Hawkeyes Head West

Feb. 5, 2008

Iowa (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) will hit the road for the second straight week, taking a non-conference road trip out west to face two Pac-10 opponents. The Hawkeyes will face Arizona State (9-5, 3-4 Pac 10) Friday at Copper Canyon High School in Glendale, AZ, at 8:30 p.m. (CT). Iowa will then face Boise State (8-1, 7-1 Pac 10) Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID.

Radio – Steven Grace and two-time Hawkeye NCAA champion and four-time all-American Mark Ironside will call the action live on AM-800, KXIC. All dual meets will be broadcast live, as will action from the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. Live audio broadcasts from all competitions and are available online at www.hawkeyesports.com. Broadcasts are available using the Hawkeye All-Access subscription ($9.95 per month or $79.95 per year) or the CSTV XXL Premium subscription ($119.95 yer year).

Internet – Press releases, meet results, audio broadcasts and live video broadcasts from home dual meets are available online at www.hawkeyesports.com. To access live dual scoring for home meets, go to the wrestling schedule page, select the event and click on the Livestats link. Results will be updated after each bout during the dual. Current staff and student-athlete head shots can be found at pics.hawkeyesports.com.

Arizona State is 9-5 (3-4 Pac-10) with wins over Cal Davis (20-17), Pacific (45-6), Southern Oregon (30-7), Portland State (36-9), Embry-Riddle (35-9), Army (22-13), Grand Canyon (42-10), Pennsylvania (21-17) and Oregon (26-16), and losses to Cal Poly (17-24), Cal State Bakersfield (13-22), Cal State Fullerton (18-26), Oregon State (14-27) and Oklahoma (9-31).

Head Coach Thom Ortiz is 74-49-1 in seven years at Arizona State. A Sun Devil alum, Ortiz has led Arizona State to three conference titles in the past six seasons and has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year three times. He served as an assistant coach at Iowa State for nine seasons. Ortiz is assisted by Eric Larkin (Arizona State, 2003), Brian Stith (Arizona State, 2007) and Zach Roberson (Iowa State, 2004).

The Sun Devils are led by redshirt freshmen Anthony Robles (126) and Brent Chriswell (184).

Boise State is 8-1 (7-1 Pac-10) with wins over North Idaho College (40-3), Wyoming (38-3), Cal State Bakersfield (35-6), Cal Poly (26-5), Stanford (21-15), Cal Davis (23-15), Oregon (34-3), Oregon State (24-13) and Portland State (43-0), and a loss to Cal State Fullerton (13-19). The Broncos will test their seven-match winning streak Friday night when they host Great Falls-Montana and Montana State-Northern at Bronco Gym.

Head Coach Greg Randall is 48-22 in six seasons at Boise State. Randall was a three-time Iowa all-American at 134 (1984-87), winning the 1984 Big Ten title. He is assisted by Boise State alums Chris Owens (2000) and Kirk White (2000).

Boise State is led by junior Tyler Sherfey (157) and freshmen Adam Hall (149), Kurt Swartz (165) and Kirk Smith (184).

Arizona State – Iowa leads the series, 22-1-1 and has won the last 16 duals vs. the Sun Devils. The Hawkeyes are 9-1-1 in Tempe. Iowa’s last win in the series was 39-3 at the 2007 dual in Iowa City, while Arizona State’s was 22-18, in 1988, in Tempe.

Boise State – Iowa leads the series, 3-0, but this will be its first dual in Boise. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting (24-13), in 2006, in Iowa City.

Tom Brands made his Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut as Hawkeye head coach Nov. 25, 2006, leading the Hawkeyes to a 39-3 victory over Arizona State. A boisterous crowd of 4,905 turned out for the meet.

Iowa went 9-1 against Arizona State. The only loss was at 157 pounds, where second-ranked senior Sun Devil Brian Stith scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat unranked Iowa redshirt freshman Ryan Morningstar, 3-1.

