Sports, Saturday, January 15th

Women’s College Basketball: Wesleyan Hosts Ozarks:

Barring any late winter cancellations, the Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team will be back at home this afternoon hosting the College of the Ozarks in a nonconference matchup.

The Tigers, off since before Christmas due to Health and Safety Protocols, are 9-3 on the year.

Today’s game, which can be heard on FM 105.5, is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.

Pregame coverage is slated for 2:45 p.m.

Nathan Bloechl and Kent Bennett will have the call from Ruble Arena.

College Football: Pair of UNI Players Honored to All-American List:

UNI football’s Trevor Penning and Jared Brinkman cracked the list of the Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.
This is the eighth national team for Penning, and the sixth national team for Brinkman.

Penning was the only offensive lineman to be named as a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the national offensive player of the year in college football’s Division I subdivision. He was the first player to be invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl set to for Feb. 5.

Brinkman is a two-time MVFC Defensive Player of the Year, having received his second consecutive honor this year. He also earned the Phil Steele FCS All-MVFC First Team Honors and Defensive Player of the Year.

UNI ended their year in the first round of the FCS Playoffs with a loss to Eastern Washington.

College Football: Iowa Announces Kirk Ferentz Extension:

The University of Iowa announced today a contract extension for head football coach Kirk Ferentz through the 2029 season.

The announcement was made by Gary Barta.

Ferentz is Iowa’s all-time winningest coach, surpassing Hayden Fry in 2019.

After compiling a 10-4 record in 2021, Ferentz ranks fourth in Big Ten Conference history with 178 career wins and 110 conference victories.

Iowa has finished ranked among the Top 25 four consecutive years, the second longest streak in program history.

College Wrestling: Iowa Smokes Northwestern in Ranked Dual:

Top 10 wins from Drake Ayala and Max Murin highlighted the University of Iowa wrestling team’s 33-6 win over No. 23 Northwestern on Friday night at Welsh Ryan Arena.

Ayala topped seventh-ranked Michael DeAugustino, 6-5, at 125 pounds and Max Murin defeated No. 4 Yahya Thomas, 4-3, at 149.

Iowa has now won 27 straight duals, the longest streak in the country.

The No. 2 Hawkeyes travel to Champaign, Illinois to face No. 21 Illinois on Sunday at 3 p.m.