Metcalf earns weekly Big Ten award

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 24, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa 149-pounder Brent Metcalf earned his fifth Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor on Tuesday — the last weekly accolade of his illustrious Hawkeye career.

Metcalf, the No. 1-ranked wrestler in his weight class, went undefeated (29-0) this season after topping No. 2 Lance Palmer of Ohio State, 3-1, on Feb. 19 for his 100th career victory. Against Wisconsin on Sunday, he won No. 101 on a forfeit.

The former-NCAA champion now stands as the fourth Big Ten wrestler to receive the honor five times during his college career.

Minnesota’s Ryan Lewis (2001-03), Michigan State’s Nick Simmons (2004-07), and Northwestern’s Jake Herbert (2004-09) are the other three.

Five other Hawkeye wrestlers have been tabbed Big Ten Wrestler of the Week this season, tying the school record set during the 2002-03 and 2007-08 seasons.

Metcalf, senior 174-pounder Jay Borschel, and sophomore 141-pounder Montell Marion were all honored last month, and senior 133-pounder Daniel Dennis earned the title on Feb. 2.

Metcalf is one of three Big Ten wrestlers to be selected twice this season. Palmer and Penn State 157-pounder Cyler Sanderson received the honor twice.

— by Ryan Young

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