Jan. 4, 2011
PARDON OUR PROGRESS! As friends of the UI and fans of the Hawkeyes know, the UI Athletics Department is well into a multi-million dollar revitalization of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This important and exciting project has reduced for this season the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending the home events of the 2010-11 UI men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling teams are invited to avoid game night delays by purchasing their event tickets online or in advance of game day. If your schedule doesn't allow for an advance purchase, we recommend you consider arriving at the Arena a little earlier than originally planned. Go Hawks!
The seventh-ranked University of Iowa wrestlers (7-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will host Southern Illinois Edwardsville (1-6) Friday at 7 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, if purchased in advance, and 12 for adults and $6 for youth, if purchased at the door. The dual has been designated Autograph and Half-Price Concessions Night. After the dual, Iowa wrestlers will sign autographs at tables around the Carver-Hawkeye Arena concourse.
LIVE BLOGGING FROM CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
A member of the UI Sports Information staff will offer interactive content for all of Iowa's home duals live via hawkeyesports.com. This feature gives Hawkeye fans the opportunity to voice their opinion by submitting questions and comments, while receiving up-to-the-minute play-by-play, notes and stats. The blog will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the dual.
ON THE AIR
Radio - Steven Grace and two-time Hawkeye NCAA champion and four-time All-American Mark Ironside will call the action live on AM-800, KXIC and hawkeyesports.com using the All-Access subscription ($14.95 per month or $119.95 per year).
Internet - The dual will be streamed live on bigtennetwork.com. Broadcasts are available using a conference pass ($99.95 annually or $12.95 monthly) or a school pass ($64.95 annually or $7.95 monthly). The 2010-11 Iowa wrestling media guide, press releases, meet results, and audio broadcasts are available at hawkehawkeyesports.com. Current wrestling staff and student-athlete head shots are available at pics.hawkeyesports.com.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE COUGARS
The Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars are 1-6 with an 18-12 win over South Dakota State, and losses to Coe (6-37), Cornell College (6-39), Iowa Central (15-23), Northern State (18-21), Findlay (18-26) and Northwestern (0-51). It will be the second time this season that the Cougars have wrestled at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, going 0-3 at the Iowa City Duals Nov. 19. Head Coach David Ray, who lettered for the Iowa wrestling team in 1984, has a 6-27-1 record in three years at SIUE. He has a 147-72-5 record in 15 years as a collegiate head coach. Ray is assisted by Cougar alum Alan Grammer.
LAST MEETING - IOWA 51, SIUE 0
The Hawkeyes closed the 2009 Iowa City Duals with a 51-0 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa went 5-0 on the day, posting a 49-1 match record with wins over Coe College (39-3), Cornell College (57-0), Iowa Lakes Community College (52-0) and University of North Carolina Pembroke (47-0) and SIUE. The Hawkeyes recorded team bonus points at eight weights against SIUE, including six pins, one technical fall and one major decision.
Iowa 51, SIUE 0
125 - Matt McDonough (I) pinned Dustin Young (SIUE), 1:35
133 - Daniel Dennis (I) maj. dec. Brendan Murphy (SIUE), 19-8
141 - Dan LeClere (I) pinned Eric Biehl (SIUE), 2:57
149 - Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Kyle Lowman (SIUE), 4:40
157 - Jake Kerr (I) dec. Steve Ross (SIUE), 8-2
165 - Ryan Morningstar (I) pinned Eric Pretto (SIUE), 1:43
174 - Jay Borschel (I) pinned Tim Mahoney (SIUE), 0:13
184 - Phillip Keddy (I) pinned Sawyer Smith (SIUE), 1:24
197 - Chad Beatty(I) tech. fall Robert Cooney (SIUE), 18-3 in 4:47
Hwt. - Jordan Johnson (I) dec. David Devine (SIUE), 4-2
Iowa leads the series with SIUE, 5-0, winning the last meeting (51-0) at the 2009 Iowa City Duals. The Hawkeyes hold a 4-0 edge over the Cougars in Iowa City.
Single meet tickets can be ordered from the UI Athletics Ticket Office, at (319) 335-9323, or online at hawkeyesports.com. For the SIUE, Indiana and Michigan duals, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, if purchased in advance. Tickets for those duals are $12 for adults and $6 for youth if purchased at the door. For the Ohio State dual, tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under, if purchased in advance. Tickets for those two duals are $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under, if purchased at the door.
Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been the home of Iowa wrestling since 1983. The Hawkeyes are 184-18 (.911) in the arena, which includes a record 11 victories during the 2010 season. Iowa has recorded 18 undefeated seasons in the arena, with the most recent (11-0) occurring in 2009-10. The dual wrestling attendance record for Carver-Hawkeye Arena is 15,955, set when Iowa defeated Iowa State (20-15) on December 6, 2008. The arena normally seats 15,500 for a dual wrestling meet.
PARDON OUR PROGRESS!
