Hawkeyes Hit The Road

Jan. 19, 2010

The top-ranked Iowa wrestling team (14-0) will open the 2010 Big Ten dual season on the road with matches at Michigan (4-7) and Purdue (10-4). The Hawkeyes will wrestle Michigan Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor. Then they will face Purdue Sunday at Noon (CT) at Lowell High School Gymnasium in Lowell, IN.

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

Internet – Press releases, meet results, and audio and video broadcasts are available on the University of Iowa’s website, www.hawkeyesports.com. Current staff and student-athlete head shots can be found at pics.hawkeyesports.com.

The Hawkeyes have won their last 52 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 21 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.

Michigan is 4-7 with wins over Pennsylvania (19-12), Newberry (22-13), Bucknell (21-15) and Clarion (29-15), and losses to Lehigh (9-21), Bloomsburg (17-18), American (19-20), Kent State (9-28 and 7-29) and Virginia (10-23 and 13-19).

Wolverine Head Coach Joe McFarland is 136-56-5 in 11 seasons at Michigan and 166-90-5 in 14 years as a collegiate head coach. He is assisted by Michigan alums Kirk Trost (1986) and Mike Kulczycki (2003).

Michigan is led by junior Anthony Biondo (197) and sophomores Zac Stevens (133) and Justin Zeerip (174). Biondo is ranked ninth in the nation by AWN and Intermat, and 11th by W.I.N. with a 24-2 record. Stevens has an 18-9 record, while Zeerip is 22-12.

Purdue is 10-4 with wins over Northern Iowa (24-9), Northwestern (33-7), Missouri (19-15), Mount St. Joseph (30-12), Indianapolis (32-10), Southern Illinois (52-0), Lakeland (41-6), UNC Greensboro (30-9), Kent State (26-17) and Ashland (43-12), and losses to Stanford (16-19), Rider (10-25), Old Dominion (14-17) and Maryland (10-22). The Boilermakers are ranked 25th in the most recent NWCA/USA Today Division I coaches poll.

Head Coach Scott Hinkel is 29-19-1 in three years at Purdue. The Boilermaker alum (1988) is assisted by Tom Erikson (Oklahoma State, 1987) and Glenn Lanham (Tennessee, 1988).

The Boilermakers are led by juniors Luke Manuel (174) and Logan Brown (197). Manuel is ranked fifth in the nation by AWN and W.I.N., and sixth by Intermat with a 32-2 record. Brown is ranked #11 by Intermat, #13 by AWN and W.I.N., with a 25-6 season mark.

Michigan – Iowa holds a 26-25-1 lead in the series with Michigan, winning the last three dual meetings (20-16 and 23-13 in 2008, and 20-13 in 2007). Michigan holds a 13-11 advantage in Ann Arbor. Iowa’s largest victory margin in the series is 44 points (47-3 in 1982).

Purdue – Iowa holds a 35-4-3 series lead, winning the last 23 meetings. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting, 38-0, last season in Iowa City. Iowa is 14-3-1 at Purdue.

Following are past series results for potential Iowa-Purdue match-ups:

141 – Dan LeClere (Iowa) is 1-0 vs. Juan Archuletta (Purdue)
LeClere dec. Archuletta, 2-1, at 2008 Midlands

141 – Montell Marion (Iowa) is 1-0 vs. Juan Archuletta (Purdue)
Marion dec. Archuletta, 12-7, at 2009 Midlands

149 – Brent Metcalf (Iowa) is 1-0 vs. Nick Bertucci (Purdue)
Metcalf pinned Bertucci in 1:36 at 2009 Midlands

Iowa won the 2008 Big Ten regular season title Feb. 17 when they defeated Michigan, 20-16, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes (20-1, 7-0 Big Ten) scored bonus points in four of their five wins to hold off the Wolverines (15-8, 2-5 Big Ten) in their final home dual. It was the first time an Iowa team has won 20 duals in a season since the 1990-91 squad that went 25-0-1.

Hawkeye junior Charlie Falck (125) and sophomore Joe Slaton (133) gave Iowa an 8-0 lead with their major decisions. The Wolverines put their first points on the board when freshman Kellen Russell scored a 6-4 win over Dan LeClere at 141. Iowa sophomore Brent Metcalf gave Iowa a 12-3 lead with his 25-8 technical fall in 5:10 over Justin Chrzanowski at 149.

