Hawkeyes To Host Big Ten Foes

Jan. 26, 2010

The top-ranked Iowa wrestling team (16-0, 2-0 Big Ten) will host its first Big Ten duals of the 2009-10 season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will face #13 Penn State (9-4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State (6-3-1, 0-2 Big Ten) Sunday at 6 p.m.

The Iowa-Penn State dual, which will be aired live on Iowa Public Television, has been designated a “Black Out” event. Fans are encouraged to wear black attire to the meet. The dual will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com at a cost of $2.99. Tickets purchased in advance from the UI Athletic Ticket Office (1-800-464-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com where fans can take advantage of a print-at-home option) are $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under. Tickets purchased at the dual are $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under. UI students will be admitted for free.

The Iowa-Michigan State dual will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com at a cost of $2.99. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults, and $5 for youth, while tickets purchased at the dual are $12 for adults and $6 for youth. UI students and children ages five and under will be admitted free. A family four pack ticket promotion is also available, where fans can purchase four tickets to the dual, and four hot dogs and four sodas from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena concession stands for $35. Fans are encouraged to purchase the family four pack in advance from the UI Athletic Ticket Office.

Radio – Steven Grace and two-time Hawkeye NCAA champion and four-time all-American Mark Ironside will call the action for 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).

Television – Iowa Public Television will air a live broadcast of Friday’s dual with Penn State. Eric Braley, who serves as a play-by-play broadcast for UNI volleyball and women’s basketball, and former Hawkeye Head Coach Dan Gable will call the action.

Internet – Press releases, meet results, and audio and video broadcasts are available on the University of Iowa’s website, www.hawkeyesports.com. To access live scoring for both duals, 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 pics.hawkeyesports.com.

A member of the University of Iowa Sports Information staff will offer interactive content live from the Iowa-Penn State and Iowa-Michigan State duals via www.hawkeyesports.com. 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 Iowa-Penn State live blog will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. (CT) Friday, and the Iowa-Michigan State live blog will start at approximately 5:45 p.m. (CT) Sunday.

The Hawkeyes have won their last 55 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.

That 55-match winning streak ranks fourth in NCAA wrestling history behind three Oklahoma State streaks. The Cowboys won 76 straight duals from 1937-51, and had two 69-match streaks (1921-32 and 1996-99).

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 loss to the Cowboys.

The Hawkeyes have won 38 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.

Penn State is 9-4-1 (1-1 Big Ten) with wins over Bloomsburg (23-15), Rutgers (18-17), Harvard (36-6), Edinboro (22-9), West Virginia (33-12), Lock Haven (32-6), Virginia Tech (26-9), Kent State (22-13) and Illinois (24-11); losses to Lehigh (14-23), Oklahoma State (13-24), Oklahoma (15-22) and Ohio State (14-21); and a tie with Pittsburgh (19-19).

Head Coach Cael Sanderson is in his first season with the Nittany Lions. He has a 53-14-1 record after coaching the previous three years at his alma mater, Iowa State. Sanderson is assisted by Cody Sanderson (Iowa State, 2000), Casey Cunningham (Central Michigan, 1999) and Troy Letters (Lehigh, 2006).

Penn State is led by returning all-Americans Frank Molinaro (149), Cyler Sanderson (157) and Dan Vallimont (165). Sanderson, who is the younger brother of Head Coach Cael Sanderson, was an all-American at 157 pounds at Iowa State last season. The senior from Heber City, UT, is ranked third in the nation by AWN, fourth by WIN and fifth by Intermat with a 21-2 record. Molinaro, a sophomore from Berneta, NJ, is ranked fifth in the nation with a 22-2 mark. Vallimont, a senior from Lake Hoptacong, NJ, is ranked eighth by AWN and Intermat, and ninth by WIN with a 19-4 record.

Iowa leads the series with Penn State, 23-6-2, and is 11-3 at Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won the last two meetings, including last season’s 31-6 victory at State College. Penn State’s last win in the series was a 24-13 victory at State College in 2007.

Michigan State is 6-3-1 (0-2 Big Ten) with wins over Wyoming (20-13), Binghamton (20-12), Eastern Michigan (16-9), West Virginia (24-9), Stanford (25-10) and Northern Illinois (28-6); losses to Northern Iowa (13-18), Minnesota (18-16) and Illinois (23-12); and a tie with Rutgers (16-16). The Spartans will wrestle at Michigan Friday at 6 p.m. (CT).

Head Coach Tom Minkel is 140-165-4 in 20 years at Michigan State and 155-185-4 in 22 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He is assisted by Roger Chandler (Indiana, 1997) and Chris Williams (Michigan State, 2002).

