It was a big night Friday for Iowa basketball with both the Cyclones and Hawkeyes continuing in tournament action. Iowa State continues to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Dayton, Ohio final score: 76-58. Freshman forward George Niang had a season high 19 points. Melvin Eljim added 17 points. The Cyclones, who are tenth seeded and 23-11 on the season now take on number two seeded Ohio State Sunday. The Buckeyes defeated Iona 95-70 last night.
And the Hawkeyes are continuing along the tournament trail in the NIT after defeating Stony Brook in the second round in Carver Hawkeye Arena. The Seawolves topped the nation with road wins at 13 and worked hard to keep the streak going with the Hawks ahead by just 4 points with 9 minutes left in the game. They made a late run to defeat Stony Brook 75-63. The Hawks are now 23 and 12 on the season. This is only the 8th time since 1980 that the Hawks have achieved that feat. Devin Marble had a game-high 28 points. The U of I team will now play the winner of the Virginia-St. John’s game in a quarter-final next week. If they play against St. John’s, it would be another game in Carver.
The NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships were also last night in Des Moines’s Wells Fargo Arena. For the Hawkeyes: Junior Tony Ramos battled with 133-lbs. Tyler Graff of Wisconsin and came out 6-4. He now has a rematch with top-ranked Logan Stieber of Ohio State. Junior Derek St. John, 157 lbs, had a similar hard-fought battle with Oklahoma State’s Alex Dierringer in two sets of tiebreakers 3-2. Wrestling this morning will be Mike Evans and Ethen Lofthouse. In a shocker senior Matt McDonough, a three-time finanlist and two-time champion was knocked out with two losses. Iowa is in fourth place in the team tournament with 68 points.
Former Columbus High star wrestler Matt Mougin who now wrestles for Northern Iowa fell 4-1 to Ohio State’s Nick Heflin in 174 lbs. And former Keokuk favorite Julian Feikert who now wrestles for Oklahoma State ended his season by losing to Northern Iowa’s Joey Lazor 7-2 in the 142 pound second round consolation match.
Due to weather, the JV/V girls tennis meet at Fort Madison and the JV/V boys tennis meet scheduled in Mt. Pleasant against Fort Madison scheduled for Monday has been postponed to Friday, April 19th at 4:30 pm.
Also, weather has caused a change in the Test-N-Tune scheduled for today at 34 Raceway in West Burlington. It’s been moved to Wednesday with pit gates opening at 5 and practice sessions running from 6 to 9 pm.
The Iowa and Iowa State’s women basketball teams are playing in the NCAA tournament with Iowa State, a #5 seed, playing Gonzaga in the first round in Spokane, Washington tonight. If they win, they would play either Georgia or Montana.
Iowa is a #9 seed and will host a game tomorrow against 8th seeded Miami of Florida. The winner would then play the winner of the #1 seed Notre Dame vs. UT Martin.
W-MU star athlete Linda Lappe, coaches at Colorado and has brought her team to the tournament. The Buffaloes are playing host to Kansas this evening.