Hawkeyes Earn National Duals Top Seed
Jan. 5, 2010
The Division I field includes eight of the top 10 ranked teams in the most recent USA Today/NWCA coaches poll. Arizona State, Bloomsburg, Boise State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cornell, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin will also be competing for the Division I title.
ON THE AIR
Television - Iowa Public Television will air a taped-delay broadcast of the Division I championship semifinals Sunday at 1 p.m. and a live broadcast of the Division I championship finals Sunday at 3 p.m.
Online Video - Livesportsvideo.com will be airing video of National Duals matches throughout the tournament on their website. Fans can access the video feed through the site for a $5 fee.
Internet - Tournament brackets and results will be updated throughout the weekend at www.unipanthers.com. Press releases, meet results and audio broadcasts are available on the University of Iowa's website, www.hawkeyesports.com. Current staff and student-athlete head shots can be found at pics.hawkeyesports.com.
NATIONAL DUALS TICKET INFORMATION
NATIONAL DUALS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, January 9
Sunday, January 10
HAWKEYE HISTORY AT THE DUALS
LAST TIME AT THE DUALS
Head Coach Mark Manning is 134-48-3 in 10 years at Nebraska, and has a 157-72-5 record in 13 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and Dan Gable Coach of the Year in 2009. He is assisted by Mike Greenfield (Central Michigan, 2001) and former Hawkeye wrestler Tony Ersland. Ersland was a four-time academic all-Big Ten honoree and letterwinner at Iowa (1994-97), helping the Hawkeyes to three national and four Big Ten titles.
Nebraska is led by seniors Stephen Dwyer (174) and Craig Brester (197), and sophomore Tucker Lane (Hwt.). Dwyer is ranked third in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, Intermat and W.I.N. Magazine. He has a 15-1 record, going 11-0 in dual competition. Brester, who is a returning all-American, is undefeated at 17-0 (11-0 in duals), and ranked second in the nation by A.W.N., Intermat and W.I.N. Lane is 16-4 (8-3 in duals), and is ranked ninth by W.I.N., and 11th by A.W.N. and Intermat. Defending NCAA champion Jordan Burroughs (157) suffered a season-ending knee injury in December.
THE LAST MEETING - IOWA 22, NEBRASKA 11
Iowa jumped out to a 13-0 lead with decisions from redshirt freshman J.J. Krutsinger (125), junior Daniel Dennis (133) and senior Alex Tsirtsis (141), and a 24-9 technical fall from junior Brent Metcalf (149). Nebraska picked up its first win of the dual at 157 when #2 Jordan Burroughs scored a 22-7 technical fall in 4:04 over Hawkeye sophomore Matt Ballweg. Hawkeye junior Ryan Morningstar fought back at 165 with a 3-2 win over Nebraska's Stephen Dwyer to score his 65th career victory.
Iowa went 2-2 in the last four bouts to seal the team win. Nebraska's Brandon Browne evened his career series with Hawkeye junior Jay Borschel at 2-2 with a 5-4 win at 174. Hawkeye junior Phillip Keddy held off a late charge at 184 from Vince Jones to post an 8-5 win. Hawkeye junior Chad Beatty took top-ranked Craig Brester to sudden victory at 197, but was taken down in the overtime to lose 7-5. Hawkeye junior heavyweight Dan Erekson closed out the dual with an 8-3 win over Tucker Lane.
Iowa 22, Nebraska 11
METCALF EARNS BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
Metcalf, who is ranked first in the nation at 149, earned the weekly honor after winning his third straight title at the annual Midlands Championships in Evanston, IL, last week. He was named the Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament, and took home the Individual High Scorer Award for racking up 32.5 team points. Iowa won its 21st overall and third straight Midlands title with 168.5 points. Metcalf pinned three Midlands opponents, and recorded a technical fall and major decision before beating #2 Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin, 9-2, in the finals.
Metcalf is undefeated (15-0) this season with 10 pins, going 9-0 in dual competition. His 41 career pins ranks 10th in Iowa school history. He scored team bonus points in 13 of his 15 victories, and has a career record of 87-2.
IOWA WINS 21ST MIDLANDS TITLE, CROWNS THREE CHAMPIONS
Iowa went 3-3 in the finals, crowning three champions in redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (#3 seed at 125), and seniors Brent Metcalf (#1 seed at 149) and Jay Borschel (#1 seed at 174). It was Metcalf's third Midlands title and the first for McDonough and Borschel. Metcalf was named the Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament, and took home the Individual High Scorer Award, racking up 32.5 team points. Hawkeye redshirt freshman Nate Moore (133) earned the tournament's Fastest Fall Award, sticking his first opponent in 46 seconds.
