Iowa’s Cory Clark captured a hard-fought national championship Saturday night in St. Louis. Then, he took down his coach.

Following a 4-3 decision against former Hawkeye teammate Seth Gross of South Dakota State at 133 pounds, Clark ran over to celebrate with Terry Brands. Iowa’s assist coach insisted that Clark throw him. So, he did.

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The third time wrestling for an NCAA championship was a charm for the former Pleasant Hill (IA) Southeast Polk High four-time champ. He overcame an early takedown and erased Gross’ riding time with an aggressive final two periods.

Clark missed time this season due to injury. He and head coach Tom Brands declined to talk about it specifically throughout the campaign. Clark did after winning it all.

Three Iowa wrestlers took third place and another finished fourth earlier Saturday. Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorensen (149), and Michael Kemerer (157) each swept a pair of consolation matches and wrapped their seasons with third-place finishes.

Sammy Brooks (184) won his consolation semifinal bout but ended up in fourth place with a loss in the consolation finals.