Hawkeyes Take Streak To Oklahoma State

Jan. 12, 2011

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 No. 10 University of Iowa wrestling team (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will wrestle No. 6 Oklahoma State (7-2, 1-0 Big 12) Sunday at 2 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) in Stillwater, OK.

Television – ESPNU will air a same-day taped-delay broadcast at 4:30 p.m. Announcers will be Todd Harris, Tim Johnson, Jeff Blatnick and Quint Kessenich.

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 using the All-Access subscription ($14.95 per month or $119.95 per year).

Internet – The 2010-11 Iowa wrestling media guide, press releases, meet results, and audio broadcasts are available at hawkeyesports.com. Current wrestling staff and student-athlete head shots are available at pics.hawkeyesports.com.

Oklahoma State is ranked sixth in the nation with a 7-2 record (1-0 Big 12). The Cowboys were 4-0 with wins over Bucknell (39-3), Minnesota (17-16), Oklahoma (22-12) and Arizona State (40-4), before going 3-2 at last weekend’s Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals to place sixth. The Cowboys opened the dual tournament with a 26-6 win over Purdue, before losing to Virginia Tech (18-16) in the quarterfinals. Oklahoma State beat Northern Iowa (33-12) and Iowa State (37-9) in the consolation bracket before dropping a 21-19 decision to Missouri in the fifth-place match.

Head Coach John Smith is 303-46-5 in 20 seasons with the Cowboys, and as a collegiate head coach. The winningest head coach in Oklahoma State wrestling history, Smith is the first Cowboy head coach ever to hit the 300-win milestone. During Smith’s tenure, Oklahoma State has won five NCAA and 11 Big 12 team titles. While at Oklahoma State, Smith has coached 23 individual NCAA champions, 89 All-Americans and 65 conference championships. He is assisted by Oklahoma State alums Eric Guerrero (1999) and Tyrone Lewis (2004).

The Cowboys are led by sophomore Jordan Oliver (133), senior Clayton Foster (197), junior Jamal Parks (149) and redshirt freshmen Jon Morrison (125) and Dallas Bailey (165). Oliver is ranked first in the nation with a 13-0 record, while Foster is ranked third with a 11-0 mark. Morrison is ranked sixth by WIN Magazine and eighth by AWN and Intermat with a 14-3 record, Parks is ranked seventh by AWN, ninth by Intermat and 11th by WIN at 15-2, and Bailey is ranked sixth by WIN, 13th by Intermat and 15th by AWN at 16-2.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes fought off a strong performance by #4 Oklahoma State, scoring a 19-16 win Jan. 16, 2010, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A crowd of 10,967 was on hand to see Iowa pick up its 52nd straight dual win, and beat the Cowboys for the first time in Carver-Hawkeye since December 4, 2000. Both teams won five bouts, but Iowa’s bonus-point wins at 125, 149 and 174 were the difference in the final team score. Iowa remained undefeated on the season at 14-0, while handing Oklahoma State (8-1-1) its first loss.

Iowa jumped out to a 4-0 lead on redshirt freshman Matt McDonough’s 13-4 major decision over ninth-ranked Oklahoma State senior Chris Notte at 125. McDonough scored three third-period takedowns and accumulated over four minutes of riding time in the match. Oklahoma State answered at 133 with #6 Jordan Oliver’s 3-2 upset of #4 Daniel Dennis. The Hawkeye senior led 1-0 going into the final period. Oliver, who was a redshirt freshman, escaped to tie the score at 1-1. Dennis took a 2-1 lead with less than a minute remaining when Oliver was given his second stalling warning of the bout. But Oliver scored a takedown off a scramble as time expired to record the win, and hand Dennis (8-1) his first loss of the season.

Hawkeye sophomore Montell Marion had a tough task against fifth-ranked Jamal Parks at 141, but blanked Parks, 4-0, to record an upset of his own. After a scoreless first period, Marion scored an escape and takedown in the second period to take a 3-0 lead. Parks chose the down position to start the third period, but could not escape.