As friends of the UI and fans of the Hawkeyes know, the UI Athletics Department is well into a multi-million dollar revitalization of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This important and exciting project has reduced the number of ticket windows that are operational on game nights. Fans attending Iowa's home wrestling meets are invited to avoid delays by purchasing their event tickets online or in advance. If your schedule doesn't allow for an advance purchase, we recommend you consider arriving at the arena a little earlier than originally planned. The North entrance is no longer accessible from the outside of the facility. Fans can enter and purchase tickets at the West and South entrances. Arena doors will open 90 minutes before an event. The East entrance will serve as the event pass gate.
IOWA WINNING STREAKS
Iowa has won 68 straight dual matches, which is a school record. The current streak started with a win over Cornell (32-3) on Jan. 12, 2008, which was the first match after Iowa lost to Oklahoma State (19-14) on Jan. 5. The 68-match winning streak ranks fourth-best in NCAA wrestling history behind three Oklahoma State streaks. The Cowboys won 76 straight duals from 1937-51, and had two 69-match streaks (1921-32 and 1996-99).
The Hawkeyes have won 44 consecutive duals on the road, which is also a school record. That streak started with a 20-13 win at Iowa State on Dec. 9, 2007.
Iowa has won its last 29 duals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That streak, which ranks fourth-best in school history, started with a 27-13 win over Penn State on Jan. 20, 2008, which was also the first home match after the loss to the Cowboys. The school record is 55 (1/9/1977-12/18/1983).
Against Big Ten foes, the Hawkeyes have won their last 28 duals, including 13 at home and 15 on the road. The 28 league duals rank second in school history, while the 13 home duals rank third and the 15 road duals rank fourth. Iowa's school record for consecutive Big Ten wins is 98 (12/13/1975-1/28/1989), while the records for Big Ten home wins is 63 (1/17/1975-1/3/1998) and road wins is 54 (1/19/1974-1/28/1989).
WRESTLERS PLACE FOURTH AT MIDLANDS
Iowa crowned eight placewinners Dec. 30 at the 2010 Midlands Championships to place fourth with 91 points. Missouri won its first Midlands team title with 103.5, while Wisconsin placed second (95.5) and Lehigh placed third (93) at the 48th annual event in Evanston, IL. Portions of the event will be broadcast Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT) and Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.
Hawkeye sophomore Matt McDonough was Iowa's top finisher, placing second at 125 pounds. The tournament's top seed and the defending Midlands champion at 125, McDonough lost a 3-1 decision to #2 seed Brandon Precin of Northwestern in the championship finals. Precin scored a first-period takedown and added an escape in the second period to take a 3-0 lead in the match. McDonough scored an escape in the third period, but could not get the takedown to force overtime. The loss was McDonough's first of the season, and only the second of his career.
Also placing for the Hawkeyes were junior Tyler Clark (133-5th), seniors Aaron Janssen (165-5th) and Luke Lofthouse (197-7th), redshirt freshmen Ethen Lofthouse (174-5th) and Tony Ramos (133-6th), and sophomores Mark Ballweg (141-6th) and Grant Gambrall (184-6th). Clark (#11 seed), Janssen (unseeded) and Ethen Lofthouse (#9 seed) all wrestled above their seeds with their fifth-place finishes. Clark and Ramos met twice during the two-day tournament, with each posting one victory. Ramos scored a 3-1 decision in the championships quarterfinals, while Clark scored a 2-1 decision in the first tiebreak period in the fifth-place match.
YOUTH CLINIC INFORMATION ANNOUNCED
The annual Iowa Elite Chevy Youth Wrestling Clinic will be held Jan. 22 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena prior to the Iowa vs. Ohio State dual. Doors will open at noon for the clinic, which will run from 1-2 p.m. Former Hawkeye All-Americans Phillip Keddy and Ryan Morningstar will be the featured clinicians. Youth, ages 7-13, are eligible to participate in the clinic.
The Iowa vs. Ohio State dual, which will be a "Gold Rush" dual where fans are encouraged to wear gold, is set for 3 p.m. Participants will receive one free admission ticket to the Iowa vs. Ohio State dual in the online pre-registration process. Additional tickets for friends and family members will be available for purchase online at the $7 group rate. It is recommended that all tickets be purchased at this time in order to receive the group discount and seating together. Everyone must have a ticket prior to entry.
Participants must pre-register for the clinic at http://www.hawkeyesports.com/ot/chevy-wrestl-clinic-2010.html. Registrations will be accepted until January 17th, or until clinic capacity is reached. Clinic participation is only guaranteed to the first 250 youth who pre-register. Check-in will take place at a table at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena South Entrance with sports marketing staff. A signed medical release form (available during the pre-registration process) must be turned in at the check-in table. The child will then be given a complimentary gold Iowa Wrestling t-shirt. Re-entry will not be allowed. Once you are in for the clinic, you are in for the meet.
