Hawkeyes Head to NCAA Championships

March 13, 2006

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Iowa will finish up the 2005-06 season when it travels to Oklahoma City, OK, for the 2006 NCAA Championships. The meet will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Ford Center. Competition begins at 11 a.m. Thursday.


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.

CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE Following is the schedule for the NCAA Championships. Times are Central.

Thursday, March 16Session I            Ford Center    11 a.m.Session II  Ford Center 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 17Session III Ford Center 10 a.m.Session IV Ford Center 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 18Session V Ford Center 10:00 a.m.Grand March Ford Center 6:00 p.m.Session VI Ford Center 6:30 p.m. all times are Central


Updated brackets and team standings will be available throughout the tournament at www.ncaa.org.


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.

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. All seats are reserved. Children under the age of two are admitted free as long as they sit on the lap of a paying customer.


The Ford Center is Oklahoma City’s state-of-the-art sports and entertainment showcase. The center is home to the New Orleans Hornets (NBA), Central Hockey League’s (CHL) Oklahoma City Blazers and the Arena Football League’s (AF2) Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, and is designed to host major concerts, sporting events, family shows, ice shows and numerous other world-class entertainment experiences. Ford Center is owned by the City of Oklahoma City. The 586,000 square foot facility features four seating levels and a press level.

The Ford Center is located in downtown Oklahoma City, right off of I-40 and one mile west of I-35. Only 15 minutes from Will Rogers International Airport, the Ford Center is adjacent to the Cox Business Services Convention Center (formerly the Myriad) and the historic Bricktown dining and entertainment district. The Ford Center has two main entrances, each located on West Reno. For more information on the Ford Center visit the website, www.okfordcenter.com.


The University of Iowa is one of five schools to qualify eight wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. Illinois is the only school to qualify all ten of its wrestlers. Edinboro, Lehigh, Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma State all qualified nine wrestlers, while Penn State, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Hofstra and Cornell qualified eight.


Iowa holds five NCAA Championship records. The Hawkeyes hold records for most team points (170 in 1997), largest margin of victory (73.25 points in 1986), number of consecutive team titles (nine from 1978-86), most finalists (six in 1986 and 1997) and most champions (five in 1986 and 1997).


The University of Iowa wrestling team finished in sixth place with 86 points Sunday at the 2006 Big Ten Championships. Iowa qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA Championships to be held in Oklahoma City, March 16-18.

Minnesota won the team title with 138 points.

Mark Perry was the runner-up at 174 pounds after being pinned by top-ranked Jake Herbert in 4:02 of the championship bout.

Seniors Ty Eustice (3rd – 149 lbs.), Joe Johnston (6th – 157 lbs.) and Paul Bradley (7th – 184 lbs.); juniors Lucas Magnani (6th – 125 lbs.) and Eric Luedke (4th – 165 lbs.); sophomore Alex Tsirtsis (3rd – 141 lbs.) and freshman Dan Erekson (6th – 197 lbs.) also qualified for nationals.


Iowa placed seventh in the team standings of the 2005 NCAA Championships with 66 points. Oklahoma State won its third consecutive team title with 153 points.

Joe Johnston (157) and Mark Perry (165) each placed second, while Paul Bradley (184) and Ty Eustice (149) took fifth.


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.

CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE 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.

OH BROTHER 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).