SPORTS 3/24/19

Written by John Kuhens on March 24, 2019

Iowa women’s basketball team pulled away from Missouri in the fourth quarter to win 68-52 and advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA basketball tournament next Saturday.  Iowa received another dominant performance from Megan Gustafson. She scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.

Iowa men lost 83-77 in overtime to Tennessee after trailing by 25 in 1st half. Vols play Purdue next.

Former Mediapolis High School star Drew Foster is an NCAA Wrestling national champion. The University of Northern Iowa senior  capped his wrestling career by defeating Cornell’s Max Dean, 6-4, in the 184 championship match at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Saturday night Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Foster scored the decisive take-down with 27 second left, then rode out Dean to secure the victory.  Drew Foster is UNI’s first national champion since Tony Davis in 2000.

University of Iowa sophomore Spencer Lee defeated Virginia’s Jack Mueller, 5-0, on Saturday night to win the 125-pound title at the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships.  Lee, the No. 3 seed at 125, scored takedowns in the first and third periods, and forced a pair of stalling calls on Mueller to win the title for the second straight year.

Kirkwood Community College of Cedar Rapids defeated Johnson County 64-58 in the championship game of the 2019 NJCAA Tournament  Saturday night  at Danville Area Community College.  Kirkwood had two previous championships in Danville, one in 1998 and most recently in 2016.  Brady Sartorius former Mt. Pleasant Panther is a freshman on the Kirkwood team, he played 7 minutes and had one assist in the championship game.