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Another impressive weekend for Iowa Wrestling

It was another impressive weekend for Iowa Wrestling as the program had success in the Princeton dual meet and at the Lindenwood Open.  Iowa started off the weekend Friday by defeating Princeton in the home opener, 31-10. Iowa won seven of the ten matches with three starters out of the lineup.

125 – About all I can do is keep repeating the same thing.  Spencer Lee is… Spencer Lee. Lee got the 18-2 tech fall early in the second period against a very good wrestler in Pat Glory. 

133 – The long awaited Carver-Hawkeye debut of Austin DeSanto was as good as advertised.  DeSanto looked great in getting the fall in 3:27 for the loudest roar of the crowd all night.  I have a feeling that DeSanto will be getting quite a few loud cheers in Carver-Hawkeye during his career.

141 – I have been talking about looking forward to the 1-2 punch of Lee and DeSanto.  In his Carver debut, Max Murin made a strong case to be added to that list. Murin was very impressive in scoring the fall in 4:23.  Having the competition in the room for the varsity spot at 141 will only make Murin that much better.

149 – In the biggest match of the night, Patricio Lugo dropped a hard fought 7-4 decision to #1 ranked Matt Kolodzik.  Lugo is right there with the best in the country. As I stated in a blog before the season started. Lugo has the toughness to really improve as the season progresses and I look for him to be a real force when Big Tens rolls around.  Huge upside for Lugo at 149 for the Hawks.

157 – Kaleb Young had a battle in defeating Quincy Monday, 7-4.  That was an entertaining match between two very good wrestlers. I just like Young more and more every time I see him.

165 – Alex Marinelli entertained the crowd with a pin in 3:58.  Marinelli always comes out attacking with a lot of horsepower. Marinelli is all of the 165 lbs. limit and looks great.

174 – Myles Wilson dropped a 15-3 major decision.  Wilson fought hard against a good wrestler.

184 – Cash Wilcke showed some of is quickness in getting an 8-3 decision.  Wilcke has found a home at 184 and I believe he has the ability to do a lot at NCAA’s this year.

197 – Connor Corbin fought real hard in dropping a 10-3 decision to #7 Patrick Brucki.  Corbin has already performed ahead of what most predictions would have been for him coming out of high school.  Corbin is a great example of the depth of the Iowa program.

Hwt. – Aaron Costello again looked very solid in winning his match  6-0. Costello is very hard to score on, solid hand fighting, and has real good conditioning for a Hwt.

Overall, I thought this was a real good showing by the Hawks.  As I mentioned in my blog on Friday, that has to be a record to have six starters making their home debut in the same meet.  That is a lot of new faces in the lineup.

I do not know when we will see Michael Kemerer (174), Jacob Warner (197), and Sam Soill (Hwt).  I do know that it is a long time until we want to see those three and the entire lineup peak in Pittsburgh at the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 21-23.  I want to see the Iowa Wrestling team at their best then, not now. However, I am sure looking forward to seeing Kemerer, Warner, and Stoll. Especially seeing that Warner kid.  If Jacob Warner is as good as I think he is…look out.

Iowa is on the home mat in Carver-Hawkeye Arena next on Saturday, November 24 at Noon against Purdue.  Tickets are available.

 

Hawks win four titles at Lindenwood Open

Iowa Wrestling had a very good showing on Saturday.  Anthony Cassioppi, Nelson Brands, Vince Turk and Zach Axmear won titles at the Lindenwood Open in St. Charles, MO.  

The Iowa Wrestling recruiting Class of 2018 had a great day with Cassioppi and Brands both winning titles in impressive fashion. Cassioppi dominated the field at Hwt. After a 9-1 major decision, Cassioppi pinned his next three opponents including Gannon Gremmel of Iowa State in the finals in 4:20. With his four pins last week in winning the Grand View Open, Cassioppi is now 8-0 on the season with seven pins and a major decision.  Of his seven pins, six were in the first period and one in the second period.

Nelson Brands won the title at a tough 165 lbs. weight class.  In the first two rounds, Brands scored a 22-4 tech fall and a 10-5 decision .  In the semifinals, Brands defeated former Iowa Hawkeye Joey Gunther 3-1 in the semifinals.  Gunther was an NCAA Qualifier for Iowa the last two years before transferring from Iowa to Illinois. Brands then defeated Dan Braunagel of Illinois in the finals, 3-1.

Turk defeated Ian Parker of Iowa State 6-5 to capture the title at 141.  Also at 141, Carter Happel placed fourth. Jeren Glosser placed second at 157, Keegan Shaw place third at 157, and Paul Glynn placed fifth at 133.  Perez Perez (125), Preston Stephenson (157), Jeremiah Moody (157), Tristan McDonald (165) and Cade Brownlee (197) did not place.

In the Fresh/Soph division, Zach Axmear had a very impressive tournament in winning the title at 149.  Axmear recorded two falls and two tech falls.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

#3 IOWA 31, Princeton 10

125 — #1 Spencer Lee (IA) tech. fall Patrick Glory (P), 18-2; 5-0

133 — #11 Austin DeSanto (IA) pinned Jonathan Gomez (P), 3:27, 11-0

141 — #14 Max Murin (IA) pinned Marshall Keller (P), 4:23; 17-0

149 — #1 Matthew Kolodzik (P) dec. #12 Pat Lugo (IA), 7-4; 16-3*

157 — #13 Kaleb Young (IA) dec. Quincy Monday (P), 7-4; 19-3

165 — #4 Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned Dale Tiongson (P), 3:58; 25-3

