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Clark places second at Grand Prix of Spain

Cory Clark of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club placed second at 61 kg at the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid. After tech fall wins over opponents from Spain and Hungary, 10-0 and 14-2, Clark faced Tyler Graff in the finals.  Graff won the match 11-4.

Wrestlers from 43 countries competed in the tournament.

Round 1: Clark over Spain, 10-0.

Round 2: Clark over Hungary, 14-2

Finals:  Graff over Clark, 11-4

Alli Ragan of the HWC is also scheduled to compete along with six other members of the the Women’s 2018 World Team on Sunday.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Clark to compete in Spain

Cory Clark of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing in the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid on Friday, July 13.  Clark will be competing at 61 kg and there are 43 countries listed to compete. HWC Head Coach Mark Perry will be cornering Clark.  The competition will begin at 9 AM CST and run straight through the finals.

I had reported in an earlier blog that Spencer Lee of the University of Iowa would be competing in this tournament.  Lee will not be competing in this tournament.

Alli Ragan of the HWC is also scheduled to compete along with six other members of the the 2018 Women’s World Team on Saturday.

I will be following the action on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IowaWrestlingFan/

and on Twiiter https://twitter.com/iawrestlingfan

 

2018 GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN

at Madrid, Spain, July 14-15 (All times CST)

Schedule

Friday, July 13

9 AM  – 2:30 PM. – Qualification rounds through finals (MFS 57 kg, 61 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg)

Saturday, July 14

2:30 AM – 7:30 AM – Qualification rounds through finals (WFS 50 kg, 53 kg, 55 kg, 57 kg, 59 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, 68 kg, 72 kg, 76 kg)

Laux and Meyer named as Distinguished Scholars for 4.0 GPA

Two Iowa wrestlers have been named as Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholars. Phillip Laux (Brighton, Iowa) and Aaron Meyer (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) were announced by the Big Ten office for this prestigious honor.  To be named as a Distinguished Scholar, the student-athlete must maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Laux saw varsity action at 125 and 133  throughout his career at Iowa and recently graduated with a degree in Management. Aaron Meyer is a redshirt sophomore Health and Human Physiology major that competed at 141 lbs. this past season.

To go through the rigors of being an Iowa wrestler while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA is impressive.

Congratulations to Phillip Laux and Aaron Meyer for this prestigious honor.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Sorensen wins Canada Cup

Brandon Sorensen of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club won the 70 kg/154 lbs. title at the Canada Cup in Guelph, Ontario.  Sorensen starting things off with a 11-0 tech fall over Caleb Rutner of LWWC before winning a hard fought 3-3 (criteria) decision over Mario Mason.  In the finals, Sorensen defeated Ganbayar Sanjaa of Mongolia, 2-1.

This is the first Senior level tournament for Sorensen in International Freestyle competition.  Mason and Sanjaa are both veterans that have had quality wins in their career. This is an impressive showing for Sorensen who was a four-time All-American for the Hawks at 149 over the last four years.  This is especially impressive when you factor in that after a career at 149, Sorensen was wrestling at 154 lbs.

I had originally reported that Sammy Brooks would be competing in this tournament.  Brooks did not compete but was coaching Sorensen.

 

  • Quarterfinal – Brandon Sorensen (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) won by tech fall over Caleb Rutner (London-Western Wrestling Club) (TF 11-0)
  • Semifinal – Brandon Sorensen (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) won by decision over Mario Mason (NYAC/LVWC) (Dec 3-3)
  • 1st Place Match – Brandon Sorensen (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club) won by decision over Ganbayar Sanjaa (MONGOLIA/NYAC) (Dec 2-1)

 

The HWC is an integral part of the success of Iowa Wrestling.  Do you want to be apart of helping Iowa Wrestling win? Contribute to the HWC.

To join the Inner Circle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club:  https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/inner-circle/

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

My Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Wish List

When is the best time to talk about Iowa Wrestling Recruiting?  All of the time. Recruiting is a big reason why I have my Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog and Podcast.  I always want to know who the next Iowa Wrestling legend is going to be. The Hawks have been on such a roll lately with recruiting it has been a challenge to try and keep up.  Between incoming recruits and two key transfers, Iowa Wrestling has had an outstanding run since the end of the season.

There has been changes to the dates involved with recruiting.  July 1 used to be the date when coaches could make an official in-house visit with a recruit for the upcoming senior class and talk about scholarship money.  July 1 is no longer a date for anything to do with recruiting. Here is a list of dates for us to take a look at.

