Domination: An Inside Look at Iowa Wrestling

Two months from today…

Two months from today, March 17, is not only St. Patty’s Day but the opening day of the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan will be packed for the opening round that begins at 11 AM CST. 

For starters Iowa Wrestling fans there is a lot of living to be done between now and then.  A lot. Let’s take a step back and take a look at where Iowa Wrestling is right now and what they have coming up.

The internet has been an absolute buzz about Iowa Wrestling since the official news came out on New Year’s Day that Spencer Lee was having season ending surgery. As a fan of course it was a blow but an expected one for me.  Lee did not look himself at the Rokfin Duals so I was expecting to hear the news of his season being over.

I have never seen that type of online attention given to an Iowa Wrestling team when they were not even on the mat. We of course now live in the internet era and Spencer Lee has dominated the news cycle since that announcement on January 1. 

Maybe because it was not a surprise to me about Lee or that I keep looking at all that Iowa Wrestling has on this 2022 team that has allowed me to move forward. The great performance by Drake Ayala, a true freshman from Ft. Dodge, Iowa at 125 has certainly softened the blow of losing Lee. Ayala is making Iowa Wrestling fans look forward to his next match. Wins over four straight nationally ranked wrestlers (#7,5,7,and 26) has me looking forward to how many points Ayala will score for us at the NCAA’s this year.

With Ayala in the lineup Iowa still has a lot of potential to crown 10 All Americans at the NCAA National Tournament. That is anything but a stretch because every one of the other nine members in the starting lineup have been an All American in the past. Now when you have that type of firepower in a lineup I of course believe there is a lot to be excited about in the form of a team title.

The news story for Iowa Wrestling has gone from Lee being out for the year to speculation as to why Austin DeSanto and Jaydin Eierman have been out of the lineup recently.  I will admit that I have now idea and I do not have to.  It is mid January and injuries happen. Eierman is a gamer that likes the bright lights and spotlight and I am confident of his potential to score a lot of points at the National Tournament.  DeSanto is tough even by Iowa Wrestling standards and I will count on DeSanto being in the lineup at Big Tens on Saturday, March 5 at 11 AM CST until I hear otherwise from Tom Brands.

There was a lot of talk about Michael Kemerer being done for the year and he just had two pins over the weekend and is looking very tough. Real tough considering supposedly his wrestling career was over.

I am not in a big hurry to get through these next two months. I want to soak in every last moment that this 2022 edition of Iowa Wrestling has to offer.  What a great team. Iowa Wrestling is my entertainment.  We are coming up on two years since this world of ours has been turned upside down. I look to Iowa Wrestling to entertain me more than ever and they indeed do just that.

I already miss Alex Marinelli and Michael Kemerer and their careers are not even over yet.  As a fan I still have two months and two days to watch Marinelli and Kemerer take the mat as one of my favorite 1-2 duos in my career as an Iowa Wrestling fan.

I am also enjoying the dominant wins that Iowa wrestling has going. After a disappointing showing against Minnesota to get the new year started the Hawks have ripped off three straight impressive performances over nationally ranked Big Ten teams by the score of 36-4, 33-6, and 36-3. Not bad for a team with as many as three out of ten original starters out of the lineup. Only Iowa Wrestling is even close to having the depth to pull that off.

My focus as a fan right now is Iowa going on the road to take on #9 Ohio State at 7 PM Friday night.  The match at 184 is the one that I really want to see. I am looking forward to Iowa Wrestling entertaining us fans in that big dual meet.

Iowa has an experienced coaching staff and the most experienced team in the history of Iowa Wrestling.  This coaching staff and team know how to win the NCAA National Tournament. I am confident that they got this and we are in for one hell of a National Tournament in a great way. Until then, I am going to enjoy the next two months of Iowa Wrestling leading up to the National Tournament and go from there.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Results for Iowa recruits in action: Jan 15

Snow forced some changes in Iowa for the wrestling tournaments this weekend. Waverly-Shell Rock changed plans and went to the Solon Invitational where both Aiden Riggins and Ryder Block won titles. 

Ben Kueter won the title at 220 lbs. at the J-Hawk Invitational at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Kueter was named for the Wyatt Schultz Outstanding Wrestler award. Wyatt was from west Cedar Rapids and a supporter of Jefferson Wrestling. Wyatt was the number one source for high school wrestling in Iowa as the owner of The Predicament for decades. Our friend Wyatt is dearly missed.

Brad Hill was 4-0 with two pins, a tech fall, and an injury default at the Bettendorf Midwest Shootout. Easton Fleshman picked up two pins and a forfeit at the Harrisburg Duals in Harrisburg, South Dakota. Drake Rhodes was 4-0 at the Border Wars in Sheridan, Wyoming with three first period pins and a tech fall.

