Hawkeyes To Take On Northern Iowa

Dec. 7, 2010

PARDON OUR PROGRESS! As friends of the UI and fans of the Hawkeyes know, the UI Athletics Department is well into a multi-million dollar revitalization of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This important and exciting project has reduced for this season the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending the home events of the 2010-11 UI men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling teams are invited to avoid game night delays by purchasing their event tickets online or in advance of game day. If your schedule doesn’t allow for an advance purchase, we recommend you consider arriving at the Arena a little earlier than originally planned. Go Hawks!

The seventh-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team (6-0) will travel to Cedar Falls to face Northern Iowa (4-3) Thursday at 7 p.m. in the West Gym. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children, and are available at unipanthers.com.

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 hawkeyesports.com. Live audio broadcasts from all events will be available online at hawkeyesports.com using the All-Access subscription ($14.95 per month or $119.95 per year).

Television – The dual will be aired live on Iowa Public Television. Tim Johnson, former Hawkeye Head Coach Dan Gable and former Iowa State Head Coach Jim Gibbons will call the action.

Internet – The 2010-11 Hawkeye wrestling media guide, press releases, meet results, and audio broadcasts are available on the University of Iowa’s website, hawkeyesports.com. Current wrestling staff and student-athlete head shots are available at pics.hawkeyesports.com.

Iowa has won 67 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.

The 67-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 43 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 29 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 foes, the Hawkeyes have won their last 28 duals, including 13 at home and 15 on the road. The 28 league duals rank second in school history, while the 13 home duals rank third and the 15 road duals rank 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).

The University of Northern Iowa Panthers are 4-3 with wins over McKendree (34-9), Wisconsin-Parkside (34-6), Old Dominion (19-15) and Binghamton (18-15), and losses to Northwestern (6-26), Maryland (16-19) and Bloomsburg (14-18).

Head Coach Doug Schwab, who is in his first year with the Panthers, served as an assistant coach at Iowa from 2006-07 to 2009-10. He was a three-time All-American and Big Ten champion for the Hawkeyes from 1998-2001. He won the 1999 NCAA title at 141 pounds and finished his collegiate career with 130 wins, which ranks 10th-best in school history. Schwab is assisted by UNI alums Mark Schwab (1990) and Randy Pugh (2000), as well as former Hawkeye Joe Slaton and Nebraska alum Tolly Thompson (1997).

The Panthers are led by junior heavyweight Christian Brantley, who is ranked 14th by WIN, 16th by Intermat and 17th by AWN with a 7-0 dual record.

Iowa leads the series with Northern Iowa, 42-8-2. The Hawkeyes have won the last 35 meetings with the Panthers, and hold a 20-5-1 advantage in Cedar Falls. Iowa won the last meeting, 48-3, Dec. 10, 2009, in Iowa City. Northern Iowa’s last win in the series was a 17-15 victory during the 1973-74 season.

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

125 – Matt McDonough (Iowa) is 1-0 vs. Caleb Flores (Northern Iowa)
McDonough pinned Flores in 4:39 at 2009-10 dual

133 – Nate Moore (Iowa) is 4-0 vs. Ryan Jauch (Northern Iowa)
Moore pinned Jauch in 1:39 at 2008 Northern Iowa Open
Moore dec. Jauch, 15-8, at 2009 Brand Open
Moore pinned Jauch in 4:00 at 2009 DuHawk Open
Moore pinned Jauch in 2:42 at 2009-10 dual

133 – Tony Ramos (Iowa) is 1-0 vs. Ryan Jauch (Northern Iowa)
Ramos dec. Jauch, 7-4, at 2010 DuHawk Open

141 – Mark Ballweg (Iowa) is 0-1 vs. Alec Hoffman (Northern Iowa)
Hoffman maj. dec. Ballweg, 14-4, at 2008 Northern Iowa Open

174 – Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) is 1-0 vs. Brice Wolf (Northern Iowa)
Lofthouse dec. Wolf, 6-5, at 2010 Brand Open

184 – Grant Gambrall (Iowa) is 1-0 vs. Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)
Gambrall dec. Loder, 8-3 0 at 2010 Grand View Open

Hwt. – Blake Rasing (Iowa) is 1-1 vs. Christian Brantley (Northern Iowa)
Rasing dec. Brantley, 11-9 in TB-1, at 2007 Jim Fox Open
Brantley dec. Rasing, 3-2, at 2009-10 dual

The top-ranked Hawkeyes (9-0) recorded six pins and three major decisions en route to a 48-3 win over Northern Iowa (3-4) Dec. 9, 2009, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The 45-point victory margin was Iowa’s largest in the 79-year series. The Hawkeyes collected 29 takedowns on the evening, allowing just one for the Panthers.

