McDonough Earns Conference Honor

Jan. 31, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa 125-pound wrestler Matt McDonough has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. The weekly honor is the second of McDonough’s career.

McDonough, a junior from Marion, Iowa, upset top-ranked Zach Sanders, 7-1, to propel Iowa to a 19-17 win over No. 3 Minnesota on Sunday. He scored a pair of takedowns, one reversal and added 2:56 of riding time to hand Sanders his first loss of the season.

McDonough, currently ranked No. 1, owns a 22-1 record with a team-high nine pins. He has won 14 straight matches and owns a career record of 86-4. He is the second Hawkeye to earn the conference’s weekly award this season. Tony Ramos has shared the honor on two occasions, most recently Jan. 10.

McDonough and the Hawkeyes return to the mat for their home finale Sunday at 1 p.m. The Hawkeyes host Wisconsin on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual will be televised live on Mediacom.