March 2015

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89 Wisconsin in the third round of the 2014 Midlands Championships and 6-5 to No. 14 Willie Miklus of Missouri at 184 pounds on Feb. 22 in the national duals final. Aer the win against Virginia, UI head coach Tom Brands talked about training his team with an eye on the future. e near future includes the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships. e not-so-distant future will undoubtedly include Meyer in a varsity singlet. "Meyer is patient and he knows his role. ere is no drama," Brands said. "ere isn't a long face because he isn't in the lineup, there is not anything where you're getting static. He knows his time is coming and he is a heartbeat away. "is isn't the first time we have seen it and it's not just this year that we have seen it. We saw his potential when we recruited him, we saw it his first year here, and we have seen it the last two years. Good for Meyer, good for us. We love Alex Meyer." e most recent performance was business-as- usual for Meyer, who makes weight and travels with the team to road competitions. And when he gets to center mat, he knows what to do. "I want to go put on a show, it doesn't matter who the opponent is," Meyer said. "If he is maybe not as good, then you put on a show and score a ton of points. If he's better, then you go out and put on a show and score a ton of points." e Hawkeyes return to action March 7 at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio. e NCAA Championships is March 19-21 in St. Louis. I f champions are made when no one is watching, then University of Iowa sophomore Alex Meyer has two bright years ahead. Meyer, a 2012 state champion from Pleasant Hill, Iowa, has spent the last two seasons as an understudy to All-American Mike Evans at 174 pounds. But Meyer makes the most of his opportunities, going 36-9 overall and 5-1 in dual meets. And while he might not be Iowa's first option at 174 now, Meyer's daily workouts against No. 3 Evans, No. 9 Nick Moore (165), No. 8 Sammy Brooks (184), or No. 5 Nathan Burak (197) have hardened him for any battle. "It's confirmed every day in the practice room with the ranked guys we have on our team that I wrestle with," Meyer said. "I think I confirmed it for the fans that like to talk up in the stands and speculate about how good we're going to be next year and the next year." e number six is wild for Meyer. He won his sixth consecutive match Feb. 15 with a 9-8 decision over Blaise Butler of Virginia, who was ranked No. 6 in the nation (according to Intermat). Meyer's previous match was a fall in 6:59 over Zac Brunson of Illinois on Jan. 16. Brunson was also ranked No. 6 in the nation. "It was another ranked kid who is supposed to be pretty good," Meyer said following top-ranked Iowa's 30-6 victory over No. 13 Virginia in the first round of the EAS/NWCA National Duals in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. is season Meyer is 16-3 with one loss to Evans at the season-opening Luther Open on Nov. 15. His other losses were 8-6 to Frank Cousins of MARCH SCHEDULE March 7-8 at Big Ten Championships (Columbus, Ohio) March 19-21 at NCAA Championships (St. Louis)

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