Feb. 11, 2010
Northwestern at #1 Iowa
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010
Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, Iowa • 7 p.m. CT
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EVANSTON, Ill. — It’s no secret that life in the Big Ten means facing the nation’s best wrestlers week in and week out. Northwestern (5-10-1, 0-5) puts itself up to that challenge once again on Friday when it travels to undefeated and top-ranked Iowa (19-0, 4-0) for a 7 p.m. match in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in a contest streamed by BigTenNetwork.com.
What to Watch For
Iowa’s 10-man lineup features eight ranked wrestlers, all of whom are among the top 10 in the nation at their weight classes. After facing the No. 2-ranked 149-pounder at Ohio State on Sunday, NU’s 14th-ranked Andrew Nadhir must contend with top-ranked Brent Metcalf on Friday. Metcalf is a 2008 NCAA champion and Hodge Trophy winner as well as a 2009 NCAA runner-up. Iowa's other top-ranked competitor is senior Jay Borschel at 174 pounds, who enter's Friday's bout with a 24-0 record.
Iowa head coach Tom Brands is in his fourth season at the helm for the Hawkeyes and has led Iowa to back-to-back NCAA team championships in 2008 and 2009.
Northwestern last defeated the Hawkeyes on Jan. 29, 2005, when NU posted a 22-19 upset after trailing 19-3 to start the match.
Alma Mater is One of Cysewski's Final Stops as Head Coach
After 20 years as NU head coach, Tim Cysewski will be concluding his run at the helm and switching roles with current associate head coach Andrew Pariano at the end of the season. On Friday, Cysewski coaches his penultimate road dual match at the same school where he was an All-American and Midlands champion wrestling for Dan Gable and the Hawkeyes. Cysewski compiled a 99-23-4 career record and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1977.
Cysewski's final home match is Sunday, Feb. 21, when Northwestern hosts Michigan at 6 p.m. in Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Big Ten Network is set to carry the live broadcast from Evanston.
Precin, Welch Compete at Dave Schultz Memorial
Northwestern senior Brandon Precin and sophomore Jason Welch were among the unattached entrants at this week’s Dave Schultz Memorial International Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tournament, established by USA Wrestling in honor of the late Olympic and World champion Dave Schultz, annually assembles a field composed of top wrestlers from around the world. Precin, a two-time All-American, posted a 2-2 mark at the 55-kg freestyle weight class while Welch, who was injured through much of this his redshirt year, made his 2009-10 debut at 74 kg. According to USA Wrestling, this year’s Dave Schultz Memorial included elite amateur wrestlers from no less than 22 countries.