Jace Rhodes, Joel Jesuroga, Nate Jesuroga, Carter Martinson, Carson Martinson, Mickey Griffith, Kolby Franklin, and Gabe Arnold did not compete this weekend.

I will do my best to bring you results this season for all of our incoming recruits right here on my blog. 

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling.

 

Recruiting Class of 2022

Jace Rhodes – Mason City, Iowa (138 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Bob Sharpe Invitational (Ankeny)

Cancelled.

 

Joel Jesuroga – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (145 lbs.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Carter Martinson – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (152 lb.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Carson Martinson – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (160 lbs.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Aiden Riggins – Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa (160 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Solon Invitational

Quarterfinal – Aiden Riggins (Waverly-Shell Rock) won by fall over Fischer Harrison (Solon) (Fall 1:07)

Semifinal – Aiden Riggins (Waverly-Shell Rock) won by tech fall over Jace Tippet (North Scott) (TF-1.5 2:04 (15-0))

1st Place Match – Aiden Riggins (Waverly-Shell Rock) won by medical forfeit over Robert Poyner (Waverly-Shell Rock) (M. For.)

 

Drake Rhodes – Billings West HS, MT (160 lbs.)

Saturday Jan 15 at Border Wars (Sheridan, WY)

Drake Rhodes won by tech fall over Terran Grooms (Sheridan) 15-0

Drake Rhodes won by fall over Feliz Lentsch (Worland) 1:32

Drake Rhodes won by fall over Deyton Johnson (Thunder Basin) 1:29

Drake Rhodes won by fall over Logan Ketterling (Gillette) :48

 

Mickey Griffith – Des Moines Lincoln HS, Iowa (182 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Bob Sharpe Invitational (Ankeny)

Cancelled.

 

Kolby Franklin – Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania (Hwt)

No competition scheduled.

 

Brad Hill – Bettendorf, Iowa (195 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15  Bettendorf Midwest Shootout

Champ. Round 1 – Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) won by injury default over Braydon Chance (Newton) (Inj. 0:00)

Quarterfinal – Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) won by fall over Mason Thies (Waukee) (Fall 0:17)

Semifinal – Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) won by fall over Nolan Simpson (Burlington) (Fall 1:41)

1st Place Match – Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) won by tech fall over Jackson Brinker (Johnston) (TF-1.5 4:41 (19-3))

 

Easton Fleshman – West Lyon HS, Iowa (Hwt)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Harrisburg Duals (Harrisburg, SD)

Easton Fleshman (West Lyon) over Josh Larsen (Harrisburg) Fall 2:18

Easton Fleshman (West Lyon) over Zach Carlson (Sioux Falls O`Gorman) Fall 0:27

Easton Fleshman (West Lyon) Forfeit over Sioux Falls Washington

 

 

Recruiting Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (126 lbs.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Ryder Block – Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa (138 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Solon Invitational

Quarterfinal – Ryder Block (Waverly-Shell Rock) won by fall over Gehrig Kirst (North Scott) (Fall 1:18)

Semifinal – Ryder Block (Waverly-Shell Rock) won by fall over Nate Wood (North Cedar) (Fall 4:32)

1st Place Match – Ryder Block (Waverly-Shell Rock) won by decision over Cade Siebrecht (Lisbon) (Dec 11-7)

 

Gabe Arnold – Wyoming Seminary (PA) (170 lbs.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Ben Kueter – City High HS, Iowa (220 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at J-Hawk Invitational (Cedar Rapids)

Quarterfinal – Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) won by fall over Liam Glasgow (Davenport North) (Fall 1:17)

Semifinal – Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) won by tech fall over Daniel Sokolik (Fort Madison) (TF-1.5 3:22 (21-6))

1st Place Match – Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) won by fall over Evan Franke (Muscatine) (Fall 2:21)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

Iowa-Illinois preview

The Hawks will roll into #18 Illinois for a Big Ten dual meet on Sunday at 3 PM. The Iowa-Illinois dual meet will be televised live on BTN. Iowa looked impressive in a 33-6 win at #11 Northwestern on Friday night and have looked very good the last two dual meets against nationally ranked teams.

The highest ranked wrestler for Illinois is freshman #6 Lucas Byrd at 133. #3 Austin DeSanto has not competed in the last two dual meets. Freshman Cullan Schriever pulled his redshirt and competed against Northwestern where he dropped a 4-3 decision to #9 Chris Cannon. It sounds as though we will see Schriever in the lineup against Byrd. 

#12 Drake Ayala continues to impress at 125 where he defeated #7 Austin DeAugustino of Northwestern, 6-5. Ayala will now face #26 Justin Cardani of Illinois. The best matchup of ranked wrestlers will be at 184. #18 Abe Assad will take on #19 Zac Braunagel. This match will provide Assad an opportunity to show where he is at in the national rankings. I believe Assad is a lot better than #18.