174 — Travis Stefanik (P) major dec. Myles Wilson (IA), 15-3; 25-7

184 — #12 Cash Wilcke (IA) dec. Kevin Parker (P), 8-3; 28-7

197 — #7 Patrick Brucki (P) dec. Connor Corbin, 10-3; 28-10

285 — Aaron Costello (IA) dec. Obinna Ajah (P), 6-0; 31-10

 

Lindenwood Open in St. Charles, MO

Black Division (Fresh/Soph) 149

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Austin Landow (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Fall 5:17)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Noah Nemer (Iowa State) (Fall 1:26)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Eddie Ordonez (Illinois) (Fall 5:34)
  • Semifinal – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by tech fall over Keenan Graef (Benedictine College) (TF 19-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Nathan Swartz (Northern Illinois) (Fall 2:56)

 

Gold Division (Open) 125

  • Champ. Round 1 – Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) won by decision over Perez Perez (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Perez Perez (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kevin Radcliff (Iowa Central Community College) won by decision over Perez Perez (Iowa) (Dec 3-2)

 

Gold Division (Open) 133

  • Champ. Round 1 – Paul Glynn (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Paul Glynn (Iowa) won by decision over Tanner Hitchcock (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Dec 6-2)
  • Semifinal – Danny Swan (Lindenwood (Mo.)) won by decision over Paul Glynn (Iowa) (Dec 2-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Todd Small (Cyclone RTC) won by decision over Paul Glynn (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)
  • 5th Place Match – Paul Glynn (Iowa) won by major decision over Charles McNeal (McKendree University) (Maj 10-1)

 

Gold Division (Open) 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Carter Happel (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Sam Ritchie (Missouri) (Maj 18-6)
  • Quarterfinal – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Tyler Stegall (Maryville University) (Maj 18-7)
  • Semifinal – Ian Parker (Iowa State) won by decision over Carter Happel (Iowa) (Dec 10-3)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Alec McKenna (Northwestern) (Maj 14-3)
  • 3rd Place Match – Quinn Kinner (Ohio State) won by decision over Carter Happel (Iowa) (Dec 9-7)

 

Gold Division (Open) 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Vince Turk (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Parker Bohannan (Oklahoma City) (Dec 2-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Ryan Leisure (Iowa State) (Dec 10-3)
  • Semifinal – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by major decision over Quinn Kinner (Ohio State) (Maj 10-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Ian Parker (Iowa State) (Dec 6-5)

 

Gold Division (Open) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Eric Barone (Illinois) won by decision over Preston Stephenson (Iowa) (Dec 12-5)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Lee (Williams Baptist) (Dec 8-4)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Justin Ruffin (Southern Illinois Edwardsville) won by major decision over Preston Stephenson (Iowa) (Maj 14-1)

 

Gold Division (Open) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – David Carr (Iowa State) won by decision over Keegan Shaw (Iowa) (Dec 11-4)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by fall over Chris Gillesse (McKendree University) (Fall 2:00)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by decision over Qiante Wagner (McKendree University) (Dec 8-2)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by fall over Nick McGhee (Maryville University) (Fall 2:04)
  • Consolation 1st – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by decision over Lane Stigall (Missouri) (Dec 10-6)

 

Gold Division (Open) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) won by decision over Matt Pratt (Maryville University) (Dec 2-0)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) won by tech fall over Shaylan Loomis (Lindenwood – Belleville (Ill.)) (TF 20-5)
  • Quarterfinal – Erich Byelick (Northwestern) won by decision over Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) (Dec 5-4)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Tyler Mann (Ouachita Baptist University) won by decision over Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) (Dec 8-3)

 

Gold Division (Open) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by fall over Lane Stigall (Missouri) (Fall 4:54)
  • Quarterfinal – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by decision over Johnny Mologousis (Illinois) (Dec 9-5)
  • Semifinal – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by fall over Eric Barone (Illinois) (Fall 6:35)
  • 1st Place Match – David Carr (Iowa State) won by decision over Jeren Glosser (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)

 

Gold Division (Open) 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Dan Braunagel (Illinois) won by tech fall over Tristan McDonald (Iowa) (TF 21-2)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Tristan McDonald (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Ron Evans (Lindenwood – Belleville (Ill.)) (MFF)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Tyler Harrington (Maryville University) won by decision over Tristan McDonald (Iowa) (Dec 8-2)

 

Gold Division (Open) 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by tech fall over Tim McCarthy (Illinois) (TF 20-4)
  • Quarterfinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Jolas (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Dec 10-5)
  • Semifinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Joseph Gunther (Illinois) (Dec 3-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Dan Braunagel (Illinois) (Dec 3-1)

 

Gold Division (Open) 197

  • Champ. Round 1 – William Miklus (Iowa State) won by fall over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Fall 0:25)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Drew Mccollum (Hannibal-LaGrange (MO)) won by fall over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Fall 1:24)

 

Gold Division (Open) 285

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by major decision over Jacob Bohlken (Missouri) (Maj 9-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Dustin Politte (Maryville University) (Fall 1:08)
  • Semifinal – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Colton McKiernan (Southern Illinois Edwardsville) (Fall 2:03)
  • 1st Place Match – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) (Fall 4:20)

 

Four Hawks win titles at Lindenwood Open

Anthony Cassioppi, Nelson Brands, Vince Turk and Zach Axmear won titles at the Lindenwood Open in St. Charles, MO.  

The Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018 had a great day with Cassioppi and Brands both winning titles in impressive fashion. Cassioppi dominated the field at Hwt.  After a 9-1 major decision, Cassioppi pinned his next three opponents including Gannon Gremmel of Iowa State in the finals in 4:20. With his four pins last week in winning the Grand View Open, Cassioppi is now 8-0 on the season with seven pins and a major decision.  Of his seven pins, six were in the first period and one in the second period.

