The first three sessions of the NCAA Wrestling Tournament are in the books and it has proved to be a tough tournament for both Iowa and Iowa State athletes.
Heading into session three Penn state is at the top of the leader board, followed by Oklahoma State and Minnesota.
With only two wrestlers advancing to the quarter finals, the Hawkeyes sit in fourth.
It hasn’t been the tournament Iowa was hoping for, but they have confidence in Derek St. John and Tony Ramos, still alive in the championship bracket.
Channel 13’s John Sears caught up with Ramos. The Hawkeye fan favorite is on a mission and he’s just 2 wins away from his dream.
“Dominate, dominate everyone every position,” Ramos says.
The junior from Illinois finished 3rd at the NCAA’s just a year ago. This year he wants it all, “it’s the one thing on my mind… standing at the top of the podium. “
It not just a dream for himself, “it means a lot to my family, it’s not for Anthony Ramos. it’s for the entire Ramos family,” he says.
His brother Frank has coached him since he was 3 years old. “He’s dedicated just as much as I am, he’s given a lot,” Tony says of his brother.
This is their dream.
“We want it for him because he works so hard…he’s put in so much he deserves it,” Frank explains. “When you love somebody unconditionally you want the best for them. He’s put in the work, its time he reap the rewards.”
Ramos will have a new member of his family very soon; Tony is engaged and will be getting married.
He wrestles Wisconsin’s Tyler Graff Friday night in the semifinals. A win will move him on to Saturday’s championship.