Hawkeyes Go 2-0 At Bucknell

Nov. 27, 2009

LEWISBURG, PA — The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team improved to 7-0 with wins over Bucknell (29-7) and Rutgers (33-9) Friday afternoon at Bucknell’s Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, PA. A crowd of 2,127 attended the dual meets. Iowa extended its winning streaks to 45 duals overall, which is a school record, and 31 duals on the road, which ties a school record.

“Much more has to happen in those seven minutes of wrestling, especially if we want things to go our way,” said Iowa Head Coach Tom Brands. “We have got to get a lot sharper before next week’s dual at Iowa State.”

Iowa went 16-4 in the two duals and scored bonus points in nine bouts. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 15-0 lead against Bucknell (2-3) with wins at the first four weights. The Bison scored wins at 157 and 165 before the Hawkeyes rolled through the final four bouts to for the 29-7 win. Against Rutgers (3-2), Iowa posted wins at the first five weights to take a 22-0 lead. The Scarlet Knights scored a win in sudden victory at 165 to get on the score board, but Iowa followed with three more wins to seal the victory. Rutgers posted a pin a heavyweight to end the dual at 33-9.

Six Hawkeyes went 2-0 on the day, and improved to 7-0 on the season. Redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125) scored a 19-4 technical fall over Bucknell’s Derrik Russell and pinned Rutgers’ Vinny Dellafave in 3:39. Senior Daniel Dennis (133) recorded a 14-5 major decision over Bucknell’s David Marble and a 20-5 technical fall over Billy Ashnault of Rutgers. At 174, senior Jay Borschel scored major decisions over Shane Riccio of Bucknell (10-1) and Daniel Rinaldi of Rutgers (16-3). McDonough, Dennis and Borschel have scored team bonus points in all seven of their victories this season. Senior Brent Metcalf followed a close 3-2 win over Bucknell’s Kevin LeValley with a match-ending 20-5 technical fall over Kellen Bradley of Rutgers at 149. Seniors Dan LeClere (141) and Chad Beatty (197) each recorded two decisions on the day.

Iowa also went 2-0 at 184 pounds, with senior Phillip Keddy and redshirt freshman Grant Gambrall splitting time. Keddy scored a 12-4 major decision over Bucknell’s Rob Walkto, improving to 6-0 on the season. Gambrall picked up his first career dual win with an 11-3 major decision over Jesse Boyden of Rutgers.

Up next for the Hawkeyes will be a dual with #2 Iowa State (1-0) Dec. 6 in Ames. The intra-state rivals will face off 6 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. The match will be aired live on Iowa Public Television, and it will be the sixth event in the sixth annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa State holds a 6-5 lead in the current standings. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, and are available at the Iowa State University Athletic Ticket Office at (888) 478-2925, (515) 294-1816 or www.cyclones.com.

#1 Iowa 29, Bucknell 7
125 – Matt McDonough (I) tech. fall Derrik Russell (B), 19- 4 in 7:00
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) maj. dec. David Marble (B), 14-5
141 – Dan LeClere (I) dec. Zac Hancock (B), 9-5
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) dec. Kevin LeValley (B), 3-2
157 – Brantley Hooks (B) dec. Matt Ballweg (I), 6-1
165 – Andy Rendos (B) maj. dec. Aaron Janssen (I), 10-2
174 – Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Shane Riccio (B), 10-1
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) maj. dec. Rob Waltko (B), 12-4
197 – Chad Beatty (I) dec. Jay Hahn (B), 11-5
Hwt. – Jordan Johnson (I) dec. Joe McMullan (B), 7-3

#1 Iowa 33, Rutgers 9
125 – Matt McDonough (I) pinned Vinny Dellafave (R), 3:39
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) tech. fall Billy Ashnault (R), 20-5 in 7:00
141 – Dan LeClere (I) dec. Trevor Melde (R), 7-3
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall Kellen Bradley (R), 20-5 in 6:27
157 – Aaron Janssen (I) dec. Braden Turner (R), 2-0
165 – Gregory Zanetti (R) dec. Jake Kerr (I), 8-6 SV
174 – Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Daniel Rinaldi (R), 16-3
184 – Grant Gambrall (I) maj. dec. Jesse Boyden (R), 11-3
197 – Chad Beatty (I) dec. Lamar Brown (R), 9-3
Hwt. – Dominick Russo (R) pinned Jordan Johnson (I), 1:24