Hawkeyes Head to National Duals

Jan. 10, 2006

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THIS WEEK Iowa will compete in 2006 N.W.C.A./Cliff Keen National Duals January 14-15 in Cedar Falls, IA. All matches will be held in the UNI-Dome on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The Hawkeyes will open with Nebraska at 9 a.m. Saturday on Mat 3.

The annual tournament features 16 teams from NCAA Divisions I, II and III and NAIA, eight NJCAA teams, four NCWA teams and three women’s teams. Oklahoma State, Minnesota, University of Oklahoma, Cornell University, Michigan, Central Michigan, Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kent State, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Missouri, Hofstra and Arizona State University, will all battle the Hawkeyes for the Division I title.

All-session tickets are $25 for adults and $17 for seniors and students. Groups of eight or more can received pre-sold all-session tickets for $17. Individual session tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $8 for groups of eight or more if pre-sold. All seats are general admission. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the UNI-Dome box office at 1-877-216-3663.

Saturday, January 14

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA Preliminary Rounds11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA Preliminary Rounds1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA Quarters/Consolations3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA Quarters/Consolations5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Division I, II, III, NAIA 2nd Consolations7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA 3rd Consolations7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  NJCAA Quarters, NCWA & Women Rd 19:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. NJCAA Semis/Consi's, NCWA, Women Rd. 2
Sunday, January 159:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA 7th Place Matches9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. NJCAA 3rd, 5th, 7th Place Matches11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA Semifinals1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA 3rd and 5th Place Matches3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Division I, II, III, NAIA, NJCAA Championships

ON THE AIR Radio – Morrie Adams and four-time Hawkeye all-American Mark Ironside will call this season’s action live on AM-800 KXIC. To listen to the broadcast online, go to the wrestling schedule page on www.hawkeyesports.com. Broadcasts are available using the CSTV All-Access subscription, which can be purchased for $6.95 per month or $49.95 per year.

TakedownRadio.com will also be broadcasting the event live from the UNI-Dome. Scott Casber, Steve Foster, Nick Passolano, J. Carl Guymon and Matt Hoover will be providing the call. To access the broadcast on the internet, visit: www.Takedownradio.com, click Listen Live. You must have real audio player. A link to real audio is available on the Takedownradio.com web page. Broadcast times are concurrent with wrestling event schedule.

HEAD COACH Jim Zalesky Jim Zalesky is in his ninth season as head coach at the University of Iowa. He has a school and career record of 119-28 (.815). Named National Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999, and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2004, 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 40 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.

HAWK TALK WITH Jim Zalesky 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. on the following dates: Jan. 3, Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 15, Feb. 28 and March 7.

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS The No. 15 Nebraska Cornhuskers are 6-2 on the season and coming off a dominant 41-3 win over Virginia Tech. The Huskers’ two losses this season have come at the hands of Minnesota and Cal-Poly.

Head Coach Mark Manning has a 77-29-1 record and is in his sixth year at the helm. During his tenure, Manning has coached 14 all-Americans and finished in the top 15 at the NCAA Championships four times.

The Cornhuskers are led by seniors Jacob Klein (174) and B.J. Padden (197). Klein was an all-American at 165 in 2004, while Padden won a Big XII Championship last season and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships. Other Nebraska wrestlers in the rankings are freshman Paul Donahoe (125), sophomore John May (Hwt.), junior Dominick Moyer (141) and senior Mark Harwood (165).

THE SERIES The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series with Nebraska 22-9-2. The last time the two teams faced was in the 1999 National Duals held in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won that match 37-2, and have won the last four meetings. Nebraska’s last win in the series was a 24-20 victory in the 1993 National Duals.

HAVEN’T WE MET? Here are past results of potential Iowa-Nebraska matchups:

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Oklahoma State got on the board with Jake Rosholt’s 10-6 win over freshman Dan Ereckson at 197. Sophomore Matt Fields fell to Cowboy senior Steve Mocco 1-2. Hawkeye junior Lucas Magnani fell to Coleman Scott 3-4 heading into intermission.

The Cowboys picked up two wins after the intermission, with Nathan Morgan’s 14-9 decision over freshman Daniel Dennis at 133 and Daniel Frishkorn’s 10-8 win over sophomore Alex Tsirtsis at 141. Hawkeye senior Ty Eustice gave Iowa a boost with a 4-2 decision over top-ranked Zach Esposito at 149, and senior Joe Johnston pulled Iowa closer with a 25-11 major decision at 157 over Kevin Ward. Cowboy junior Johny Hendricks won the last match of the night, 10-4 over Iowa junior Eric Luedke.

EUSTICE KNOCKS OFF NO. 1 Hawkeye senior Ty Eustice defeated top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Zach Esposito 4-2 Saturday. It was his first win over Esposito in three meetings. Eustice lost 4-1 in their first meeting at the 2004 dual, then fell 2-1 in sudden victory in last year’s meeting.

THROWN INTO THE FIRE Hawkeye true freshman 197-pounder Dan Erekson saw his first dual action of the season last Saturday against Oklahoma State. The Eagle, ID, native was thrown into the fire against top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Jake Rosholt. Erekson held his own against the two-time titlist before dropping a 10-6 decision. On the season, Erekson is 12-4 with a first place finish at the Spartan Open and a third-place finish at the Kaufman-Brand Open. He has four pins on the year.

IOWA WRESTLING HISTORY Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 787-203-30 (.787) in 94 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 20 national titles, including nine of the last 15, 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 127 all-Americans have earned all-America status 258 times, including 16 four-time, 27 three-time and 29 two-time honorees.

CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home for Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes have a record of 147-13 (.925) 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, set when Iowa defeated Iowa State on February 22, 1992. The arena seats 15,500 for a dual wrestling meet.

IOWA TICKET INFORMATION Tickets for Iowa’s home duals are on sale at the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-424-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com. Tickets for Saturday’s dual with Oklahoma State are $10 per person. Single-match tickets for Iowa’s other five duals purchased in advance are $8 for adults and $4 for youth. Single-match tickets purchased at the gate are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets for $4. University of Iowa students will be admitted free of charge for all duals except Oklahoma State.

NEXT COMPETITION The Hawkeyes will kick-off the Big Ten Conference season with a pair of road duals at Wisconsin and Minnesota. Iowa will take on the Badgers Friday, January 20 at 7 p.m. in Madison, then battle the Golden Gophers Sunday at 2 p.m. in Minneapolis.