Competition Underway At 2010 Midlands

Dec. 29, 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!

EVANSTON, Ill. — Competition is underway at the 2010 Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. Seventeen Hawkeyes are competing at the 48th annual two-day tournament that is being held at Northwestern’s Welsh Ryan Arena. The defending team champion, Iowa has won the most team titles (21) in the 47 years of the meet.

Hawkeye sophomores Matt McDonough (125) and Grant Gambrall (184) are the top seeds at their respective weight classes. Senior Luke Lofthouse is seeded second at 197, redshirt freshmen Tony Ramos (133) and Derek St. John (157) are seeded third, and sophomore Mark Ballweg (141) is seeded fourth. Also competing for Iowa are seniors Matt Ballweg (149), Aaron Janssen (165) and Jake Kerr (165-#6 seed); juniors Tyler Clark (133-#11 seed), Blake Rasing (Hwt.-#8 seed) and Jordan Johnson (Hwt.); sophomore Jeret Chiri (149) and redshirt freshman Ethen Lofthouse (174-#9 seed). True freshmen Michael Kelly (157), Mike Evans (174) and Bobby Telford (Hwt.) are competing unattached.

Fans can follow Iowa’s progress at the meet online and on the radio. Tournament brackets and team standings will be updated throughout each session at the 2010 Midlands Championships site. Steven Grace and two-time Hawkeye NCAA champion and four-time all-American Mark Ironside will call Thursday’s finals live on AM-800, KXIC. Live broadcasts from all four sessions are available on using the XXL All-Access subscription ($14.95 per month or $119.95 per year).

Tickets can be purchased from the Northwestern University Athletic Ticket Office at (847) 491-2287 or Session start times and individual session ticket prices are as follows:

Session – Day – Start Time – Ticket Prices (R/AB/SB)
Session I – Wednesday – 9:30 a.m. – NA/$9/$7
Session II – Wednesday – 7 p.m. – $11/$10/$8
Session III – Thursday – Noon – $13/$11/$9
Session IV – Thursday – 7 p.m. – $15/$13/$10
R – reserved seats, AB – adult bleachers, SB – student bleachers