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    Default Hawks gear up for St. Edward Duals

    Saturday, November 24, 2007

    Hawks gear up for St. Edward Duals

    By Andy Hamilton
    Iowa City Press-Citizen

    St. Edward Duals
    ? When, Where: 9 a.m. today in Lakewood, Ohio.
    ? Projected Iowa line up with InterMat/National Wrestling Media Association rankings: 125 pounds -- No. 5 Charlie Falck; 133 -- No. 20 Joey Slaton; 141 -- No. 20 Dan LeClere or Alex Tsirtsis; 149 -- No. 6 Brent Metcalf; 157 -- No. 10 Ryan Morningstar or T.H. Leet; 165 -- No. 1 Mark Perry Jr.; 174 -- No. 17 Jay Borschel or Chad Beatty; 184 -- No. 20 Phil Keddy; 197 -- Rick Loera; Hwt. -- No. 7 Matt Fields.

    The Iowa wrestling team's season premiere didn't receive rave reviews from Tom Brands, but the coach of the Hawkeyes is a tough critic who puts more value into end results than opening acts.

    Fourth-ranked Iowa had six individual champions in the elite division last Saturday at the Kaufman-Brand Open. That's five more than the Hawkeyes had a year ago but four fewer than the 10-for-10 standard Iowa was shooting for.

    Nevertheless, Brands liked some of the things he saw during Iowa's first competition of the season. Charlie Falck (125), Joey Slaton (133), Brent Metcalf (149), Mark Perry Jr. (165), Phil Keddy (184) and heavyweight Matt Fields won titles for the Hawkeyes in Omaha.

    "When you have a chance to win championships and you win championships, that's a good thing," Brands said. "You'd like to think we would've been in it for 10 individual titles, and instead we won six. But I tell you what, you look at seizing the opportunity and that's what we did. We know we have work to do, and the work's being done. They're working at it right away."

    The work continues today in Lakewood, Ohio, where the Hawkeyes wrestle in the St. Edward Duals. Iowa starts the day with a 9 a.m. dual against the University of Findlay (Ohio) at 9 a.m., and also competes against Iowa Central, Old Dominion and North Carolina State.

    The event gives Iowa an opportunity to showcase its storied program at a high school that has produced dozens of college wrestling stars and one who won the national championship last season.

    "You're going to an area that's strong in wrestling, they appreciate wrestling and you're bringing it to them," Brands said.

    "It's good for the area, it's a strong area to go to, and it's good for the schools we're wrestling. But we've got to be ready to go. The goodwill stops once we get there."

    St. Edward produced a flyer for the event and publicized Iowa's arrival. The Hawkeyes are certainly the main attraction. But Iowa's opponents have some individual draws, too.

    Findlay's line up includes two-time Division II champion Antonio Guerra at 157.

    Iowa Central has won the last two Junior College national titles and is coached by former Hawkeye Luke Moffitt. The Tritons had three junior college national champions last year, including Matt Burns, who returns at 157.

    Old Dominion is coached by ex-Hawkeye Steve Martin and has a pair of ranked wrestlers in Ryan Williams (No. 17 at 141) and David Mendoza (No. 19 at 197).

    North Carolina State 149-pounder Darrion Caldwell has explosive scoring ability. Caldwell was involved in the match that was the talk of the NCAA meet in March when he and top-seeded Ryan Lang of Northwestern racked up 16 points in the first 1 minute, 40 seconds of their action-packed 141-pound quarterfinal bout. Lang, a St. Edward product, trailed 8-3 before pinning Caldwell. Both wrestlers were given a standing ovation by the crowd at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich.

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    Much as I hate to give finanacial support to Iowa, it's only 7 dollars for the day, and I can't resist the chance to see Brent Metcalf, et al in action. I'll be ducking in and out as I have this nice red stamp on my hand.

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    Guerra is a up and down wrestler, but if he's on, he has the tools to take M* out. Should be a pretty good match.

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    Iowa's schedule:
    10 Findlay
    11:30 Iowa Central
    2:30 ODU
    4 NC State

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    Sorry Wiltz,
    I would have added this to your post.

