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Don Lund

Top-ranked wrestlers fall

The number-one rated Hawkeye wrestlers got knocked off Sunday, 18-12, in the finals of the National Duals.
Iowa opened up the Duals last Saturday at Carver with a 44-3 domination over Chattanooga and a 24-8 win over fifth-ranked Cornell.
The Hawkeyes had five pins in the win over Chattanooga (Cory Clark, Michael Kelly, Mike Evans, Sammy Brooks and Bobby Telford).
Iowa also had a tech fall by Brandon Sorensen at 149 pounds.
Thomas Gilman was the only loss, 3-1 in overtime.

Big Ten Championship

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye wrestlers won their seventh regular season Big Ten championship in the last eight years by knocking off Michigan, 22-9, last Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
On Sunday, they knocked off Virginia, 30-6, in the opening round of the National Duals.
Iowa won seven of 10 matches against the Wolverines, but it still didn’t seem like a good win.
There were too many close matches, too many slow starts and when Bobby Telford, ranked second at 285, lost in overtime on a reversal, there was not a lot of joy in Mudville.

UI women have not hand

The Hawkeye women also had two games last week.
They beat Nebraska 69-61 at Lincoln on Thursday and then smoked Indiana, 81-64, at Carver.
To say the Cornhuskers had the Hawkeyes’ number since Nebraska got into the Big Ten in 2011 would be an understatement.
The Cornhuskers won three games against Iowa last season, including a 72-65 win in the Big Ten Championship game.
That was then, this is now.
Iowa knocked off Nebraska, 78-72, in overtime at Carver on Jan. 26 this season.
Last Sunday, the Hawks came out slow and trailed 37-28 at half.

Hawkeye men don’t

The Hawkeye men played two games last week, losing at home to Minnesota, 64-59, and then losing again at Northwestern on Sunday in overtime, 66-61.
The Hawks came into the Minnesota game with a two-game winning streak, having crushed Michigan at Ann Arbor, 72-54, and then beating a pretty good Maryland team at home, 71-55.
Iowa shot over 60 percent in each of those wins, did a great job of moving the ball and in the Michigan win, had all five starters in double figures.
Those two games were probably the best basketball the Hawks have played so far this year.

Hawkeyes sign 21

I knew this was going to happen by I’m still amazed by it.
Do you realize that my hometown of Moville, (population of less than 1,400 and 15 miles east of Sioux City) signed as many football recruits as Des Moines (population more than 206,000)?
When Landon and Levi Paulsen came on board as Iowa Hawkeyes last week, it was a great day for the Woodbury Central Wildcats and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Moville, the home of the Wildcats, consolidated with Climbing Hill (population of around 130) in 1962.

Badgers sweep Hawks

Wisconsin is rated fifth in the nation for a reason.
They have good shooters, they make their free throws, they don’t turn the ball over and they play defense.
Last Saturday at Carver, the Badgers took down the Hawkeyes for the second time this season, 74-63.
There were a few sidebars coming into the game.
Would Aaron White play and be effective with his injured shoulder?
How about Gabe Olaseni? He was seen in a boot on campus last week.
What about Dan Dakich? He was the color commentator for ESPN who called Adam Woodbury gutless and cowardly the last time Iowa played Wisconsin.

Women on a roll

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Iowa women had two home games last week.
They opened with a 76-70 win over Michigan.
The Michigan win saw the Hawkeyes lead from start to finish.
The Hawks led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but the Wolverines kept hanging around. Bethany Doolittle was 3-4 from the free throw line in the last 41 seconds to give Iowa the win.
Great passing for the Hawkeyes as all five starters had at least two assists and they shot 57 percent from the floor.

Near sweep for wrestlers

The Hawkeye wrestlers won their first nine matches against the Northwestern Wildcats, but heavyweight Bobby Telford couldn’t finish the deal.
Iowa still dominated, 38-3.
Mike McMullan, who was ranked No. 4, took down Bobby in double-overtime in Iowa’s only loss.
Mike and Bobby have wrestled seven times with Mike winning four.
Mike was ranked No. 1 when Bobby beat him at the Midlands, 4-2, Dec. 30 at Evanston, Ill.
The dynamic duo... Thomas Gilman (125) and Cory Clark (133) started Iowa out with a technical fall and a pin.

Bad day at work for the Hawks

The Hawkeye men played two road games last week.
They got smoked 85-52 at Wisconsin and lost at Purdue, 67-63.
Did you ever have one of those days that everything seems to go wrong?
You wake up late because your alarm clock doesn’t go off, you pack your lunch and get in the car and your gas gauge is on empty.
Then you get to work and your computer is down. You break for lunch and remember you left your lunch by the front door so you wouldn’t forget it.

Wrestlers roll over Illinois

Hawk Talk

Last Friday at Carver, the Hawkeyes wrestlers took out the Fighting Illini, 25-12.
Illinois only won three matches but they were a decision, a technical fall and a major decision and Tom Brands, the Hawkeye head coach, wasn’t happy.
Illinois led 12-10 when the roof was blown off Carver.
Alex Meyer (174) was in for Mike Evans, who was nicked up.
Alex, who was wrestling sixth-ranked Zac Brunson, trailed 5-3 with 1:32 left in the third period.

Iowa men get two

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team took a road trip to Minnesota, winning a close one 77-75 last Tuesday.
Iowa hosted Ohio State last Saturday and led from start to finish, 76-67.
Stop me if you have heard this one before.
Iowa takes a 38-27 halftime lead against Minnesota by playing good defense, making shots (61 percent from the floor) and winning the rebound battle, 18-14.
The second half, the Gophers shoot 62 percent from the floor, 54.5 percent from 3-point range, outscore the Hawks 48-39 and win the rebounds 16-15... but Iowa won the game!

Hawkeye women sweep

The Iowa women played two games last week, beating Northwestern 83-70 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday, then going to Michigan State on Sunday and winning a nail-biter, 52-50.
Since Melissa Dixon has been in a groove on her 3-point shooting, more teams haven’t been playing zone against the Hawkeyes.
When they are in a player-to-player defense, Iowa spreads the floor which opens up the lanes. You have some players that can drive and score. Bethany Doolittle and Ally Disterhoft do such a good job because of their quickness.