Talk about multi-tasking.
Last Sunday afternoon I had two TVs going. One on the Iowa-Penn State women’s basketball game, the other on the NFL game with Baltimore and New England.
I also had the radio on the Iowa-Penn State wrestling match.
The Hawk wrestlers lost their second straight match, 22-12.
By the way, who schedules these wrestling and basketball games at almost the same time?
Penn State hosted the Iowa wrestlers at 1 p.m. in an ancient gym that only held 6,500 and then the Hawkeye women played at the Nittany Lions basketball arena at 2 p.m.
Two events against the same team an hour apart…
Let’s start out by going back to the year 1966 when I was 12 years old and the Hawkeye football team was coming off a 2-8 season under new head coach Ray Nagel.
Sophomore Ed Podolak was the quarterback and led Iowa to victories over Arizona, 31-20, in the first game and Indiana, 20-19, in the seventh game.
The Hawks had a stretch where they went four straight games without scoring a touchdown.
It kind of makes their 7-6 season last fall not seem quite so bad, doesn’t it?
The 1966-67 basketball team was 16-8, 9-5 in the Big Ten and was coached by Ralph Miller.
Super Sam Williams led the way, scoring 22.6 points per game.
The lineup included forward Gerry Jones (18.6 ppg), center Huston Breedlove (8.4), guards Tom Chapman (16.8) and Chris Philips (5.7).
The following season, the Hawkeyes would tie Ohio State for the Big Ten championship. They actually had a one-game playoff with the Buckeyes to see who would go to the NCAA tournament… Ohio State won, 85-81.
I remember listening to most of the football and basketball games on the radio… none were on TV.
1966 is also the last time Iowa lost to Ohio State in wrestling.
Last Friday, the Buckeyes smoked the Hawks 21-9.
I’m not sure if Iowa was just flat or looking towards the Penn State match Sunday, but when Tony Ramos (133) gets shut out 7-0 and Montell Marion gets beat 4-2 you have to wonder.
It didn’t help that Derek St. John wrestled for the first time since Dec. 8 and reinjured his knee in a 7-3 loss.
“We’ll take our medicine,” said Head Coach Tom Brands. “Seven losses and three wins hasn’t happened in a long time and it’s a low point.”
Matt McDonough (133), Ethen Lofthouse (174) and Blake Raising (Hwt.) were the only wins for the Hawks.
Blake replaced Bobby Telford who had lost four straight.
The Hawkeyes could do no better at Penn State, winning the first three, including a pin by Ramos, but lost the last seven.
Tom Brands and the wrestlers have their work cut out for them.
They host the fourth-ranked Minnesota Gophers this Sunday at Carver. Hopefully some home cooking will give the Hawks a boost.