As with every conference dual meet every single match is important for seeds at the Big Tens and NCAA Tournament.  I am expecting another real good performance by the Hawks in this dual meet.

 

*InterMat Rankings

 

#2 IOWA HAWKEYES (8-0, 2-0 BIG TEN) 2021-22 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record 

125 12 Drake Ayala Fr. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge 11-3 

133 3 Austin DeSanto Sr. Exeter, Pennsylvania/Exeter (Drexel) 11-0 -OR- Charles Matthews *Fr. San Mateo, California/Junipero Serra 4-5 

141 2 Jaydin Eierman Sr. Columbia, Missouri/Father Tolton (Missouri) 11-0 -OR- Drew Bennett Jr. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (Northern Iowa) 2-4

149 12 Max Murin Sr. Ebensburg, Pennsylvania/Central Cambria 4-1 -OR- Cobe Siebrecht So. Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon 5-2 

157 12 Kaleb Young Sr. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania/Punxsutawney 7-5 

165 1 Alex Marinelli Sr. Miamisburg, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 12-0 

174  2 Michael Kemerer Sr. Murraysville, Pennsylvania/Franklin Regional 2-0 -OR- Brennan Swaff ord Sr. Mediapolis, Iowa/Mediapolis (Graceland) 12-6 184 

184 18 Abe Assad So. Carol Stream, Illinois/Glenbard North 7-2 197 

197 5 Jacob Warner Sr. Tolono, Illinois/Washington Community 8-1 

285 5 Tony Cassioppi Jr. Roscoe, Illinois/Hononegah 6-2 -OR- Aaron Costello Sr. Dubuque, Iowa/Western Dubuque 11-2

#2 in Tournament Rankings

#2 in Dual Meet Rankings

 

#18 ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (2-0, 0-0 BIG TEN) 2021-22 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record 

125 26 Justin Cardani So. Champaign, Illinois/Centennial 9-2 

133 6 Lucas Byrd *Fr. Cincinnati , Ohio/La Salle 10-1 

141 We Rachal So. Chicago, Illinois/Washington 8-8 

149 Christian Kanzler Sr. Fox Lake, Illinois/Lincoln College 8-5 

157 Joe Roberts Fr. Aurora, Illinois/Monini Catholic 9-7 

165 27 Danny Braunagel So. Belleville, Illinois/Althoff Catholic 7-5 

174 DJ Shannon So. Madison, Illinois/Christian Brothers 4-4 

184 19 Zac Braunagel So. Belleville, Illinois/Althoff Catholic 6-2 

197 29 Matt Wrobleewski Jr. Mt. Prospect, Illinois/Prospect 4-2 

285 17 Luke Luffman So. Urbana, Illinois/Urbana 10-2

#18 in Tournament Rankings

#15 in Dual Meet Rankings

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action: Jan 15

Incoming Iowa wrestling recruits will be hitting the mats this weekend. Jace Rhodes, Mickey Griffith, Aiden Riggins, and Ryder Block will be at the Bob Sharpe Invitational in Ankeny on Saturday. Ben Kueter will be competing at the J-Hawk in Cedar Rapids. Brad Hill will be competing at home at the Bettendorf Midwest Shootout. Drake Rhodes will be at the Border Wars in Sheridan, WY and Easton Fleshman will be at the Harrisburg Duals in Harrisburg, SD.

Several of our recruits do not have anything scheduled for this weekend. After this weekend we are looking at a full slate as we approach conference tournaments and then the tournaments begin to become a state champion. 

Between our recruits in high school and the Hawks, the wrestling season will be at its best for the next two plus months. 

I will do my best to bring you results this season for all of our incoming recruits right here on my blog. 

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling.

 

Recruiting Class of 2022

Jace Rhodes – Mason City, Iowa (132 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Bob Sharpe Invitational (Ankeny)

 

Joel Jesuroga – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (145 lbs.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Carter Martinson – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (152 lb.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Carson Martinson – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (160 lbs.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Aiden Riggins – Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa (160 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Bob Sharpe Invitational (Ankeny)

 

Drake Rhodes – Billings West HS, MT (160 lbs.)

Saturday Jan 15 at Border Wars (Sheridan, WY)

 

Mickey Griffith – Des Moines Lincoln HS, Iowa (182 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Bob Sharpe Invitational (Ankeny)

 

Kolby Franklin – Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania (Hwt)

No competition scheduled.

