The Iowa wrestling team returns to action tonight with a dual against Buffalo in Iowa City. The third-ranked Hawkeyes had to rally to beat 15th-ranked Edinboro last week in Pennsylvania 22-15. In that dual, Iowa’s top-ranked 133-pounder, Tony Ramos, was upset by 8th-ranked A.J. Schopp 3-2.
Ramos said he simply wrestled “a bad match,” something doesn’t plan to do again. “I gave myself opportunities to win…even when I wrestled a bad match, so nothing changes. I just need to move forward and fix a few little things,” Ramos said. The senior dropped to third in the national rankings with the loss. “I didn’t need more motivation…but it’s motivation for the next time I wrestle to not even keep (the match) close. You know, go out there and make a statement,” Ramos said. Ramos is five wins shy of becoming the 38th wrestler in U-I history to reach 100 career wins. Thirty of his 95 career wins have come by fall. Iowa Coach Tom Brands, who recorded 46 pins over his college career, said he’s not worried about Ramos bouncing back.
“When he walks off the mat, I know he’s analyzing it,” Brands said of Ramos. “Are we worried about a guy like Ramos and how he comes back? Not really, unless it becomes a habit.” The Iowa versus Buffalo dual starts at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes won the only previous meeting between the schools, 39-3, in Buffalo last season.