Hawkeyes Crown Three Champions

Nov. 19, 2006


Three Hawkeyes won individual titles and 12 placed at the Kaufman-Brand Open in Omaha, NE, Saturday. The annual season opener featured approximately 650 wrestlers from 42 teams, making it the largest single-day collegiate meet in the nation.

Redshirt freshman Brent Metcalf won the 149-pound elite division title, while freshman Billy Murphy (133) and sophomore Dan Erekson (197) won titles in the amateur division. Metcalf pinned his first two opponents and scored three decisions en route to the title, defeating former Hawkeye Todd Meneely of Nebraska-Omaha, 7-3, in the finals. Murphy went 6-0 on the day, scoring a 6-4 win over Hawkeye sophomore Daniel Dennis in the finals. Erekson went 4-0 on the day, defeating Nebraska-Kearney’s Kelsey Empting, 3-0, in the finals.

Iowa also had four runners-up in the tournament in redshirt freshman Phillip Keddy (184), junior Matt Fields (Hwt.), Dennis (133) and redshirt freshmen Rick Loera (184). In the elite division finals, Keddy lost a 5-3 decision in the first sudden victory period to Duke Burk of Northern Illinois, while Fields lost a 3-2 decision to Tervel Dlagnev of Nebraska-Kearney. Loera lost a 9-1 major decision to Oklahoma State’s Cody Hill in the amateur division finals.

Iowa’s other placewinners were seniors Mario Galanakis (133-3rd) and Eric Luedke (174-3rd), junior Alex Tsirtsis (141-3rd), and redshirt freshmen Joe Slaton (133-4th), Dan LeClere (141-5th) and Ryan Morningstar (157-4th) in the elite division, and true freshmen Aaron Janssen (165-5th) in the amateur division.

Junior Mark Perry will represent the Hawkeyes at the 41st annual NWCA All-Star Dual Monday night in Dallas, TX. The annual meet will start at 7 p.m. in the Dallas Convention Center and Arena. Perry, who is ranked second in the country at 165 pounds, is scheduled to face top-ranked Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State. Hendricks placed second at the Kaufman-Brand Open, losing a medical forfeit to Northern Iowa’s Nick Baima. Perry has an 0-3 career mark against Hendricks. Perry will rejoin the team Tuesday to open the 2006-07 dual meet season at Northern Iowa. Match time is set for 7 p.m. and it will be the Panther’s first wrestling meet in the new McLeod Center. The Hawkeyes will also host Arizona State Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

133 – Mario Galanakis (Iowa) – 4-1 – 3rd place
Galanakis (Iowa) dec. Patrick Aleksanyn (Nebraska), 3-1
Galanakis (Iowa) dec. Burke Barnes (Dana), 5-2
Coleman Scott (Oklahoma State) dec. Galanakis (Iowa), 2-1 TB-1
Galanakis (Iowa) dec. Patrick Aleksanyn (Nebraska), 4-2
Galanakis (Iowa) dec. Joe Slaton (Iowa), 11-4

133 – Joe Slaton (Iowa) – 3-2 – 4th place
Slaton (Iowa) maj. dec. Dan Keller (TSU), 12-1
Slaton (Iowa) dec. Jeff Pfaffinger (Mankato), 9-5
Mike Rowe (Nebraska) maj. dec. Slaton (Iowa), 11-3
Slaton (Iowa) dec. Burke Barnes (Dana), 7-2
Mario Galanakis (Iowa) dec. Slaton (Iowa), 11-4

141 – Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) – 4-1 – 3rd place
Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec. Efrain Ayala (Mankato), 5-0
Tsirtsis (Iowa) pinned Jeff Rutledge (Nebraska-Kearny), 0:57
Dominick Moyer (Nebraska) dec. Tsirtsis (Iowa), 9-3
Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec. Dan LeClere (Iowa), 3-1
Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec. C.J. Ettelson (N. Iowa), 6-5

141 – Dan LeClere (Iowa) – 5-2 – 5th place
LeClere (Iowa) maj. dec. Mike Gibson (Augustana), 13-4
LeClere (Iowa) dec. Rya Dunning (ASC), 13-11 SV-1
Manuel Rivera (Minnesota) maj. dec. LeClere (Iowa), 10-1
LeClere (Iowa) dec. Gabe Mooney (N. Dakota St.), 3-1
LeClere (Iowa) dec. Ethan Kyle (Oklahoma St.), 3-2
Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec. LeClere (Iowa), 3-1
LeClere (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Nathan Morgan (Oklahoma St.)

