Hawkeyes Battle Two Big Ten Foes

Jan. 24, 2006

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Iowa will continue the 2006 Big Ten season with a pair of duals this weekend. The Hawkeyes will host the Purdue Boilermakers Friday at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, then travel to Bloomington, IN, for a meeting with the Indiana Hoosiers Sunday at 1 p.m.


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.

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 123-31 (.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.


Hawkeye sophomore heavyweight Matt Fields will miss the remainder of the season with torn ligaments in his knee sustained during his match with No. 1 Cole Konrad last Sunday. The Lowden, IA, native tore both the ACL and MCL.


The Purdue Boilermakers are 8-5 overall and have an 0-2 record in the Big Ten Conference. Last weekend, Purdue opened up conference play with a 27-7 loss at Illinois. The Boilermakers then fell to in-state rival Indiana 24-13 in their Big Ten home opener.

Head Coach Jessie Reyes is in his 14th season with the Boilermakers, and has a 168-107-3 record in that span. He has coached 14 all-Americans and four Big Ten Champions in his era, and currently has a Purdue-best five-consecutive years with an all-American.

The Boilermakers are led by all-American 184-pounder Ben Wissel, who is 26-2 on the season. Fellow senior Chris Fleeger is a two-time all-American and 2003 Big Ten Champion at 125 pounds. He is 3-1 on the season. Senior Doug Withstandley is 19-5 at 149 pounds.


The Hawkeyes leads the all-time series with Purdue 32-4-3, and have a 17-1-2 advantage in Iowa City. Iowa won the last meeting 23-9 (2004), Purdue’s last win was a 23-9 victory in 1961.


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Iowa recorded its 770th dual victory in school history with a 23-9 win over Purdue on January 25, 2004.

Iowa won the first four matches of the dual and grabbed seven wins overall on the day. Sophomore Cole Pape started things off with a 9-5 victory over Purdue’s Bryce Markley at 165. In one of the top match-ups of the day and a rematch of the 2003 Big Ten Championship finals, senior Tyler Nixt defeated Purdue’s Ryan Lange 7-5 in the tiebreak period at 174. At 184, Hawkeye sophomore Paul Bradley won with a 6-5 win over Boilermaker Ben Wissel, and senior Ryan Fulsaas picked up his 50th career win with a 13-10 win over Purdue’s Barry Jackson at 197. Heavyweight Israel Blevins put Purdue on the scoreboard with his 4-2 win over Ryan Fuller, but Hawkeye senior Luke Eustice fought back with a 20-4 technical fall over Sean Schmaltz at 125. Purdue picked up another win at 133 before senior Cliff Moore won his 95th career match with a 9-4 decision over Boilermaker Doug Withstandley at 141. Sophomore Ty Eustice scored a late takedown for a 3-2 win over Dan Jankowski, but Iowa’s team score stopped there as Purdue won the last match of the day at 157.

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The Indiana Hoosiers are currently 11-0 in dual meet action and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Their 11-0 start is the best since a 12-0 start in the 1995-95 season. Last weekend, Indiana dispatched a pair of Big Ten opponents, downing Ohio State 31-7 and Purdue 24-13.

The Hoosiers are coached by former Hawkeye Duane Goldman, who is in his 14th season. While at Indiana, Goldman has coached 54 NCAA Qualifiers, 14 all-Americans and one NCAA Champion. As a Hawkeye, Goldman was a four-time Big Ten Champion and the 1986 NCAA Champion at 190 pounds. He was a three-time NCAA runner-up.

Indiana is led by top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion 125-pounder Joe Dubuque. The senior is 14-0 on the season. Senior 197-pounder Brady Richardson is 22-3 and is undefeated (10-0) in dual action, while sophomore Brandon Becker is 16-3 at 157 pounds.


Iowa leads the overall series, 28-3-3, over the Hoosiers and won the last meeting, 17-16, on Feb. 20, 2005. In Bloomington, Iowa has a 14-1-2 advantage.


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Iowa defeated Indiana, 17-16, last year in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Hawkeye 149-pounder Ty Eustice scored a 17-7 major decision in the last match of the dual to give Iowa the one-point team win. The dual was tied 7-7 after the first four matches, with Iowa’s points coming from Mark Perry’s 13-2 major decision at 165 and Paul Bradley’s 12-8 win at 184. Indiana built a 16-7 lead with wins at the next three weights, but decisions by junior Mario Galanakis at 133 and Alex Tsirtsis at 141 cut the lead to 16-13 going into the final match. Eustice needed a decision to tie and a major decision or more to secure Iowa’s team win. He scored four takedowns in the first period and three more in the rest of the match to seal the win for the Hawkeyes.

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The Hawkeyes split a pair of Big Ten road duals, topping Wisconsin 24-7 in Madison, WI, before falling to the top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers 25-9.


Hawkeye senior Ty Eustice is just two wins shy of 100 for his career at 98-27. This weekend he will face Purdue’s Doug Withstandley (19-5) and Matt Cooper (11-5) of Indiana.

Earlier this season, Joe Johnston won his 100th career match. He is now 102-39.


Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 792-207-30 (.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 host Penn State Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., then hit the road for a Sunday dual with the Michigan State Spartans. First match will be at Noon.