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    Steve, will you be able to provide updates today?
    RIP Jacob Schlottke; KR1963 and rpayton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trusty View Post
    Guerra is a up and down wrestler, but if he's on, he has the tools to take M* out. Should be a pretty good match.
    Hey Trusty, I hope Beatty has a great day!

    j/k I know Borschel will score some points for you
    RIP Jacob Schlottke; KR1963 and rpayton

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    Wrestling In Ohio For Saint Edward Duals
    Courtesy: NC State
    Release: 11/23/2007

    Courtesy: NC State
    Tenth-ranked Darrion Caldwell will lead the NC State wrestling team into action Saturday at the Saint Edward Duals.

    Looking for its first victory while in the midst of a gruelling dual-match portion of its schedule, the Wolfpack wrestling team will face three tough opponents on Saturday at the Saint Edward Duals.

    The duals will take place at Saint Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, in the western suburbs of Cleveland, and the competition will include Iowa Central Community College, Findlay, and fourth-ranked Iowa. The Pack will take on Iowa Central at 10 a.m., Findlay at 2:30 p.m., and Iowa at 4 p.m.

    Despite the presence of just one Division I opponent, the Wolfpack should be challenged. Iowa Central is coming off back-to-back NJCAA national championships and returns juco All-Americans. Findlay, meanwhile, is a Division II powerhouse with a lineup that features two-time defending Division II national champion Antonio Guerra at 157 and Division II All-American Travis Clark at heavyweight.

    As for Iowa, the Hawkeyes have defending national champion Mark Perry at 165 pounds, along with returning All-Americans Alex Tsirtsis (141) and Charlie Falck (125). Nine Iowa wrestlers are ranked in the latest Intermat/NCWA poll, led by Perry, who is No. 1 at 165.

    As for the Wolfpack, head coach Carter Jordan’s squad is winless in three dual matches, but the competition has been stout. The Pack lost at No. 21 Oklahoma, then dropped a pair of close bouts to Purdue and Michigan State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in Chapel Hill.

    The Wolfpack has gotten solid performances from sophomore Taylor Cummings (6-2 at 125), junior Joe Caramanica (2-0 and ranked No. 14 at 141), sophomore Darrion Caldwell (5-1 and ranked No. 10 at 149), redshirt-freshman Ray Ward (4-2 at 157) and freshman Bobby Isola (4-3 at heavyweight). Junior Ryan Goodman, who will be ranked at 184, is still with the football team and has not wrestled yet. No one else has a winning record.

    “We’ve found out a lot about ourselves so far, and we’ll find out more the next two weekends,” Jordan says. “We’re wrestling a very difficult early schedule for a reason. Right now we have some holes in the lineup that we’re working very hard to fill. This weekend will help. We have some young guys who are capable of stepping up and giving us credible performances, but they need experience.”

    The Iowa match will provide several key matchups for the Pack. Cummings will face Falck, who is ranked No. 5 at 125. Caramanica will face either Tsirtsis or Dan LeClere, a sophomore who currently is No. 20 at 141. Caldwell will face his third top 12 opponent in as many matches when he faces sixth-ranked Brent Metcalf in the 149-pound match. Ward will face 10th-ranked Ryan Morningstar at 157, and Isola will take on No. 7 Matt Fields at heavyweight.

    Following the Saint Edward Duals, NC State will return home for the week before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Cliff Keen Invitational, which annually ranks as the top in-season college wrestling tournament in the country.
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    ODU Wrestling Ranked in Top 25 Headed Into Dual With No. 3 Iowa
    Monarchs face Iowa for first time on Saturday

    NORFOLK, Va. -- The Monarchs wrestling program was ranked No. 22 in the nation this week by W.I.N. Magazine, the highest ranking since the 1990-91 season. ODU will travel to Cleveland, Ohio to face three top programs in their respective divisions. First, ODU will face a nationally ranked Division II program, Findlay, at 11:30 am. They will then take the mat against the No. 3 team in the nation at Division I, Iowa, at 2:30 pm. They will finish the day at the St. Edward Duals with a matchup against back-to-back NJCAA Champion Iowa Central at 4:00 pm.

