Bonus points lift wrestlers over Purdue

BY J.T. BUGOS | JANUARY 25, 2010 7:30 AM

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Before No. 1 Iowa’s first road trip of the Big Ten season, head coach Tom Brands told his wrestlers they needed to score bonus points.

On Sunday, the Hawkeyes did just that in their 41-6 dismantling of No. 25 Purdue.

In extending its winning streak to 54 dual meets, seven of eight Iowa wins provided extra points for the top-ranked team in the country.

“It’s important to get things going and get off to the right start in the Big Ten season,” 184-pounder Phillip Keddy said. “It’s another opportunity to go out there, compete, and showcase yourself.”

Iowa 125-pounder Matt McDonough started a streak of four-straight bonus-point victories by pinning the Boilermakers’ Cashé Quiroga in 2:13. The redshirt freshman remains undefeated this season, and his 22-0 record has earned him the No. 4 ranking.

Daniel Dennis followed McDonough with a 16-5 major decision win over Akif Eren. The 133-pounder scored six takedowns in the final two periods.

At 141 pounds, sophomore Montell Marion followed McDonough’s lead with a fall of his own, sticking Juan Archuleta to the mat in 3:53 — Marion’s fourth pin of the season and third-straight win.

No. 1 ranked 149-pounder Brent Metcalf then withstood the knee of Boilermaker Nick Bertucci to give Iowa six team points. Metcalf put Bertucci on his back halfway through the second period; however ,before the official signal, Bertucci repeatedly kneed the Iowa senior in the face.

Disqualified for flagrant misconduct, the Boilermaker gave a bloodied Metcalf his 22nd win.

After a Jake Kerr loss in sudden victory at 157 for Iowa, the Hawkeyes reeled off three more wins.
Senior Jay Borschel’s forfeit win at 174 pounds came between a 10-4 decision by Ryan Morningstar decision at 165 and an 11-1 major decision win by Keddy.

Morningstar went into the third period leading 3-0, but he scored three takedowns in the final period.

Even with a strong showing, Keddy said there are still things he can work on and add to his matches.

“You want to build your lead, and you want to improve every match, and I know I left some points out there against Oklahoma State,” the Vernal, Utah, native said. “When you feel there’s some things you left out there, you have to work on that and make sure it changes the next time you’re on the mat.”

At 197 pounds, Luke Lofthouse fell to Boilermaker Logan Brown, 3-1, in sudden victory, but All-American heavyweight Dan Erekson dominated in his first dual of the season.

Erekson needed just 68 seconds to remind the country why he is one of the top heavyweights in college wrestling when he planted Adam Wells to the mat.

The 285-pounder said he felt he wrestled well, and the match will serve as a caution to other heavyweights looking for top-dog status.

“You expect to beat up on somebody, but you don’t expect to pin them in a minute,” Erekson said. “I’ve been waiting for a while, and I was fired up. People across the country can look at the results and say, ‘Dan Erekson is ready to wrestle.’ ”

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