Nov. 19, 2013
ON THE MAT
The University of Iowa wrestling team opens its 2013-14 home schedule Friday hosting the sixth annual Iowa City Duals. Beginning at 10 a.m., Iowa will host consecutive duals against Baker University (10 a.m.), Iowa Central (12 p.m.), and Cornell College (2 p.m.) on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Times are subject to change. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for youth, and free for kids five-years old and younger.
IOWA CITY DUALS
This season marks the sixth year of the Iowa City Duals. The Hawkeyes are 16-0 in the history of the duals, and Iowa wrestlers own a 154-6 record in the event. Iowa Central is making its fifth appearance in the duals. Cornell is making its fourth appearance and Baker is making its second.
|Iowa City Duals|
|Date||Friday, Nov. 22 | 10 a.m. (CT)|
|Location||Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena|
|Radio||AM 800 KXIC|
|Live Coverage||TrackWrestling | Twitter Game Updates|
IOWA CITY DUALS OPPONENTS
The Hawkeyes have a combined record of 12-3 against Friday's opponents. Iowa is 1-0 all-time against Baker. The Hawkeyes defeated the Wildcats, 47-3, at the 2011 Iowa City Duals. Iowa owns a 6-3 series advantage over Cornell. The Hawkeyes lost the first three meetings of the series beginning in 1930. The Rams scored consecutive victories in 1930 (17-13), 1932 (15.5-10.5) and 1933 (17-11). Iowa won its first series meeting, 22-11, in 1970. The Hawkeyes have since run their series win streak to six with victories in 2007 (51-0), 2009 (57-0), 2010 (43-0), 2011 (42-0), and 2012 (49-3). The Hawkeyes own a 5-0 series advantage against Iowa Central. The Hawkeyes won the first series meeting, 49-0, in 2000, and own wins in 2007 (50-0), 2008 (52-0), 2010 (45-0) and 2011 (37-6). The Hawkeyes defeated Iowa Central, 45-6, in an exhibition last season.
48 FALLS AT LUTHER OPEN
Twenty-six Hawkeyes combined for 48 falls at the season-opening Luther Open on Nov. 16. Bobby Telford led all Hawkeyes, pinning each of his five opponents en route to the 285-pound title. Iowa swept 10 weight classes in the Elite Division and earned a pair of titles in the Freshman Division. Iowa Elite champions included Cory Clark (125), Tony Ramos (133), Josh Dziewa (141), Michael Kelly (149), Derek St. John (157), Walt Gillmor (165), Mike Evans (174), Ethen Lofthouse (184), Kris Klapprodt (197) and Telford. Phillip Laux (125) and Broc Berge (197) both won titles in the Freshman Division.
CLARK DEBUTS WITH TITLE
Redshirt freshman Cory Clark made his varsity debut at the Luther Open on Nov. 16. Clark pinned his first three opponents before earning a 4-0 decision against Iowa teammate Thomas Gilman in the 125-pound finals. Clark owned a 20-2 record competing unattached last season. He won four tournament titles and placed fourth at 125 pounds at the 2012 Midlands Championships. He was a four-time Iowa high school state champion at South East Polk in Des Moines from 2009-12.
RAMOS ADDS TO PIN TOTAL
Senior Tony Ramos scored career pins 25 and 26 at the Luther Open on Nov. 16. Ramos entered the season with 24 career pins. He recorded two falls as a redshirt freshman, eight falls as a sophomore, and 14 falls last season as a junior. Ramos needs 44 career falls to tie Chuck Yagla for 10th all-time in career pins. Brent Metcalf, who scored 47 pins from 2008-10, was the last Hawkeye to crack the top 10 list. Prior to Metcalf, the list had not changed since Terry Brands (48), Tom Brands (46), and Mark Reiland (45) ended their careers in 1992.
DZIEWA EMERGES AT 141
Junior Josh Dziewa is expected to make just his third dual appearance in a Hawkeye singlet. Dziewa was 1-0 in duals as a redshirt freshman, and 1-0 in duals last season as a sophomore. Both wins were major decisions. Dziewa earned the 141-pound starting spot after running through the Luther Open on Nov. 16. He recorded two major decisions, one pin, and a pair of decisions over teammates Ethan Owens (2-0) and Topher Carton (4-0). His win at the Luther Open was his fourth career tournament title.
