Iowa Seniors Tony Ramos and Derek St. John both exited Carver-Hawkeye Arena as winners for the final time Sunday afternoon, leading No. 3 Iowa to a 26-6 win over No. 11 Michigan inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
St. John, ranked No. 2 at 157, scored a takedown in the final period to defeat No. 14 Brian Murphy, 3-1, and Ramos scored take-downs in each period to defeat No. 19 Rossi Bruno, 6-1.
St. John finished his career with a 31-1 mark inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and Ramos had his hand raised for the 34th time in 34 career matches on his home turf.
Ramos said getting the win today was exciting, but also a bit of a relief.
"It's not something I was trying to think about all week long, but people keep asking about it," said Ramos, who is ranked No. 3 at 133 pounds. "To me I was trying not to make it a big thing, but it is a big thing. The last person to (go undefeated at home) four years was Tom (Brands), and three years was (Brent) Metcalf. Those are big shoes to fill, and that's a good class of people to be in."
Brands was undefeated at Carver-Hawkeye Arena from 1989-92. He credits Ramos for showing up to win every time and giving the fans something to look forward to.
"There is something special about Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and there is something special about our fans, and there is something special about how they reward their guys," said Brands. "It's their team and they feel a lot of ownership with that. Especially when you're doing the job, and the way Ramos competes, he's been able to do the job."
Eight Hawkeyes got the job done against Wolverines (10-4, 6-2), who entered the dual one-half match ahead of Iowa in the conference standings.
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