 

Brad Hill – Bettendorf, Iowa (195 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15  Bettendorf Midwest Shootout

 

Easton Fleshman – West Lyon HS, Iowa (Hwt)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Harrisburg Duals (Harrisburg, SD)

 

 

Recruting Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (126 lbs.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Ryder Block – Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa (138 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at Bob Sharpe Invitational (Ankeny)

 

Gabe Arnold – Wyoming Seminary (PA) (170 lbs.)

No competition scheduled.

 

Ben Kueter – City High HS, Iowa (220 lbs.)

Saturday, Jan 15 at J-Hawk Invitational (Cedar Rapids)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

  

Iowa-Northwestern preview

The Iowa Hawkeyes will be on the road this weekend with a dual meet at #11 Northwestern on Friday and at #18 Illinois on Sunday. Every single match is important for seedings at the Big Ten Tournament. First up is Iowa-Northwestern at 7 PM Friday that will be streamed live on BIGt.

Iowa has two wrestlers listed at five weights for both dual meets. I do not believe I have ever seen that before in a Big Ten dual meet for Iowa. #3 Austin DeSanto and Charles Matthews are both listed at 133. DeSanto did not wrestle Sunday against Purdue. #2 Jaydin Eierman and Drew Bennett are both listed at 141. #12 Max Murin and Cobe Siebrecht are listed at 149. #2 Michael Kemerer and Brennan Swafford are at 174 and #5 Tony Cassioppi and Aaron Costello at Hwt.

Northwestern has a ranked wrestler listed at eight of the ten weights. There are potential matchups of #12 Drake Ayala – #7 Michael DeAugustino at 125, #3 Austin DeSanto – #9 Chris Cannon at 133, #12 Max Murin – #5 Yahya Thomas at 149, and #12 Kaleb Young – #2 Ryan Deakin at 157. 

Depending on who Iowa puts out on the mat Northwestern may be favored in as many or even more matches than Iowa. Northwestern has the higher ranked wrestler at 125, 149, and 157 regardless of who Iowa puts out there. Should Iowa not put their #1 guy on the mat in any of the other weights we could have a very competitive dual meet.

 

*InterMat Rankings

#2 IOWA HAWKEYES (8-0, 2-0 BIG TEN) 2021-22 Overall Wt. Rank Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record 

125 12 Drake Ayala Fr. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge 11-3 

133 3 Austin DeSanto Sr. Exeter, Pennsylvania/Exeter (Drexel) 11-0 -OR- Charles Matthews *Fr. San Mateo, California/Junipero Serra 4-5 

141 2 Jaydin Eierman Sr. Columbia, Missouri/Father Tolton (Missouri) 11-0 -OR- Drew Bennett Jr. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (Northern Iowa) 2-4

149 12 Max Murin Sr. Ebensburg, Pennsylvania/Central Cambria 4-1 -OR- Cobe Siebrecht So. Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon 5-2 

157 12 Kaleb Young Sr. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania/Punxsutawney 7-5 

165 1 Alex Marinelli Sr. Miamisburg, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 12-0 

174  2 Michael Kemerer Sr. Murraysville, Pennsylvania/Franklin Regional 2-0 -OR- Brennan Swaff ord Sr. Mediapolis, Iowa/Mediapolis (Graceland) 12-6 

184 18 Abe Assad So. Carol Stream, Illinois/Glenbard North 7-2 197 

197 5 Jacob Warner Sr. Tolono, Illinois/Washington Community 8-1 

285 5 Tony Cassioppi Jr. Roscoe, Illinois/Hononegah 6-2 -OR- Aaron Costello Sr. Dubuque, Iowa/Western Dubuque 11-2

#2 in Tournament Rankings

#2 in Dual Meet Rankings

 

#11 NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS (2-2, 0-2 BIG TEN) 2021-22 Overall Wt. Rank Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record 

125 7 Michael DeAugustino Sr. Palm Coast, Florida/Flagler Palm Coast 2-0 

133 9 Chris Cannon So. Oceanport, New Jersey/Blair Academy 8-1 

141 32 Frank Tal Shahar So. Delray Beach, Florida/American Heritage 4-4 

149 5 Yahya Thomas Sr. Chicago, Illinois/Mount Carmel 7-2 

157 2 Ryan Deakin Sr. Broomfi eld, Colorado/Legacy 6-0 

165 Erich Byelick Jr. Orlando, Florida/Lake Highland Prep 0-2 -OR- 32 David Ferrante So. Huntley, Illinois/Huntley 6-4 

174 28 Troy Fisher So. Garden Plain, Kansas/Goddard 10-5 

184 Jon Halvorsen So. Park Ridge, Illinois/Maine South 1-3 -OR- Jack Jessen Jr. Villa Park, Illinois/Willowbrook 1-4 

197 28 Andrew Davison Sr. Chesterton, Indiana/Chesterton 7-4 

285 14 Lucas Davison Jr. Chesterton, Indiana/Chesterton 12-3

#11 in Tournament Rankings

#19 in Dual Meet Rankings

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Lugo to compete in Henri Deglane Grand Prix

Pat Lugo of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will compete at the Henri Deglane Grand Prix in Nice, France. Lugo will be competing at 65 kg/143 lbs. on Friday, January 21.

