Hawkeyes To Host Big Ten Foes

Feb. 8, 2005

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Iowa (8-4, 3-2 in the Big Ten) will host two Big Ten duals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this weekend. The Hawkeyes will face Minnesota (8-6, 2-2) Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan (11-3-1, 3-0-1) Sunday at 6 p.m.

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.

Radio – Morrie Adams and four-time Hawkeye all-American Mark Ironside 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 – Iowa Public Television, in its 29th season of televising college wrestling, will air a live telecast of the dual with Minnesota. Announcers will be Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and former Iowa Wrestling Coach Dan Gable.

Video Webcast – Iowa will be offering a live video webcast of the Minnesota dual through www.hawkeyesports.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 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 the 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 114-26 (.814). 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.

Eighth-ranked Minnesota is 8-6, 2-2 in the Big Ten with wins over Arizona State (22-16), Northern Iowa (20-15), Central Michigan (20-18 and 18-15), Michigan (21-16), Lehigh (24-13), Northwestern (28-10) and Purdue (29-12) and losses to Oklahoma State (28-10), Nebraska (21-12), Iowa State (21-12), Illinois (20-15), Michigan State (28-14) and Michigan (24-19). Head Coach J Robinson is 277-99-3 in 19 seasons at Minnesota. He served as interim head coach at Iowa in 1984, when Dan Gable coached the U.S. Olympic team, after stints as an assistant coach (1976-83) and graduate assistant (1972-76) with the Hawkeyes. Minnesota is led by all-Americans Bobbe Lowe (125) and Cole Konrad (Hwt.), and redshirt freshman Mack Reiter (133) who is a Gilbertville, IA, native.

Fifth-ranked Michigan is 11-3-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the Big Ten with wins over Cleveland State (40-9), Central Michigan (24-15), Nebraska (25-12), Army (35-9), Stanford (32-10), Penn State (31-9 and 29-14), Arizona State (24-16), Hofstra (19-18), Wisconsin (23-16) and Minnesota (24-19), losses to Lehigh (22-15), Minnesota (21-16) and Oklahoma (24-13) and a tie with Illinois (17-17). The Wolverines will host Ohio State Friday night in Cliff Keen Arena. Head Coach Joe McFarland is 84-21-3 in six seasons at Michigan and 108-41-3 in nine seasons as a collegiate head coach. The Wolverines are led by all-Americans Ryan Churella (165), Ryan Bertin (157) and Greg Wagner (Hwt.) and redshirt freshman Josh Churella (141) and Eric Tannenbaum (149).

Here are results of potential Iowa-Minnesota matchups:
125 Charlie Falck (I) is 0-1 vs. Bobbe Lowe (M)
Lowe dec. Falck, 3-2, at 2004 Kauf.-Brand Open
125 Lucas Magnani (I) is 0-1 vs. Bobbe Lowe (M)
Lowe dec. Magnani, 5-2, at 2004 Kauf.-Brand Open
174 Luke Lofthouse (I) is 0-2 vs. Gabe Dretch (M)
Dretch dec. Lofthouse, 7-4, at 2004 Kauf.-Brand Open
Dretch dec. Lofthouse, 7-3, at 2004 Kauf.-Brand Open

Here are results of potential Iowa-Michigan matchups:
157 Joe Johnston (I) is 0-3 vs. Ryan Bertin (M)
Bertin dec. Johnston, 13-10, at 2003 National Duals
Bertin dec. Johnston, 15-7, at 2003 Big Ten Champ’s
Bertin dec. Johnston, 11-4, at 2004 dual
184 Paul Bradley (I) is 1-0 vs. Joshua Weitzel (M)
Bradley dec. Weitzel, 6-2, at 2004 dual

Minnesota — Iowa leads the series, 61-22-1, and holds a 29-11 advantage in Iowa City. Minnesota won the last meeting (18-15 in Minneapolis in 2004). Iowa’s last win in the series was 22-18 in Iowa City in 2003.

Michigan — The series is tied at 23-23-1. Iowa holds a 10-8-1 advantage in Iowa City, but Michigan won the last meeting (20-16 in Ann Arbor in 2004). Iowa’s last win in the series was a 29-11 decision at the 2003 NWCA National Duals in Columbus, OH.

Minnesota 18, Iowa 15 — February 15, 2004
The Hawkeyes fell to Minnesota, 18-15, February 15, 2004, in Minneapolis, MN. Iowa started its 1,000th dual meet in school history strong, with senior Luke Eustice winning a 10-2 major decision over Bobbe Lowe at 125. Minnesota got on the scoreboard with a win in sudden victory at 133, but senior Cliff Moore rebounded with a 12-6 win over Tommy Owen at 141. Hawkeye sophomore Ty Eustice scored an 8-4 win over Thomas McAlpine at 149, but his unsportsmanlike behavior after the match led to a one-point deduction from the Iowa team score. Joe Johnston continued the Hawkeye roll with a 7-4 decision over Matt Nagel at 157. Minnesota used the intermission after 157 to regroup, winning four of the last five bouts. Iowa senior Tyler Nixt was the only bright spot in the second half of the dual, winning a 3-1 decision over Jon Duncombe at 174. Iowa led 15-6 after Nixt’s match, but two Minnesota decisions had the Golden Gophers trailing 15-12 going into the final match. Minnesota’s Cole Konrad needed to win by at least a major decision to prevent a tie. He scored a late takedown to take a 3-0 lead over Iowa’s Ryan Fuller. He turned the Hawkeye for the fall in 6:45 to seal the win. Following are the individual meet results:

Minnesota 18, Iowa 15
125 Luke Eustice (I) maj. dec. Bobbe Lowe (M), 10-2
133 Quincy Osborn (M) dec. Trent Goodale (I), 4-2 sv
141 Cliff Moore (I) dec. Tommy Owen (M), 12-6
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Thomas McAlpine (M), 8-5
157 Joe Johnston (I) dec. Matt Nagel (M), 7-4
165 Jacob Volkmann (M) dec. Cole Pape (I), 4-2
174 Tyler Nixt (I) dec. Jon Duncombe (M), 3-1
184 Josh McLay (M) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 2-1
197 Damion Hahn (M) dec. Ryan Fulsaas (I), 6-1
Hwt. Cole Konrad (M) pinned Ryan Fuller (I), 6:45

Michigan 20, Iowa 16 — January 23, 2004
Iowa lost a close 20-16 decision to Michigan January 23, 2004, in Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, MI. Hawkeye senior Luke Eustice opened the dual with a dominating 13-3 major decision over Mark Moos at 125, collecting his 75th career victory. At 133, Foley Dowd put Michigan on the scoreboard with a 22-6 technical fall over Trent Goodale. Hawkeye senior Cliff Moore scored a takedown in sudden victory to win 5-3 over Clark Forward at 141 to make the team score 7-5. Michigan won the next three weights with two decisions and a pin, stretching the team score to 17-7. The Hawkeyes pulled within one on wins by Tyler Nixt (6-5) at 174, Paul Bradley (6-2) at 184 and Ryan Fulsaas (5-3) at 197. Michigan’s Greg Wagner sealed the victory with a 4-1 decision over redshirt freshman Ryan Fuller at heavyweight. Following are the individual match results:

Michigan 20, Iowa 16
125 Luke Eustice (I) maj. dec. Mark Moos (M), 13-3
133 Foley Dowd (M) tech. fall Trent Goodale (I), 22-6
141 Cliff Moore (I) dec. Clark Forward (M), 5-3 sv
149 Ryan Churella (M) dec. Ty Eustice (I), 4-3 4tb
157 Ryan Bertin (M) dec. Joe Johnston (I), 13-9
165 Pat Owen (M) pinned Cole Pape (I), 0:47
174 Tyler Nixt (I) dec. Nick Roy (M), 6-5
184 Paul Bradley (I) dec. Joshua Weitzel (M), 6-2
197 Ryan Fulsaas (I) dec. Chase Verdoorn (M), 5-3
Hwt. Greg Wagner (M) dec. Ryan Fuller (I), 4-1

The Johnson County I-Club will host a University of Iowa Wrestling Luncheon Friday 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.

Iowa went 2-0, scoring a 23-16 win at Penn State Friday and a 30-6 win at Ohio State Saturday. Redshirt freshman Mark Perry (165) led the Hawkeyes pinning both of his opponents in a combined total of 5:44. Also going undefeated on the weekend were juniors Mario Galanakis (133), Ty Eustice (149) and Joe Johnston (157) and freshmen Alex Tsirtsis (141) and Matt Fields (Hwt.). Iowa won six bouts against the Nittany Lions, and eight against the Buckeyes. Following are the individual match results:

Iowa 23, Penn State 16
125 Adam Smith (P) pinned Charlie Falck (I), 4:34
133 Mario Galanakis (I) dec. Bryan Heller (P), 8-4
141 Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. DeWitt Driscoll (P), 6-4 SV
149 Ty Eustice (I) tech. fall Jack Decker (P), 24-9 in 6:46
157 Joe Johnston (I) maj. dec. Nate Galloway (P), 23-10
165 Mark Perry (I) pinned Jarrad Turner (P), 2:02
174 J. Yonushonis (P) maj. dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 12-4
184 Eric Bradley (P) dec. Paul Bradley (I), 3-2
197 Phil Davis (P) dec. Adam Fellers (I), 8-2
Hwt. Matt Fields (I) dec. Joel Edwards (P), 4-2

Iowa 30, Ohio State 6
184 Paul Bradley (I) maj. dec. Alex Picazo (O), 13-5
197 J.D. Bergman (O) dec. Adam Fellers (I), 6-3
Hwt. Matt Fields (I) dec. Kirk Nail (O), 6-4
125 Charlie Falck (I) maj. dec. Nathan Costello (O), 10-0
133 Mario Galanakis (I) dec. T.J. Enright (O), 7-4
141 Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Jason Johnstone (O), 3-0
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Steve Wolery (O), 9-4
157 Joe Johnston (I) tech. fall Keegan Mueller (O), 21-6
165 Mark Perry (I) pinned Zach Craiglow (O), 3:42
174 Nate Augustson (O) dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 10-6

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 15, March 1 and March 15.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 782-201-30 (.787) 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 144-11 (.929) 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 2002-03. 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.

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 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.