Hawkeyes Defeat Penn State, 27-13

Jan. 20, 2008

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IOWA CITY, IA — The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team extended its winning streak to six matches with a 27-13 win over #7 Penn State (8-3, 0-1 Big Ten) Sunday afternoon in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) snapped Penn State’s two-match win streak in the series, taking seven of the 10 bouts. A crowd of 7,525 gathered to watch Iowa win its 820th dual win in school history.

The dual started at 174 pounds, and Iowa jumped out to an 8-0 lead on wins by two Hawkeye sophomores. Jay Borschel (174) posted an 11-5 decision over Mark Friend and Phillip Keddy (184) scored a 19-3 technical fall in 6:35 over Philip Bomberger. Penn State answered at 197 when #2 Philip Davis pinned sophomore Chad Beatty in 4:57, to tighten the team score at 8-6.

Iowa rolled off five straight wins and 19 unanswered team points to guarantee the win. Senior Matt Fields started the run with his 80th career win – a 7-3 decision over John Laboranti at heavyweight. Junior Charlie Falck followed with a 2-0 win over Mark McKnight at 125, extending his winning streak to 11 matches and remaining undefeated in duals (14-0). Sophomore Joe Slaton picked up extra team points at 133 with his 14-6 major decision over Tim Haas. At 141, sophomore Dan LeClere scored a late takedown to defeat Garrett Scott, 4-3. Sophomore Brent Metcalf fought off his back and rebounded from a 6-1 first-period deficit at 149, pinning Bubba Jenkins in 5:33. The win was Metcalf’s 15th straight as he improved to 18-1, 13-1 in duals.

The Nittany Lions closed out the dual with wins at 157 and 165. Sophomore Ryan Morningstar (157) dropped a 6-2 decision to Dan Vallimont and redshirt freshman Aaron Janssen (165) lost an 11-3 major decision to Dave Rella. Janssen was competing for senior injured starter Mark Perry.

Iowa will host Northwestern (5-4, 0-0 Big Ten) in its next dual. The match will be held Sunday, January 27 at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa 27, Penn State 13
174 – Jay Borschel (I) dec. Mark Friend (PSU), 11-5
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) tech. fall Philip Bomberger (PSU), 19-3 in 6:35
197 – Philip Davis (PSU) pinned Chad Beatty (I), 4:57
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) dec. John Laboranti (PSU), 7-3
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Mark McKnight (PSU), 2-0
133 – Joe Slaton (I) maj. dec. Tim Haas (PSU), 14-6
141 – Dan LeClere (I) dec. Garrett Scott (PSU), 4-3
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Bubba Jenkins (PSU), 5:33
157 – Dan Vallimont (PSU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 6-2
165 – Dave Rella (PSU) maj. dec. Aaron Janssen (I), 11-3

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