The Spartans are led by defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Franklin Gomez at 133. A senior from Brandon, FL, Gomez is ranked first in the nation with a 14-0 record. He has won his last 28 bouts, with his last loss a 3-2 decision to Iowa senior Daniel Dennis at the Feb. 6, 2009, Iowa vs. Michigan State dual.

Iowa leads the series, 32-15-2, and is 17-6-1 at Iowa City. Iowa has won the last two meetings, including a 22-15 decision at East Lansing last season. Michigan State’s last win in the series was a 19-17 victory at East Lansing in 2006.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes picked up their 20th win of the 2008-09 season Feb. 8 when they pounded #22 Penn State, 31-6, at Rec Hall in University Park, PA. Iowa won eight of the 10 matches to score its 34th straight dual win.

Iowa started the dual at 165 pounds, jumping out to a 16-0 lead. Third-ranked junior Ryan Morningstar scored a 5-4 win over #20 Dan Vallimont at 165. Iowa sophomore Colby Covington, wrestling for injured starter Jay Borschel, followed with a 3-2 upset over #16 Quentin Wright at 174. Junior Phillip Keddy posted a 25-10 technical fall in 6:59 over Jack Decker at 184. Iowa junior Chad Beatty, scored his second pin of the season – sticking J.R. Brown in 5:26.

Penn State freshman heavyweight Cameron Wade used a significant weight advantage to beat Iowa redshirt freshman Brodie Ambrose, 4-0. Ambrose was wrestling up a weight.

Iowa bounced back to take the next four weights and seal the win. Senior Charlie Falck controlled his 125-pound match with #13 Brad Pataky, posting a 9-3 win. Junior Daniel Dennis posted his second big win of the weekend with a 6-3 decision over #9 Jake Strayer at 133. Second-ranked Alex Tsirtsis followed at 141 with a 6-2 win over Frank Molinaro. Top-ranked Brent Metcalf posted his fifth straight pin at 149 when he decked Penn State’s Colby Pisani in 2:18 at 149. Penn State closed out the dual at 157 with Tim Darling’s 5-4 victory over Hawkeye sophomore Matt Ballweg.

Iowa 31, Penn State 6
165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Dan Vallimont (PSU), 5-4
174 – Colby Covington (I) dec. Quentin Wright (PSU), 3-2
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) tech. fall Jack Decker (PSU), 25-10, 6:59
197 – Chad Beatty (I) pinned J.R. Brown (PSU), 5:26
Hwt – Cameron Wade (PSU) dec. Brodie Ambrose (I), 4-0
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Brad Pataky (PSU), 9-3
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Jake Strayer (PSU), 6-3
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Frank Molinaro (PSU), 6-2
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Colby Pisani (PSU), 2:18
157 – Tim Darling (PSU) dec. Matt Ballweg (I), 5-4

Unranked Michigan State put up a fight, but the top-ranked Hawkeyes held off the Spartans to post a 22-15 victory Feb. 6, 2009, at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, MI. Iowa (19-0, 3-0 Big Ten) went 6-4 on the night.

The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 16-0 lead with wins at the first four weights. Iowa senior Charlie Falck posted his 85th career win with a 25-13 major decision over Eric Olanowski at 125 to start the dual. In the night’s marquee match between two top-ranked wrestlers, Hawkeye junior Daniel Dennis handed Franklin Gomez his second loss of the season with a 3-2 victory at 133. Gomez, who was ranked first in the nation by WIN and AWN, was the defending Big Ten champion. Dennis, who was ranked first in the nation by Intermat/NWCA/NWMA, improved to 20-2 on the season. Hawkeye senior Alex Tsirtsis kept the Iowa streak going with a 6-2 win over Collin Dozier at 141. Davison, MI, native Brent Metcalf celebrated his homecoming by sticking David Cheza in 4:41 at 149.

Michigan State posted three straight one-point wins at 157, 165 and 174 to make the team score 16-9. Hawkeye juniors Phillip Keddy (184) and Chad Beatty (197) both posted decisions to seal the team victory. Hawkeye junior heavyweight Dan Erekson sustained an injury to his right leg in the first period and defaulted to Alan O’Donnell to end the dual.

