Iowa Defeats Northern Iowa, 25-11

Dec. 8, 2005

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IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa wrestling team improved to 3-0 with a 25-11 win over Northern Iowa Thursday night in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won seven matches, including two bonus-point victories. Northern Iowa falls to 0-2 on the season.

Iowa opened the dual with five straight wins, starting with junior Lucas Magnani’s 7-3 decision over Seth Wright at 125. True freshman Daniel Dennis followed up with an 11-5 win over Chris Helgeson to improve to 7-2 on the season at 133. Sophomore Alex Tsirtsis improved to 6-2 at 141 with his 10-4 win over Ryan Osgood. Senior Ty Eustice remained undefeated an 8-0, scoring a 15-5 major decision over Justin Swafford at 149. Senior Joe Johnston came back from a 4-3 deficit in the second period to beat Chris Bitetto, 8-5 at 157. Johnston is now 6-2 on the season.

Northern Iowa put its first team points on the board with Nick Baima’s 21-6 technical fall over junior Joe Uker at 165. Iowa sophomore Mark Perry responded by pinning Curt Zinnel in 2:11 at 174 to pick up his 30th career win and improve to 3-0 on the season. The Panthers won close decisions at 184 and 197 before Iowa sophomore Matt Fields ended the night with a 7-3 win over Tyler Rhodes at heavyweight. Fields improved to 7-1 on the season.

Iowa’s next competition will be December 29-30 at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, IL.

Iowa 25, Northern Iowa 11
125 – Lucas Magnani (I) dec. Seth Wright (UNI), 7-3
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Chris Helgeson (UNI), 11-5
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Ryan Osgood (UNI), 10-4
149 – Ty Eustice (I) maj. dec. Justin Swafford (UNI), 15-5
157 – Joe Johnston (I) dec. Chris Bitetto (UNI), 8-5
165 – Nick Baima (UNI) tech. fall Joe Uker (I), 21-6
174 – Mark Perry (I) pinned Curt Zinnel (UNI), 2:11
184 – De’Andre Nunn (UNI) dec. Ben Stedman (I), 12-10
197 – Andrew Anderson (UNI) dec. Adam Fellers (I), 3-2
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) dec. Tyler Rhodes (UNI), 7-3