Lugo, originally from Homestead, Florida, was a two-time All American for the University of Iowa in 2019 and 2020.

I will post a follow up blog with results.

 

2022 HENRI DEGLANE GRAND PRIX

at Nice, France 

*****Times listed are CST.

Friday, Jan. 21

3:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Qualification rounds and finals (MFS 57, 65, 74, 86, 97, 125 kg)

Saturday, Jan. 22

3:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Qualification rounds and finals (MFS 61, 70, 79, 92 kg)

 

U.S. men’s freestyle roster

61 kg: Daniel Deshazer (Titan Mercury WC)

65 kg: Tony Tolbert (Beat the Streets Philadelphia)

65 kg: Yianni Diakomihalis (Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC)

65 kg: Pat Lugo (Hawkeye WC/Titan Mercury WC)

70 kg: Austin Headlee (Tarheel WC/Sunkist Kids)

74 kg: Chance Marsteller (Titan Mercury WC)

79 kg: Devin Skatzka (Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC)

79 kg: David McFadden (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

86 kg: Andrew Morgan (Spartan Combat WC)

86 kg: Mark Hall (Pennsylvania RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

86 kg: Owen Webster (Gopher WC RTC)

125 kg: Hayden Zillmer (Gopher WC RTC)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Hawkeye greats selected to the Glen Brand HOF

The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa announced the Class of 2022 for induction. Former Iowa Hawkeye greats Joel Sharratt, Jay Borschel, Luke Moffitt, and the Trizzino family were among those selected.

From the nwhof.org website: https://nwhof.org/news/glen-brand-wrestling-hall-of-fame-of-iowa-announces-class-of-2022?fbclid=IwAR2AJ3qpW7hJLEYLq6R9ksfFbYMXRJe_uV5yGd9Sv1v2gv_zJnFp01yk6Fc

Located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, the Glen Brand Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to honor native-born Iowans and those who wrestled or coached for an Iowa school who have made an impact on wrestling on a national level or who have done extraordinary work in Iowa.

A banquet honoring the Class of 2022 will be held at Prairie Links Golf & Event Center in Waverly, Iowa, on June 24, 2022. For more information, contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or dgmstaff@nwhof.org.

Joel Sharratt was a state champion from Bloomington-Kennedy High School in Minnesota before becoming a three-time All-American for the University of Iowa. Coached by 2002 Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa inductee Dan Gable, Sharratt advanced to the NCAA finals three times and won a national title in 1994. The two-time captain led the Hawkeyes to Big Ten and NCAA titles in 1995 while also helping Iowa capture national championships in 1992 and 1994. Sharratt was a two-time member of the U.S. National Team, earning the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Trials and the 1997 Pan American Championships. After stepping off the mat, Sharratt became a graduate assistant at the University Minnesota and the top assistant coach at the United State Naval Academy. He was head coach at the United States Air Force Academy before returning to the Naval Academy as head coach. A native of Bloomington, Minnesota, Sharratt was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. He currently works as a business development specialist with SAGE Technologies, a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Sharratt resides in St. Louis with his fiancé, Cassey Sawnson, and is the proud father of four daughters.

Jay Borschel was a four-time Iowa state high school champion for Linn-Mar High School, the 16th wrestler in state history to win four titles. The Marion, Iowa native won his championships in four different weight classes, marking the greatest span of weight classes by any of the four-time champions. Borschel had a career record of 163-1 with three undefeated seasons and 98 pins. Signed by Tom Brands to wrestle at Virginia Tech, Borschel followed Brands to the University of Iowa, after a redshirt year at Virginia Tech. Borschel was a Big Ten champion and a two-time All-American in three seasons as a starter, helping the Hawkeyes win three Big Ten and NCAA championships while posting a 98-10 career record. He was undefeated as a senior while capturing the 174-pound national title and being named Iowa’s Male Athlete of the Year. Borschel resides in Iowa City, Iowa with his partner, Jillian, and three children, Milo, Wilhelmina and Morrison.

