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Sports

Wrestlers third at Highland

MANCHESTER– Solon’s wrestlers split a double dual at Manchester last week and then placed second at a Highland tournament over the weekend.
The Spartans defeated Maquoketa, 51-27, and then fell to West Delaware by the same score Thursday, Jan. 9, at Manchester.
Louis Gnida, Trevor Nelson and Lance Evans remained undefeated in dual competition, according to head coach Brooks McLaren. Cole Fritz, Evans and Logan Linderbaum had pins against Maquoketa.
Evans, Gnida, Nelson and Danny Whitmore had pins against West Delaware.

Hawks take down Cowboys

Halk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeye wrestlers picked up a big 24-6 win over fifth-ranked Oklahoma State Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa had eight wins, a couple of upsets and some exciting matches.
Tony Ramos (133) started the year ranked No. 1 but has lost two matches so far this season. He only had two losses all of last year.
Tony came into the meet ranked fourth and his opponent, Jon Morrison, was ranked first.
Tony has the energy and talent to excite the Hawkeye crowd, and boy did he deliver against the Cowboys.

PERFECTION

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The women’s and men’s basketball team had two wins last week, plus the wrestlers dominated both of their matches.
The women started it out with a home win against Minnesota last Wednesday.
I don’t know if Iowa’s 78-71 victory against the Gophers was a must-win, but it was pretty close.
The Hawks started the season 0-2 including a loss at home against 15th-ranked Penn State, so to start 0-3 with two home losses would be tough to overcome.

Hawkeyes - Up and down for UI sports

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Last week was the last time, until next October, I get to cover the four sports I’ve been writing about since I came on board in 2001.
On Monday, Dec. 30, the Hawkeye wrestlers won their 23rd Midlands Championship, crowned three champions and scored a tournament record 187.5 points.
How about redshirt freshman Thomas Gilman (125) beating defending Midlands champ Jarrod Garnet 6-1 to win his first title?
Tuesday, Dec. 31, saw the Hawkeye men’s basketball team, despite missing 17 free throws, take down Nebraska, 67-57, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Not meant to be

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Iowa lost to the LSU Tigers 21-14 last week in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. It just wasn’t meant to be.
First Mike Meyer, the second-best field goal kicker ever at Iowa (Nate Kaeding is number one), missed a 35-yard chip shot in the third quarter with no wind.
Then Kevonte Martin-Manley fumbled a punt, LSU recovered and drove for a score. Kevonte hasn’t done that all year.
Finally John Lowdermilk had a pick-six as he intercepted a pass on his own 28, broke free and crossed the goal line… but he dropped the ball before he scored.

Solon girls push past Maquoketa

SOLON– The temperatures were freezing outside, and the shooting inside was almost as cold.
Solon’s girls played back-to-back home games coming out of winter break Friday and Saturday, defeating Maquoketa, 37-31, and then falling to Anamosa, 28-25.
Both the Lady Spartans and their opponents had a hard time finding the bottom of the basket.
Hosting the Maquoketa Cardinals, Solon trailed 16-15 at the half, but held Maquoketa without a point in third quarter to take a 25-16 lead into the fourth.