or Penn State’s Nico Megaludis — in the finals.

133: Tony Ramos, the Hawkeyes’ MVP this season, is a near lock to reach the finals. But there he would likely face his last, greatest hurdle: Ohio State’s defending champion Logan Stieber, who beat Ramos three times last season.

141: Mark Ballweg needs to snap out of a late-season slump. He’s lost three-straight matches, including a major decision to Minnesota’s Nick Dardanes. He’s the third seed, but if he is still in that skid, could finish lower than that.

149: Josh Dziewa is Iowa’s surprise entrant at this weight. Finishing in the top seven and reaching the NCAAs would be huge — a modest goal, but that’s all Iowa has really been able to expect from this weight.

157: Derek St. John is coming off his first loss of the season. He’s the top seed but has a tricky path through the tournament. He hasn’t wrestled Northwestern’s second-seeded Jason Welch yet this season.

165: Sophomore Nick Moore has shown good signs this season and is the fourth seed. But he would face Penn State’s nightmarish David Taylor in the semifinals. Good luck.

174: Mike Evans has been right on the cusp of knocking off the very best at this weight all season. He could have a third crack at Minnesota’s top-ranked Logan Storley in the finals, which would be one of the highlights of the tournament.

184: Ethen Lofthouse secured this spot in a wrestle-off with Grant Gambrall. But he hasn’t done much in the last month to inspire confidence. He’s the fifth seed entering the tournament, but he will need to return to last season’s form to finish any higher than that.

197: True freshman Nathan Burak is the sixth seed at this tournament. He’s come close to beating several good opponents this season but has huge difficulties finishing shots when he’s in scoring position. If he can solve that problem, Burak could pull off some upsets.

Heavywieght: Bobby Telford got a tough break when he was seeded fourth, meaning he’ll have to face defending national champion Tony Nelson of Minnesota before the finals. Telford hasn’t been able to score much at all against Nelson, so the smart money is on him wrestling for third place.

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