Metcalf Earns Honors

Jan. 16, 2008

PARK RIDGE, IL — Iowa wrestler Brent Metcalf has been named Wrestler of the Week by the Big Ten and for the first time in his career.

Metcalf, who is ranked first in the nation at 149 pounds by W.I.N. Magazine and second by Amateur Wrestling News and the NWCA/Intermat/NWMA, went 4-0 last weekend at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls. He helped Iowa win its first National Duals team title since 1996. The Hawkeye sophomore was named Division I Outstanding Wrestler of the event. Metcalf pinned Cornell’s Adam Frey in 6:37 and scored a 12-4 major decision over #17 Josh Wagner of Missouri on Saturday. He then defeated #7 Josh Churella of Michigan (4-2) and #6 Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska (6-2) on Sunday.

A native of Davison, MI, Metcalf is 16-1 in collegiate matches and 11-1 in duals. He is on a 13-match winning streak and leads Iowa with the most team points scored in dual competition (52).

Metcalf is the second Hawkeye this season to earn the weekly national honor and Iowa’s third Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. Sophomore Joe Slaton was honored by the conference and Dec. 12 after upsetting Nick Fanthorpe of Iowa State, 6-5, at 133 pounds. Senior Mark Perry was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week the following week (Dec. 19) for pinning #3 Moza Fay of Northern Iowa in 48 seconds and Cornell College’s Christan Coffey in 4:17.

Top-ranked Iowa (11-1, 0-0 Big Ten) will open the 2007-08 Big Ten dual season this weekend. The Hawkeyes travel to Ohio State (13-2, 1-0 Big Ten) Friday to face the #6 Buckeyes at 6 p.m. (CT) in St. John Arena. The Big Ten Network will air a taped-delay broadcast of the dual at 8:30 p.m. The Hawkeyes will then return home to host #7 Penn State (8-2, 0-0 Big Ten) Sunday at 2 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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