Sunday, November 25, 2007
Hawks sweep St. Edward Duals
National champ Perry gets disqualified
By Andy Hamilton
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Iowa's trip to the St. Edward Duals started with predictable success and ended after the bizarre and almost unthinkable.
The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes, as expected, won all four of their duals Saturday in Lakewood, Ohio, beating Division-II Findlay (Ohio), junior college No. 1 Iowa Central, Old Dominion and North Carolina State. But in the process, two of Iowa's top wrestlers were beaten in stunning fashion.
Top-ranked and defending 165-pound NCAA champion Mark Perry Jr. was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third period against Old Dominion's unranked sophomore Chris Brown.
North Carolina State's dangerous sophomore Darrion Caldwell pinned sixth-ranked Iowa sophomore Brent Metcalf in a spladle midway through the first period at 149 pounds.
"You take it and you learn from it, and you go on," Iowa coach Tom Brands said. "As a staff, you learn from it and talk to them. It's a big deal, but it's not the end of the world."
Perry never recovered after giving up an early four-point move against Brown, and the Iowa senior trailed 10-1 at the time of the disqualification.
"He just wasn't wrestling real solid and mostly was just throwing caution at the wind," Brands said. "He wasn't wrestling solid. You've got to stay in solid positions."
Iowa ripped through Findlay and Iowa Central, winning 19 of 20 matches in its first two duals of the day. The lone defeat came when Findlay's Antonio Guerra, a two-time Division II national champion, beat Iowa sophomore Ryan Morningstar 5-4.
The Hawkeyes went 15-5 in the final two duals, but lost a handful of matches Brands pointed to as significant bouts. Iowa sophomore 141-pounder Dan LeClere dropped decisions to No. 17 Ryan Williams of Old Dominion and No. 14 Joe Caramanica of North Carolina State.
"We need to be real solid, we need to be real disciplined staying in our positions, doing what we know we have to do to win," Brands said. "You've got to start winning some matches here. You look at the results, and it's not what you want when you're looking at maybe three or four or five marquee match-ups and I don't believe we won one of those key match-ups.
"You look at Caramanica at '41 and we lost that. We got beat by Caldwell. The coaches need to do a better job of preparing these guys -- Perry and Chris Brown -- I need to do a better job of preparing these guys for these key match-ups. There's no doubt about it."
The Hawkeyes had some positives, too. Charlie Falck (125), Joey Slaton (133), Jay Borschel (174/184), Phil Keddy (184/197) and heavyweight Matt Fields each went 4-0 and Chad Beatty won all three of his matches at 174 and 184. Slaton and Borschel racked up bonus points in each of their four wins and Fields picked up a fall and scored 56 points in his other three victories.
"Fields had back to back to back matches where he scored a lot of points," Brands said. "It's been a while since that's happened.
"There are some good things, but you always work on the bad. Even the guys who were doing well, we'll work on the bad."
IOWA 40, FINDLAY 3
125 -- Charlie Falck (I) tech. fall Rolando Corpus 16-0 in 4:09.
133 -- Joey Slaton (I) tech. fall Jeremy Espinoza 19-3.
141 -- Dan LeClere (I) major dec. Josh Falk 14-4.
149 -- Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Andrew Vasquez 1:36.
157 -- Antonio Guerra (F) dec. Ryan Morningstar 5-4.
165 -- Mark Perry Jr. (I) pinned Justin Shannon :21.
174 -- Jay Borschel (I) major dec. Jeff Havelka 12-4.
184 -- Phil Keddy (I) dec. Hiram Smith 5-0.
197 -- Rick Loera (I) major dec. Dan Stevenson 16-6.
Hwt. -- Matt Fields dec. Travis Clark 11-4.
IOWA 50, IOWA CENTRAL 0
125 -- Falck major dec. Terrance Young 12-4.
133 -- Slaton pinned Mazi Hassani :47.
141 -- LeClere (I) major dec. David Greenwald 8-0.
149 -- Metcalf (I) pinned Matt Burns 2:35.
157 -- Morningstar (I) major dec. Carrington Banks 11-3.
165 -- Perry (I) pinned Brad Lower 3:05.
174 -- Borschel (I) tech. fall Nate Troy 17-2 in 4:39.
184 -- Chad Beatty (I) pinned Nate Willard 2:07.
197 -- Keddy (I) dec. Phillip Hawes 9-3.
Hwt. -- Fields (I) pinned Matt Sixta 1:55.
IOWA 28, OLD DOMINION 13
125 -- Falck (I) dec. James Nicholson 6-4.
133 -- Slaton (I) major dec. Kyle Hutter 14-6.
141 -- Ryan Williams (O) dec. LeClere 6-2.
149 -- Metcalf (I) tech. fall Kaylen Baxter 26-11.
157 -- Morningstar (I) major dec. Dan Rivera 8-0.
165 -- Chris Brown (O) won by DQ over Perry in 5:30.
174 -- Borschel (I) tech. fall Nick Pullano 19-3.
184 -- Keddy dec. Jesse Strawn 3-2.
197 -- David Mendoza (OD) major dec. Loera 8-0.
Hwt. -- Fields (I) major dec. Roy Dragon 18-8.
IOWA 37, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 9
125 -- Falck (I) pinned Taylor Cummings 3:36.
133 -- Slaton (I) tech. fall Ryan Tice 18-3 in 5:47.
141 -- Joe Caramanica (N) dec. LeClere 9-2.
149 -- Darrion Caldwell (N) pinned Metcalf 1:40.
157 -- Morningstar (I) dec. Anthony Badaracco 8-2.
165 -- Perry (I) pinned William Gilleland :46.
174 -- Beatty (I) dec. Randy Goodman 11-4.
184 -- Borschel (I) pinned Dane Coffee 2:28.
197 -- Keddy (I) dec. Mark Jahad 4-0.
Hwt. -- Fields (I) tech. fall Bobby Isola 27-12 in 6:23.
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