Borschel Earns Big Ten Weekly Honor

Jan. 12, 2010

PARK RIDGE, IL — University of Iowa 174-pound wrestler Jay Borschel has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. It is the first time the senior from Marion, IA has earned the honor in his Hawkeye career, and the second-straight week that a Hawkeye wrestler has earned the conference honor. Senior 149-pounder Brent Metcalf was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week January 5.

Borschel, who is ranked first in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News and W.I.N. Magazine, and second by Intermat, picked up the honor after being named Division I Outstanding Wrestler at the 2010 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, IA, last weekend. Borschel, who went 4-0 at the two-day tournament, helped the Hawkeyes win their third-straight and sixth overall National Duals tournament team title. Iowa joins Oklahoma State (2003-05) as the only schools to win three consecutive team titles in the tournament’s 22-year history. He is only the second Hawkeye to earn the Division I Outstanding wrestler honor. Metcalf earned the award in 2008.

Borschel opened the tournament with a 10-7 win over #3 Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska and a 8-2 decision over #16 Nate Lee of Boise State. He posted one of Iowa’s two major decisions in the championship semifinals over #13 Scott Glasser of Minnesota (11-3). He then scored the only team bonus points in Iowa’s finals match with #2 Iowa State, beating #14 Duke Burk, 10-2. He is now 5-0 against Burk, and is undefeated at 17-0 (13-0 in duals) this season. Borschel has a career record of 79-10 at Iowa and is 17-2 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. He ranks first on the team in collegiate and dual winning percentage (1.000), and dual wins (13); and ranks second in dual meet team points scored (61), pins (7) and major decisions (5) this season.

Top-ranked Iowa (13-0) will host #4 Oklahoma State (8-0-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It is a “Gold Rush” event, where fans are encouraged to wear gold attire to the meet. In order to avoid long lines at the arena entrances Saturday night, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets for the dual in advance. Tickets are available at the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena (1-800-464-2957, 319-335-9327) or at, where fans can take advantage of a print-at-home option. Tickets purchased in advance are $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages 5 and younger. Tickets purchased at the meet are $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages 5 and younger.