Hawkeyes To Host Final Home Duals of 2008-09

Feb. 10, 2009

With only two weeks left in the 2008-09 regular season, the top-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (20-0, 4-0 Big Ten) host its final Big Ten duals in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa will put its 34-match winning streak on the line when it hosts #25 Purdue (11-4-1, 0-3-1 Big Ten) Friday at 7 p.m. and #11/#13 Minnesota (14-5, 4-1 Big Ten) Sunday at 2 p.m.

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 and www.hawkeyesports.com. Broadcasts are available using the Hawkeye All-Access subscription ($14.95 per month or $119.95 per year).

Television – Iowa Public Television will air a live broadcast of the Iowa-Minnesota dual, while the Big Ten Network will air a taped-delay broadcast of the match Sunday at 7 p.m. Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and former Hawkeye Head Coach Dan Gable will call the action for the broadcast.

Internet – Press releases, meet results and audio broadcasts are available on the University of Iowa’s website, www.hawkeyesports.com. Current staff and student-athlete head shots can be found at pics.hawkeyesports.com.

Tickets for Iowa’s two remaining home duals are on sale at the UI Athletic Ticket Office at 800-464-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com.

Against Purdue, tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Tickets purchased at the meet are $12 for adults, $6 for youth. UI students and children ages five and under will be admitted free.

Against Minnesota, tickets purchased in advance are $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under. Tickets purchased at the meet are $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under. Due to the possibility of a sellout crowd, the first 1,000 general admission University of Iowa students will be admitted free of charge after they log-in to their student account at www.hawkeyesports.com to reserve a seat and download a free paper ticket. After that allotment is sold out, students may purchase reserved seats at the youth price.

Four Hawkeye seniors will be honored before the Iowa-Minnesota dual on Sunday. Charlie Falck (Stawberry Point, IA), Alex Tsirtsis (Griffith, IN), Derek Coorough (Hillsboro, WI) and T.H. Leet (Atlanta, GA) will be making their final collegiate appearances in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa 133-pound wrestler Daniel Dennis has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. It is the first time the junior from Ingleside, IL, has earned the honor.

Dennis, who is ranked number one in the nation in the Intermat/NWCA/NWMA poll and by W.I.N. Magazine, posted two Big Ten road wins against ranked opponents last weekend. He scored a 3-2 victory over defending Big Ten champion Franklin Gomez of Michigan State Friday night in East Lansing. It was only the second loss of the season for Gomez, who was ranked first by Amateur Wrestling News and W.I.N. Magazine at the time. Dennis followed with a 6-3 victory over #9 Jake Strayer of Penn State Sunday afternoon at University Park. The Hawkeye junior is 21-2 in collegiate competition this season, 16-2 in dual matches and 4-0 in Big Ten duals. He has won his last six bouts.

Dennis is the third Hawkeye to earn the honor this season. Senior Alex Tsirtsis (141) was named Dec. 9 after the Iowa-Iowa State dual, and junior Dan Erekson (Hwt.) followed on Jan. 27 after wins against Wisconsin and Illinois.

Purdue is ranked 25th in the USA Today/NWCA/Intermat coaches poll. The Boilermakers are 11-4-1 (0-3-1 Big Ten) with wins over Eastern Michigan (33-6), Campbellsville (44-0), Northern Illinois (32-9), Mt. St. Joseph (30-15), Notre Dame OH (26-15), George Mason (24-15), UNC-Greensboro (30-9), Central Florida (44-9), Findlay (45- -1), Ashland (35-3) and East Stroudsburg (49-0), losses to Old Dominion (12-22), Illinois (11-29), Indiana (12-21) and Ohio State (10-28), and a 19-19 tie with Penn State.

Head Coach Scott Hinkel is 21-12-1 in his second season at his alma mater. Hinkel was an all-American at Purdue, competing for the Boilermakers from 1984-87. He is assisted by Tom Erikson (Oklahoma State, 1987), Glenn Lanham (Tennessee, 1988) and Chris Fleeger (Purdue, 2008).

