Hawkeyes Ready for Big Tens

Feb. 28, 2006

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Iowa will head into the postseason this week when it travels to Bloomington, IN, for the 2006 Big Ten Championships. The meet will be held Saturday and (session I – 11 a.m., sesson II – 6 p.m.) Sunday (consolations – noon, finals – 2 p.m.) in Assembly Hall.


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.

Television – College Sports Television (CSTV) will show the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on tape delay, Monday, March 6 at 9 p.m.


Following is the schedule for the Big Ten Championships. Times are Central.

Session TimesSession    Date                   Time (CT) MatsSession I      Saturday, March 4    10 a.m. 4 matsSession II  Saturday, March 4   5 p.m.  4 matsSession III Sunday, March 5          11 a.m.    3 mats(Bloomington, IN is on Eastern Time)


Updated brackets and team standings will be available throughout the tournament at www.bigten.org and www.IUHoosiers.com.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Indiana Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-IUSPORTS. Everyone must have a ticket to enter the arena except children two and under.

Once the tournament starts, tickets can also be purchased at the north and south arena entrances. All individuals must have a valid ticket or credential to enter the facility.

Ticket PricesAll-Session - Adult $30All-Session - College Student & Youth $15
Session I-II-III - Adult $10-$10-$20Session I-II-III - College Student & Youth $5-$5-$10Session I-II-III - 2 and under FREE


The Big Ten is alloted 72 qualifiers for the 2006 NCAA Championships, held March 16-18 in Oklahoma City, OK. The top seven placewinners in each weight class will automatically advance to the national tournament. Big Ten coaches will select two wildcards after the meet. The Hawkeyes advanced seven qualifiers in 2004.


Iowa holds records in five of seven Big Ten Championship categories. The Hawkeyes hold records for most individual champions in one tournament (9 – 1983), most consecutive team titles (25 – 1974-98), most falls by a team in one tournament (12 – 1979), largest victory margin by a team champion (118.5 points – 1983) and fastest fall in all matches (Bart Chelesvig’s 23-second pin over Illinois’ Keith Bolman in the 177-pound quarterfinals in 1992). In addition, seven of the 10 Big Ten wrestlers to win four titles were Hawkeyes. Iowa also has 18 of the 43 three-time Big Ten champions.


The Iowa wrestling team has earned several individual Big Ten honors since the conference started the awards in 1986. Twelve Hawkeyes have been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, seven have been named Wrestler of the Championship and four have been named Freshman of the Year. Head Coach Jim Zalesky has been named Coach of the Year twice (2000, 2004) and former Hawkeye Head Coach Dan Gable earned the honor three times (1993, 1995, 1996). Following is the list of Iowa’s conference award winners:

Former Hawkeyes Ed Banach (1983) and Barry Davis (1985) were named Jesse Owens Big Ten Conference Male Athlete of the Year. A total of six Iowa wrestlers have been named Iowa’s Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year and eight were named Iowa’s Conference Medal of Honor winners. Here is the list:

Medal of Honor      Athlete of the YearEd Banach, 1983     Ed Banach, 1983Dan Glenn, 1980     Tom Brands, 1992Jeff McGinness, 1998  Barry Davis, 1985Gary Meyer, 1958        Jim Heffernan, 1987Wilbur Nead, 1939       Eric Juergens, 2001Daniel Sherman, 1973  Daryl Weber, 1996Ralph Thomas, 1951Carl Voltmer, 1927="https://hawkeyesports.com/http:%3E%3C/pre%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%3E2005%20BIG%20TEN%20REVIEW%3C/strong%3E%3C/p%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Cp%3EThe%20University%20of%20Iowa%20wrestling%20team%20placed%20fourth%20with%2094.5%20points%20at%20the%202005%20Big%20Ten%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Championships%20in%20Iowa%20City.%20Illinois%20won%20the%20team%20title%20for%20the%20first%20time%20since%201952,%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20scoring%20130.0%20points.%20Minnesota%20placed%20second%20with%20123.5%3C/p%3E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%3Cp%3E%3Ca%20href="/roster.aspx?rp_id=3291" class="imported_story_link" oldlink="/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/perry_mark00.html">Mark        Perry was Iowa's lone finalist. He placed second at 165 pounds, losing a 6-5 decision        to Michigan's Ryan Churella in the finals. Also placing for Iowa were Mario        Galanakis (5th-133), Ty        Eustice (3rd-149), Joe        Johnston (3rd-149), Paul        Bradley (4th-184), Adam        Fellers (8th-197), Alex        Tsirtsis (5th-141) and Matt        Fields (5th-Hwt.).        


KXIC Radio (AM-800) will air the Hawk Talk with Jim Zalesky one more time this season. The show will be live from LaCasa Mexican Restaurant in Iowa City from 6-7 p.m. on March 7.


Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 796-210-30 (.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 146-12 (.924) 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, which was set when Iowa defeated Iowa State on February 22, 1992. The arena seats 15,500 for a dual wrestling meet. Iowa has hosted two Big Ten (1983, 1994) and four NCAA Championships (1986, 1991, 1995, 2001) in Carver-Hawkeye, winning the team title five of the six times.


The Hawkeye wrestling staff of Jim Zalesky, Troy Steiner, Tim Hartung, Cliff Moore and Mike Zadick earned a total of seven NCAA titles, 12 Big Ten titles and 17 all-America honors. Their combined college career wrestling record is 619-88-1 (.875), including four undefeated seasons.


The 76th NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will be held March 16-18 at the Downtown Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. Tickets are sold in three-day, six-session packages only. All-session ticket packages are $100, ($130 club level and lower level seats are sold out). A $5 handling fee is added to all orders. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (405) 235-8288, going online to www.ticketmaster.com, or by visiting any OKC area Foley’s Department Store.


There are four sets of brothers on the 2005-06 University of Iowa wrestling roster. Lucas and Thomas Magnani from Long Island, NY, Jacob and Justin Neuzil from Riverside and Ainsworth, IA, Cole and Dane Pape from Maquoketa, IA, and Ben and Brett Stedman from Sioux City, IA.

There have been 10 sets of brothers to wrestle together in the Hawkeye varsity lineup since the 1950s. They are Don and Tom Huff (1961), Mark and Scott Trizzino (1981), Lenny, Larry and Jim Zalesky (1981-82), Ed and Lou Banach (1981-83), Marty and Lindley Kistler (1984-85), Jim and John Heffernan (1987), Tom and Terry Brands (1989-92), Troy and Terry Steiner (1991-93), Ryan and Randy Fulsaas (2001) and Luke and Ty Eustice (2003-04).