Hawkeyes Battle One Another at Intrasquad Meet

The University of Iowa wrestling team held an intrasquad meet Nov. 6 in the wrestling room and many Hawkeye fans got their first look at the new faces in the room. And while some of the young guns impressed, many of the old guard showed they won't be giving up their spots anytime soon. Here is a breakdown of what happened at each weight. A total of 14 matches were wrestled.

In the first match of the day, true freshman Charlie Falck scored an 11-4 decision over junior Matt Morkel. Flack, the top 125-pound recruit in the nation last season, scored five takedowns in the victory.

Falck also wrestled later in the day against Lucas Magnani, a sophomore transfer from Brown University. After no scoring in the first period, Magnani earned an escape early in the second for a 1-0 lead. There were some good flurries later in the period, but no more scoring. Falck chose down to start the third. After escaping, Falck shot right back into Magnani and finished off the takedown for a 3-1 lead. He rode Magnani out the rest of the match for the 3-1 win. If Falck redshirts this season, Magnani is the probable starter.

There were two matches involving four wrestlers at this weight. The highlight match at 133 was returning starter Trent Goodale against junior Mario Galanakis, a transfer from Ellsworth Community College. These two former Iowa high school prep stars, Goodale from Osage and Galanakis from Nodaway Valley, fought hard for six minutes (matches were 2-2-2). Galanakis took advantage of a pair of poor shots by Goodale for counter takedowns of his own on his way to an 8-4 victory.

The next match at 133 was between redshirt freshman Ruben Chavez and junior Gabe Ruhkala. It was a 4-4 tie after regulation so they headed to overtime. Ruhkala nearly scored a takedown twice in the extra minute period, but Chavez fought them off. Ruhkala escaped with 10 seconds left in the first 30-second tiebreaker and rode Chavez out in the second one for the 5-4 victory.

True freshman Alex Tsirtsis will be the starter at this weight, but did not wrestle with a minor injury. He will be replacing NCAA champ Cliff Moore.

The only match at this weight took place between senior Ned Shuck and freshman Derek Coorough. Shuck scored a takedown in the second period and made it hold up in a 3-1 victory.

149 Junior Ty Eustice, a two-time NCAA qualifier, is the returning starter. In what has become the norm for Eustice, he was victorious by a slim 3-2 margin over sophomore Alex Grunder. It was tied 1-1 in the third when Eustice finished off a takedown midway through the period and held off Grunder at the end of the match.

Earlier in the day, Grunder defeated redshirt freshman Brad Medchill, 11-3, for a shot at Eustice. Grunder scored a reversal and a pair of two-point nearfalls on tilts to blow open a close match in the second period.

Joe Johnston, like Eustice, is a two-time NCAA qualifier and returning starter at this weight for the Hawks. The junior defeated sophomore Oleg Polyatskiy 4-1 in his only match of the day. Johnston was the aggressor much of the match, but just couldn't finish off many takedowns. He scored a pair of them in the third period to pull away for the win.

In the other match at 157, Brett Stedman pinned Nate Nicholson in 1:58. He reversed Nicholson to take a 4-2 lead and then sent Nicholson over to his back for the fall.

Cole Pape, the starter at 165 last season for the Big 10s and NCAA Championships, is expected to challenge Johnston for this weight, but did not wrestle in the intrasquad meet.

All eyes were on redshirt freshman Mark Perry at this weight class. He wrestled twice and had mixed results.

In his first match, Perry was pushed to overtime by Ben Stedman. Perry led 6-3 in the second period, but Stedman earned an escape and takedown to knot the match up at 6-6. Perry rode Stedman the entire third period with the legs and almost turned him once with a cradle, but had to settle for overtime. Stedman took a couple good shots in the extra period, but Perry was able to get out of trouble both times. He spun around for a counter takedown and an 8-6 win on the second Stedman attempt. Perry ran off the mat in a hurry, obviously disappointed in his effort.

Perry wasn't on the mat long in the second match and showed the funky explosiveness that will make his a very dangerous freshman wrestler this season. He threw true freshman Jacob Neuzil to his back for a 5-0 lead early in the first period and turned him with a power half moments later for the fall in 1:38.

Perry will definitely be exciting to watch with the style he brings to the mat, but it's probably fair to say he will also give Hawkeye fans their share of nervous moments with the situations he is comfortable getting himself into.

No matches. Junior Adam Fellers of Fort Dodge is the only 174-pounder listed on Iowa's roster at this time.

Paul Bradley finished fourth at the NCAA Tournament last season and will be the starter once again this year. He wrestled once Saturday and had a good workout with true freshman Luke Lofthouse. Bradley finished off a takedown late in the first period for a 2-0 lead and hit a quick, low takedown in the second period to make it 4-1. Leading 5-2 in the third period after an escape, Bradley finished off another takedown on his way to a workmanlike 7-3 victory over a wrestler Iowa fans probably haven't heard that much about, but should be a solid starter in upcoming years.

A pair of true freshmen appear to be fighting it out to replace NCAA runner-up Ryan Fulsaas. Dane Pape of Maquoketa and Michael Bucklin of Colfax-Mingo both wrestled at 215 last season but have made the cut down to 197 and look good at that weight.

Pape showed off his excellent skills on his feet in their match, as he scored seven takedowns against Bucklin in a 14-5 victory. He used several different takedowns and kept Bucklin off balance much of the six minutes.

Incumbent Ryan Fuller and true freshman Matt Fields locked horns in the heavyweight division. With the transfer of Steve Mocco, this weight is Fuller's to lose once again.

He didn't lose it Saturday, and Fields will more than likely redshirt anyway, as Fuller scored a 3-1 overtime win. But wrestlers were tentative on their feet in the first period and scored escapes in the second and third period. Fields took a bad shot right off the whistle in overtime and Fuller easily spun around for the winning takedown.

Some fans may be surprised by this result and think the top heavyweight recruit last year should be handling Fuller. But don't forget, the Lisbon native is a returning NCAA qualifier, defeated eventual All-American Scott Coleman of Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and also spent countless hours on the mat with Mocco before he left. Fuller is no pushover and will be a solid heavyweight for the Hawkeyes this season.

This item also will appear in The Predicament, and was used with permission from Matt Pfiffner. We thank Matt for sharing this item with HawkeyeNation.com subscribers

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