Metcalf Earns Big Ten Honor

Feb. 24, 2009

PARK RIDGE, IL — Iowa 149-pound wrestler Brent Metcalf has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. It is the third time the junior from Davison, MI, has earned the honor in his Hawkeye career.

Metcalf picked up the final weekly honor of the 2008-09 season after extending his winning streak to 61 matches with two Big Ten road wins last weekend. The Hawkeye junior scored a 19-4 technical fall over Indiana’s Nick Walpole Friday night and pinned Northwestern’s Andrew Nadhir in 4:28 Sunday afternoon. His performances helped top-ranked Iowa post an undefeated 24-0 dual meet record for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Metcalf also helped Iowa capture the 2009 Big Ten regular season title with a perfect 8-0 in conference record. He ends the regular season with a perfect 29-0 record. He has pinned 15 opponents and scored bonus points in 27 of his 29 bouts this season.

Metcalf is the fourth Hawkeye to earn the honor this season. Senior Alex Tsirtsis (141) was named Dec. 9 after the Iowa-Iowa State dual, junior Dan Erekson (Hwt.) followed on Jan. 27 after wins against Wisconsin and Illinois, and junior Daniel Dennis (133) was honored on Feb. 10 after recording victories at Penn State and Michigan State.

He and the Hawkeyes will look to defend their conference titles March 7-8 at the 2009 Big Ten Championships. All matches will be held at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center at University Park, PA.