Buckeyes, Badgers, BTN

Feb. 16, 2010

The top-ranked Hawkeyes (21-0, 6-0 Big Ten) will close out the 2009-10 Big Ten dual season at home and on the road, with both matches appearing on the Big Ten Network.

Iowa will host #3 Ohio State (18-1, 7-0 Big Ten) Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes will honor 11 seniors who will be making their final Carver-Hawkeye appearance. The Big Ten Network will air a same-day taped delay broadcast of the dual at 10 p.m. (CT). Tickets purchased in advance are $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under, while tickets purchased at the meet are $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under. UI students will be admitted for free. Tickets are available at the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-464-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com, where fans can take advantage of a print-at-home option. Fans can also enjoy half-price concession stand items Friday night.

The Hawkeyes will close out the dual meet season Sunday at #14 Wisconsin (7-9, 3-3 Big Ten). The match will be wrestled at the UW Field House in Madison at 3 p.m. (CT), and aired on a same-day taped-delay basis on the Big Ten Network at 10 p.m. Tickets ($5 for adults, $2 for children and seniors) go on-sale one hour prior to the event and are available at the ticket windows located inside the entrance to Gates B and C of the Field House.

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).

Television – The Big Ten Network will air taped-delay broadcasts of both duals this weekend. The Iowa-Ohio State dual will air at 10 p.m. (CT) Friday, while the Iowa-Wisconsin dual will air at 10 p.m. (CT) Sunday. Announcers Tim Johnson and three-time World Champion Lee Kemp will call the action against Ohio State. Kemp and Joe Miller will call the action at Wisconsin.

Internet – To access live scoring for the Iowa-Ohio State dual, 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. 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.

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 – will be making their final apperance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Friday night.

The group has a combined career record of 640-214, going 402-115 in duals, 126-50 in Big Ten duals and 150-39 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The group has scored 1,640 team points in dual competition and has started a combined 520 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.

A member of the UI Sports Information staff will offer interactive content for the Iowa-Ohio State dual live 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 blog will start at approximately 6:45 p.m. (CT).

The Hawkeyes have won 59 straight 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 59-match winning streak ranks fourth-best 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).

The Hawkeyes have won 40 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.

Iowa has also won its last 24 duals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That streak, which ranks fourth-best 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 school record is 55 (1/9/1977-12/18/1983).

Against Big Ten opponents, the Hawkeyes have won their last 25 duals, including the last 11 at home and 14 on the road. The 25 duals ranks second in school history, while the 11 home duals ranks third and the 14 road duals ranks fourth. Iowa’s school record for consecutive Big Ten wins is 98 (12/13/1975-1/28/1989), while the records for Big Ten home wins is 63 (1/17/1975-1/3/1998) and road wins is 54 (1/19/1974-1/28/1989).

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. The University Cambus service will also be running an extra Red and Blue Route Friday night.

Ohio State is ranked third in the most recent NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll with an 18-1 record. The Buckeyes are 7-0 in the Big Ten. Ohio State has wins over Lehigh (22-12), Findlay (42-3), Notre Dame College (37-3), Cleveland State (51-3), Edinboro (34-12), Hofstra (32-6), George Mason (46-0), Columbia (37-0), Arizona State (32-7), Cornell (27-14), Minnesota (26-12), Penn State (21-14), Purdue (35-6), Indiana (22-13), Michigan (29-9), Northwestern (37-6), Illinois (38-3) and Michigan State (30-7). The Buckeyes only loss was to Iowa State (23-9) at the 2010 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals championship semifinals last month in Cedar Falls.

Buckeye Head Coach Tom Ryan is 45-13 in four season at Ohio State and has a 154-96 record in 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Ryan was a two-time all-American, Big Ten champion and letterwinner at 158 pounds for Iowa in 1991-92. He was a teammate of Hawkeye coaches Tom and Terry Brands. Ryan is assisted by Lou Rosselli (Edinboro, 1993) and Joe Heskett (Iowa State, 2002).