The Boilermakers are led by senior Jake Patacsil (149) and sophomores Luke Manuel (165), A.J. Kissel (184) and Logan Brown (197). Patascil is ranked eighth in the nation, and brings a 28-4 overall record and 3-1 Big Ten mark to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Manuel is ranked 16th in the nation with a 21-9 record, while Kissel is 14th with a 24-6 record and Brown 13th with a 24-8 mark.

Minnesota is 14-5 (4-1 Big Ten) and ranked 11th in the nation USA Today/NWCA/Intermat coaches poll and 13th by W.I.N. Magazine. The Golden Gophers have posted wins over Portland State (54-0), Northern Colorado (42-4), North Dakota State (36-6), Army (26-15), Air Force (41-3), Harvard (28-20), Buffalo (27-13), Wisconsin (22-15), Penn State (21-18 & 20-19), Arizona State (26-12), Michigan State (30-6), Ohio State (18-16) and Northwestern (18-16), and losses to Nebraska (18-21), Oklahoma State (13-23), Iowa (7-27), Ohio State (12-25) and Michigan (16-17).

Head Coach J Robinson is 346-115-3 in 23 years at Minnesota. He has coached 11 NCAA champions, 39 Big Ten champions and 89 all-Americans at Minnesota. He has led 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 aassistant (1972-76) at Iowa. Robinson is assisted by Minnesota alums Joe Russell (1992), Brandon Eggum (2000) and Luke Becker (2003).

Minnesota is led by junior Jayson Ness (133), sophomores Mike Thorn (141) and Ben Berhow (Hwt.), and redshirt freshman Zach Sanders (125). Ness, who was a two-time all-American and Big Ten finalist at 125, is ranked fifth in the nation at 133 with a 27-4 record. Sanders is ranked eighth with a 29-3 record, Thorn is eighth at 25-10 and Berhow is 21-6.

Purdue – Iowa leads the series, 34-4-3, and has won the last 22 meetings. The Hawkeyes also hold an 18-1-2 advantage in Iowa City. Iowa won the last meeting (36-3) in 2007 at West Lafayette. Purdue’s last win in the series was 23-9 at Iowa City in 1961.

Minnesota – Iowa leads the series, 64-24-1, and is 30-12 in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting (27-7) at the 2009 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls last month. Minnesota’s last win in the series was a 29-13 victory in Iowa City to close out Iowa’s 2006-07 dual season.

There are eight marquee match-ups based on the probable starters for this weekend’s duals. The individual rankings listed below are the most recent from the NWCA/Intermat/NWCA poll.

Iowa vs. Purdue
149 – #1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) vs. #8 Jake Patascil (Purdue)
Metcalf is 24-0 and riding a 56-match winning streak. Patascil is 28-4 and has won 10 of his last 11 matches. Metcalf who has a 1-0 record in the series – posted a 18-5 major decision at the 2007 Midlands finals.

165 – #3 Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) vs. #16 Luke Manuel (Purdue)
This will be the first meeting between Morningstar and Manuel. Morningstar, who will be making his 62nd consecutive career dual start, is 21-4 in collegiate matches and 16-4 in duals. Manuel is 21-9 and 1-3 in Big Ten duals.

184 – #3 Phillip Keddy (Iowa) vs. #14 A.J. Kissel (Purdue)
Keddy is 20-0 in dual competition and on a 10-match winning streak. Kissel is 24-6 and has won 10 of his last 11 matches. This will be the first meeting between the two.

197 – #18 Chad Beatty (Iowa) vs. #13 Logan Brown (Purdue)
Beatty and Brown have not met in collegiate competition. Beatty is 12-3 with a 3-1 Big Ten dual record, and has won his last four matches. Brown is 23-8 this season and also has a 3-1 record in Big Ten duals.