Luke Moffitt wrestled for Estherville High School in Estherville, Iowa, winning an Iowa state high school championship in 1997. Moffitt won a national championship at 141 pounds for Iowa Central Community College before signing with the University of Iowa. Wrestling for Jim Zalesky and Tom Brands, Moffitt was a two-year starter and won the Big Ten Tournament and was named Outstanding Wrestler in 2002. Moffitt received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and returned to Iowa Central as head coach. In his 18th season, he has a career record of 172-57 and has built the Tritons into a national power. Iowa Central has won seven national titles and has placed in the Top Eight at the NJCAA national tournament 17 consecutive seasons, including 12 Top Three finishes. The Tritons have also won six national dual championships with 31 individual national champions, 49 national finalists and 102 All-Americans. Moffitt has been named National Coach of the Year five times and Regional Coach of the Year 12 times. The Tritons have ruled Region XI, considered to be the top league in junior college wrestling, winning 13 regional team titles and crowning 76 individual champions.

The Trizzino Family, which includes brothers Scott Trizzino and Mark Trizzino and Mark’s sons Nick and Joey, will receive the Bowlsby Family Legacy Award. Scott and Mark were two-time Illinois state high school champions for Joliet Central High School in Joliet, Illinois, and both wrestled at the University of Iowa. Scott was a two-time Big Ten champion and a two-time finalist and three-time All-American while helping the Hawkeyes win four national team championships. Mark was a Big Ten champion and an All-American who also helped Iowa win four national team titles. Scott placed second at the Freestyle Junior Nationals in 1976 while Mark was a runner-up in 1977 and an All-American in 1976 and 1978. Mark’s sons wrestled for Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. Nick was an Iowa state high school champion in 2007 after finishing seventh in 2005 and 2006 while Joey was state runner-up in 2010 after finishing third in 2009 and eighth in 2007. Nick wrestled for Iowa from 2009 to 2014 while Joey wrestled for the Hawkeyes from 2011 to 2013 and for Wartburg College from 2014 to 2017.

The Bowlsby Family Legacy Award is named after the Bowlsby Family from Waterloo. John Bowlsby and Bob Bowlsby wrestled for legendary coach Bob Siddens at Waterloo West High School while their parents, Bob and Pat, and sisters, Ann, Sarah and Jane, were instrumental in their careers.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa in the new InterMat rankings

InterMat released their new rankings today. 

There have been some changes in the rankings in just one week. For starters Drake Ayala debuts in the rankings at 12th at 125. Ayala just defeated #5 at the time Devin Shroder of Purdue 6-1 in the Purdue dual meet Sunday. Ayala will face #7 Michael DeAugustino of Northwestern on Friday.

(3) DeSanto, (2) Eierman, (12) Murin, (12) Young, (1) Marinelli (2) Kemerer, (18) Assad, and (5) Warner all stayed the same in the rankings. I am surprised that Abe Assad stayed ranked #18 at 184. I thought he would move up the rankings a few notches. I believe Assad will do much better than 18th at the NCAA National Tournament. Cassioppi went from #6 to #5 at Hwt.

In the team race Iowa remained at #2 20 points behind #1 Penn State. Iowa was behind Penn State by 21 points in the rankings last week. Michigan gained 22 points in the team race since last week at #3 and are now only 3 points behind Iowa.

Penn State replaced Iowa for #1 in the Dual Meet Rankings as the Hawks drop to #2. Iowa will host Penn State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, January 28 at 8 PM CST.

Iowa will be on the road this weekend at #11 Northwestern (January 14) and at #18 Illinois (January 16).

 

InterMat Rankings – January 11, 2022

Tournament Team Rankings/Points

  1. Penn State  112.5
  2. Iowa  92.5
  3. Michigan  89.5
  4. Arizona State  66.5

Dual Meet

  1. Penn State
  2. Iowa
  3. Michigan
  4. Oklahoma State

 

125  Drake Ayala – 12th

133  Austin DeSanto – 3rd

141 Jaydin Eierman – 2nd

149 Max Murin – 12th

157 Kaleb Young – 12th 

165 Alex Marinelli – 1st

174 Michael Kemerer – 2nd

184 Abe Assad – 18th

197 Jacob Warner – 5th

Hwt Tony Cassioppii – 5th

 

For the complete InterMat rankings:

https://intermatwrestle.com/rankings/college?

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Johnson County I-Club Wrestling Lunch

Tom Brands will be the guest speaker at the Johnson County I-Club Wrestling Lunch on Friday, February 4. Doors to the Feller Club Room in Carver-Hawkeye Arena will open at 11:30 AM and the program will begin at 12:10.

I have attended this event in the past and it was a good time and a packed house. I expect an even bigger crowd this year. Iowa Wrestling fans are excited.

Cost is $20 per person and $175 for a reserved table of eight. RSVP by January 28.

