Hawkeye heavyweight to be out for few months
Andy Hamilton • Iowa City Press-Citizen • October 11, 2009
Iowa's quest for a third consecutive NCAA wrestling title will begin without its All-American heavyweight.
Senior Dan Erekson will undergo surgery next week to repair a pectoral tear. He said the injury occurred this week when he was wrestling Jordan Johnson in practice.
"I had a cradle locked up and he sat out," Erekson said. "Right as he sat out, my tendon gave way."
The top-ranked Hawkeyes open the season Nov. 20 with the Iowa City Duals and have a Dec. 6 showdown in Ames with No. 2 Iowa State.
Erekson said doctors told him he would likely be sidelined two to three months.
"They always give a long date on it," Erekson said. "But I work with (Iowa trainer Matt) Doyle, and I'll probably be back earlier than that."
Erekson compiled a 27-8 record last year. He was slowed early in the year by a series of ailments that interrupted his training before making a late-season surge. He won the Big Ten title, placed fourth at the NCAA Championships and provided the Hawkeyes with a pivotal victory on their way to the national title.
Erekson's pin against No. 1 seed David Zabriskie in the consolation semifinals gave Iowa 5.5 points in the team standings. The Hawkeyes finished 4.5 points ahead of second-place Ohio State.
"I'd like to be on the mat right now, and this is an important time to be on the mat," Erekson said. "But I'm lucky it happened at the start of the season. In the middle of the season, things would be really bad right now. I've got to do what I can do right now, come back as fast as I can and be smart about it."
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