Scoring team bonus points for the Hawkeyes were seniors Mario Galanakis (133 – pin), Alex Grunder (149 – technical fall) and Eric Luedke (174 – major decision), junior Matt Fields (Hwt. – forfeit) and redshirt freshman Phillip Keddy (184 – pin). Junior and second-ranked Mark Perry picked up his 50th career win with an 8-4 decision over Arizona State’s Patrick Pitsch at 165 to end the dual.

Iowa 39, Arizona State 3
174 – Eric Luedke (I) maj. dec. Alex Pavlenko (ASU), 12-1
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) pinned Greg Gifford (ASU), 0:48
197 – Dan Erekson (I) dec. Jason Trulson (ASU), 3-2
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) won by forfeit
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Tyler Bowles (ASU), 15-9
133 – Mario Galanakis (I) pinned Shawn Jones (ASU), 2:45
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Pat Payne (ASU), 6-2
149 – Alex Grunder (I) tech. fall Cameron Smith (ASU), 22-7
157 – Brian Stith (ASU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 3-1 SV-1
165 – Mark Perry (I) dec. Patrick Pitsch (ASU), 8-4

Iowa ended its 2005-06 regular season with a 24-13 win over Boise State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes won six matches and celebrated Senior Night with Trent Goodale, Gable Ruhkala, Ty Eustice, Joe Johnston and Paul Bradley.

Iowa 24, Boise State 13
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) maj. dec. Jordan Brock (BSU), 11-2
149 – Ty Eustice (I) dec. Tyler Sherfey (BSU), 5-3
157 – Ben Cherrington (BSU) dec. Joe Johnston (I), 18-12
165 – Eric Luedke (I) tech. fall Lex Case (BSU), 18-1
174 – Mark Perry (I) pinned Johnny Nunez (BSU), 1:01
184 – Paul Bradley (I) dec. K.C. Walsh (BSU), 5-2
197 – Casey Phelps (BSU) dec. Dan Erekson (I), 7-3
Hwt. – Andy Patrick (BSU) maj. dec. Michael Bucklin (I), 12-3
125 – Lucas Magnani (I) dec. Cory Fish (BSU), 7-3
133 – Scott Jorgensen (BSU) dec. Daniel Dennis (I), 12-7

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

The Stillwater, OK, native, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss 2-3 weeks of action. 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.

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.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 823-215-30 (.785) 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 top-ranked Hawkeyes downed two Big Ten opponents on the road last weekend. Iowa defeated #3/#4 Minnesota (20-13) Friday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis and then held off #13/#15 Wisconsin (22-20) Sunday afternoon at the UW Field House in Madison.

Iowa handed Minnesota (10-4, 2-1) their first Big Ten dual loss, winning six bouts, including two upsets. The dual started at 125 with a highly anticipated match between #1 Jayson Ness of Minnesota and #3 Charlie Falck of Iowa. Ness entered the dual with a 26-0 record and on a 27-match winning streak, while Falck brought an undefeated 15-0 dual mark and his own 12-match winning streak to the mat. Falck scored the first takedown of the match, but Ness scored 14 unanswered points to post a 14-2 major decision and snap Falck’s streak and perfect dual record. Iowa responded with wins at the next three weights to build an 11-4 lead. Sophomore Dan LeClere, who is ranked ninth nationally, scored a takedown in the first sudden victory period to upset #3 Manuel Rivera, 9-7 at 141. Sophomore Brent Metcalf was supposed to be part of another big match as he and Minnesota junior Dustin Schlatter are ranked first or second in the nation at 149, depending on the poll. Metcalf instead faced freshman Luke Mellmer, who has filled in for Schlatter since late December due to injury. The Hawkeye sophomore scored a 20-5 match-ending technical fall in 6:17, collecting his 20th season and career win, and extending his winning streak to 17 matches.

