Nov. 25, 2006
IOWA CITY, IA - Tom Brands made his Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut as head coach of the Iowa wrestling team Saturday afternoon, leading the Hawkeyes to a 39-3 victory over Arizona State. The Hawkeyes improve to 2-0 with the win, handing the Sun Devils (2-1) their first dual loss of the season. A boisterous crowd of 4,905 turned out for the meet.
Iowa went 9-1 against Arizona State, which was a great improvement over Tuesday night's dual at Northern Iowa, where the Hawkeyes went 5-5. Saturday's only loss was at 157 pounds, where second-ranked senior Sun Devil Brian Stith scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat unranked Iowa redshirt freshman Ryan Morningstar, 3-1.
Scoring team bonus points for the Hawkeyes were seniors Mario Galanakis (133 - pin), Alex Grunder (149 - technical fall) and Eric Luedke (174 - major decision), junior Matt Fields (Hwt. - forfeit) and redshirt freshman Phillip Keddy (184 - pin). Junior and second-ranked Mark Perry picked up his 50th career win with an 8-4 decision over Arizona State's Patrick Pitsch at 165 to end the dual.
Iowa (2-0) will host intra-state rival Iowa State (1-0) December 3 at 4 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The winning team will receive two points in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa currently leads the 2006-07 series, 7-2, with wins in football and soccer.
Iowa 39, Arizona State 3 174 - Eric Luedke (I) maj. dec. Alex Pavlenko (ASU), 12-1 184 - Phillip Keddy (I) pinned Greg Gifford (ASU), 0:48 197 - Dan Erekson (I) dec. Jason Trulson (ASU), 3-2 Hwt. - Matt Fields (I) won by forfeit 125 - Charlie Falck (I) dec. Tyler Bowles (ASU), 15-9 133 - Mario Galanakis (I) pinned Shawn Jones (ASU), 2:45 141 - Alex Tsirtsis (I) dec. Pat Payne (ASU), 6-2 149 - Alex Grunder (I) tech. fall Cameron Smith (ASU), 22-7 157 - Brian Stith (ASU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 3-1 SV-1 165 - Mark Perry (I) dec. Patrick Pitsch (ASU), 8-4