Oct. 3, 2007
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa has announced its 2007-08 wrestling schedule. The Hawkeyes, who are ranked third in W.I.N. Magazine’s preseason poll, will wrestle 18 duals, and are scheduled to compete at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30) in Evanston, Ill., and the N.W.C.A./Cliff Keen National Duals (Jan. 12-13) in Cedar Falls.
The Hawkeyes begin the season at two tournaments – the Harold Nichols Open, in Ames, on Nov. 10 and the Kaufman-Brand Open, in Omaha, on Nov. 17. The team’s first dual competition will be at the St. Edward’s Duals in Lakewood, OH, where the Hawkeyes will face Findlay, North Carolina State, Iowa Central and Old Dominion on Nov. 24.
Iowa’s home schedule includes duals against Northern Iowa (Dec. 13), Cornell College (Dec. 13), Oklahoma State (Jan. 5), Penn State (Jan. 20), Northwestern (Jan. 27), Indiana (Feb. 15) and Michigan (Feb. 17).
The Hawkeyes will face intra-state rival Iowa State as part of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series, in Ames, on Dec. 9. Iowa wrestles Big Ten foes Ohio State (Jan. 18), Minnesota (Feb. 1), Wisconsin (Feb. 3) and Illinois (Feb. 24) on the road. The Hawkeyes will also compete at Arizona State (Feb. 8) and Boise State (Feb. 10) in non-conference duals.
Wrestling season tickets are $48 for the general public and $42 for University of Iowa faculty and staff. University of Iowa students will be admitted free of charge with a student ID. Tickets can be ordered from the UI Athletics Ticket Office at (319) 335-9327 or online at www.hawkeyesports.com.
Defending NCAA champion Minnesota occupies the top spot in W.I.N.’s preseason rankings, which are based on the best individuals and tournament teams. Iowa State is ranked second, Cornell fourth and Oklahoma State fifth.
Hawkeye senior and defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Mark Perry is ranked first by W.I.N. at 165 pounds. Junior all-American Charlie Falck is ranked seventh at 125, while senior all-American Alex Tsirtsis (141) and senior Matt Fields (Hwt.) are each ranked eighth in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Brent Metcalf, who will make his collegiate debut this season, is ranked ninth at 149.
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