Iowa 22, Michigan State 15
125 – Charlie Falck (I) maj. dec. Eric Olanowski (MSU), 25-13
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Franklin Gomez (MSU), 3-2
141 – Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Collin Dozier (MSU), 6-2
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) pinned David Cheza (MSU), 4:41
157 – Anthony Jones (MSU) dec. Matt Ballweg (I), 1-0
165 – Rex Kendle (MSU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 5-4
174 – Ian Hinton (MSU) dec. Colby Covington (I), 3-2 TB
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Nick Palmieri (MSU), 8-2
197 – Chad Beatty (I) dec. Tyler Dickenson (MSU), 12-5
Hwt – Alan O’Donnell (MSU) won by inj. def. over Dan Erekson (I)

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

165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) is 2-2 vs. Dan Vallimont (PSU)
Vallimont dec. Morningstar, 6-2, at 2008 dual
Vallimont dec. Morningstar, 2-1, at 2008 Big Ten Champ’s
Morningstar dec. Vallimont, 5-4, at 2009 dual
Morningstar dec. Vallimont, 3-2, at 2009 Big Ten Champ’s

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

133 – Daniel Dennis (I) is 1-0 vs. Franklin Gomez (MSU)
Dennis dec. Gomez, 3-2, at 2009 dual

149 – Brent Metcalf (I) is 3-0 vs. David Cheza (MSU)
Metcalf pinned Cheza in 4:41 at 2009 dual
Metcalf pinned Cheza in 2:46 at 2009 Big Ten Champ’s
Metcalf maj. dec. Cheza, 12-3, at 2009 Midlands

174 – Jay Borschel (I) is 1-0 vs. Ian Hinton (MSU)
Borschel dec. Hinton, 5-3, at 2008 Midlands

184 – Phillip Keddy (I) is 2-0 vs. Nick Palmieri (MSU)
Keddy dec. Palmieri, 8-2, at 2009 dual
Keddy dec. Palmieri, 8-3, at 2009 Midlands

Hwt. – Dan Erekson (I) is 1-1 vs. Alan O’Donnell (MSU)
O’Donnell won by injury default over Erekson at 2009 dual
Erekson pinned O’Donnell in 2:40 at 2009 Big Ten Champ’s

Two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Tom Brands, is in his fourth season as head wrestling coach at Iowa. A 1996 Olympic gold medalist and member of wrestling’s Hall of Fame, Brands is only the eighth wrestling coach at Iowa. The former Hawkeye wrestler was a four-time all-American and three-time national champion (1989-92) at Iowa. He has a 75-6 overall and 23-3 Big Ten coaching record at Iowa, and an 92-26 career mark.

In his third season with the Hawkeyes, Brands led Iowa to its second straight NCAA and Big Ten team titles, crowning five all-Americans and two Big Ten champions. The 2009 national title was the school’s 22nd, and it was only the second time in school history Iowa won the NCAA title without an individual champion. Brands earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors after guiding Iowa to the school’s 33rd conference team title. The Hawkeyes ended the 2008-09 season with a 24-0 record, going undefeated for the first time since 1999-2000. The Hawkeyes, who ended the season on a 38-dual match winning streak that dates back to the 2007-08 campaign, clinched the 2009 Big Ten regular season title with a perfect 8-0 mark in conference competition and won the 2008 Midlands team title.

Brands served as head coach at Virginia Tech University for two seasons (2005-06), recording a 17-20 dual mark. Prior to taking the helm at Virginia Tech, Brands was an assistant coach at Iowa for 12 seasons (1993-2004). He helped the Hawkeyes to a 177-27 dual record, seven NCAA and eight Big Ten titles, while crowning 23 NCAA champions, 73 all-Americans and 36 Big Ten champions. He was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000.

As a competitor, Brands won the 1996 Olympic freestyle gold medal at 136.5 pounds in Atlanta, GA. He also won a gold medal at the 1993 World Freestyle Championships in Toronto, two World Cup gold medals (1994, 1995) and was the 1995 Pan American Games champion. He won four U.S. National titles (1993-96) and made four straight U.S. World or Olympic teams (1993-96). Along with his twin brother, Terry, Tom was named 1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year, the 1993 John Smith Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler and 1993 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year. He was inducted into wrestling’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

Brands was a four-time all-American at Iowa (1989-92). During his Hawkeye career, he won three NCAA titles and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the 1992 NCAA Championships. Also a three time Big Ten champion, Brands won 95 percent of his matches at Iowa. His career mark of 158-7-2, included an undefeated season in 1991 (45-0).

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

The top-ranked Hawkeye wrestlers opened the 2009-10 Big Ten dual season with wins at Michigan (36-0) and Purdue (41-6) last weekend. Iowa kept its school-record 54-match winning streak alive with the wins and Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands collected his 75th win at Iowa against the Boilermakers.

The shut out against Michigan was Iowa’s fifth of the seaon. The Hawkeyes went 18-2 on the weekend, scoring team bonus points in 12 matches and allowing only eight takedowns the entire weekend. Iowa’s two losses were in sudden victory.

Going 2-0 for the Hawkeyes were seniors Daniel Dennis (133), Brent Metcalf (149), Ryan Morningstar (165), Jay Borschel (174) and Phillip Keddy (184), sophomore Montell Marion (141) and redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125). Senior Dan Erekson (Hwt.), who made his return to the Hawkeye lineup against Purdue, pinned freshman Adam Walls in 1:08. Junior Aaron Janssen (157) and sophomore Blake Rasing (Hwt.) each won the one match they wrestled.