 

  1. August 1 – The first day that colleges can make an official scholarship offer in writing to the Recruiting Class of 2019.
  2. September 1 – The first day that college wrestling programs can make an in-house visit with the Recruiting Class of 2020.
  3. November 14 – National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2019.

 

I have compiled what I will call my “Wish List” for recruiting.  These are wrestlers that I have been following for over the last year or more that I believe have what you want out of an Iowa Hawkeye wrestler.

 

Class of 2019  

Zach Glazier, Alber Lea, MN 170/182.  Iowa recently received a verbal commitment from Zach Glazier of Albert Lea, MN.  Glazier was a target recruit that Iowa went after real hard. Glazier is projected to compete at 174/184 in college.  https://iowawrestlingblog.com/2018/06/glazier-is-a-hawk/

Abe Asad, Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS), 170/182.  Asad is to hottest recruit right now in the Class of 2019 as he is shooting up the recruiting boards.  Asad was very impressive in capturing a Bronze at the Cadet World Freestyle Championships this week. Asad won the Conflict at Carver last October so he is familiar with Carver Hawkeye Arena.  Being a member of Izzy Style makes him an even bigger recruit. Asad is my pick as the top target for Iowa in the Class of 2019.

Brevin Balmeceda, Homestead, FL (South Dade HS) 152.  Balmaceda is ranked as the number one recruit at 152 in the country.  Already a three-time state champion, he is also a three-time NHSCA National champion.  Winning the Super 32 last fall was a defining win as well. From the same high school as current Hawkeye Patricio Lugo, Balmaceda is the son of South Dade head coach Vic Balmaceda.  In a USA Today article in January, Balmaceda had his Top 5 of Ohio State, NC State, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, and Iowa.     http://usatodayhss.com/2018/brevin-balmeceda-wrestling-south-dade

 

Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy, Kasson-Mantorville, MN, 170/182. This top recruit gave a verbal commitment to Iowa in June.  Iowa really wanted Kennedy and have him projected at 165/174 in the future. Kennedy is an outstanding start to what should be a great recruiting class in a very talented and deep class.   https://iowawrestlingblog.com/2018/06/kennedy-commits-to-iowa/

Robert Howard, Bergen Catholic High School, New Jersey 120.  Howard is at the top of every publication that I have seen as the best wrestler in the country at 120 lbs.  Just this week Howard competed in his second straight Cadet World Freestyle Championships. This guy is real tough and from one of the top high school wrestling programs in the country.  Howard is the total package that will be a real fan favorite in college.  A recruiting pitch for Iowa to say they are recruiting for Spencer Lee’s replacement at 125 lbs. Should be an attention getter.

Dustin Plott, Tuttle, OK 160.  Plott is at the top of every list as the best 160 lbs. wrestler in the country.  Plott had success against the top high school wrestlers in the country and even college freshman as a high school sophomore.  Every college program in the country wants this guy. Iowa did have success in signing Mark Perry in 2003 out of Stillwater, OK.

Thayne Lawrence, (Frazier HS) Perryopolis, PA, 160.  This is my gem that I found in 2017. While following incoming Iowa recruit Max Murin for my blog, I saw that he had a rare close match late in the season. A little digging and I saw that wrestler was Thayne Lawrence, a freshman.  I have been following this guy’s career since. After placing at 138 as a freshman at a loaded weight class, Lawrence went up to 152 and became the first state champion ever for Frazier High School. This guy is getting better in leaps and bounds and is also academic all-state.  In my opinion, Thayne Lawrence is a must get for Iowa Wrestling.

Cullan Schriever, Mason City, Iowa 113 lbs.  Schriever won his second state title at 106 this past winter and won a Cadet Freestyle National title in 2016. As the top college recruit in Iowa, this wrestler will be recruited by a lot of the top midwest and national programs.  As with Howard, Iowa can say they are looking for the successor to Spencer Lee at 125.

Cael Happel, Lisbon, Iowa 126.  Happel is another in a long line of great wrestlers to come out of my hometown of Lisbon, Iowa.  Happel won a state title as a freshman at 113 and last season at 120. I also stated in a blog that Happel was the best freshman wrestler that I have ever seen at Lisbon, and I have seen them all.  I do not know what weight Happel will be at this season because his weight training is taking shape. Happel is a very hard worker and has all of the tools to make it in the big time of D-I college wrestling.  