149 – Brent Metcalf (Iowa) – 5-0 – 1st place
Metcalf (Iowa) pinned Brandon Kruger (Augustana), 1:48
Metcalf (Iowa) pinned Brady Lamar (Nebraska), 3:00
Metcalf (Iowa) dec. Matt True (Nebraska-Kearney), 9-3
Metcalf (Iowa) dec. Mike Grimes (N. Illinois), 3-2
Metcalf (Iowa) dec. Todd Meneely (Nebraska-Omaha), 7-3

149 – Brett Stedman (Iowa) – 1-2 – did not place
Stedman (Iowa) dec. Justin Swafford (N. Iowa), 3-2
Mike Grimes (N. Illinois) dec. Stedman (Iowa), 8-2
Juan Martinez (Minnesota) pinned Stedman (Iowa), 3:34

149 – Alex Grunder (Iowa) – 3-2 – did not place
Grunder (Iowa) pinned Marcos Martinez (Dana), 2:54
Jason Rhoten (Mankato) dec. Grunder (Iowa), 9-3
Grunder (Iowa) pinned Brandon Kruger (Augustana), 5:31
Grunder (Iowa) dec. Mike O’Hara (Lindenwood), 8-4
Cater Downing (Wyoming) dec. Grunder (Iowa), 9-7

157 – Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) – 4-2 – 4th place
Morningstar (Iowa) maj. dec. Tyler Safratowich (Minnesota), 8-0
Chris Oliver (Nebraska) dec. Morningstar (Iowa), 4-1
Morningstar (Iowa) dec. Newly McSpadden (Oklahoma St.), 5-3
Morningstar (Iowa) dec. Brandon Girtz (Mankato), 3-1
Morningstar (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Trent Paulson (Iowa St.)
Chris Oliver (Nebraska) dec. Morningstar (Iowa), 5-4

157 – Brad Medchill (Iowa) – 0-2 – did not place
Miguel Gutierrez (Lindenwood) pinned Medchill (Iowa), 5:27
Mike Quamme (N. Dakota St.) dec. Medchill (Iowa), 8-3

165 – Ben Stedman (Iowa) – 3-2 – did not place
Stedman (Iowa) dec. Keenan McCurdy (Nebraska-Kearney), 11-7
Johnathon Reader (Iowa St.) maj. dec. Stedman (Iowa), 13-0
Stedman (Iowa) maj. dec. Sam Yoder (Iowa St.), 13-5
Stedman (Iowa) dec. Jeremiah Nowak (Mankato), 5-4
Sam Lewnes (Oklahoma St.) dec. Stedman (Iowa), 5-2

165 – Joe Uker (Iowa) – 3-2 – did not place
Uker (Iowa) dec. Dwane Miller (Air Force), 9-5
Sam Lewnes (Oklahoma St.) dec. Uker (Iowa), 9-2
Uker (Iowa) dec. Zachary Lord (Air Force), 3-1
Uker (Iowa) dec. Jeremy Larson (Minnesota), 3-2
Johnathon Reader (Iowa St.) pinned Uker (Iowa), 1:31

174 – Eric Luedke (Iowa) – 4-1 – 3rd place
Luedke (Iowa) pinned Cody Henriksen (Augustana), 5:10
Luedke (Iowa) dec. Jay Wood (Nebraska-Omaha), 3-1
Brandon Browne (Nebraska) dec. Luedke (Iowa), 6-5
Luedke (Iowa) dec. J.D. Naig (Nebraska-Omaha), 3-1 SV-1
Luedke (Iowa) dec. Danny Burke (N. Illinois), 8-2

174 – Jay Borschel (Iowa) – 3-2 – did not place
Borschel (Iowa) maj. dec. Stephen Crozier (Air Force), 9-1
Borschel (Iowa) dec. Bryan Bernal (Wyoming), 7-1
Brandon Mason (Oklahoma St.) dec. Borschel (Iowa), 4-2
Borschel (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over John Wilcox (Oklahoma St.)
J.D. Naig (Nebraska-Omaha) pinned Borschel (Iowa), 4:50

184 – Phillip Keddy (Iowa) – 3-1 – 2nd place
Keddy (Iowa) dec. Matt Farrell (Nebraska-Kearney), 8-4
Keddy (Iowa) dec. Jack Jensen (Oklahoma St.), 9-7 SV-1
Keddy (Iowa) dec. Steve Borja (Virginia Tech), 4-3
Duke Burk (N. Illinois) dec. Keddy (Iowa), 5-3 SV-1

Hwt. – Matt Fields (Iowa) – 3-1 – 2nd place
Fields (Iowa) pinned Johnny Rodriguez (Lindenwood), 2:36
Fields (Iowa) dec. Tyler Rhodes (N. Iowa), 5-2
Fields (Iowa) dec. Jon May (Nebraska), 4-1 TB-1
Tervel Dlagnev (Nebraska-Kearney) dec. Fields (Iowa), 3-2

133 – Daniel Dennis (Iowa) – 5-1 – 2nd place
Dennis (Iowa) maj. dec. Ty Costa (Dana), 11-3
Dennis (Iowa) maj. dec. Jake Mellmer (Minnesota), 8-0
Dennis (Iowa) dec. Jordan Friskhorn (Oklahoma St.), 10-4
Dennis (Iowa) pinned Anthony Salcedo (Nebraska-Omaha), 5:32
Dennis (Iowa) dec. Tristen Deshazer (N. Illinois), 5-4
Billy Murphy (Iowa) dec. Dennis (Iowa), 6-4

