Hawkeyes Lead Midlands Team Race

Dec. 29, 2007

EVANSTON, IL — The University of Iowa wrestling team is in first place with 50 points after Saturday’s first session of competition at the 45th annual Midlands Championships in Evanston, IL. The Hawkeyes advanced nine wrestlers to Saturday night’s quarterfinals. Defending team champion Iowa State is in second place with 44 points.

Senior Matt Fields (Hwt.), junior Charlie Falck (125) and sophomores Joe Slaton (133) and Jay Borschel (174) all remain undefeated on the season with first session wins. Falck and Slaton are the third seeds at their weight classes, while Fields is the fourth seed and Borschel is the sixth. Also advancing for Iowa were top seed Alex Tsirtsis (141), who is wrestling as an unattached Hawkeye, second seeds Brent Metcalf (149) and Mark Perry (165), fifth seeds Dan LeClere (141) and Ryan Morningstar (157) and unseeded Phillip Keddy (184). Perry pinned his two first session opponents to pick up his fourth and fifth consecutive wins by pin. Keddy upset sixth seed Doug Umbehauer of Rider, 3-1 in the first sudden victory period to advance in the championship bracket.

Saturday night’s second session of competition is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Updated team standings and brackets are available throughout the tournament at www.nusports.com.

1. Iowa 50
2. Iowa State 44
3. Central Michigan 41
4. Illinois 37
4. Indiana 37
6. Northern Illinois 34
7. Purdue 32
8. Tennessee-Chattanooga 28
9. Northern Iowa 26
10. Michigan State 25.5
Northwestern 25.5

125 Pounds
Charlie Falck (Iowa) pinned Caleb Flores (N. Iowa), 6:46
Charlie Falck (Iowa) maj. dec. Carson Beebe (C. Michigan), 17-6

133 Pounds
Joe Slaton (Iowa) maj. dec. KC Pescaglia (Missouri), 12-4
Joe Slaton (Iowa) maj. dec. Steve Hromada (Tennessee-Chattanooga), 15-5

Montell Marion (Iowa) dec. Raymond Stephens (Linwood), 9-3
Nick Fanthorpe (Iowa St.) dec. Montell Marion (Iowa), 3-1

Jim Conroy (Pittsburgh) maj. dec. Tyler Halverson (Iowa), 10-2

141 Pounds
Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) maj. dec. Garret Drucker (Oregon St.), 12-4
Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec. Tony D’Alie (C. Michigan), 6-3

Dan LeClere (Iowa) won by disqualification over Vince Hannon (Missouri)
Dan LeClere (Iowa) dec. Nick Gallick (Iowa St.), 5-3 SV-1

149 Pounds
Brent Metcalf (Iowa) maj. dec. Ryan Etherton (Nebraska-Kearney), 13-5
Brent Metcalf (Iowa) pinned Marty Gould (Northwestern), 3:37

Matt Ballweg (Iowa) maj. dec. Ryan Hurley (Cleveland St.), 12-3
Matt Cusick (Virginia Tech) dec. Matt Ballweg (Iowa), 3-2
Matt Ballweg (Iowa) pinned Craig Johnson (Harper), 2:39

Nathaniel Holt (C. Michigan) pinned Nick LeClere (Iowa), 4:13
Nick LeClere (Iowa) maj. dec. Kyle Cunningham (S. Illinois), 8-0

157 Pounds
Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) dec. Kyle Bertin (Northwestern), 13-6
Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) maj. dec. Seth Garvin (Tennessee-Chattanooga), 10-2

Jason Welch (Unattached) maj. dec. Brooks Kopsa (Iowa), 11-1
Brooks Kopsa (Iowa) pinned Seth Pugh (N. Iowa), 5:45

Sam Patacsil (Purdue) tech. fall Stew Gillmor (Iowa), 15-0, 3:36
Stew Gillmor (Iowa) dec. Ben Boudro (Michigan St.), 12-6

165 Pounds
Mark Perry (Iowa) pinned Taylor May (Nebraska-Kearney), 3:46
Mark Perry (Iowa) pinned Luke Manuel (Purdue), 1:03

Jake Kerr (Iowa) dec. Marcus Effner (Cleveland St.), 11-7
Trevor Stewart (C. Michigan) maj. dec. Jake Kerr (Iowa), 9-0
Jake Kerr (Iowa) maj. dec. Daron Cruickshank (Olivet), 8-0

Jason Martin (Purdue) pinned Aaron Janssen (Iowa), 5:56
Aaron Janssen (Iowa) maj. dec. Nick Davis (Tennessee-Chattanooga), 11-2

Jason Lapham (Rider) dec. T.H. Leet (Iowa), 4-2
Ethan Headlee (Pittsburgh) pinned T.H. Leet (Iowa), 3:23

174 Pounds
Jay Borschel (Iowa) tech. fall Brady Hakeman (Peacock WC), 19-4
Jay Borschel (Iowa) dec. Trevor Perry (Indiana), 8-2
Jay Borschel (Iowa) pinned Mike Miller (Rider), 4:20

Mike Miller (C. Michigan) dec. Chad Beatty (Iowa), 8-4
Chad Beatty (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Marty Usman (Neb.-Kearney)

184 Pounds
Phillip Keddy (Iowa) dec. Pat Brownson (Illinois), 9-2
Phillip Keddy (Iowa) dec. Doug Umbehauer (Rider), 3-1 SV-1

Vinnie Wagner (Iowa) pinned Josh Zabel (Wisconsin-LaCrosse), 5:36
Jake Varner (Iowa St.) pinned Vinnie Wagner (Iowa), 3:59

Rick Loera (Iowa) pinned Nick Palmieri (Michigan St.), 4:13
Mike Pushpak (Columbia) dec. Rick Loera (Iowa), 12-8

197 Pounds
Joe Williams (Michigan St.) pinned Brodie Ambrose (Iowa), 3:25

Matt Fields (Iowa) dec. Patrick Walker (Liberty), 4-3
Matt Fields (Iowa) pinned Andrew Knapp (Harvard), 4:39
Matt Fields (Iowa) dec. Jarod Trice (C. Michigan), 3-1

Dustin Bauman (N. Iowa) dec. Blake Rasing (Iowa), 6-4 TB-1

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