KELLY EARNS NOD AT 149
Junior Michael Kelly put together five straight wins at the Luther Open to earn the starting nod at 149 pounds. Kelly defeated teammate Connor Ryan in the semifinals, 6-1, before topping Upper Iowa's Edwin Cooper, 6-5, in the finals. Kelly has made 24 career dual starts, all at 149. Kelly started last season 10-2 before dropping his final six duals. He wrestled part of the season with an arm injury. Sophomore Brody Grothus placed third at the Luther Open. Kelly and Grothus did not meet head-to-head, but they shared common opponents. Grothus defeated Ryan, 1-0, and fell to Cooper, 7-4.
ST. JOHN EYES HISTORY
Senior Derek St. John enters 2013-14 as a three-time All-American and a chance to become the 18th four-time All-American in school history. St. John finished fourth as a freshman and runner-up as a sophomore before winning the NCAA title in 2013. He put together five-straight wins to climb to the top of the 157-pound bracket and become the 52nd national champion in program history. His title is the 80th individual NCAA wrestling championship in school history. Mark Perry was the last Hawkeye four-time All-American. He is also the last Iowa wrestler to win back-to-back NCAA championships. Perry won titles in 2007 and 2008.
TO FALL OR TO TECH FALL
Junior Mike Evans earned three falls and a pair of technical falls en route to the 174-pound title at the Luther Open on Nov. 16. It was Evans' seventh career tournament title. The three pins surpass his season total from a year ago, when he recorded two falls. After one tournament, he's also matched last season's total in technical falls. Evans is opening the season in the starting lineup for the third straight year, but for the first time at 174 pounds. He recorded a 26-8 record at 165 as a freshman, and was 2-0 at 165 his sophomore season before bumping up a weight class. He was 21-7 at 174 in 2013, earning a Big Ten runner-up finish and his first All-America honor.
NO. 1 AT 184
Senior Ethen Lofthouse emerged from an all-Iowa final four to win the 184-pound bracket at the Luther Open on Nov. 16. Lofthouse defeated Jeremy Fahler, 4-0, in the semis and Sammy Brooks, 3-2, in the finals. Alex Meyer placed fourth. Lofthouse is ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds by AWN. He reached the All-America stand for the second straight year last season, racing through seven ranked opponents en route to a fifth-place finish.
TELFORD RISES THROUGH FALLS
Junior Bobby Telford returned to action with a tournament title at the Luther Open on Nov. 16. Telford pinned all five opponents in his first appearance since leaving the 2013 NCAA Championships with a knee injury. He navigated the 285-pound bracket in a combined time of 7:32. He pinned his first four opponents in the opening minute before winning the championship finals with a second period fall (4:42). Telford's five falls match his season total from a year ago. He now has 19 career pins.
MOORE AND BURAK SET TO DEBUT
Junior Nick Moore and sophomore Nathan Burak could make their season debuts Friday. Both wrestlers sat out the Luther Open, but both are listed in this week's probably lineup. Moore was 18-10 overall last season at 165, placing fourth at the Big Ten Championships and earning his first NCAA berth. He is currently ranked No. 9 at 165 pounds. Burak was 20-17 overall last season, placing fourth at the Big Ten Championships and advancing to the round of 12 at the NCAA tournament. He is ranked No. 11 at 197 pounds.
The Hawkeyes return seven wrestlers with NCAA Championships experience. Senior Derek St. John (157) is the defending national champion at 157 pounds and a three-time All-American. Seniors Ethen Lofthouse (184) and Tony Ramos (133) are three-time NCAA qualifiers and two-time All-Americans. Juniors Mike Evans (174) and Bobby Telford (285) are two-time NCAA qualifiers. Telford earned All-America honors in 2012, while Evans earned All-America honors in 2013. Junior Nick Moore (165), and sophomore Nathan Burak (197) both qualified for their first NCAA Championships in 2013.
