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Iowa wrestlers crush Iowa State 32-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm •  Published: December 1, 2012

Iowa's Nick Moore finished off the meet with a 3-2 win over Mike Moreno.

The 29-point margin of victory was the largest for the Hawkeyes over Iowa State since they beat the Cyclones 33-4 in 1996.

"Our guys responded for the most part very well," Brands said.

The one thing that these bitter rivals share is a connection to Cael Sanderson.

The Hawkeyes are chasing him — while the Cyclones are still trying to replace him.

Sanderson left his alma mater Iowa State, where his teams finished fifth or better at the NCAA meet in each of his three seasons, to take over at Penn State in early 2009. Though Iowa won the national title that season, its third straight, Sanderson has led the Nittany Lions to the last two NCAA crowns.

The Cyclones haven't been the same since Sanderson, perhaps the greatest wrestler in NCAA history, left for State College.

Iowa State came into the meet unranked and without a top-10 individual wrestler, while the Hawkeyes had six wrestlers ranked in the top 10.

"It's a long season and obviously we're two matches in and we're 0-2," Jackson said. "We're not feeling good about it. But we'll wrestle again in a couple weeks and we'll keep pushing forward. I've got some guys where I can live with their performances. I got some guys where, there's going to be some hurt feelings."

The results were predictable, as Iowa jumped on the Cyclones early and rolled to victory.

"I think Kevin Jackson is trying hard. I'm not going to speak for him, and we focus on what we've got to focus on," Brands said when asked about the growing gap between Iowa and Iowa State.

The meet drew 9,623, or about a few thousand less than men's basketball game earlier in the day. This meet set the national attendance record of 15,955 four years ago in Iowa City, but the struggling Cyclones aren't the draw they used to be.

"The competition is going to get tougher the deeper we get into the year, and we have to be able to widen that gap more, what I would describe 'pronounced.' Like with a thump," Brands said. "There were some good thumps."