Hernandez named as the Midland Roundtable Athlete of the Year

Incoming recruit Keyan Hernandez was named as the 2024 Midland Roundtable Athlete of the Year. The Athlete of the Year award is for the top male and female athlete in Billings chosen by the Midland Roundtable since 1989.

 


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In February Hernandez won his fourth Montana state title for Billings West High School in Billing, Montana with a 43-0 record. He had a 131-1 career record and won state titles at 103, 113, 120, and 126.

Hernandez won the Senior division 126 lbs. title at the NHSCA High School Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia in April.

 


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Last month Hernandez was named as the Montana state winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA).

Hernandez was the first member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024 when he committed to the Hawks on October 1, 2022 and is projected to compete at 125/133 for the Hawks.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

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Iowa recruits in new National Girls High School Rankings

The new National Girls High School Rankings for May have been released. The rankings are a product of USA Wrestling, FloWrestling, and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

All seven members of the Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024 are ranked.

Cadence Diduch and Naomi Simon moved up in the P4P (pound for pound) rankings. Diduch was ranked #4 at 135 and not listed in the P4P in the April rankings. Now she is #2 at 135 and #11 in the P4P. Simon went from #20 to #12 in the P4P and from #3 to #2 at 170 since the last rankings.

Karlee Brooks went from #2 to #1 at 125 and is ranked #15 in the P4P. 

Rianne Murphy (#4 at 105) and Mia Goodwin (#29 at 110) recently committed to the Hawks.

 


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Incoming recruits had great results in April against national caliber competition.

Cadence Diduch(62kg) and Naomi Simon(76kg) won U20 Nationals. They will represent Team USA at the 2024 U20 World Freestyle Championships in Pontevedra, Spain on September 2-8. 

Karlee Brooks won the 120 lbs. title at the Girls National High School Recruiting Showcase and was named O.W.

I will continue to report on our incoming recruits as they compete throughout the summer.

 


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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024 in the National Girls High School Rankings

Val Solorio (Canon-McMillan HS, Pennsylvania) – #5 at 100 lbs.

Rianne Murphy (Crown Point, IN – Wyoming Seminary) – #4 at 105 lbs.

Mia Goodwin (Virginia Beach, VA – Kellam HS) – #29 at 110 lbs.

Karlee Brooks  (Valiant College Prep, Phoenix, AZ) – #1 at 120 lbs., #15 P4P

Cadence Diduch (Freeport, Illinois) – #2 at 135 lbs. #11 P4P

Kiara Djoumessi (Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa) –  #13 at 140 lbs.

Naomi Simon (Decorah, Iowa) – #2 at 170 lbs., #12 P4P

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

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Black 1st, Bowling 2nd at USA Wrestling Regional Championships

Incoming Iowa recruit Otto Black won the 138 lbs. Greco-Roman title at the USA Wrestling Regional Championships series in Herriman, Utah. The top six place winners at each weight qualified for Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND in July.

Black was 6-0 with six tech falls. In the six matches Black outscored his opponents 72-4 and he held five opponents to 0 points.

Leister Bowling placed second in Greco-Roman at 175 lbs. Bowling was 4-1 with four tech falls.

In Freestyle Bowling placed third at 175 with a 7-1 record with six tech falls. 

 


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Black, from Park, Colorado, won a 138 lbs. 4A Colorado state title this season with a 52-0 record and is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024.

He was a Junior Greco-Roman national champion at 126 in 2022 and 132 in 2023.

Bowling, from Longmont, Colorado, won a 175 lbs. state title for Mead High School. Bowling and Black were teammates and led Mead to the 4A Colorado state title this season.

Bowling is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2025.

Black (63kg/138 lbs.) won U20 Greco-Roman Nationals and Bowling (77kg/169 lbs. ) placed second in Las Vegas last month . They are now both qualified for U20 Greco-Roman World Team Trials on May 31-June 1 in Geneva, Ohio.

 


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USA Wrestling Regional Championships in Herriman, Utah

Greco-Roman – 138 lbs. 