133 – Billy Murphy (Iowa) – 6-0 – 1st place
Murphy (Iowa) dec. Chad Vallone (N. Illinois), 9-6
Murphy (Iowa) dec. Blake Fisher (Ft. Hays St.), 11-5
Murphy (Iowa) maj. dec. Mike Thorn (Minnesota), 10-2
Murphy (Iowa) dec. Mario Morgan (Nebraska-Omaha), 10-6
Murphy (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Brett Robbins (N. Iowa)
Murphy (Iowa) dec. Daniel Dennis (Iowa), 6-4

141 – Derek Coorough (Iowa) – 2-2 – did not place
Coorough (Iowa) dec. Caleb Lockver (Lindenwood), 1-0
Coorough (Iowa) pinned Zach Morley (Iowa Central), 5:16
Brian Graham (Dana) dec. Coorough (Iowa), 8-4
Vince Costillo (N. Illinois) dec, Coorough (Iowa), 12-5

141 – Travis Blasco (Iowa) – 4-2 – did not place
T.J. Sebolt (Iowa St.) dec. Blasco (Iowa), 11-8
Blasco (Iowa) pinned Malcom McGruder (Nebraska), 1:57
Blasco (Iowa) pinned Zach Morley (Iowa Central), 1:30
Blasco (Iowa) pinned Mike Ryan (N. Illinois), 1:38
Blasco (Iowa) maj. dec. Joe Soto (Iowa Central), 13-1
Pat McLemore (N. Illinois) dec. Blasco (Iowa), 10-6

149 – Matt Ballweg (Iowa) – 5-2 – did not place
Curtis Salazar (Nebraska) dec. Ballweg (Iowa), 11-8
Ballweg (Iowa) pinned Keanan Kroetsch (NEO), 1:34
Ballweg (Iowa) pinned Tyler Babcock (Lindenwood), 2:38
Ballweg (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Brooks Kopsa (Iowa)
Ballweg (Iowa) maj. dec. Vince Salminen (N. Dakota St.), 11-1
Ballweg (Iowa) dec. Derek Moyer (Nebraska), 8-5
Curtis Salazar (Nebraska) dec. Ballweg (Iowa), 7-5

149 – Brooks Kopsa (Iowa) – 1-1 – did not place
Kopsa (Iowa) maj. dec. Andrew Tieggelaer (Air Force), 16-6
Willy Pendleton (LAB) dec. Kopsa (Iowa), 7-4
Matt Ballweg (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Kopsa (Iowa)

165 – Jake Kerr (Iowa) – 1-2 – did not place
Tim Matheson (Mankato) dec. Kerr (Iowa), 8-5
Kerr (Iowa) pinned Justin Wall (NEC), 1:31
Aaron Janssen (Iowa) dec. Kerr (Iowa), 5-3

165 – Aaron Janssen (Iowa) – 5-2 – 5th place
Kyle Svendsen (Augustana) dec. Janssen (Iowa), 7-4
Janssen (Iowa) dec. Jake Kerr (Iowa), 5-3
Janssen (Iowa) pinned Justin Shadrix (Air Force), 2:48
Janssen (Iowa) pinned Konrad Konsitzke (Iowa Central), 0:33
Janssen (Iowa) maj. dec. Jordan Kolbow (Minnesota), 14-3
Stephen Dwyer (Nebraska) dec. Janssen (Iowa), 9-2
Janssen (Iowa) pinned Alex Ward (Nebraska), 1:12

165 – T.H. Leet (Iowa) – 2-2 – did not place
Leet (Iowa) dec. Nate Troye (Iowa Central), 11-6
Leet (Iowa) dec. Dillion Blackmon (OCU), 6-0
Stephen Dwyer (Nebraska) dec. Leet (Iowa), 6-1
Alex Ward (Nebraska) dec. Leet (Iowa), 2-1

184 – Rick Loera (Iowa) – 3-1 – 2nd place
Loera (Iowa) dec. Austin Hayes (Buena Vista), 8-4
Loera (Iowa) maj. dec. Jordan Tribble (Air Force), 13-5
Loera (Iowa) dec. Austin Boehm (Nebraska-Omaha), 4-1
Cody Hill (Oklahoma St.) maj. dec. Loera (Iowa), 9-1

197 – Dan Erekson (Iowa) – 4-0 – 1st place
Erekson (Iowa) pinned Wade Jordan (Dana), 2:51
Erekson (Iowa) dec. Cameron Browne (Nebraska), 11-4
Erekson (Iowa) dec. Brent Eidenshink (Minnesota), 7-0
Erekson (Iowa) dec. Kelsey Empting (Nebraska-Kearney), 3-0