Hawkeyes Conclude Wrestle-Offs

Nov. 12, 2011

Hawkeye Wrestle-Offs (Friday, Nov. 12)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Hawkeye wrestling fans in attendance for Saturday’s final day of wrestle-off competition in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex saw some familiar performances, as well as several new faces trying to break their way into the 2011-12 lineup. Returning All-Americans Matt McDonough (125) and Derek St. John (157) each picked up bonus-point wins, while redshirt freshman Bobby Telford beat defending Big Ten Champion Blake Rasing at heavyweight.

“We saw some good things today, and we saw some things that we still need to work on,” explained Head Coach Tom Brands. “We’ll continue to work, and to figure out our lineup at the tournament in St. Louis next week.”

McDonough kicked off the event at 125 by pinning redshirt freshman Matt Gurule in 4:26. The defending Big Ten Champion, McDonough led the Hawkeyes with 14 pins last season. At 133, senior Tyler Clark scored a 4-2 decision over sophomore and 2011 NCAA qualifier Tony Ramos. Brothers Mark Ballweg and Jake Ballweg followed with decisions at their weights, with Mark scoring a 2-0 decision over sophomore Nick Trizzino at 141, and Jake posting a 9-3 win over freshman Brody Grothus at 149. St. John scored the lone major decision of the morning, beating redshirt freshman Michael Kelly, 12-4, at 157. Redshirt freshman Mike Evans posted a 4-2 victory over redshirt freshman Nick Moore at 165. NCAA qualifier Ethen Lofthouse scored eight takedowns en route to his 22-7 technical fall at 174 over freshman Kris Klapprodt. At 184, senior Vinnie Wagner had a 2-1 lead in the second period before injury defaulting to redshirt freshman Jeremy Fahler. Sophomore Tomas Lira scored the second pin of the day, sticking freshman Josh Haug in 4:43 at 197. After a scoreless first period in the heavyweight bout, Telford rode Rasing the entire second period and added an escape in the third period to win, 2-0.

The Hawkeyes open the season Nov. 19 at the Lindenwood University Open in St. Louis. Iowa hosts its first dual of the season Nov. 25 with the Iowa City Duals. The Hawkeyes face Baker (3 p.m.), Cornell College (5 p.m.) and Iowa Central (7 p.m.) on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Season and single-meet tickets are now available for purchase on www.hawkeyesports.com. Season tickets for nine home duals (including the Iowa City Duals) are available for $67. Single-meet tickets for the Iowa City Duals (11/25), Illinois (12/2), Northern Iowa (12/8), Northwestern (1/15) and Wisconsin (2/5) are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Single-meet tickets to Oklahoma State (1/7) and Minnesota (1/29) are $13 for adults, $7 for children. Kids under five-years old are admitted free to all home events.

Thursday’s Results
133 – Aldon Isenberg dec. Matt Gurule, 13-9
141 – Nick Trizzino pinned Charlie Joseph, 2:13
157 – Joey Trizzino maj. dec. Stew Gillmor, 14-0
157 – Joe DuCharme dec. Patrick Rhoads, 6-4 OT

Friday’s Results
133 – Tony Ramos dec. Aldon Isenberg, 15-8
133 – Tyler Clark dec. J.J. Krutsinger, 8-2
141 – Nick Trizzino pinned Charlie Joseph, 1:33
141 – Mark Ballweg maj. dec. Nate Moore, 11-2
149 – Jake Ballweg maj. dec. Jake Kadel, 13-4
149 – Brody Grothus dec. Ethan Owens, 7-1
157 – Derek St. John maj. dec. Joey Trizzino, 15-2
157 – Michael Kelly dec. Joe DuCharme, 4-2
165 – Nick Moore maj. dec. Walt Gillmor, 12-3
184 – Jeremy Fahler tech. fall Josh Haug, 19-2 in 4:40
Hwt. – Blake Rasing pinned Tom Flood, 1:41
Hwt. – Bobby Telford maj. dec. Brodie Ambrose, 9-1

Saturday’s Results
125 – Matt McDonough pinned Matt Gurule, 4:26
133 – Tyler Clark dec. Tony Ramos, 4-2
141 – Mark Ballweg dec. Nick Trizzino, 2-0
149 – Jake Ballweg dec. Brody Grothus, 9-3
157 – Derek St. John maj. dec. Michael Kelly, 12-4
165 – Mike Evans dec. Nick Moore, 4-2
174 – Ethen Lofthouse tech. fall Kris Klapprodt, 22-7
184 – Jeremy Fahler won by injury default over Vinnie Wagner
197 – Tomas Lira pinned Josh Haug, 4:43
Hwt. – Bobby Telford dec. Blake Rasing, 2-0