Feb. 11, 2005
IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa wrestling team recorded its 145th win in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Friday night when it defeated Minnesota, 23-14. It was also the 115th career win for Hawkeye Head Coach Jim Zalesky. Iowa improved to 9-4 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten with the win, while Minnesota fell to 8-7, 2-3.
Minnesota jumped out to an 8-0 start with wins at the first two weights, but Iowa responded with four straight victories to take a 16-8 lead. Hawkeye freshman Alex Tsirtsis started the Iowa roll at 141, winning an 11-1 major decision over Tommy Owen. Junior Ty Eustice followed up by scoring his 20th win of the season with a 4-2 decision over Quincy Osborn at 149. Junior Joe Johnston fired up the Hawkeye crowd of 5,711 with his 3:36 pin of Danny Williams at 157. After the Iowa Public Television intermission, Iowa redshirt freshman Mark Perry scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat Matt Nagel, 3-1 at 165. Minnesota scored its third win of the night at 174 when Gabriel Dretsch recorded an 11-7 win over Hawkeye freshman Luke Lofthouse. Hawkeye juniors Paul Bradley and Adam Fellers responded with win to seal the team victory for Iowa. At 184, Bradley scored a takedown with 13 seconds left in the match to win a 12-4 major decision over Jeremy Larson, and Fellers picked up his first dual win of the season with a 3-1 decision in sudden victory over Matt Koz at 197. Second-ranked Cole Konrad put the last Gopher points on the board with a 2-0 decision over Iowa freshman Matt Fields at heavyweight.
Iowa will host Michigan (12-3-1, 4-0-1 in the Big Ten) Sunday at 6 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Wolverines defeated Ohio State, 32-6, Friday night in Ann Arbor.
Iowa 23, Minnesota 14
125 Bobbe Lowe (M) tech. fall Matt Morkel (I), 21-6
133 Mack Reiter (M) dec. Mario Galanakis (I), 2-0
141 Alex Tsirtsis (I) maj. dec. Tommy Owen (M), 11-1
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Quincy Osborn (M), 4-2
157 Joe Johnston (I) pinned Danny Williams (M), 3:36
165 Mark Perry (I) dec. Matt Nagel (M), 3-1 SV
174 Gabriel Dretsch (M) dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 11-7
184 Paul Bradley (I) maj. dec. Jeremy Larson (M), 12-4
197 Adam Fellers (I) dec. Matt Koz (M), 3-1 SV
Hwt. Cole Konrad (M) dec. Matt Fields (I), 2-0