Nelson Brands won the title at a tough 165 lbs. weight class.  In the first two rounds, Brands scored a 20-4 tech fall and a 10-5 decision .  In the semifinals, Brands defeated former Iowa Hawkeye Joey Gunther 3-1. Gunther was an NCAA Qualifier for Iowa the last two years before transferring from Iowa to Illinois. Brands then defeated Dan Braunagel of Illinois in the finals, 3-1.

Turk defeated Ian Parker of Iowa State 6-5 to capture the title at 141.  Also at 141, Carter Happel placed fourth. Jeren Glosser placed second at 157, Keegan Shaw place third at 157, and Paul Glynn placed fifth at 133.  Perez Perez (125), Preston Stephenson (157), Jeremiah Moody (157), Tristan McDonald (165) and Cade Brownlee (197) did not place.

In the Fresh/Soph division, Zach Axmear had a very impressive tournament in winning the title at 149.  Axmear recorded two falls and two tech falls.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Black Division (Fresh/Soph) 149

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Austin Landow (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Fall 5:17)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Noah Nemer (Iowa State) (Fall 1:26)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Eddie Ordonez (Illinois) (Fall 5:34)
  • Semifinal – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by tech fall over Keenan Graef (Benedictine College) (TF 19-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Nathan Swartz (Northern Illinois) (Fall 2:56)

 

Gold Division (Open) 125

  • Champ. Round 1 – Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) won by decision over Perez Perez (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Perez Perez (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kevin Radcliff (Iowa Central Community College) won by decision over Perez Perez (Iowa) (Dec 3-2)

 

Gold Division (Open) 133

  • Champ. Round 1 – Paul Glynn (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Paul Glynn (Iowa) won by decision over Tanner Hitchcock (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Dec 6-2)
  • Semifinal – Danny Swan (Lindenwood (Mo.)) won by decision over Paul Glynn (Iowa) (Dec 2-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Todd Small (Cyclone RTC) won by decision over Paul Glynn (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)
  • 5th Place Match – Paul Glynn (Iowa) won by major decision over Charles McNeal (McKendree University) (Maj 10-1)

 

Gold Division (Open) 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Carter Happel (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Sam Ritchie (Missouri) (Maj 18-6)
  • Quarterfinal – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Tyler Stegall (Maryville University) (Maj 18-7)
  • Semifinal – Ian Parker (Iowa State) won by decision over Carter Happel (Iowa) (Dec 10-3)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Alec McKenna (Northwestern) (Maj 14-3)
  • 3rd Place Match – Quinn Kinner (Ohio State) won by decision over Carter Happel (Iowa) (Dec 9-7)

 

Gold Division (Open) 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Vince Turk (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Parker Bohannan (Oklahoma City) (Dec 2-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Ryan Leisure (Iowa State) (Dec 10-3)
  • Semifinal – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by major decision over Quinn Kinner (Ohio State) (Maj 10-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Ian Parker (Iowa State) (Dec 6-5)

 

Gold Division (Open) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Eric Barone (Illinois) won by decision over Preston Stephenson (Iowa) (Dec 12-5)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Lee (Williams Baptist) (Dec 8-4)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Justin Ruffin (Southern Illinois Edwardsville) won by major decision over Preston Stephenson (Iowa) (Maj 14-1)

 

Gold Division (Open) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – David Carr (Iowa State) won by decision over Keegan Shaw (Iowa) (Dec 11-4)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by fall over Chris Gillesse (McKendree University) (Fall 2:00)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by decision over Qiante Wagner (McKendree University) (Dec 8-2)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by fall over Nick McGhee (Maryville University) (Fall 2:04)
  • Consolation 1st – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by decision over Lane Stigall (Missouri) (Dec 10-6)

 

Gold Division (Open) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) won by decision over Matt Pratt (Maryville University) (Dec 2-0)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) won by tech fall over Shaylan Loomis (Lindenwood – Belleville (Ill.)) (TF 20-5)
  • Quarterfinal – Erich Byelick (Northwestern) won by decision over Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) (Dec 5-4)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Tyler Mann (Ouachita Baptist University) won by decision over Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) (Dec 8-3)

 

Gold Division (Open) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by fall over Lane Stigall (Missouri) (Fall 4:54)
  • Quarterfinal – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by decision over Johnny Mologousis (Illinois) (Dec 9-5)
  • Semifinal – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by fall over Eric Barone (Illinois) (Fall 6:35)
  • 1st Place Match – David Carr (Iowa State) won by decision over Jeren Glosser (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)

 

Gold Division (Open) 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Dan Braunagel (Illinois) won by tech fall over Tristan McDonald (Iowa) (TF 21-2)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Tristan McDonald (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Ron Evans (Lindenwood – Belleville (Ill.)) (MFF)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Tyler Harrington (Maryville University) won by decision over Tristan McDonald (Iowa) (Dec 8-2)

 

Gold Division (Open) 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by tech fall over Tim McCarthy (Illinois) (TF 20-4)
  • Quarterfinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Jolas (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Dec 10-5)
  • Semifinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Joseph Gunther (Illinois) (Dec 3-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Dan Braunagel (Illinois) (Dec 3-1)

 

Gold Division (Open) 197

  • Champ. Round 1 – William Miklus (Iowa State) won by fall over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Fall 0:25)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Drew Mccollum (Hannibal-LaGrange (MO)) won by fall over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Fall 1:24)

 

Gold Division (Open) 285

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by major decision over Jacob Bohlken (Missouri) (Maj 9-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Dustin Politte (Maryville University) (Fall 1:08)
  • Semifinal – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Colton McKiernan (Southern Illinois Edwardsville) (Fall 2:03)
  • 1st Place Match – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) (Fall 4:20)

 

Quest for 13 in a row begins tonight in home opener

The quest for Iowa Wrestling fans leading the country in attendance begins tonight.  Iowa hosts Princeton at 7 PM in legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the home opener. Iowa has led the country in attendance in each of the twelve years Tom Brands has been the head coach.  I definitely want to see that steak extended to thirteen.

