Hawkeyes Open Season At Northern Iowa

Nov. 21, 2006


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Iowa (0-0) will open the 2006-07 dual meet season Tuesday at Northern Iowa. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. in the new McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. Iowa will host Arizona State in it’s first home dual of the season Saturday. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Radio – Steven Grace and four-time Hawkeye all-American Mark Ironside will call this season’s action live on AM-800, KXIC. All dual meets, not including the NWCA National Duals, will be broadcast live, as will action from the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Audio broadcasts from all of the season’s competition will also be available online. To listen to the broadcast online, go to the wrestling schedule page on www.hawkeyesports.com and click on the event. Broadcasts are available using the Hawkeye All-Access subscription, which can be purchased for $6.95 per month or $49.95 per year. The CSTV XXL Premium subscription is also available for $99.95 per year.

The Internet – Press releases, meet results, audio broadcasts andd home dual livestats are available on the University of Iowa’s website, www.hawkeyesports.com. To access the live home dual scoring, go to the wrestling schedule page, select the event and click on the Livestats link. Current staff and student-athlete head shots can be found at pics.hawkeyesports.com.

Northern Iowa will open its 2006-07 dual season against the Hawkeyes. Head Coach Brad Penrith has a 56-43-2 record in six seasons at Northern Iowa. Penrith was an NCAA champion and three-time NCAA finalist, all-American and Big Ten champion at Iowa from 1986-88.

The Panthers are led by seniors Nick Baima (165) and Tyler Rhodes (Hwt.), junior C.J. Ettelson (141), sophomore Andrew Anderson (197) and redshirt freshman Kyle Anson (125). Baima won a title at the Kaufman-Brand Open, while Anson placed first at the Harold Nichols Open.

Iowa leads the series with Northern Iowa, 38-8-2, winning the last 30 meetings. The Hawkeyes hold an 18-5-1 advantage in Cedar Falls. Iowa’s last win in the series was 25-11 on December 8, 2005. Northern Iowa’s last win was 17-15 at Cedar Falls in 1974.

Arizona State is 2-0, with wins over Portland State (38-12) and Embry-Riddle (31-9). Head Coach Thom Ortiz is 59-32-1 in six seasons with the Sun Devils. Arizona State is led by returning NCAA runner-up Brian Stith (157) and NCAA qualifier Patrick Pitsch (165).

The Hawkeyes lead the series, 21-1-1, winning the last 15 meetings. Iowa is 9-0 in matches against the Sun Devils in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes’ last win in the series was 26-13 on November 26, 2005. Arizona State’s last win in the series was 22-18 at Tempe in 1988.

Here are past results of potential Iowa-Northern Iowa matchups:

141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) is 3-0 vs. C.J. Ettelson (NI)
Tsirtsis dec. Ettelson, 3-2, at 2004 Kaufman-Brand Open
Tsirtsis maj. dec. Ettelson, 17-7, at 2004-05 dual
Tsirtsis dec. Ettelson, 6-5, at 2006 Kaufman-Brand Open

149 – Alex Grunder (I) is 0-1 vs. Charlie Ettelson (NI)
Ettelson pinned Grunder in 1:28 at 2005 UNI Open

165 – Mark Perry (I) is 1-0 vs. Nick Baima (NI)
Perry dec. Baima, 10-4, at 2004 Kaufman-Brand Open

197 – Dan Erekson (I) is 1-0 vs. Andrew Anderson (NI)
Erekson pinned Anderson in 1:48 at 2006 NCAA Championships

Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) is 3-0 vs. Tyler Rhodes (NI)
Fields dec. Rhodes, 3-1 SV-1, at 2005 UNI Open
Fields dec. Rhodes, 7-3, at 2005-06 dual
Fields dec. Rhodes, 5-2, at 2006 Kaufman-Brand Open

Here are past results of potential Iowa-Arizona State matchup:

165 – Mark Perry (I) is 1-0 vs. Patrick Pitsch (ASU)
Perry maj. dec. Pitsch, 14-3, at 2004-05 dual