Ohio State is led by seniors Reece Humphrey (141), Lance Palmer (149) and Mike Pucillo (184), and junior Colt Sponseller (165). Humphrey, who was a 133-pound finalist at the 2009 Big Ten and NCAA Championships, is ranked second in the nation with a 26-2 record after moving up a weight class. Palmer, a three-time all-American, is also ranked second with a 24-1 record. Sponseller is ranked sixth by Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat and seventh by WIN Magazine with a 24-3 record. Pucillo, who is also a three-time all-American, is ranked seventh by Intermat and WIN, and 10th by AWN with a 17-5 mark.

Iowa leads the series with Ohio State, 34-2, and has won the last 32 meetings. The Hawkeyes hold a 12-1 advantage in Iowa City. Ohio State’s two wins in the series were in 1929 (17-13) and 1966 (14-11). Iowa won the last meeting, 24-10, at Columbus, in 2008.

141 – #6/4/7 Montell Marion vs. #2 Reece Humphrey
This will be the first collegiate meeting between Marion and Humphrey (if Humphrey is able to compete). Humphrey sat out Sunday’s dual with Michigan State due to injury. The Hawkeye sophomore has won his last four matches, and has a 23-5 collegiate record and 5-1 Big Ten dual record this season. Humphrey is ranked second in the nation at 26-2 and is on an eight-match winning streak.

149 – #1 Brent Metcalf vs. #2 Lance Palmer
The top-ranked Metcalf holds a 3-0 advantage in his series with #2 Palmer, winning all three by four points or less (5-3 and 3-2 in 2008, 6-2 in 2009). Metcalf ousted Palmer from the championship bracket at the NCAA meet the last two seasons. The Hawkeyes senior is undefeated at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (24-0) and his looking for his 100th career victory. Undefeated at 27-0 this season, he has not lost to a Big Ten opponent in his Hawkeye career. Palmer has a 24-1 record, with his only loss (3-1) to Wisconsin senior Kyle Ruschell at the Las Vegas Invite in December.

165 – #4/4/5 Ryan Morningstar vs. #6/6/7 Colt Sponseller
Morningstar, who is ranked fourth by AWN and Intermat, and fifth by WIN, is 22-3 this season and 6-0 in Big Ten duals. He has won his last seven matches, and holds a 2-0 collegiate record against Sponseller. The Hawkeye senior recorded a 2-1 decision in the second tiebreak period at the 2009 Big Ten Championships semifinals, and a 4-2 decision in the first sudden victory period at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Sponseller is ranked sixth by AWN and Intermat, and seventh by WIN. He has a 24-3 record and has won his last eight bouts. Sponseller has not wrestled an overtime match this season. Morningstar is 3-0 in sudden victory matches this year, with career marks of 12-4 in sudden victory and 4-3 in tiebreak matches.

184 – #8/11/11 Phillip Keddy vs. #10/7/7 Mike Pucillo
While neither wrestler has had the type of senior season they were looking to, the Keddy-Pucillo match will be hard fought. Pucillo holds a 3-1 advantage in the series, but Keddy won the last meeting (a 5-2 decision in sudden victory at the 2009 Big Ten Championships semifinals). Keddy is ranked eighth by AWN and 11th by WIN and Intermat with a 19-6 collegiate record and 4-1 Big Ten dual mark. Pucillo is ranked seventh by Intermat and WIN, and 10th by AWN with a 17-5 season mark.

Iowa opened the 2008 Big Ten season with 24-10 win over #6 Ohio State at St. John Arena in Columbus, OH, Jan. 18, 2008. The victory was Iowa’s fifth straight and extended its winning streak in the series with the Buckeyes to 32 matches.

Iowa jumped out to a 12-0 lead with decisions in the first four matches by a quartet of Hawkeye sophomores. Joe Slaton improved to 16-2 with a 6-2 win over Reece Humphrey at 133 to open the dual. Dan LeClere (141) and Brent Metcalf (149) followed with identical 5-3 wins over their Ohio State opponents, while Ryan Morningstar (157) recorded a 5-4 victory.

The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes traded wins at the last five weights. Ohio State put its first points on the board at 165 when Colt Sponseller scored a 22-11 major decision over redshirt freshman Jake Kerr. Kerr was filling in for injured starter Mark Perry. Iowa sophomore Jay Borschel (174) responded after the intermission, pinning Alex Picazo in 3:43, but #3 Mike Pucillo of Ohio State scored a 3-2 win over Phillip Keddy at 184.