Iowa vs. Minnesota
125 – #4 Charlie Falck (Iowa) vs. #8 Zach Sanders (Minnesota)
Hawkeye senior Charlie Falck will be competing in his final dual in Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Minnesota’s Sanders. Falck enters the weekend with a 17-1 season record, going 15-0 in duals and 4-0 in Big Ten duals. He has won his last five matches. Sanders is 29-3 and 3-2 in Big Ten duals. His two Big Ten losses were to Penn State’s Brad Pataky (14-7) and Northwestern’s Brandon Precin (8-7). It will be the first meeting between the two as Falck did not compete at the 2009 National Duals due to injury.

133 – #1 Daniel Dennis (Iowa) vs. #5 Jayson Ness (Minnesota)
Dennis handed Ness his second loss of the season (6-4) when the two met at the National Duals. The Hawkeye junior has won his last six matches and brings a 21-2 record to the dual. Ness is 27-4 with a 4-1 Big Ten dual record.

141 – #2 Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) vs. #8 Mike Thorn (Minnesota)
Tsirtsis will also be competing in his final dual at Carver-Hawkeye. He has a 2-0 record against Thorn – pinning him in 1:16 at the 2007 Iowa-Minnesota dual and scoring a 2-1 win at the 2009 National Duals. Tsirtsis has won his last four bouts and is 20-2 this season. Thorn is 25-10 and has a 4-1 Big Ten dual mark.

Hwt – #7 Dan Erekson (Iowa) vs. Ben Berhow (Minnesota)
Erekson is 1-0 against Berhow – scoring a 3-2 decision at the 2009 National Duals. The Hawkeye junior had won eight of his last nine matches before posting an injury default in last week’s dual at Michigan State. Erekson is 17-6 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. Berhow is 21-6 and has won his last seven bouts.

Following are past results between the Hawkeyes and their probable Purdue and Minnesota opponents that were not mentioned previously in the release.

157 – Matt Ballweg (Iowa) vs. Tyler Safratowich (Minnesota), 0-1
Safratowich maj. dec. Ballweg, 11-3 – at 2009 Keen/NWCA National Duals

165 – Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) vs. Scott Glasser (Minnesota), 1-0
Morningstar dec. Glasser, 6-4 – at 2009 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals

174 – Jay Borschel (Iowa) vs. Nick Corpe (Purdue), 1-0
Borschel maj. dec. Corpe, 9-0 – at 2008 Big Ten Championships

174 – Jay Borschel (Iowa) vs. Kaleb Young (Minnesota), 1-0
Borschel maj. dec. Young, 12-3 – at 2009 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals

184 – Phillip Keddy (Iowa) vs. Sonny Yohn (Minnesota), 1-0
Keddy maj. dec. Yohn, 11-3 – at 2009 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals

Iowa won nine of 10 matches to defeat Purdue (36-3) at West Lafayette, IN, on Jan. 26, 2007. Senior Mario Galanakis scored his 35th career victory at 133, decking Sean Schmaltz in 2:48. Griffith, IN, native and Iowa junior Alex Tsirtsis had a happy homecoming with a 20-10 major decision over Nick Bertucci at 141. Hawkeye senior 149-pounder Alex Grunder upset Purdue’s 11th-ranked Jake Patacsil, 7-5. Grunder avenged an earlier season loss to Patacsil with the win and scored his fifth straight victory. Hawkeye junior Mark Perry kept the Hawkeyes on track with a 2:27 pin over Justin Fraga at 165. Senior Eric Luedke (174) and redshirt freshman Phillip Keddy (184) followed with decisions to make the team score 32-0. Purdue scored its only points of the night at 197 when Nathan Moore defeated Iowa redshirt freshman Rick Loera, 6-0. Hawkeye heavyweight Matt Fields scored his 55th career win with a 14-4 major decision over David Pisarck to end the dual.

