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Don Lund

Another big win for wrestlers

Hawk Talk

The seventh-ranked Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off the third-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys last Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The crowd was big (over 13,000), the atmosphere was electric and you had the two most storied programs in wrestling.
Oklahoma State has won 34 NCAA titles, Iowa 23.
The third-most titles are eight by Iowa State.
The Cowboys have 1,098 dual wins, the Hawkeyes 995.
The Hawks now have a 13-11 advantage in Iowa City.
You start with Spencer Lee at 125 pounds and end with Sam Stoll at 285.
Both picked up key wins.

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Wrestlers take down Spartans

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye wrestlers took down Michigan State last Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 49-6, which included six pins, but the big news was the debut of super freshman, Spencer Lee.
Spencer was rated the top recruit in the nation last year and the Hawks did a great job of recruiting him.
The only problem was… Spencer got a pin in 46 seconds.
The crowd still exploded for the freshman from Pennsylvania.

Men play three

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had three games last week; two at home and one on the road.
They started the week getting knocked off by Michigan, 75-68.
The Wolverines, who came into the game shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, shot 53 percent in the first half, 44 percent for the game.
They made 11 threes, Iowa made six.
Iowa, which has a deep bench, was outscored 37-17 on bench points, lost the turnover battle, 18-9 and was behind 10-2 on fast break points.
Not getting back on defense and leaving open shooters had the Hawks’ five-game winning streak stopped.

How sweet it is

Hawk Talk

Iowa breaks drought with comeback over Boston College, 27-20

The bowl steak of losing five straight was snapped as the Hawkeyes took care of business in the second half, beating Boston College last week in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
When I am watching a game, I’m thinking of different headlines.
Before the game, when I thought the Hawkeyes would win, I was going with “Finally.”
After the second quarter was over and Iowa was not looking good and trailing 17-10, I thought “Not again.”

State champs

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women beat Drake, 79-66, last Thursday at Carver, making them the mythical state champs with wins over Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa.
What a difference a year makes.
Last season, the Drake Bulldogs went 29-5, 18-0 in the conference. They beat the Hawkeyes 81-76 in Des Moines. Iowa had two players in double-figures, led by Ally Disterhoft with 24, and Megan Gustafson with 20.
The Hawks only made 3-11 from 3-point range. Drake had four players in double figures and finished 8-19 from behind the arc.

Hawkeye men’s basketball

Hawk Talk

The Iowa men played two games last week.
They cruised to a 92-64 win over Southern Utah last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Once again, the Hawks used the size and depth to take down the Thunderbirds.
Southern Utah is a little bit like Drake as they rely on the 3-pointer. When they are hot, they are tough to defend, but the Hawks held the Thunderbirds to 8-26 from 3-point range (30.8 percent), controlled the boards (48-29) and points in the paint (52-24).

Hawkeyes have solid football class

Hawk Talk

The early signing day for football was last Wednesday, Dec. 20.
That is the earliest high school seniors could sign a letter of intent.
It’s a little early to see if this is good for the Hawkeyes. Iowa picked up some solid recruits that could help right away.
This season the Hawks had three freshmen in the two-deeps on offense and three on defense.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is listed as a starter at wide receiver on offense for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
That will be Ihmir’s fourth start of the season.

Hawks take on instate battles

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men took down Drake Saturday at Des Moines and the women played at The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Sunday.
The men’s 90-64 win over the Drake Bulldogs last weekend was a little surprising.
The Bulldogs were coming off a tough loss at Minnesota, 68-67.
Drake led the Gophers at half 28-24, had a 29-4 advantage on bench points and made 12 3-pointers.
Against the Hawkeyes, Drake trailed at half 40-33 and made only nine threes.
The Bulldogs came into the game shooting 42 percent from behind the arc.

Jewell and Jackson - consensus All-Americans

Hawk Talk

Before the season started, Iowa had 23 consensus All-Americans.
Now it has 25.
To be a consensus All-American, you have to be on at least three All-American teams.
Josey Jewell and Josh Jackson were named on the Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sporting News, the AFCA and the FWAA All-American first team squads.
This is the fifth time in Hawkeye program history two Hawks earned consensus All-American in the same season.

Cy-Hawk week

Hawk Talk

Last week, the Hawkeye women traveled to Ames on Wednesday to play the Cyclones, the men went to Cyclone country on Thursday.
The last time the Iowa Hawkeye women beat the ‘Clones in Ames was 1989.
I was 35 years old and the Iowa football team was coming off a 5-6 record, 3-5 in the Big Ten.
I remember the last game at Kinnick Stadium, which was a 43-7 knockdown by Minnesota. The fans were booing at the end of the game with Matt Rodgers at quarterback.
It wasn’t pretty.
Of course, the team would bounce back in 1990, win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl

Hawkeye men play two

Hawk Talk

The Iowa men’s basketball team opened the week playing in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge last Tuesday against Virginia Tech, losing 79-55.
It was a tale of two halves at the Hawks looked sharp in the first half with the score tied 38 all at halftime. Great ball movement, Jordan Bohannon going 4-4 from 3-point range and Iowa winning the rebound battle, 21-11.
Iowa also had a 20-12 advantage on points in the paint, shot 51 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc.

“The Hawks blow up Nebraska”

The headline comes from the words that Gary Dolphin, Iowa’s play-by-play radio announcer, said as time ran out Black Friday in Lincoln.
The Iowa Hawkeyes blew the Huskers out in the second half, breaking a 14-14 halftime tie and scoring 42 unanswered points.
I have been to Lincoln once to see Iowa play Nebraska.
The year was 1980 and one of my homeboys from Moville, Kim Clark, was working in Lincoln and I went over for the weekend to go to the game with him.
The final score… 57-0!