Hawkeyes Hit The Road

Jan. 29, 2008

The top-ranked Iowa wrestling team (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) will take its seven-match winning streak on the road for the first of two straight weekend road trips. The Hawkeyes will wrestle at #3/#4 Minnesota (10-3, 2-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m. The dual in Williams Arena will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. The Hawkeyes will then travel to Madison to face #13/#15 Wisconsin (10-2-1, 1-1) Sunday at 1 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Field House.

Senior 165-pounder Mark Perry has undergone knee surgery. The announcement came Jan. 24 from Iowa’s Head Wrestling Coach, Tom Brands.

The Hawkeye senior, from Stillwater, OK, will miss 2-3 weeks of action. Perry had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected back on the mat in early February. Perry, a three-time all-American, has a career record of 89-15. He currently has a 13-2 record and is ranked first nationally. His nine pins, this season, are best on the team.

Minnesota is 11-3 (2-0 Big Ten) and is ranked third in the nation by W.I.N. Magazine and fourth in the USA Today/NWCA/Intermat Coaches poll. The Golden Gophers are the defending Big Ten and NCAA champions. This season they have wins over Northern Illinois (35-12), Northern Colorado (29-9), North Dakota State (45-0), Nebraska (25-13), Cal State Fullerton (32-9), Cal Poly (23-12), West Virginia (32-9), Central Michigan (20-16), South Dakota State (34-9), Michigan State (23-15) and Michigan (24-15), and losses to Iowa State (18-13), Nebraska (24-13) and Michigan (23-15).

Head Coach J Robinson is 329-104-3 in 23 seasons at Minnesota. He has coached 11 NCAA champions, 39 Big Ten champions and 85 all-Americans at Minnesota, while leading the Golden Gophers to six Big Ten and three NCAA titles. Robinson served as interim head coach at Iowa in 1984, when then-Head Coach Dan Gable coached the U.S. Olympic team. He was also an assistant coach (1976-83) and graduate assistant (1972-76) at Iowa. Robinson is assisted by Marty Morgan (Minnesota, 1991), Joe Russell (Minnesota, 1992) and Brandon Eggum (Minnesota, 2000).

The Golden Gophers are led by seniors Manuel Rivera (141), C.P. Schlatter (157) and Mack Reiter (133), and sophomore Jayson Ness (125). Ness is undefeated at 26-0 and enters the dual on a 27-match winning streak, which is the second longest in the nation. Reiter is a Gilbertville, IA, native and was a four-time state champion for Don Bosco High School. Junior Dustin Schlatter (149) is the defending Big Ten champion and a two-time all-American, but has not competed since the end of December.

Wisconsin is 10-2-1 (1-1 Big Ten) with wins over Dubuque (58-0), Tri-State (45-9), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (53-0), Cornell (21-18), Utah Valley State (28-7), Cal State Fullerton (28-12), Brown (34-6), Navy (23-12), Oklahoma (18-15) and Indiana (20-15), losses to Ohio State (23-13) and Iowa State (24-18) and a tie (16-16) with Northern Iowa. The Badgers are ranked 13th in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA/Intermat Coaches poll and 15th by W.I.N. Magazine.

Head Coach Barry Davis is 151-98-10 in 14 seasons at Wisconsin. During his tenure, he has coached two NCAA Champions, 10 Big Ten Champions and 18 all-Americans. The 1985 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, Davis was a four-time all-American and Big Ten Champion and three-time NCAA Champion at 118 and 126 for Iowa (1981-85). A two-time Olympian, he holds Iowa records for most wins in a season (46) and career (162). Davis is assisted by Bart Chelesvig (Iowa, 1992), Donny Pritzlaff (Wisconsin, 2002) and Cory Wallman (Wisconsin, 1999). Chelesvig was a three-time all-American at 167 and 177 for the Hawkeyes (1988-92).

The Badgers are led by returning NCAA finalist senior Craig Henning (157), juniors Dallas Herbst (197) and Kyle Massey (Hwt.), and sophomore Kyle Ruschell (141).

Iowa leads the series with Minnesota, 62-24-1, and holds a 29-11-1 advantage in Minneapolis. Minnesota has won the last two meetings – 25-9 in 2006 and 29-13 in 2007. Iowa’s last win in the series was 23-14 in Iowa City, in 2005.

Iowa leads the series with Wisconsin, 70-8-3, and is 33-5-2 in Madison. Wisconsin won the last meeting in Iowa City (21-14 in 2007), breaking Iowa’s streak of 32 consecutive wins in the series. Iowa’s last win over the Badgers was 24-7 in 2006.

