EVANSTON, Ill -- The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team won its 21st overall and third straight Midlands Championships title with 168.5 points at the 47th annual tournament Wednesday night. Iowa State placed second with 144.5, while Central Michigan placed third with 118.0. The Hawkeyes went 3-3 in the finals, crowning three champions in redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (#3 seed at 125), and seniors Brent Metcalf (#1 seed at 149) and Jay Borschel (#1 seed at 174). It was Metcalf's third Midlands title and the first for McDonough and Borschel. Metcalf was named the Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament, and took home the Individual High Scorer Award for racking up 32.5 team points. Hawkeye redshirt freshman Nate Moore (133) earned the tournaments Fastest Fall Award, sticking his first opponent in 46 seconds. McDonough sparked a strong Iowa start with a 9-7 win in sudden victory over #4 seed Andrew Long in the 125-pound title match. Down 5-2 at the end of the first period, McDonough scored an escape and takedown to tie the score at 5-5 in the second period. Long, who accumulated over one minute of riding time in the bout, scored an escape to start the third period to take a 6-5 lead. McDonough scored a takedown near the end of the third period to take a 7-6 lead, but Long's riding time point sent the match into sudden victory. McDonough scored a takedown in the first sudden victory period for the win. The Hawkeye redshirt freshman remains undefeated at 15-0 this season. In a rematch of the 2008 Midlands title match, Metcalf won a 9-2 decision over #2 seed Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin. The Hawkeye senior improved to 15-0 on the season, scoring team bonus points in five of his six Midlands matches. Borschel picked up his 75th career victory with a 6-1 win over #2 seed Ben Bennett of Central Michigan in the finals. The Hawkeye senior scored a takedown and two nearfall points near the end of the first period, an escape early in the second period and accumulated over two minutes of riding time in the match. He is now undefeated at 14-0 this season and is a three-time Midlands placewinner. He placed second in 2007, third in 2008 before winning the 2009 title. Also placing for the Hawkeyes were seniors Joe Slaton (#4 seed at 141-3rd), Ryan Morningstar (#3 seed at 165-3rd), Phillip Keddy (#3 seed at 184-4th) and Chad Beatty (#5 seed at 197-3rd), sophomore Montell Marion (#9 seed at 141-6th), redshirt freshman Nate Moore (133-6th) and Grant Gambrall (184-6th), and true freshman Derek St. John (157-5th). It is the first time that Beatty, Moore, Gambrall and St. John have placed at Midlands. Slaton, who is 10-1 while competing unattached this season, recorded a dominating 9-0 major decision over #8 seed Lou Ruggirello, who was also competing unattached. Morningstar scored a takedown near the end of the second sudden victory period to beat #4 seed Nick Marable of Missouri, 4-2. Morningstar, a four-time Midlands placewinner, is now 11-2 on the season. Beatty scored a third-period escape and takedown to score a 6-3 win over #4 seed Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin, improving to 13-2 this season. St. John, who was competing unattached, recorded a medical forfeit over #3 seed Steve Brown of Central Michigan for fifth place in his first Midlands appearance. The Hawkeye true freshman is 21-4 while wrestling unattached this season. Moore, who was also wrestling at Midlands for the first time, took #1 seed Nick Fanthorpe of Iowa State to the tie break period, but lost the bout 2-1. Iowa's next competition will be Jan. 9-10 at the 2010 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The Hawkeyes (9-0) are the defending Division I team champion, and will be making their 17th appearance at the two-day annual tournament, which features top wrestlers from each collegiate athletic division (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, JUCO and Women's). The Division I field includes eight of the top 10 ranked teams in the most recent USA Today/NWCA coaches poll. All-session tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for seniors and students. Individual session tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the UNI-Dome box office at 877-216-3663 or 319-273-4849. FINAL MIDLANDS TOP 10 TEAM STANDINGS Place Team - Points 1. Iowa - 168.5 2. Iowa State - 144.5 3. Central Michigan - 118.0 4. Missouri - 103.0 5. Wisconsin - 90.5 6. Maryland - 74.5 7. Lehigh - 65.5 8. American - 65.0 Oregon State - 65.0 10. Illinois - 64.0 Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler: Brent Metcalf, Iowa Midlands Champion of Champions Award: Steve Fittery, American Individual High Scorer Award: Brent Metcalf, Iowa (32.5) Fastest Fall Award: Nate Moore, Iowa (0:46) Most Falls Award: Ryan Malo, Williams (4) 2009 Midlands Championships -- Title Bouts 125: #3 Matt McDonough (IA) dec. #4 Andrew Long (IA ST), 9-7 133: #4 Tyler Graff (WIS) Maj. Dec. #3 Steve Bell (MD), 18-5 141: #3 Alex Krom (MD) dec. #1 Jimmy Kennedy (IL-UNATT), 9-2 149: #1 Brent Metcalf (IA) dec. #2 Kyle Ruschell (WIS), 9-2 157: #1 Steve Fittery (AMER) fall #2 Jake Patacsil (BWC), 2:52 165: #1 Andrew Howe (WIS) dec. #2 Jon Reader (IA ST), 3-1 SV2 174: #1 Jay Borschel (IA) dec. #2 Ben Bennett (CMU), 6-1 184: #5 John Dergo (ILL) dec. #2 Mike Cannon (AMER), 11-9 197: #1 Jake Varner (IA ST) dec. #3 Wynn Michalak (CWC), 6-1 285: #8 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. #3 David Zabriskie (IA ST), 3-1 DAY 1 EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern advanced three wrestlers through the pigtail and true first rounds of the 47th Midlands Championships--which began with 369 