I would think seeing Spencer Lee step out on the mat first for Iowa would be enough to get fans in the door.  #1 ranked Lee will face #14 Pat Glory, a very tough true freshman that was a huge recruit for Princeton. The biggest match of the night will be at 149.  Patricio Lugo, ranked #12, will face #1 ranked Matt Kolodzik. Lugo pinned Kolodzik at Midlands in 2017.

Lugo will be joined by Austin DeSanto (133), Max Murin (141), Myles Wilson (174), Aaron Costello (Hwt) and Connor Corbin/Jacob Warner (if they wrestle at 197) in making their Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut.  That may be an Iowa Wrestling record to have that many Iowa wrestlers making their home debut as an Iowa Hawkeye in the same dual meet.

I do not know who will take the mat at 197.  A healthy Bowman will get the call should Jacob Warner not compete.  If Warner is not an option and Bowman is unable to go, then Connor Corbin will take the mat.  Bowman and Corbin both looked good last weekend in their matches in Ohio.

I do not expect to see Michael Kemerer at 174 or Sam Stoll at Hwt. tonight.  Redshirt freshman Myles Wilson (174) and Aaron Costello (Hwt) also looked good in Ohio with both of them going 2-0 on the night.

Regardless of who takes the mat in the Black and Gold tonight, Iowa will have a very entertaining team to watch.  I am really looking forward to seeing the entire team and especially all of the Iowa Wrestlers making their home debut.  I have been talking about watching an Iowa dual meet that started with Spencer Lee and Austin DeSanto since DeSanto committed to Iowa last spring.  Now that first time is finally here and I cannot wait.

Tickets are available for any walk-ins for tonight’s meet.  

FloWrestling will have the dual meet live online and Hawkeye All-Access will have the radio play-by-play with Mark Ironside and Steven Grace.  You can keep up with updates on Twitter: @IowaWRLive.

I have been saying for years that Iowa Wrestling fans are the most dominant fanbase in any sport in America.  I am sure we all want #13 to happen this season by leading the country in attendance. Let’s make it happen.

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Projected lineup:

125 – Spencer Lee

133 – Austin DeSanto

141 – Max Murin

149 – Patricio Lugo

157 – Kaleb Young

165 – Alex Marinelli

174 – Myles Wilson

184 – Cash Wilcke

197 – Mitch Bowman/Connor Corbin/Jacob Warner

Hwt – Aaron Costello

National Letter of Intent Signing Day

National Letter of Intent Signing Day is finally here.  Iowa Wrestling continues their string of successful recruiting classes with the 2019 edition.  With only one senior in the lineup in Sam Stoll as well as senior Mitch Bowman, Iowa did a great job of bringing in two top recruits.

Abe Assad committed to the University of Iowa on August 7.  Assad won a Bronze at the World Cadet Freestyle Championships in Zagreb, Croatia at 80 kg/176 lbs. this past summer. He won the UWW Junior World Team Trials in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman and recently won the prestigious Super 32.  Assad won a state title at 170 lbs. for Glenbard North High School last season and is at 182 this season. Assad also competes for Izzy Style Wrestling and that adds even more to his status as an elite recruit.

In recent blogs and podcasts, I called Assad the number one recruit on my wish list for the Recruiting Class of 2019. This is a definite blue chip recruit that has a great future ahead of him in college and International wrestling. I see Assad being in line to take over for Cash Wilcke at 184 in the Iowa lineup as a redshirt freshman. Assad can redshirt next year while Wilcke is a senior.

Zach Glazier announced on June 27 that he committed to the University of Iowa. Glazier, from Albert Lea, MN, won a AAA State title for Albert Lea Area High School as a junior this past season at 170 lbs. Glazier is tall and rangy so predicting his future weight in college is just a guess.  I can see Glazier competing at 184-197. I feel as though Glazier has a lot of potential to grow and prosper in the Iowa Wrestling program. Huge upside here.

Both Assad and Glazier have the background in wrestling with the toughness, work ethic, and winning as well as the personality that Iowa Wrestling is looking for.  Not everything important about a recruit can be seen on a national ranking by someone in the wrestling media. It doesn’t matter how good a recruit is if they do not fit in with the Iowa Wrestling teammates. From what I have seen, Assad and Glazier are both a perfect fit for Iowa Wrestling.

Iowa Wrestling has their biggest start to a future recruiting class in the history of the program for next year.  Iowa has already received a verbal commitment from Patrick Kennedy, Cullen Schriever, Colby Schriever, and Jesse Ybarra for the Recruiting Class of 2020.  The National Letter of Intent Signing Day for that class will be Wednesday, November 13 of 2019. I am fairly certain that Iowa will continue to add to both the class of 2019 and 2020.  Iowa also got a start on the Recruiting Class of 2021 with the verbal commitment of Ryan Sokol.

I really like the way that Iowa Wrestling has adapted to the changing landscape of college recruiting.  Recruiting in most college sports, especially wrestling, has changed a lot in the last ten years and is pretty much unrecognizable compared to 20-30 years ago.  You adapt in business to changing trends or get left behind. Iowa Wrestling adapted and now they are kicking ass out On The Recruiting Trail.

