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HWC Trap Shoot on October 5

The 11th Annual Hawkeye Wrestling Club Shoot will be held on Saturday, October 5 in Riverside Iowa.  The event will begin with registration from 8:30-9:30 AM at the Highland Hideaway Hunting Club.  The shooting begins at 10 AM. Lunch, awards, and a raffle will take place at Noon.

Coaches and members of the HWC will be present.  All proceeds go to support the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. Door prizes and a meal will be included in the admission fee.

To register and for more information on the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Shoot go to:

Who’s #1 will be at Carver Hawkeye Arena on the same day of Saturday, October 5. The dual of the top high school wrestlers in the country (including incoming Iowa recruits) is at 5 PM.  I am sure there will be Iowa Wrestling fans and supporters that will make a day of it with the HWC Trap Shoot and Who’s #1.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling Fan.

Go Hawks!

Molinari places 5th at Worlds

Forrest Molinari of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club placed fifth at 65kg at the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.  Alli Ragan and Kayla Miracle also represented Team USA and did not place.  

Molinari (65kg) won by a fall over Nguyen of Vietnam before defeating Mattison of Sweden 3-0 in the quarterfinals.  In the semifinals, Molinari lost to Koladenko of Ukraine, 6-5. The match ended at 5-5 and USA lost a challenge on the final two points scored by Koladenko as time ran out.

In the Bronze medal match, Molinari faced Xiaogian Wang of China.  Wang got a takedown and four turns for a first period 10-0 tech fall.  Molinari placed fifth. 

Alli Ragan (59kg) had the lead when she was thrown for the fall in 1:34 to Lysak of Ukraine in the opening round.  Lysak did not make the Semifinals and Ragan was eliminated from the tournament.

Miracle (62kg) started off the tournament with a first round tech fall over Esenbaeva of Uzbekistan.   In the second round Miracle scored a 15-4 tech fall over #2 seed Nunes of Brazil. In the Round of 16, Miracle dropped a 6-6 decision on criteria to Rim of Korea.  Rim lost in the semifinals so Miracle was eliminated from the tournament.

Now the 2020 Olympic push has officially began for the HWC.  The Olympic Trials are at Penn State on April 4-5. The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan begin on July 24.  



Forrest Molinarii (USA) Fall over Thi Vinh Nguyen (Vietnam) 2:42

Quarterfinals: Molinari (USA) over Mattisson (Sweden) 3-0

Semifinals: Koladenko (Ukraine) over Molinari (USA) 6-5

Bronze Medal match: Xiaogian Wang (China) tech fall Forrest Molinari (USA) 10-0



Anzehlina Lysak (Ukraine) Fall over Alli Ragan (USA) 1:34

Ragan eliminated from tournament.



Kayla Miracle (USA) Tech Fall over Nabria Esenbaeva (Uzbekistan) 11-0

Kayla Miracle (USA) Tech Fall over Lais Nunes (Brazil) 15-4

Round of 16: Rim (Korea) over Miracle (USA) 6-6 Criteria

Miracle eliminated from the tournament


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks.

It’s go time for Ragan, Molinari, and Miracle at Worlds

Hawkeye Wrestling Club members Alli Ragan, Forrest Molinari, and Kayla Miracle are set to begin their quest to be a World champion.  Ragan (59kg), Molinari (65kg) and Miracle (62kg) will represent Team USA at the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Ragan and Molinari will have Qualification Rounds and Semifinals on Wednesday and the Finals on Thursday.  Miracle will have Qualification Rounds and Semifinals on Thursday and the Finals on Friday.

Ragan will face Anzehlina Lysak of Ukraine in the first round and Molinari will face Thi Vinh Nguyen of Vietnam in the first round.

Former Iowa NCAA National champion Terry Steiner is the Head Coach for the USA Women’s Freestyle Team. HWC coach Mark Perry will be in Kazakhstan to coach the HWC wrestlers. will have live coverage for all of the competition at the Senior World Championships. NBCSN will also have coverage of the World Championships and the schedule can be found at  

I will keep you up to date with results.


Senior World Freestyle Championships

Round 1: 59 kg/130 lbs. – Alli Ragan, Iowa City, Iowa (USA-Hawkeye WC)

Vs. Anzehlina Lysak (Ukraine), 2019 European Championships 5th, 2016 Junior World championships 2nd, 2015 Cadet World champion, 2014 Cadet World bronze


Round 1: 65 kg/143 lbs. – Forrest Molinari, Iowa City, Iowa (USA-Hawkeye WC)

Vs. Thi Vinh Nguyen (Vietnam), 2019 Asian Championships 7th, 2018 World Championships 21st, 2010 Asian Games 10th


Kayla Miracle (USA) – 62kg/136 lbs.


