Dennis tabbed with Big Ten honor

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 03, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa senior 133-pounder Daniel Dennis picked up his second Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor of his career on Tuesday.

Dennis, ranked No. 3 in his weight class according to rankings used by The Daily Iowan, upset Michigan State senior Franklin Gomez in overtime, 3-2, on Sunday during the Hawkeyes’ dual meet against the Spartans.

Gomez, the defending NCAA and Big Ten champion, was ranked No. 1 at the time and held a 29-match winning streak. His only loss prior to the run came against Dennis last season in East Lansing, Mich.

Dennis also earned the conference laurel after the victory.

During Sunday’s 133-pound bout, the Ingleside, Ill., native managed a reversal to take a 2-1 lead. But Gomez escaped with 13 second left in regulation to tie the score, 2-2, and force overtime.

After a scoreless sudden-victory period, Dennis escaped in the first 30-second tiebreaker to hold a 3-2 advantage. In the second tiebreaker, Dennis held Gomez to the mat to seal the win.

Three other Hawkeye grapplers have been tabbed with weekly conference honors this season. Brent Metcalf (149), Jay Borschel (174), and Montell Marion (141) received recognition last month — the first time in the history of the award that wrestlers from the same team were lauded in three-consecutive weeks.

— by Ryan Young

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