Right now the Iowa Wrestling program is filled to the rafters with tough, hard nosed, dedicated young men that win on and off the mat with academics, wrestling, and in life.  You cannot overstate the importance of making sure that trend continues by bringing in recruits that are the right fit for the program and that Iowa Wrestling is the right fit for the recruit.

Job well done, Iowa Wrestling.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN  182 lbs.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Cullen Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  113 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  132 lbs.

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Molinari and Miracle of HWC to compete in U23 Worlds

Forrest Molinari (65 kg) and Kayla Miracle (62 kg) of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be representing Team USA at the U23 World Championships in Bucharest, Romania.  Molinari and Miracle will compete beginning with Qualification Rounds on Thursday at 2:30 AM and the finals for their weights are scheduled for 10 AM on Friday. All times listed are CST.

Former Iowa NCAA National Champion Terry Steiner is the National Women’s Freestyle Head Coach.

From a recent article from USA Wrestling written by Taylor Miller:

Fresh off an impressive Senior Worlds debut, Molinari continues her quest for a World medal, travelling to the U23 World Championships.

Molinari has had a breakout year this season, finishing second at the U.S. Open and following up that performance with a gold medal at the Pan American Championships. Weeks later, Molinari knocked off U.S. Open champion Julia Salata in Final X at Lehigh, two matches to none, for a bid to the 2018 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

In Budapest, Molinari fell just shy of winning a World bronze medal, taking fifth in the World at 65 kg/143 lbs. in her first Senior World outing.

Her trip to Bucharest will mark Molinari’s second-straight U23 Worlds.

Also heading to the U23 World Championships for the second-consecutive year is USA star Kayla Miracle. Overall, the Kentucky resident is making her seventh trip to an age-group World Championships.

A four-time WCWA champion for Campbellsville, Miracle is a 2012 Cadet World silver medalist, 2014 and 2016 Junior World bronze medalist, and last year, she was fifth at the U23 World Championships.

This year, she moved up to 62 kg from 58 kg and has made a huge impact. She won her second U.S. Open title in April to earn a spot in Final X. She fell short of making the Senior World Team, losing to eventual 2018 World bronze medalist Mallory Velte, two matches to one.

Next week, Miracle looks to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish.

Both Molinari and Miracle recently signed with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in Iowa City, Iowa, as their Regional Training Center.

Entire article for U23 Women’s World Championships preview:

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Wrestling/Features/2018/November/09/U23-Womens-Freestyle-Preview

 

You can watch all of the action live on TrackWrestling.com.  USA Wrestling will be covering all of the action on Twitter @USAWrestling.

I will provide updates on Facebook, Twitter, and HawkeyeReport.com and will have a follow-up blog.

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IowaWrestlingFan/

Twitter at https://twitter.com/iawrestlingfan

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

2018 U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

at Bucharest, Romania.

Thursday, Nov. 15

2:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (WFS 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg)

9:15 a.m. – Semifinals (WFS 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg)

 

Friday, Nov. 16

2:30 a.m. – Repechage (WFS 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg)

10 a.m. – Finals (WFS 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg)

*****All times listed are Central Standard Time (CST).

 

U.S. women’s freestyle roster

50 kg: Cody Pfau (Brush, Colo./Titan Mercury WC)

53 kg: Charlotte Fowler (Katy, Texas/Campbellsville)

55 kg: Dominique Parrish (Scotts Valley, Calif./Sunkist Kids)

57 kg: Becka Leathers (Choctaw, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/ Tarheel WC)

59 kg: Abigail Nette (Saint Rose, La./Lion WC)

62 kg: Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville, Ky./Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)

65 kg: Forrest Molinari (Benicia, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)

68 kg: Alexandria Glaude (West Sacramento, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/Bearcat WC)

72 kg: Rachel Watters (Ankeny, Iowa/Aries WC)

76 kg: Korinahe Bullock (Cahokia, Ill./Bearcat WC)

Coach – Kristie Davis, Franklin Springs, Ga.

National Women’s Freestyle Head Coach.– Terry Steiner

 

Iowa wrestlers to compete at Lindenwood Open

The University of Iowa Wrestling program will have a strong group of wrestlers competing at the 8th Annual Lindenwood Open on Saturday, November 17.  The action will take place at the Hyland Arena on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Wrestling begins at 9 AM. The tournament will run straight through and breaks will be taken as time permits.

Currently there are 33 teams registered to compete from across the country including Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Northwestern, Illinois, and Missouri.  

With several weights hotly contested at wrestle-offs, there is an added importance to this tournament.  Specifically 141 and 157 had close matches in the wrestle-offs. Iowa will be very well represented at both of those weights in this tournament.  I am looking forward to the college debut of Aaron Cashman.

TrackWrestling will be covering all of the action for results.

 

125

Aaron Cashman

Perez Perez

 

133

Paul Glynn

 

141

Vince Turk

Carter Happel

Justin Stickley

 

149

Zach Axmear

 

157

Jeren Glosser

Jeremiah Moody

Keegan Shaw

Preston Stephenson

Joe Kelly

 

165

Nelson Brands

Tristan McDonald

 

197

Cade Brownlee

 

Hwt

Anthony Cassioppi

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Impressive opening weekend for Iowa Wrestling

I could not wait for the 2018-’19 edition of Iowa Wrestling to take the mat for the first time. We just went through the most newsworthy off-season of my life as an Iowa Wrestling fan. I also stated that this was the most anticipated season of Iowa Wrestling in recent memory.  Well, the Hawks did not disappoint as the program had impressive showings at Kent State for two duals on Friday to kick off the season and at the Grand View Open on Saturday.