ATTENDANCE LEADERS AT IT AGAIN
The seventh-largest dual crowd in NCAA history saw Iowa defeat top-ranked Penn State on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The Hawkeyes drew a sellout crowd of 15,077, the sixth-largest wrestling crowd in Carver-Hawkeye Arena history. In seven home dates last season, Iowa averaged 8,764 fans per dual. It marked the fifth straight year Iowa averaged over 8,000 fans, and the seventh straight season the Hawkeyes led the nation in attendance. The dual wrestling attendance record for Carver-Hawkeye Arena is 15,955, set when Iowa defeated Iowa State (20-15) on Dec. 6, 2008.
Ten of Iowa's 17 dual opponents are ranked in the top 25 of the preseason NWCA/USA Today/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. They include Penn State (1), Minnesota (2), Oklahoma State (3), Edinboro (9), Nebraska (12), Iowa State (16), Michigan (19), Wisconsin (20), Northwestern (21), and Purdue (23). Iowa's schedule includes two regular season tournaments, 17 duals, eight home dates and two postseason events -- Big Ten Championships (Mar. 8-9), and NCAA Championships (Mar. 20-22).
Season and single-meet tickets are now available for purchase on hawkeyesports.com. Season tickets for nine home duals (including the Iowa City Duals, but not including the Penn State dual) are available for $85. Single-meet tickets for Iowa City Duals (11/22), Buffalo (12/12), Michigan State (1/4), Indiana (1/12) and Michigan (2/9) are $12 for adults and $8 for youth Single-meet tickets to Penn State (12/21), Oklahoma State (1/10) and Minnesota (1/25) are $15 for adults and $8 for youth. Kids five-years old and younger are admitted free to all wrestling events, but everyone entering the arena must have a ticket.
HAWKEYE WRESTLING HISTORY
Iowa's overall dual meet record is 926-222-31 (.799) in 103 seasons. The Hawkeyes have won 23 national titles and 34 Big Ten titles. Iowa's 52 NCAA Champions have won a total of 80 NCAA individual titles, crowning six three-time and 16 two-time champions. The Hawkeyes' 105 Big Ten champions have won a total of 190 conference titles. There have been seven four-time, 18 three-time and 28 two-time Iowa winners. Iowa's 148 All-Americans have earned All-America status 301 times, including 17 four-time, 32 three-time and 38 two-time honorees.
The Hawkeyes have crowned at least one All-American every year since 1972, a span of 42 seasons. Iowa has totaled 255 All-America honors during that stretch. The Hawkeyes return five All-Americans to this year's squad. Tony Ramos (2nd-133), Derek St. John (1st-157), Mike Evans (6th-174) and Ethen Lofthouse (5th-184) join 2012 All-American Bobby Telford (5th-285) in the 2013-14 lineup.
40 YEARS OF DOMINANCE
Since 1974, only seven schools have captured the NCAA Championship. During that 40-year span, the Hawkeyes have won 23 team titles, including nine straight from 1978-86. The other schools include Oklahoma State (7), Minnesota (3), Penn State (3), Iowa State (2), Arizona State (1) and Oklahoma (1).
Iowa finished the 2012-13 home schedule with a 9-0 record inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,077). The perfect record marked Iowa's 20th undefeated season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since moving from the UI Fieldhouse in 1983. Iowa has a 205-19 (.915) all-time record in the arena. The Hawkeyes have also won five tournament titles on their home mat, including the 1983 and 1994 Big Ten Championships, and the 1986, 1991 and 1995 NCAA Championships.
HAWKEYES EARN 2012-13 B1G DUAL TITLE
Iowa captured its fifth Big Ten regular season title in the last six years when it defeated Nebraska, 31-7, Feb. 10 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The perfect conference record marked the fifth time in six seasons the Hawkeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with an undefeated mark.
JOE PARISI OPEN
Nineteen Hawkeyes compete this weekend at the Joe Parisi Open in St. Charles, Mo. Lindendwood University hosts the tournament beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT). Iowa participants include Thomas Gilman (125), Phillip Laux (125), Chance Shelton (133), Ethan Owens (141), Brody Grothus (149), Jake Marlin (149), Connor Ryan (149), Jake Kadel (157), Brandon Sorensen (157), Logan Thomsen (157), Joe DuCharme (165), Logan McQuillan (165), Faraan Brantely (174), Trevor Graves (174), Sam Brooks (184), Alex Meyer (184), Tomas Lira (197), Broc Berge (197), and Terrance Jean-Jacques (285).