Hawkeyes, Gophers find success in top tournament meets
The final grades won't come in until late March when college wrestling teams compete for the NCAA title in St. Louis, but two of the weekend's midterm tests indicated Iowa and Minnesota could be at the head of the class.
• Boston University's Mike Roberts went from being unranked to nationally-known by the sport's most enthusiastic fans over the weekend at the Southern Scuffle. The junior pinned North Carolina State's second-ranked Darrion Caldwell and won a 3-2 decision over No. 1 Dustin Schlatter on his way to the tournament title at 149. • Iowa State's Jake Varner won the 184-pound Midlands title with a 3-1 victory over Jake Herbert in a rematch of last season's NCAA title bout. Herbert, a 6-1 winner in the 2007 NCAA finals, is sitting out this season at Northwestern to train for the Olympic Trials in freestyle. • Jason Welch, the fifth high schooler to compete at the Midlands in the tournament's 45-year history, placed sixth at 157 pounds. The senior from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, Calif., will wrestle at Northwestern next season.
Andy Hamilton covers wrestling for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.