Hawks Advance Two to Finals

Hawkeye senior Mark Perry (165) and sophomore Brent Metcalf (149) advanced to Sunday's Big Ten Championship finals with semifinal wins Saturday night. The top-ranked Hawkeyes are in second place in the team race with 93.5 points after the first day of competition. Host Minnesota is in first place with 106.

Hawkeye senior Mark Perry (165) and sophomore Brent Metcalf (149) advanced to Sunday's Big Ten Championship finals with semifinal wins Saturday night. The top-ranked Hawkeyes are in second place in the team race with 93.5 points after the first day of competition. Host Minnesota is in first place with 106.

                While Iowa went a disappointing 3-8 in Saturday night's second round of competition, the Hawkeyes still have nine wrestlers competing and have automatically qualified eight competitors for the NCAA Championships, which are set for March 20-22 in St. Louis, MO. The top seven Big Ten placewinners in each weight class automatically advance to the national tournament, so the Hawkeyes could score an additional qualifier in sophomore Ryan Morningstar (157) if he wins his seventh-place match Sunday. The conference coaches will select two additional wild card qualifiers after the conclusion of the meet Sunday.

                Metcalf and Perry were two of the bright spots on the night for the Hawkeyes. Metcalf scored a 15-3 major decision over Penn State's Bubba Jenkins in the 149-pound semifinal. The Davison, MI, native will put his 26-match winning streak and his 29-1 season record on the line when he faces two-time Big Ten champion and two-time all-American Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota in the finals. It will be the first collegiate meeting between the two.

"I have to continue to score points by bringing it on the offense," said Metcalf about his finals match. "I want to keep a high pace up so I can keep scoring. I am excited for tomorrow's match. I have been waiting for it all season."

Perry scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat Illinois' Roger Smith-Bergsrud, 3-1, in the 165-pound semifinal. He will face Michigan's Eric Tannenbaum in the finals - a rematch of the 2007 Big Ten finals. Perry, who is a four-time Big Ten finalist, is 2-1 against the Wolverine, winning a 4-1 decision at the 2008 National Duals and a 5-2 decision in the 2007 Big Ten finals. Tannenbaum won the first meeting between the two - a 6-2 decision in sudden victory at the 2007 dual.

Iowa's third win of the session came when Ryan Morningstar scored an 11-0 major decision over Northwestern's Andrew Nadhir in the 157-pound consolations. It was Morningstar's 45th career victory. He will wrestle Purdue's Nick Bertucci in the seventh-place match to try to secure an NCAA bid.

Sunday's consolation matches will start at noon, with the championship finals, third-place and fifth-place matches starting at 2 p.m. The championship finals will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.

 


TEAM STANDINGS AFTER SESSION II


Place     Team                                     Points

1.            Minnesota                          106

2.            Iowa                                      93.5

3.            Illinois                                  79.0

4.            Michigan                             78.0

5.            Ohio State                          76.5

6.            Penn State                          68.0

7.            Indiana                                 66.5

8.            Wisconsin                           66.0

9.            Northwestern                   65.0

10.          Purdue                                 39.5

11.          Michigan State                  30.0


 

IOWA'S SESSION II SEMIFINAL RESULTS

125 - Angel Escobedo (Indiana) dec. Charlie Falck (Iowa), 6-3

133 - Franklin Gomez (Michigan St.) dec. Joe Slaton (Iowa), 10-8

141 - Kellen Russell (Michigan) dec. Dan LeClere (Iowa), 6-4 SV

149 - Brent Metcalf (Iowa) maj. dec. Bubba Jenkins (Penn St.), 15-3

165 - Mark Perry (Iowa) dec. Roger Smith-Bergsrud (Illinois), 3-1 SV

174 - Gabe Dretsch (Minnesota) dec. Jay Borschel (Iowa), 6-4

184 - Tyrel Todd (Michigan) dec. Phillip Keddy (Iowa), 6-3

Hwt. - J.D. Bergman (Ohio St.) dec. Matt Fields (Iowa), 3-2

 

IOWA'S SESSION II CONSOLATION RESULTS

157 - Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) maj. dec. Andrew Nadhir (Northwestern), 11-0

157 - Brandon Becker (Indiana) dec. Ryan Morningstar (Iowa), 3-1

197 - Joe Fagiano (Indiana) dec. Chad Beatty (Iowa), 5-3

 

IOWA'S FINALS MATCH-UPS

149 - Brent Metcalf (Iowa) vs. Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota)

165 - Mark Perry (Iowa) vs. Eric Tannenbaum (Michigan)


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