Hawkeye sophomore Chad Beatty scored a hard-fought 3-2 win in the second tiebreak period over John Weakley at 197. Beatty, who had wrestled at 174, 184 and 197, notched six seconds of riding time in the overtime to post his second dual win at 197 and seal the team victory for Iowa.

Ohio State’s second-ranked heavyweight J.D. Bergman scored the final Buckeye win of the night (4-2), handing Hawkeye senior Matt Fields his first dual loss of the season. Iowa junior Charlie Falck ended the dual with a 9-3 win over Nikko Triggas at 125.

Iowa 24, Ohio State 10
133 – Joe Slaton (I) dec. Reece Humphrey (OSU), 6-2
141 – Dan LeClere (I) dec. J Jaggers (OSU), 5-3
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) dec. Lance Palmer (OSU), 5-3
157 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Jason Johnstone (OSU), 5-4
165 – Colt Sponseller (OSU) maj. dec. Jake Kerr (I), 22-11
174 – Jay Borschel (I) pinned Alex Picazo (OSU), 3:43
184 – Mike Pucillo (OSU) dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 3-2
197 – Chad Beatty (I) dec. John Weakley (OSU), 3-2 TB-2
Hwt. – J.D. Bergman (OSU) dec. Matt Fields (I), 4-2
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Nikko Triggas (OSU), 9-3

Following are past collegiate career results of potential Iowa-Ohio State match-ups:

149 – Brent Metcalf (I) is 3-0 vs. Lance Palmer (OSU)
Metcalf dec. Palmer, 5-3, at 2008 dual
Metcalf dec. Palmer, 3-2, at 2008 NCAA quarter’s
Metcalf dec. Palmer, 6-2, at 2009 NCAA semi’s

165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) is 2-0 vs. Colt Sponseller (OSU)
Morningstar dec. Sponseller, 2-1 TB-2, at 2009 Big Ten’s
Morningstar dec. Sponseller, 4-2 SV-1, at 2009 NCAA’s

174 – Jay Borschel (I) is 1-0 vs. Dave Rella (OSU)
Borschel dec. Rella, 7-0, at 2009 Big Ten’s

184 – Philllip Keddy (I) is 1-3 vs. Mike Pucillo (OSU)
Pucillo dec. Keddy, 9-4, at 2007 dual
Pucillo dec. Keddy, 3-2, at 2008 dual
Pucillo dec. Keddy, 4-3, at 2008 NCAA’s
Keddy dec. Pucillo, 5-2 TB-1, at 2009 Big Ten semi’s

Wisconsin is ranked #14 in the nation with a 7-9 (3-3 Big Ten) record. The Badgers have wins against Old Dominion (21-19), Northern Iowa (25-11), Arizona State (23-10), Central Michigan (20-13), Indiana (21-18), Purdue (27-11) and Michigan (26-9), and losses to Nebraska (17-26), Oregon State (13-22), Boise State (9-30 & 12-22), Cornell (11-24), Maryland (18-21), Minnesota (18-20), Penn State (15-22) and Illinois (18-19). The Badgers will host Northwestern Friday at 7 p.m.

Head Coach Barry Davis has a 169-114-10 record in 17 seasons at Wisconsin. He is assisted by Donny Pritzlaff (Wisconsin, 2002) and former Hawkeye strength and conditioning coach Jared Frayer (Oklahoma, 2002). Davis was a four-time all-American and Big Ten Champion, and three-time NCAA Champion at 118 and 126 pounds for Iowa (1981-85). A two-time Olympian, he holds Iowa records for most wins in a season (46) and career (162). He served as a graduate assistant coach for the Hawkeyes for two seasons (1986-87) and an assistant coach for five (1988-92). Davis is married to the former Nan Doak, who was Iowa’s first NCAA women’s track and field champion. She wo nthe NCAA 10,000 meters in 1985, earning a total of nine all-America honors in cross country and track for the Hawkeyes. A three-time Big Ten Champion and native of Hedrick, IA, she still holds the Iowa outdoor 5,000-meter record of 15:45.84.