Iowa 36, Purdue 3
125 – Charlie Falck (I) maj. dec. Brandon Tucker (P), 17-9
133 – Mario Galanakis (I) pinned Sean Schmaltz (P), 2:48
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) maj. dec. Nick Bertucci (P), 20-10
149 – Alex Grunder (I) dec. Jake Patacsil (P), 7-5
157 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Jake Murphy (P), 3-1
165 – Mark Perry (I) pinned Justin Fraga (P), 2:27
174 – Eric Luedke (I) dec. Jason Martin (P), 11-7
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Nick Skinner (P), 3-2
197 – Nathan Moore (P) dec. Rick Loera (I), 6-0
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) maj. dec. David Pisarcik (P), 14-4

Iowa defeated Minnesota (27-7) in the second round of the 2009 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls Jan. 10. The Hawkeyes picked up their 60th National Duals victory in the win over Minnesota. Junior Daniel Dennis, who is ranked fifth at 133, posted his 30th career win with a 6-4 upset over fourth-ranked Jayson Ness of Minnesota. Top-ranked junior Brent Metcalf posted his 49th straight win with a 23-8 technical fall in 6:22 over Minnesota’s Brian Peterson at 149 to remain undefeated. Juniors Jay Borschel (174) and Phillip Keddy (184) posted major decisions as the Hawkeyes won the final five bouts to seal the team win.

Iowa 27, Minnesota 7
125 – Zach Sanders (M) dec. J.J. Krutsinger (I), 10-5
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Jayson Ness (M), 6-4
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Mike Thorn (M) 2-1
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall B. Peterson (M), 23-8, 6:22
157 – Tyler Safratowich (M) maj. dec. Matt Ballweg (I), 11-3
165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Scott Glasser (M), 6-4
174 – Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Kaleb Young (M), 12-3
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) maj. dec. Sonny Yohn (M), 11-3
197 – Chad Beatty (I) dec. Chris McPhail (M), 9-4
Hwt – Dan Erekson (I) dec. Ben Berhow (M), 3-2

The top-ranked Hawkeyes picked up two Big Ten wins while covering 1,700 miles on a four-day bus trip last weekend. The team left Iowa City Thursday, posted a 22-15 victory over unranked Michigan State Friday night at East Lansing, traveled from Michigan to Pennsylvania Saturday and pounded #22 Penn State (31-6) Sunday afternoon at University Park before heading back to Iowa. Six Hawkeyes went 2-0 on the trip.

The Spartans put up a strong fight Friday night at Jenison Field House in front of 1,103 fans, but the Hawkeyes held on for their 33rd straight win. Iowa jumped out to a 16-0 lead with wins at the first four weights. Iowa senior Charlie Falck posted his 85th career win with a 25-13 major decision over Eric Olanowski at 125 to start the dual. In the night’s marquee match, Hawkeye junior Daniel Dennis handed Franklin Gomez his second loss of the season with a 3-2 victory at 133. Dennis, who is ranked first in the nation by Intermat/NWCA/NWMA, improved to 20-2 with the win. Davison, MI, native Brent Metcalf celebrated his homecoming by sticking David Cheza in 4:41 at 149. Michigan State posted three straight one-point wins at 157, 165 and 174 to make the team score 16-9. Hawkeye juniors Phillip Keddy (184) and Chad Beatty (197) both posted decisions to seal the team victory. Beatty picked up his 25th career victory with the win. Hawkeye junior heavyweight Dan Erekson was injured in the first period of his match and could not continue – defaulting to Alan O’Donnell to end the dual.

Iowa posted its 20th season win Sunday when it pounded #22 Penn State, 31-6, at Rec Hall. Iowa won eight matches in front of over 5,000 fans to post its 34th straight victory. Iowa started the dual at 165 pounds, jumping out to a 16-0 lead with wins at the first four weights. Third-ranked junior Ryan Morningstar rebounded from his loss Friday night at Michigan State with a 5-4 win over #20 Dan Vallimont at 165. Iowa sophomore Colby Covington followed with a 3-2 upset over #16 Quentin Wright at 174, recording his first dual win in a Hawkeye singlet. Covington was wrestling up a weight for injured Hawkeye starter Jay Borschel. Keddy posted his 65th career win and his 10th straight victory with a 25-10 technical fall in 6:59 over Jack Decker at 184. Keddy remains undefeated in dual competition (20-0) and has a 23-1 season mark. Beatty scored his second pin of the season – sticking J.R. Brown in 5:26.