Let’s get to the dual meets:

125 – As I keep stating, Spencer Lee is…Spencer Lee.  A quick takedown followed by a lot of backpoints for two first period 18-0 tech falls.  As I had mentioned in earlier blogs and podcasts, Lee is much bigger and stronger than last year.  And healthy. And much better. Enough said.

133 – Austin DeSanto kicked off his Iowa Hawkeye career with a 22-6 tech fall over the #18 ranked wrestler in the country, Sean Nickell of CSUB.  That was impressive. In his second match, DeSanto won a hard fought 8-7 match. DeSanto is going to give us Hawk fans a lot to cheer about during his career in the Black and Gold.

141 – After a very tough wrestle-off to make the team, I thought Max Murin looked great.  The Flo announcer mentioned numerous times how big Murin is. I would agree. Winning his matches by the scores of 18-4 and 14-0 is a great start.

149 – Patricio Lugo dropped his first match as an Iowa Hawkeye.  To any fans in panic mode, don’t be. My first thought was that Lincoln McIlravy and Mark Ironside had pretty bad losses in their first match as an Iowa Hawkeye.  I am not saying Lugo is going to be at that level. What I am saying is that first match in the legendary Iowa singlet can get to the best of them. I am confident we will see a very motivated Patricio Lugo taking on the number one ranked wrestler in the country from Princeton on Friday night in Matthew Kolodzik.

157 –  As with 141, Kaleb Young had a real challenging wrestle-off.  After competing at 165 and 174 last season, Young made the cut to 157 and does he ever look good. Young looks much quicker than last year at his new weight. The rest of the country will eventually find out what I already know and that is Kaleb Young is a force to be dealt with this season at 157.

165 – Alex Marinelli 2.0 took the mat to kick off his sophomore season.  Already with the nickname of Bull, Marinelli is much bigger and stronger than last year.  His technique was nothing special in getting a 14-4 major decision and a fall, but oh my, the horsepower.  I’ve said for years that in wrestling, strength will cure more ills than a semi full of aspirin. Alex Marinelli has strength.  

174 – Redshirt freshman Myles Wilson made the cut down from 184 to fill in for Michael Kemerer.  In his varsity debut, Wilson looked real good in getting a major decision and decision. I really did not know what to expect here, but Wilson was aggressive and took advantage of his opportunity to wrestle at that level and did a good job.

184 – The new and improved version of Cash Wilcke looked the best of anybody on the Iowa Wrestling team.  After two years at making the Blood Round of 12 at the NCAA’s at 197, Wilcke has found a new home at 184. I thought Wilcke looked much quicker and more aggressive at his new weight.  For the third season in a row, Cash Wilcke is the best athlete in the Iowa Wrestling program. T-O-N of potential here.

197 –  Mitch Bowman and Connor Corbin both picked up good wins for the Hawks to fill in for Jacob Warner.  Bowman always goes hard and won a 6-2 decision wrestling up a weight. Redshirt freshman Connor Corbin won his Hawkeye debut with an 8-3 decision.  

Hwt – Redshirt freshman Aaron Costello looked good in picking up two wins by the scores of 6-1 and 4-1.  The throw-by that Costello had to an attempted takedown to crush his opponent from Kent State was the best move of the day for Iowa Wrestling.  That Kent State kid ran into a wall on that shot and got scored on as a result.

I know the competition was not the highest, but I still saw a lot of very good things out of Iowa Wrestling.  Iowa won 19 of 20 matches to defeat CSU Bakersfield 36-3 and Kent State 45-0.  For starters, I will keep stating that physically the Iowa Wrestling team is bigger and stronger than last year. When I was telling you that the Hawks looked down to weight in early September, I meant it.  A lot of that is the result of the tough wrestle-offs. They had to be on top of their game to make the team. That grind in the room, Iron Sharpens Iron, shows.

I was a little concerned about Murin, Young, Marinelli, and Wilcke having the energy after making weight this early in the season.  All are either coming down a weight class or just got way bigger than last year. Not only did I not see any issues with energy, all four of them looked quicker that last year, real good energy, and of course much stronger.

All of the Iowa wrestlers came out with Heavy Hands.  Aggressive hand fighting has been the cornerstone of Iowa Wrestling since the Gable Era.  Tom and Terry Brands left their mark as competitors with Heavy Hands. I like seeing the hand fighting raised up a notch or two.  If an open shot is not there, I like seeing an Iowa wrestler get in there and make an opening for a shot or takedown with aggressive hand fighting.  Making their own opportunities.

I also see more of an emphasis on riding and turning.  There were numerous bouts where I feel as though in recent years an Iowa wrestler would have released their opponent to go for another takedown.  I saw more aggressive riding that led to turns, pins, and tiring their opponents out. I like that.

On Saturday, a group of young Iowa wrestlers competed at the Grand View Open at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.   Anthony Cassioppi, Nelson Brands, and Justin Stickley won titles at the Grand View Open in the Open division.

Cassioppi pinned all four of his opponents at Hwt. in the first period with pins in 2:53, 2:26, 1:08, and 2:38.  With only 9:08 of wrestling for the day in four matches, Cassioppi made a very impressive debut for his college career.

Brands was also dominating with a Fall, Tech Fall, and Major Decision before picking up a Medical Forfeit in the finals to win the title at 165.  This was also the college debut for Brands. Justin Stickley had a very good tournament with a 4-0 record to win the 141 lbs. weight class. Stickley was varsity for Iowa in the early part of the season last year at 125 as a freshman.

Jeremiah Moody placed second at 157, Keegan Shaw placed third at 157, Zach Axmear placed sixth at 149.  Joe Kelly placed third at 157 in the Freshman/Sophomore division.

