Chattanooga, Cornell College Up Next For Iowa

Nov. 23, 2010

The Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will face Chattanooga (3-4) and Cornell College (3-0) in a double dual Friday at Cornell?fs Small Multi-Sport Center. Iowa will wrestle Chattanooga at 6:30 p.m. and Cornell at 8 p.m. Cornell will face Chattanooga at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 5-18). Cornell will provide a live webcast of all three duals at

Steven Grace and two-time Hawkeye NCAA champion and four-time all-American Mark Ironside will call the action live on Action from the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, as well as the finals of the Midlands Championships, will also be aired live. Live audio broadcasts from all competitions will be available online at Broadcasts are available using the All-Access subscription ($14.95 per month or $119.95 per year).

The 2010-11 Hawkeye wrestling media guide, press releases, meet results, and audio broadcasts are available on the University of Iowa?fs website, Current staff and student-athlete head shots are available at

The Chattanooga Mocs are 3-4 with wins over Liberty (26-16), Cumberland (42-6) and Gardner-Webb (29-9), and losses to Kent State (12-24), North Carolina (18-21), Virginia Tech (12-25) and Wisconsin (16-25). Chattanooga graduate Heath Eslinger is in his second year as head coach at his alma mater. In 2010, the team won the Southern Conference regular season title with a 5-0 record. Eslinger is assisted by Rocco Mansueto (Cleveland State, 2003) and Josh Lambrecht (Oklahoma, 2003).

Sophomore Dean Pavlou (149) and junior Jason McCroskey (184) are Chattanooga?fs returning NCAA qualifiers. Pavlou is ranked 13th in the nation by W.I.N. Magazine with a 6-6 record, while McCroskey is ranked 16th by W.I.N., 17th by Intermat and 18th by Amateur Wrestling News with an 8-3 mark.

Hawkeye Associate Head Coach Terry Brands served as head coach at Chattanooga from 2002-05. During his tenure, he led the Mocs to the 2005 Southern Conference title, while crowning three conference champions and two All-Americans.

This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Cornell is 3-0 with wins over Simpson (42-0), Iowa Central (25-15) and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (39-6). The Rams will host Augustana Tuesday night.

Head Coach Mike Duroe is 68-48-1 in in his sixth year at Cornell. The 2009-10 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year, Duroe has coached 17 national qualifiers and 12 All-Americans. He served as head coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club from 2003-05. Duroe is assisted by former Hawkeye Charlie Falck (Iowa, 2009), Shawn Voight (Cornell, 1990), Andrew Knaack (Wartburg, 2005) and Kyle Burkle (Upper Iowa, 2007). Falck was a two-time All-American (2007-08), three-time NCAA qualifier, three-time Big Ten placewinner and four-time letterwinner (2005, 2007-09) for the Hawkeyes at 125 pounds.

The Rams are led by returning NCAA qualifiers Kevin Donahue (141) and Nicholas Loughlin (157). Donahue is undefeated at 5-0, while Loughlin has a 5-2 record. Juniors Tigue Snider (133) and Jacob Schwebke (149) have 9-2 records, while juniors Michael Buhr (133), Joe Hambleton (165) and Andrew Roberts (184) are 8-2.

Iowa’s series with Cornell is tied 3-3, with Iowa winning the last three meetings. This is one of only eight series in Iowa’s 112-opponent history that the Hawkeyes do not hold the lead. The other seven series are East Stroudsburg (1-1), Kansas State (0-1-1), New York Athletic Club (0-1-0), Ohio (0-0-1), Oklahoma (16-17-1), Oklahoma State (18-25-1) and Toledo (0-1-0). Iowa is 1-3 at Cornell.

The Hawkeyes won the last meeting, 57-0, at the 2009 Iowa City Duals. Following are the results from that dual.

University of Iowa 57, Cornell College 0 – 2009 Iowa City Duals
125 – Matt McDonough (I) tech. fall Timothy Hood (C), 18-1 in 4:18
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) tech. fall Alex Hughes (C), 24-7 in 6:40
141 – Dan LeClere (I) pinned Kevin Donahue (C), 5:15
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Jacob Schwebke (C), 4:35
157 – Jake Kerr (I) pinned Nicholas Loughlin (C), 5:54
165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) pinned Alex Riniker (C), 6:25
174 – Jay Borschel (I) pinned Cliff Robertson (C), 1:35
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) tech. fall Andrew Roberts (C), 20-5 in 5:37
197 – Chad Beatty (I) pinned Andrew Anderson (C), 2:31
Hwt. – Jordan Johnson (I) pinned Wyatt Bauman (C), 2:24

Members of the Hawkeye wrestling team and coaching staff are available for interviews Tuesday afternoons from 2:40-3:25 p.m. in the Field House Practice Facility. If you are interested in scheduling an interview outside that time, please contact Assistant Sports Information Director Traci Wagner at 319-430-6349.

