Hawkeyes To Host Ohio State

Jan. 18, 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 eighth-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team (8-0-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will host Big Ten foe Ohio State (2-5, 1-1) in a “Gold Rush” dual Saturday 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.

Television – 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.

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).

Ohio State is 2-5 (1-1 Big Ten) with wins over Edinboro (31-14) and Michigan State (19-16), and losses to Pittsburgh (17-18), Nebraska (11-24), Penn State (3-42), Cornell (6-27) and Northern Iowa (19-20).

Buckeye Head Coach Tom Ryan is 63-20 in five seasons at Ohio State, and has a 172-103-1 in 16 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 Associate Head Coach Lou Rosselli (Edinboro, 1993) and Assistant Coach J Jaggers (Ohio State, 2009).

Ohio State is led by senior Colt Sponseller (165), sophomore Ian Paddock (133) and redshirt freshman Nick Heflin (174). Sponseller, who returns from the 2009-10 Buckeye squad that posted an 18-2 dual record and finished eighth at the NCAA Championships, is ranked eighth by Intermat, ninth by AWN, and 14th by WIN with a 13-3 record. Paddock is ranked 11th by WIN, 15th by AWN and 16th by Intermat with a 15-4 mark, while Heflin is ranked ninth by WIN, 12th by Intermat and 13th by AWN with a 15-3 record.

Iowa leads the series, 35-2, and has won the last 33 meetings between the two teams. The Hawkeyes hold a 13-1 edge in Iowa City, and won the last meeting (32-3) last season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Ohio State’s two wins in the series were in 1929 (17-13) and 1966 (14-11).

In a night of farewells and milestones, the top-ranked Hawkeyes (22-0, 7-0 Big Ten) handed #3 Ohio State (18-2, 7-1 Big Ten) its first conference dual loss of the season with a 32-3 victory Feb. 19, 2010, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win gave the Hawkeyes their 18th undefeated season at home, setting a school record for season wins (11-0) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

After the match, Iowa honored its 11 seniors – Chad Beatty (197), Jay Borschel (174), Daniel Dennis (133), Dan Erekson (197), Michael Fahrer (165), Phillip Keddy (184), Dan LeClere (141), Rick Loera (197), Brent Metcalf (149), Ryan Morningstar (165), Joe Slaton (141) – who made their final Carver-Hawkeye Arena appearance.

For the first time in the 2009-10 season, the dual started at a weight class other than 125 pounds. But Iowa posted the same winning result, going 9-1 on the night in front of 9,125 fans. Dennis opened the dual at 133 with a 3-2 win over Ohio State’s Ian Paddock. The Hawkeye senior scored the dual’s first takedown and followed with a second-period escape to post his 15th win of the season.

Ohio State put its only team points on the board at 141 when #2 Reece Humphrey scored a 9-5 decision over Hawkeye sophomore Montell Marion, who was ranked between fourth and seventh in the nation.

The Hawkeyes shut the Buckeyes out the rest of the dual, scoring a pin, two major decisions and five decisions. Metcalf recorded his 100th career victory at 149 with a 3-1 decision over #2 Lance Palmer. At 157, junior Aaron Janssen came back from a 2-1 third-period deficit, scoring a takedown, a stalling point and a riding time point for a 5-2 victory over Buckeye Sean Nemec. Morningstar made his 85th career dual start an exciting one with a 1-0 decision over #6 Colt Sponseller at 165. After two scoreless periods, the fourth-ranked Hawkeye escaped with 34 seconds left in the match for the win. Borschel scored Iowa’s first bonus points of the night at 174 with a 9-0 major decision over Dave Rella, keeping his undefeated record of 27-0 intact. Keddy followed at 184 with his second straight win over Buckeye Mike Pucillo – a 3-2 decision for Keddy’s 20th season victory. Junior Luke Lofthouse scored takedowns in the first two periods, then added an escape and a point for riding time in his 6-1 victory over Ohio State’s C.J. Magrum at 197. Erekson built a 7-0 first-period lead at heavyweight before pinning Corey Morrison in 2:53 to pick up his 60th career victory. Iowa redshirt freshman Matt McDonough ended the dual with a 9-1 major decision over Nikko Triggas at 125.

