Top-Ranked Hawkeyes To Host #4 Oklahoma State

Jan. 12, 2010

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 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 five and under. Tickets purchased at the meet are $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under.

Saturday’s match has also been designated a “Gold Rush” event. Fans are encouraged to show their support of the top-ranked Hawkeyes by wearing gold.

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 Web audio broadcasts are available using the XXL All-Access subscription ($14.95 per month or $119.95 per year).

Television – The Big Ten Network will air a taped-delay broadcast of the dual Sunday at 9 p.m. (CT). Announcers will be Tim Johnson and former Hawkeye Head Coach Dan Gable.

Internet – Press releases, meet results, and audio and video broadcasts are available on the University of Iowa’s website, To access live scoring for home meets, go to the wrestling schedule page, select the event and click on the Live Results link. Results will be updated after each bout during the dual. Current staff and student-athlete head shots can be found at

The Hawkeyes will hold their annual youth clinic Saturday from 5-6 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena prior to the Iowa vs. Oklahoma State dual. Youth ages 7-13 are invited to participate in the free clinic, which will be conducted by members of the Hawkeye wrestling coaching staff.

The East Carver-Hawkeye Arena doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for participants and their families. Parents will be required to sign a medical release form for their child at the check-in table, or the child must bring the form with them to the arena and present it at the check-in table. Parents can print the release form online at and fill it out in advance to speed up the process. The child will then be given a complimentary gold Iowa wrestling t-shirt for their participation in the clinic.

Participants will receive a free ticket to the Oklahoma State dual. Parents and family members will be required to purchase a ticket at the athletic ticket office window.

Questions regarding the clinic should be directed to the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431.

A member of the University of Iowa Sports Information staff will offer interactive content live from the Iowa-Oklahoma State dual via This feature gives Hawkeye fans the opportunity to voice their opinion by submitting questions and comments, while receiving up-to-the-minute play-by-play, notes and stats. The live blog will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. (CT).

Hawkeye 174-pounder 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.

The Hawkeyes have won their last 51 dual matches, which is a school record. The current streak started with a win over Cornell (32-3) on Jan. 12, 2008, which was the first match after Iowa lost to Oklahoma State (19-14) on Jan. 5.

Iowa has also won its last 20 duals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That streak, which ranks fourth in school history, started with a 27-13 win over Penn State on Jan. 20, 2008, which was also the first home match after the Jan. 5 loss to the Cowboys.

The Hawkeyes have won 36 consecutive duals on the road, which is also a school record. That streak started with a 20-13 win at Iowa State on Dec. 9, 2007.

Construction has officially begun on the Carver-Hawkeye Arena Renovation Project, which will result in some changes regarding parking and entrance to the arena for wrestling matches.

The North entrance will no longer be accessible from the outside of the facility. Fans can enter, and purchase tickets, at the West and South entrances. Arena doors will open 90 minutes before the meet. The East entrance will serve as the event pass gate. Fans can still purchase tickets to future events from the North ticket windows, but will only be able to access that location from inside the arena.

Media parking for all meets will be in Lot 40, which is located across Elliott Drive from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, on the building’s southeast side. Throughout the season, fans are encouraged to use free parking near the arena at Lot #33 (East Dental Lot), Lot #43 (located west of Kinnick Stadium and the UI Recreating Buildling), and the Finkbine Commuter lot. Other free parking is available at Hancher Auditorium, the Hawkeye Commuter lot (which is located west of the UI Athletics Hall of Fame, Grant Field, UI Soccer Field and the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex), and the hard surfaced lots at the UI softball and outdoor track complexes. Parking is also available at the regular hourly parking rate in the Clock Tower (#3) and Field House (#4) ramps.

Oklahoma State is ranked fourth in the nation in the most recent NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll with a 8-0-1 record. The Cowboys posted wins over Arizona State (21-9), Minnesota (21-8), UC Davis (43-0) and Cal Poly (21-13), and scored a 16-16 tie with intra-state rival Oklahoma. Oklahoma State also won the Virginia Duals title last weekend with wins over Liberty (36-6), Clarion (42-6), Penn State (24-13) and Lehigh (30-6).

Head Coach John Smith is 289-42-5 in 19 years at Oklahoma State. A seven-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, Smith is Oklahoma State’s winningest wrestling coach. During his tenure, he has coached 23 individual NCAA champions, which leads all active collegiate head coaches. He is assisted by Oklahoma State alums Eric Guerrero (1999) and Tyrone Lewis (2004).