Wednesday, September 18

Qualification Rounds for Women’s 57,59,65, and 72kg – 4 AM CST

Semifinals for 57,59,65, and 72kg – 10 AM 


Thursday, September 19

Qualification Rounds for 62 and 68kg  – 4 AM CST

Semifinals for 62 and 68kg and Finals for 57,59,65, and 72kg – 10 AM 


Friday, September 20

Finals for 62 and 68kg – 10 AM 


*****All times listed are CST


Best of luck to the HWC Wrestlers and all of Team USA at the World Championships.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC Des Moines Golf Outing on September 26

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club Des Moines Golf Outing will be on Thursday, September 26.  Registration begins at Noon and golfing begins at 1 PM at the Echo Valley Country Club in Norwalk, Iowa.  The event will be a four person best shot competition. Lunch will be served before the round of golf and prizes will be awarded immediately after. This will be the final golf outing of the year for the HWC.

All proceeds of the HWC Des Moines Golf Outing will go directly to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

The Des Moines area has provided great support for Iowa Wrestling for decades. Over the last three years the Des Moines area has had amazing support for the HWC.  

Coaches and wrestlers of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be on hand for the event.  

To register for the HWC Des Moines Golf Outing go to

For additional questions or to be a corporate sponsor, you can contact HWC President Randy Novak at:

The next event for the HWC will be the HWC Trap Shoot on Saturday, October 5 in Riverside, Iowa

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling Fan.

Go Hawks!

Mike Duroe service on September 28

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Gable Museum will host a celebration of life and legacy for Mike Duroe on Saturday, September 28.  Family and friends are welcomed to attend from 6 to 9 PM at the Gable Museum at 303 Jefferson St in Waterloo, Iowa.

Mike was a well known in wrestling in our state and country.  Originally from Charles City, Iowa, Duroe wrestled at Drake and had a long career as a coach at the high school, college, and International level. Mike touched many lives in his career both on and off the mat.  

Mike received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling from the Iowa Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as well as a member of the NWCA Division III Hall of Fame and Cornell College Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Regardless of where he was coaching across the country, Mike Duroe was involved with coaching in the Hawkeye Wrestling Club for over 25 years.  He cornered some of the all-time greats for the HWC including Tom and Terry Brands in International events including the Olympics and World Championships.  Mike also served as a coach at many World Championships for Team USA.

Mike Duroe passed away on July 6, 2018 at the age of 63 following a battle with brain cancer.  He is sorely missed and takes his place in the legacy of our great sport of wrestling.

Coaches Clinic on Oct 12

Registration is now open for the 2019 Iowa Wrestling Coaches Clinic on Saturday, October 12. This is a long standing tradition that will bring in coaches from the high school, junior high, club, and junior college ranks. A ticket to the Iowa-Penn State football game will be included in the cost of the clinic.


The clinic will include:

Meal before practice

Reserved seat for practice

Post practice discussion with coaches

Ticket to the Iowa-Penn State football game


The schedule for the clinic will be released after a kickoff time is announced for the football game. 

Registration for the clinic is available now at:


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Ragan, Molinari, and Miracle to train at Acclamation Camp

Alli Ragan, Forrest Molinari, and Kayla Miracle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be at the Team USA Acclimation Camp in Sicily, Italy on September 5-13.   The final training phase will prepare the team for the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.  

Ragan (59kg), Miracle (62kg) and Miracle (65kg) have had a great year of competing and are peaking at the right time.  Former Iowa NCAA National champion Terry Steiner is the Head Coach for the USA Women’s Freestyle Team. HWC coach Mark Perry will be in Kazakhstan to coach the HWC wrestlers.

The women’s competition for 59kg, 62kg, and 65kg is September 18-20. will have live coverage for all of the competition at the Senior World Championships.  I will keep you posted for results.

Senior World Freestyle Championships

Alli Ragan (USA) – 59kg

Kayla Miracle (USA) – 62kg

Forrest Molinari (USA) – 65kg

Miracle will also represent Team USA at the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 28-November 3.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Big Ten schedule announced

The Big Ten has released the wrestling schedule for the upcoming season.  From all of the research that I have done, this is the best home schedule for highly ranked teams and rivals in the history of Iowa Wrestling.  I am expecting Carver-Hawkeye Arena to be filled and rockin this winter.

Home dates with Big Ten rivals Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota and then add in Oklahoma State.  You really cannot ask for more. 

The full schedule for Iowa Wrestling is slated to be released later this week.


Iowa Wrestling Big Ten schedule:

Sunday, December 1 – Wisconsin

Friday, Jan 10 – at Indiana

Sunday, Jan 12 – at Purdue

Saturday, January 18 – Nebraska

Friday, January 24 – Ohio State

Friday, January 31 – Penn State

Sunday, Feb 2 – at Michigan State

Saturday, Feb 8 – at Michigan

Saturday, Feb 15 – Minnesota

Saturday, Feb 22 – Oklahoma State


To order your season tickets for Iowa Wrestling:


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Hawks are looking tough

There was a great crowd of wrestling fans at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club practice on Saturday.  Fans were lined up around and on the mats in a standing room only crowd. Not bad for August 31.  Iowa wrestlers were working out on their own. This was the first time that fans got a look at the Hawks this year. 