McDonough sparked a strong Iowa start with a 9-7 win in sudden victory over #4 seed Andrew Long in the 125-pound title match. Down 5-2 at the end of the first period, McDonough scored an escape and takedown to tie the score at 5-5 in the second period. Long, who accumulated over one minute of riding time in the bout, scored an escape to start the third period to take a 6-5 lead. McDonough scored a takedown near the end of the third period to take a 7-6 lead, but Long's riding time point sent the match into sudden victory. McDonough scored a takedown in the first sudden victory period for the win. The Hawkeye redshirt freshman remains undefeated at 15-0 this season.
In a rematch of the 2008 Midlands title match, Metcalf won a 9-2 decision over #2 seed Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin. The Hawkeye senior improved to 15-0 on the season, scoring team bonus points in five of his six Midlands matches.
Borschel picked up his 75th career victory with a 6-1 win over #2 seed Ben Bennett of Central Michigan in the finals. The Hawkeye senior scored a takedown and two nearfall points near the end of the first period, an escape early in the second period and accumulated over two minutes of riding time in the match. He is now undefeated at 14-0 this season and is a three-time Midlands placewinner. He placed second in 2007, and third in 2008 before winning the 2009 title.
Also placing for the Hawkeyes were seniors Joe Slaton (#4 seed at 141-3rd), Ryan Morningstar (#3 seed at 165-3rd), Phillip Keddy (#3 seed at 184-4th) and Chad Beatty (#5 seed at 197-3rd), sophomore Montell Marion (#9 seed at 141-6th), redshirt freshmen Nate Moore (133-6th) and Grant Gambrall (184-6th), and true freshman Derek St. John (157-5th). It is the first time that Beatty, Moore, Gambrall and St. John have placed at Midlands.
HAWKEYE WRESTLING TICKET INFORMATION
Single Meet vs. Michigan State, Northwestern
Single Meet vs. Oklahoma State, Penn State and Ohio State
FORMER HAWKEYES HOLM, REILAND NAMED TO HALL OF FAME
Members of the Class of 2010 are Gordon Hassman, Chuck Jean, Dan Holm, Mike Allen, Mark Reiland, and Tolly Thompson.
The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to honor the people who have made an impact on the sport on a national level, or who have done extraordinary work in the State of Iowa. The hall recognizes native born Iowans, and those who achieved their fame while wrestling or coaching for an Iowa college. To date, 98 individuals have been honored by the hall. This is the ninth class.
The hall is named after Glen Brand, an NCAA champion for Iowa State in 1948, who won an Olympic gold medal the same year, at 174 pounds in London. He graduated with a degree in civil engineering and by 1983 he owned two companies in Omaha - Brand Hydraulics and Brand Fluid Power. The companies had over 50 distributors around the world. He attended every hall of fame inductions, and passed away on Nov. 15, 2008, in Omaha, at the age of 85.
Holm was a three-time all-American at Iowa (1973-75). Placing third at the NCAA tournament in 1973 and 1974, he won an individual NCAA title in 1975. His title was part of the first NCAA team wrestling championship in school history.
Reiland two-time all-American at Iowa (1989, 1991), winning the 1991 NCAA title. He has also achieved excellence in coaching, leading the Iowa City West High School team to six state championships: four dual meet titles and two traditional state titles.
The group has a combined career record of 584-208, going 346-109 in duals, 94-48 in Big Ten duals and 131-36 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The group has scored 1,409 team points in dual competition and has started a combined 458 dual matches. Iowa's seniors have won one NCAA individual title, three Big Ten individual titles, nine all-America honors and qualified for the NCAA Championships 16 times.
WRESTLING SUMMER CAMPS
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Senior Rick Loera (197), redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125/133) and true freshman Nick Trizzino all had fathers who wrestled for the Hawkeyes. George Loera (1975-76) and Mike McDonough (1974-76) wrestled on the same team, while Mark Trizzino was an all-American (1984) and four-year letterwinner (1981-84) for the Hawkeyes.
Junior Luke Lofthouse (197) is the uncle of Hawkeye true freshman Ethen Lofthouse (174). Nick Trizzino's uncle, Scott Trizzino, was also 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).
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SET FOR OMAHA
Sessions one (11 a.m.) and two (6:30 p.m.) will be held Mar. 18, sessions three (10 a.m.) and four (6 p.m.) will be Mar. 19, and session five (10 a.m.) and the championship finals (6:30 p.m.) are set for Mar. 20. All times are Central.