Preston Stephenson (157), Danny Murphy (157), Tristan McDonald (165), and Cade Brownlee (197) did not place.

This was a very good showing for the Iowa Wrestling program.

So I was real impressed with Iowa Wrestling on all fronts on this the opening weekend of the season.  

It is a long time until the NCAA’s in Pittsburgh on March 21-23.  The journey for the competitive season has just begun. I believe we as Iowa Wrestling fans are going to really like what we see in Pittsburgh.

Up next for the Hawks is their home opener on Friday, November 16 at 7 PM in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  Iowa is going for their 13th consecutive year of leading the college wrestling world in home attendance.  

Tickets are available at: hawkeyesports.com/tickets.

Be there because you are going to really like watching this Iowa Wrestling team compete.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Cassioppi, Brands, and Stickley win titles at Grand View Open

Anthony Cassioppi, Nelson Brands, and Justin Stickley won titles at the Grand View Open in the Open division.  The competition was held at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa and provided good competition from 25 programs from across the country.

Cassioppi pinned all four of his opponents at Hwt. in the first period with pins in 2:53, 2:26, 1:08, and 2:38.  With only 9:08 of wrestling for the day in four matches, Cassioppi made a very impressive debut for his college career.

Brands was also dominating with a Fall, Tech Fall, and Major Decision before picking up a Medical Forfeit in the finals to win the title at 165.  This was also the college debut for Brands. Justin Stickley had a very good tournament with a 4-0 record to win the 141 lbs. weight class. Stickley was varsity for Iowa in the early part of the season last year at 125 as a freshman.

Jeremiah Moody placed second at 157, Keegan Shaw placed third at 157, Zach Axmear placed sixth at 149.  Joe Kelly placed third at 157 in the Freshman/Sophomore division.

Preston Stephenson (157), Danny Murphy (157), Tristan McDonald (165), and Cade Brownlee (197) did not place.

This was a very good showing for the Iowa Wrestling program.

I will keep you up to date with any additional tournaments that this group of Iowa wrestlers will be competing in throughout the season.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Fresh/Soph 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Joe Kelly (Iowa) won by fall over Jared Serville (Benedictine) (Fall 3:53)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Joe Kelly (Iowa) won by fall over Darren Stewart (Iowa Western Comm College) (Fall 3:12)
  • Quarterfinal – Joe Kelly (Iowa) won by fall over Cooper McCullough (North Idaho) (Fall 1:31)
  • Semifinal – Cayd Lara (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Joe Kelly (Iowa) (Dec 14-7)
  • Cons. Semi – Joe Kelly (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Zach Garza (Ellsworth Community College) (MFF)
  • 3rd Place Match – Joe Kelly (Iowa) won by decision over Isaac Judge (Iowa State University) (Dec 6-5)

 

Open 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Gabe Blough (Saint Mary`s) (Maj 14-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by decision over Ryan Leisure (Iowa State University) (Dec 6-3)
  • Semifinal – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Gaige Torres (Indiana Tech) (Maj 15-7)
  • 1st Place Match – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by decision over Eric Clarke (Grand View ) (Dec 6-3)

 

Open 149

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Axmear (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by decision over Zemua Baptista (Nebraska) (Dec 8-5)
  • Semifinal – Devin Reynolds (Grand View ) won by decision over Zach Axmear (Iowa) (Dec 7-2)
  • Cons. Semi – Derek Holschlag (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Zach Axmear (Iowa) (Dec 9-4)
  • 5th Place Match – Zemua Baptista (Nebraska) won by decision over Zach Axmear (Iowa) (Dec 13-6)

 

Open 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Steven Lawrence (Grand View ) won by decision over Preston Stephenson (Iowa) (Dec 6-5)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) won by decision over Hunter Washburn (Northern Iowa) (Dec 10-4)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) won by decision over David Hollingsworth (Iowa Lakes Community College) (Dec 7-5)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Caleb Licking (Nebraska) won in sudden victory – 1 over Preston Stephenson (Iowa) (SV-1 6-4)

 

Open 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – David Carr (Iowa State University) won by decision over Keegan Shaw (Iowa) (Dec 6-3)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by tech fall over Patrick Boulanger (Saint Mary`s) (TF 23-8)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by major decision over Jake Silverstein (Nebraska) (Maj 12-3)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by fall over Peyton Robb (Nebraska) (Fall 2:24)
  • Cons. Semi – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by fall over Steven Lawrence (Grand View ) (Fall 4:31)
  • 3rd Place Match – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) won by decision over Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (Grand View ) (Dec 7-6)

 

Open 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Danny Murphy (Iowa) won by fall over Pat Schoenfelder (Northern Iowa) (Fall 5:31)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jake Silverstein (Nebraska) won by injury default over Danny Murphy (Iowa) (Inj. 0:09)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Mason Gaines (Indiana Tech) won by injury default over Danny Murphy (Iowa) (Inj. 0:00)

 

Open 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) won by fall over Mason Gaines (Indiana Tech) (Fall 4:16)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) won by tech fall over Dylan Brazell (Graceland) (TF 25-10)
  • Quarterfinal – Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) won by decision over David Hollingsworth (Iowa Lakes Community College) (Dec 5-4)
  • Semifinal – Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) won in sudden victory – 1 over Steven Lawrence (Grand View ) (SV-1 14-12)
  • 1st Place Match – David Carr (Iowa State University) won by major decision over Jeremiah Moody (Iowa) (Maj 9-0)

 

Open 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nelson Brands (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by fall over Ron Evans (Lindenwood – Belleville (Ill.), IL) (Fall 2:23)
  • Quarterfinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by tech fall over Sal Arzani (Grand View ) (TF 20-4)
  • Semifinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by major decision over Jacob Gross (Indiana Tech) (Maj 12-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Ryan Niven (Grand View ) (MFF)

