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    Top-Ranked Hawkeyes Rally To Down Wildcats, 22-13

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Mike Tamillow opened the dual with a major decision victory.
    Senior Mike Tamillow opened the dual with a major decision victory.

    Jan. 27, 2008

    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- No. 10 Northwestern opened up a 7-0 lead Sunday evening at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but top-ranked Iowa came back to defeat the Wildcats in their Big Ten opener, 22-13. Northwestern's most dramatic win came at 141 lbs. where redshirt freshman Keith Sulzer upset ninth-ranked Dan LeClere, 9-3.

    The win moves Iowa to 14-1 on the year, 3-0 in the Big Ten while Northwestern falls to 5-5, 0-1 in the Big Ten.

    The dual started at 197 lbs. where third-ranked Mike Tamillow defeated Chad Beatty by a 12-3 major decision. The senior scored an early takedown in the first period, added a takedown and escape in the second and notched two more takedowns in the third period and earned the riding time advantage. Tamillow gave the Wildcats an early 4-0 lead on the top-ranked Hawkeyes.

    Top-ranked Dustin Fox gave NU a 7-0 advantage with a 2-1 win over sixth-ranked Matt Fields. The senior All-American scored the first point of the match with an escape in the second period. Fields scored a third-period escape, but Fox had the riding time advantage to take the bout.

    Iowa got on the board at 125 lbs. where third-ranked Charlie Falck used a late third-period takedown to top fifth-ranked Brandon Precin, 5-3. Precin took a brief lead with a reversal early in the third period, but the Hawkeye scored a takedown with 10 seconds remaining to give Iowa its first points of the evening.

    Iowa closed to 7-6 when fourth-ranked Joe Slaton downed Eric Metzler, 11-6, at 133 lbs. Metzler trailed 2-1 after two periods of action, but Slaton scored three takedowns in the third period to take the match, 11-6.



    Redshirt freshman Keith Sulzer helped NU open up a 10-6 lead with a 9-3 win at 141 lbs. over ninth-ranked Dan LeClere. Sulzer scored an early takedown in the first period, but the period ended at 2-2 after an Iowa reversal. Sulzer trailed 4-2 heading into the third, but he scored a takedown and near-fall.

    In a battle of top-five wrestlers at 149 lbs., top-ranked Brent Metcalf defeated fourth-ranked Ryan Lang by a 12-3 major decision to tie the match score at 10-10.

    At 157 lbs., 15th-ranked Ryan Morningstar defeated Andrew Nadhir by 6-4 decision to give Iowa a 13-10 lead.

    Dominic Marella tied the match score at 13-13 with a win at 165 lbs. over Aaron Janssen, 7-5. Janssen was wrestling in the place of the injured and top-ranked Mark Perry.

    Iowa regained the lead with a win at 174 lbs. Second-ranked Jay Borschel scored a 3-1 decision over 15th-ranked Nick Hayes. Borschel scored an early first-period takedown and held onto the lead to take the 3-1 win.

    The Hawkeyes ended the dual when eighth-ranked Phil Keddy pinned Adil Kolovic in the first period. The win at 184 lbs. gave the Hawkeyes a 22-13 victory.

    The Wildcats return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when they host eighth-ranked Penn State at Welsh-Ryan Arena.


    197 - Mike Tamillow (NU) maj. dec. Chad Beatty (I), 12-3 (4-0)
    Hwt. - Dustin Fox (NU) dec. Matt Fields (I), 2-1 (7-0)
    125 - Charlie Falck (I) dec. Brandon Precin (NU), 5-3 (7-3)
    133 - Joe Slaton (I) dec. Eric Metzler (NU), 11-6 (7-6)
    141 - Keith Sulzer (NU) dec. Dan LeClere (I), 9-3 (10-6)
    149 - Brent Metcalf (I) maj. dec. Ryan Lang (NU), 12-3 (10-10)
    157 - Ryan Morningstar (I) dec. Andrew Nadhir (NU), 6-4 (10-13)
    165 - Dominic Marella (NU) dec. Aaron Janssen (I), 7-5 (13-13)
    174 - Jay Borschel (I) dec. Nick Hayes (NU), 3-1 (13-16)
    184 - Phillip Keddy (I) pinned Adil Kolovic (NU), 1:58 (13-22)