Hawkeyes To Host Indiana

Feb. 14, 2005

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Iowa (9-5, 4-3 in the Big Ten) will host Indiana (15-4, 3-3 in the Big Ten) in its final dual meet of the season. The match will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 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.

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.

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 8.

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 115-27 (.810). 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.

The University of Iowa will host the 2005 Big Ten Championships March 5-6 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The following is session and ticket information:

Session Times
Session – Date – Time (CT) – Mat Numbers
Session I – Saturday, March 5 – 11 a.m. – 4 mats
Session II – Saturday, March 5 – 6 p.m. – 4 mats
Session III – Sunday, March 6 – 12 p.m. – 3 mats

Ticket Prices
All-Session – Adult – $35
All-Session – College Student & Youth – $20

Session I-II-III – Adult – $10-$15-$20
Session I-II-III – College Student & Youth – $5-$8-$10
Session I-II-III – Infant In Arms – $1-$1-$1

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-464-2957 or www.hawkeyesports.com. The ticket office is located in the northwest corner of Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the concourse level. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone must have a ticket to enter the arena including infants-in-arms. Infants-in-arms tickets ($1) can be purchased at any ticket window on the day of the event.

The University of Iowa will stage an instructional clinic for wrestling enthusiasts elementary school-aged and younger noon Sunday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. There is no charge for the clinic and participants are invited to stay for the dual meet between Iowa and Indiana. Adults attending the clinic with their children will need to purchase a ticket to the dual meet. The clinic will concentrate on basic skills and fundamentals of wrestling. Participants may enter the north entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena beginning at 11 a.m. All participants will receive a free t-shirt in addition to the instruction that will be provided by Iowa’s assistant coaches and a select number of current student-athletes. Clinic participants should wear gym clothes and wrestling shoes.

Indiana is 15-4 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten, with wins over Eastern Illinois (42-6), Gardner Webb (31-6), Cumberland (50-0), Kent State (23-13), James Madison (39-4), Lock Haven (32-4), Edinboro (26-10), Tennessee-Chattanooga (30-14), Northwestern (22-14), McKendree (40-6), Missouri Baptist (45-6), Indianapolis (48-0), Ohio State (24-9), Virginia (28-10) and Michigan State (33-4), and losses to Nebraska (25-9), Penn State (21-12), Wisconsin (18-16) and Illinois (37-0). The Hoosiers will host Purdue Friday at 7 p.m.

Head Coach Duane Goldman is 163-89-4 in 13 seasons at Indiana. A 1986 NCAA Champion, Goldman was a four-time all-American and Big Ten Champion (1983-86) at Iowa. He currently ranks sixth on Iowa’s career wins list (132) 10th in career winning percentage (.930) and is one of 17 Hawkeyes with a perfect season record (36-0 in 1986). Hoosier Assistant Coach Mike Mena was a four-time all-American at Iowa (1994-97) at 118 and 126 pounds. He won a Big Ten title at 118 in 1995. Indiana is led by returning all-American and junior Joe Dubuque (125), seniors Mike Simpson (141) and Pat DeGain (Hwt.) and junior Brady Richardson (174).

Here are results of potential Iowa-Indiana matchups:
141 Alex Tsirtsis (I) is 0-1 vs. Mike Simpson (IN)
Simpson dec. Tsirtsis, 5-3, at 2004 Midlands
157 Joe Johnston (I) is 1-0 vs. Brandon Becker (IN)
Johnston dec. Becker, 8-6, at 2004 Midlands
165 Mark Perry (I) is 1-0 vs. Max Dean (IN)
Perry dec. Dean, 7-0, at 2004 Midlands
Hwt. Matt Fields (I) is 0-1 vs. Pat DeGain (IN)
DeGain dec. Fields, 3-1, at 2004 Midlands

Iowa leads the series with Indiana 29-4-3, winning the last 14 meetings. The Hawkeyes are also 14-3-1 against the Hoosiers in Iowa City. Iowa’s last win in the series was a 34-3 decision in Bloomington in 2003. Indiana’s last win in the series was a 19-13 victory in Bloomington in 1968.

Iowa defeated Indiana 34-3, February 21, 2003, in Bloomington, IN. The Hawkeyes won nine of the 10 matches in the dual, including its first win of the season at 165 pounds. Iowa improved to 16-3 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten with the win. Following are the individual match results:

Iowa 34, Indiana 3
125 Luke Eustice (I) dec. Joe Dubuque (IN), 10-5
133 Cliff Moore (I) dec. Greg Schaefer (IN), 8-3
141 Coyte Cooper (I) dec. Luke Moffitt (I), 2-1
149 Ty Eustice (I) dec. Matt Cooper (IN), 5-3
157 Joe Johnston (I) maj. dec. Isaac Knable (IN), 23-13
165 Jason D’Agata (I) dec. Alex LaPointe (IN), 8-5
174 Tyler Nixt (I) tech. fall B. Richardson (IN), 24-8 in 5:41
184 Jessman Smith (I) maj. dec. Ty Matthews (IN), 11-3
197 Ryan Fulsaas (I) dec. Pat DeGain (IN), 6-5
Hwt. Steve Mocco (I) pinned Joel Powers (IN), 1:24

Iowa went 1-1 on the weekend, defeating Minnesota (23-14) Friday night and losing to Michigan (21-11) Sunday afternoon. Both duals were held in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Iowa won six bouts against the Golden Gophers, scoring a pin and two major decisions. The Hawkeyes also won two sudden victory matches. Against Michigan, Iowa won three matches, and three of its seven losses were by two points or less. The only Hawkeye to go undefeated on the weekend was junior Paul Bradley at 184 pounds. He scored a 12-4 major decision over Minnesota’s Jeremy Larson on Friday, and a 7-5 decision over Wolverine Joshua Weitzel on Sunday. Here are the individual match results:

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

Michigan 21, Iowa 11
125 Charlie Falck (I) maj. dec. Jim Shutich (M), 16-6
133 Mario Galanakis (I) maj. dec. Mark Moos (M), 14-5
141 Josh Churella (M) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 8-4
149 Eric Tannenbaum (M) dec. Ty Eustice (I), 3-2
157 Ryan Bertin (M) dec. Joe Johnston (I), 14-8
165 Ryan Churella (M) dec. Mark Perry (I), 7-5
174 Nick Roy (M) dec. Cole Pape (I), 13-6
184 Paul Bradley (I) dec. Joshua Weitzel (M), 7-5
197 Willie Breyer (M) dec. Adam Fellers (I), 4-2
Hwt. Greg Wagner (M) dec. Matt Fields (I), 8-3

Mark Perry was Big Ten Wrestler of the Week February 9. Perry, a redshirt freshman from Stillwater, OK, wrestles at 165 pounds. He was honored for pinning two Big Ten opponents last weekend, as Iowa defeated Penn State (23-16) and Ohio State (30-6).

Perry is 19-3 this season in collegiate competition, 11-2 in duals and 6-1 in Big Ten duals. He is the second Iowa wrestler to earn the Big Ten weekly honors this season. Hawkeye junior Mario Galanakis earned the honor in January.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 783-202-30 (.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.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home for Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes have a record of 145-12 (.924) 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.