wrestlers--Tuesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Junior Andrew Nadhir (149) and freshman Kevin Bialka (157) posted solid wins in the opening round, while Brandon Precin remains alive in the 125-pound championship bracket wrestling unattached for Northwestern. Session I saw the championship bracket wrestle up to the quarterfinals, where Session II, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, will resume action. Visit the 2009 Midlands Championships Tournament Central page for complete brackets and team standings through Session I. Defending NCAA and Midlands champion Iowa leads the team standings by four points over Iowa State, with Missouri, Central Michigan and Lehigh rounding out the top five following Session I. Bialka, Nadhir and Levi Mele will wrestle in Tuesday evening's consolation round matches. Wrestling unattached in this his redshirt season, Brandon Precin broke open what was a tight match in the second period to defeat Harvard's Steven Keith, 11-4, in the start of his Midlands title defense. Keith managed to tie the match at four with a takedown late in the second period before Precin escaped to enter the deciding period with a 5-4 lead. The two-time All-American turned it on after that, however, getting a takedown out of a neutral start to begin the third and holding Keith for a three-point near-fall, giving Precin a 10-4 advantage. Precin tacked on the riding time point as he moved on to the next round. Precin was in similar control in his next match, which came against Trevor Deardon of Iowa State. Precin repeatedly was able to turn Deardon for back points, amassing a double-digit lead before finishing Deardon off with a pin at 4:24 to advance to the quarterfinals. Northwestern received a big win by Bialka at 157, who took on 12th-seeded and 15th-ranked Bryan Deutsch of Northern Illinois less than a month after being pinned by Deutsch in NU's dual match versus the Huskies. Trailing 2-1 in the first, Bialka gained control for a two-point takedown and held that lead into the second frame. Bialka reversed out of the bottom position to begin the second, going up 5-2, and was solid on defense the rest of the match in winning 9-5. Bialka took on fifth-seeded Keegan Davis of Oregon State in round three, with Davis taking a 2-0 lead into the second period before notching a double-leg takedown in the second to go ahead 4-0. Bialka was unable to gain traction in the match and eventually moved into the consolation bracket with an 11-2 loss. On the mat adjacent to Bialka's first match, Nadhir took on an oppornent in Northern Iowa's Jamal Lawrence whose height posed a potential matchup problem for the NU wrestler. After a tightly contested first period, Nadhir began going in for takedowns with ease, gaining leads of 9-4 and 11-5 on his way to a convincing 18-7 major decision. Nadhir met Iowa State's seventh-seeded Mitch Mueller in his next bout where he entered the second period trailing 2-0. An escape pulled Nadhir to within 2-1, but Mueller got a hold of Nadhir's right leg in the final minute of the second and turned it into a takedown. Mueller was able to gain control one final time at the one-minute mark of the third period and held on to win 7-2, sending Nadhir into the wrestlebacks with only his third loss of the season. Northwestern's first bout of the day featured Levi Mele, who lost a 13-0 major decision to John Deneen of Illinois. Mele bounced back in a big way in the wrestlebacks later in the day, however, notching a 7-6 victory over Izzy Montemayor of Northern Illinois. Mele trailed 6-4 in the third before scoring the final three points of the match, including a takedown in the closing 15 seconds to avenge a one-point loss to Montemayor in NU's Dec. 3 dual with the Huskies. Mele's day continues Tuesday evening with a match against Caleb Flores of Northern Iowa. Two Wildcats at 133 pounds suffered tough defeats to open the day, beginning with Robert Joyce against fifth-seeded Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion, wrestling unattached. Joyce took Hutter into the third set trailing by only two points, but the Monarch scored an escape and a quick takedown to build an 8-3 lead, spurring him to a 13-4 victory. Also at 133 was senior Eric Metzler, who started the second period against American's Thomas Williams with an escape to go ahead 1-0. Following an injury stoppage for Metzler, Williams notched the match's first takedown to go up 2-1. After an escape for Metzler, Williams again gained control, amassing the riding time point to win the bout 5-2. Metzler was later eliminated from the tournament in a 13-6 loss to Rider's Jimmy Kirchner. At 165, Robert Kellogg squared off with top-seeded Andrew Howe of Wisconsin, an NCAA finalist a year ago. Howe gained control early with a near-fall, taking a 6-1 lead on his way to a decisive 18-7 victory. NU starter Brian Roddy was knocked into the consolation bracket by Purdue's third-seeded Luke Manuel at 174 in an 8-0 loss. At 184 pounds, junior Aaron Jones fell behind 4-0 early and fell subject to a three-point near-fall in the second as North Central's Gabe Youel took a 9-0 lead. Jones battled back to within 9-6 on a reversal in the third period, but Youel's riding time advantage proved too much to overcome as Jones lost an 11-6 decision. Facing second-seeded and third-ranked Hudson Taylor of Maryland, John Schoen (197) came out strong on defense, trailing Taylor 2-0 late into the second period before Taylor notched one more takedown to close the period. Schoen continued to battle in the third, nearing several takedowns until one final takedown by Taylor sealed the win and gave him an 8-0 victory.Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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