To reserve your tickets:

https://donate.givetoiowa.org/s/1773/alumni20/home.aspx?sid=1773&gid=2&pgid=1224&cid=3203&appealcode=GFWEB&sourcelunch2022=iclubweb

Contact Maria McCaw at mariamccaw@urbanacres.com for additional information.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Results for Iowa recruits in action: Jan 7-8

It was a big weekend of tough competition for our incoming Iowa wrestling recruits. Jesuroga, Jesuroga, Martinson, and Martinson were at The Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Nate Jesuroga was defeated by Nicolar Rivera of Stoughton, WI, 10-6 in the finals at 126. Jesuroga was ranked #1 in the country at 126 and #3 P4P by MatScouts.

Joel Jesuroga won the title at 145, Carter Martinson placed 5th at 152 and Carson Martinson placed third at 160.

At The Clash in La Crosse, WI Aiden Riggins, Ryder Block, and Brad Hill were all undefeated against some good competition. Brad Hill had an outstanding tournament with a 6-0 record that included one tech fall and five pins. His five pins were in 1:33, 1:13, :56, :39, and :31.

Easton Fleshman competed in a tournament where he received three forfeits before winning his only match by a decision. Jace Rhodes won the 132 lbs. title at the Flanigan Invitational. Ben Kueter was dominating in winning the Jack Mendenhall Invitational with two pins and a tech fall. Drake Rhodes won the La Prowse Invitation with three pins and a tech fall.

I will do my best to bring you results this season for all of our incoming recruits right here on my blog. 

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling.

 

Recruiting Class of 2022

Jace Rhodes – Mason City, Iowa (132 lbs.)

Saturday Jan 8 at Flanigan Invitational (Crestwood) 

Quarterfinal – Jace Rhodes (Mason City) won by fall over Lawson Erickson (Crestwood, Cresco) (Fall 1:03)

Semifinal – Jace Rhodes (Mason City) won by major decision over Carson Rowland (Chatfield) (MD 22-10)

1st Place Match – Jace Rhodes (Mason City) 19-2 won by decision over Owen Denstad (Caledonia-Houston) (Dec 11-4)

 

Joel Jesuroga – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (145 lbs.)

Fri/Sat Jan 7-8 at Cheesehead Invitational (Kaukauna, Wisconsin)

Champ. Round 1 – Joel Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) 24-0 received a bye () (Bye)

Round 2 – Joel Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by fall over Bryce Konwent (Waterford) (Fall 1:46)

Round 3 – Joel Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Nathan VandeHey (Freedom) (Dec 7-2)

Round 4 – Joel Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Mason Alessio (Joliet Catholic) (Dec 5-2)

Quarterfinal – Joel Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Jayden Colon (Montini Catholic) (Dec 7-4)

Semifinal – Joel Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Cody Goebel (Mukwonago) (Dec 6-5)

1st Place Match – Joel Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) 24-0 won by decision over Mason Alessio (Joliet Catholic) (Dec 3-2)

 

Carter Martinson – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (152 lb.)

Fri/Sat Jan 7-8 at Cheesehead Invitational (Kaukauna, Wisconsin)

Champ. Round 1 – Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) 18-2 received a bye () (Bye)

Round 2 – Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Connor Cumbee (Joliet Catholic) (Dec 7-3)

Round 3 – Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Hunter Rudzinski (Waterford) (Dec 8-5)

Round 4 – Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Wyatt Ingham (Amery ) (Dec 10-6)

Quarterfinal – Jorden Johnson (Edwardsville) won by decision over Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) (Dec 3-2)

Championship Back – Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Logan Vaughan (Kasson-Mantorville) (Dec 4-3)

Championship Back – Braden Stauffenberg (Aurora Christian) won by decision over Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) (Dec 3-1)

5th Place Match – Carter Martinson (Southeast Polk) 18-2 won by decision over Jorden Johnson (Edwardsville) (Dec 5-4)

 

Carson Martinson – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (160 lbs.)

Fri/Sat Jan 7-8 at Cheesehead Invitational (Kaukauna, Wisconsin)

Champ. Round 1 – Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) 24-4 received a bye () (Bye)

Round 2 – Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) won by fall over Brayden Whittier (Mukwonago) (Fall 0:31)

Round 3 – Calvin Hargrove (Aquinas) won by fall over Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) (Fall 1:19)

Round 4 – Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) won by fall over Riley Brown (Smithville) (Fall 1:57)

Quarterfinal – Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Judah Hammen (Kaukauna High School) (Dec 6-1)

Semifinal – Travis Smith (Simley) won by fall over Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) (Fall 5:53)

Championship Back – Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) won by decision over Griffin Ray (Hillsboro) (Dec 4-2)

3rd Place Match – Carson Martinson (Southeast Polk) 24-4 won by major decision over Henry Reilly (Millard South) (MD 11-2)

 

Aiden Riggins – Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa (160 lbs.)