The Hawkeyes have won 63 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 63-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 also won 41 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 27 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 27 duals, including 12 at home and 15 on the road. The 27 league duals rank second in school history, while the 12 home duals rank third and the 15 road duals rank fourth. Iowa?fs 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).

Iowa?fs overall dual meet record is 879-215-30 (.795) in 101 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 34 Big Ten titles. Iowa?fs 51 NCAA champions have won a total of 78 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 15 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes?f 102 Big Ten champions have won a total of 186 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 27 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa?fs 140 all-Americans have earned all-America status 286 times, including 17 four-time, 29 three-time and 37 two-time honorees.

Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands picked up his 100th career win and Iowa pitched two shutouts Nov. 19 at the third annual Iowa City Duals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa, ranked seventh in the nation in the most recent NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, posted wins over Iowa Central (45-0) and Coe College (44-0) to open the 2010-11 season. The Hawkeyes extended their dual winning streak to 63 matches overall, and 27 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with the wins.

Five Hawkeyes – sophomore Mark Ballweg (141), and redshirt freshmen Nick Trizzino (133), Dylan Carew (149), Derek St. John (157) and Ethen Lofthouse (174) – made their Carver-Hawkeye Arena debuts and Brands?f recorded his 100th career victory against Iowa Central. Iowa scored bonus points in nine of the 10 bouts and posted a 33-2 takedown advantage. Ballweg, St. John and senior Jake Kerr (165) pinned their opponents, while sophomore Matt McDonough (125), Trizzino, Carew, Ethen Lofthouse, sophomore Grant Gambrall (184) and senior Luke Lofthouse (197) all scored major decisions. Junior Blake Rasing (Hwt.) picked up his first win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and his 10th career victory with a 9-4 decision.

Iowa had a short break after the Iowa Central win before taking the mat against Coe. McDonough, who is the defending NCAA Division I Champion at 125, opened the dual against Coe?fs Clayton Rush, who is the defending NCAA Division III Champion at 125. McDonough led 4-2 after two periods, but scored a takedown, three nearfall points and a point for riding time in the last 16 seconds for the 10-2 major decision. McDonough remains undefeated (13-0) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and has a 39-1 career record. Trizzino, Ballweg and Ethen Lofthouse pinned their Kohawk opponents, while Luke Lofthouse collected his 30th career win with a 19-3 match-ending technical fall in 5:47 over Stuart Maddox. St. John and Gambrall posted major decisions, while Kerr collected his 25th career win with a 6-4 decision over former Hawkeye Nick LeClere. Carew and Rasing also posted wins for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa 45, Iowa Central 0
125 – Matt McDonough (I) maj. dec. Brandon Wright (IC), 16-3
133 – Nick Trizzino (I) maj. dec. Cordale Risk (IC), 8-0
141 – Mark Ballweg (I) pinned Seth Stender (IC), 1:22
149 – Dylan Carew (I) maj. dec. Joseph Winkler (IC), 9-1
157 – Derek St. John (I) pinned Jay Fowler (IC), 2:33
165 – Jake Kerr (I) pinned Jason Trushcheff (IC), 5:33
174 – Ethen Lofthouse (I) maj. dec. Austin Gelbach (IC), 15-3
184 – Grant Gambrall (I) maj. dec. Carl Foreside (IC), 19-7
197 – Luke Lofthouse (I) maj. dec. Nick Pica (IC), 14-5
HWT – Blake Rasing (I) dec. Seth McGregor (IC), 9-4

Iowa 44, Coe 0
125 – Matt McDonough (I) maj. dec. Clayton Rush (C), 10-2
133 – Nick Trizzino (I) pinned Drew Hinschberger (C), 1:53
141 – Mark Ballweg (I) pinned Chris LeClere (C), 6:10
149 – Dylan Carew (I) dec. James Locke (C), 6-1
157 – Derek St. John (I) maj. dec. Dale Handley (C), 18-5
165 – Jake Kerr (I) dec. Nick LeClere (C), 6-4
174 – Ethen Lofthouse (I) pinned Scott King (C), 4:01
184 – Grant Gambrall (I) maj. dec. Seth Rehn (C), 13-3
197 – Luke Lofthouse (I) tech. fall Stuart Maddox (C), 19-3 in 5:47
HWT – Blake Rasing (I) dec. Alex Burkle (C), 2-1

Hawkeye freshmen Michael Kelly (157) and Mike Evans (174) each won amateur titles at the 2010 Ryan Kaufman/Glen Brand Open Saturday in Omaha, NE. Kelly and Evans, who both competed unattached, were two of Iowa?fs 18 wrestlers at the tournament, with nine going in the elite division and nine in the amateur bracket.

