I can't wait to get to Carver tomorrow. Even though it is a lot of driving.
The top-ranked Iowa wrestling team (5-0) will host its 2007-08 home opener Thursday evening at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa will face Northern Iowa (0-0-1) at 6:30 p.m. and Cornell (3-1) at 8 p.m.
Iowa's No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NWCA/Intermat coaches poll and by W.I.N. Magazine marks the first time the Hawkeyes have been ranked in the nation's top spot since the 2003-04 season. W.I.N. Magazine ranked Iowa in the top spot on Dec. 3, 2003. The last time Iowa was ranked No. 1 by Amateur Wrestling News was Nov. 13, 2000, and by InterMat on Nov. 29, 2000.
IOWA TICKET INFORMATION
Season tickets and single meet tickets for Iowa's seven home duals are on sale at the University of Iowa Athletic Ticket Office or at 1-800-464-2957, 319-335-9327 or www.hawkeyesports.com. University of Iowa students will be admitted free to all matches with a student ID. Following are the ticket prices:
$48 - General Public, $42 University Faculty & Staff
$8 - Adults, $4 - Youth (Purchased in Advance)
$10 - Adults, $5 - Youth (Purchased at the Event)
ON THE AIR
Radio - Steven Grace and two-time Hawkeye NCAA champion and four-time all-American Mark Ironside will call the action live on AM-800, KXIC. All dual meets will be broadcast live, as will action from the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Live audio broadcasts from all competitions will be available online at www.hawkeyesports.com. To listen online, go to the wrestling schedule, click on the event and click on the Listen link. Broadcasts are available using the Hawkeye All-Access subscription ($9.95 per month or $79.95 per year) or the CSTV XXL Premium subscription ($119.95 per year).
Internet - Press releases, meet results and audio broadcasts are available on the University of Iowa's website, www.hawkeyesports.com. To access live dual scoring, go to the wrestling schedule page, select the event and click on the Livestats link. Current staff and student-athlete head shots can be found at pics.hawkeyesports.com.
SCOUTING NORTHERN IOWA
Northern Iowa is 0-0-1, tying Wisconsin (16-16) last weekend in Cedar Falls. Head Coach Brad Penrith is 63-52-4 in eight seasons with the Panthers. Penrith was an NCAA champion and three-time NCAA finalist, all-American and Big Ten champion at Iowa from 1986-88. He is assisted by Nebraska alums Jose DeAnda and Tolly Thompson, and Northern Iowa alums Randy Pugh and Sean Stender.
The Panthers return four NCAA qualifiers in seniors C.J. Ettleson (141) and Alex Dolly (174), and juniors Moza Fay (165), and Andrew Anderson (197) from the 2006-07 squad that went 4-0 in the Western Conference and won the regional. Fay (8-1), Anderson (7-1) and Dolly (6-1) each have one loss this season.
SCOUTING CORNELL COLLEGE
Cornell is 3-1 and is ranked tenth nationally in the most recent Brute-Adidas NWCA Division III rankings. The Rams opened the season with a 31-13 loss at Wisconsin-LaCrosse but have won their last three duals (St. John's - 20-15, Loras - 27-12 and William Penn - 3-12).
Head Coach Mike Duroe is 32-18-1 in three seasons at Cornell, and has a 114-45-1 career record in eight seasons as a college head coach. Duroe served as head coach for the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Wrestling Club from 2003-05. He is assisted by Mike Elliott and former Hawkeye two-time all-American Joe Johnston.
Cornell is led by seniors Chris Heilman (125) and Pat McAuley (157). Heilman is 15-1 and ranked second in the nation, while McAuley is 14-5 and ranked fourth.
Northern Iowa - Iowa leads the series, 39-8-2 and has won the last 31 meetings between the two teams. The Hawkeyes hold a 19-3-1 advantage in matches wrestled in Iowa City. Iowa's last win in the series was 18-15 last season, while Northern Iowa's last win was 17-15 in Cedar Falls during the 1973-74 season.
Cornell - Cornell leads the series, 3-1. This will be the first time the teams wrestle in Iowa City, and the first meeting between the two teams in 38 years. Iowa won the last meeting, 22-11 in Mount Vernon during the 1969-70 season. Cornell's last win in the series was 17-11 in Mount Vernon in 1932-33.
