Buckeyes Roll Iowa, Earning First Win Since 1966

By Jason Priestas on January 20, 2012 at 11:37p

The good news keeps coming.

Fresh off a monster football recruiting week, the 7th-ranked Ohio State wrestling team knocked off #2 Iowa, 21-9 in front of over 5,000 boisterous fans to earn the program's first win against the Hawkeyes since 1966. As in the year Star Trek debuted on television.

To further put the win into context, it also snapped Iowa's 39-match Big Ten winning-streak.

It was an absolutely huge win for coach Tom Ryan, especially considering he was a two-time All-American for the Hawkeyes under legendary coach Dan Gable. He tried to put what it meant into words:

"I feel great, I feel great. You know, because these guys put so much time into what they do. Six o' clock mornings, back in the afternoon; sometimes they're back in the evening. They got eight hours of study tables. They got so many things on their lives."

It's a great time to be a Buckeye.


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HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Having worked for two years in Iowa as a news director I know how big wrestling is over there. Iowa isn't really good consistantly at any other sport but they are a dynasty when it comes to wrestling. For those of you who don't follow wrestling, this is an incredible win for Ohio State and a day that will never be forgotten by the OSU wrestling program. Congrats to Tom Ryan and all of the athletes who put in the hard work to make this possible.

Baroclinicity's picture

2 good gray boxes in a row...

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BuddhaBuck's picture

Gray boxes are da bomb.

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William's picture

This is huge, on so many levels.

thebuckeyefan's picture

Damn I was going to go to that...so pissed I didn't


Maestro's picture

The ref looks like a Hawkeye alum.

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Irricoir's picture

When I asked for Buckeyes updates on Wrestling some time ago, this is the type of News that I only dreamed of. Ladies and Gents, this is the equivalent of winning a national championship. Not only did they beat them, it was convincing. I have long desired our Wrestling team to be nearly as consistent as what Iowa's is. For all of the talent that was born and fight in our state, our team should always be a top contender and none of our best prospects should leave our state. I have wrestled there and all throughout our nation and the only competition that I found that rivals ours at the high school level and in the military, is Pennsylvania. That's not to say that other superb wrestlers don't come from other states, just saying that our quality and depth can hardly be matched at the High School level. 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Jason Priestas's picture

I wrestled for six years in my younger days, so I have a soft spot for the sport. It will never be football or even basketball at Ohio State in terms of popularity, but the thing is, Ohio prep wrestling is equivalent to Florida prep football. The talent level in the state is head-and-shoulders above every other state in the nation (Pennsylvania would be the equivalent of Texas or California in football). If Ryan can fence off the state of Ohio, we could be looking at a dominant run.

Normal Buck's picture

I know virtually nothing about wrestling, and even I know this is HUGE beyond belief. Exciting stuff!

Colin's picture

This is true. Tommy Rowlands went to my high school on the west side of Columbus, he went to OSU and became a 2x NCAA champ. He's probably the best athlete to ever come out of there, and the wrestling program has fallen by the wayside a little recently, but still the program has a really amazing history even for how small a school it is.

BTwrestle04's picture

Definitely agree with you on Pennsylvania and Ohio. I have beaten state champions from Florida, North Carolina, and West Virginia before. Granted I was no slouch in High School (I placed 6th in the state).

BrewstersMillions's picture

Ohio Wrestling is a thing to behold. I went to Providence Catholic High school in Illinois. We weren't a high school so much as we were a football and wrestling institution (10 state titles in each, countless individual titles in wrestling). Our wrestling team (of which I was not a part of) has wrestled St. Ed's a few times. It's something else man.

BTwrestle04's picture

My sophomore year my team was second in the state to Ed's. We had 80 points, St. Ed's had 160.

Scott's picture

Irricoir... I've been meaning to ask. Is your account photo actually you? Pretty badass.

