IOWA CITY, IA - The University of Iowa wrestling team treated their fans to some great matches during Saturday morning's wrestle-off finals at the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex.
Returning all-Americans and seniors Daniel Dennis (133), Brent Metcalf (149), Ryan Morningstar (165), Jay Borschel (174) and Phillip Keddy (184) won their bouts, while senior Chad Beatty also posted a win at 197. Sophomores Montell Marion (141) and Jordan Johnson (Hwt.), redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125) true freshman Derek St. John (157) also recorded wins at their weight classes.
"We saw some good potential and depth in a lot of places," said University of Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands. "This was a chance for our guys to weigh-in, have a competition and shake some of the cobwebs out. The results mean a lot and mean nothing at this point. We have a lot of depth and competition in our room, which is no secret, but in order for us to win championships we need guys to wrestle well at every competition."
The defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Hawkeyes will open the season Nov. 14 at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames. Iowa's first home dual will be Nov. 20 when it hosts the six-team Iowa City Duals in Carver Hawkeye Arena. Iowa will wrestle Coe at 10:30 a.m., Cornell College at Noon, Iowa Lakes at 1:30 p.m., North Carolina-Pembroke at 3 p.m. and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 5 p.m.
Wrestling season tickets can be ordered from the UI Athletics Ticket Office, at (319) 335-9327, or online at www.hawkeyesports.com. Tickets are $60 for members of the public and $48 for UI faculty and staff. Single meet prices are $10 for adults and $5 for youth if purchased in advance for the Iowa City, Northern Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern duals, and $13 for adults, $7 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under for the Oklahoma State, Penn State and Ohio State duals. Day of the meet tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth for the Iowa City, Northern Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern duals, and $15 for adults, $8 for youth and $2 for children ages five and under for the Oklahoma State, Penn State and Ohio State duals.
IOWA'S WRESTLE-OFF RESULTS
Saturday's Final Results
125 - Matt McDonough dec. J.J. Krutsinger, 10-3
133 - Daniel Dennis dec. Nate Moore, 5-3
141 - Montell Marion dec. Dan LeClere, 11-7
149 - Brent Metcalf tech. fall Phillip Sheridan, 21-4 in 6:10
157 - Derek St. John won by injury default over Aaron Janssen, 3:35
165 - Ryan Morningstar maj. dec. Joe DuCharme, 12-3
174 - Jay Borschel dec. Ethen Lofthouse, 8-3
184 - Phillip Keddy dec. Grant Gambrall, 6-2
197 - Chad Beatty dec. Luke Lofthouse, 7-3
Hwt - Jordan Johnson dec. Blake Rasing, 3-2
Friday's Semifinal Results
125 - J.J. Krutsinger maj. dec. Nick Trizzino, 16-5
125 - Matt McDonough dec. Tyler Clark, 5-1
133 - Nate Moore dec. Mark Ballweg, 13-7
149 - Phillip Sheridan pinned Jeret Chiri, 4:59
149 - Brent Metcalf pinned Stew Gillmor, 2:17
157 - Aaron Janssen dec. Jake Kerr, 6-2
157 - Derek St. John dec. Matt Ballweg, 7-4
165 - Joe DuCharme dec. Ruffin Tchakounte, 4-3
184 - Phillip Keddy maj. dec. Tomas Lira, 16-5
184 - Grant Gambrall dec. Vinnie Wagner, 6-4
Thursday's Quarterfinal Results
149 - Stew Gillmor dec. Ethan Sebert, 2-1
157 - Derek St. John dec. Brooks Kopsa, 10-5