Feb. 11, 2007
IOWA CITY, IA –
University of Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands picked up his 30th career victory as Iowa pounded Michigan State, 33-9, Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes improved to 13-4 (4-2 in the Big Ten) with wins at eight bouts in front of 5,035 fans, including an upset by sophomore Charlie Falck (125) and a pin by sophomore Jordan McLaughlin (197) in his Iowa wrestling debut. Michigan State fell to 3-8 (2-4 in the Big Ten).
Falck handed Spartan redshirt freshman Franklin Gomez his second dual loss of the season with a 5-3 win at 125. The Strawberry Point, IA, native scored a takedown in the first 30 seconds and another with one second remaining in the match to secure his eighth straight victory and remain undefeated (6-0) in Big Ten duals. Michigan State scored its first of two wins on the day when Nick Simmons won by injury default over senior Mario Galanakis in 2:23 at 133. Junior Alex Tsirtsis accepted a forfeit at 141, and senior Alex Grunder followed up with a 5:32 pin over Spartan Jeff Wimberley at 149 to score his 30th career victory. Hawkeye redshirt freshman 157-pounder Ryan Morningstar took Iowa into the intermission with a 3-2 win over Tony Greathouse.
Iowa junior Mark Perry climbed out of a sticky situation to defeat Spartan Rocky Cozart, 9-7, at 165. Perry had to bounce back from a 5-0 deficit after getting caught in his own offensive move and fighting off his back early in the match. He scored three reversals, two nearfall points of his own and a point for riding time in the win. Hawkeye senior Eric Luedke improved to 23-2 in collegiate matches and 14-1 in duals with a 2-1 win over John Murphy at 174. Michigan State scored its second and final win of the night when Joe Williams defeated Hawkeye redshirt freshman Phillip Keddy, 6-3, at 184.
Iowa sophomore 197-pounder Jordan McLaughlin made his Hawkeye wrestling and Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut a wild one, pinning Nick Palmieri in 6:33. Palmeiri scored three takedowns and two escapes to build an 8-4 lead with 1:04 remaining in the match. McLaughlin threw the Spartan redshirt freshman to his back and got the pin with 27 seconds left on the clock. McLaughlin is no stranger to the black and gold, as he has played linebacker and fullback on the Iowa football team for the past three seasons. Hawkeye junior Matt Fields ended the dual with an 8-4 win over Alan O’Donnell at heavyweight.
Iowa will close out the 2006-07 dual meet season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena next weekend. The Hawkeyes will host Ohio State Friday, February 16 at 7 p.m. and top-ranked Minnesota Sunday, February 18 at 6 p.m. The Iowa-Ohio State dual will air tape-delayed on College Sports Television (CSTV), and the Iowa-Minnesota dual will be broadcast live on Iowa Public Television (IPTV). Hawkeye fans are encouraged to wear black to the Iowa-Minnesota dual as part of a Blackout promotion. Iowa will also honor its fans and seniors with appreciation nights against the Golden Gophers.
Iowa 33, Michigan State 9
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Franklin Gomez (MSU), 5-3
133 – Nick Simmons (MSU) won by injury default over Mario Galanakis (I), 2:23
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) won by forfeit
149 – Alex Grunder (I) pinned Jeff Wimberley (MSU), 5:32
157 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Tony Greathouse (MSU), 3-2
165 – Mark Perry (I) dec. Rocky Cozart (MSU), 9-7
174 – Eric Luedke (I) dec. John Murphy (MSU), 2-1
184 – Joe Williams (MSU) dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 6-3
197 – Jordan McLaughlin (I) pinned Nick Palmieri (MSU), 6:33
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) dec. Alan O’Donnell (MSU), 8-4