Hawkeyes Host Coe, North Carolina State

Dec. 5, 2006


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Iowa (3-0) will host Coe (5-0) and North Carolina State (2-3) Thursday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Coe match will start at 6 p.m. and the North Carolina State match will start at 7:30 p.m. The #4 Hawkeyes will be hoping to get their 800th school win. Their current record is 798-209-30. The first 500 fans will receive an Iowa wrestling holiday ornament.

Tickets purchased in advance are $8 for adults and $4 for youth/non-University of Iowa students. Tickets purchased at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for youth/non-University of Iowa students. For tickets, contact the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-424-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com.

Radio – Steven Grace and two-time Hawkeye NCAA champion and four-time all-American Mark Ironside will call the 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 competitions will also be available online. To listen online, go to the wrestling schedule on www.hawkeyesports.com and click on the event. Broadcasts are available using the Hawkeye All-Access subscription ($6.95 per month or $49.95 per year) or the CSTV XXL Premium subscription ($99.95 per year).

The Internet – Press releases, meet results, audio broadcasts and 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.

Coe is 6-0 and ranked 12th in the most recent Brute Division III team rankings. The Kohawks scored wins over Manchester (47-4), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (35-6), Lincoln Christian (60-0), Wisconsin-Platteville (27-9) and Lakeland (32-7) at the Lakeland Duals and at Central (56-0). The team also placed third at the Simpson Invite last weekend.

Head Coach John Oostendorp has a 54-33-1 record in six years at Coe. He was a two-time all-American at Iowa, winning the 1992 Big Ten heavyweight title. Oostendorp lettered four years in wrestling (1990-93) and one in football (1992) for the Hawkeyes. He is assisted by Dustin Hinschberger, Marcus Kurtz, Eric Casey, Dustin Bliven, Jeremy Kulbartz and Bret Sharp.

The Kohawks are led by senior Jared Creason, who is ranked fourth at 141 pounds and brings a 13-1 record to the dual. Senior Brian Clement is 13-2 at 125.

North Carolina State is 2-3 with wins over Campbell (34-13) and Liberty (32-6), and losses to Wisconsin (29-9), Purdue (24-12) and Northwestern (37-9).

Head Coach Carter Jordan is 21-16-1 in three seasons with the Wolfpack. He wrestled at North Carolina State from 1983-86. He is assisted by Tony Davis and Jerrod Sanders. Davis was an NCAA champion and two-time all-American at Northern Iowa (1999- 2000), while Sanders was an all-American at Oklahoma State University (2003). North Carolina State is led by senior heavyweight Jainor Palma, who is ranked 18th in the nation and is undefeated at 5-0.

This will be the first meeting between Iowa and Coe. The Hawkeyes lead the series with North Carolina State, 2-0, winning both duals in Iowa City. Iowa won the first meeting, 40-6, in 1985, and the most recent, 37-7, in 1991.

Former Hawkeye wrestlers Luke and Ty Eustice will be featured in a clue of the category “Iowa” Friday, December 8 on the TV game show Jeopardy! Jimmy McGuire and Kelly Miyahara of the Jeopardy! Clue Crew taped several clues featuring the Eustice brothers in August on the concourse level of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Check your local listings for the channel and time Jeopardy! airs.

In the last two weeks, Hawkeye junior 165-pounder Mark Perry has gone 3-1 against top 10 competition. Perry, who is ranked second in the nation, faced top-ranked Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State Nov. 20 at the NWCA All-Star Dual in Dallas, TX. After losing a 3-1 decision to the defending NCAA Champion, Perry flew back to Iowa to join the Hawkeyes in their season opener at Northern Iowa the next day. Wrestling for the second time in two days, Perry defeated #5 Nick Baima, 3-0. On Nov. 25, Iowa hosted Arizona State and Perry scored an 8-4 decision over #9 Patrick Pitsch. He then scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat #4 Travis Paulson, 6-4, setting the tone for Iowa’s 24-6 win over intrastate rival Iowa State on Dec. 3.

Iowa won eight of 10 matches, including six by two points or less, to defeat intrastate rival Iowa State, 24-6, Dec. 3 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A crowd of 13,732, the fifth-largest for a dual wrestling meet in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the 11th-largest in school and NCAA history, turned out for the meet. Iowa improved to 3-0 on the season and bumped the Hawkeyes to a 7-4 lead in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series with the win. Iowa State fell to 2-1.

“I’m going to give our guys credit,” said Iowa Head Coach Tom Brands. “Mark Perry, Dan Erekson and Ryan Morningstar had some big wins for us. There is still a lot of wrestling to do this year, but we are taking small steps in the right direction.”

Perry, who is ranked second in the nation at 165, scored a takedown in sudden victory to beat fourth-ranked and undefeated Travis Paulson, 6-4. Erekson, an unranked sophomore, upset ninth-ranked and undefeated Kurt Backes, 11-9 at 197. In the final match of the dual, redshirt freshman and #15 Morningstar upset top-ranked and undefeated Trent Paulson, 3-2 at 157. Senior Eric Luedke (174-30th) and juniors Alex Tsirtsis (141-50th) and Matt Fields (Hwt.-45th) each picked up milestone victories.

Iowa 24, Iowa State 6
165 – Mark Perry (I) dec. Travis Paulson (ISU), 6-4 SV-1
174 – Eric Luedke (I) dec. David Bertolino (ISU), 6-4
184 – Jake Varner (ISU) dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 6-2
197 – Dan Erekson (I) dec. Kurt Backes (ISU), 11-9
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) dec. David Zabriskie (ISU), 6-5
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Nick Fanthorpe (ISU), 6-5
133 – Mario Galanakis (I) dec. Nick Gallick (ISU), 6-1
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Mitch Mueller (ISU), 4-1
149 – Cyler Sanderson (ISU) dec. Alex Grunder (I), 9-8
157 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Trent Paulson (ISU), 3-2

Iowa crowned three champions and tallied eight placewinners at the UNI Open in Cedar Falls Sunday. Redshirt freshmen Brent Metcalf (149) and Jay Borschel (174), and freshman Billy Murphy (133) each won individual titles, while sophomore Daniel Dennis (133) and redshirt freshman Dan LeClere (141) placed second. Dennis lost a 9-3 decision to Murphy, while LeClere lost an 8-6 decision in the third sudden victory period to Illinois all-American Cassio Pero.

Iowa’s other placewinners were senior Luke Magnani (125-4th), redshirt freshman Joe Slaton (133-4th), and freshman Jake Kerr (165-6th).

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 798-209-30 (.784) in 95 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.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home of Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes are 152-15 (.910) 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.

Iowa will compete at the 44th annual Midlands Championships December 29-30 in Evanston, IL. The two-day, four session double-elimination tournament will be held in Welsh-Ryan Arena on the Northwestern University campus.