McDonough (22-0), Metcalf (22-0) and Borschel (21-0) all remain undefeated. McDonough recorded his 17th team bonus point win of the season, while Metcalf recorded his 19th.

Iowa recorded one upset on the weekend, when junior Luke Lofthouse, who is wrestling for injured Hawkeye starter Chad Beatty, defeated ninth-ranked Michgian junior Anthony Biondo. With the scored tied at 3-3 going into the third period, Lofthouse grabbed three takedowns for a 9-6 upset. Lofthouse couldn’t pull off the weekend upset sweep, losing 3-1 in sudden victory to #11 Logan Brown of Purdue.

Hawkeye sophomore Brodie Ambrose and true freshmen Tony Ramos (133), Ethen Lofthouse (174) and Tomas Lira (184) each won individual titles at the York College Open last weekend in York, NE. All four wrestlers were competing unattached. Lofthouse pinned his four opponents, while Ramos stuck his three. Lira recorded two pins and received a forfeit, while Ambrose scored a pin, major decision and decision.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home of Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes are 176-18 (.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.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 870-215-30 (.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 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. 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

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

The 2010 Big Ten Wrestling Championships are set for Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7 at the University of Michigan’s Crisler Arena at Ann Arbor, MI.

Session One (first round and quarterfinals) is set to start Saturday at 10 a.m. (CT). Session Two (championship semifinals and consolation matches) will begin Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday’s Session Three (consolation semifinals and seventh-place matches) will start at 11 a.m. with the championships round (first, third and fifth-place matches) starting at 1:05 p.m.

All-session tickets ($30) will go on sale Feb. 1 from the UM Athletic Ticket Office (734-764-0247). Single-session tickets will be on sale at Crisler Arena on days of competition. Single-session tickets for Sessions One and Two are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission seats and $8 for general admission seats for groups of 10 or more. Tickets for Session Three are $20 for reserved seats, $15 for general admission seats and $8 for general admission seats for groups of 10 or more.

The 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships are scheduled for March 18-20 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE. The NCAA, University of Nebraska and the Omaha Sports Commission will co-host the event. Tickets to the event are available at (402) 422-1212 or ticketmaster.com.

Sessions one (11 a.m.) and two (6:30 p.m.) will be held Mar. 18, sessions three (10 a.m.) and four (6 p.m.) will be Mar. 19, and session five (10 a.m.) and the championship finals (6:30 p.m.) are set for Mar. 20. All times are Central.

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 613-212, going 375-113 in duals, 105-48 in Big Ten duals and 134-38 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The group has scored 1,526 team points in dual competition and has started a combined 491 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.

On the 2009-10 Hawkeye wrestling team, there is one set of brothers, three wrestlers whose fathers wrestled at Iowa and two uncle-nephew combinations.

Junior Matt Ballweg (157) and redshirt freshman Mark Ballweg (133/141) are brothers who hail from Waverly, IA.

Senior Rick Loera (197), redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125/133) and true freshman Nick Trizzino all had fathers who wrestled for the Hawkeyes. George Loera (1975-76) and Mike McDonough (1974-76) wrestled on the same team, while Mark Trizzino was an all-American (1984) and four-year letterwinner (1981-84) for the Hawkeyes.

Junior Luke Lofthouse (197) is the uncle of Hawkeye true freshman Ethen Lofthouse (174). Nick Trizzino’s uncle, Scott Trizzino, was also a three-time all-American (1978-79-81) and four-time letterwinner (1977-79, 1981) for the Hawkeyes.

There have been 11 sets of brothers to wrestle together in the Hawkeye lineup since the 1950s. They are Don and Tom Huff (1961), Mark and Scott Trizzino (1981), Lenny, Larry and Jim Zalesky (1981-82), Ed and Lou Banach (1981-83), Marty and Lindley Kistler (1984-85), Jim and John Heffernan (1987), Tom and Terry Brands (1989-92), Troy and Terry Steiner (1991-93), Ryan and Randy Fulsaas (2001) and Luke and Ty Eustice (2003-04).

There have also been five sets of twins to wrestle at Iowa. They are Ed and Lou Banach, Tom and Terry Brands, Ben and Brett Stedman, Troy and Terry Steiner, and Randy and Ryan Fulsaas.

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.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes (16-0, 2-0 Big Ten) will head West to face Utah Valley (5-1) Feb. 6 in Hawkeye senior Phillip Keddy’s hometown of Vernal, UT. Iowa will wrestle the Wolverines at 8 p.m. (CT) at Uintah High School.

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