The 157 and 174-pound amateur finals were all-Iowa match-ups as Kelly faced teammate Nick Moore and Evans wrestled fellow Hawkeye Jeremy Fahler. Kelly posted six wins en route to his title, including an 8-7 victory in the third tiebreak period in the semifinals over Indiana?fs RaVaughn Perkins. Kelly defeated Moore in the finals, 6-4. Evans pinned three opponents and posted major decisions over the other two, including his 10-0 win over Fahler in the finals. Freshman Jake Ballweg was the 149-pound amateur division runner-up, while freshmen Matt Gurule (125) and Ethan Owens (141) placed sixth.

Sophomore Nate Moore (133) and senior Aaron Janssen (165) led the Hawkeyes in the elite division, both placing third. Moore was pinned by Minnesota?fs Bart Reiter near the end of his first match, but won six straight consolation bouts – including a 12-5 decision over Reiter – to earn third place. Janssen lost a close 8-7 decision to Oklahoma?fs Dallas Bailey in the semifinals, but posted two wins in the wrestlebacks to place third. Junior Vinnie Wagner also placed fourth at 184.

On the 2010-11 Hawkeye wrestling team, there are three sets of brothers, two wrestlers whose fathers wrestled at Iowa and two uncle-nephew combinations.

Senior Matt Ballweg (157), sophomore Mark Ballweg (133/141) and freshman Jacob Ballweg (141) are brothers who hail from Waverly. They are the fifth set of three brothers to wrestle at Iowa, and the third set to be on the roster at the same time. The other sets of three brothers to compete for the Hawkeyes are Ed Banach, Lou Banach and Steve Banach; Marty Kistler, Harlan Kistler and Lindley Kistler; Mike Uker, Ben Uker and Joe Uker; and Lenny Zalesky, Larry Zalesky and Jim Zalesky.

Junior Stew Gillmor (149/157) and freshman Walt Gillmor (165) are brothers from Donahue, while sophomore Nate Moore (133) and freshman Nick Moore (157/165) are brothers from Iowa City.

Sophomore Matt McDonough (125/133) and redshirt freshman Nick Trizzino have fathers who wrestled for the Hawkeyes. Mike McDonough wrestled at Iowa from 1974-76, while Mark Trizzino was an all-American (1984) and four-year letterwinner (1981-84) for the Hawkeyes.

Senior Luke Lofthouse (197) is the uncle of Hawkeye redshirt freshman Ethen Lofthouse (174). Nick Trizzino?fs uncle, Scott Trizzino, was a three-time all-American (1978-79-81) and four-time letterwinner (1977-79, 1981) for the Hawkeyes.

Wrestling season tickets can be ordered from the UI Athletics Ticket Office, at (319) 335-9323, or online at Tickets are $67 for members of the public and $55 for UI faculty and staff.

Single meet prices are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, if purchased in advance, for the Michigan State, SIU-Edwardsville, Indiana and Michigan duals. The price is $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under for the Iowa State and Ohio State duals. The day of the meet tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth for the Michigan State, SIU-Edwardsville, Indiana and Michigan duals, and $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under for the Iowa State and Ohio State duals.

The Hawkeye wrestling staff of Tom Brands, Terry Brands, Mike Zadick, Kurt Backes and Danny Song earned a total of one Olympic gold medal, one Olympic bronze medal, five NCAA titles, nine conference titles and 12 All-America honors.

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The Hawkeyes (2-0) will host #17 Iowa State (4-0) Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Michigan State (3-0) Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Both duals will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Iowa-Iowa State dual will be aired live on Mediacom Connections, and both duals will be streamed live on

The Iowa-Iowa State dual is scheduled to be a ?gBlack Out?h, where fans are encouraged to wear black attire to the event. It is also the fifth event of the 2010-11 Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa State currently holds a 6-5 lead in the series.

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