Champ. Round 1 – Otto Black (CO) won by tech fall over Gavin Mitchell (CA) (TF 10-0)

Champ. Round 2 – Otto Black (CO) won by tech fall over Kolby Hamilton (WY) (TF 8-0)

Champ. Round 3 – Otto Black (CO) won by tech fall over Mason Townsend (WA) (TF 11-0)

Quarterfinal – Otto Black (CO) won by tech fall over Drake Hooiman (NV) (TF 15-4)

Semifinal – Otto Black (CO) won by tech fall over Jaxon Mackey (NV) (TF 8-0)

1st Place Match – Otto Black (CO) won by tech fall over Layne Kleimann (UT) (TF 10-0)

 

Greco-Roman – 175 lbs.

Champ. Round 1 – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Logan Royer (OR) (TF 8-0)

Champ. Round 2 – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Landon Visser (UT) (TF 9-0)

Quarterfinal – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Luke Sarich (ID) (TF 13-2)

Semifinal – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Ronald Robinson (AZ) (TF 12-1)

1st Place Match – Ben Smith (UT) won by tech fall over Leister Bowling Iv (CO) (TF 10-0)

 

Freestyle – 175 lbs.

Champ. Round 1 – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by decision over Ben Smith (UT) (Dec 7-2)

Champ. Round 2 – Caleb Farrar (NV) won by tech fall over Leister Bowling Iv (CO) (TF 14-3)

Cons. Round 2 – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Kaden Moore (UT) (TF 14-1)

Cons. Round 3 – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Benedict Holthaus (UT) (TF 11-0)

Cons. Round 4 – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Quayde Beck (UT) (TF 11-0)

Cons. Round 5 – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Noah Daniels (CA) (TF 14-3)

Cons. Semi – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Caleb Farrar (NV) (TF 15-4)

3rd Place Match – Leister Bowling Iv (CO) won by tech fall over Banks Love (UT) (TF 10-0)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Goodwin commits to the Hawks

The Iowa Women’s Wrestling team received a commitment from Mia Goodwin of Virginia Beach, Virginia (Floyd E. Kellam HS). Goodwin will be the seventh member of the Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024.

Goodwin is ranked #29 at 110 lbs. in the National Girls High School Rankings

 


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Goodwin placed 7th at 107 lbs. at the NHSCA High School Nationals in April. Competing for Floyd E. Kellam High School Goodwin placed second at 107 at the Virginia Girls State Tournament this season.

The Hawks continue to stack their roster with recruits especially in the light weights. Iowa will return a large portion of a young team that won the NCWWC national title this year in their first year of competition.

The Recruiting Class of 2024 will strengthen an already powerful program.

 


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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024 in the National Girls High School Rankings

Val Solorio (Canon-McMillan HS, Pennsylvania) – #3 at 100 lbs.

Rianne Murphy (Crown Point, IN – Wyoming Seminary) – #6 at 105 lbs.

Mia Goodwin (Virginia Beach, VA – Kellam HS) – #29 at 110 lbs.

Karlee Brooks  (Valiant College Prep, Phoenix, AZ) – #2 at 120 lbs., #11 P4P

Cadence Diduch (Freeport, Illinois) – #4 at 135 lbs.

Kiara Djoumessi (Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa) –  #10 at 140 lbs.

Naomi Simon (Decorah, Iowa) – #3 at 170 lbs., #20 P4P

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Spencer Lee qualifies 57kg for the Olympics

Spencer Lee won four matches to make the finals at the World Olympic Games Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey to qualify Team USA at 57kg for the Olympics. A top three finish was required to qualify Team USA at 57kg.

Lee is now officially an Olympian. He will be the 20th Iowa Hawkeye to represent Team USA at the Olympics. The 2024 Olympic Games are in Paris, France on August 5-11. 

I doubt the finals match will take place. The spot in the Olympics is secured and Lee looks healthy. Mission accomplished.

I have stated in two previous blogs that this tournament was good for Lee. Traveling halfway around the world to a far off place like Istanbul, Turkey, making weight, and competing against world class wrestlers will only make him better.

This is great momentum to lead into the Olympic training camps.

 


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The only close match was in the second round vs. Wanhao Zou (China) where Lee was behind 6-2 before a takedown and ankle lace gave him the lead. Lee gave up a late takedown and held on 10-9 in a close match.

The other three matches? As I have said for years on this blog:

Spencer Lee is…Spencer Lee.

A quick takedown to a series of turns for a quick tech fall was the game plan. In the first match Lee won by a tech fall in just :22. In the Quarterfinals he scored the tech fall in :53 seconds. 

With the Olympic spot on the line in the semifinals Lee scored a 10-0 tech fall over Rakhat Kalzhan (Kazakhstan) in just :36.

