Hawkeyes In First Place

Dec. 29, 2008

EVANSTON, IL — The Hawkeye wrestling team leads the team standings and advanced 10 competitors to the championship quarterfinals after Monday’s first session at the 46th annual Midlands Championships in Evanston, IL. Iowa – the defending team champion – leads the team race with 43 points. Intra-state rival Iowa State is in second with 38.5.

Seniors Charlie Falck (125) and Alex Tsirtsis (141), juniors Daniel Dennis (133), Dan LeClere (141), Brent Metcalf (149), Ryan Morningstar (165), Jay Borschel (174), Phillip Keddy (184) and Dan Erekson (Hwt.), and redshirt freshman Montell Marion (133) each advanced to Monday night’s championship quarterfinals. Falck, Metcalf and Borschel are each the top seeds at their respective weight classes, while Tsirtsis and Keddy are both seeded second. Marion, Metcalf and Erekson helped Iowa’s team point total by each pinning both of their first-round opponents. Eight other Hawkeyes (Matt McDonough-133, Mark Ballweg-141, Matt Ballweg-157, Nick LeClere-157, Jake Kerr-165, Grant Gambrall-184, Rick Loera-197, Brodie Ambrose-197) are still alive in the consolation bracket.

Monday night’s second session of competition is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Updated team standings and brackets are available throughout the tournament at www.nusports.com. Fans can listen to a live broadcast of Saturday night’s session at www.hawkeyesports.com using the XXL All-Access subscription. KXIC’s Steven Grace will call the action.

Place Team – Points
1. Iowa – 43
2. Iowa State – 38.5
3. Purdue – 37
4. Central Michigan – 35.5
5. Wisconsin – 35
6. Missouri – 32
7. Northwestern – 31.5
8. Maryland – 29
9. Oregon State – 24
10. American – 22

125 Pounds
#1 Charlie Falck (Iowa) dec. Filiberto Colon (Rider), 7-2
#1 Charlie Falck (Iowa) maj. dec. Thomas Williams (American), 13-3

Troy Dolan (Missouri) dec. J.J. Krutsinger (Iowa-Unattached), 1-0
C.J. Hamilton (Anderson) dec. J.J. Krutsinger (Iowa-Unattached), 8-7

133 Pounds
#4 Daniel Dennis (Iowa) pinned Naveed Bagheri (San Francisco St.), 3:56
#4 Daniel Dennis (Iowa) maj. dec. Brad Gentzle (Pittsburgh), 14-5

Montell Marion (Iowa-Unattached) pinned Vince Vallez (Triton), 2:11
Montell Marion (Iowa-Unattached) pinned Josh Palivoda (Cleveland St.), 3:55

Matt McDonough (Iowa-Unattached) pinned Josh Statum (Tennessee-Chattanooga), 4:09
#3 Steve Bell (Maryland) dec. Matt McDonough (Iowa-Unattached), 8-5

141 Pounds
#2 Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec. Marcus Hohen (Missouri), 4-2
#2 Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec. Scott Kelly (Indiana), 2-0

#6 Dan LeClere (Iowa) dec. Pat McLemore (N. Illinois), 7-4
#6 Dan LeClere (Iowa) dec. Juan Archuletta (Purdue), 2-1

Mark Ballweg (Iowa-Unattached) tech. fall Corey Phillips (E. Michigan), 20-2 in 6:44
#1 Corey Janzten (Harvard) pinned Mark Ballweg (Iowa-Unattached), 2:50

149 Pounds
#1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) pinned Cole Schmit (Wisconsin), 3:48
#1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) pinned Andrew Nadhir (Northwestern), 6:50

Ryan Cubberly (C. Michigan-Unattached) dec. Derek Coorough (Iowa-Unattached), 5-4
Nick Walpole (Indiana) pinned Derek Coorough (Iowa-Unattached), 3:26

157 Pounds
Matt Ballweg (Iowa-Unattached) pinned Joe Stafford (Air Force), 1:33
Anthony Jones (Michigan St.) dec. Matt Ballweg (Iowa-Unattached), 5-2

Gabe Burak (Pennsylvania-Unattached) pinned Stew Gillmor (Iowa-Unattached), 4:22
Stew Gillmor (Iowa-Unattached) dec. Kyle Bounds (Michigan St.), 8-3
Josh Moulton (E. Michigan) maj. dec. Stew Gillmor (Iowa-Unattached), 21-7

Kyle John (Maryland) maj. dec. Nick Kolegraff (Iowa-Unattached), 11-0
Tejovan Edward (Arizona St.) maj. dec. Nick Kolegraff (Iowa-Unattached), 10-2

Nick LeClere (Iowa-Unattached) dec. Chris Kelly (WWC), 7-2
Tyson Reiner (N. Iowa) maj. dec. Nick LeClere (Iowa-Unattached), 22-8

165 Pounds
#3 Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) dec. Chris Stout (American), 2-0
#3 Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) dec. Chris Brown (Old Dominion), 2-1 TB3

Jake Kerr (Iowa-Unattached) dec. Rex Kendle (Michigan St.), 3-0
Jake Kerr (Iowa-Unattached) dec. Rob Morrison (Unattached), 2-0
#1 Moza Fay (N. Iowa) dec. Jake Kerr (Iowa-Unattached), 9-3

174 Pounds
#1 Jay Borschel (Iowa) dec. Ian Hinton (Michigan St.), 5-3
#1 Jay Borschel (Iowa) dec. Travis Rutt (Wisconsin), 9-6

184 Pounds
#2 Phillip Keddy (Iowa) dec. Vince Didona (C. Michigan), 8-2

Brice Arand (Oregon St.) pinned Grant Gambrall (Iowa-Unattached), 2:19

197 Pounds
Rick Loera (Iowa-Unattached) pinned Matt Wonderlin (Dubuque), 1:49
#1 Jake Varner (Iowa St.) pinned Rick Loera (Iowa-Unattached), 2:58

Brodie Ambrose (Iowa-Unattached) pinned Jimmy Ciccone (Air Force), 6:25
#6 Logan Brown (Purdue) dec. Brodie Ambrose (Iowa-Unattached), 7-2

#8 Dan Erekson (Iowa) pinned Josh Larson (Air Force), 1:41
#8 Dan Erekson (Iowa) pinned Quinton Pruett (American), 2:46

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