Hawkeye redshirt freshmen Matt McDonough (125) and Nate Moore (133), sophomore Montell Marion (141) and senior Brent Metcalf (149) gave the Hawkeyes a convincing 24-0 lead with their pins. Moore, who was filling in for senior starter Daniel Dennis, made the most of his dual meet debut by scoring a first-period pin over Ryan Jauch in 2:42. Marion, who was also making his first dual appearance in a Hawkeye singlet, built a 6-2 lead over Trent Washington before decking him in 3:28. Junior Aaron Janssen took Iowa into the intermission with an 11-1 major decision over Tyson Reiner at 157. Seniors Ryan Morningstar (165) and Jay Borschel (174) got the Hawkeye fans back on their feet with second-period pins, giving Iowa a 40-0 lead. Morningstar led 1-0 going into the third period before recording the fall over David Bonin in 5:32. Borschel had a 5-0 lead over Jarion Beets before recording the pin in 4:44 to pick up his 70th career win. Major decisions from seniors Phillip Keddy (184) and Chad Beatty (197) built the Hawkeye lead to 48-0. Keddy recorded the most takedowns of the night (6) in his 14-5 win over Andy O’Loughlin, while Beatty tallied five takedowns in his 15-5 victory over Dustin Bauman.

Northern Iowa’s Christian Brantley recorded the Panther’s only win and takedown of the night, scoring a 3-2 decision over Hawkeye sophomore Blake Rasing at heavyweight to end the dual.

Iowa 48, Northern Iowa 3
125 – Matt McDonough (I) pinned Caleb Flores (UNI), 4:38
133 – Nate Moore (I) pinned Ryan Jauch (UNI), 2:42
141 – Montell Marion (I) pinned Trent Washington (UNI), 3:28
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Trevor Kittleson (UNI), 3:49
157 – Aaron Janssen (I) maj. dec. Tyson Reiner (UNI), 11-1
165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) pinned David Bonin (UNI), 5:32
174 – Jay Borschel (I) pinned Jarion Beets (UNI), 4:44
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) maj. dec. Andy O’Loughlin (UNI), 14-5
197 – Chad Beatty (I) maj. dec. Dustin Bauman (UNI), 15-5
Hwt. – Christian Brantley (UNI) dec. Blake Rasing (I), 3-2

Iowa kept its 67-match winning streak intact with a 22-13 victory over #14 Iowa State Friday night and a 29-10 win over Michigan State Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The sixth-ranked Hawkeyes improved to 6-0 on the season, while handing the Cyclones (4-1) and Spartans (4-1) their first dual losses.

Against Iowa State, the Hawkeyes used wins at six weights – including four major decisions – to post its seventh-straight win over Iowa State, and it’s 30th over the Cyclones in Iowa City. The win also gave Iowa a 7-6 edge in the 2010-11 Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series. A crowd of 13,378 saw the Hawkeyes record their 28th straight win in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That attendance total ranks ninth in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history, and is the 15th largest dual crowd in NCAA history. At the intermission, officials from both schools announced the creation of the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy, which will be presented to the winner of the intrastate rival each year.

Highlights for Iowa included Mark Ballweg’s 3-1 upset over Cyclone senior Chris Drouin at 141, as well as major decisions from sophomores Matt McDonough (125) and Grant Gambrall (184) and redshirt freshmen Tony Ramos (133) and Derek St. John (157). Ballweg, who was not ranked, took Drouin, who was ranked 11th in the nation by Intermat, 13th by WIN and 19th by AWN, down with 11 seconds left in the bout for the win.

Iowa opened the 2010-11 Big Ten season against the Spartans, winning seven bouts on the night. The Hawkeyes came out strong in front of 6,031 fans, scoring two pins and second-period technical fall to take a 17-0 lead. McDonough recorded his first pin of the season, sticking Eric Olanowski in 3:48 at 125. Ramos accumulated eight nearfall points and scored three takedowns to defeat Josh Harper, 16-1 in 5:13. Ballweg followed by scrambling off his back and pinning Joel Trombly in 2:05. St. John, senior Jake Kerr (165), Gambrall and senior Luke Lofthouse (197) each recorded decisions. Gambrall led 1-0 early in the second period of his match with Ian Hinton when both wrestlers were awarded one point for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Hawkeye sophomore kept his cool and rode Hinton the entire third period to post the 3-1 win.