Iowa 25, Northern Iowa 11 – December 8, 2005
125 – Lucas Magnani (I) dec. Seth Wright (UNI), 7-3
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Chris Helgeson (UNI), 11-5
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Ryan Osgood (UNI), 10-4
149 – Ty Eustice (I) maj. dec. Justin Swafford (UNI), 15-5
157 – Joe Johnston (I) dec. Chris Bitetto (UNI), 8-5
165 – Nick Baima (UNI) tech. fall Joe Uker (I), 21-6
174 – Mark Perry (I) pinned Curt Zinnel (UNI), 2:11
184 – De’Andre Nunn (UNI) dec. Ben Stedman (I), 12-10
197 – Andrew Anderson (UNI) dec. Adam Fellers (I), 3-2
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) dec. Tyler Rhodes (UNI), 7-3

Iowa 26, Arizona State 13 – November 26, 2005
125 – Jeremy Mendoza (ASU) dec. Lucas Magnani (I), 8-2
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) pinned Adam Hickey (ASU), 5:50
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Jason Robbins (ASU), 10-3
149 – Ty Eustice (I) maj. dec. Pat Payne (ASU), 16-6
157 – Joe Johnston (I) dec. Brian Stith (ASU), 4-2
165 – Patrick Pitsch (ASU) dec. Cole Pape (I), 6-2
174 – Mark Perry (I) pinned Alex Pavlenko (ASU), 3:52
184 – Paul Bradley (I) maj. dec. Jason Trulson (ASU), 17-5
197 – Ryan Bader (AS) maj. dec. Adam Fellers (I), 9-1
Hwt. – Cain Velasquez (ASU) dec. Ryan Fuller (I), 4-0

Hawkeye junior 165-pounder Mark Perry lost a 3-1 decision to top-ranked Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State Monday night at the NWCA All-Star Dual in Dallas, TX. Perry, who is ranked second in the country, was the only wrestler representing the Hawkeyes at the annual meet.

Hendricks scored a reversal midway through the second period to take a 2-0 lead. Perry recorded an escape with 30 seconds left in the match to make the score 2-1, but Hendricks added an extra point with riding time to win the match, 3-1. Perry is 0-4 in his career against Hendricks.

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

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 freshman Aaron Janssen (165-5th) in the amateur division.

Iowa signed two student-athletes to national letters of intent in the early signing period. Jordan Johnson of Bettendorf, IA and Brodie Ambrose of Eldridge, IA, are Tom Brands’ first signings as Iowa’s head coach.

Johnson won the 2006 Class AA Illinois state heavyweight state title at Naperville North High School. He moved to Bettendorf, IA, and will be competing for Bettendorf High School this season.

Ambrose placed third at 171 pounds at the 2006 Class 3A state tournament for North Scott Eldridge High School. He will compete at 189 pounds this season and is a projected 197-pounder for the Hawkeyes. Ambrose also is a 189-pound Fargo freestyle all-American.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 795-209-30 (.783) in 94 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 20 national titles, including nine of the last 16, 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 titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 24 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa’s 129 all-Americans have earned all-America status 263 times, including 16 four-time, 27 three-time and 32 two-time honorees.

Season tickets and single meet tickets for Iowa’s eight 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. University of Iowa students will be admitted free of charge for all matches with a student ID. Season tickets are $56 for the general public and $49 for University faculty and staff. Single match tickets purchased in advance are $8 for adults and $4 for youth/non-University of Iowa students. Single match tickets purchased at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for youth/non-University of Iowa students

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home of Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes are 150-15 (.909) 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.

The Hawkeye wrestling staff of Tom Brands, Dan Gable, Wes Hand, Doug Schwab and Mike Zadick earned a total of two Olympic gold medals, seven NCAA titles, 10 conference titles and 15 all-America honors. Their combined college career wrestling record is 605-84-2 (.877), including three undefeated seasons.

Seniors Ben and Brett Stedman from Sioux City, IA, are the lone set of brothers on the 2006-07 Hawkeye roster. 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).

The Stedman’s are also the fifth set of twins to wrestle at Iowa. Ed and Lou Banach, Tom and Terry Brands, Troy and Terry Steiner and Randy and Ryan Fulsaas are the other four.