Metcalf wins Senior Open, 3 Hawkeyes place at FILA Junior Nationals

April 21, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former Hawkeye Brent Metcalf won the U.S. Open Senior Championship and three current members of the University of Iowa wrestling team placed at the Junior Nationals Championships last weekend at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Metcalf recorded three technical falls and outscored his opponents 39-0 to win the 65 kg/143 lbs. bracket and earn his first U.S. Open title. He defeated Kellen Russell, 9-0, in the championship round to earn an automatic berth in the finals of the U.S. World Team Trials in Madison, Wis., on May 31-June 1.

Metcalf will be joined in Madison by Hawkeye Wrestling Club Members Matt McDonough (61 kg/ 134 lbs.), Phil Keddy (86 kg/189 lbs.), and Micah Burak (97 kg/213 lbs.). McDonough placed fourth at the U.S. Open. Burak placed fifth and Keddy placed sixth.

Redshirt freshman Topher Carton was runner-up at 63 kg/138 lbs. at the Junior National Championships. Carton scored three technical falls en route to the finals, where he was defeated by top-seeded Joseph McKenna, 10-0.

Freshman Brandon Sorensen put together an 8-1 record at 70 kg/ 154 lbs. and placed third. Sorensen’s only loss of the tournament was a 6-5 decision to eventual champion Logan Massa. Redshirt freshman Alex Meyer put together a 5-2 record and placed seventh at 84 kg/185 lbs.

Carton, Sorensen, and Meyer are now eligible to compete at the 2014 FILA Junior World Team Trials on May 30. Teammates Sammy Brooks and Thomas Gilman, who won the Junior World Team Trails in 2013, are also expected to compete.