Iowa State Wrestling Notes

IOWA STATE WRESTLING NOTES No. 8/7 Iowa State (4-2, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Virginia Tech (0-5, 0-0 ACC) Thu. Jan. 5, 7 p.m. - Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)

No. 8/7 Iowa State (4-2, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Virginia Tech (0-5, 0-0 ACC) 
Thu. Jan. 5, 7 p.m. - Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)


125     Ben Hanisch (So., Waterloo, Iowa)        9-8/3-3 
Tech. falled two opponents at Kaufman-Brand Open; placed fourth at Harold Nichols Open
133     Jesse Sundell (Sr., Ogden, Iowa)                9-8/3-3 
Finished second at Midlands Championships; upset second-seeded Jason Borrelli of Central Michigan, 5-2
141     #2/1 Nate Gallick (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.)                  16-0/6-0
Claimed second Midlands title with a 5-3 TB2 decision over Michigan State's No. 4 Andy Simmons
149     Jason Knipp (Jr., Waterloo, Iowa) or    13-4/2-2
Captured Harold Nichols and UNI titles
Aron Scott (So., Oskaloosa, Iowa)       8-4/1-1
Pinned first opponent at Midlands Championships and at Harold Nichols Open
157     #4/2 Trent Paulson (Jr., Council Bluffs, Iowa)                  14-1/5-1
Defeated Iowa's 2005 NCAA runner-up Joe Johnston, 8-3, in Iowa dual for second time this season
165     #8/6 Travis Paulson (Jr., Council Bluffs, Iowa)                 20-1/6-0
Placed third at 43rd Midlands Championships
174     David Bertolino (So., Mt. Pleasant, Ohio) or    9-7/2-2
Placed fifth at Kaufman-Brand Open; scored technical fall against Utah Valley State
Grant Turner (Jr., Johnston, Iowa)      6-4/0-0
Pinned Barry Jackson of Purdue in 2:54 in opening round of Midlands Championships
184     #6/5 Kurt Backes (Jr., Neshanic Station, N.J.)                  9-2/4-1
Defeated Jason Lulloff (Wisconsin-LaCrosse) for third time this season en route to placing fifth at Midlands Championships

197     Joe Curran (Fr., Elk Point, S.D.)       9-7/4-1
Upset fifth-seeded Joe Dennis of Cleveland State, 7-6 at Midlands Championships
HWT     Richard Schopf (Jr., Bondurant, Iowa)   2-9/1-4
Earned first dual victory since 2003-04 season against Wisconsin-La Crosse
Head Coach: Bobby Douglas (420-163)
Rankings: Intermat/NWCA (01/03/06)/Amateur Wrestling News (12/20/05)


125     Justin Staylor (So., Chesapeake, Va.)   14-7               
Recorded 13 falls in freshman campaign, currently has six on the season
133     Sheridan Moran (Fr., Lafayette, La.)    6-8                    
True freshman was a Lousiana state champion and runner-up junior and senior year in high school
141     No. 8/6 David Hoffman (Sr., Spring City, Penn.) 17-3                   
Three-time NCAA qualifier; tied Tech's single-season record of wins by fall with 15
149     Joe Thompson (Jr., Roanoke, Va.)        0-5            
Holds a career record of 3-10
157     Dave Kiley (Fr., Howell, N.J.)  0-6                    
True freshman was a two-time state freestyle champion in high school
165     Mark Czarny (Fr., Springfield, N.J.)    0-11
True freshman
or Tucker Michels       0-0
174     Steve Ratley (So., Arlington, Va.)      0-0                    
Sophomore transfer from United States Air Force Academy, went 15-8 while wrestling for the Falcons
184     OPEN           
197     Matt Woods (Fr., Blacksburg, Va.)       0-0                    
True freshman was a two-time state runner-up in high school
HWT     No. 15/11 Mike Faust (Sr., Baltimore, Md.)      18-6
2005 ACC champion and NCAA qualifier; 19-1 in 2004-05
Head Coach: Tom Brands (16-9)
Rankings: Intermat/NWCA (01/03/06)/Amateur Wrestling News (12/20/05)


