Match Time!

March 5, 2005

Coach Jim Zalesky’s nationally ranked Iowa wrestling team opens its run at a 32nd Big Ten Conference championship today in first round action of the league’s 2005 tournament. Session I begins at 11 a.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Eight of Iowa’s 10 entries are seeded. Iowa does not have a single No. 1 seed. Ty Eustice at 149 pounds and Mark Perry at 165 are the highest seeded Hawkeyes at No. 2.

“You can’t worry about seeds. All you have to worry about is the guy on that mat with you,” Zalesky said during his visit with the media on Friday.

“It would be nice to have some number one seeds, but we aren’t worrying about that anymore. We are focused on wrestling one match at a time.”

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125 pounds – No. 8 Charlie Falck received a first-round bye and will meet No. 1 Kyle Ott of Illinois in the second round.

133 pounds – No. 4 Mario Galanakis received a first-round by and will meet No. 5 T.J. Wright of Ohio State in the second round

141 pounds – No. 5 Alex Tsirtsis will wrestle unseeded Jason Johnstone of Ohio State in first round action.

149 pounds – No. 2 Ty Eustice received a first round bye. His second round opponent is yet to be determined.

157 pounds – No. 3 Joe Johnston received a first round bye. His second round opponent is yet to be determined.

165 pounds – No. 2 Mark Perry will meet Jarrad Turner of Penn State in the first round.

174 pounds – Luke Lofthouse will wrestle No. 2 Jake Herbert of Northwestern in first round action.

184 pounds – No. 5 Paul Bradley received a first round bye and will wrestle No. 4 Ben Wissel of Purdue in the second round.

197 pounds – Adam Fellers will wrestle No. 6 Willie Breyer of Michigan in first round action.

Heavyweight – No. 5 Matt Fields will wrestle Lee Kraemer of Wisconsin in first round action.