Overall it was easy for me to see that the team had developed in the off-season.  A lot of work has been put in the weight room and the results show. Wrestling is such a unique sport. The muscle that is put on during the off-season will provide a tougher challenge when making weight during the season.  Top to bottom the wrestlers looked stronger and more confident than last year. They have a seasoned look and way about them.

Spencer Lee and Austin DeSanto were drilling together.  DeSanto looks like at 133 lbs. wrestler to me and Spencer Lee is…Spencer Lee.  What a great pair to be working together. Max Murin was wrestling with Gavin Teasdale.  Murin will be big for 141 this season and Teasdale looks no bigger than a 133 lbs. wrestler to me.  Teasdale is a great addition to the program. Vince Turk looks extra tough. The wrestle off at 141 will be an absolute dogfight.

Patricio Lugo looks more confident and I am looking for a big year out of him.  He knows what to expect this season and I like what I see out of him. Kaleb Young is always so lean and looks like he could certify for 157 today.  He has grown and just looks better. I have yet to see Alex Marinelli have a bad workout. He is always a hammer and working very hard every second.  

For anyone questioning if Michael Kemerer is big enough to wrestle at an elite level at 174 lbs. has simply not seen him lately.  I believe Kemerer’s legs will weigh 174 lbs. and he is cut up. I was very encouraged with what I saw out of Kemerer as he will be a welcomed returner to the lineup.  As an Iowa Wrestling fan I cannot wait to see the 1-2 punch of Marinelli-Kemerer. I would guess that Nelson Brands is in the 165-174 range and looking very good. I am sure that Cash Wilcke was there but I just did not see him wrestle.  

Jacob Warner at 197 looked overall bigger and more confident to me. I like the attitude, a lot.  Warner certainly has all of the ability to make it to the top. For any doubters that Anthony Cassioppi will be a small Hwt.  Wrong. It is nothing short of amazing at how Cassioppi has transformed from a year ago. A before and after picture would be neat to see.  I would estimate him to be around 265 lbs. I am talking about a 265 lbs. that is all there. He looks leaner, quicker, and confident. I do not care how competitive Hwt is this season in D-I college wrestling.  Anthony Cassioppi will be a big factor and make a lot of great memories throughout his career for Iowa Wrestling fans.

Of all the Iowa wrestlers that I saw, Kemerer, Warner, and Cassioppi stood out the most to me for physical improvements.  Also Marinelli is in better shape now than he was a year ago and if the season started tomorrow he would be ready. One last mention to not look past Turk at 141.  

Forrest Molinari and Kayla Miracle hit an intense workout.  Both look cut up, peaked, and ready to go for the Freestyle World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on August 14-22.  Molinari and Miracle will be a force to deal with for the World titles at their weight along with HWC teammate Alli Ragan.  

We just started September and I am past ready for the season to start.  A quick glance at the Iowa Wrestling team on Saturday and you can see that the entire program has been working real hard.  They just looked tougher than last year to me. A year of hard training in the Iowa Wrestling room seems to have that effect on wrestlers.

The NCAA National Wrestling Championships will be in the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on March 19-21.  More than 17,000 tickets had been sold in July and record breaking crowds are expected. Gotta think that is a result of a lot of very excited Iowa Wrestling fans.  

Everything looks to be in place for a great two year run.  At least. The 2019-2020 season has the potential to be a special and very entertaining season to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.  I cannot wait.

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC practice on Saturday, September 7

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will have practice open to the public at 8:30 AM on Saturday, September 7. The doors of the Iowa Wrestling room in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex will open at 7:30 AM. The bleachers will be pulled out and fans are welcomed to attend.  In the past, Iowa wrestlers would be working out on their own at this time. Iowa football will have their Big Ten home opener when they face Rutgers with an 11 AM kickoff.

There was a great crowd this past Saturday at the HWC practice as the bleachers were full and fans were standing and sitting around and on the mats.  Only in Iowa Wrestling would you get a crowd like that over six hours before kickoff…in August. I am expecting an even bigger crowd of fans this Saturday.

Last Saturday, Thomas Gilman was talking to fans and signing autographs.  It is a tradition in the Iowa Wrestling program to be very accessible to fans to chat and for autographs and pictures.  The Living Legend himself Dan Gable was at practice. It is always a big deal to see Dan Gable.

The University of Iowa announced that the 2019-2020 Iowa Wrestling schedule would be released this week.  Season tickets are available now.


Upcoming events:

September 7 – Home football game vs. Rutgers  11 AM kickoff – 8:30 AM HWC Practice

September 28 – Home football game vs. Middle Tennessee St  Kickoff TBD

October 5 – Who’s #1 by FloWrestling at Carver Hawkeye Arena at 5 PM

October 12 – Home football game vs. Penn St.  Kickoff TBD

October 19 – Home football game vs. Purdue (Homecoming)  Kickoff 11 AM

November 13 – National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Recruiting Class of 2020

November 16 – Home football game vs. Minnesota  Kickoff TBD

November 23 – Home football game vs. Illinois  Kickoff TBD


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!