Michigan rolled off four-straight wins to take a 16-12 lead with two bouts remaining. Wolverine senior Jeff Marsh beat sophomore Ryan Morningstar, 10-8, in sudden victory at 157 and Michigan senior Eric Tannenbaum scored a 13-5 major decision over redshirt freshman Jake Kerr at 165. Michigan junior Steve Luke avenged an earlier season loss to Iowa sophomore Jay Borschel, scoring a 5-3 win at 174. Wolverine junior Tyrel Todd scored a takedown with eight seconds left in the match to beat Hawkeye sophomore Phillip Keddy, 3-1, at 184.

Iowa needed a win at 197 to have a shot at the team victory. Hawkeye sophomore Chad Beatty, who lost an earlier 8-0 major decision to Wolverine freshman Anthony Biondo, scored a takedown as time expired to beat Biondo, 2-1. Hawkeye senior Matt Fields made the most of his last match in Carver-Hawkeye Arena by scoring a 20-5 technical fall over Michigan freshman Chad Bleske at heavyweight to secure the team win.

Iowa 20, Michigan 16
125 – Charlie Falck (I) maj. dec. Michael Watts (M), 15-3
133 – Joe Slaton (I) maj. dec. Chris Diehl (M), 14-4
141 – Kellen Russell (M) dec. Dan LeClere (I), 6-4
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall Justin Chrzanowski (M), 25-8 in 5:10
157 – Jeff Marsh (M) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 10-8 SV
165 – Eric Tannenbaum (M) maj. dec. Jake Kerr (I), 13-5
174 – Steve Luke (M) dec. Jay Borschel (I), 5-3
184 – Tyrel Todd (M) dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 3-1
197 – Chad Beatty (I) dec. Anthony Biondo (M), 2-1
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) tech. fall Chad Bleske (M), 20-5

Friday, February 13, 2009, 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). Iowa had 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, 2008, at the Journeymen Duals in Troy, NY.

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. 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 February 10 for his wins at Michigan State and Penn State. 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.

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 #5 Jake Patascil at 149.

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. 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 scored an escape in the tiebreak period to upset #13 Logan Brown, 2-1. Iowa redshirt freshman Jordan Johnson preserved the shutout for the Hawkeyes with his 5-2 win over Chris Kasten. Johnson was wrestling for injured starter Dan Erekson.

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

Hawkeye 141-pounder Montell Marion has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. It is the first time the sophomore from Des Moines, IA has earned the honor. Marion’s earned the award as a result of his upset victory in top-ranked Iowa’s win over fourth-ranked Oklahoma State last Saturday in Iowa City.

It’s also the third-straight week a Hawkeye wrestler has earned the conference honor. This marks the first time, since the Big Ten Conference started awarding the weekly honor during the 2001-02 season, that wrestlers from the same team have earned the honor in three consecutive weeks. Hawkeye seniors Brent Metcalf (149-Jan. 5) and Jay Borschel (174-Jan. 12) were honored earlier this month.

Marion, who is now ranked seventh in the nation by Intermat, scored Iowa’s biggest upset in Saturday night’s 19-16 victory over the Cowboys. Marion, who was ranked #11 by Intermat at match time, blanked fifth-ranked sophomore Jamal Parks, 4-0. After a scoreless first period, Marion scored an escape and takedown and added a riding time point for the victory. Marion accumulated 3:16 of riding time during the match, improving to 12-2 in collegiate matches and 4-1 in dual competition this season.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes fought off a strong performance by #4 Oklahoma State, scoring a 19-16 win Jan. 16 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A crowd of 10,967 was on hand to see the Hawkeyes pick up their 52nd straight dual win, and beat the Cowboys for the first time in Carver-Hawkeye since December 4, 2000. Both teams won five bouts, but Iowa’s bonus-point wins at 125, 149 and 174 were the difference in the final team score. Iowa remains undefeated at 14-0, while handing Oklahoma State (8-1-1) their first loss.

Iowa jumped out to a 4-0 lead on redshirt freshman Matt McDonough’s 13-4 major decision over ninth-ranked Oklahoma State senior Chris Notte at 125. McDonough, who is ranked fourth in the nation at 20-0, scored three third-period takedowns and accumulated over four minutes of riding time.

