Iowa To Host Iowa State

Nov. 29, 2004

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Iowa (1-0) will host intra-state rival Iowa State (6-0) Sunday at 6 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It will be the 69th meeting between the two teams.

Radio – Morrie Adams and four-time Hawkeye all-American Mark Ironside will call the action live on AM-800 KXIC.

Television – Iowa Public Television, in its 29th season of televising college wrestling, will air a live telecast of Sunday’s dual with Iowa State at 6 p.m. Announcers will be Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and former Iowa Wrestling Coach Dan Gable.

Hy-Vee, Inc., in conjunction with Hawkeye Sports Properties, a division of Learfield Communications and Cyclone Sports Marketing, a division of Clear Channel and ESPN Regional, has reached an agreement with Iowa State University and the University of Iowa to serve as the title sponsor for the schools’ Cy-Hawk Series – the name given to the collection of regular-season, head-to-head intercollegiate athletic events featuring Cyclone and Hawkeye teams.

A point system will track each institution’s performance and will culminate in one institution winning the annual trophy for the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Intercollegiate athletic teams from Iowa nd Iowa State will square off in head-to-head competition nine different times during the 2004-05 academic year. The competition this year is in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s gymnastics, soccer, softball and women’s swimming and diving. Addtional points will be available for each school to secure based on successful performance in the classroom by student-athletes.

An institution will also be awarded two points if the student-athlete graduation rate for all student-athletes is greater than the national average for all student-athletes.

As of press time, Iowa holds a 3-2 lead in the series. Following is a list of events in the Cy-Hawk Series, the results of the events completed and the schedule and point values for the remaining events in 2004-05.

Date – Sport – Result – Series Score (IA-ISU)
Sept. 11 – Football – Iowa 17, Iowa State 10 – 3-0
Oct. 31 – Soccer – Iowa State 3, Iowa 2 – 3-2
Dec. 1 – Women’s Basketball (2 points)
Dec. 4 – Women’s Swimming & Diving (2 points)
Dec. 5 – Wrestling (2 points)
Dec. 10 – Men’s Basketball (2 points)
Jan. 28 – Women’s Gymnastics (2 points)
Feb. 19 – Women’s Gymnastics (2 points)
April 19 – Softball (2 points)

An institution will also be awarded two points if the student-athlete graduation rate for all student-athletes is greater than the national average for all student-athletes.

HEAD COACH Jim Zalesky
Jim Zalesky is in his eighth season as head coach at the University of Iowa. He has a school and career record of 107-22 (.829). Named National Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999, and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2000, he has led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA (1998-00) and three Big Ten titles (1998, 2000, 2004). Zalesky has coached 10 NCAA Champions, 20 Big Ten Champions and 36 all-Americans at Iowa. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in June 2004, the University of Iowa Letterman’s Club Hall of Fame and the Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994.

A three-time national champion and one of Iowa’s 15 four-time all-Americans, Zalesky was an assistant coach and head recruiter at Iowa under Dan Gable for seven seasons (1991-97). He was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the N.W.C.A. in 1992 and 1997. Undefeated as a junior and senior, Zalesky ended his career on an 89-match winning streak.

Iowa State is 6-0 on the season with wins over Upper Iowa (40-6), Pittsburgh (31-7), Boise State (32-10), Adams State (40-6), Utah Valley State (41-15) and Arizona State (22-16). Head Coach Bobby Douglas has a 177-66-3 record in 13 seasons at Iowa State and is 406-159-9 in 32 seasons as a collegiate head coach. The Cyclones are led by junior Nate Gallick (141) and sophomores Trent Paulson (157), Travis Paulson (165) and Kurt Backes (184). Gallick, Backes and Trent Paulson are all undefeated this season.

Iowa leads the series with Iowa State, 52-15-2. The Hawkeyes hold a 27-4-1 advantage in Iowa City. Iowa State won the last meeting between the two teams, 21-13, on December 7, 2003, in Ames.

At 157 pounds. Hawkeye junior Joe Johnston is 0-1 vs. Cyclone sophomore Trent Paulson, losing a 7-5 decision in sudden victory at the 2002 UNI Open. At 184 pounds, Iowa junior Paul Bradley is 1-1 vs. Iowa State sophomore Kurt Backes. Bradley pinned Backes in 3:30 at the 2003 Kaufman-Brand Open, but Backes won a 4-3 decision at the 2004 Iowa vs. Iowa State dual a couple of weeks later. At heavyweight, Hawkeye sophomore Ryan Fuller is 1-0 vs. Cyclone senior Scott Coleman, winning a 3-1 decision in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Iowa State snapped Iowa’s 30-match winning streak over the Cyclones on December 7, 2003, in front of 5,149 fans in Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 13-3 lead, winning four of the first five weight classes. But the Cyclones fought back, erasing the deficit and taking a two-point team lead into the final match. Junior Nick Passolano sealed the streak-snapping victory with a 36-second pin over Hawkeye redshirt freshman Cole Pape at 165 pounds. It was Iowa’s first loss of the season.

