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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | APRIL 14, 2009 7:30 AM

Hawks, ex-Hawks shine in national wrestling tournament

Iowa assistant wrestling coach and 2008 Olympian Mike Zadick and former Hawkeye heavyweight Steve Mocco won men’s freestyle titles at the 2009 ASICS U.S. Senior National Championships over the weekend in Las Vegas.

It was Zadick’s first U.S. Senior National title. The former Hawkeye All-American captured the title with a 1-2, 2-0, 2-0 victory over Shawn Bunch of Gator WC in the 60 kg (132 pounds) finals.

Mocco also earned his first U.S. Senior National title. The former Iowa national champion scored a 1-0, 2-2, 1-0 win over Tervel Dlagnev of Sunkist Kids at 120 kg (264 pounds).

Brent Metcalf finished second at 66 kg (145 pounds), losing a 1-0, 0-3, 0-3 bout to former Iowa State national champion Trent Paulson of Sunkist Kids.

Former Hawkeye Eric Luedke also finished second at 84 kg (184 pounds), falling to 2009 NCAA champion Jake Herbert of New York AC in the finals, 0-7, 3-1, 0-1.

Hawkeye assistant coach and 2008 Olympian Doug Schwab placed fourth, and Iowa strength and conditioning coach Jared Frayer placed fifth at 66 kg.

Three young Hawkeyes also posted noteworthy finishes at the FILA Junior National Men’s Freestyle tournament in Las Vegas. Freshmen Matt McDonough and Nate Moore placed third and fifth at 60 kg, respectively, and redshirt freshman Brodie Ambrose placed fifth at 96 kg (211 pounds).

The World Team Trials, which will be held at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs May 30-31, will determine who will represent the United States at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships in Herning, Denmark, Sept. 21-27.

— by Zach Smith

Baseball faces Cornhuskers

The Iowa baseball team (11-20, 2-7) will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-19-1) today in Lincoln, Neb., at 6 p.m.

The Hawkeyes are mired in a seven-game losing streak, but they will try to change their ways against the Cornhuskers, who are in the midst of a nine-game losing skid.

“Because everything is so hard for us right now, we’ve lost our energy level,” Iowa head coach Jack Dahm said. “Nothing is easy for us. We need to get back to playing with some energy and playing hard.”

Iowa is 0-2 against Big 12 teams on the year after losing on April 7 and 8 against Kansas. Tonight’s game will be Nebraska’s only game against a Big Ten opponent this season.

Scheduled to take the hill for the Hawkeyes is junior pitcher Michael Jacobs, who has a 7.34 ERA with a 1-4 record in nine appearances. His last appearance was in the second game against Kansas on April 8, in which he pitched three innings while giving up three runs.

— by Jeff Pawola

Weil honored

Brittany Weil earned her second Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors of the season and the seventh of her career Monday after leading the Hawkeyes on a four-game winning streak last week.

She garnered the accolade by posting a 3-0 record in games against Western Illinois and Purdue last week and earning her third save of the season in a win against Iowa State on April 7.

The senior from Garden Grove, Calif., threw 202⁄3 scoreless innings on the week. She allowed just one hit in 14 innings of work at Purdue on April 11 and 12, notching her fourth no-hitter of the season in the latter contest. Weil and Debbie Bilbao (1995-98) are the only Iowa pitchers to throw four no-hitters in a career.

After holding opponents to a diminutive .045 batting average last week, Weil boasts the third best ERA (0.96) in the Big Ten.

Iowa’s next games will be against Big Ten front-runner Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., at 2 p.m. The double-header will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

— by Jon Linder


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