Hawkeyes Finish Sixth At National Duals

Jan. 15, 2006

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Cedar Falls, IA – The University of Iowa wrestling team finished sixth at the 2006 N.W.C.A/Cliff Keen National Duals on Sunday. The Hawkeyes were defeated by Michigan, 19-15 in the fifth place match.

Iowa jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after Lucas Magnani (125) gained a 5-4 decision over Michigan’s Michael Watts. Michigan evened the match when Mark Moos defeated Daniel Dennis (133), 12-6. The Wolverines took their first lead of the match after Alex Tsirtsis (141) was defeated by Josh Churella, 3-1. Iowa tied the match at 6-6 with a 7-4 decision from Ty Eustice (149) and Joe Johnston (157) followed with a 6-4 overtime decision to give the Hawkeyes a 9-6 lead. Johnston recorded a takedown in the first overtime period for the win.

Michigan countered with an 8-0 major decision from Ryan Churella over Eric Luedke (165) and a fall from Nick Roy over Ben Stedman (174) to regain the lead at 16-9. Paul Bradley (184) and Dan Erekson (197) recorded back-to-back decisions to bring the match score to 16-15 in favor of the Wolverines heading into the final bout of the match. Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, Matt Fields (Hwt.) was unable to overcome Greg Wagner, who won the match, 4-0 to give Michigan the final advantage.

The Hawkeyes return to action on Friday, January 20 when the travel to Madison to face the Wisconsin Badgers. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

Michigan 19, Iowa 15
125 – Lucas Magnani (I) dec. Michael Watts (M), 5-4
133 – Mark Moos (M) dec. Daniel Dennis (I), 12-6
141 – Josh Churella (M) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 3-1
149 – Ty Eustice (I) dec. Eric Tannenbaum (M), 7-4
157 – Joe Johnston (I) dec. Steve Luke (M), 6-4
165 – Ryan Churella (M) maj. dec. Eric Luedke (I), 8-0
174 – Nick Roy (M) pinned Ben Stedman (I), 3:25
184 – Paul Bradley (I) dec. Tyrel Todd (M), 7-5
197 – Dan Erekson dec. William Breyer (M), 6-2
Hwt. – Greg Wagner dec. Matt Fields (I), 4-0