Iowa picked up critical team bonus points at 149 when top-ranked Hawkeye senior Brent Metcalf scored a 21-5 technical fall over Oklahoma State junior Quinten Fuentes in 5:15. Metcalf, who improved to 20-0 on the season, scored three takedowns and a three-point nearfall in each of the first two periods. He ended the match with an escape and takedown early in the third period.

Oklahoma State closed the gap to 12-10 with wins at the next two weights. At 157, Cowboy junior Neil Erisman recorded a 16-7 major decision over Hawkeye junior Aaron Janssen at 157. Janssen scored a second-period takedown to pull within two points (5-3), but Erisman rolled off nine straight points to score Oklahoma State’s only team bonus points of the night. Cowboy redshirt freshman Alex Meade then pulled an upset at 165 with a 5-3 win over Iowa senior Ryan Morningstar. Meade, who is ranked between 10th and 13th in the nation, scored takedowns in the first and third periods, while holding third-ranked Morningstar to three escapes in the match.

Hawkeye seniors Jay Borschel (174) and Phillip Keddy (184) stepped up to put Iowa in position for the team win. Borschel recorded his 80th career victory with a 9-1 major decision over Oklahoma State sophomore Mike Benefiel. Borschel scored a takedown in each period and accumulated 4:37 of riding time to hand Benefiel his second loss of the season. Keddy followed with a tough 3-2 win over Oklahoma State junior Clayton Foster at 184, collecting his 90th career win.

Leading 19-10 with two bouts left, Iowa’s hopes for its 52nd straight dual win rested on reserves Luke Lofthouse (197) and Blake Rasing (Hwt.). Lofthouse fought hard against seventh-ranked sophomore Alan Gelogaev, but lost the bout 3-2. Oklahoma State needed a pin from top-ranked heavyweight Jared Rosholt to tie the dual, but Rasing had other plans. Down 5-0 to start the third period, Rasing escaped and scored two takedowns of his own to pull within one (6-5), but ran out of time and lost 7-5.

#1 Iowa 19, #4 Oklahoma State 16
125 – Matt McDonough (I) maj. dec. Chris Notte (OSU), 13-4
133 – Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. Daniel Dennis (I), 3-2
141 – Montell Marion (I) dec. Jamal Parks (OSU), 4-0
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) tech. fall Quinten Fuentes (OSU), 21-5 in 5:15
157 – Neil Erisman (OSU) maj. dec. Aaron Janssen (I), 16-7
165 – Alex Meade (OSU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 5-3
174 – Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Mike Benefiel (OSU), 9-1
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Clayton Foster (OSU), 3-2
197 – Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 3-2
Hwt. – Jared Rosholt (OSU) dec. Blake Rasing (I), 7-5

Oklahoma State leads the series, 25-18-1. This is one of only seven series in Iowa’s 112-opponent history that the Hawkeyes do not hold the lead. The other six series are East Stoudsburg (1-1), Kansas State (0-1-1), New York Athletic Club (0-1-1), Ohio (0-0-1), Oklahoma (16-17-1) and Toledo (0-1). The Cowboys hold a 12-6-1 advantage in Stillwater.

Iowa has won the last two meetings – 20-13 at Stillwater during the 2008-09 season and a 19-16 victory in Iowa City last season. Prior to those wins, Oklahoma State had won the last nine duals spanning between the 2001-08 seasons. Iowa’s largest victory margin is 34 points (40-6 in 1985), while Oklahoma State’s is 23 (25-2 in 1962).

Iowa matched a season-high five pins en route to a 49-0 win over Southern Illinois Edwardsville last Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes scored bonus points in seven of 10 matches to post their highest point total and largest margin of victory this season.

The win marked Iowa’s 69th consecutive dual meet victory, a program best and the second highest total in NCAA wrestling history.

Defending NCAA champion Matt McDonough opened the competition by pinning SIUE’s Paul Meyers in 1:47. McDonough improved to 12-1 overall and 8-0 in dual competition while recording his fifth fall of the season.

