Marion Earns National Honor

Jan. 31, 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!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hawkeye junior Montell Marion has been named Wrestler of the Week for Jan. 25-31. Marion, an NCAA runner-up in 2010, returned to the University of Iowa lineup in a big way as he helped the No. 8 Hawkeyes to a 22-13 win at No. 1 Penn State on Sunday in University Park, PA. The victory extended Iowa’s unbeaten streak to 73 duals, and helped the team to an 11-0-1 (4-0 Big Ten) record this season.

Marion, who was wrestling in his first dual of the 2010-11 season, fought off his back to beat No. 5/6 Andrew Alton of Penn State, 11-9. Alton jumped out to a 5-0 lead near the end of the first period after taking Marion down and scoring three nearfall points. Marion chipped away at the lead in the second period before exploding for three takedowns in the third and collecting 1:16 in riding time for his first win of the season.

Each week, will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level.

Marion and the Hawkeyes will host Indiana (10-5, 0-4 Big Ten) Friday at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500). Tickets for the dual are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, if purchased in advance from the UI Athletics Ticket Office at (319) 335-9323 or online at Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth if purchased at the dual.