Hawkeye Grapplers Dominating Midlands

The Iowa Hawkeyes entered the Sunday afternoon session at the 45th installment of the Midlands Invitational just behind Iowa State in the team standings. Iowa had five wrestlers alive in the championship brackets, to Iowa State's six. And from the first whistle of the day, it would be a Black and Gold blowout in the afternoon session, with Iowa advancing five to tonight's finals...

The Iowa Hawkeyes entered the Sunday afternoon session at the 45th installment of the Midlands Invitational just behind Iowa State in the team standings. Iowa had five wrestlers alive in the championship brackets, to Iowa State's six. Iowa had four wrestlers alive in the consolation bracket, to Iowa State's four.

And from the first whistle of the day, it would be the Hawkeyes day. Iowa won each of their consolation matches out of the chute, and then Joe Slaton (133), Dan Leclere (141), Brent Metcalf (149), Mark Perry (165) and Jay Borschell (174) won their championship bracket matches, propelling them into tonight's final round of action that will be televised live on The Big Ten Network at 7:00pm.

Perry, the defending national champion at 165-pounds, is 4-0 in the tournament, with four falls. Perry is 9-1 on the season, all nine of his wins coming by fall.

Iowa did not lose a point scoring match through the first three hours of the tournament, until Matt Fields lost in the consolation bracket..

The Hawkeyes are on pace to recapture the Midland's crown, which was won by Iowa State last year. As of the 3:10pm update, Iowa was in first place with 154 points, and Iowa State second with 122 points. Iowa State scored 154.5 points last year to capture the title by nearly 50 points over Iowa.

The Hawkeyes have racked up bonus points during this tournament, their first real ‘nationals-like' event of the year.

HawkeyeNation.com will continue to provide you match my match recaps in our wrestling forum and in our Midlands Audio Update module, that can be found HERE

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Here are tonight's matches...

#3 Charlie Falck wrestling for 3rd place at 125

#3 Joe Slaton wrestling for the title at 133

#5 Dan LeClere wrestling for the title at 141

#1 Alex Tsirtsis (unattached) wrestling for 3rd place at 141

#2 Brent Metcalf wrestling for the title at 149

#5 Ryan Morningstar wrestling for 5th place at 157

#2 Mark Perry wrestling for the title at 165


#6 Jay Borschel wrestling for the title at 174

NR Phil Keddy wrestling for 3rd place at 184

#4 Matt Fields finishes in 8th place at 285.

#2 Mike Faust (unattached) wrestling for the title at 285.


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