COUNCIL BLUFFS — Darrion Caldwell has the University of Iowa’s number.
The North Carolina State wrestler shocked the college wrestling world with a victory over Iowa’s Brent Metcalf in the 149-pound title match at this year’s NCAA Championship, snapping Metcalf’s winning streak at 69.
Caldwell did it again Sunday, beating 2008 Olympian and former Hawkeye national champion Doug Schwab in the quarterfinals of the 145.5-pound challenge tournament at the World Team Trials.
The score: 1-0, 2-1.
It apparently was Caldwell’s first freestyle match since the 2006 Junior Nationals. Schwab came in as the No. 3 seed after a fourth-place finish at last month’s U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas.
“He’s last year’s Olympian and I just wanted to go out there and see where I was and see if I can compete with the best,” Caldwell said. “The way I’m wrestling right now, I feel like I’m really confident.”
Caldwell faces Brian Stith in the semifinals. If he can get by Stith, a 3-0, 3-2 winner over Mario Mason, and Metcalf can beat his assistant coach at Iowa, Jared Frayer, we’ll get to see a Metcalf-Caldwell rematch.
The challenge tournament winner will face U.S. Nationals champion Trent Paulson, formerly of Iowa State, in the best-of-three title bout tonight.