IOWA CITY, IA - The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team opened the 2009-10 dual meet season Friday, going 5-0 at the Iowa City Duals. A crowd of 5,468 fans attended the event at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes posted a 49-1 record on the day beating Coe College (39-3), Cornell College (57-0), Iowa Lakes Community College (52-0), University of North Carolina Pembroke (47-0) and Southern Illinois Edwardsville (51-0).
The five victories extended Iowa's dual match winning streak to 43, which breaks the school record of 42 set from 1994-97. The Hawkeyes recorded 25 pins, nine technical falls, seven major decisions and eight decisions on the day. Iowa also tallied 139 takedowns, while giving up none.
"This was an early measuring stick for us and an early show for our fans," said Hawkeye Head Coach Tom Brands. "We saw some good things today, but we've got to up our effort and preparation for next week's road trip to Bucknell and Rutgers."
Hawkeye seniors Brent Metcalf (149) and Jay Borschel (174) led Iowa, pinning all five of their Iowa City Duals opponents. Borschel pinned each of his foes in the first period, including one in 13 seconds which is the fastest on the team so far this season. His combined pin time total was 8:28, while Metcalf's was 16:14. Seniors Daniel Dennis (133) and Dan LeClere (141), and redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125) each scored team bonus points in all five of their victories. Senior Phillip Keddy (184) scored two pins, two technical falls and a decision; senior Ryan Morningstar (165) recorded two pins, one technical fall, one major decision and one decision; while senior Chad Beatty (197) scored one pin, one technical falls, one major decision and two decisions on the day. Sophomore Jordan Johnson (Hwt.) recorded three pins and two decisions, while junior Jake Kerr (157) scored two pins and two decisions.
Up next for Iowa is the Kaufman-Brand Open Saturday in Omaha, NE, and the NWCA All-Star Classic Sunday in Fullerton, CA. The Kaufman-Brand Open is the nation's largest single-day meet, attracting between 500-700 wrestlers from approximately 35 teams in 12 stats to UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse. Senior Daniel Dennis will face fourth-ranked Steve Bell of Maryland in the NWCA All-Star Classic 133-pound match. The event, which will be held at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym, is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. (CT). Bell won the pair's only meeting - a 4-3 decision in sudden victory - at the 2008 Journeyman Duals in Binghamton, NY. It is the first time Dennis will compete in the event.