Who scores quick tech falls like that against elite International competition? Spencer Lee. 

 


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Congratulations Spencer Lee on qualifying Team USA for the Olympics. 

Now go get the Gold.

 

World Olympic Games Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey

Rd 1: Spencer Lee (USA) 10-0 tech fall Ben Tarik (Morocco) :22

Rd of 16: Spencer Lee (USA) over Wanhao Zou (China) 10-9

Quarterfinals: Spencer Lee (USA) 12-2 tech fall Vladimir Egorov of Macedonia :53

Semifinals: Spencer Lee (USA) 10-0 tech fall Rakhat Kalzhan (Kazakhstan) :36

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Mitch Kelly receives Rob McReynolds Passion Award

Mitch Kelly was named for the 2024 Rob McReynolds Passion Award. The award was represented at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club yearly banquet.

Mitch has been involved in Iowa Wrestling since he arrived on campus from Dubuque, Iowa (Wahlert HS). As a member of the Iowa Wrestling team Mitch was a four-time letterwiner (1984-87) and a member of three NCAA national championship teams and four Big Ten team championships. 

After his competition days at Iowa Mitch became a board member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. He currently serves as the HWC Vice-President.

 


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From HWC:

Kelly is a three-time graduate of the University of Iowa, first earning a BA in psychology, later a master’s in social work, and finally a PhD in educational psychology. He is currently a clinical professor at the UI College of Education, where he has taught for more than 25 years. He is widely recognized for his exceptional teaching skills, dedication to students, and innovative contributions to graduate education. He has received numerous awards and honors and was recently presented the 2023 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence. 

 


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From HWC:

Rob McReynolds was passionate about everything in life and was known for his high energy, drive, and determination. An avid Hawkeye wrestling fan, Rob was a board member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. He attended 34 NCAA wrestling tournaments and was a member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association for 25 years. With his family at his side, Rob passed away in September 2019 following a bout with cancer.

Congratulations to Mitch Kelly for this deserved honor.

 

Rob McReynolds Award Recipients

Mitch Kelly (2024)

Roy Carver and Dan Gable (2023)

Herb Tyler (2022)

Randy Novak (2021)

Beth and Steve Reese (2020)

Forrest Molinari (2019)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Spencer Lee to compete in World Olympic Games Qualifier

Spencer Lee will be competing at the World Olympic Games Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.

Lee will be competing to qualify Team USA at 57kg for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France on August 5-11. The top three at each weight will qualify for the Olympics.

Team USA will also be competing to qualify 65kg in Freestyle and 60, 67, and 77 kg in Greco-Roman for the Olympics. All of the weights for the Women’s Freestyle team have already qualified for the Olympics.

Lee looked great in winning the 57kg title at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials recently. In the finals he defeated former Iowa Hawkeye World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Gilman in the best of three finals matches, 2-0.

The competition from the Olympic Team Trials especially against Gilman should have Lee ready to go. Lee will not compete against a stronger or tougher wrestler than Thomas Gilman at this tournament.

As I stated in my blog after Lee won the Olympic Trials I believe this competition will help get Lee even more prepared for the Olympics and actually help him. I am confident that Lee will win this qualifier and be ready to go for a run at the Olympic gold.

 


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FloWrestling will have live coverage of the World Olympic Games Qualifier on their premium service.

 

World Olympic Games Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey

*****All times listed are CST

Saturday, May 11

Preliminary Rounds – 2 AM

Semifinals – 10 AM

 

Sunday, May 12

Repechage – 8 AM

Bronze Medal matches – 9 AM

Finals – 10 AM

 


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Registered at 57kg

Georgi VANGELOV (BUL)

Darthe CAPELLAN (CAN)

Zhipeng JIANG (CHN)

Roland TAMBI (CMR)

Peter HAMMER CUDE (CRC)

Guesseppe REA VILLARROEL (ECU)

Levan METREVELI VARTANOV (ESP)

Ilman MUKHTAROV (FRA)

Roberti DINGASHVILI (GEO)

Horst LEHR (GER)

Tsz Shing LEUNG (HKG)

AMAN (IND)

Alireza SARLAK (IRI)

Simone PIRODDU (ITA)

Rakhat KALZHAN (KAZ)

Sunggwon KIM (KOR)

Ben TARIK (MAR)