    Ryan Williams has earned the highest ranking of the season for a Monarch, at #16 at 141 lbs by He is also ranked #17 overall by InterMat.

    Chris Brown (165) and David Mendoza (197) are both ranked by Amateur Wrestling News, W.I.N. Magazine,, and Mendoza is also ranked by InterMat.

    ODU also has new inserts into the individual rankings on the national level. Jesse Strawn has appeared for the first time this season at #20 by AWN. In the new rankings, ODU has seven ranked grapplers, including James Nicholson at #22 in the 125 lb class, Kyle Hutter at #23 in the 133 lb class, and Kaylen Baxter at #23 in the 149 lb class.

    On To Ohio
    The Old Dominion Monarchs will face three opponents at the St. Edward's Duals this Saturday, including the third ranked team in the nation, Iowa, on a neutral mat in Cleveland, Ohio. The Monarchs will wrestle the 16th ranked Division II Findlay program at 11:30 am, then No. 3 Iowa at 2:30, and will finish with a dual against back-to-back JuCo National Champs, Iowa Central at 4:00 pm.

    Iowa boasts nationally ranked individuals in seven weight classes, including the number one ranked grappler at 165 lbs, Mark Perry. ODU's Chris Brown will be across the mat from the Hawkeye. Brown is nationally ranked and has gone 9-3 through the first two weekends.

    The Monarchs will return to the mat next Friday, November 30 for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. It is one of the most respected tournaments in the nation and is a two-day event in Las Vegas.

    Last Weekend
    ODU had more finalists than all teams at the Missouri Open other than Missouri, including more than Illinois and Northwestern, two nationally ranked teams. Roy Dragon III won the 285 weight class and five Monarchs finished as runner-up in their weight class. In all, ODU placed nine wrestlers at the tournament.

    Five Monarchs have won eight or more bouts in the first weekend. Chris Brown leads the pack with nine wins. Jesse Strawn has eight wins with a team-leading four major decisions.

    Next on the Schedule
    The Monarchs continue to test themselves with a difficult schedule next weekend as they travel to one of the most respected tournaments in the nation, the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The field for the two-day event will consist of wrestlers from nearly 15 nationally ranked programs. It will be the third tournament of the season for ODU.

    A Will To Win
    Ryan Williams has been the most consistent wrestler under head coach Steve Martin since he took over the starting job midway through his freshman year. He's the go-to at 141 lbs and was an NCAA Qualifier in 2006, just missing his second trip a year ago as he dropped a decision to CAA Champion and NCAA All-American Charles Griffin.

    He has a career .716 winning percentage with 63 wins very early in his junior season. If he finishes his career with the same consistency, he has the potential to become the Monarchs 8th wrester with 100 wins in a career.

    Baxter's Beginning
    Kaylen Baxter has started the season with a 8-1 record, including a win of the 149-lb. weight class at the Michigan State Open and a second place effort at the Missouri Open. His only loss came to a grappler from the 6th ranked Northwestern squad. He also sealed ODU's first victory over a Big Ten team since 1990 with a decision over MSU's Eddie Skowneski.

    First Year Bookends
    The Monarchs have been using youth to win for several years and 2007-08 is no exception. True freshman Roy Dragon III and redshirt freshman James Nicholson will see the most mat time at the 285 and 125 weights respectively.

    Dragon has already won a collegiate tournament, with his victory at the Missouri Open last weekend. He was a finalist the week before, finishing second at the MSU Open. He has started his career with an 8-2 record with two pins and one major decision.

    At the other end of the scale, James Nicholson has started the season with a 5-3 record and a second place showing at the Missouri Open. He nearly won the event, but fell to the 11th ranked grappler in the country in a tight 2-4 decision.

    Hometown Brown
    Redshirt sophomore Chris Brown, from nearby Chesapeake, Virginia, has also gotten off to a quick start. He is 9-3 with three major decisions and one pin, and a team-leading total of wins. With one more victory, he'll have 50 for his career just over a year into his career. He slid up to the 165-lb weight class this season and has started this year much like he did a year ago, when he was named CAA Rookie of the Week three times.

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