LAST MEETING - IOWA 18, NORTHERN IOWA 15
In a night of firsts, Iowa edged out Northern Iowa, 18-15, in Cedar Falls. It was Head Coach Tom Brands' first dual victory at the Hawkeye helm and Northern Iowa's first dual meet at its new McLeod Center. A crowd of 5,831 watched Iowa extend its winning streak in the series to 31.
The Hawkeyes got wins from senior Mario Galanakis (133), redshirt freshman Ryan Morningstar (157), junior Mark Perry (165), senior Eric Luedke (174) and junior Matt Fields (Hwt.). Galanakis scored the only bonus points of the night, pinning redshirt freshman Brett Robbins in 2:50. Morningstar scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat sophomore Moza Fay, 5-3, and tie the team score at 9-9 at the intermission. Perry, who wrestled in the NWCA All-Star Dual in Dallas, TX, earlier in the week, scored a 3-0 win and accumulated 3:24 of riding time against senior Nick Baima. Luedke gave Iowa a 15-9 lead - its largest of the night - with his 7-4 decision against Alex Dolly. With the scored tied 15-15 going into the heavyweight match, Fields picked up his fourth career win over senior Tyler Rhodes and sealed the team win with a 5-0 decision.
Iowa 18, Northern Iowa 15
125 - Kyle Anson (UNI) dec. Charlie Falck (I), 9-4
133 - Mario Galanakis (I) pinned Brett Robbins (UNI), 2:50
141 - C.J. Ettleson (UNI) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 5-2
149 - Charlie Ettelson (UNI) dec. Alex Grunder (I), 3-2
157 - Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Moza Fay (UNI), 5-3 SV-1
165 - Mark Perry (I) dec. Nick Baima (UNI), 3-0
174 - Eric Luedke (I) dec. Alex Dolly (UNI), 7-4
184 - Danny Dunning (UNI) dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 6-4
197 - Andrew Anderson (UNI) dec. Dan Erekson (I), 7-5
Hwt. - Matt Fields (I) dec. Tyler Rhodes (UNI), 5-0
HAVEN'T WE MET?
Following are series results for possible Iowa-Northern Iowa matchups:
141 - Dan LeClere (I) is 1-0 vs. C.J. Ettleson (UNI)
LeClere dec. Ettleson, 7-6, at 2006 Nichols Open*
165 - Mark Perry (I) is 1-0 vs. Moza Fay (UNI)
Perry pinned Fay in 5:51 at 2007 Kaufman-Brand Open*
174 - Jay Borschel (I) is 1-0 vs. Alex Dolly (UNI)
Borschel dec. Dolly, 4-2, at 2006 UNI Open*
184 - Phillip Keddy (I) is 0-1 vs. Danny Dunning (UNI)
Dunning dec. Keddy, 6-4, at 2006-07 dual
184 - Rick Loera (I) is 1-0 vs. Andy O'Loughlin (UNI)
Loera maj. dec. O'Loughlin, 15-5, at 2007 Kaufman-Brand Open
* - Hawkeye wrestler was competing unattached
? Iowa sophomore Joe Slaton (133) and Northern Iowa redshirt freshman Jarion Beets (157) and true freshman Cruse Aarhus (125) all attended Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School.
? Hawkeyes Dan (141) and Nick LeClere (149), and Cornell freshman Ryan Mulnix (141) are Coggon, IA, natives and wrestled at North-Linn high school. Dan LeClere and Mulnix are scheduled to meet in Thursday night's dual.
? Hawkeye sophomore Ryan Morningstar (157) and Cornell freshman Zach Campion (125) were high school teammates at Lisbon.
? Iowa freshman J.J. Krutsinger and Cornell freshman Mitchell Forness both wrestled at Waterloo Columbus high school.
MORNINGSTAR, PERRY LOOK FOR CAREER MILESTONES
Sophomore Ryan Morningstar (157) and senior Mark Perry (165) will each be looking for a career victory milestone this week. Morningstar will be going after his 30th victory, while Perry will be looking for his 80th.