Wrestlers Crown Five Placewinners at Cyclone Open

Nov. 16, 2008

AMES, IA — Sophomore Jake Kerr led Iowa with a second-place finish as 11 Iowa wrestlers opened the 2008-09 season Saturday at the Cyclone Open in Ames. Three Hawkeye true freshmen – Matt McDonough, Mark Ballweg and Grant Gambrall- each placed in their collegiate debuts while wrestling unattached.

Kerr, who was one of six Hawkeyes to compete as attached wrestlers in the tournament, recorded three decisions before losing to Iowa State’s Johnathan Reader, 12-1, in the finals. McDonough placed third at 133, Gambrall placed fourth at 184 and Ballweg placed fifth at 141. Hawkeye redshirt freshman J.J. Krutsinger was Iowa’s other placewinner – finishing fourth at 125.

Iowa will open the 2008-09 dual season Friday when it hosts the Iowa City Duals. The Hawkeyes will wrestle Iowa Central at 9 a.m., Coe at 10:30 a.m., and Minnesota State-Mankato at Noon in the North Gym at the University of Iowa Field House. It will be the first time the Hawkeyes have wrestled in the Field House since January 1983, when Carver-Hawkeye Arena opened. There is no admission charge to the Field House matches.

The Hawkeyes will then head over to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to face Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for you. Tickets purchased at the dual are $12 for adults and $6 for youth. University of Iowa students and children ages 5 and under will be admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased from the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-464-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com.

165 – Jake Kerr – 2nd place
Kerr (I) dec. Brad Lower (ICCC), 7-2
Kerr (I) dec. David Bonin (NIU), 8-4
Kerr (I) dec. Andrew Sorenson (ISU), 5-4 TB-1
Johnathan Reader (ISU) maj. dec. Kerr (I), 12-1

133 – Matt McDonough – 3rd place
McDonough (I) pinned Todd Wilcox (SC), 4:34
McDonough (I) dec. Laramie Shaffer (ISU), 7-3
Nick Fanthorpe (ISU) dec. McDonough (I), 6-1
McDonough (I) dec. Todd Wilcox (SC), 6-5
McDonough (I) dec. Laramie Shaffer (ISU), 6-4

125 – J.J. Krutsinger – 4th place
Krutsinger (I) maj. dec. Andy Forstner (MSU-Mankato), 19-9
Andrew Long (ISU) pinned Krutsinger (I), 6:55
Krutsinger (I) pinned Tim Peskar (SS), 2:21
Krutsinger (I) pinned Trevor Dearden (ISU), 6:57
Krutsinger (I) won by medical forfeit over Cody Adams (MSU-Mankato)
Ben Kjar (UVU) dec. Krutsinger (I), 5-3

184 – Grant Gambrall – 4th place
Gambrall (I) dec. David Casper (UWW), 14-10
Gambrall (I) dec. Mitch Brown (UNO), 6-1
Vince Jones (UN) pinned Gambrall (I), 3:28
Gambrall (I) dec. Joe Curran (ISU), 6-5
Scott Elliot (SDSU) dec. Gambrall (I), 3-1 SV-1

141 – Mark Ballweg – 5th place
Ballweg (I) maj. dec. Jesse Westphal (MSU-Mankato), 20-7
Ballweg (I) dec. Joey Demarie (ISU), 4-2
Ballweg (I) pinned John Lloyd (LU), 2:34
Nick Gallick (ISU) dec. Ballweg (I), 10-3
Jeff Newby (UVU) dec. Ballweg (I), 5-4
Ballweg (I) maj. dec. Dustin Walraven (SDSU), 16-2

157 – Stew Gillmor – DNP
Gillmor (I) pinned Weston Biasius (SDSU), 3:41
Justin Turek (MSU-Mankato) pinned Gillmor (I), 3:08
Gillmor (I) dec. Chad Klees (Ellsworth), 11-4
Gillmor (I) dec. Brennan Drew (WC), 9-7
Robert Sanders (UN) pinned Gillmor (I), 2:06

157 – Brooks Kopsa – DNP
Ryan Moyer (LU) maj. dec. Kopsa (I), 19-5
Kopsa (I) maj. dec. Matt Kent (SC), 18-6
Kopsa (I) dec. Brad Nardick (UW), 6-5
Justin Turek (MSU-Mankato) pinned Kopsa (I), 1:29

165 – T.H. Leet – DNP
Johnathan Reader (ISU) tech. fall Leet (I), 16-0, 4:28
Brad Lower (ICCC) pinned Leet (I), 4:06

165 – Aaron Janssen – DNP
Janssen (I) dec. Bradley Banks (ICCC), 7-4
Janssen (I) dec. Tel Todd (MSU-Mankato), 8-4
Jeb Clark (UVU) dec. Janssen (I), 6-0
Brad Lower (ICCC) pinned Janssen (I), 3:15

165 – Mike Fahrer – DNP
Fahrer (I) pinned Tyler Gordon (LU), 3:37
Fahrer (I) pinned Seth St. Clair (SC), 6:12
Andrew Sorenson (ISU) maj. dec. Fahrer (I), 11-3
Fahrer (I) dec. Jon Simon (NIU), 10-6
David Bonin (NIU) dec. Fahrer (I), 7-3

197 – Rick Loera – DNP
Loera (I) maj. dec. Jeremy Swier (SDSU), 20-6
Tom Block (MSU-Mankato) dec. Loera (I), 8-2
Jeremiah Webb (LU) maj. dec. Loera (I), 16-9

Final Brackets from 2008 Cyclone Open in PDF Format