Hawkeyes Open Up Big Ten Dual Season

Jan. 18, 2006

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Iowa will kick-off the Big Ten dual season with a pair of matches with Wisconsin and Minnesota. Iowa will battle the Badgers Friday night at 7 p.m. in the UW Field House (10,300), before heading to Minneapolis to take on the Golden Gophers at 2 p.m. in Williams Arena (14,625).


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.

On the Web – The University of Wisconsin is offering free streaming video of Friday’s dual over the world wide web. A link to the feed can be accessed on Hawkeyesports.com under Hawkeye All Access. A Hawkeye All-Access membership is not needed to watch this free event.

Television – FSN North will be broadcasting Sunday’s dual with Minnesota on a tape-delay basis. The dual will air Monday night at 7 p.m., with Ron Johnson and Will Short calling the action.

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 122-30 (.803). 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.


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.


The No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers are 6-2 on the season and coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Lonestar Duals. The Badgers fell to Tennessee-Chattanooga 19-18, then bounced back to topple Brown 36-3 and North Carolina 21-15. Wisconsin is 1-0 in Big Ten action, having defeated Penn State 19-15 on November 20.

Head Coach Barry Davis is in his 12th season at the helm of the Badgers. In his tenure, he has coached six Big Ten Champions, 11 all-Americans and two NCAA Champions. Davis was a three-time NCAA Champion at Iowa and still holds Hawkeye records for wins in a season (46) and career (162). Former Hawkeye Bart Chelesvig is an assistant coach under Davis.

The Badgers are led by senior 133-pounder Tom Clum. The all-American and 2004 Big Ten Champion at 125 pounds is 4-1 on the year. Junior 149 pounder Tyler Turner is 14-1 on the season.


The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series with Wisconsin 69-7-3 and have won the last 31 matches. In Madison, Iowa leads the series 33-4-2. Wisconsin’s last win was a 18-12 victory in 1966.


Here are past results of potential Iowa-Wisconsin matchups:

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The pin was        the fastest by a Hawkeye this year (0:41).        

Junior Eric Luedke also gave Iowa its first points at 165 pounds with a 3-1 win over Johnny Galloway of Northern Illinois.


Hawkeye true freshman Dan Erekson picked up his first pin in dual action at the National Duals last weekend. It was also the fastest pin by a Hawkeye this season, coming in just 0:41.


Senior 149-pounder Ty Eustice will get a chance to wrestle in his home state this weekend when the Hawkeyes battle the Golden Gophers. Eustice was a four-time Minnesota state champion at Blue Earth High School. For his collegiate career, Eustice is 3-1 wrestling in the state of Minnesota.


Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 790-205-30 (.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 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.


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.


The Hawkeyes return home to host the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m., then hit the road again for a Sunday (Jan. 29) dual at Indiana (1 p.m.).