Redshirt freshman Tony Ramos and sophomore Mark Ballweg followed McDonough’s performance with a pair of bonus-point scoring efforts. Ramos recorded a technical fall over John Petrov and Ballweg put Lawrence Blackful on his back in 2:03 to record his team-leading sixth pin.

Senior Matt Ballweg extended Iowa’s lead to 22-0 with a 16-1 technical fall over Derrick Pousson. Ballweg recorded nearfall points in each period and earned a takedown with two seconds remaining in the match to extend his lead to 15-1. He earned a riding time point for the technical fall.

Freshman Derek St. John improved to 9-2 overall with a 9-2 decision against Kyle Lowman. St. John earned two takedowns in the opening period to build a 4-1 advantage before cruising to the 9-2 decision and extending Iowa’s lead to 25-0 heading into intermission.

Senior Aaron Janssen opened the second half with a first period pin over Gabe Hocum. Janssen scored three takedowns in the opening frame before putting Hocum on his back at the 2:46 mark to earn his first fall of the season.

Freshman Ethen Lofthouse nailed five takedowns in en route to his 14-7 decision over Michael Dace before the Hawkeyes recorded back-to-back falls at 184 and 197. Sophomore Grant Gramball earned his first pin of the season with a 2:28 fall against Deshoun White and senior Luke Lofthouse put Robert Cooney on his back in 3:36 to extend the Hawkeyes’ lead to 46-0.

Junior Blake Rasing ended the night with a 7-4 decision against David Devine Jr. Rasing used a third period takedown and a bonus point for riding time to improve his dual meet record to 7-1.

Iowa 49, Southern Illinois Edwardsville 0
125 – Matt McDonough (I) pinned Paul Myers (SIUE), 1:47
133 – Tony Ramos (I) tech. fall John Petrov (SIUE), 20-5 in 5:55
141 – Mark Ballweg (I) pinned Lawrence Blackful, III (SIUE), 2:03
149 – Matt Ballweg (I) tech. fall Derrick Pousson (SIUE), 16-1
157 – Derek St. John (I) dec. Kyle Lowman (SIUE), 9-2
165 – Aaron Janssen (I) pinned Gabe Hocum (SIUE), 2:46
174 – Ethen Lofthouse (I) dec. Michael Dace (SIUE), 14-7
184 – Grant Gambrall (I) pinned Deshoun White (SIUE), 2:28
197 – Luke Lofthouse (I) pinned Robert Cooney (SIUE), 3:36
Hwt. – Blake Rasing (I) dec. David Devine, Jr. (SIUE), 7-4

Eight University of Iowa wrestlers won titles at Saturday’s William Penn Open in Oskaloosa, IA. All 15 Hawkeyes who competed in the tournament were wrestling unattached. Winning titles for Iowa were senior Jake Kerr (165), juniors J.J. Krutsinger (133) and Vinnie Wagner (184), and freshmen Matt Gurule (125), Jake Ballweg (149), Michael Kelly (157), Mike Evans (174) and Bobby Telford (Hwt.). Also placing for the Hawkeyes were freshmen Charlie Joseph (2nd-141), Nick Moore (2nd-165), Walt Gillmor (3rd-165), Jeremy Fahler (184-4th) and Ethan Owens (6th-149), and redshirt freshmen Tomas Lira (2nd-184) and Joe DuCharme (4th-165).

Iowa has won 69 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 69-match winning streak ranks second-best in NCAA wrestling history behind an Oklahoma State streak. The Cowboys won 76 straight duals from 1937-51. Oklahoma State is tied with Iowa in second place, tallying two 69-match streaks (1921-32 and 1996-99).

