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Don Lund

Akrum Wadley stays, Greg Davis goes

Hawk Talk

Last week, running back Akrum Wadley said he would be back for his senior season, while offensive coordinator Greg Davis decided to retire.
I tell some of my friends who asked me about Akrum staying or going, the statement head coach Kirk Ferentz made, “I don’t know any running backs in the NFL that weigh 185 pounds.”
Akrum has a chance to be one of the most exciting backs at Iowa since Tavian Banks. No disrespect to Shonn Greene but Shonn didn’t have the moves of Akrum. So if Akrum can keep his weight around 195, we’ll see if he can be a good NFL player.

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Hawkeye wrestlers

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes started the weekend last Friday by knocking off 15th-ranked Michigan, 31-7.
On Sunday, they crushed Michigan State 44-0 at East Lansing.
You start with Thomas Gilman (125) and Brandon Sorensen (149) with major decisions, Sammy Brooks (184) with a technical fall and it finished with Sam Stoll (285) getting a pin.
Cory Clark (133), who hasn’t wrestled since Nov. 27 but is still ranked No. 1, shut out seventh-ranked Stevan Micic, 2-0.
Second-ranked Michael Kemerer (157) beat 10th-ranked Brian Murphy, 6-3.

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Hawks scrape out Big 10 wins

The Hawkeye women’s and men’s basketball teams both played road games last Wednesday and both lost.
Both had home games Saturday and Sunday, with the Hawk women beating Nebraska, 75-72, Saturday. The men hosted Michigan Sunday and also came away with a three-point win in overtime, 86-83.

Hawkeye women

The 70-65 loss at Illinois was a really frustrating game.
Iowa had more rebounds (46-28), more points in the paint (30-20) and the Hawks outshot Illinois from the free throw line 12-14 (85.7%) to 14-19 (73.7%).

Not again…Florida wins, 30-3

Hawk Talk

I can’t believe it… another poor showing in the final game and Iowa suffers its fifth-straight bowl loss.
Too many missed tackles, too many interceptions and too many big plays given up.
I don’t even want to talk about the game, so I’ll look into next year.
Big losses include C.J. Beathard, Desmond King, Jaleel Johnson, LeShun Daniels, Jr., and Ron Coluzzi.
C.J. finished with a career record of 21-7 (.750), the best all-time winning percentage of Iowa quarterbacks with 20 or more starts.
C.J. is one of only five players in program history to throw for more than 40 touchdowns.

Wrestlers win Midlands

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes had three champions, including Thomas Gilman (125 pounds) who won his third-straight Midland title.
Brandon Sorensen (149) scored a takedown and back points to win a 7-1 decision but the most exciting match was redshirt freshman Michael Kemerer at 157.
Michael, who came in ranked second, knocked off the No. 1 seed Tyler Berger of Nebraska in the finals.
The match went into two sudden victory overtimes and both wrestlers were given points in OT that were reversed.
Michael finally pulled it out with a 6-5 win.

Doubleheader win at Carver

Hawk Talk

Last Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the women and men played a doubleheader, with the women cruising 83-48 over Kent State and the men winning, 84-73, over North Dakota.

Hawkeye women

Something wasn’t right when the Hawkeyes started their game against Kent State.
The Hawks missed four straight shots while Kent State made three straight.
The 6-0 lead, with only three minutes gone in the game, was enough for Head Coach Lisa Bluder to call a 30-second timeout and send in the second five.

Hawkeye men cruise over UNI

I thought the Hawks had a good chance of knocking off the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers last Saturday in Des Moines, but a 23-point win?
Are you serious?
It just seemed like everything Iowa did was successful and everything UNI did wasn’t.
One of the toughest things to teach freshmen is defense.
Not just man-to-man defense, but zone defense, help defense and communicating on defense.
Iowa starts two freshmen, a redshirt freshman, one sophomore and a senior.
Only Peter Jok and Ahmad Wagner played together last season.

It’s a Hawkeye state

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes played the Cyclones three times last week, twice in basketball and once in wrestling.
All were in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and all three were Hawkeye wins.
I know Iowa and Iowa State play for the Cy-Hawk trophy every year. That includes over 14 different competitions between the schools, but when the Hawks win the big four– football, men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling– in my opinion it’s a Hawkeye state.

Hawkeye men

First Iowa beat Stetson, 95-68, and then they took out Iowa State, 78-64.

Hawkeye wrestling

Hawk Talk

For the 13th straight time, the Hawkeyes were too much for the Cyclones and Iowa won last Saturday, 26-9.
Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorensen (149) and Sammy Brooks (184) picked up bonus points for Iowa, but Head Coach Tom Brands said there is a lot of work to be done.
“We were in some holes and the good thing is we bailed ourselves out of some holes,” said the head coach. “Our guys need to be thinking about scoring points when they’re out there. Guys don’t fall down when you blow on them. They fall down when you put them down.”

Hawkeye hoops

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men and women each had two games last week and both started the week playing against Notre Dame.

Hawkeye men

Iowa traveled to Notre Dame last Tuesday, got beat 92-78, but I thought the score was a little misleading.
I was more than a little surprised when the game started and I didn’t see Tyler Cook in the starting lineup. Tyler was the second leading scorer for the Hawks (13.7) and the leading rebounder coming into the game.

Hawkeyes going to the Outback Bowl

Iowa is going bowling for the 14th time since Kirk Ferentz became head coach.
The Hawks will be facing 18th-ranked Florida Tuesday, Jan. 2, in the Outback Bowl at noon.
Since 2001, no Big Ten team has won more bowl games, or has a higher winning percentage in bowl games than Iowa.
This will be the fifth time the Hawks have been in the Outback Bowl.
The Gators (8-4) averaged 23.4 points, 129.8 rushing yards and 215.2 passing yards.
Iowa’s defense gave up an average of 17.9 points, 153.2 rushing yards and 199.7 passing yards.

Iowa wrestlers

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes won eight of 10 matches at 20th-ranked South Dakota last Friday, winning 29-8.
Iowa could have won nine of 10 but Cory Clark didn’t wrestle at 133 and the Hawks lost that weight on a technical fall.
Sammy Brooks (184) and Topher Carton (141) both had major decisions while Thomas Gilman (125) had a tech fall.