Wrestlers Dominate Purdue, 37-3

Feb. 11, 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!

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — The second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team improved to 13-0-1 (6-0 Big Ten) with a 37-3 victory over No. 23 Purdue (6-8-1, 1-4) Friday night at Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN. The Hawkeyes won nine of 10 bouts, scored bonus points in eight of the wins, and posted a 46-3 takedown advantage to extend their unbeaten streak to 75 duals. Head Coach Tom Brands collected his 95th win at Iowa and 35th win in the Big Ten.

For the second time this season, Iowa started a dual at 184 pounds. Sophomore Grant Gambrall posted his fifth-straight win with a 12-3 major decision over Purdue back-up Patrick Kissel. Boilermaker starters A.J. Kissel, who is ranked eighth in the nation at 184, Logan Brown, who is ranked between fifth and 10th at 197, and heavyweight Roger Vukobratovich were out of the lineup due to injury. Iowa senior Luke Lofthouse followed with an eight-takedown performance for an 18-6 major decision over David Pisarcik at 197. Hawkeye junior heavyweight Blake Rasing followed with his third major decision of the season, beating Boilermaker Alex White, 12-3.

Hawkeye sophomore Matt McDonough collected his fifth straight pin and 55th career victory when he decked Camden Eppert in 4:28. McDonough, who improved to 18-1 on the season, is 14-0 in duals at 125. He leads the team with 10 pins. Iowa redshirt freshman Tony Ramos remains undefeated in dual competition (10-0) with his 18-6 major decision over Purdue’s Akif Eren at 133. Ramos tallied eight takedowns to collect his ninth straight win and improve to 16-3 on the season. Hawkeye junior Montell Marion and sophomore Mark Ballweg posted major decisions at 141 and 149, respectively, to give Iowa 30-0 lead.

Purdue senior Colton Salazar scored the first Boilermaker takedown of the evening early in the 157-pound match, but that was the only one Hawkeye redshirt freshman Derek St. John allowed. St. John regained the lead by the end of the first frame, and added two more takedowns in the match for the 9-4 decision.

Hawkeye senior Aaron Janssen collected his 45th career victory with a 17-6 major decision over Kyle Mosier at 165. Iowa had the chance for the shut-out, but eighth-ranked Luke Manuel scored two third-period takedowns to beat Hawkeye redshirt freshman Ethen Lofthouse, 6-5, in the final bout of the night. Lofthouse is ranked 11th in the nation.

Up next for Iowa is its final home meet of the season. The Hawkeyes will host No. 10 Michigan (10-4, 5-2 Big Ten) Sunday at 1 p.m. on Mediacom Mat at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual will be televised live on Iowa Public Television. Iowa will honor its six seniors – Matt Ballweg, Aaron Janssen, Jake Kerr, Brooks Kopsa, Luke Lofthouse and Ethan Sebert – who will be making their final collegiate appearance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets 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 www.hawkeyesports.com. If purchased at the door, tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth. The Iowa men’s basketball team will host Minnesota at 5:05 p.m. Sunday on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, so wrestling fans are encouraged to stay and cheer on Head Coach Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes. Fans are encouraged to sit in sections G, H and I or FF, GG, HH above row 25. Anyone with a ticket to the basketball game may use that ticket to attend the wrestling meet, but will not be allowed to leave the arena between events. Basketball fans attending the wrestling meet are encouraged to sit in sections G, H and I above row 25. The UI Athletics Ticket Office will stop selling wrestling tickets after the fifth match, and start selling men’s basketball tickets. There will also be an Insight Bowl victory recognition with members of the Iowa football team at halftime of the men’s basketball game. Fans can have the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Insight Bowl trophy on the Carver-Hawkeye Arena concourse starting at 3:30 p.m.

Iowa 37, Purdue 3
184 – Grant Gambrall (Iowa) maj. dec. Patrick Kissel (Purdue), 12-3
197 – Luke Lofthouse (Iowa) maj. dec. David Pisarcik Purdue), 18-6
Hwt. – Blake Rasing (Iowa) maj. dec. Alex White (Purdue), 12-3
125 – Matt McDonough (Iowa) pinned Camden Eppert (Purdue), 4:28
133 – Tony Ramos (Iowa) maj. dec. Akif Eren (Purdue), 18-6
141 – Montell Marion (Iowa) maj. dec. Jake Fleckenstein (Purdue), 15-5
149 – Mark Ballweg (Iowa) maj. dec. Tommy Churchard (Purdue), 10-1
157 – Derek St. John (Iowa) dec. Colton Salazar (Purdue), 9-4
165 – Aaron Janssen (Iowa) maj. dec. Kyle Mosier (Purdue), 17-6
174 – Luke Manuel (Purdue) dec. Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa), 6-5