Oklahoma State answered at 133 with #6 Jordan Oliver’s 3-2 upset of #4 Daniel Dennis. The Hawkeye senior led 1-0 going into the final period. Oliver, who is a redshirt freshman, escaped to tie the score at 1-1. Dennis took a 2-1 lead with less than a minute remaining when Oliver was given his second stalling warning of the bout. But Oliver scored a takedown off a scramble as time expired to record the win, and hand Dennis (8-1) his first loss of the season. It was the first match back for Dennis, who has been out injured since Iowa’s dual with Iowa State on Dec. 6.

Hawkeye sophomore Montell Marion had a tough task against fifth-ranked sophomore Jamal Parks at 141, but blanked Parks, 4-0, to record an upset of his own. After a scoreless first period, Marion scored an escape and takedown in the second period to take a 3-0 lead. Parks chose the down position to start the third period, but could not escape. The unranked Hawkeye sophomore accumulated 3:16 of riding time, improving to 12-2 on the season.

Iowa picked up critical team points at 149 when top-ranked Hawkeye senior Brent Metcalf scored a 21-5 technical fall over Cowboy junior Quinten Fuentes in 5:15. Metcalf, who improved to 20-0 on the season, scored three takedowns and a three-point nearfall in each of the first two periods. He ended the match with an escape and takedown early in the third period.

Oklahoma State closed the gap to 12-10 with wins at the next two weights. At 157, Cowboy junior Neil Erisman recorded a 16-7 major decision over Hawkeye junior Aaron Janssen. Janssen scored a second-period takedown to pull within two (5-3), but Erisman rolled off nine straight points to score Oklahoma State’s only team bonus points of the night. Cowboy redshirt freshman Alex Meade then pulled an upset at 165 with a 5-3 win over Iowa senior Ryan Morningstar. Meade, who is ranked between 10th and 13th in the nation, scored takedowns in the first and third periods, while holding third-ranked Morningstar to three escapes in the match.

Hawkeye seniors Jay Borschel (174) and Phillip Keddy (184) stepped up to put Iowa in position for the team win. Borschel, who is ranked first or second in the nation, recorded his 80th career victory with a 9-1 major decision over Oklahoma State sophomore Mike Benefiel. Borschel, who is undefeated at 19-0 this season, scored a takedown in each period and accumulated 4:37 of riding time to hand Benefiel, who is ranked between seventh and 14th in the country, his second loss of the season. Keddy followed with a tough 3-2 win over Oklahoma State junior Clayton Foster at 184, collecting his 90th career win.

Leading 19-10 with two bouts left, Iowa’s hopes for its 52nd straight win rested on reserves Luke Lofthouse (197) and Blake Rasing (Hwt.). Lofthouse fought hard against seventh-ranked sophomore Alan Gelogaev, but lost the bout 3-2. Oklahoma State needed a pin from top-ranked heavyweight Jared Rosholt to tie the dual, but Rasing had other plans. Down 5-0 in the third period, Rasing escaped and scored two takedowns of his own to pull within one (6-5), but ran out of time and lost 7-5.

The Hawkeyes also sent five unattached competitors to the annual Brand Open in Omaha, NE, Saturday. Freshman Ethen Lofthouse won the 174-pound title, while junior Tyler Clark placed second at 133 and freshman Dylan Carew placed third at 149.

#1 Iowa 19, #4 Oklahoma State 16
125 – Matt McDonough (I) maj. dec. Chris Notte (OSU), 13-4
133 – Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. Daniel Dennis (I), 3-2
141 – Montell Marion (I) dec. Jamal Parks (OSU), 4-0
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall Quinten Fuentes (OSU), 21-5 in 5:15
157 – Neil Erisman (OSU) maj. dec. Aaron Janssen (I), 16-7
165 – Alex Meade (OSU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 5-3
174 – Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Mike Benefiel (OSU), 9-1
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Clayton Foster (OSU), 3-2
197 – Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 3-2
Hwt. – Jared Rosholt (OSU) dec. Blake Rasing (I), 7-5

For dates and more information about 2010 Iowa Wrestling Summer camps visit www.iowawrestlingcamps.com.

Tickets for Iowa’s four 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.com.Following 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. 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

Top-ranked Iowa (14-0) will host its first Big Ten duals of the 2009-10 season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena next weekend. The Hawkeyes will face #13 Penn State (8-3-1) Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. and Michigan State (6-1) Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. The duals will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com at at cost of $2.99 each.

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