Chattanooga preview

Iowa will be on the road with a dual meet at Chattanooga (TN) on Saturday night at 6 PM CST. The Hawks are fresh off of a big dual meet win at home over Iowa State. This will be the last competition for Iowa before the Christmas break.

Spencer Lee is not listed at 125 and I certainly did not expect him to compete. New to the Probable Lineup this week is Jesse Ybarra along with Cullan Schriever at 133. Ybarra competed at 125 last season but has yet to see action this year.

Real Woods is also listed with Drew Bennett at 141. I hope we see Woods in the lineup for the remainder of the season. He is an entertaining wrestler with the potential to win it all. 

For the first time this season Cobe Siebrecht is the only wrestler listed at 157. Siebrecht won the wrestle off and is 5-0 with five pins and three major decisions for the season. Siebrecht is the only Iowa wrestler to score bonus points in every match this year. Now anywhere from #14 to #24 in the rankings Siebrecht has been impressive so far this year. 

The biggest match of the night will be at 174 with #14 Nelson Brands vs #16 Rocky Jordan. Jordan transferred from Ohio State. Brands is 2-0 on the year after returning to the lineup for the Penn and Iowa State dual meets.

After Saturday night the Hawks will be off until the Soldier Salute on December 29-30 in Coralville. Iowa will start Big Ten competition with a home dual meet against Illinois on Friday, January 6 with Fan Appreciation Day.

The Chattanooga meet will be available on 800 AM KXIC and streamed on ESPN+ premium service.

 

#2 IOWA HAWKEYES (6-0) 

2022-23 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School (Last School) Record

125 Aidan Harris Jr. Layton, Utah/Layton (Iowa Central CC) 0-4 -or- Charles Matthews So. San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra 0-1 

133 Cullan Schriever So. Mason City, Iowa/Mason City 7-2 -or- Jesse Ybarra So. Tucson, Ariz./Sunnyside 0-0 

141 3/2/2 Real Woods Sr. Albuquerque, N.M./Montini Catholic (Ill.) (Stanford) 1-0 -or- Drew Bennett Sr. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (UNI) 3-2 

149 9/6/9 Max Murin RS Sr. Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria 5-1 

157 20/24/14 Cobe Siebrecht Jr. Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon 5-0 

165 14/14/13 Patrick Kennedy So. Kasson-Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville 4-1 

174 19/14/15 Nelson Brands Sr. Iowa City, Iowa/West 2-0 

184 8/8/8 Abe Assad Jr. Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North 5-1 

197 6/6/9 Jacob Warner RS Sr. Tolono, Ill./Washington 4-1 

285 4/3/3 Tony Cassioppi Sr. Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah 6-0

 

CHATTANOOGA MOCS (2-5) 

2022-23 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School (Last School) Record 

125 Logan Ashton So. Buford, Ga./Buford 0-7 

133 –/27/– Brayden Palmer Jr. Hendersonville, Tenn.Beech 5-2 

141 Dayne Dalrymple So. Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers 6-4 

149 –/27/– Noah Castillo So. Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep 1-0 

157 Lincoln Heck So. West Wyoming, Pa./Wyoming Secondary 3-3 

165 Jackson Hurst So. Kingsport, Tenn./Dobyns-Bennett 3-4 

174 20/16/13 Rocky Jordan Gr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham (Ohio State) 5-1 

184 –/31/– Matthew Waddell Sr. Gilmer, Ga./Gilmer 3-1 

197 Jake Boyd Sr. Smithville, Mo./Smithville 3-2 

285 Logan Andrew So. Winter Park, Fla./Lake Highland Prep 1-5

^WIN/Intermat/AWN

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Taylor on roster for World Cup

Felicity Taylor of the University of Iowa will be on the Team USA roster for the World Cup this weekend. The World Cup will be at Xtreme Arena on Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11 in Coralville, Iowa. This will be the first time that the men’s and women’s World Cup are being held at the same time and location.

In the women’s division along with Team USA will be teams from Japan, Mongolia, China, and Ukraine. There will also be an All World Team of wrestlers whose country did not qualify. You can count on world class competition that will be entertaining.

Taylor, originally from Spillville, Iowa (South Winneshiek HS) is a senior at the University of Iowa. She transferred from McKendree to Iowa. At McKendree she was a national champion and four-time All American.

This past year Taylor won a U.S. Open title and placed fifth at the U23 World Freestyle Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. Taylor is currently ranked #2 at 53 kg/116 lbs. on Team USA.

The Iowa Women’s team will compete unattached this year and officially begin competition next year for the 2023-’24 season.

