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Sports

Hawk Talk

Tough weekend for the Hawkeyes

Last weekend wasn’t fun for Hawkeye basketball and wrestling fans.
The men’s basketball team blew a 19-point first half lead and lost at Nebraska, 64-60, on Saturday.
The wrestlers lost two meets to Minnesota and Missouri finishing fourth at the National Dual meet in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon and night.
On Sunday, the Iowa women got beat 66-46 by Nebraska.

Hawkeye Wrestling

We’ll start with wrestling.
Led by a pin from Tony Ramos, the Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off Cornell 21-16 in the first round of the National Dual meet championship last Friday.

No dance for Spartans

Panthers’ second half sends Solon home, 51-33

IOWA CITY– Turnovers and a suffocating Mount Pleasant defense spelled trouble for the Spartans.
Solon fell in the Class 3A Substate 5 final, 51-33, to the defending champion Panthers Monday night at Iowa City West.
The Spartans held a 14-point lead at one point in the first half, but a wound-up Mount Pleasant team started hitting the 3-pointers they missed earlier in a second half that saw only one made field goal by Solon until the game was in its final minute.

Solon Archery club members qualify for state competition

Eight Solon Archery Team members qualified for the state archery shoot in Des Moines March 2. State qualifiers were Jarrett Manifold, Jordan TePoel, Mathieux Rehnke, Rodney Wittich, Brianna Pike, Jonathen Rehnke Eric Swartzendruber and Nicole Breese (not pictured). (contributed photo)

New class, new trophy, new challenge

Women of Troy return to state tournament after beating City

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy are going back to the Girls State Basketball Tournament. A decisive 55-42 win over City High Tuesday night at Cedar Rapids Prairie in a Class 5A regional final punched their ticket, and put the ladies on track for their third consecutive tourney appearance.
West led the third meeting this season of the crosstown rivals throughout, edging past 11-10 after the first period and taking a 21-19 lead into the locker room at the half.

Evans places 5th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– People who do not know Solon 195-pound wrestler Lance Evans would have given him little chance of even qualifying for this year’s state wrestling meet, let alone placing in the tournament.
He sustained a severe knee injury this past summer, which required surgery, and was only cleared to start practicing during the week prior to the sectional tournament.
Evans went on to win both sectional and district championships in qualifying for the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines and won four matches, bringing home a fifth-place medal.
His match results were as follows:

Big Ten champs

While I was talking about the Hawkeyes’ new football recruits last week, the Iowa wrestlers finished the Big Ten season undefeated, the men’s basketball team picked up a couple of wins and the women’s basketball team is in a big time slump.

Iowa wrestling
When the Hawkeyes knocked off Nebraska, 31-7, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10, they also won the Big Ten duals title.
Two days before, the Hawks took down Illinois, 25-12, but Matt McDonough lost his first match of the year.