Senior Matt Powless has been wrestling since he was six years old. This year, Powless will put everything on the line one last time in hopes of winning an NCAA title.Powless started wrestling when he was in first grade with every intention of becoming a WWE star. “I was ready to be the next Stone Cold Steve Austin,” Powless said.It didn’t take long for him to realize that wrestling at school wasn’t the same as wrestling for the WWE.
The IU wrestling team suffered a defeat this past Friday at the hands of No. 2-ranked Iowa. Despite the 12-26 loss, the Hoosiers did gain some individual victories.
The IU wrestling team won all three of its matches, earning a score of 121-18 at the IU Quad meet on Nov. 18.
The Hoosiers will compete this Saturday at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich.
The IU senior was in the ring on Sept. 24 at the National Guard Armory against Austin Manix, a wrestler seemingly disliked among the Bloomington crowd at the Infinity Pro Wrestling event.
Ranked No. 4 nationally, returning All-American Matt Powless (197 pounds) placed first. Powless defeated Andrew Campolattano of Ohio State with a score of 5-2.
The IU Wrestling team will embark on its first meet of the season in Ypsilanti, Mich., this Saturday to compete in the Eastern Michigan Open.
There are not a lot of similarities between the speedy offense-based wrestling of Matt Powless and the read-and-react style that Ricky Alcala employs. But Saturday evening in Philadelphia, both wrestlers shared something in common upon clinching All-American status: hugs.