The Hawkeyes sent 16 competitors to Saturday’s Northern Iowa Open in Cedar Falls, crowning four individual champions and 12 placewinners. Senior Aaron Janssen won the 165-pound title for the Hawkeyes, while true freshmen Michael Kelly (157), Mike Evans (174) and Bobby Telford (Hwt.) each won titles while competing unattached. Iowa’s other placewinners included junior Vinnie Wagner (184-2nd), redshirt freshman Nick Trizzino (133-4th) and Tomas Lira (184-5th), and true freshmen Ethan Owens (141-6th), Jake Ballweg (149-3rd), Nick Moore (157-3rd), Walt Gillmor (165-3rd) and Jeremy Fahler (174-6th). All of Iowa’s true freshmen were competing unattached.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 881-215-30 (.796) in 101 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 34 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 51 NCAA champions have won a total of 78 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 15 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes’ 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’s 140 all-Americans have earned all-America status 286 times, including 17 four-time, 29 three-time and 37 two-time honorees.

As friends of the UI and fans of the Hawkeyes know, the UI Athletics Department is well into a multi-million dollar revitalization of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This important and exciting project has reduced for this season the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending Iowa’s home wrestling are invited to avoid meet night delays by purchasing their event tickets online or in advance. If your schedule doesn’t allow for an advance purchase, we recommend you consider arriving at the arena a little earlier than originally planned.

The North entrance is no longer 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 an event. The East entrance will serve as the event pass gate.

USA Wrestling has received seven proposal packets from bid cities and their potential local organizing committees to jointly host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting. The target date for the event is the weekend of April 20-21, 2012.

Each bid proposal includes hosting both the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting. The wrestling event will feature competition in the three Olympic styles of the sport – men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle. The weightlifting event will include both men’s and women’s weight divisions.

The competition will determine the U.S. athletes in both sports who will qualify to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

Listed alphabetically below are the bid cities, with the organizations which have submitted the bid, along with the proposed arena where the event might be held: Columbus, OH (Greater Columbus Sports Commission – Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center); Council Bluffs, IA (Council Bluffs Convention & Visitor Bureau & Council Bluffs Olympic Trials Committee (Iowa) – Mid-America Center); Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Sports Commission – Greensboro Coliseum Complex); Hampton, VA (Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau – Hampton Coliseum); Iowa City, IA (University of Iowa Athletics Department and Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau – Carver Hawkeye Arena); Oklahoma City, OK (Oklahoma City All Sports Association and Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau – Cox Arena); Pontiac, MI (Triple Sports & Entertainment, LLC/Silverdome Venue – The Silverdome).

The group of seven bid cities will be reduced to between three and four finalist bids, with an announcement from USA Wrestling and USA Weightlifting expected on Dec. 20. The organizing committees selected as finalists will be invited to make an in-person presentation on behalf of their bid during the week of Jan. 10-14, 2011.

A committee will review the finalist bid presentations. The committee will include USA Wrestling staff and athletes, as well as representatives from USA Weightlifting. An announcement on the bid selected to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Weightlifting is targeted for Jan. 17, 2011.

This will be the second consecutive Olympic quadrennium in which USA Wrestling will partner with another National Governing Body within the Olympic family to hold the U.S. Olympic Team Trials side-by-side. In 2008, USA Wrestling partnered with USA Judo for a joint U.S. Olympic Team Trials event.

Since USA Wrestling became the sport’s National Governing Body for the sport in 1983, eight different cities have hosted the U.S. Olympic Team Trials event.

In 1992 and 1996, the final U.S. Olympic Team Trials event for wrestling was split into two events, with men’s freestyle in one city and Greco-Roman in another city. Women’s freestyle wrestling was added to the event in 2004, after the International Olympic Committee included the discipline for the first time in the Olympic program at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

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.

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’s uncle, Scott Trizzino, was a three-time all-American (1978-79-81) and four-time letterwinner (1977-79, 1981) for the Hawkeyes.

For dates and more information about 2011 Iowa Wrestling Summer camps visit www.iowawrestlingcamps.com.

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.

The Hawkeyes (6-0) will try for their 22nd Midlands title Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, IL. The defending team champion, Iowa has won the most team titles (21) in the 46 years of the meet. All matches will be held at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Northwestern’s campus.

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