Wrestlers Take Big Ten Road Trip

Jan. 24, 2005

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Iowa (6-2, 1-0 in the Big Ten) will take a Big Ten road trip this week to the state of Illinois. The Hawkeyes will face Illinois (10-1, 1-0 in the Big Ten) Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Champaign, and Northwestern (8-1, 1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. in Evanston. The Illinois meet will be wrestled in Huff Hall and the Northwestern meet will be held in Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Radio – Morrie Adams and Ed McGinness will call the action live on AM-800 KXIC. To listen to the broadcast online, go to the wrestling schedule page on www.hawkeyesports.com. Broadcasts using Real One Player softward are available using the College Sports Pass, which can be purchased for $6.95 per month or $49.95 per year.

Video Webcast – Illinois will offer a live video webcast of the dual through its web site, www.fightingillini.com. Fans who have already purchased a College Sports Pass from College Sports Online to listen to the Iowa radio broadcasts can use their pass to view the meet free. Passes can can be purchased for $6.95 per month or $49.95 per year.

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 112-24 (.824). 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.

Illinois is 10-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten with wins over Central Missouri State (51-0), Tennessee-Chattanooga (27-9), Clarion (37-7), Wyoming (47-0), Wisconsin (25-12), North Carolina State (40-0), Augustana (39-0), West Virginia (34-6), Oklahoma (21-12) and Minnesota (20-15), and a loss to Oklahoma State (22-15). Head Coach Mark Johnson is 150-35-1 in 13 seasons at Illinois and 170-39-3 in 15 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He served as an assistant coach at Iowa under Dan Gable from 1982-90 and as a graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes from 1978-80. Illinois Assistant Coach Jim Heffernan was a four-time all-American and Big Ten Champion at Iowa (1983-87) at 150 pounds, winning the NCAA title in 1986. Illinois returns all-Americans Kyle Ott (125), Mark Jayne (133), Alex Tirapelle (157), Pete Friedl (174) and Brian Glynn (184) from the 2004 squad that went 13-1 and placed third at the Big Ten Championships and seventh at the NCAA tournament. Ott (9-1), Jayne (19-1) and Tirapelle (18-1) each have one loss in collegiate competition this season.

Northwestern is 8-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten with wins over Northern Illinois (21-13), Augustana (37-9), Wisconsin-La Crosse (33-9), North Carolina-Greensboro (27-12), Drexel (24-12), Buffalo (29-9), Eastern Illinois (41-3) and Purdue (27-10), and a loss to Indiana (22-14). Head Coach Tim Cysewski is 108-142-5 in 15 seasons at Northwestern. He was an all-American at 134 pounds for Iowa in 1976, and a four-time Hawkeye letterwinner (1973-76). Wildcat Assistant Coach Tony Ersland also wrestled at Iowa, lettering from 1994-97. The Wildcats are led by senior Mike Kimberlin (157), juniors John Velez (125) and Matt Delguyd (197) and redshirt freshman Jake Herbert (174).

Illinois — Iowa leads the series, 43-24-1, and has won the last three meetings. The Hawkeyes also hold a 21-16 edge in Champaign. Iowa’s last win in the series was a 40-4 victory in Iowa City in 2003. Illinois’ last win over Iowa was 20-16 in 1999 in Champaign.

Northwestern — Iowa leads the series, 60-6-1, and has won the last 35 meetings. The Hawkeyes also hold a 29-3-1 lead in Evanston. Iowa’s last win in the series was a 39-4 decision in Iowa City in 2004. Northwestern’s last win over Iowa was 18-6 in Evanston in 1968.

Iowa 40, Illinois 4 — January 26, 2003
Iowa gave Head Coach Jim Zalesky his 90th career victory with a 40-4 win over Illinois in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes used three pins, two major decisions and a forfeit to record their highest point total of the season in front of a crowd of 5,557. Here are the match-by-match results:

Iowa 40, Illinois 4
133 Cliff Moore (I) dec. Mark Jayne (Il), 10-4
141 Luke Moffitt (I) maj. dec. Cal Ferry (IL), 11-3
149 Ty Eustice (I) pinned Tony Pedrose (IL), 6:46
157 Joe Johnston (I) dec. Alex Tirapelle (IL), 4-2
165 Matt Lackey (IL) maj. dec. Jason D’Agata (I), 18-6
174 Tyler Nixt (I) dec. Brian Glynn (IL), 8-4
184 Jessman Smith (I) pinned Pete Friedl (IL), 1:54
197 Ryan Fulsaas (I) dec. Tyrone Byrd (IL), 10-9
Hwt. Steve Mocco (I) pinned Chris Little (IL), 3:59
125 Luke Eustice (I) won by forfeit

Iowa 39, Northwestern 4 — January 17, 2004
Iowa opened the 2004 Big Ten dual meet season defeating Northwestern 39-4 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won nine of the 10 matches in front of 4,456 fans, with five of those earning team bonus points. Following are the meet results:

Iowa 39, Northwestern 4
157 Joe Johnston (I) pinned Mike Kimberlin (NW), 3:42
165 Nick Hayes (NW) maj. dec. Mark Mueller (I), 11-3
174 Tyler Nixt (I) maj. dec. Andrew Curran (NW), 10-2
184 Paul Bradley (I) tech. fall Joseph Gulotta (NW), 16-0 in 6:13
197 Ryan Fulsaas (I) dec. Matt Delguyd (NW), 8-6
Hwt. Ryan Fuller (I) dec. Michael Little (NW), 5-2
125 Luke Eustice (I) wins by inj. default over John Velez (NW) in 4:31
133 Trent Goodale (I) dec. Daniel Quintela (NW), 7-4
141 Cliff Moore (I) dec. Paul Augle (NW), 5-2
149 Ty Eustice (I) pinned Josh Ballard (NW), 4:49

Following are the career results of potential Iowa-Illinois matchups:

149 Ty Eustice (I) is 1-0 vs. Anton Dietzen (IL)
Eustice dec. Dietzen, 5-2, at 2004 NCAA Championships
157 Joe Johnston (I) is 1-1 vs. Alex Tirapelle (IL)
Tirapelle maj. dec. Johnston, 12-3, at 2001 UNI Open
Johnston dec. Tirapelle, 4-2, at 2003 dual

Following are the career results of potential Iowa-Northwestern matchups:

125 Charlie Falck (I) is 0-1 vs. John Velez (NW)
Velez dec. Falck, 5-1, at 2004 Midlands
125 Lucas Magnani (I) is 1-0 vs. John Velez (NW)
Magnani won by medical forfeit over Velez at 2004 Midlands
133 Mario Galanakis (I) is 1-0 vs. Daniel Quintela (NW)
Galanakis maj. dec. Quintela at 2004 Midlands
157 Joe Johnston (I) is 2-0 vs. Mike Kimberlin (NW)
Johnston pinned Kimberlin in 7:29 at 2003 dual
Johnston pinned Kimberlin in 3:42 at 2004 dual
Johnston dec. Kimberlin, 8-5, at 2004 Big Ten Championships

KXIC Radio (AM-800) will air 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: January 25; February 1, 15; March 1, 15

Iowa won the last match of the dual to hold off Wisconsin, 19-14, Sunday afternoon in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It was Iowa’s 31st straight victory in the series, and the 780th dual win in school history. Iowa won decisions in the first two matches, but found itself in a 11-6 deficit after Wisconsin won bouts at 174, 184 and 197. Iowa used freshman Matt Fields’ 15-4 major decision at heavyweight and sudden victory wins by freshman Charlie Falck at 125 and junior Marion Galanakis at 133 to take a 16-11 team lead. Wisconsin grabbed three team points with Ed Gutnik’s 7-2 win over Alex Tsirtsis at 141 to make the team score 16-14 and the win a possibility for the Badgers with a win at 149. Hawkeye senior Ty Eustice spoiled the Badger’s upset plans, scoring his 70th career win with a 3-2 decision over Craig Henning to end the meet. Hawkeye juniors Joe Johnston (157) and Eustice reached career victory marks, as Johnston picked up his 75th career win and Eustice won his 70th career match. Following are the meet results:

Iowa 19, Wisconsin 14
157 Joe Johnston (I) dec. Tyler Turner (W), 7-4
165 Mark Perry (I) dec. Jake Donar (W), 8-5
174 Kelly Flaherty (W) maj. dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 11-3
184 Brady Reinke (W) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 4-3
197 Ryan Flaherty (W) maj. dec. Adam Fellers (I), 9-1
Hwt. Matt Fields (I) maj. dec. Lee Kraemer (W), 15-4
125 Charlie Falck (I) dec. Collin Cudd (W), 13-11 SV
133 Mario Galanakis (I) dec. Tom Clum (W), 7-5 SV
141 Ed Gutnik (W) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 7-2
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Craig Henning (W), 3-2

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 780-199-30 (.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.

Iowa Assistant Coach Troy Steiner and Administrative Assitant Mike Duroe were recently named coaches for the 2005 U.S. Freestyle World Championships teams by USA Wrestling. Steiner will coach the women’s team with Bill Scherr, while Duroe will coach the men’s team with Joe Seay. Both teams will participate in the World Championships at Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 27-Oct. 2.

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.

The Johnson County I-Club will host a University of Iowa Wrestling Luncheon Friday, February 11 at 11:45 a.m. at the First Avenue Club in Iowa City. Head Coach Jim Zalesky will be the featured speaker. Call the Iowa wrestling office at 319/335-9405 for tickets or more information.

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 at the same venue in back-to-back years. All-session tickets are $100 and are available at 877/722-1604 or www.stlsports.org/wrestling.

Tickets for each of Iowa’s three remaining home duals and the 2005 Big Ten Championships are on sale at the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office. Single-match tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for youth if purchased in advance and $10 for adults and $5 for youth if purchased at the door. All-session tickets for the Big Ten Championships are $35 for adults and $20 for youth.