National Duals Notebook: Day 1

Iowa will be wrestling for fifth place on Sunday at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. Read how the Hawkeyes got into that position, comments from Coach Brands, and much more in this free National Duals Notebook.

  • House was probably 2/3rds full, maybe half full during some of the lulls. Iowa had the biggest contigent, followed closely by Iowa State and Minnesota.
  • Iowa rolled pretty comfortably in the first dual against UC-Davis, with the only blemish being Rick Loera's major decision wrestling at 197.
  • In the second session, Iowa State and Michigan had a great battle. ISU took the early lead before Michigan came back later in the dual, fueld by a Churella pin of Cyler Sanderson. ISU would win the dual 25-15
  • Against Oklahoma State, Iowa had a hard time staying in the match after Charlie Falck lost a close 5-4 decision to Tyler Shinn. Five of the ten matches were decided by two or fewer points, with Iowa losing three of those five.
  • After the match, Hendricks said he felt like Perry was limiting his own offense when wrestling against Hendricks, in an attempt to wrestle defensively. Brands disagreed, saying that when you're wrestling a guy like Hendricks, you can't try to work around the way he wrestles, you have to wrestle your own match.
  • Late in the second period, Mark Perry gave up a 2-point takedown on the edge of the mat, when it appeared Perry though action had stopped. It occured right in front of the Iowa coaches' seats. After the dual, Brands was asked something along the lines of, "It looked like Perry just quit wrestling." Brands responded, "We've seen it too many times."
  • After the dual, Brands said he was disappointed that Dan Erekson took an injury timeout, while clutching his "personal area." No medical attention was paid to Erekson during the timeout, other than a chance to catch his bearings.
  • Iowa rebounded in the 5:00 session with a win over Nebraska, the team that knocked them from the championship bracket last year.
  • In the final session of the day, Iowa wrestled Big Ten foe Northwestern, 22-18.
  • Iowa will wrestle third-ranked Hofstra on Sunday for fifth place, the highest finish available to a team that did not make it to the semi-finals.

Commentary: Overall, the Hawkeyes looked a little sluggish. The close matches that Iowa was able to win in the dual meet against ISU were going the other way. Brands commented that wrestlers didn't put matches away when they had the chance, and let them get away. Brands also said when Alex Grunder was pinned by an Oklahoma State wrestler wrestling his first collegiate match, that they were prepared for the hold he was hit with. Brands said it was the only hold they felt could put Grunder in danger, and unfortunately, it was the one he got locked in and the match was over. Even if Iowa defeats Hofstra tomorrow, very few Iowa fans will be happy. This Iowa team is still trying to learn the Brands way. Brands said that there are times to be agressive, but there are also times to play it conservative, and he felt his guys still needed to learn the difference.

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