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Hawkeye Wrestlers To Compete At World Team Trials


KWWL (IOWA CITY) -- Several current or former University of Iowa wrestlers are set to compete at the 2009 U.S. Men's Freestyle World Team Trials, which are set for Saturday and Sunday at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA. Winners of this tournament will represent the United States at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships in Herning, Denmark, Sept. 21-27.

Iowa's volunteer assistant coach Mike Zadick (60 kilograms/132 pounds) and former Hawkeye Steve Mocco  (120 kilograms/264.5 pounds) clinched berths in their respective finals by winning titles at the 2009 U.S. National Freestyle Championships in Las Vegas in April. They will meet the winner of the challenge tournament from their respective weight classes in a best-of-three final round series.

Three Hawkeyes will face off in the 66 kilogram/145.5 pound challenge tournament. Hawkeye senior-to-be Brent Metcalf placed second at the U.S. Nationals, while assistant coach Doug Schwab placed fourth and strength and conditioning coach Jared Frayer placed fifth. The Hawkeye trio will battle for the chance to face U.S. National Champion Trent Paulson in the final.

Former Hawkeye Eric Luedke  (84 kilograms/185 pounds) placed second at the U.S. Nationals, but will have to make it out of the challenge tournament for a rematch with U.S. National champion Jake Herbert.

Hawkeye all-Americans Daniel Dennis (60 kilograms /132 pounds) and Ryan Morningstar (74 kilograms/163 pounds) earned bids to the World Team Trials with recent wins at qualifying tournaments. Dennis won a title at the Northern Plains Regional earlier this month, while Morningstar placed second at the University Nationals.

Online Producer Matt Haupert

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