Junior Charlie Falck (125) and sophomores Joe Slaton (133), Dan LeClere (141), Ryan Morningstar (157) and Phillip Keddy (184) will each have marquee match-ups against Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sophomore Brent Metcalf (149) could also come up against defending Big Ten Champion Dustin Schlatter Friday night.

Falck will face top-ranked and undefeated Jayson Ness (25-0) of Minnesota and senior Collin Cudd of Wisconsin. Falck is 0-3 vs. Ness and 2-1 vs. Cudd, and brings his own winning streak of 12 matches to the mat.

Slaton will meet #5 Mack Reiter of Minnesota and Wisconsin junior Zach Tanelli. It will be Slaton’s first meeting with both.

LeClere and Morningstar will have a chances at upsets this weekend. LeClere will face #3 Manuel Rivera of Minnesota and #7 Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin. He is 0-1 vs. Rivera and has not faced Ruschell in collegiate competition. Morningstar hopes to pick up his first win against C.P. Schlatter of Minnesota and Craig Henning of Wisconsin, both of whom are ranked in the top 10. He is 0-3 vs. Henning and 0-2 vs. Schlatter.

Keddy is set to meet #5 Roger Kish of Minnesota and Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin. He is 0-1 against both.

Metcalf could be part of one of the more anticipated matches in Minneapolis. He and Schlatter are ranked first or second in the nation, depending on the poll. The two have yet to meet in collegiate competition. Schlatter has not competed since the Southern Scuffle in December, so the meeting could be postponed until the Big Ten Championships, in Minneapolis in March.

? Wisconsin Head Coach Barry Davis is from Cedar Rapids, IA. His wife is the former Nan Doak, who was the 1985 10,000-meter NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa. She was a five-time all-American in track and three-time in cross country for the Hawkeyes, winning three Big Ten titles. A native of Hedrick, IA, she still holds the Iowa outdoor 5,000-meter record of 15:45.84.

? Wisconsin Assistant Bart Chelesvig and Iowa Head Coach Tom Brands were Hawkeye teammates in 1989-92. Davis was an assistant coach for the Hawkeyes who won two NCAA and four Big Ten titles during those four seasons.

Iowa closed out the 2006-07 dual season with a 29-13 loss to top-ranked Minnesota Feb. 18 in Iowa City. A crowd of 8,274 saw the Hawkeyes end the regular season at 14-5 (5-3 Big Ten). The Golden Gophers claimed the Big Ten regular season title with a spotless 8-0 conference mark, going 20-1 overall.

Minnesota jumped out to a 10-0 lead on Jayson Ness’ 8-0 major decision over Hawkeye Charlie Falck at 125 and Gilbertville, IA, native Mack Reiter’s 5:38 pin of senior Lucas Magnani. Hawkeye junior Alex Tsirtsis gave Iowa a much-needed boost at 141, pinning Mike Thorn in 1:16. The Golden Gophers responded with decisions at 149 and 157 from brothers Dustin and C.P. Schlatter to build a 16-6 lead.

After the intermission, Iowa scored two wins of its own. Junior Mark Perry scored a last second escape to defeat Tyler Safratowich, 10-2, at 165. Senior Eric Luedke celebrated his 22nd birthday with a 3-1 win in the first tiebreak period over Gabriel Dretsch at 174. Minnesota ended the dual with wins at the last three weights, including a major decision at 184 and a forfeit at heavyweight.

Minnesota 29, Iowa 13
125 – Jayson Ness (M) maj. dec. Charlie Falck (I), 8-0
133 – Mack Reiter (M) pinned Lucas Magnani (I), 5:38
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) pinned Mike Thorn (M), 1:16
149 – Dustin Schlatter (M) dec. Alex Grunder (I), 5-2
157 – C.P. Schlatter (M) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 9-4
165 – Mark Perry (I) maj. dec. Tyler Safratowich (M), 10-2
174 – Eric Luedke (I) dec. Gabriel Dretsch (M), 3-1 TB-1
184 – Roger Kish (M) maj. dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 14-5
197 – Yura Malamura (M) dec. Jordan McLaughlin (I), 4-3
Hwt. – Cole Konrad (M) won by forfeit

The Iowa wrestling team lost its Big Ten home opener to Wisconsin, 21-14, Jan. 27, 2007, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It was Wisconsin’s first win in the series since 1966 and its first in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa fell to 10-3 (2-1 Big Ten), while the Badgers improved to 16-1 (2-1 Big Ten).

