Hawkeyes in Fourth After Session I
March 16, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY - Seven Hawkeyes advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships during session I Thursday at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Iowa is tied for fourth place with 13 points. Oklahoma State leads the pack with 17 points.
Lucas Magnani (125), Alex Tsirtsis (141), Ty Eustice (149), Joe Johnston (157), Mark Perry (174) and Paul Bradley (184) all won their opening matches, while Eric Luedke (165) advanced with a first round bye and will face third-seeded Muzaffar Abdurakov of American tonight.
Dan Erekson (197) was defeated in a pigtail match by Darren Burns of UNC-Greensboro, 5-1.
Magnani impressed in his opening round win over Chris Clarke of Slippery Rock, recording two takedowns and a reversal en route to posting an 8-0 major decision win. That match was followed by a second Hawkeye shutout, when seventh-seeded Tsirtsis blanked David Pienaar of Slippery Rock 6-0. Magnani will face second-seeded Sam Hazewinkel of Oklahoma tonight, while Tsirtsis will battle No. 10 Ron Tarquinio of Pittsburgh.
Eustice, the second seed at 149 pounds, led 3-2 against Andrew Schlaffer of Maryland heading into the final minute, but scored a late takedown to seal the 5-2 win. He will face Navy's John Cox in the second round.
Perry provided some fireworks early in his 174-pound match with Brandon Sinnott from Central Michigan. The sophomore took Sinnott to his back within the first 30 seconds of the match, narrowly missing a pin. Perry was attempting to turn his opponent again when Sinnott picked up a reversal in the final second of the first period. Perry got back to business in the second, locking in a cradle and getting his tenth fall of the year at 3:45. He will face Matthew Palmer of Columbia tonight.
Bradley faced a tough first-round opponent in Missouri's Raymond Jordan, but the senior was up to the task, using a second-period takedown for a 3-2 upset win. Bradley had been 0-1 against Jordan this season. He will face Penn State's eigth-seeded Eric Bradley tonight.
Erekson will face UNI's Andrew Anderson in the wrestlebacks tonight.