How Tristan Wirfs celebrated his state wrestling title, Iowa baseball and softball recaps and more
The best way to start your day is right here at Landof10.com as we prepare you for everything you need to know about Iowa sports. We’ll share our Iowa Breakfast Club here with you at 8:30 a.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Monday, Feb. 20.
How Tristan Wirfs celebrated his state wrestling championship
As the match ended, and Tristan Wirfs became the Iowa Class 2A heavyweight champion, the future Iowa football player looked for the Mount Vernon fans. Then he threw his arm out and flexed.
It was the natural reaction to winning state. So what did he do next to celebrate?
He headed out for doughnuts. Yes, doughnuts. The Mount Vernon contingent went straight from Wells Fargo Arena to Hurts Donut in West Des Moines on Saturday night.
“I wore my wrestling shoes over there and everything,” Wirfs said.
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) February 19, 2017
Wirfs dropped 37 pounds for wrestling season. He more than earned a treat with his four wins in Des Moines.
He started by beating Creston’s Cody Tanner 9-4 on Thursday. Wirfs beat Gilbert’s Eli Harris 9-2 in the quarterfinals on Friday. Wirfs secured a spot in the final Saturday by pinning North Fayette Valley’s Ethan Lape in 5 minutes, 17 seconds.
The Mount Vernon coaches always tell Wirfs to pick up the pace. Few wrestlers and match Wirfs’ stamina, size and agility. He noticed Lape was getting tired in the third period so he kept attacking and eventually used a blast double-leg takedown to set up the pin.
“You got to finish the match when you have someone on their back,” Wirfs said. “You can’t let them go.”
— patrick meyer (@myrdsm) February 18, 2017
He said he wasn’t nervous entering the final against Atlantic’s John McConkey. Wirfs never made the podium, let alone the championship match, at the state tournament before.
Part of him was thrilled to be there, but part of him didn’t want to lose to McConkey again like last year. Wirfs remembered how McConkey tried to slow the match down, almost trying to push the match into an extra period.
Wirfs tried to be aggressive, but a lot of hand fighting ensued. He relied on a third-period takedown to pull out the 3-2 victory.
“I will look back at pictures and stuff from yesterday and I get chills when I remember that happened,” said Wirfs on Sunday afternoon. “I don’t think it’s completely sunk in yet.”
Baseball is back
The Hawkeyes got baseball season started by going 1-2 in a weekend series against South Florida in Tampa.
Sandwiched between two Hawkeyes losses, Kyle Crowl hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to give Iowa a 4-2 win on Saturday. Mason McCoy and Jake Adams also hit home runs in the win. South Florida won 9-4 on Thursday and 6-0 on Sunday. Robert Neustrom led Iowa with 5 hits in 11 at-bats during the three contests.
ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge recap
Iowa (2-7) dropped four games, two each to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech — and each loss by a single run — at the ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge in Atlanta during the weekend. Virginia Tech won 2-1 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday. Georgia Tech won 3-2 on Saturday and 6-5 on Sunday.
Kaitlyn Mullarkey and Brooke Rozier each hit solo home runs against Virginia Tech, while Allie Wood hit a solo home run against Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Mayock on Kittle
NFL Network analyst and draft expert Mike Mayock started off his weekend by watching film of Iowa TE George Kittle. How do we know? He tweeted about it.
Can you tell that George Kittle / Iowa TE 46 / is the son of a former Hawkeye OL ?? Bend, explosion, feet and finish ! pic.twitter.com/Uevlfdcoeo
— Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock) February 17, 2017
Mayock’s reaction to what he saw highlights why he Kittle was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He can make plays that stand out on film.
Long-time readers probably noticed something different today. The Land of 10.com morning Iowa wrapup/recap story underwent a name change. Gone is the Wake-Up Call. In is the Iowa Breakfast Club.
The content will remain the same, so be sure to pull up a chair at the table each morning. We’ll have the most important meal of the day together while going over everything and anything related to Iowa.
Lots of links
- Iowa fans made one more memory with the 1980 Final Four team this weekend.
- Why Alaric Jackson will be a future star on the offensive line.
- Why Ronnie Lester is still the G.O.A.T. for Iowa men’s basketball.
- Wrestling beat Edinboro in the National Duals this weekend.
- The women’s basketball team lost 72-52 to Purdue on Sunday.