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Creston-OM wrestling champion Marlin commits to Hawkeyes

October 27th, 2012 by Tom

Captain America plans to return, to Iowa City.

Creston-Orient-Macksburg three-time state champion, wrestler Jake Marlin, received the, nickname last year as some Panther teammates referred to each other by, superhero characters. University of Iowa will benefit from his talents in the future.

Marlin confirmed that he orally committed Sunday to wrestle next year for the Hawkeyes and head coach Tom Brands, following an official visit to the campus last weekend.

Iowa wasn't at the forefront of his list as Marlin was considering the University of Nebraska and University of Wisconsin. He was won over during his trip that began Friday and concluded Sunday.

"It just clicked," Marlin said. "It's unlike any place in the world. They have one of the best followings. They are constantly one of the top teams in the nation."

Marlin said his style meshes well with the team and coaching staff.

"I would say," Marlin said with a laugh. "I'm a little bit crazy."

He is a really good, too. According to Creston Coach Darrell Frain, Marlin owns a 148-5 record. Marlin has won Class 2A individual titles at 130, 135 and 138 pounds for the Panthers. He expects to compete at 138 again this season, attempting to become the 22nd four-time state champion in Iowa history.

Marlin said he will wrestle 141 pounds with a possibility of growing into the 149 weight class. He has big aspirations, and considers the Hawkeye wrestling room the place to achieve them.

"I'm planning on winning at least two (NCAA titles)," Marlin said. "That's my goal."

Frain said he thinks Iowa is a perfect for the Marlin. He said former Hawkeye Mario Galanakis has been on the Panthers staff, guiding Marlin. Frain said he has witnessed Marlin's ability to zone in on a feat and never, slow down, until it is accomplished.

"Once he gets a goal he gets focused on it," Frain said. "He puts blinders on and he goes and goes until he

According to Amateur Wrestling News, Marlin was a double All-American at Fargo, N.D., in 2010, placing fourth in freestyle and seventh in Greco-Roman. He said his performance this summer her his stock, dropping him from national rankings, but he is fueled to prove doubters wrong.

"Right now, I'm working hard," Marlin said. "I'm ready to go."

According to AWN, Marlin is the second prep to commit to the Hawkeyes, joining Broc Berge, a projected 197-pounder from Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.

Iowa Extends Dual Win Streak to 45, But Brands Isn’t Happy

November 28th, 2009 by Tom

Andy Hamilton "¢ Iowa City Press-Citizen

The top-ranked Iowa wrestling team did enough Friday to beat up on two more opponents and set another school record for dual dominance.

But the Hawkeyes didn't do enough to appease coach Tom Brands during wins against Bucknell and Rutgers in Lewisburg, Pa.

"There is seven minutes to wrestle and much, much more has to happen in those seven minutes, "Brands said. "I'm not sure we understand that right now. We could understand it, but then what's the hesitancy? That's the disconnect. We've got to figure it out. There's got to be more happening in seven minutes."

The Hawkeyes (7-0) won 16 matches while beating Bucknell 29-7 and handling Rutgers 33-9 to extend their school record of consecutive dual wins to 45 and match the program record for most wins on the road with 31.

Freshman Matt McDonough registered a pin and a technical fall in a pair of victories at 125, Daniel Dennis posted a technical fall and a major decision at 133 against No. 13 David Marble of Bucknell, and Jay Borschel notched two majors at 174, including a 10-1 demolition of Bucknell's ninth-ranked Shane Riccio.

McDonough, Dennis and Borschel have scored bonus points for the Hawkeyes in all seven of their matches this season.

Top-ranked Brent Metcalf had his string of five straight pins snapped when he went down to the wire before pulling out a 3-2 win against No. 13 Kevin LeValley of Bucknell at 149.

"(LeValley) had a game plan and the game plan worked, "Brands said. "We get sharper finishing and we can widen the gap that way. If we do finish, the gap is probably wider there, but there's not enough attempts. There has to be more attempts."

The Hawkeyes are off until the Dec. 6 showdown with No. 2 Iowa State in Ames.

"That's what we live for, "Brands said. "We better get sharper quick."

Iowa 29, Bucknell 7

125 -- Matt McDonough (UI) tech. fall Derrik Russell 19-4, 7:00.

133 -- Daniel Dennis (UI) maj. dec. David Marble 14-5.

141 -- Dan LeClere (UI) dec. Zac Hancock 9-5.

149 -- Brent Metcalf (UI) dec. Kevin LeValley 3-2.

157 -- Brantley Hooks (B) dec. Matt Ballweg 6-1 .

165 -- Andy Rendos (B) maj. dec. Aaron Janssen 10-2 .

174 -- Jay Borschel (UI) maj. dec. Shane Riccio 10-1.

184 -- Phillip Keddy (UI) maj. dec. Rob Waltko 12-4.

197 -- Chad Beatty (UI) dec. Jay Hahn 11-5.

Hwt. -- Jordan Johnson (UI) dec. Joe McMullan 7-3.

Iowa 33, Rutgers 9

125 -- Matt McDonough (UI) pinned Vinny Dellafave 3:39.

133 -- Daniel Dennis (UI) tech. fall Billy Ashnault 20-5, 7:00.

141 -- Dan LeClere (UI) dec. Trevor Melde 7-3.

149 -- Brent Metcalf (UI) tech. fall Kellen Bradley 20-5 in 6:27.

157 -- Aaron Janssen (UI) dec. Braden Turner 2-0.

165 -- Gregory Zanetti (R) dec. Jake Kerr 8-6 SV .

174 -- Jay Borschel (UI) maj. dec. Daniel Rinaldi 16-3.

184 -- Grant Gambrall (UI) maj. dec. Jesse Boyden 11-3.

197 -- Chad Beatty (UI) dec. Lamar Brown 9-3.

Hwt. -- Dominick Russo (R) pinned Jordan Johnson 1:24.