For more information on the World Cup and to order tickets go to www.worldcupiowacity.com.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in new MatScouts Rankings

Willie Saylor of MatScouts has released the first recruiting rankings of the new wrestling season. Iowa Wrestling recruits are well represented.

In the P4P (Pound for Pound) rankings, Ben Kueter is #2 overall and #1 at 220. Kueter won a U20 World freestyle title this summer and was an All-American linebacker in football this fall. He now looks ready to dominate in his senior season of wrestling.

Nate Jesuroga is ranked at #16 on P4P and #1 at 126. Jesuroga is a perfect fit to keep the tradition at 125 going for the Hawks. Ryder Block is #3 at 138.

Gabe Arnold is now ranked #3 at 182. Arnold was at #6 when he defeated the #5 and #3 ranked wrestlers in the country in winning the Dan Gable Donnybrook on Saturday. Arnold is fun to watch and has a great future in front of him.

Elite recruit Cody Chittum has already graduated from high school and was ranked as the #1 overall recruit in the entire Class of 2022. He will enroll at Iowa next August with the Class of 2023. Chittum is projected to compete at 149/157 for the Hawks.

I will continue to have a weekly blog for a preview and a follow up for results on how our recruits are doing throughout the season.

I would not trade Block at 138 or Arnold at 182 for anyone in the country. To me they are #1 at their weight and who we want. In my opinion that makes five #1’s coming in for the Class of 2023 that I have called the greatest recruiting class in the history of Iowa Wrestling.

This group of recruits will be making their way from “The Greatest wrestling training facility…in the world!” through a tunnel to be met by yet another sold out Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling.

 

Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga – Southeast Polk  

#16 P4P

#1 at 126.

 

Kale Petersen – Greene County  132 lbs.

Not ranked.

 

Ryder Block – Waverly-Shell Rock  138 lbs.

#3 at 138.

 

Gabe Arnold – City High (Iowa City)  182 lbs.

#3 at 182

 

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

#2 P4P

#1 at 220

 

Cody Chittum  149/157  #1 overall recruit in the Class of 2022 and will enroll with the Class of 2023 in August.

 

Class of 2024

Keyan Hernandez – Billings West (Montana)

Not ranked.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa in the new InterMat rankings (12/6)

InterMat released their new rankings. It is still Penn State-Iowa for 1-2 in both the Tournament and Dual rankings. Both Penn State and Iowa went down in point totals from last week. Penn State is 16 points ahead of Iowa.

We have new teams at 3-4. Missouri is now #3 and Cornell is at #4. The Dual Meet rankings stayed the same with Penn State-Iowa-Ohio State-Arizona State.

Three Hawkeyes went up in the rankings this week. Cobe Siebrecht went from 25 to 24, Nelson Brands 15 to 14 and Tony Cassioppi 4 to 3. 

Iowa wrestlers that dropped in the rankings were Brody Teske 12 to 14, Patrick Kennedy 13 to 14, and Jacob Warner 2 to 6.

All of the other Iowa wrestlers remained the same in the rankings from last week. #1 ranked Spencer Lee and #2 ranked Real Woods, Max Murin is #6 and Abe Assad at #8. 

When I see Iowa only 16 points behind Penn State in these rankings in early December with Warner at 6, Kennedy at 14, Brands at 14, and Siebrecht at 24, I nothing short of love it. Lot of livin to do between now and the NCAA National Tournament more than three months from now. Steady as she goes Iowa Wrestling. Steady as she goes.

Iowa will be on the road at Chattanooga for a dual meet on Saturday at 6 PM CST.

 

December 6 InterMat Rankings

125 Spencer Lee – #1

133 Brody Teske – #14

141 Real Woods – #2

149 Max Murin – #6

157 Cobe Siebrecht – #24

165 Patrick Kennedy – #14

174 Nelson Brands – #14

184 Abe Assad – #8

197 Jacob Warner – #6

Hwt Tony Cassioppi – #4

 

Tournament

  1. Penn State – 94.5
  2. Iowa – 78.5
  3. Missouri- 62.5
  4. Cornell – 61.5

 

Dual Meet

  1. Penn State
  2. Iowa
  3. Ohio State
  4. Arizona State

 

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

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Recruits in action Dec 2-3: RESULTS

The first weekend of the high school season saw four incoming Iowa recruits win at tough tournaments. At the Dan Gable Donnybrook, Ryder Block of Waverly- Shell Rock won a 1-0 decision over Chris Coates of Liberty, MO for the 138 lbs. title. This is the second year in a row that Block has won this competitive tournament.

