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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | APRIL 21, 2009 7:30 AM

Metcalf wrestling MVP

After posting a 37-1 record in collegiate competition during the 2008-09 season, junior 149-pounder Brent Metcalf was named Iowa’s most valuable wrestler on Monday.

Metcalf also picked up the Most Dedicated Wrestler award, the Most Pins award, and an All-American award.

Juniors Dan Erekson (heavyweight) and Ryan Morningstar (165) shared the Most Courageous Wrestler award.

Erekson won his first Big Ten championship last March, then placed fourth at the NCAA championships. Morningstar finished second at the conference tourney and third at nationals.

T.H. Leet, a two-time academic All-Big Ten honoree, received the J. Donald McPike Sr. Award, which is annually given to the senior with the highest GPA. Leet also shared the Coaches Appreciation Award with sophomore Luke Lofthouse and redshirt freshman J.J. Krutsinger.

— by Ryan Young

Softball off to Cedar Falls

The Iowa softball team will head to Cedar Falls today to take on Northern Iowa at 6 p.m.

The Hawkeyes (35-11, 7-5) defeated the Panthers, 5-3, in an exhibition game on Sept. 20. Iowa last beat Northern Iowa in the regular season, 3-2, in 2006. Last year, the meeting between the two teams was canceled. The Hawkeyes lead the overall series 25-14.

Iowa is coming off a double-header sweep against Michigan State over this past weekend. Tonight’s contest in Cedar Falls is the first on a three-game road trip for the Hawkeyes; they have two games at Indiana over the weekend.

Northern Iowa (30-16, 12-8) defeated Missouri Valley foe Indiana State, 4-3, on Sunday to avoid being swept in a three-game series against the Sycamores. The Panthers lost to Indiana State, 4-0 and 2-1, in a double-header on April 18.

Northern Iowa is 2-1 against Big Ten teams this season. The Panthers lost to Minnesota on Feb. 13 and swept Wisconsin in a double-header in Madison on April 8.

— by Mike Slusark

Baseball faces W. Illinois in Davenport

After its game against Northwestern on Sunday was rained out, the Iowa baseball team (12-22) will head to Davenport to face Western Illinois (8-21) at 6:30 p.m. today at Modern Woodmen Park — home to the Quad City River Bandits, the Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Hawkeyes and Leathernecks have played each other three times this season, with Iowa winning two of the contests, 9-4 and 11-1.

Western Illinois recently snapped a seven-game losing streak last weekend, beating Southern Utah.
Freshman right-hander Phil Schreiber (1-1) is expected to take the mound against Western Illinois. He leads Iowa’s starting pitchers with a 3.65 ERA.

— by Ryan Young


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