IOWA CITY– The Iowa wrestlers went out in style, winning their third-straight Big Ten title, their 61st consecutive win and finished 23-0 by crunching Ohio State and Wisconsin.
Last Friday at Carver, the Hawkeye seniors went out with class in a 32-3 win over third-ranked Ohio State.
That’s the 18th time the Hawkeyes have been undefeated at home. They also set a Carver record with 11 home wins.
The 11 seniors, including starters Daniel Dennis (133), Brent Metcalf (149), Ryan Morningstar (165), Jay Borschel (174), Phil Keddy (184), Chad Beatty (197) and heavyweight Dan Erekson combined for 646 wins, 132 of them in the Big Ten.
Good teams not only can dominate but have to win the close ones.
The Hawks had a pin (Dan Erekson) and two majors (Matt McDonough, 125 and Jay Borschel, 174).
They also had three victories by one point (Dan Dennis, 133, Ryan Morningstar, 165 and Phil Keddy, 184).
“We’re winning those close matches and that’s important,” said head coach Tom Brands. “But you’ve got to widen the gap. We’ve got to do a better job of knocking that front door down early.”
Brent Metcalf had a tough match with second-ranked Lance Palmer at 149. Brent’s takedown in the first period was the difference.
Last Sunday, Iowa wrapped up its second straight undefeated season with a 31-6 win over Wisconsin.
Four Hawkeyes remained undefeated, as seniors Brent Metcalf (149, 29-0), Jay Borschel (174, 28-0), Dan Erekson (Hwt., 8-0) plus redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125, 29-0) finished strong.
Jay got a pin, Brent won by forfeit, Matt got a major and Dan won 3-2.
The Hawkeyes scored bonus points in three matches and gave up only four takedowns.
How about 41 straight road wins?
Iowa is firing on all cylinders and if Chad Beatty (197) can be ready for the Big Ten championship in two weeks, the Hawks will have a great shot of winning their third straight Big Ten title. They have won 33 Big Ten championships so far.