Ben Kueter of City High dominated the field at 220. He also won his second Donnybrook title with an 18-2 tech fall over Joe Lewis of Hempstead.

Gabe Arnold made his debut competing in Iowa one to remember. In the semifinals Arnold, ranked #6 at 182 by MatScouts, defeated #5 Tate Naaktgeboren of Linn-Mar, 8-3. Arnold and Naaktgeboren, who committed to Iowa State, may meet in the dual meet on January 5, the MVC Conference Tournament on January 28, and at the State Tournament. I look for exciting wrestling in every match between these two.

In the finals Arnold defeated #3 nationally ranked Connor Mirasola of West Bend, WI, 4-3. That is a great tournament for Arnold to beat two wrestlers ranked ahead of him in the national rankings. The moves Arnold was hitting against nationally ranked wrestlers has Iowa Wrestling fans excited about the future. I already mentioned in this blog that I believe Arnold will contend for a varsity spot next year as a true freshman at Iowa. The sky in the limit for this future Hawkeye.

Kale Petersen of Greene County won the 132 lbs. title at the always tough Cliff Keen Invite at Independence. Petersen scored three tech falls and a 12-5 decision on his way to the finals where he defeated Anders Kittelson of Osage, TB-2, 5-2. I look forward to following Petersen this season.

Nate Jesuroga of Southeast Polk did not compete at the Blazer Invitational in Gardner, Kansas. Keyan Hernandez of Billings West (Montana) will begin his junior season this coming weekend.

I will get you ready for another big weekend of wrestling for our incoming recruits with a blog on Friday.

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling.

 

Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga – Southeast Polk

Saturday, Dec 3 – at Blazer Invitational (Gardner, KS)

Did not compete.

 

Kale Petersen – Greene County  132 lbs. 

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Cliff Keen Invite (Independence)

Round 1 – Kale Petersen (Greene County) 5-0 received a bye () (Bye)

Round 2 – Kale Petersen (Greene County) 5-0 won by tech fall over Dawson Becker (Alburnett) 5-2 (TF-1.5 3:33 (23-7))

Round 3 – Kale Petersen (Greene County) 5-0 won by tech fall over Vinny Spano (Tinley Park (Andrew)) 6-4 (TF-1.5 2:38 (26-8))

Quarterfinal – Kale Petersen (Greene County) 5-0 won by tech fall over Mason Lucas (Carlisle) 4-3 (TF-1.5 4:07 (22-6))

Semifinal – Kale Petersen (Greene County) 5-0 won by decision over Tyson Peach (Milton) 6-1 (Dec 12-5)

1st Place Match – Kale Petersen (Greene County) 5-0 won in tie breaker – 2 over Anders Kittelson (Osage) 5-1 (TB-2 5-2)

 

Ryder Block – Waverly-Shell Rock  138 lbs.

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Dan Gable Donnybrook (Coralville)

Finals: Ryder Block (WSR) dec over Chris Coates (Liberty, MO) 1-0

 

Gabe Arnold – City High (Iowa City)  182 lbs.

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Dan Gable Donnybrook (Coralville)

Semifinals: Gable Arnold (City High) dec over Tate Naaktgeboren (Linn-Mar) 8-3

Finals: Gable Arnold (City High) dec over Connor Mirasola (West Bend, WI)

 

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

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Dan Gable Donnybrook (Coralville)

Finals: Ben Kueter (City High) tech fall over Joe Lewis (Hempstead) 18-2

 

Class of 2024

Keyan Hernandez – Billings West (Montana)

Season begins next weekend.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa-Iowa State preview

Iowa-Iowa State. As an Iowa Wrestling fan you circle the date as soon as the schedule is released. This is always a big dual meet especially to those of us that grew up with this intense rivalry. This year will have an added punch as the Cyclones are ranked #7 in the country. There will be fireworks inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday at 1:30 in more ways than one.

I will get right to the point. Without Spencer Lee to lead things off at 125 this could be a real close meet. Iowa State may be favored in the first three matches and at 165. Add in ranking tossups at 149, 184, and 197. I see members of the wrestling media are flat out picking Iowa State to leave Carver-Hawkeye Arena with the win.

The biggest match for me as a fan is at 165. Iowa State has #3 David Carr that has moved up from 157 where he won a national title and placed third. The Hawks will have freshman #13 Patrick Kennedy. We will see where Kennedy is at on the national scene with this match. I am sure all fans are looking forward to it.

