Hawks Clinch Team Title; Finals Await

Iowa has clinched the 2008 National Wrestling Tournament team championship, the 21st in school history. They have also crowned seven All Americans for the first time since 2001. Jay Borschel wrestled to a third place finish in Saturday morning's medal round, while senior Matt Fields was fifth, junior Charlie Falck and sophomore Phil Keddy finished sixth. Three Hawks are in tonight's finals.

ST. LOUIS, MO -- The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team clinched its 21st national team title and its first since 2000 Saturday morning at the 2008 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, MO. The Hawkeyes lead the team field with 109.5 points. It is a tight race for second place as second through fifth place is only separated by three points. Nebraska is in second with 74 points, but has no finalists competing Saturday night. Iowa State is in third with 72 points and one finalist, while Ohio State and Penn State are tied for fourth with 71. Ohio State has three finalists and Penn State has two.

            Four of Iowa's seven all-Americans competed in Saturday morning's consolation round. Sophomore Jay Borschel (174) placed third, while senior Matt Fields (Hwt.) placed fifth, and junior Charlie Falck (125) and sophomore Phillip Keddy (184) placed sixth. It is the first time that the Hawkeyes have crowned seven all-Americans since 2001.

            Borschel was the lone Hawkeye to win both his consolation matches to place third at 174 and earn his first all-America honor. The tournament's fourth seed, Borschel pinned #11 Steve Anceravage in 6:30 in the consolation semifinal and then upset third-seeded Brandon Browne of Nebraska, 6-4, in the third-place match. Borschel ends the season at 32-5.

Fields lost his first bout of the day - a 3-2 decision to third-seeded Ed Prendergast of Navy - before picking up his 95th career win in the placing match. He scored a takedown in the second sudden victory period to defeat seventh-seeded David Zabriskie of Iowa State, 4-2, to place fifth. Fields, who was seeded fourth at the tournament, ends his Hawkeye career with a 95-38 mark. He went 32-8 in his senior campaign, picking up his first all-America honor.

Falck placed sixth at 125, losing both of his consolation bouts. He lost a 7-5 decision to Penn State's Mark McKnight in the consolation semifinals and an 8-2 decision to fourth-seeded Tanner Gardner in the fifth-place match. Falck, who was seeded fifth at the tournament, ends the season at 31-7. Iowa's 33rd two-time all-American, Falck has a career record of 69-28.

            Keddy also placed sixth, losing a 6-4 decision in sudden victory to sixth-seeded Raymond Jordan of Missouri in the 184-pound placing match. He also lost a 7-4 bout to fourth-seeded Christian Sinnott of Michigan in the consolation semifinal. Keddy, who was the tournament's seventh seed, ends the season with a 28-11 record and his first all-America honor. His career record is 42-28.

            Hawkeye senior Mark Perry (165) will look to defend his 165-pound NCAA title and sophomores Joe Slaton (133) and Brent Metcalf (149) will go after their first national titles Saturday night. The finals are set to start at 7:30 p.m. (CT) at the Scottrade Center and will air live on ESPN.



Place     Team                                              Points                                 Finalists

1.            Iowa                                                 109.5                                          3

2.            Nebraska                                          74                                             0

3.            Iowa State                                        72                                             1

4.            Ohio State                                        71                                             3

                Penn State                                       71                                             2

6.            Central Michigan                           69                                             1

                Michigan                                           69                                             2

8.            Oklahoma State                             66                                             1

9.            Cornell                                               63                                             1

10.          Minnesota                                      61.5                                           1



125 - Mark McKnight (Penn State) dec. #5 Charlie Falck (Iowa), 7-5

125 - #4 Tanner Gardner (Stanford) dec. #5 Charlie Falck (Iowa), 8 2

174 - #4 Jay Borschel (Iowa) pinned #11 Steve Anceravage (Cornell), 6:30

174 - #4 Jay Borschel (Iowa) dec. #3 Brandon Browne (Nebraska), 6-4

184 - #4 Christian Sinnott (Central Michigan) dec. #7 Phillip Keddy (Iowa), 7-4

184 - #6 Raymond Jordan (Missouri) dec. #7 Phillip Keddy (Iowa), 6-4 SV

Hwt - #3 Ed Prendergast (Navy) dec. #4 Matt Fields (Iowa), 3-2

Hwt - #4 Matt Fields (Iowa) dec. #7 David Zabriskie (Iowa State), 4-2 SV-2


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