Minnesota scored wins at 157 and 165 to tighten the team score at 11-10, but an 8-3 win by sophomore Jay Borschel at 174 and sophomore Phillip Keddy’s 6-2 upset over #5 Roger Kish at 184 gave Iowa a 17-10 lead. Keddy, who is ranked eighth in the nation, scored his 30th career win. Minnesota scored a decision at 197 to keep the team win within reach, but Hawkeye senior Matt Fields shut down the Golden Gophers with a 7-3 win over Ben Berhow at heavyweight.

Iowa used bonus points to beat Wisconsin (11-3-1, 2-2). Each team won five matches, but the Hawkeyes used pins from sophomores Brent Metcalf (149) and Phillip Keddy (184) and a major decision by sophomore Jay Borschel (174) to win their ninth-straight dual. Head Coach Tom Brands picked up his 30th win at Iowa and his 10th win in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes opened the dual with back-to-back decisions from junior Charlie Falck (125) and sophomore Joe Slaton (133). Wisconsin put its first points on the board at 141 when #7 Kyle Ruschell scored seven points in the third period to beat Hawkeye sophomore Dan LeClere, 8-0. Metcalf extended Iowa’s lead to 12-4 with his 4:02 pin of Trevor Bowers at 149. Wisconsin fought back to within one (12-11) on Craig Henning’s 2-1 win over Ryan Morningstar at 157 and Jake Donar’s 13-1 major decision over redshirt freshman Aaron Janssen at 165. Borschel and Keddy’s bonus point wins gave the Hawkeyes a 22-11 lead, but the Badgers weren’t finished. Wisconsin scored a pin of its own at 197 and junior heavyweight Kyle Massey upset Hawkeye senior Matt Fields, 6-5, in the afternoon’s final bout. Slaton, Metcalf and Borschel remain undefeated at 5-0 in Big Ten duals, while Slaton and Borschel picked up their 20th season and career victories. Metcalf extended his winning streak to 18 matches and picked up his seventh pin of the year.

Tickets for the 2008 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, to be held at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena Mar. 8-9 are now available. All-session tickets are $30 and may be purchased through gophersports.com, in person at the Minnesota athletics ticket office in Mariucci Arena or by calling 1-800-846-7437 or 612-624-8080. Single-session tickets, if available, will go on sale March 3.

The 2008 Big Ten Wrestling Championships will feature a three-session format, with the Session 1 preliminary matches beginning at 11 a.m. on Mar. 8. Session 2 will get underway at 6 p.m. that same day, and the Session 3 championship matches will start at noon Mar. 9. Doors to Williams Arena open approximately one hour prior to the beginning of each session. Sessions 1 and 2 will feature four mats of action, while Session 3 will have three mats.

The 2008 NCAA Wrestling Championships are scheduled for Mar. 20-22 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.

The Scottrade Center was the site for the national wrestling tournament in 2000, 2004 and 2005, and will host the event in 2009. The NCAA, University of Missouri and the St. Louis Sports Commission will co-host the event.

Sessions I (11 a.m.) and II (6:30 p.m.) will be held Mar. 20, Sessions III (10 a.m. and IV (6 p.m.) will be Mar. 21, and Session V (10 a.m.) and the championship finals (7:30 p.m.) are set for Mar. 22.

Tickets to the event are available at (866) 646-8849 or ticketmaster.com. All-session tickets are priced based on seat location. Following is the price breakdown:

Plaza: $150
Mezzanine Center & Mezzanine Corner (1st 2 rows): $120
Mezzanine Corner & Mezzanine End (1st 2 rows): $95
Mezzanine End : $60

Top-ranked Iowa (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) will host #16 Indiana (12-5, 1-3 Big Ten) Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. and #5/#6 Michigan (15-4, 2-1 Big Ten) Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Both matches will be held in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will recognize seniors Matt Fields (Hwt.) and Mark Perry (165) before the Michigan dual. It will be the second meeting for the Hawkeyes and Wolverines this season, as Iowa scored a 23-13 win in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals semifinals Jan. 13 in Cedar Falls.

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