Yes, the State of Iowa is good at sports

22 03 2010

Well, the state of Iowa had a pretty good weekend, sports-wise.

For those of you out of the loop on college wrestling (and I suspect that is a majority of people), the University of Iowa Hawkeyes Wrestling squad won its THIRD straight National Championship on Saturday, including individual national titles for Matt McDonough, Brent Metcalf (his second) and Jay Borschel. Iowa ended the tournament with 134.5 point teams points, a whopping 44.5 more points than the second place team, Cornell. It was pure domination, much like the entirety of this squad’s undefeated regular season.

This is the 23rd National Championship, further cementing its place as the second most-winningest program in the country, behind Oklahoma State. Although, if you look at the last 30-40 years, it’s pretty clear that Iowa is the most dominant modern program. This kind of dominance makes Iowa Wrestling one of, if not THE, greatest sports dynasty of the modern era.

Elsewhere in Hawkeye Nation, the No. 8 seeded University of Iowa Women’s Basketball team beat No. 9 seed Rutgers in the opening round of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. Now, the Hawkeyes face off against No. 1 seed Stanford for a bid to the Sweet Sixteen.

Up north in Cedar Falls, Northern Iowa Panther fans had cause to celebrate. In case you somehow missed it, the No. 9 seeded UNI Panthers knocked off No. 1 seed (and No. 1 in the country) Kansas Jayhawks. The Panthers controlled the entire game, slowing down Kansas offensive machine and holding the Jayhawks to their third lowest score of the season. UNI now faces Michigan St. (sans star guard Lucas), with the hopes of continuing their quest for the Final Four.

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22 03 2010
m.c.

i support all of this banter congratulating are teams, however i detest the constant victim mentality taken by individuals about the level of respect given to Iowa sports. we definitely get respect, and as we continue to keep winning, more adulation will follow, you gotta keep doing it in the big sports though

22 03 2010
LawHawk

And I in no way meant to the contribute to the pity party. I understand that Iowa is off many people’s sports-radar, but I think our growing success has showed any haters that we can compete. My only gripe is usually related to the lack of respect for the sport of wrestling overall, which is sadly dismissed by most people outside of the Midwest.

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