Date     Opponent       Time/Result
Nov. 6  at Upper Iowa   W, 31-9
        vs Wisconsin-LaCrosse   W, 31-9
Nov. 11 Utah Valley State       W, 33-9
Nov. 12 at Cyclone Open 4 Champions
Nov. 19 at Omaha Open   2 Champions
Dec. 2  Iowa    L, 15-20
Dec. 9  at Minnesota    L, 13-21
Dec. 18 Cal Poly        W, 26-18
Dec. 29-30      at Midlands     1 Champion (5th)
Jan. 5  Virginia Tech   7 p.m.
Jan. 8  vs UC Davis     11 a.m.
        at Arizona State        2 p.m.
Jan. 14-15      at National Duals       All Day
Jan. 22 at Northern Iowa        2 p.m.
Jan. 28 at Oklahoma     2 p.m.
Jan. 29 at Oklahoma State       2 p.m.
Feb. 5  Penn State      2 p.m.
Feb. 12 Missouri        2 p.m.
Feb. 19 Nebraska        2 p.m.
March 4 Big 12 Championships (Ames)    
March 16-18     NCAA Championships (Oklahoma City)

Iowa State leads Series, 1-0

The Cyclones met the Hokies for the first time during the 2003-04 season while wrestling at Tennesee-Chatanooga. ISU won, 32-12. A 1996 Olympic gold medalist and three-time NCAA champion at Iowa, Tom Brands enters his second season as the head coach at Virginia Tech. He compiled a 16-4 record in his inaugural season, leading the Hokies to the Atlantic Coast Conference title and sending five wrestlers to the NCAA tournament. Brands' first squad also nabbed the school record for wins on a season with 16. Three former All-Americans from the University of Iowa fill out Brands coaching staff:Wes Hand (2000), Doug Schwab (2001) and Lee Fullhart. A program on the rise, Brands acquired the second-ranked recruiting class for the 2005-06 season, signing the nation's top recruit out of Davidson, Mich., Brent Metcalf. Brands also inked two Iowa four-time state champions in Dan LeClere (North Linn) and Jay Borschel (Linn-Mar) and National High School Senior National runner-up Joe Slaton (Cedar Rapids Kennedy).

Second/top-ranked Gallick, coming off his second Midlands title over Andy Simmons (Michigan State), will face No. 7/6 David Hoffman at 141 pounds. Gallick has a spotless 16-0 record on the season. Hoffman, a three-time NCAA qualifier, tied Tech's single season record for falls in 2004-05 with 15 and finished second at the ACC championships. Hoffman's record currently stands at 17-3.

Upcoming: Iowa State will travel to Tempe, Ariz. to  compete in the Sun Devil Duals hosted by Arizona State on Jan. 8. The Cyclones will face  No. 19 ASU and UC Davis on Sunday afternoon. Arizona State boasts four ranked wrestlers: No. 19 Pat Payne (149), No. 9 Brian Stith (157), No. 11 Patrick Pitsch (165) and No. 9 Ryan Bader (197). UC Davis  brings ranked wrestlers in No. 7 Derek Moore (141), No. 16 Frank Richmond (165), No. 12 Ken Cook (174) and No. 16 Tyler Bernacehi (184).

With a 420-163 career record, ISU head coach Bobby Douglas has etched his name into the list of collegiate coaching legends as one of four head coaches who have reached the 400-win milestone. Douglas guided ISU to a 16-2 mark last year, including the school's best start since the 1988-89 season, and coached his team, currently ranked seventh, to victories over Upper Iowa, Wisconsin-La Crosse, Utah Valley State and Cal Poly this season. At the Harold Nichols Open in Fort Dodge, Nate Gallick (141), Jason Knipp (149) and the Paulsons (157/165) captured titles and true freshmen Nick Fanthorpe (125) and Mitch Mueller (141) placed third. The Paulsons were dominant at the Kaufman-Brand Open, each earning a title. Gallick topped his rival from Oklahoma, Teyon Ware, 3-1, at the 40th annual NWCA All-Star Classic, for his sixth win in seven meetings with the two-time national champion. Gallick then claimed his second consecutive title at the 43rd Midlands Championship over Michigan State's fourth-ranked and second-seeded Andy Simmons, 5-3, in a match that went until the second tiebreaker. Also placing at Midlands were 133-pounder Jesse Sundell (2nd), 165-pounder Travis Paulson (3rd) and 184-pounder Kurt Backes (5th). The Cyclones finshed fifth with 82.5 points in one of the tightest races for the team championship behind Illinois (115.5), Central Michigan (112.5), Michigan State (99) and Iowa (83).

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