The Cowboys returns all-American Jared Rosholt (Hwt.) from the 2008-09 squad that went 15-7 and placed 16th at the NCAA Championships. Rosholt is ranked first in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat, and second by W.I.N. Magzine. He has a 20-1 record this season, and is currently riding an 18-match winning streak.

Also leading the youthful Oklahoma State squad are sophomores Jamal Parks (141), Mike Benefiel (174) and Alan Gelogaev (197), and redshirt freshman Jordan Oliver (133). Parks is ranked fifth in the nation by AWN and Intermat, and seventh by W.I.N. with a 20-3 record, while Benefiel is ranked seventh by Intermat, 13th by AWN and 14th by W.I.N. at 24-1. Gelogaev is ranked sixth by AWN and seventh by Intermat and W.I.N. at 20-1, while Oliver is ranked sixth by AWN and Intermat, and ninth by W.I.N. with a 17-2 record. Junior Clayton Foster is ranked 12th by W.I.N. and 13th by AWN and Intermat at 184 with a 10-1 record, but has not seen much action since the beginning of December due to injury.

Oklahoma State leads the series, 25-17-1, but Iowa won the last meeting between the two teams – a 20-13 decision in Stillwater on Jan. 18, 2009. The series is tied 9-9 in matches wrestled in Iowa City. The Cowboys have been victorious in their last four trips to Iowa City (21-15 in 2002, 30-10 in 2004, 18-14 in 2006 and 19-14 in 2008). The last time Iowa beat Oklahoma State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena was Feb. 4, 2000 (20-14).

Oklahoma State is one of five teams in Iowa’s 108-opponent school history to hold a series edge. The other four are Kansas State (0-1-1), New York AC (0-1), Oklahoma (16-17) and Toledo (0-1).

University of Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands made his 50th win at Iowa extra sweet with a 20-13 victory at Oklahoma State Jan. 18, 2009, in Stillwater, OK. The win snapped the Cowboys’ nine-match winning streak in the series and was Iowa’s first in Stillwater since 1996. It was also Brands’ first win over Oklahoma State since he took the Hawkeye helm. Iowa improved to 15-0 on the season, picking up its 29th straight win. Oklahoma State fell to 11-4 with the loss.

The Cowboys put the first points on the board at 125 with senior Obenson Blanc’s 6-2 win over Hawkeye redshirt freshman J.J. Krutsinger. Krutsinger was wrestling for injured Hawkeye starter Charlie Falck. Iowa rolled off wins at the next three weights to take an 11-3 lead and never looked back. Iowa junior Daniel Dennis started the streak at 133 with a 3-2 win over junior Chris Notte. Hawkeye senior Alex Tsirtsis posted his 85th career victory with a 4-1 victory over redshirt freshman Jamal Parks. Iowa junior Brent Metcalf posted his 52nd straight win with a 23-6 technical fall in 5:47 over Luke Silver at 149.

Oklahoma State won a decision at 157 when sophomore Neil Erisman posted a 4-1 victory over Hawkeye sophomore Matt Ballweg, but three Iowa juniors followed with decisions to seal the team win. At 165, Ryan Morningstar scored nearfall points in the second period to beat Shenandoah, IA, native Brandon Mason, 3-1. Jay Borschel fought off a last second takedown attempt by Cowboy senior Newly McSpadden to post a 3-2 win at 174. Phillip Keddy posted his fifth straight win with a 12-7 decision over sophomore Cody Hill at 184 to remain undefeated.

The Cowboys won the final two bouts, but it wasn’t enough for the team win. Senior Clayton Foster scored a 9-1 major decision over Hawkeye redshirt freshman Brodie Ambrose, who was wrestling for injured starter Chad Beatty, at 197. Hawkeye heavyweight Dan Erekson put up a fight against top-ranked Jared Rosholt in the final match, but lost 9-5.

