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February 10, 2008
Hawkeyes handle Boise State
The top-ranked Iowa wrestling team won its 11th straight dual when it beat Boise State, 30-9, in front of 2,812 fans in Taco Bell Arena Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes won eight bouts, including three by bonus points, to snap Boise State's nine-match winning streak and hand the Broncos their second loss of the season. Iowa improved to 18-1 (5-0 Big Ten) this season, while Boise State dropped to 10-2 (7-1 Pac-10).
"The mistakes we are making in finishing positions and the lack of aggressiveness in terms of putting a guy away is huge," said Head Coach Tom Brands. "Our guys need to be ready to go and be strong out there. I don't think we've wrestled our best yet as a team, so we've got work to do. Even though we weren't hitting on all cylinders today and looked sloppy at times, we won some close matches."
Iowa jumped out to a 21-0 lead with wins at the first five weights. Junior 125-pounder Charlie Falck opened the dual with a 20-5 technical fall over freshman Alan Bartelli that ended the match at 5:40. Sophomore Daniel Dennis scored a 6-3 win over junior Cory Fish in his first match of the season at 133. Sophomores Dan LeClere (141) and Brent Metcalf (149) followed with bonus-point victories for the Hawkeyes. LeClere scored a 12-4 major decision over freshman Eli Hutchison, and Metcalf pinned junior Cody Bender in 2:01. The pin was Metcalf's ninth of the season as he improved to 23-1 and scored his 20th straight victory. Sophomore Ryan Morningstar scored a takedown in the second sudden victory period to beat junior Tyler Sherfey, 3-1, at 157.
Boise State scored its first points at 165, when freshman Kurt Swartz beat Hawkeye redshirt freshman Jake Kerr, 2-1. Iowa has posted a 0-8 record at 165 since starter and defending NCAA and Big Ten Champion Mark Perry's knee injury and subsequent surgery. Sophomores Jay Borschel (174) and Phillip Keddy (184) responded with hard-fought wins. Borschel picked up his 11th straight win with a 7-4 decision over sophomore Nate Lee, and Keddy handed freshman Kirk Smith his second loss of the season with a 3-2 victory. The Broncos won their second and final bout of the afternoon at 197, when sophomore Matt Casperson pinned sophomore Rick Loera in 2:35. Hawkeye senior Matt Fields posted his 20th season victory with an 8-3 win over junior Nick Smith at heavyweight to end the dual.
The Hawkeyes put their undefeated Big Ten dual mark on the line this weekend when they host two conference opponents in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa will host #16/#17 Indiana (12-6, 1-4 Big Ten) Friday at 7 p.m. and #6 Michigan (15-5, 2-2 Big Ten) Sunday at 8 p.m. The Hawkeyes will recognize seniors Matt Fields (Hwt.) and Mark Perry (165) before the Michigan dual.
Iowa 30, Boise State 9
125 - Charlie Falck (I) tech. fall Alan Bartelli (BSU), 20-5 in 5:40
133 - Daniel Dennis (I) dec. Cory Fish (BSU), 6-3
141 - Dan LeClere (I) maj. dec. Eli Hutchison (BSU), 12-4
149 - Brent Metcalf (I) pinned Cody Bender (BSU), 2:01
157 - Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Tyler Sherfey (BSU), 3-1 SV2
165 - Kurt Swartz (BSU) dec. Jake Kerr (I), 2-1
174 - Jay Borschel (I) dec. Nate Lee (BSU), 7-4
184 - Phillip Keddy (I) dec. Kirk Smith (BSU), 3-2
197 - Matt Casperson (BSU) pinned Rick Loera (I), 2:35
Hwt. - Matt Fields (I) dec. Nick Smith (BSU), 8-3