 

Open 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tristan McDonald (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Hunter Gasper (Indiana Tech) won by decision over Tristan McDonald (Iowa) (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Tristan McDonald (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Tristan McDonald (Iowa) won by major decision over James Buckhanan (Briar Cliff) (Maj 12-2)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Syd Ohl (Life) won by major decision over Tristan McDonald (Iowa) (Maj 15-6)

 

Open 197

  • Champ. Round 1 – Joe Teague (Iowa State University) won by major decision over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Maj 12-2)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Cade Brownlee (Iowa) won by fall over Steven Gregory (Grand View ) (Fall 7:24)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Cade Brownlee (Iowa) won by fall over Sheldon Rodriguez (William Penn ) (Fall 4:20)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Diallo Matsimella (Life) won by major decision over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Maj 14-4)

 

Open 285

  • Champ. Round 1 – Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Austin Emerson (Nebraska) (Fall 2:53)
  • Quarterfinal – Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Ethan Andersen (Iowa State University) (Fall 2:26)
  • Semifinal – Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Jimsher Sudhu (Life) (Fall 1:08)
  • 1st Place Match – Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Cooper Thomas (Grand View ) (Fall 2:38)

 

The Iowa Wrestling season is finally here

The wait is over.  The 2018-19 edition of Iowa Wrestling will take the mats for the first time today.  Iowa travels to Kent, Ohio for two dual meets. The Hawks will face CSU Bakersfield at 4:30 followed by Kent State at 6 PM.  Both times are CST.

Iowa will be without three of their varsity wrestlers in Michael Kemerer (174), Jacob Warner (197), and Sam Stoll (Hwt). Kemerer has a minor injury and will be in the lineup soon, Warner is being withheld from competition due to his International wrestling schedule this fall, and Stoll is out due to a one meet suspension.  I look for all three to be in the Iowa lineup soon.

This is the Iowa Wrestling debut for two very highly touted transfers in Austin DeSanto (133) and Patricio Lugo (149). DeSanto has three years of eligibility and a redshirt year remaining and Lugo has two years of eligibility remaining. Iowa Wrestling fans, you are going to love these two wrestlers.  Both are aggressive, in great shape, and tough. DeSanto will light up the scoreboard in a hurry and you want Lugo on your side in a scrap. I can’t wait.

After a hard-fought wrestle-off at 141, Max Murin takes the mat for the first time in the Black and Gold of Iowa Wrestling.  Murin is a redshirt freshman with a great future. Kaleb Young also won a hard-fought wrestle-off to make the team at 157.  Young, a redshirt sophomore, saw varsity action at 165 and 174 last season.

Spencer Lee will lead the Hawks into battle during his first full season in the lineup at 125.  Lee will draw a crowd on the road more and more as his career evolves. I have a feeling we will not see too many wrestlers like Spencer Lee in our lifetime and fans will want to see him wrestle in person.

Alex Marinelli will making a return to his home state of Ohio to kick off his sophomore season at 165.  After two years at 197, Cash Wilcke is down to his new weight of 184. Three redshirt freshman will be making their Iowa Wrestling debut.  Myles Wilson made the cut from 184 to fill in for Kemerer at 174. Connor Corbin will take the mat at 197 and Aaron Costello will be our Hwt.  

This will be the youngest Iowa Wrestling team since 1990, if not ever, to take the mat.  Not a single senior in the lineup and only two juniors in Wilcke and Lugo. Even with all of the first year starters and new weights, I am not looking for much of a learning curve.  I also want to mention that Lee, DeSanto (a transfer), Murin, Wilson, Corbin, and Costello are all from the Recruiting Class of 2017. Add in Jacob Warner and this may be the deepest recruiting class since the legendary Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 1987 that featured Tom and Terry Brands.

FloWrestling will have all of the action on their premium service.  HawkeyeSports.com is also listing free live radio of the meets on their Hawkeye All-Access at: https://hawkeyesports.com/watch/?Live=3990

The most anticipated season for Iowa Wrestling in recent memory is upon us.

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

125 – Spencer Lee (True sophomore)

133 – Austin DeSanto (True sophomore)

141 – Max Murin (Redshirt freshman)

149 – Patricio Lugo (Redshirt junior)

157 – Kaleb Young (Redshirt sophomore)

165 – Alex Marinell (Redshirt sophomore)

174 – Myles Wilson (Redshirt freshman)

184 – Cash Wilcke (Redshirt junior)

197 – Connor Corbin (Redshirt freshman)

Hwt – Aaron Costello (Redshirt freshman)

 

Iowa wrestlers to compete at Grand View Open

The University of Iowa Wrestling team will be well represented at the Grand View Open on Saturday, November 10.  The Hawks will send wrestlers to compete for the University of Iowa and also unattached in the Open and Freshman/Sophomore Division.  30 colleges or Clubs from 13 different states are listed to compete.

This will be the college debut for true freshman Aaron Cashman, Joe Kelly, Nelson Brands, and Anthony Cassioppi.

The action begins at 8 AM CST at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

TrackWrestling will have all of the results and I will be posting a follow-up blog after the tournament.

 

Attached:

Zach Axmear – 149

Jeremiah Moody – 157

Cade Brownlee – 197

Dan Murphy – 157

Keegan Shaw – 157

Justin Stickley – 141

 

Unattached:

Aaron Cashman – 125

Joe Kelly – 157

Nelson Brands – 165

Tristan McDonald – 157

Preston Stephenson – 157

Anthony Cassioppi – HWT

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!