Iowa 20, Oklahoma State 13
125 – Obenson Blanc (OSU) dec. J.J. Krutsinger (I), 6-2
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Chris Notte (OSU), 3-2
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Jamal Parks (OSU), 4-1
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall Luke Silver (OSU), 23-6 in 5:47
157 – Neil Erisman (OSU) dec. Matt Ballweg (I), 4-1
165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Brandon Mason (OSU), 3-1
174 – Jay Borschel (I) dec. Newly McSpadden (OSU), 3-2
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Cody Hill (OSU), 12-7
197 – Clayton Foster (OSU) maj. dec. Brodie Ambrose (I), 9-1
Hwt. – Jared Rosholt (OSU) dec. Dan Erekson (I), 9-5

Following are past series results for potential Iowa-Oklahoma State matchups:

141 – Montell Marion (I) is 0-1 vs. Jamal Parks (OSU)
Parks dec. Marion, 11-5, at 2007 Kaufman-Brand Open

149 – Brent Metcalf (I) is 1-0 vs. Quinten Fuentes (OSU)
Metcalf maj. dec. Fuentes, 20-8, at 2008 dual

149 – Brent Metcalf (I) is 1-0 vs. Luke Silver (OSU)
Metcalf tech. fall Silver, 23-6 in 5:47

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home of Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes are 175-18 (.907) in the arena, which includes a record 10 victories during the 1986 season. Iowa has recorded 17 undefeated seasons in the arena, with the most recent (7-0) occurring in 2008-09. 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.

The Hawkeyes won their third straight NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals team title Jan. 10 with a 19-12 win over #2 Iowa State in the championships. Iowa is only the second school in the tournament’s 22-year history to win three straight team titles. Oklahoma State also won three straight from 2003-05. Hawkeye senior 174-pounder Jay Borschel was named Division I Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament. Borschel and Iowa senior 149-pounder Brent Metcalf (2008) are the only two Hawkeyes to earn the Outstanding Wrestler honor.

Iowa improved to 13-0 and extended its dual winning streak to 51 matches, while posting a 28-12 record at the two-day tournament. Iowa beat #15 Nebraska (33-3) in the opening round, #9 Boise State (20-12) in quarterfinals and #6 Minnesota (28-12) in the semifinals. The Hawkeyes have won a total of six National Duals titles (1992, 1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010).

Four Hawkeyes went undefeated during the two-day tournament. Metcalf recorded a forfeit, pin, major decision and decision, while Borschel scored two major decisions and two decisions. Senior Ryan Morningstar (165) scored a technical fall, major decision and two decisions, while redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125) posted two major decisions and two decisions.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 867-215-30 (.793) in 100 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 22 national titles and 33 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 49 NCAA champions have won a total of 57 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 14 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 101 Big Ten champions have won a total of 184 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 26 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa’s 138 all-Americans have earned all-America status 278 times, including 17 four-time, 27 three-time and 35 two-time honorees.

Tickets for Iowa’s five remaining home meets are on sale at the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-464-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.comFollowing are this season’s prices.

Single Meet vs. Michigan State, Northwestern
Advance Purchase: $10 – Adult, $5 – Youth
Door Purchase: $12 – Adult, $6 – Youth
Free Admission: UI students, Children ages 5 and under

Single Meet vs. Oklahoma State, Penn State and Ohio State
Advance Purchase: $13 – Adult, $7 – Youth, $2 – Age 5 and under
Door Purchase: $15 – Adult, $8 – Youth, $2 – Age 5 and under
Free Admission: UI students

Iowa’s 11 seniors – Chad Beatty, Jay Borschel, Daniel Dennis, Dan Erekson, Michael Fahrer, Phillip Keddy, Dan LeClere, Rick Loera, Brent Metcalf, Ryan Morningstar, Joe Slaton – bring a wealth of talent and experience to the mat.

The group has a combined career record of 599-210, going 361-111 in duals, 94-48 in Big Ten duals and 131-36 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The group has scored 1,467 team points in dual competition and has started a combined 475 dual matches. Iowa’s seniors have won one NCAA individual title, three Big Ten individual titles, nine all-America honors and qualified for the NCAA Championships 16 times.

The Hawkeye wrestling staff of Tom Brands, Terry Brands, Doug Schwab, Mike Zadick and Danny Song earned a total of one Olympic gold medal, one Olympic bronze medal, six NCAA titles, 10 conference titles and 13 all-America honors.

For dates and more information about 2010 Iowa Wrestling Summer camps visit

Top-ranked Iowa (13-0) will open the 2010 Big Ten dual season on the road with matches at Michigan (4-7) and Purdue (8-3). The Hawkeyes will wrestle Michigan Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. (CT) at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor. Then they will face Purdue Jan. 24 at Noon (CT) at Lowell High School Gymnasium in Lowell, IN.

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