The Badgers are led by senior Kyle Ruschell (149), junior Trevor Brandvold (197), sophomore Andrew Howe (165) and redshirt freshman Tyler Graff (133). Howe, who is the defending Big Ten champion and the 2009 NCAA runner-up at 165, is undefeated at 25-0 this season and is ranked first in the nation. Ruschell is ranked third by AWN and fifth by Intermat and WIN with a 24-2 record. He earned his first all-America honor last season, placing third at the NCAA meet. Brandvold is ranked fifth by AWN, sixth by WIN and seventh by Intermat with a 15-3 record, while Graff is ranked fifth by AWN and WIN and sixth by Intermat with a 23-4 record.

133 – #4/3/7 Daniel Dennis vs. #6/6/5 Tyler Graff
This will be the first collegiate meeting for Dennis and Graff. The Hawkeye senior is 14-2, winning six of his last seven matches. Graff, a redshirt freshman is 23-4 and is on a seven-match winning streak.

149 – #1 Brent Metcalf vs. #3/5/5 Kyle Ruschell
Metcalf will face his second top 10 opponent of the weekend. The Badger is ranked third by AWN and fifth by Intermat and WIN with a 24-2 record. Metcalf is 4-0 against Ruschell in collegiate competition, scoring bonus points in all but the last meeting – a 9-2 decision at the 2009 Midlands finals.

165 – #4/4/5 Ryan Morningstar vs. #1 Andrew Howe
Morningstar has taken all three collegiate meetings with Howe to the tiebreak period, but has come up one point short all three times. Top-ranked Howe is undefeated at 26-0 this season, but has won 11 of those bouts by one point.

Iowa opened the 2009 Big Ten dual season with a 24-12 win over Wisconsin at Iowa City. It was the 30th consecutive dual win for the Hawkeyes, and their 165th win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa won six of the 10 bouts, starting with a decision by senior Charlie Falck at 125 and a match-ending technical fall by junior Daniel Dennis at 133. Wisconsin senior Zach Tanelli put the Badgers’ first points on the board with a 5-0 win over Iowa senior Alex Tsirtsis at 141. Hawkeye junior Brent Metcalf widened Iowa’s lead to 14-3 with his 2:12 pin over fifth-ranked Kyle Ruschell at 149.

Wisconsin made a run at the mid-way point with decisions from Badger freshmen at 157 and 165. Badger Ben Jordan scored an 8-4 win over Hawkeye sophomore Matt Ballweg at 157, and Andrew Howe posted a 4-3 victory over Iowa junior Ryan Morningstar in the second tiebreak period. Howe was awarded the win due to a seven-second riding time advantage after the second tiebreak.

Hawkeye juniors Jay Borschel and Philllip Keddy responded with wins at 174 and 184, respectively, to make the team score 21-9. Borschel picked up his 50th career win with a 7-3 win over freshman Travis Rutt at 174, and Keddy posted his sixth straight win with a 17-4 major decision over sophomore Eric Bugenhagen at 184.

Third-ranked Dallas Herbst fought off late attempts by Hawkeye junior Chad Beatty at 197 to post a 2-1 win, but the decision put the team win out of reach for Wisconsin. Iowa junior Dan Erekson closed out the dual with a 3-2 decision over Kyle Massey at heavyweight.

Iowa 24, Wisconsin 12
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Drew Hammen (W), 10-3
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) tech. fall Tom Kelliher (W), 19-4 in 4:24
141 – Zach Tanelli (W) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 5-0
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Kyle Ruschell (W), 2:12
157 – Ben Jordan (W) dec. Matt Ballweg (I), 8-4
165 – Andrew Howe (W) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 4-3 TB-2
174 – Jay Borschel (I) dec. Travis Rutt (W), 7-3
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) maj. dec. Eric Bugenhagen (W), 17-4
197 – Dallas Herbst (W) dec. Chad Beatty (I), 2-1
Hwt. – Dan Erekson (I) dec. Kyle Massey (W), 3-2

Following are past collegiate career results of potential Iowa-Wisconsin match-ups:

141 – Montell Marion (I) is 1-0 vs. Cole Schmitt (W)
Marion dec. Schmitt, 7-4, at 2009 Midlands