Iowa does have #2 Real Woods listed on the probable lineup list at 141. Woods caused quite a stir when he transferred in from Stanford this season but he has yet to compete this season. Iowa State has true freshman #7 Casey Swiderski. I have no doubt that Hawk fans want to see Woods and Lee in the lineup for the first time this season for this meet but I am not holding my breath.

There will be a big rematch at 197 with #2 Jacob Warner facing #6 Yonger Bastida. This was a hotly contested match last year in Ames when Bastida won the match. The dual meet may depend on this very match. 

157 or 174 could be weights that are the deciding factor. Of course you could say that about every weight in a big dual meet like this.

Every single point will be contested and the sellout crowd will voice their opinion. I am sure that the coaches will be going at it as well. The intensity will be at an extreme level. Just what you would expect from a good ole Civil War.

The meet will be televised live on Big Ten Network  and will be on the air on 800 KXIC as well.

One thing is certain. We as wrestling fans will be entertained on a Sunday afternoon.

One thing to mention. Mark Ironside said on the air during an Iowa meet recently that Spencer Lee weighs in at the home meets even though he has yet to wrestle. So if the rumor is going around Carver or the internet that Lee weighed in, just letting you know he has weighed in for Iowa’s two home dual meets this year and has yet to wrestle.

I know the odds are not on our side of this happening. Can you imagine how the Carver crowd would go nuts if “We will rock you!” started blaring on the speakers and they did “Free the Lee?” It is free to wish.

 

#2 IOWA HAWKEYES (5-0) 

2022-23 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record 

125 Aidan Harris Jr. Layton, Utah/Layton (Iowa Central CC) 0-4 

133 Cullan Schriever So. Mason City, Iowa/Mason City 7-1 

141- Drew Bennett Sr. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (UNI) 3-2 -or- 3/2/3 Real Woods Sr. Albuquerque, N.M./Montini Catholic (Ill.) (Stanford) 0-0 

149 7/6/7 Max Murin RS Sr. Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria 5-0 

157 20/25/14 Cobe Siebrecht Jr. Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon 4-0 -or- Caleb Rathjen RS Fr. Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny 1-1 

165 15/13/16 Patrick Kennedy So. Kasson-Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville 4-0 

174 19/15/18 Nelson Brands Sr. Iowa City, Iowa/West 1-0 

184 10/8/8 Abe Assad Jr. Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North 5-0 

197 5/2/3 Jacob Warner RS Sr. Tolono, Ill./Washington 4-0 

285 5/4/4 Tony Cassioppi Sr. Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah 5-0

 

#7 IOWA STATE CYCLONES (5-0) 

2022-23 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record 

125 16/19/15 Kysen Terukina Jr. Ewa Beach, Hawaii/Kamehameha 3-2 

133 Ramazan Attasauov Jr. Nalchik, Russia/Wayland 4-0 -or- 14/15/14 Zach Redding Jr. Manorville, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor 3-1 

141 7/12/10 Casey Swiderski Fr. Dundee, Mich./Dundee 4-0 

149 13/8/9 Paniro Johnson Fr. Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep 4-0 

157 Jason Kraisser Sr. Ellicott City, Md./Centennial 2-2 

165 3/3/3 David Carr Sr. Canton, Ohio/Perry 6-0 

174 –/23/– Julien Broderson Jr. Davenport, Iowa/Davenport Assumption 5-0 

184 5/5/5 Marcus Coleman Sr. Ames, Iowa/Ames 5-0 

197 6/6/6 Yonger Bastida Jr. Trinidad, Cuba 5-0 

285 9/10/10 Sam Schuyler Sr. Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park 5-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action: Dec 2-3

The opening weekend for high school wrestling is finally here. Iowa Wrestling fans, we have a lot to keep track of. I have been calling the incoming Recruiting Class of 2023 the best recruiting class in the history of Iowa Wrestling for a reason.

Three of our wrestlers will be competing at the Dan Gable Donnybrook in Coralville on Friday and Saturday. How fitting. Gabe Arnold, Ben Kueter, and Ryder Block will be in the field. There will be some great matchups from a deep field of competition.

Nate Jesuroga will be in Gardner, Kansas at the Blazer Invitational. Kale Petersen will be at the Cliff Keen Invite in Independence. This is a tough tournament that is nationally ranked. Keyan Hernandez in the Class of 2024 will begin his season in Montana next weekend.

And do not for one second forget elite recruit Cody Chittum. He has already graduated but will join the team in August as a member of the Class of 2023. Chittum was ranked as the #1 pound for pound overall recruit in the country.

Chittum recently placed second at 70 kg/154 lbs. at the Bill Farrell Memorial International in New York City. That was an impressive showing in an open international tournament. Chittum has a great future for the Hawks and Team USA.

