Hawkeye Trio Places At Nichols/Cyclone Open

Nov. 10, 2007

AMES, IA — Three Hawkeyes competed unattached at the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open Saturday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Junior Dan Erekson placed third at heavyweight, while sophomore Luke Lofthouse (197) and redshirt freshman Aaron Janssen (165) placed fourth.

Erekson, who moved up to heavyweight after wrestling the last two seasons at 197 pounds for the Hawkeyes, pinned Northern Iowa’s Kyle Simmonsen in 1:02 in the first round and scored a 7-4 decision over Wisconsin-LaCrosse’s Dan Laurent before dropping a 3-1 decision to Iowa State’s David Zabriskie in the semifinals. Erekson responded with two decisions in the consolation bracket to place third.

Janssen also opened the tournament with a pin, but lost a 19-5 major decision to Iowa State’s Jonathan Reader in the second round. Janssen came back with three straight wins in the consolation bracket before losing a 3-2 decision to Tim Palmer of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in the third-place match.

Lofthouse, who competed in his first tournament since returning from a two-year Mormon mission to Africa, advanced to the semifinals with an 8-6 win of Iowa Central’s Joe Johnson and a 4:59 pin of Iowa State’s Joe Curran. He lost a 10-4 decision to T.J. Miller of Wartburg in the semifinals, but beat Northern Illinois’ Jake Smith (9-7) in the consolation round. Lofthouse lost a close 11-10 decision to Jacob Marrs of Northern Iowa in the third-place match.

Iowa’s next competition will be Nov. 17 at the Kaufman-Brand Open in Omaha, NE. Iowa will open the 2007-08 dual season Nov. 24 at the St. Edward Duals in Lakewood, OH.

165 Pounds – Aaron Janssen – 4th place
Janssen pinned Clarence Jordan (NIACC), 2:22
Jonathan Reader (ISU) maj. dec. Janssen, 19-5
Janssen maj. dec. Glen Shaw (LND), 14-3
Janssen dec. John Sumner (LND), 4-0
Janssen dec. Henry Wahle (UNAT), 1-0
Tim Palmer (WLX) dec. Janssen, 3-2

197 Pounds – Luke Lofthouse – 4th place
Lofthouse dec. Joe Johnson (ICCC), 8-6
Lofthouse dec. Joe Curran (ISU), 4:59
T.J. Miller (WART) dec. Lofthouse, 10-4
Lofthouse dec. Jake Smith (NIU), 9-7
Jacob Marrs (UNI) dec. Lofthouse, 11-10

Heavyweight – Dan Erekson – 3rd place
Erekson pinned Kyle Simmonsen (UNI), 1:02
Erekson dec. Dan Laurent (WLX), 7-4
David Zabriskie (ISU) dec. Erekson, 3-1
Erekson dec. Dave Benner (NIU), 6-0
Erekson dec. Tony Lewis (UNAT), 6-2

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