Wrestlers Head Out East

Jan. 31, 2005

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Iowa (6-4, 1-2 in the Big Ten) will head east this weekend facing Penn State (8-7, 2-2 in the Big Ten) Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) in University Park, PA, and Ohio State (7-7, 0-3) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (CT) in Columbus, OH. The Penn State dual will be held in Nittany Lion’s Rec Hall, and the Ohio State dual will be held in St. John Arena.

Radio – Morrie Adams 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 software are available using the College Sports Pass, which can be purchased for $6.95 per month or $49.95 per year.

Television – CSTV will be airing a tape-delayed broadcast of the Iowa-Penn State dual Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (CT).

Video Webcast – Ohio State will be offering a live video webcast of the dual through its website, www.ohiostatebuckeyes.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 of charge. Passes can be purchased for $6.95 per month or $49.95 per year.

Hawkeye Head Coach Coach Jim Zalesky will hold a press conference Tuesday, February 8 at 3 p.m. in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Press Room to discuss the Big Ten dual season and the upcoming Big Ten Championships, which will be hosted by the University of Iowa March 5-6. Individual wrestlers will be available for interviews and photo opportunities in wrestling room after the press conference.

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 112-26 (.812). 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.

Penn State is 8-7, 2-2 in the Big Ten, with wins over Clarion (41-3), Edinboro (33-8), West Virginia (34-12 and 24-14), Pittsburgh (26-19), Cornell (21-15), Indiana (21-12) and Purdue (32-7) and losses to Lehigh (24-15 and 20-16), Michigan (31-9 and 29-14), Michigan State (19-12), Oklahoma (27-13) and Central Michigan (25-15). Head Coach Troy Sunderland, who was a three-time all-American at Penn State, is 64-61 in seven seasons at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are led by junior Eric Bradley (184) and redshirt freshman Philip Davis (197).

Ohio State is 7-7, 0-3 in the Big Ten, with wins over Findlay (32-3), Drexel (21-10), Bloomsburg (18-17), Kent State (23-16), Cleveland State (33-3), Pittsburgh (20-17) and Virginia (36-6) and losses to Ohio (21-9), Virginia Tech (29-12), Missouri (33-6), Cornell (27-9), Michigan State (27-16), Purdue (21-12) and Indiana (24-9). Head Coach Russ Hellickson is 266-153-6 in 19 seasons at Ohio State and 337-175-6 in 23 seasons as a collegiate head coach. The Buckeyes are led by sophomore and returning all-American J.D. Bergman (197), redshirt freshman T.J. Enright (133), and junior Steve Wolery (149).

Penn State — Iowa leads the series, 20-4-2, and has won the last seven meetings. The Hawkeyes also hold a 8-2-1 lead in University Park. Iowa’s last win in the series was a 23-11 decision in Iowa City in 2004. Penn State’s last win over Iowa was a 25-17 decision in Iowa City in 1998.

Ohio State — Iowa leads the series, 31-2, and has won the last 29 meetings. The Hawkeyes also hold a 13-1 lead in Columbus. Iowa’s last win in the series was a 22-18 decision in Iowa City in 2004. Ohio State’s last win in the series was a 14-11 victory in Columbus in 1966.

Iowa, 23, Penn State 11 — January 30, 2004
Iowa won seven matches, including two by major decision, to defeat Penn State, 23-11, in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes were led by major decisions by seniors Cliff Moore (141) and Ryan Fulsaas (197), and decisions by seniors Luke Eustice (125) and Tyler Nixt (174), sophomores Ty Eustice (149) and Joe Johnston (157) and redshirt freshman Mark Mueller (165).

Iowa 23, Penn State 11
125 Luke Eustice (I) dec. Adam Smith (P), 10-6
133 Josh Moore (P) tech. fall Trent Goodale (I), 15-0
141 Cliff Moore (I) maj. dec. DeWitt Driscoll (P), 12-4
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Matthew Storniolo (P), 5-2
157 Joe Johnston (I) dec. James Woodall (P), 12-10
165 Mark Mueller (I) dec. Jeremy Hart (P), 5-3
174 Tyler Nixt (I) dec. Rich Brooks (P), 9-4
184 Eric Bradley (P) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 6-4
197 Ryan Fulsaas (I) maj. dec. Joel Edwards (P), 13-4
Hwt. Pat Cummins (P) dec. Ryan Fuller (I), 6-1

Iowa 22, Ohio State 18 — February 20, 2004
The Hawkeyes won three of its last four matches to defeat Ohio State, 22-18, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won a total of six matches in its final dual of the season, including four team bonus-point victories, but the Buckeyes scored team bonus points in three of their four matches to threaten an Iowa win. With the win Iowa improved to 140-10 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It was also Iowa’s Senior Night, as Jason D’Agata, Luke Eustice, Ryan Fulsaas, Cliff Moore and Tyler Nixt all made their final home appearances.