Iowa State 21, Iowa 13
174 Tyler Nixt (I) maj. dec. Nels Matson (ISU), 19-8
184 Kurt Backes (ISU) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 4-3
197 Ryan Fulsaas (I) dec. Trevor Smith (ISU), 3-2
Hwt. Ryan Fuller (I) dec. Richard Schopf (ISU), 10-5
125 Luke Eustice (I) dec. Grant Nakamura (ISU), 7-5
133 Zach Roberson (ISU) dec. Todd Meneely (I), 10-5
141 Nate Gallick (ISU) dec. Cliff Moore (I), 6-3
149 Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. Ty Eustice (I), 5-1 sv
157 Travis Paulson (ISU) dec. Joe Johnston (I), 7-4
165 Nick Passolano (ISU) pinned Cole Pape (I), 0:36

Iowa opened the 2004-05 dual season with a 29-10 win over Arizona State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes recorded their 775th dual win in school history with the victory. Arizona State fell to 0-1 with the loss.

It was the Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut for seven Hawkeyes, and Iowa went 8-2 overall on the evening. Hawkeye freshman Luke Lofthouse started things off at 174 pounds, recording an 8-5 win over Arizona State’s Rick Renzi. Hawkeye junior Paul Bradley scored a late escape in regulation and a takedown in sudden victory at 184 to defeat C.B. Dollaway, 9-7. Arizona State tied the team score at 6-6 with Ryan Bader’s 2:23 pin over Hawkeye freshman Dane Pape at 197, but Iowa bounced back when Hawkeye freshman Matt Fields scored a 4-3 win over Cain Velasquez at heavyweight. Arizona State took a 10-9 team lead with Jeremy Mendoza’s 14-0 major decision over Hawkeye sophomore Lucas Magnani at 125, but it would be the last team points the Sun Devils would score. Iowa rolled through the remaining five matches, starting with junior Mario Galanakis’ 1:29 pin of Adam Hickey at 141. Freshman Alex Tsirtsis scored a 10-2 major decision over Chris Frieje at 141, before junior Ty Eustice defeated Patrick Williams, 6-3, at 149. Iowa junior Joe Johnston followed with an 8-5 win over Brian Stith at 157, and redshirt freshman Mark Perry sealed the team win with a 14-3 major decision over Patrick Pitsch at 165. It was the first Carver-Hawkeye appearances for Magnani (125), Galanakis (133), Tsirtsis (141), Perry (165), Lofthouse (174), Pape (197) and Fields (Hwt.).

Iowa 29, Arizona State 10
174 Luke Lofthouse (I) dec. Rick Renzi (ASU), 8-5
184 Paul Bradley (I) dec. C.B. Dollaway (ASU), 9-7 sv
197 Ryan Bader (ASU) pinned Dane Pape (I), 2:23
Hwt. Matt Fields (I) dec. Cain Velasquez (ASU), 4-3
125 Jeremy Mendoza (ASU) maj. dec. Lucas Magnani (I), 14-0
133 Mario Galanakis (I) pinned Adam Hickey (ASU), 1:29
141 Alex Tsirtsis (I) maj. dec. Chris Frieje (ASU), 10-2
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Patrick Williams (ASU), 6-3
157 Joe Johnston (I) dec. Brian Stith (ASU), 8-5
165 Mark Perry (I) maj. dec. Patrick Pitsch (ASU), 14-3

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 775-197-30 (.788) in 93 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 20 national titles, including nine of the last 14, and 31 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 47 NCAA Champions have won a total of 73 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 13 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 99 Big Ten Champions have won a total of 180 conference individual titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 24 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa’s 124 all-Americans have earned all-America status 254 times, including 16 four-time, 27 three-time and 28 two-time honorees.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home for Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes have a record of 142-10 (.934) in the arena, which includes a record 10 victories during the 1986 season. Iowa has recorded 16 undefeated seasons in the arena, with the most recent (8-0) occurring in 2003. The dual wrestling attendance record for Carver-Hawkeye Arena is 15,291, which was set when Iowa defeated Iowa State on February 22, 1992. The arena seats 15,500 for a dual wrestling meet. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to host the 2005 Big Ten Championships in Carver-Hawkeye.

The Hawkeye wrestling staff of Jim Zalesky, Troy Steiner, Tim Hartung, Cliff Moore and Mike Zadick earned a total of seven NCAA titles, 12 Big Ten titles and 17 all-America honors. Their combined college career wrestling record is 619-88-1 (.875), including four undefeated seasons.

KXIC Radio (AM-800) will air nine Hawk Talk with Jim Zalesky radio shows this season. The show will be live from LaCasa Mexican Restaurant in Iowa City from 6-7 p.m. Here are the show dates:

December 7
January 4, 18, 25
February 1, 15
March 1, 15

The University of Iowa will host the 2005 Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 5-6 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Contact Traci Wagner at 319/335-9411 or to request a credential.

The 75th NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be held March 17-19 at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, MO. This will be the first time in tournament history that the meet will be held in the same venue back-to-back years. All-session tickets are $100 and are available at 877/722-1604 or

Season tickets and tickets for each of Iowa’s seven home duals and the 2004 Big Ten Championships are on sale at the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office.

Season tickets
$49 – General Public
$42 – University Faculty and Staff
$20 – University of Iowa Students

*Single-Match Tickets (Purchased in Advance)
$8 – Adults
$4 – Youth
*All Iowa State tickets are $10

*Single-Match Tickets (Purchased at the Door)
$10 Adults
$5 Youth
*All Iowa State tickets are $10

Big Ten Championships
$35 All-Session Adult
$20 All-Session Youth