149 – Brent Metcalf (I) is 4-0 vs. Kyle Ruschell (W)
Metcalf maj. dec. Ruschell, 14-5, at 2008 Midlands finals Metcalf pinned Ruschell in 2:12, at 2009 dual

Metcalf maj. dec. Ruschell, 16-4, at 2009 Big Ten semi’s
Metcalf dec. Ruschell, 9-2, at 2009 Midlands finals

165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) is 0-3 vs. Andrew Howe (W)
Howe dec. Morningstar, 4-3 TB-2, at 2009 dual
Howe dec. Morningstar, 2-1 TB-2, at 2009 Big Ten finals
Howe dec. Morningstar, 2-1 TB-1, at 2009 NCAA’s

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home of Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes are 178-18 (.908) in the arena, which includes a record 10 victories during the 1986 and 2010 seasons. 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 top-ranked Hawkeyes extended their winning streak to 59 dual matches with Big Ten wins over Northwestern (49-0) and Minnesota (28-9) last weekend.

Iowa used five pins and a forfeit to blank Northwestern, 49-0, Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes improved to 20-0 (5-0 in the Big Ten), posting their eighth shut out of the season – which is a school record. The Hawkeyes held Northwestern (5-11-1, 0-6 Big Ten) to three takedowns during the match in front of 7,125 fans.

The Hawkeyes handed #5 Minnesota (11-5, 5-1 Big Ten) its first Big Ten dual loss of the season Sunday night in Minneapolis. Iowa went 7-3 on the night, scoring team bonus points at six weights. It was Iowa’s second win over Minnesota this season, posting a 28-18 win Jan. 10 in the championship semifinals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls.

Hawkeye seniors Brent Metcalf (149), Ryan Morningstar (165), Jay Borschel (174) and Dan Erekson (Hwt.), sophomore Montell Marion (141) and redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125) all went 2-0 on the weekend, while senior Phillip Keddy (184), junior Aaron Janssen (165) and redshirt freshman Grant Gambrall (184) each posted a 1-0 record.

Last week’s 49-0 shutout of Northwestern was the eighth for the Hawkeyes this season, which is a school record. The previous record of five was set during the 1980-81, 1989-90, 1990-91 and 2008-09 seasons. Iowa has blanked Cornell College (57-0), Iowa Lakes (52-0), North Carolina Pembroke (47-0), Southern Illinois Edwardsville (51-0), Michigan (36-0), Michigan State (37-0), Utah Valley (38-0) and Northwestern (49-0) this season.

Hawkeye seniors Brent Metcalf (149) and Jay Borschel (174), and redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125) are all undefeated this season. Metcalf and McDonough are 27-0, while Borschel is 26-0. Metcalf has scored extra team points in 24 of his 27 bouts, while McDonough has posted extra points in 20 and Borschel 17. All three are 21-0 in dual matches, and have combined for 306 of Iowa’s 751 team points scored in dual competition. Metcalf (24-0) and McDonough (10-0) are also unbeaten at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in their Iowa careers.

Hawkeye senior 149-pounder Brent Metcalf moved up to seventh on Iowa’s all-time career pins list after sticking Northwestern’s Andrew Nadhir. His 46 career pins is tied for seventh with Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands (1989-92). Former Hawkeye Ed Banach (1980-83) holds the record with 73. Iowa Assistant Coach Terry Brands ranks sixth with 48 (1988-92).

Metcalf is the only Hawkeye to crack the career list with only three seasons of competition. He has pinned 46 percent (46 pins in 101 matches) of his opponents at Iowa. The top-ranked Hawkeye has 15 pins this season and is undefeated at 27-0.

Hawkeye senior Ryan Morningstar recorded his 100th career win Feb. 6 with a 3-1 victory over Utah Valley’s Jeb Clark. Morningstar is 22-3 this season, going 17-2 in dual competition. The Lisbon, IA, native has started 84 duals for the Hawkeyes and has a career record of 102-35.

Hawkeye seniors Brent Metcalf (99-2) and Phillip Keddy (95-38) are also closing in on their 100th career victories.

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

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 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 will compete at the 2010 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, March 6-7 at the University of Michigan’s Crisler Arena in 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) are available from the UM Athletic Ticket Office (734-764-0247 or www.MGoBlue.com/tickets). 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.

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