The dual started at 125 pounds, where Hawkeye sophomore Charlie Falck held off a late charge by Wisconsin’s Collin Cudd to win 12-9. It was Iowa’s only lead of the dual, as the Badgers rolled off decisions at the next four weights to take a 12-3 lead. Hawkeye junior Mark Perry’s 18-2 match termination over Jake Donar at 165 made up some ground, and senior Eric Luedke 5-0 decision over Mike Felling at 174 pulled Iowa to within one (12-11). But Wisconsin scored a decision at 184 and a first-period pin at 197 to put the team win out of reach for the Hawkeyes. Iowa junior heavyweight Matt Fields won the final match of the night – a 6-3 decision over Kyle Massey.

Wisconsin 21, Iowa 14
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Collin Cudd (W), 12-9
133 – Zach Tanelli (W) dec. Mario Galanakis (I), 7-5
141 – Kyle Ruschell (W) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 6-4
149 – Tyler Turner (W) dec. Alex Grunder (I), 8-2
157 – Craig Henning (W) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 2-0
165 – Mark Perry (I) tech. fall Jake Donar (W), 18-2 in 4:56
174 – Eric Luedke (I) dec. Mike Felling (W), 5-0
184 – Trevor Brandvold (W) dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 6-2
197 – Dallas Herbst (W) pinned Rick Loera (I), 0:49
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) dec. Kyle Massey (W), 6-3

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 821-215-30 (.784) in 96 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 20 national titles and 31 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 48 NCAA champions have won a total of 74 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 13 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 100 Big Ten champions have won a total of 181 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 24 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa’s 130 all-Americans have earned all-America status 266 times, including 16 four-time, 28 three-time and 32 two-time honorees.

Tickets for Iowa’s two remaining home duals are on sale at the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office or at 1-800-464-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com. University of Iowa students will be admitted free to all matches with a student ID. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 for adults and $4 for youth. Tickets purchased at the event are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

The University of Iowa is offering a Family Four Pack ticket package for the Iowa vs. Indiana dual on Feb. 15. The package includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $30. Orders can be placed through the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office or at 1-800-464-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com.

Top-ranked Iowa won its seventh straight dual Sunday night, defeating #10 Northwestern, 22-13, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes won six bouts, but trailed the first half of the dual against an aggressive Wildcat squad. The win was the 160th for Iowa in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the 45th career victory for Coach Tom Brands. Iowa improved to 14-1 (3-0 in the Big Ten), while the Wildcats fell to 5-5 (0-1).

Northwestern jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Senior Mike Tamillow opened the dual at 197 with a 12-3 major decision over Iowa sophomore Chad Beatty. Top-ranked senior heavyweight Dustin Fox used 1:07 of riding time to defeat #6 Matt Fields, 2-1.

The Hawkeyes bounced back as #3 Charlie Falck scored his 20th season victory with a 5-3 win over #5 Brandon Precin at 125. Sophomore Joe Slaton, who is ranked fourth in the nation, followed at 133 with an 11-6 win over unranked Eric Metzler. Northwestern responded with an upset at 141 as unranked freshman Keith Sulzer defeated #9 Dan LeClere, 9-3. Trailing 10-6, Iowa won four of the last five bouts. Sophomores Brent Metcalf (149), Ryan Morningstar (157), Jay Borschel (174) and Phillip Keddy (184) each picked up wins for the Hawkeyes. Top-ranked Metcalf dominated #4 Ryan Lang, scoring a 12-3 major decision. Metcalf has won his last 16 matches and is 19-1 this season. Keddy brought the crowd of 5,837 to its feet with his 1:58 pin over Adil Kolovic to end the dual and clinch the win for Iowa.

Iowa 22, Northwestern 13
197 – Mike Tamillow (N) maj. dec. Chad Beatty (I), 12-3
Hwt. – Dustin Fox (N) dec. Matt Fields (I), 2-1
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Brandon Precin (N), 5-3
133 – Joe Slaton (I) dec. Eric Metzler (N), 11-6
141 – Keith Sulzer (N) dec. Dan LeClere (I), 9-3
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) maj. dec. Ryan Lang (N), 12-3
157 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Andrew Nadhir (N), 6-4
165 – Dominic Marella (N) dec. Aaron Janssen (I), 7-5
174 – Jay Borschel (I) dec. Nick Hayes (N), 3-1
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) pinned Adil Kolovic (N), 1:58

Iowa (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) will hit the road for the second straight week, taking a non-conference road trip out west. The Hawkeyes will face Arizona State (9-4, 3-4 Pac 10) Feb. 8 at Copper Canyon High School in Glendale, AZ, at 8:30 p.m. (CT). Iowa will then face Boise State (7-1, 6-1 Pac 10) Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. (CT) at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID.

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