SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans go 3-0 at Boone quadrangular
BOONE — The West Marshall wrestling team went 3-0 in its return to action Tuesday at the Boone quadrangular.
The Trojans defeated Gilbert 41-31, hammered Nevada 69-9 and held off Boone 47-30 to post a perfect night on the mat, with five wrestlers going 3-0.
Four of those five Trojan matmen won three contested matches. Jacob Vawter picked up three first-period pins at 120 pounds to lead the way, while Cael Pfantz (113), Hunter Pfantz (126) and Grant Nason (132) each had a pair of pins. Levi Randall, who went 3-0 at 170, had one pin and two major decisions.
Vawter spent a combined 2 minutes, 7 seconds, on the mat in his three victories. Hunter Pfantz, ranked fifth in Class 2A, improved to 17-3 on the year with two pins and a forfeit. Cahleb Rosenbalm (106) went 2-1 with two pins.
Northern Iowa matmen 2nd at Scuffle
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Northern Iowa wrestling team sent seven to the medal rounds of the 2018 Southern Scuffle and emerged from the two-day tournament with a second-place team finish.
The Panthers were led by a quartet of runner-up finishes. Jay Schwarm (125 pounds), Bryce Steiert (165), Drew Foster (184) and Jacob Holschlag (197) each scored silver for the Panthers. Josh Alber (141) and Taylor Lujan (174) placed third, and Max Thomsen (149) scored points for fifth place.
Foster, rated ninth, suffered his lone loss of the tournament in a 10-2 major decision against top-ranked Bo Nickal of Penn State. Schwarm, ranked 12th, lost 11-4 to No. 5 Darian Cruz of Lehigh. Holschlag, rated 17th, was pinned by Penn State’s Shakur Rasheed in the first minute of his title bout, while the unranked Steiert suffered an 8-0 loss to top-ranked Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State.
The top-ranked Nittany Lions totaled 197 points, followed by Northern Iowa (127), Lehigh (102), Navy (8) and Duke (80).
Gustafson gets another B1G award
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named the Big Ten Conference’s women’s basketball Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, the league announced Tuesday.
Gustafson averaged 24 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots while shooting 61.9 percent from the field and a perfect 22-for-22 at the free-throw line during the Hawkeyes’ two wins last week.
Gustafson had 21 points and 16 rebounds in a victory over Wisconsin, and then racked up 27 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks in a win over then-No. 21 Michigan. Sunday’s triumph marked Iowa’s first win over a ranked opponent since March 6, 2015.
Gustafson leads the nation with 14 double-doubles and field goals made (133), ranks second in field-goal percentage (68.9), fourth in total points (337) and rebounds (187), seventh in scoring average (22.5) and eighth in rebounding (12.5).
The Hawkeyes, now ranked 18th by The Associated Press, go on the road to face No. 13 Maryland on Thursday.
Hawkeyes’ Garza wins weekly honor
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa center Luka Garza was named the men’s basketball Freshman of the Week, the Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday.
Garza posted personal-bests with 25 points, three 3-pointers and five blocked shots in Iowa’s lopsided win over Northern Illinois on Friday, helping the Hawkeyes capture their fifth-straight victory. He also had seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of court time.
This is the second time Garza has taken the Big Ten’s weekly freshman honor this season.