Hawkeyes Open Season Saturday at Luther Open

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling team opens the 2016-17 season Saturday at the Luther Open in Decorah, Iowa. Competition begins at 9 a.m. (CT) in the Regents Center in Decorah, Iowa.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Children five-years-old and younger are free. The Hawkeyes are one of 18 teams competing in two divisions — an Elite Division and a Freshman-only Division.  
This year marks the third time in four seasons that Iowa has opened the season at the Luther Open. Iowa swept all 10 weights in the Elite Division in both 2013 and 2014, and added four more Freshman Division titles.
Cory Clark has won two titles in two Luther Open appearances, pinning his way through the 133-pound bracket in 2014, and registering three pins to get to the finals in 2013, where he beat Thomas Gilman, 4-0, in the 125-pound finals.
Gilman won the 125-pound bracket in 2014, picking up five bonus-point wins. Sammy Brooks used one pin and three technical falls to win the 184-pound bracket in 2014, one year after losing in the finals to Ethen Lofthouse, 3-2.
Alex Meyer is making his third Luther Open appearance. He placed fourth at 184 in 2013, going 4-2 with losses to Brooks (6-3) and Jeremy Fahler (7-5). He was runner-up at 174 in 2014, recording three pins and a technical fall before falling to Mike Evan in the finals, 6-0.
Logan Ryan and Sam Stoll both won Freshman Division titles in 2014. Stoll recorded four first-period falls to win the 285-pound championship. Ryan defeated Seth Gross, 2-1, in the first tiebreak to the 141-pound title. Stoll will not compete this weekend.
Fans can follow the Luther Open at TrackWrestling.com.
Iowa returns home Friday, Nov. 18, hosting Cornell College and Iowa Central in the Iowa City Duals. Competition begins at 9 a.m. (CT) on Mediacom Mat at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for youth 18-and-younger. UI students and children five-years old and younger are admitted free to all home wrestling events.