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Hawkeye Wrestling Club, former Iowa wrestlers perform well in Vegas

BY CODY GOODWIN | APRIL 22, 2013 5:00 AM

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Plenty of former Iowa wrestlers took to Las Vegas this past weekend to wrestle freestyle at the Las Vegas/ASICS U.S. Open.

Current assistant coach and former All-American for Iowa Ryan Morningstar placed fourth in the men’s freestyle 74-kilogram bracket. Morningstar finished the weekend with a 4-2 record and lost to Penn State’s David Taylor in the quarterfinal round.

Current strength and conditioning coach Luke Lofthouse didn’t qualify for the U.S. Open tournament at 96-kg. Lofthouse who was also a former All-American for Iowa, posted a 1-2 record in the qualifier tournament.

Former Hawkeye All-American Phil Keddy placed fifth at 84-kg Former Iowa NCAA champion Brent Metcalf also collected hardware, placing third at 66-kg.

Eight wrestlers who are currently on the Iowa roster competed for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in freestyle at the FILA Junior Nationals. Freshman Thomas Gilman claimed the gold at 55-kg, winning all five of his matches.

Another freshman standout, Cory Clark, wrestled at 60-kg and placed seventh, collecting a 6-2 record. Topher Carton competed at 63-kg and placed 5th with a 4-2 record.

Connor Ryan also had a successful weekend, placing second at 66-kg with a 4-1 mark. Sophomore Patrick Rhoads earned a fifth-place finish at 74-kg with a 5-2 record.

Sammy Brooks and Alex Meyer both competed at 84-kg over the weekend, placing fourth and fifth. The two wrestled each other in the bracket’s backside semifinals, and Brooks swept Meyer in two-straight periods, 2-1, 1-0.

Artie Bess also competed for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club at 96-kg, but failed to place in the FILA Junior tournament. He posted a 1-2 record.


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