For questions regarding the clinic, please call the University of Iowa Sports Marketing office at 319-335-9431.
USA WRESTLING ANNOUNCES 2012 OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS BID FINALISTS
Three cities and their local organizing committees have been named as finalists to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling. The date for the event will be the weekend of April 20-21, 2012. Alphabetically, the final cities are: Columbus, Ohio; Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Iowa City, Iowa.
The finalists have been invited to make an in-person presentation on behalf of their bid on either January 12 or January 13 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Seven cities submitted bids to host the event. Greensboro, N.C., Hampton, Va., Oklahoma City, Okla. and Pontiac, Mich. are not finalists at this time. Due to the dates of international Olympic qualification tournaments in wrestling, it has been determined that the event must be held on the weekend of April 20-21.
Three of the bids proposed different dates for the event. The number of finalist cities could be increased if one or more of those cities are able to secure the weekend of April 20-21 for the event. If the date change occurs in a prompt fashion, the cities could be invited to make an in-person presentation either January 12 or 13.
A selection committee will review the finalist bid presentations. The committee will include USA Wrestling staff and athletes, as well as representatives from the U.S. Olympic Committee. An announcement on the bid selected to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling is targeted for Jan. 17, 2011.
Each bid proposal includes hosting the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling, which will feature competition in the three Olympic styles of the sport - men's freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's freestyle. The competition will determine the U.S. athletes in both sports who will qualify to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
On the 2010-11 Hawkeye wrestling team, there are three sets of brothers, two wrestlers whose fathers wrestled at Iowa and two uncle-nephew combinations.
Senior Matt Ballweg (157), sophomore Mark Ballweg (141) and freshman Jacob Ballweg (141) are brothers who hail from Waverly. They are the fifth set of three brothers to wrestle at Iowa, and the third set to be on the roster at the same time. The other sets of three brothers to compete for the Hawkeyes are Ed Banach, Lou Banach and Steve Banach; Marty Kistler, Harlan Kistler and Lindley Kistler; Mike Uker, Ben Uker and Joe Uker; and Lenny Zalesky, Larry Zalesky and Jim Zalesky.
Sophomore Matt McDonough (125/133) and redshirt freshman Nick Trizzino have fathers who wrestled for the Hawkeyes. Mike McDonough wrestled at Iowa from 1974-76, while Mark Trizzino was an all-American (1984) and four-year letterwinner (1981-84) for the Hawkeyes.
Senior Luke Lofthouse (197) is the uncle of Hawkeye redshirt freshman Ethen Lofthouse (174). Nick Trizzino's uncle, Scott Trizzino, was a three-time all-American (1978-79-81) and four-time letterwinner (1977-79, 1981) for the Hawkeyes.
There have been 11 sets of brothers to wrestle together in the Hawkeye lineup since the 1950s. They are Don and Tom Huff (1961), Mark and Scott Trizzino (1981), Lenny, Larry and Jim Zalesky (1981-82), Ed and Lou Banach (1981-83), Marty and Lindley Kistler (1984-85), Jim and John Heffernan (1987), Tom and Terry Brands (1989-92), Troy and Terry Steiner (1991-93), Ryan and Randy Fulsaas (2001) and Luke and Ty Eustice (2003-04).
IOWA WRESTLING HISTORY
Iowa's overall dual meet record is 882-215-30 (.796) in 101 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 34 Big Ten titles. Iowa's 51 NCAA champions have won a total of 78 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 15 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes' 102 Big Ten champions have won a total of 186 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 27 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa's 140 all-Americans have earned all-America status 286 times, including 17 four-time, 29 three-time and 37 two-time honorees.
The Hawkeye wrestling staff of Tom Brands, Terry Brands, Mike Zadick, Kurt Backes and Danny Song earned a total of one Olympic gold medal, one Olympic bronze medal, five NCAA titles, nine conference titles and 12 All-America honors.
WRESTLING SUMMER CAMPS
For dates and more information about 2011 Iowa Wrestling Summer camps visit www.iowawrestlingcamps.com.
2011 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern has announced that general seating tickets for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 5-6 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston are available for purchase by calling the NU ticket office at 888-GO-PURPLE. Fans may request to be seated in a specific school's designated seating areas. A complete list of the price breakdown for the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships is as follows:
All Sessions -- Reserved: $40, Adult General Admission: $36, Youth General Admission: $24; Session 1 -- Adult General Admission: $15, Youth General Admisison: $12 ; Session 2 -- Reserved: $18, Adult General Admission: $15, Youth General Admisison: $12; Session 3 -- Reserved: $20, Adult General Admission: $18, Youth General Admisison: $15
2011 NCAA'S SET FOR PHILDELPHIA
The 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships are scheduled for March 17-19 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The NCAA, Rider University and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will co-host the event. Tickets to the event are available at (800) 298-4200 or comcasttix.com.
The seventh-ranked Hawkeyes (7-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will wrestle #2 Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, OK.