Feb. 2, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #18 Indiana University wrestling team (10-5, 0-4) will trek through the snow and ice to take on the #6 Iowa Hawkeyes (11-0-1, 4-0) in Iowa City on Friday night (Feb. 4) at 7 p.m. central time for the Hoosiers' fifth Big Ten dual of the season.

Four Hoosiers are ranked nationally while Iowa could send as many as eight nationally-ranked wrestlers onto the mat. There is potential for a two bouts to pit a pair of ranked grapplers against each other, including: #5 Paul Young vs. #9 Derek St. John at 157 pounds and #5 Matt Powless vs. #12 Luke Lofthouse in the 197 lbs. weight class.

#18 INDIANA vs. #6 IOWA
125 lbs.- Justin Brooks, r-Fr. (13-13) vs. #1 Matt McDonough, r-So. (16-1)
133 lbs.- Matt Ortega, r-Jr. (14-12) vs. Tyler Clark, r-Jr. (5-3) or #8 Tony Ramos, r-Fr. (13-3)
141 lbs.- Mitchell Richey, Fr. (13-14) or Geno Capezio, r-So. (3-5) vs. Mark Ballweg, r-So. (14-4) or #3 Montell Marion, r-Jr. (1-0)
149 lbs.- #14 Kurt Kinser, r-Sr. (21-7) vs. Matt Ballweg, r-Sr. (2-4)
157 lbs.- #5 Paul Young, r-Sr. (21-5) or Alex Warren, r-Sr. (2-5) vs. #9 Derek St. John, r-Fr. (12-3)
165 lbs.- Ryan LeBlanc, r-Fr. (7-7) or Ryan Konz, r-So. (10-11) vs. #13 Aaron Janssen, r-Sr. (17-4) or Jake Kerr, r-Sr. (5-3)
174 lbs.- Nick Avery, r-Sr. (9-14) vs. #11 Ethen Lofthouse, r-Fr. (13-5)
184 lbs.- Eric Cameron, r-Sr. (12-15) vs. #13 Grant Gambrall, r-So. (14-4)
197 lbs.- #5 Matt Powless, r-Jr. (30-2) vs. #12 Luke Lofthouse, r-Sr. (12-3)
285 lbs.- #9 Ricky Alcala, Grad. (23-7) vs. Blake Rasing, r-Jr. (11-4)



Fans can follow along via live results and/or an interactive blog ran by Hawkeyesports.com. Complete Match Notes

Indiana's two heaviest wrestlers, 197-pounder Matt Powless and HWT Ricky Alcala are each red-hot lately. Powless' team-high 30th win of the season came against #11 Anthony Biondo (Michigan) and his only two defeats have come to the top-ranked grappler in the country. Alcala also nagged a big-time victory over the Wolverines, topping #8 Ben Apland for his second triumph over a top-10 foe in as many weeks.

Matt Powless leads all of Division-I wrestling with 12 major decisions and ranks fifth nationally with 30 victories overall (most in the Big Ten). Kurt Kinser can also be found in the national statistical rankings, tied for 25th with his nine pins (T-11th in the Big Ten).

Four of Indiana's 10 regular starters are ranked in the latest Intermat national rankings. Five different IU grapplers have cracked the top-20 at some point this season. Those currently ranked are:
Paul Young - #5 at 157 lbs.
Matt Powless- #5 at 197 lbs.
Ricky Alcala- #9 at 285 lbs.
Kurt Kinser- #14 at 149 lbs.
As a team, Indiana is ranked 18th nationally.

Kinser and Young are also racking up wins at an impressive pace. Kinser talled win number 100 of his career by defeating Minnesota's Danny Zilverberg on Jan. 14. He is just the 15th Hoosier in school history to crack the century mark. Meanwhile, Young has had his hand raised 99 times. The redshirt seniors need to reach 112 victories to crack IU's all-time top-10.

High school classmates Kurt Kinser and Paul Young each rank in the top-10 for most career pins in school history.

Kinser is sticking opponents at record-breaking pace, already ranking third all-time with 40 pins and just eight falls shy of surpassing Viktor Sveda (1998-2002) for the top slot. Young owns 31 career pins, pulling him even with former teammate Trevor Perry (2007-10) for eighth place all-time.