Class of 2008

Irricoir's picture

This one is of Alexander Karelin, one of the most intimidating athletes of all time. Read up on him and be amazed. The other one I had up here next to the pumkin pie is me. I took it down. Too many jokes and I lack wit enough to counter. (Never needed too much of it). I feel like a dart board some times. 8)

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

robert goulet's picture

So, the 1st win in my lifetime? I'll drink to that!

dmurder's picture

This is Huge!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Brutus's picture

In the words of Paris Hilton, that's huge. Congrats boys.

The significance of this will surely be lost on many. And to echo Irricoir and Jason, no state produces as many great wrestlers as Ohio. Pennsylvania may be as good as, but not better. I was talking wrestling wih some dude in the grocery store just last week. We noticed each other's cauliflower ear and started telling old wrestling war stories like two almost middle aged has beens trying to relive the glory years. He asked where I wrestled. I told him Ohio and he gave an approving nod. He wrestled in southern California and he acknowledged that the level of wrestling there is nothing like Ohio. Of course, I neglected to mention that I spent a good portion of my career getting my ass kicked. Didn't seem pertinent at the time.

painterlad's picture

As a former (horrible) wrestler, I smiled when I read this. Well done Buckeyes. Well done.

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Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I know everyone hates Gene Smith, but has the Univesity's sports teams ever been better? Does he not deserve credit for this?

Pam's picture

Of course he does. There are about 1K student athletes playing for Ohio St."and most of them will go on to something other than sports. "

rdubs's picture

I wrote something about this on another thread.  I totally agree that he mishandled the public relations aspect of the tattoo scandal.  But our winter sports teams are incredible and the avg GPA of our athletes has never been higher.  While a lot of people deserve credit, it is hard to deny Gene any credit.  He sets the priorities and holds the coaches accountable to those goals and priorities.  

Pam's picture

Also, keeping the largest AD self-supporting is no small accomplishment and why he still has his job.  Only a handful of AD's can boast that.

thedecline19's picture

I know nothing about wrestling that doesn't involve entrance music and poor acting, but Go Bucks!  Good to see the non-rev sports kicking ass!

BuckeyeinExile's picture

In High School I was fortunate enough to play on a State Championship winning football team, however I never witnessed as intense a crowd as I did at wrestling conference duals. Although I have grown fond of OSU Basketball and was also a horrible high school wrestler, "the sight I most adore on a basketball floor are wrestling mats stretched from door to door." In the state I live in now I don't know of a single High School that has a wrestling program, then again SEC states have masculinity confidence issues. Iowa's wrestling program far surpasses what Duke or Kentucky basketball has been, maybe if you combine the two you would realize how big Iowa wrestling is. This is a huge win for the Buckeyes!

Jdadams01's picture

Congrats to our guys! I love when BTN shows these matches. Anyone know if they're going to replay it?

RBuck's picture

Noon Tuesday-BTN

Long live the southend.

southbymidwest's picture

Wow. GREAT job. Congratualtions to the team! Was friends in hs with a guy who wrestled at states-those guys are so unbelievably dedicated to their sport. One of my husband's best friends wrestled for the Naval Academy until he decided that the naval life was not for him (NY state champ in his weight class)- said that midwestern/Ohio boys basically cleaned his clock. It was a rude awakening for him, as he, let us say, had no self esteem issues.

madhatterhater's picture

This is a huge win. I hope OSU continues keep the in state talent here. If anyone has the chance, watch the High school state finals. It's very fan friendly with only the champs match for each division going on. The electricity felt during from the crowd is only matched by the first time I walked into shoe on game day. I still get the same feeling year after year.

go bucks

dubjayfootball90's picture

awesome, awesome awesome job. I wrestled in high school in Northeast Ohio, Brecksville. My junior year, 2005, was the first year we started getting recognized on a state level. Being a wrestling guy, albeit above average, this made me smile and proud. Awesome job. 

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OurHonorDefend09's picture

I'll be honest, I know nothing about wrestling. I don't really like it, and in fact, I think it is really cult-like and the whole thing kinda creeps me out. HOWEVER, I respect the hell out of anyone who puts their body through the misery that wrestlers do AND I love everything about my school. Congrats men and go bucks.

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