I will post a blog for results.

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

 

Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga – Southeast Polk

Saturday, Dec 3 – at Blazer Invitational (Gardner, KS)

 

Kale Petersen – Greene County

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Cliff Keen Invite (Independence)

 

Ryder Block – Waverly-Shell Rock

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Dan Gable Donnybrook (Coralville)

 

Gabe Arnold – City High (Iowa City)

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Dan Gable Donnybrook (Coralville)

 

Ben Kueter – City High (Iowa City)

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Dan Gable Donnybrook (Coralville)

 

Class of 2024

Keyan Hernandez – Billings West (Montana)

Season begins next weekend.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Season preview for Keyan Hernandez

Keyan Hernandez of Billings, Montana took his official visit to Iowa Wrestling and that was all it took. On October 1 Hernandez announced that he was going to be an Iowa Hawkeye. Hernandez will be a junior at Billings West and is the first member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024.

Hernandez is a two-time AA state champion. As a freshman he was 16-0 while winning the title at 103. Last season he was 36-0 as a state champ at 113. A total high school record of 42-0 with 36 pins. He has scored bonus points in 41 of his 42 high school matches. 

Hernandez is projected to compete at 125/133 for the Hawks. He will join former high school teammate Drake Rhodes who is a true freshman that saw varsity action at 174 this season for Iowa.

As I have done for years I will post a blog on Friday with a schedule of where our recruits will be competing for the upcoming weekend and follow up blog with results.

 

Fri/Sat Dec 9-10 – at Mining City Duals (Butte)

Tues, Dec 13 – Skyview

Fir/Sat Dec 16-17 – at CMR Holiday Tournament

Tues Dec 20 – at Helena 

Tues Dec 20 – at Capitol High

Thurs Dec 22 – CMR/GFH/Belgrade

Tues Jan 3 – at Senior

Fri/Sat Jan 6-7 – at LaProwse (Gallatin HS)

Tues Jan 10 – at Skyview

Fri/Sat Jan 14 – at Rocky Mountain (Missoula)

Thurs Jan 19 – at Huntley Duals

Sat Jan 21 – at AA Duals (Great Falls)

Tues Jan 24 – Senior

Sat Jan 28 – at Hardin Invitational

Fri Feb 3 – at DIV (Belgrade)

Fri Feb 10 – at State (Metra) 

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Season preview for Kale Petersen

Kale Petersen of Greene County HS (Jefferson, Iowa) was the final recruit to commit for the Hawks on November 15. The two finalist for Petersen was Iowa and Iowa State. He is a member of the Class of 2023 that I have claimed to be the best recruiting class in the history of Iowa Wrestling.

Petersen is a two-time state champion winning a 120 lbs. state title at Greene County (2A) and a 106 lbs. title at West Fork (1A). Petersen is projected to compete at 133 for Iowa.

Petersen is yet another homegrown Iowa high school wrestler that has been competing for Sebolt Wrestling Academy for years.

As I have done for years I will post a blog on Friday with a schedule of where our recruits will be competing for the upcoming weekend and follow up blog with results.

 

Fri/Sat, Dec 2-3 – at Cliff Keen Invite (Independence)

Thurs, Dec 8 – at Gilbert and ADM

Sat, Dec 10 – at Ogden Duals

Thurs, Dec 15 – Quad Duals

Sat Dec 17 – at Carol Invitational

Tues Jan 3 – Quad Duals

Sat Jan 7 – at Atlantic Invitational

Thurs Jan 12 – Tri Duals at Perry

Sat Jan 14 – at Solon Invitational

Tues Jan 17 – HOI Conference Duals

Fri Jan 20 – at HOI Conference Tournament (Perry)

Sat Jan 21 – at Ed Winger Invitational (Urbandale)

Sat Jan 28 – at Charger Invitational (Guthrie Center)

Sat Feb 11 – at Districts (Webster City) 

Wed-Sat Feb 15-18 – at State (Des Moines)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Siebrecht named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Cobe Siebrecht has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. After being in a headlock, Siebrecht scrambled through and pinned #10 Anthony Artalona of Penn in 4:02. The pin capped off the dual meet with Iowa winning 26-11.

Last week Siebrecht entered the national rankings for the first time at #29. This week he is ranked #14 by Amateure Wrestling News, #20 by WIN, and #25 by InterMat. 

Siebrecht is a Junior from Lisbon, Iowa where he was a state champion and two time state runner-up. Siebrecht has been named Academic All-Big Ten the last two years and is majoring in Enterprise Leadership.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!