The Hawkeyes have won 44 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 won its last 30 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 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 annual Iowa Elite Chevy Youth Wrestling Clinic will be held Jan. 22 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena prior to the Iowa vs. Ohio State dual. Doors will open at noon for the clinic, which will run from 1-2 p.m. Former Hawkeye All-Americans Phillip Keddy and Ryan Morningstar will be the featured clinicians. Youth, ages 7-13, are eligible to participate in the clinic.

The Iowa vs. Ohio State dual, which will be a “Gold Rush” dual where fans are encouraged to wear gold, is set for 3 p.m. Participants will receive one free admission ticket to the Iowa vs. Ohio State dual in the online pre-registration process. Additional tickets for friends and family members will be available for purchase online at the $7 group rate. It is recommended that all tickets be purchased at this time in order to receive the group discount and seating together. Everyone must have a ticket prior to entry.

Participants must pre-register for the clinic at http://www.hawkeyesports.com/ot/chevy-wrestl-clinic-2010.html. Registrations will be accepted until January 17th, or until clinic capacity is reached. Clinic participation is only guaranteed to the first 250 youth who pre-register. Check-in will take place at a table at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena South Entrance with sports marketing staff. A signed medical release form (available during the pre-registration process) must be turned in at the check-in table. The child will then be given a complimentary gold Iowa Wrestling t-shirt. Re-entry will not be allowed. Once you are in for the clinic, you are in for the meet.

For questions regarding the clinic, please call the University of Iowa Sports Marketing office at 319-335-9431.

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

Three cities and their local organizing committees have been named as finalists to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling. The date for the event will be the weekend of April 20-21, 2012. Alphabetically, the final cities are: Columbus, Ohio; Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Iowa City, Iowa. The finalists have been invited to make an in-person presentation on behalf of their bid on either January 12 or January 13 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Seven cities submitted bids to host the event. Greensboro, N.C., Hampton, Va., Oklahoma City, Okla. and Pontiac, Mich. are not finalists at this time. Due to the dates of international Olympic qualification tournaments in wrestling, it has been determined that the event must be held on the weekend of April 20-21.

Three of the bids proposed different dates for the event. The number of finalist cities could be increased if one or more of those cities are able to secure the weekend of April 20-21 for the event. If the date change occurs in a prompt fashion, the cities could be invited to make an in-person presentation either January 12 or 13.

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

Each bid proposal includes hosting the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling, which will feature competition in the three Olympic styles of the sport – men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle. 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.

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 (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.

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.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 883-215-30 (.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.

Single meet tickets can be ordered from the UI Athletics Ticket Office, at (319) 335-9323, or online at hawkeyesports.com. For the Ohio State dual, tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under, if purchased in advance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under, if purchased at the door.For the Indiana and Michigan duals, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, if purchased in advance. Tickets for those duals are $12 for adults and $6 for youth if purchased at the door.

Northwestern has announced that general seating tickets for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 5-6 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston are available for purchase by calling the NU ticket office at 888-GO-PURPLE. Fans may request to be seated in a specific school’s designated seating areas. A complete list of the price breakdown for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships is as follows: All Sessions — Reserved: $40, Adult General Admission: $36, Youth General Admission: $24; Session 1 — Adult General Admission: $15, Youth General Admission: $12; Session 2 — Reserved: $18, Adult General Admission: $15, Youth General Admission: $12; Session 3– Reserved: $20, Adult General Admission: $18, Youth General Admission: $15.

The 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships are scheduled for March 17-19 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The NCAA, Rider University and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will co-host the event. Tickets to the event are available at (800) 298-4200 or comcasttix.com.

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 the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending Iowa’s home wrestling meets are invited to avoid 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.

The No. 10 Hawkeyes (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will host Big Ten foe Ohio State (1-5, 0-1 Big Ten) for a “Gold Rush” Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear gold attire to the meet. Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under, if purchased in advance, and $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under, if purchased at the door. Tickets can be ordered from the UI Athletics Ticket Office, at (319) 335-9323, or online at hawkeyesports.com.

The dual will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Announcers Tim Johnson and former Iowa State University Head Coach Jim Gibbons will call the action.

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