While there is no joy in Hawkeye-ville when it comes to hoops (unless you can find a little schadenfreude in Iowa State's own ongoing suckitude and the jNW LOLcats NIT flameout or you care about the women's team, since they actually win games and get to play in the NCAA tournament), there is one men's sport going on now that we're actually really good at: wrestling.
I'll use this thread to post ongoing updates from the NCAA Wrestling Tournament in St. Louis, MO, where the Hawks are trying to repeat as NCAA champions. Much of the action will also be televised, too:
10am -- Quarterfinals (ESPNU/ESPN360)
6pm -- Semifinals (ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN360)
930 am -- Consolation round (ESPNU)
530pm -- Finals (ESPN/ESPN360)
You can also check out the bracket here
125: #5 Charlie Falck d. Derek Rebar (Bucknell), 11-3
Good start for Charlie. Next up is #12 Anthony Robles (Arizona State). Charlie has a 2-0 career record against Robles, including a 2-1 win earlier this year.
133: #4 Dan Dennis d. Christopher Notte (Okie State), 5-4
Sounds like Dan just kinda hung on for a close win, but so be it. Next up is Tristen DeShazer (Northern Illinois). They've never fought before.
141: Alex Krom (Maryland) d. #4 Alex Tsirtsis, 5-4
By far the biggest loss of the day for the Hawkeyes. Sounds like T-shirt was his unfortunately up to his usual lack of action tricks and this time it backfired on him. Sucks to see a senior kill his shot at a national title in his first match, but hopefully he puts it together to make a strong run through the consolation rounds; he can still finish as high as 3rd. Up next is Vincent Ramirez of North Carolina.
149: #1 Brent Metcalf d. some jobber via pinfall in 6:01.
Ho-hum. But six minutes, Brent? Tsk-tsk... Seriously, Metcalf is awesome. The next lamb to the slaughter is Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State).
165: #3 Ryan Morningstar d. Donald Jones (WfVU), 7-5 (OT)
Another nail-biter for Morningstar, apparently. He just never makes things easy... but unlike T-Shirt, he did manage to emerge victorious, so hooray for that. Up next is Jason Lapham (Rider).
174: #4 Jay Borschel d. Shane Onufer (Wyoming), 13-1
Slow start, big finish for J-Bo. Up next is Trevor Perry (Indiana); J-Bo is 3-0 all-time against Perry and beat him 10-2 earlier this year.
184: #2 Phil Keddy d. Mikey Moran (Buffalo) via pinfall in 2:28
No messin' around from Phil. Up next is Patrick Flynn (Oklahoma).
197: #8 Clayton Foster (Okie State) d. Chad Beatty, 8-5
The only other loss of the day for the Hawks, although Beatty's wasn't as unexpected as Tsirtsis' loss, considering that he is unseeded in the tourney. Sounds like the knee he injured back at the Big 10 Championships is still bothering him, which is a bummer; hopefully he can at least pick up a few points for the Hawks in the consolation rounds.
285: #7 Dan Erekson d. Nathan Fernandez (Oklahoma) via pinfall in 1:48
Don't mess with the Danimal. Up next is Benjamin Berhow (Minnesota); Erekson beat him 3-2 earlier this year.
TEAM STANDINGS (thru Thursday early action)
1) Iowa State -- 25 pts
2) Iowa -- 22 pts
3) Ohio State -- 17.5 pts
4) Boise State and Nebraska -- 15 pts