Hawkeyes Blank Purdue, 38-0

Feb. 13, 2009

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IOWA CITY, IA — This Friday the 13th was pretty lucky for the top-ranked Iowa wrestling team. The squad blanked #25 Purdue, 38-0, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to remain undefeated at 21-0 (5-0 Big Ten) this season. Iowa has won its last 35 matches, and despite adverse weather conditions, 5,709 fans turned out for the dual. It was the first time Iowa shut out an opponent since beating Binghamton (48-0) on Nov. 29 at the Journeymen Duals in Troy, NY. Purdue fell to 11-5-1 (0-4-1 Big Ten) with the loss.

Iowa dominated the dual, scoring 36 takedowns while holding Purdue to two. Iowa senior Charlie Falck opened the dual at 125 with a 14-4 major decision over Purdue’s Matt Fields, extending his own winning streak to six matches. Junior Daniel Dennis (133) and senior Alex Tsirtsis (141) followed with match-ending technical falls to build a 13-0 lead for Iowa. Dennis, who was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Tuesday for his wins at Michigan State and Penn State last weekend, posted his seventh straight victory with a 20-3 win over Carson Beebe in 6:58. Tsirtsis picked up his 90th career victory and his 20th win in Carver-Hawkeye with a 17-1 victory over Matt Hemry in 5:00. The Griffith, IN, native has won his last five bouts.

In one of the night’s marquee match-ups, junior Brent Metcalf improved to 25-0 on the season with a 14-4 major decision over Jake Patascil at 149. Metcalf, who is ranked number one in the nation, extended his winning streak to 57 matches while handing eighth-ranked Patascil his fifth loss of the season.

Hawkeye sophomore Matt Ballweg followed with a 6-2 decision over Colton Salazar at 157, and junior Ryan Morningstar tallied his 70th career victory with a 5-2 win over Luke Manuel at 165. Iowa junior Jay Borschel made his return to the lineup with a 15-3 major decision over Nick Corpe at 174. Borschel, who scored his 20th season victory with the win, missed the last three duals due to injury. Iowa junior 184-pounder Phillip Keddy extended his winning streak to 11 matches with a 14-4 major decision over Jason Martin. Hawkeye junior Chad Beatty, who is ranked #18 at 197, scored an escape in the tiebreak period to upset #13 Logan Brown, 2-1. Beatty has won his last five matches. Iowa redshirt freshman Jordan Johnson preserved the shutout for the Hawkeyes with his 5-2 win over Chris Kasten. Johnson was wrestling for injured Hawkeye starter Dan Erekson.

Iowa will host #11/#13 Minnesota (14-6, 4-2 Big Ten) Sunday at 2 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in its final home dual of the 2008-09 season. Hawkeye seniors Derek Coorough (149), Charlie Falck (125), T.H. Leet (165) and Alex Tsirtsis (141) will recognized before the dual. The Golden Gophers lost at #18/#17 Wisconsin (15-19) earlier tonight. Iowa Public Television will air a live broadcast of the Iowa-Minnesota dual, while the Big Ten Network will air a taped-delay broadcast at 7 p.m. Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and former Hawkeye Head Coach Dan Gable will call the action for the broadcast.

Iowa 38, Purdue 0
125 – Charlie Falck (I) maj. dec. Matt Fields (P), 19-9
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) tech. fall Carson Beebe (P), 20-3 in 6:58
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) tech. fall Matt Hemry (P), 17-1 in 5:00
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) maj. dec. Jake Patascil (P), 14-4
157 – Matt Ballweg (I) dec. Colton Salazar (P), 6-2
165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Luke Manuel (P), 5-2
174 – Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Nick Corpe (P), 15-3
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) maj. dec. Jason Martin (P), 14-4
197 – Chad Beatty (I) dec. Logan Brown (P), 2-1 TB-1
Hwt. – Jordan Johnson (I) dec. Chris Kasten (P), 5-2