Iowa 22, Ohio State 18
157 Joe Johnston (I) maj. dec. James King (OSU), 16-7
165 John Clark (OSU) tech. fall Mark Mueller (I), 20-5
174 Tyler Nixt (I) maj. dec. Anthony Magistrelli (OSU), 20-6
184 Paul Bradley (I) dec. Blake Kaplan (OSU), 5-3
197 J.D. Bergman (OSU) pinned Ryan Fulsaas (I), 4:41
Hwt. Tommy Rowlands (OSU) maj. dec. Ryan Fuller (I), 16-7
125 Luke Eustice (I) maj. dec. Jermaine Jones (OSU), 17-5
133 Jesse Leng (OSU) dec. Trent Goodale (I), 10-6
141 Cliff Moore (I) tech. fall Theo Dotson (OSU), 22-6 in 6:00
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Jeff Ratliff (OSU), 3-1 sv

Following are the career results of potential Iowa-Penn State matchups:
133 Mario Galanakis (I) is 0-1 vs. Brian Heller (PSU)
Heller dec. Galanakis, 5-3, at 2004 Midlands
149 Ty Eustice (I) is 1-0 vs. James Woodall (PSU)
Eustice dec. Woodall, 6-5, at 2004 Midlands
184 Paul Bradley (I) is 1-3 vs. Eric Bradley (PSU)
E. Bradley dec. P. Bradley, 7-4, at 2003 Midlands
E. Bradley dec. P. Bradley, 6-4, at 2004 dual
E. Bradley dec. P. Bradley, 3-2, at 2004 Big Ten Championships
P. Bradley dec. E. Bradley, 4-3 TB-2, at 2004 Midlands

Following are the career results of potential Iowa-Ohio State matchups:
174 Luke Lofthouse (I) is 1-0 vs. Nate Augustson
Lofthouse dec. Augustson, 8-6 SV-1, at 2004 Midlands

KXIC Radio (AM-800) will air the Hawk Talk with Jim Zalesky radio show this season. The show will be live from LaCasa Mexican Restaurant in Iowa City from 6-7 p.m. Here are the show dates: February 1, 15: March 1, 15.

Iowa went 0-2 on its first Big Ten road trip of the season, losing at Illinois (25-7) and Northwestern (22-19).

Illinois won eight matches in the dual and set a new school attedance record of 3,573. Iowa missed opportunities throughout the dual as seven of its eight losses were by three points or less. Winning matches for Iowa were redshirt freshman Mark Perry and true freshman Matt Fields. Perry recorded one of the two major decisions in the dual, defeating Illinois’ Cal Ferry, 12-2, at 165 pounds. Fields scored a 6-3 decision over Mike Behnke at heavyweight.

Illinois 25, Iowa 7
149 Anton Dietzen (IL) dec. Ty Eustice (I), 3-2
157 Alex Tirapelle (IL) dec. Joe Johnston (I), 7-5
165 Mark Perry (I) maj. dec. Cal Ferry (IL), 12-2
174 Pete Friedl (IL) dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 12-5
184 Brian Glynn (IL) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 2-1
197 Tyrone Byrd (IL) dec. Adam Fellers (I), 3-0
Hwt. Matt Fields (I) dec. Mike Behnke (IL), 6-3
125 Kyle Ott (IL) maj. dec. Charlie Falck (I), 14-6
133 Mark Jayne (IL) dec. Mario Galanakis (I), 7-5
141 Cassio Pero (IL) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 4-3

Northwestern recorded its first victory over the Hawkeyes since 1968 with the win, snapping Iowa’s 35-match winning streak in the series. Iowa won four of the first five weight classes to take a 19-3 team lead. The Hawkeyes got pins from junior Joe Johnston (157) and redshirt freshman Mark Perry (165), a major decision from junior Ty Eustice (149) and a decision from junior Mario Galanakis (133) in the first five matches. Northwestern responded by winning the last five matches to take the dual. Iowa endured a pin at 174, an upset decision at 184 and a major decision at 197 while still holding on to a 19-16 team lead. Hawkeye freshmen Matt Fields (Hwt.) and Charlie Falck (125) each had a chance to preserve an Iowa dual win, but neither could overcome early deficits in their matches.

Northwestern 22, Iowa 19
133 Mario Galanakis (I) dec. Dan Quintela (N), 6-0
141 Ryan Lang (N) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 10-4
149 Ty Eustice (I) maj. dec. Jimmy Kim (N), 15-6
157 Joe Johnston (I) pinned Mike Kimberlin (N), 5:18
165 Mark Perry (I) pinned Nick Hayes (N), 4:12
174 Jake Herbert (N) pinned Luke Lofthouse (I), 1:05
184 Mike Tamillow (N) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 5-3
197 Matt Delguyd (N) maj. dec. Adam Fellers (I), 10-2
Hwt. Dustin Fox (N) dec. Matt Fields (I), 7-6
125 John Velez (N) dec. Charlie Falck (I), 10-8

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 780-201-30 (.786) 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.