In that dual, second-ranked Eric Luedke had his 18th consecutive win, the longest streak on the team this year. Unranked Alex Grunder, known for his relentless, energetic style, scored a 7-5 victory over 11th-ranked Jake Patacsil. Mario Galanakis returned to form, pinning his opponent in 2:48, after struggling with an injury in recent weeks. Matt Fields and Alex Tsirtsis both put together plenty of offense, winning their matches by a combined score of 34-14.
Wisconsin comes into this meet ranked 9th in the nation with a record of 15-1. Their first loss of the season came Friday night to the team they were tied with at 9th, the Northwestern Wildcats. The match finished at heavyweight, with Dustin Fox defeating Kyle Massey to lock up a 19-18 victory for the Wildcats.
Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2 Overall, 1-0 Big Ten) Wt. Name Yr. Record 125 Charlie Falck So. 13-5/9-3 133 Mario Galanakis Sr. 17-4/10-2 OR Daniel Dennis So. 0-0/0-0 141 Alex Tsirtsis Jr. 16-5/9-3 149 Alex Grunder Sr. 10-8/6-4 157 Ryan Morningstar *Fr. 17-6/9-3 165 Mark Perry Jr. 14-3/10-2 OR Ben Stedman Sr. 4-2/1-0 174 Eric Luedke Sr. 19-1/10-0 184 Phillip Keddy *Fr. 9-8/6-6 197 Rick Loera *Fr. 4-5/0-2 HWT Matt Fields Jr. 15-7/9-3 Wisconsin Badgers (15-0 Overall, 1-0 Big Ten) Wt. Name Yr. Record 125 Collin Cudd Jr. 16-4/13-2 133 Zach Tanelli So. 15-2/15-0 141 Kyle Ruschell Fr. 20-4/12-3 149 Tyler Turner Sr. 14-3/12-1 157 Craig Henning Jr. 18-1/12-0 165 Jake Donar Jr. 7-8/5-6 174 Mike Felling So. 10-7/3-2 OR Matt Maciag Jr. 9-3/5-2 184 Trevor Brandvold Fr. 11-3/9-1 OR Justin Peterson So. 6-3/4-1 197 Dallas Herbst So. 18-3/14-1 HWT Kyle Massey So. 10-4/8-4
What to expect
Despite the impressive record, the Wisconsin Badgers have only two wrestlers ranked in the top ten at their weight (#7 Tyler Turner, #6 Craig Henning.) Iowa has four (#6 Alex Tsirtsis, #4 Mark Perry, #2 Eric Luedke, #6 Matt Fields.) The match up of the night will likely be at 157 pounds as Craig Henning takes on #17 Ryan Morningstar. Morningstar has struggled with consistency this season, particularly with his offense. He defeated then-number one Trent Paulson of Iowa State, but has lost two of his last four matches, including an 8-0 major decision loss to James Strouse of Hofstra. If Morningstar can come out aggressive in that match and keep some offensive intensity, he has the ability to come away with a win.
Iowa should have no problem with the Badgers if they wrestle the way they did on Friday, with fire, intensity, and a desire for bonus points. That was, according to most, the first time this team has wrestled with that intensity since the Iowa/Iowa State dual meet.
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