Iowa 32, Ohio State 3
133 – Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Ian Paddock (OSU), 3-2
141 – Reece Humphrey (OSU) dec. Montell Marion (I), 9-5
149 – Brent Metcalf (I) dec. Lance Palmer (OSU), 3-1
157 – Aaron Janssen (I) dec. Sean Nemec (OSU), 5-2
165 – Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Colt Sponseller (OSU), 1-0
174 – Jay Borschel (I) maj. dec. Dave Rella (OSU), 9-0
184 – Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Mike Pucillo (OSU), 3-2
197 – Luke Lofthouse (I) dec. C.J. Magrum (OSU), 6-1
Hwt. – Dan Erekson (I) pinned Corey Morrison (OSU), 2:53
125 – Matt McDonough (I) maj. dec. Nikko Triggas (OSU), 9-1

There has only be one previous collegiate career meeting between a current Hawkeye and a Buckeye. Ohio State senior Colt Sponseller beat Hawkeye senior Jake Kerr, 22-11 at 165 at the 2008 Iowa vs. Ohio State dual.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home of Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes are 185-18 (.911) in the arena, which includes a record 11 victories during the 2009-10 season. Iowa has recorded 18 undefeated seasons in the arena, with the most recent (11-0) occurring in 2009-10. 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 normally seats 15,500 for a dual wrestling meet.

A member of the UI Sports Information staff will offer interactive content for all of Iowa’s home duals live via 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 begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the dual.

The 10th-ranked Hawkeyes saw their 69-match winning streak come to an end Sunday afternoon, tying sixth-ranked Oklahoma State, 15-15, in Stillwater, OK. The Hawkeyes, who are unbeaten in their last 70 duals, recorded their first tie since an 18-18 result at Penn State on Dec. 4, 1992. It was also the first time that Iowa did not win a dual since losing to Oklahoma State (19-14) on Jan. 5, 2008.

Each team won five bouts and neither scored bonus points in the dual, which was held in front of 4,580 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The teams alternated victories until Oklahoma State (7-2-1, 1-0 Big 12) put together two straight wins at 184 and 197. Hawkeye heavyweight Blake Rasing scored a takedown in sudden victory to give Iowa (8-0-1, 1-0 Big Ten) the tie.

Hawkeye sophomore Matt McDonough led things off at 125 with a 7-3 win over redshirt freshman Jon Morrison. Going into the third period with a 3-3 tie, McDonough scored an escape and a takedown, and accumulated 3:50 in riding time to pick up his 50th career victory and remain undefeated in dual competition (9-0).

Iowa junior Tyler Clark made his Hawkeye dual debut against a formidable opponent, facing top-ranked and undefeated Jordan Oliver at 133. Oliver, who recorded the 11-4 decision, jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first period. Clark fought back, scoring two second-period escapes and riding Oliver for the majority of the final period.

Hawkeye sophomore Mark Ballweg picked up a big win for the Hawkeyes at 141, beating true freshman Josh Kindig, 8-3. After a scoreless, but action-packed first period, Kindig scored two nearfall points to get on the scoreboard. Ballweg escaped, then scored a takedown of his own fora 3-2 lead. Kindig escaped early in the third period to tie the score at 3-3. Ballweg scored a takedown, two nearfall points and a point for riding time to seal the win and remain undefeated at 9-0 this season.

Cowboy senior Jamal Parks posted an 8-4 decision over Hawkeye senior Matt Ballweg at 149 to tie the dual at 6-6, but Iowa redshirt freshman Derek St. John scored a takedown with seven seconds remaining in his 157-pound match to beat Oklahoma State senior Neil Erisman, 7-5, and give Iowa a 9-6 lead. St. John remains undefeated in dual competition at 9-0. Oklahoma State tied the score at 9-9 when redshirt freshman Dallas Bailey scored a 6-2 win over Hawkeye senior Aaron Janssen at 165.

Hawkeye redshirt freshman Ethen Lofthouse scored a 4-3 win over Oklahoma State junior Mike Benefiel at 174 to give Iowa a 12-9 edge, but Cowboy redshirt freshman Chris Perry evened the score at 12 with his 2-0 decision over Iowa redshirt freshman Grant Gambrall at 184. Perry is the younger brother of former Hawkeye Mark Perry, who was a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion at Iowa.

Oklahoma State senior Clayton Foster, who is ranked third in the nation, broke the see-saw trend and gave the Cowboys their first lead of the afternoon (15-12) with his 5-3 win over Hawkeye senior Luke Lofthouse at 197. Rasing came up big for the Hawkeyes at heavyweight, scoring a takedown in sudden victory to beat redshirt freshman Blake Rosholt, 3-1, to end the dual in a 15-15 tie.