Penn State freshman heavyweight Cameron Wade used a significant weight advantage to beat Iowa redshirt freshman Brodie Ambrose, 4-0. Ambrose, who was wrestling up a weight class, is a 197-pounder for Iowa. The Hawkeyes bounced back to take the next four weights and seal the team win. Falck controlled his 125-pound match with #13 Brad Pataky, posting a 9-3 win. Falck, who is ranked fourth in the nation with a 17-1 record and 15-0 dual mark, snapped Pataky’s six-match winning streak and extended his own to five. Dennis posted his second big win of the weekend with a 6-3 decision over #9 Jake Strayer at 133. Dennis, who jumped to the top of the 133-pound rankings last week, is on a six-match winning streak and is 21-2. Second-ranked Alex Tsirtsis followed at 141 with a 6-2 win over Frank Molinaro to improve to 20-2. Metcalf posted his fifth straight pin and 57th straight victory at 149 when he decked Penn State’s Colby Pisani in 2:18 at 149. Pisani was wrestling for injured Penn State starter Bubba Jenkins, who is ranked second in the nation. Metcalf picked up his 60th career win with the victory and is 25-0 this season. Penn State closed out the dual at 157 with Tim Darling’s 5-4 victory over Hawkeye sophomore Matt Ballweg.

For dates and more information about 2009 Iowa Wrestling Summer camps visit www.iowawrestlingcamps.com.

Iowa has won its last 34 duals, and its last 27 duals away from Iowa City. The school record for overall consecutive dual wins is 42 (1994-97), and for consecutive away dual wins is 31 (1994-97). The 34 straight wins rank third in school history, while the 27 away victories rank second.

Junior Brent Metcalf (149) has a streak of his own, winning his last 56 bouts. Former Hawkeye Jim Zalesky (1981-84) holds the school record for consecutive wins with 89.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home of Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes are 167-18 (.902) in the arena, which includes a record 10 victories during the 1986 season. Iowa has recorded 16 undefeated seasons in the arena, with the most recent (8-0) occurring in 2002-03. The dual wrestling attendance record for Carver-Hawkeye Arena is 15,955, set when Iowa defeated Iowa State (20-15) on December 6, 2008. The arena seats 15,500 for a dual wrestling meet.

Iowa set the national collegiate dual meet attendance record of 15,955 when it hosted #2 Iowa State Dec. 6 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The previous record of 15,646 was set Feb. 1, 2002, when Minnesota hosted Iowa at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Hawkeyes won the Iowa State dual, 20-15.

The Hawkeye wrestling staff of Tom Brands, Terry Brands, Doug Schwab, Mike Zadick and Jared Frayer earned a total of one Olympic gold medal, one Olympic bronze medal, six NCAA titles, 11 conference titles and 15 all-America honors. Their combined college career wrestling record is 487-83-2 (.858).

After 15 years at the First Avenue Club, the post-meet H.A.W.K. club parties will have a new location for the 2008-09 season. All parties will be held on the second floor of Kinnick Stadium’s Brechler Pressbox. Using the Gate D entrance, take one of the elevators to the second floor, take a left out of the elevator and another left at the hallway. The final season party will be held after the Minnesota dual.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 848-215-30 (.789) in 97 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 21 national titles and 32 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 49 NCAA champions have won a total of 76 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 14 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 101 Big Ten champions have won a total of 182 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 24 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa’s 135 all-Americans have earned all-America status 273 times, including 17 four-time, 27 three-time and 33 two-time honorees.

Top-ranked Iowa (20-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will close out the 2008-09 regular season with a Big Ten road trip. The Hawkeyes will wrestle at #18/#23 Indiana (14-4-1, 1-2-1 Big Ten) Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. (CT) at University Gym. Iowa will then travel to #16/#13 Nortwestern (9-5-1, 2-2-1 Big Ten) for its final dual of the season Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. (CT). The dual will be held at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

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