Hawkeyes Set For Home, Road Duals

Jan. 31, 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 Penn State Nittany Lions Friday at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, then travel to East Lansing, MI, for a meeting with the Michigan State Spartans Sunday at noon (CDT).


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 125-31 (.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 Penn State Nittany Lions are 9-3 overall and 1-3 in Big Ten Conference action. Last weekend, the Nittany Lions defeated Michigan State, 27-12, then gave top-ranked Minnesota everything it could handle before falling 25-16.

Head Coach Troy Sunderland is in his eighth season with the Nittnay Lions, and has an 83-69 record in that span. He has coached two NCAA Champions, 15 All-Americans and five Big Ten Champions. He was also the 2003 Big Ten Coach of the Year.

The Nittany Lions are led by top-ranked 184-pound senior Eric Bradley, who is 5-0 on the season. Sophomore 197-pounder is 12-3 overall, 9-1 in dual action and undefeated (4-0) in Big Ten matches.


The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series with Penn State 24-4-2, and have a 10-2-0 advantage in Iowa City. Iowa won the last meeting 23-16 (2005), Penn State’s last win was a 25-17 victory in 1997. Iowa has won seven straight.


Here are past results of potential Iowa-Penn State matchups:141 Alex Tsirtsis (I) is 1-0 vs. DeWitt Driscoll (PSU)    Tsirtsis dec. Driscoll 6-4 (SV) at 2005 dual149 Ty Eustice (I) is 1-0 vs. James Woodall (PSU)    Eustice dec. Woodall 6-5 at 2004 Midlands157 Joe Johnston (I) is 1-0 vs. Nathan Galloway (PSU)    Johnston maj. dec. Galloway 23-10 at 2005 dual184 Paul Bradley (I) is 1-4 vs. Eric Bradley (PSU)    E. Bradley dec. P. Bradley 7-4 at 2003 Midlands    E. Bradley dec. P. Bradley 6-4 at 2004 dual    E. Bradley dec. P. Bradley 3-2 at 2004 Big Ten Championships    P. Bradley dec. E. Bradley 4-3 (TB2) at 2004 Midlands    E. Bradley dec. P. Bradley 3-2 at 2005 dual="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>


Last year, Iowa topped Penn State 23-16 in State College, PA.

The Nittany Lions started the dual off strong at 125 pounds with Adam Smith’s 4:34 pin over Hawkeye freshman Charlie Falck. Iowa responded by winning the next five matches and scoring 20 unanswered team points. Iowa junior Mario Galanakis started the roll at 133, winning an 8-4 decision over Bryan Heller. Alex Tsirtsis followed up at 141 with his first win of the Big Ten dual season, scoring a 6-4 decision in sudden victory over DeWitt Driscoll. At 149, Ty Eustice scored a match-ending 24-9 technical fall over Jack Decker in 6:46. Joe Johnston followed that with a 23-10 major decision over Nate Galloway at 157, and Mark Perry added a pin in 2:02 over Jarrad Turner at 165 to give the Hawkeyes their biggest lead of the dual.

Penn State started a roll of its own, winning matches at 174, 184 and 197, and trimming a 14-point Iowa lead to four. Penn State needed a major decision or more at heavyweight to win the dual, but Hawkeye freshman Matt Fields spoiled the Nittany Lion comeback with his 4-2 decision over Joel Edwards.

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The Michigan State Spartans are 2-5 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten Conference action. Last weekend, the Spartans dropped a pair of conference duals at the hands of Penn State and Michigan – both by a score of 27-12.

The Spartans are coached by Tom Minkel, who is in his 15th year at the helm. During his tenure, Minkel has produced 30 All-Americans, eight Big Ten Champions and one NCAA Champion.

The 2005-06 Spartans are led by the Simmons brothers, 125-pounder Nick and 141-pounder Andy. Nick is a two-time all-American and 21-0 on the year. Andy is 23-3 on the season after earning all-American honors last year. Senior 174-pounder R.J. Boudro is 18-3 on the season.


Iowa leads the overall series, 30-14-2, over the Spartans and won the last meeting, 31-6, in 2004. In East Lansing, MI, Iowa has a 12-8-1 advantage.


Here are past results of potential Iowa-Michigan State matchups:
125 Lucas Magnani (I) is 0-1 vs Nick Simmons (MSU) Simmons maj. dec. Magnani 12-0 at 2004 Midlands
149 Ty Eustice (I) is 2-0 vs. Darren McKnight (MSU) Eustice dec. McKnight 7-3 at 2004 Big Ten Championships Eustice dec. McKnight 3-1 at 2005 Big Ten Championships="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/ahref="http:>


The Hawkeyes plowed through the first nine matches, scoring team bonus points in four, before Michigan State recorded a pin in the final match. Iowa got major decisions from sophomore Joe Johnston (157), Mark Mueller (165), seniors Tyler Nixt (174) and Luke Eustice (125), and decisions from senior Cliff Moore (141), Ty Eustice (149), Paul Bradley (184), senior Ryan Fulsaas (197) and (Hwt.).

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The Hawkeyes won a pair of Big Ten duals, topping Purdue, 28-11, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Indiana, 30-12, in Bloomington, IN.


Hawkeye senior Ty Eustice picked up his 100th career win over the weekend with a disqualification win over Matt Cooper of Indiana. His career mark now stands at 100-27.

Earlier this season, Joe Johnston won his 100th career match. He is now 104-39.


Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 794-207-30 (.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 Illinois on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., and Northwestern Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.