#10 Iowa 15, #6 Oklahoma State 15
125 – Matt McDonough (I) dec. Jon Morrison (OSU), 7-3
133 – Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. Tyler Clark (I), 11-4
141 – Mark Ballweg (I) dec. Josh Kindig (OSU), 8-3
149 – Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Matt Ballweg (I), 8-4
157 – Derek St. John (I) dec. Neil Erisman (OSU), 7-5
165 – Dallas Bailey (OSU) dec. Aaron Janssen (I), 6-2
174 – Ethen Lofthouse (I) dec. Mike Benefiel (OSU), 4-3
184 – Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Grant Gambrall (I), 2-0
197 – Clayton Foster (OSU) dec. Luke Lofthouse (I), 5-3
HWT – Blake Rasing (I) dec. Blake Rosholt (OSU), 3-1 SV

Iowa crowned five individual champions at the 2011 Glen Brand Open last weekend in Omaha, NE. The Hawkeyes sent 13 competitors to the event, which was held at the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Sapp Fieldhouse. Iowa’s champions were junior Vinnie Wagner (184), redshirt freshman Tony Ramos (133) and true freshmen Jake Ballweg (149), Michael Kelly (157) and Bobby Telford (Hwt.). Also placing for the Hawkeyes were junior J.J. Krutsinger (133-2nd), and true freshmen Matt Gurule (125-2nd), Ethan Owens (149-2nd), Walt Gillmor (1656-3rd), Nick Moore (2nd-165) and Jeremy Fahler (174-4th). Gurule, Ballweg, Owens, Kelly, Moore, Fahler and Telford were competing unattached.

Three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Tom Brands, is in his fifth season as head wrestling coach at Iowa. A 1996 Olympic gold medalist and member of wrestling’s Hall of Fame, Brands is only the eighth wrestling coach at Iowa. The former Hawkeye wrestler was a four-time All-American and three-time national champion (1989-92) at Iowa. He has an 91-6 overall and 30-3 Big Ten coaching record at Iowa, and a 108-26 career mark.

In the past four seasons at Iowa, Brands has led the Hawkeyes to three straight NCAA and Big Ten team titles (2008-10). During that time the Hawkeyes have crowned six NCAA champions, six Big Ten champions and 23 All-Americans, and qualified 36 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. The Hawkeyes have also won the last three Big Ten regular season titles with perfect 8-0 records each year. The team is in the midst of the longest dual (61) and longest road dual (41) winning streaks in school history.

Brands served as head coach at Virginia Tech University for two seasons (2005-06), recording a 17-20 dual mark. Prior to taking the helm at Virginia Tech, Brands was an assistant coach at Iowa for 12 seasons (1993-2004). He helped the Hawkeyes to a 177-27 dual record, seven NCAA and eight Big Ten titles, while crowning 23 NCAA champions, 73 all-Americans and 36 Big Ten champions. He was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000.

As a competitor, Brands won the 1996 Olympic freestyle gold medal at 136.5 pounds in Atlanta, GA. He also won a gold medal at the 1993 World Freestyle Championships in Toronto, two World Cup gold medals (1994, 1995) and was the 1995 Pan American Games champion. He won four U.S. National titles (1993-96) and made four straight U.S. World or Olympic teams (1993-96). Along with his twin brother, Terry, Tom was named 1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year, the 1993 John Smith Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler and 1993 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year. He was inducted into wrestling’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

Brands was a four-time All-American at Iowa (1989-92). During his Hawkeye career, he won three NCAA titles and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the 1992 NCAA Championships. Also a three time Big Ten champion, Brands won 95 percent of his matches at Iowa. His career mark of 158-7-2, included an undefeated season in 1991 (45-0).

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 Oklahoma State. 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).

Iowa is unbeaten in its last 70 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 Hawkeyes are unbeaten in 44 consecutive road duals, which is also a school record. That streak started with a 20-13 win at Iowa State on Dec. 9, 2007.

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.

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.

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.

Iowa’s overall dual meet record is 883-215-31 (.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.

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.

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.

Northwestern has announced that 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. All session tickets are $40 for reserved seats, $36 for adult general admission and $24 for youth general admission. Session times and ticket prices are as follows:

Session 1 — Saturday, 11 a.m. — First Round, Quarterfinals
Adult GA: $15, Youth GA: $12

Session 2 — Saturday, 6 p.m. – Semifinals, Consolations
Reserved: $18, Adult GA: $15, Youth GA: $12

Session 3– Sunday, Noon – First, Third, Fifth-Place Matches
Reserved: $20, Adult GA: $18, Youth GA: $15

GA – General Admission

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. Session times are as follows: Session 1 – Thursday at 10 a.m., Session 2 – Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Session 3 – Friday at 9:30 a.m., Session 4 – Friday at 6 p.m., Session 5 – Saturday at 10 a.m. and Session 6 – Saturday at 5:30 p.m. All session times are Central.

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

The eighth-ranked Hawkeyes will face two undefeated opponents on their first Big Ten road trip of the 2010-11 season. Iowa will face No. 19 Northwestern (14-0, 1-0 Big Ten) Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena. They will then move on to No. 2 Penn State (11-0, 1-0 Big Ten) for a Jan. 30 dual at 1 p.m. (CT) at Rec Hall. The Iowa vs. Northwestern dual will be streamed live on bigtennetwork.com, while the Iowa vs. Penn State dual will air on the Big Ten Network Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. (CT).

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