Zanabazar ZANDANBUD (MGL)

Vladimir EGOROV (MKD)

Ali ABURUMAILA (PLE)

Chong HAN (PRK)

Razvan KOVACS (ROU)

Ibrahim BUNDUKA (SLE)

Thomas EPP (SUI)

Kabe MATJANOV (TKM)

Muhammet KARAVUS (TUR)

Andrii YATSENKO (UKR)

Spencer LEE (USA)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Murphy signs with the Hawks

The University of Iowa Women’s Wrestling Team received a commitment from Rianne Murphy from Crown Point, Indiana. Murphy competed for national powerhouse Wyoming Seminary where she won the National Prep title at 107 this season. She signed with the Hawks today to add to an already impressive Recruiting Class of 2024.

Murphy was a Cadet national champion in 2021 and 2022. Ranked #6 at 105 lbs. in the final National Girls High School Rankings, Murphy will add to a powerful lightweight roster for Iowa.

 


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Murphy has had an impressive spring that includes winning the National Girls High School Recruiting Showcase title at 105 lbs. and placing fifth at U20 Nationals. 

In International competition Murphy is a U15 and U17 Pan Am gold medalist. After winning the U17 World Team Trials Murphy represented Team USA at 46kg/101 lbs. and placed 10th at the 2023 U17 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

 


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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024 in the final National Girls High School Rankings

Val Solorio (Canon-McMillan HS, Pennsylvania) – #3 at 100 lbs.

Rianne Murphy (Crown Point, IN – Wyoming Seminary) – #6 at 105 lbs.

Karlee Brooks  (Valiant College Prep, Phoenix, AZ) – #2 at 120 lbs., #11 P4P

Cadence Diduch (Freeport, Illinois) – #4 at 135 lbs.

Kiara Djoumessi (Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa) –  #10 at 140 lbs.

Naomi Simon (Decorah, Iowa) – #3 at 170 lbs., #20 P4P

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Kadel named as 2024 NAIA Women’s Coach of the Year

Former Iowa Wrestler Jake Kadel has been named as the 2024 NAIA Women’s Coach of the Year by The Open Mat. Kadel just finished his first year as head coach at William Penn in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Kadel coached at Iowa Wesleyan for the men’s and women’s programs from 2021-23. He was the head coach at Iowa Wesleyan Women’s team in 2023 that had a national champion, five All Americans, and placed seventh in the country in NAIA.

Iowa Wesleyan closed last year and Kadel became the new head coach at the William Penn Women’s program. 

 


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Kadel took over a William Penn program that placed 33rd out of 35 teams at the 2023 NAIA Women’s Wrestling Championships.

In his first season as head coach William Penn broke school records with three national champions, five All Americans and placed fourth at the 2024 NAIA Women’s Wrestling Championships. 

Adaugo Nwachukwu, a junior at William Penn University, was named as the 2024 USA Wrestling Women’s College Wrestler of the Year. Nwachukwu recently placed third at 61kg at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials and earned a spot as a member of the U.S. National Team.

 


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Originally from New London, Iowa Kadel graduated from Iowa in 2015. He was a four-time letterwinner and competed at 141, 149, and 157 lbs. Kadel was a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2011.

Former Iowa Hawkeye Cash Wilcke is an Assistant Coach for Kadel at William Penn. Wilcke, originally from Battle Creek, Iowa (OA-BCIG HS) was a three-time NCAA Qualifier for Iowa at 184 lbs and 197 in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Congratulations to Jake Kadel for being named as the 2024 NAIA Women’s Coach of the Year

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

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Woods named as UI Male Athlete of the Year

Real Woods was named as the 2024 Male Athlete of the Year at the University of Iowa Golden Herkys awards ceremony.

The University of Iowa Athletic Department recognizes student-athletes for their athletic and academic accomplishments in a ceremony at Hancher Auditorium.

Organized by the Iowa Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (ISAAC) the student-athletes are recognized by their peers.

 


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Woods placed fourth at 141 lbs. at the 2024 NCAA National Wrestling Championships. He finished the season with a 23-5 record with one pin, seven tech falls, and two major decisions.

Woods finished his career as a four-time All American with an 85-14 record.

 


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Woods was a two-time NWCA Scholar All American and was named as the 2023 Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Congratulations to Real Woods on being named as the 2024 Male Athlete of the Year 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!