Hawkeye wrestlers: Big Ten Champs
IOWA CITY– For the second year in a row, the Hawkeye wrestling team won the Big Ten tournament championship at University Park, Pennsylvania.
One hundred and forty-one points, two champions and nine will go to the NCAA championships in two weeks.
I’ll look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Iowa’s 33rd Big Ten title.
The good or great would have to be Brent Metcalf. Three pins, including one in the championship match, a major decision, being voted the Outstanding Wrestler for the second straight year, 33-0 for the year, 65 straight victories… and he’s only a junior.
Also good is heavyweight Dan Erekson, winning his first Big Ten championship. For me, Dan has been the most pleasant surprise all season. He was an average 197-pounder two years ago and has really come on this year.
Both Ryan Morningstar (165) and Phil Keddy (184) were seeded third and finished second after losing in the finals, which was good.
Charlie Falck (125) and Jay Borschel (174) finished third while Alex Tsirtsis (141) and Chad Betty (197) finished fourth.
I’d have to put Daniel Dennis (133) finishing fifth in the bad category. Dan was the No. 1 seed, but lost two matches Saturday before bouncing back Sunday.
The ugly would be 157 pounds where the Hawks haven’t done anything all year at that weight.
Thirty-three Big Ten championships is still pretty sweet.
Iowa has two weeks to prepare for the Nationals in St. Louis… I have a feeling they will be ready.