Fri/Sat Jan 7-8 at The Clash Wrestling Duals (La Crosse, WI)

Aiden Riggins (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Ivan Veenendall (Ellsworth) TF 19-4

Aiden Riggins (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Landen Johnson (Owatonna) Maj 12-3

Aiden Riggins (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Marcell Booth (Apple Valley) TF 17-2

Aiden Riggins (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Arjun Nagra (Vacaville) Fall 1:24

Aiden Riggins (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Jed Wester (Saint Michael Albertville) Dec 5-1

Aiden Riggins (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Payton Handevidt (Jackson County Central) Dec 10-4

 

Drake Rhodes – Billings West HS, MT (160 lbs.)

Fri/Sat, Jan 7-8 at La Prowse Invitation (Boseman)

Champ. Round 1 – Drake Rhodes (Billings West) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Drake Rhodes (Billings West) won by fall over Carter Gines (Powell) (Fall 1:26)

Quarterfinal – Drake Rhodes (Billings West) won by fall over Gavin Vetter (Butte) (Fall 2:21)

Semifinal – Drake Rhodes (Billings West) won by tech fall over AJ Lafurge (Great Falls CMR) (TF-1.5 2:44 (15-0))

1st Place Match – Drake Rhodes (Billings West) 17-0 won by fall over Conner Kovick (Helena Capital) (Fall 1:36)

 

Mickey Griffith – Des Moines Lincoln HS, Iowa (182 lbs.)

Did not compete.

 

Kolby Franklin – Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania (Hwt)

Did not compete.

 

Brad Hill – Bettendorf, Iowa (195 lbs.)

Fri/Sat, Jan 7-8 at The Clash National Duals (La Crosse, WI)

Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) over Dylan Hughes (Rochester Mayo) Fall 1:33

Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) over Cody Weix (Marshfield) TF 17-1

Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) over Logan Kuehl (Vacaville) Fall 1:13

Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) over Dayveon Hill (Apple Valley) Fall 0:39

Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) over Jackson Taylor (Staley) Fall 0:31

Bradley Hill (Bettendorf) over Max Bergland (Anoka) Fall 0:56

 

Easton Fleshman – West Lyon HS, Iowa (Hwt)

Saturday Jan 7 at SLP ‘Jerry Hentges’ Dual Tournament (Spirit Lake)

Easton Fleshman (West Lyon) Forfeit over (Sioux City North)

Easton Fleshman (West Lyon) Forfeit over (MOC Floyd Valley) 

Easton Fleshman (West Lyon) Forfeit over (Lake Mills) 

Easton Fleshman (West Lyon) over Ethan Hooyer (Sioux Center) Dec 3-0

 

 

Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga – Southeast Polk HS, Iowa (126 lbs.)

Fri/Sat Jan 7-8 at Cheesehead Invitational (Kaukauna, Wisconsin)

Champ. Round 1 – Nathanael Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) received a bye () (Bye)

Round 2 – Nathanael Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by tech fall over Logan Glynn (Millard South) (TF-1.5 4:24 (16-1))

Round 3 – Nathanael Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by major decision over Connor Crumer (Arrowhead Union) (MD 27-14)

Round 4 – Nathanael Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by tech fall over Carter Freeman (Wisconsin Rapids) (TF-1.5 3:27 (23-8))

Quarterfinal – Nathanael Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by major decision over Jackson Tucker (Hillsboro) (MD 21-8)

Semifinal – Nathanael Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) won by major decision over Bryan Winans (Kaukauna High School) (MD 11-3)

1st Place Match – Nicolar Rivera (Stoughton) 29-0 won by decision over Nathanael Jesuroga (Southeast Polk) 25-1 (Dec 10-6)

 

Ryder Block – Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa (138 lbs.)

Fri/Sat Jan 7-8 at The Clash Wrestling Duals (La Crosse, WI)

Ryder Block (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Blake Nelson (Ellsworth) Fall 1:32

Ryder Block (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Michael Bobo (Owatonna) TF 21-6

Ryder Block (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Sebastian Castin (Apple Valley) Fall 1:49

Ryder Block (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Eric Almarinez (Vacaville) Dec 7-2

Ryder Block (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Eli Davis (Saint Michael Albertville) TF 31-16

Ryder Block (Waverly – Shell Rock) over Thomas Freking (Jackson County Central) Fall 1:15

 

Gabe Arnold – Wyoming Seminary (PA) (170 lbs.)

Jan 7 dual with Bergen Catholic is canceled.

 

Ben Kueter – City High HS, Iowa (220 lbs.)

Sat Jan 8 at Jack Mendenhall Invitational (Ames)

Champ. Round 1 – Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) won by fall over James Naughton (Indianola) (Fall 3:52)

Semifinal – Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) won by fall over Brevin Bennett (Boone) (Fall 2:27)

1st Place Match – Ben Kueter (Iowa City, City High) 16-0 won by tech fall over Logan Huckfelt (Spencer) (TF-1.5 3:47 (16-1))

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!