Hawkeyes Handle Northwestern

Feb. 12, 2006

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IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa wrestling team defeated Northwestern 20-16 Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Hawkeyes record to 10-7 (4-4 Big Ten) and Northwestern drops to 9-5 (4-3 Big Ten).

In the opening match, Northwestern’s John Velez won a major decision over Iowa’s Trent Goodale. The next five matches went the way of the Hawkeyes and Iowa opened up a 17-4 lead.

Sophomore Daniel Dennis snapped an eight-match losing streak and picked up his first Big Ten win with an 8-2 decision over Daniel Quintela. Dennis notched three takedowns in the win.

The win of the day for Iowa was Alex Tsirtsis’ 10-7 victory over No. 6 Ryan Lang at 141-pounds. Lang opened a 2-0 lead with an early takedown, but Tsirtsis escaped, then immediately took Lang to his back to take a 5-2 advantage. Lang took a 6-5 lead with a second period reversal, but Tsirtsis came roaring back in the third with a reversal and a takedown – eventually taking the 10-7 win.

Joe Johnston and Eric Luedke continued Iowa’s winning ways with a pair of victories. Johnston scored a 14-6 major decision over Greg Hagel, while Luedke won an 8-2 match with Will Durkee.

The Wildcats struck back at 174 pounds, where second-ranked Jake Herbert pinned Ben Stedman in 4:21. Paul Bradley won a 3-2 decision at 184 pounds before Northwestern won the meet’s final two matches.

Iowa will host its final dual of the 2005-06 season next Friday against Boise State. The dual will start at 7 p.m.

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