 

Class of 2021

Brandon Hoselton, (Prairie Central) Genoa, IL 195.  I am a real big fan of this wrestler. Hoselton is from a wrestling family and they have The Compound to work out in for a wrestling club that is impressive and is run by Brandon’s dad.  Hoselton had only one loss in capturing a state title last season as a freshman. Elite recruits for 197 are few and far between. This is an elite recruit. I have it figured out that Hoselton will be a true freshman when Jacob Warner is a redshirt senior.  Possibility of the Hawks having 197 manned by central Illinois products for eight straight years.

Paddy Gallagher, Cleveland, OH (St. Eds HS) 152.  I had definitely heard of this wrestler before I saw him in April at the Iowa Wrestling Camp.  After seeing him compete in the practice room, it was very easy for me to see that this is an elite recruit.  Gallagher placed eighth at the UWW Cadet World Team Trials at a loaded weight class…as an eighth grader. This past season, Gallagher placed third as a freshman at 152 in Ohio.  This is one strong and talented wrestler that will only get better in the legendary St. Ed’s program. Big time recruit. Wrestling fans, will will hear the name Paddy Gallagher a lot in the future.  

Drake Ayala, Ft. Dodge, Iowa 106.  Ayala placed second to fellow recruiting prospect Cullan Schriever of Mason City in the 106 lbs. 3A finals this past season.  Ayala is from a very good high school program that has been putting out a lot of D-I recruits recently. When a wrestler is from Ft. Dodge, Iowa, you can count on them being tough.  A lot of potential here for Ayala as he grows and develops into an elite recruit.

 

Class of 2022

Robert Avila, Lisbon, Iowa  132. How can I have a recruit on this list that just finished up the eighth grade?  Because he is that tough and from my hometown of Lisbon, Iowa. Avila won an Iowa AAU State title and a USA Wrestling Folkstyle National title at 126 this year.  Avila has already beat several very good high school wrestlers. At Cadet Freestyle Duals in Spokane, WA, Avila defeated Teague Travis of Missouri who is ranked seventh in the country at 126 in the recently released rankings.  That will get a recruiter’s attention. Avila has all of the tools of aggression, technique, and an attacking style that Iowa fans love. Wrestling for Brad Smith, the Lisbon staff, and working out with Cael Happel will help develop Avila into an elite recruit.  Sky is the limit.

I know there are a lot of very talented recruits out there.  This is a place to start and a list of wrestlers that I am keeping an eye on.

For more on these recruits, check out my Iowa Wrestling Fan Podcast #22.  https://soundcloud.com/todd-conner-349810518

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

Brooks and Sorensen to compete in Canada Cup

Sammy Brooks and Brandon Sorensen will be competing at the Canada Cup in Guelph, Ontario on July 7th. This will be the International wrestling debut at the Senior level for Sorensen who was a four-time All-American at Iowa.  Brooks was a two-time All American at Iowa and represented Team USA in the inaugural U23 World Freestyle championships last fall.

Round I will begin at 9:30 AM (CST) on Saturday, July 7.  Round II that includes the finals will begin at 11 AM.

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will have members in competition several times in the upcoming months. Spencer Lee of the University of Iowa and Cory Clark of the HWC will be competing in the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid on July 14-15.  

2018 World Team member and 2017 World Silver medalist Thomas Gilman will compete at the Yasar Dagu in Istanbul, Turkey on July 27-29. This is a very important event that is one of the ranking tournaments for International wrestling.  Gilman will be gearing up to represent Team USA at 57 kg in the 2018 World Freestyle Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 21-22.

Jacob Warner, who just completed his true freshman season at Iowa, will represent Team USA at 92 kg at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Trnava, Slovakia on September 22-23.

I will keep you up to date with previews and results.

The HWC is an integral part of the success of Iowa Wrestling.  Do you want to be apart of helping Iowa Wrestling win? Contribute to the HWC.

To join the Inner Circle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club:  https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/inner-circle/

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Cassioppi pins all 9 opponents at Disney Duals

Incoming Iowa Wrestling Hwt recruit Anthony Cassioppi rolled through the competition again this week at the Disney Duals (AAU Scholastic Duals) in Kissimmee, FL.  Cassioppi pinned all nine of his opponents in a combined time of 8:56. Four of his nine falls were in under a minute.  That is getting the work done early. Cassioppi also recieved three forfeits. Dakota Wrestling Nation from Illinois that Cassioppi was competing for placed fourth in the Community 1 Silver portion of the duals. 

Cassioppi was 12-0 with 6 falls and 6 tech falls in FS and GR last weekend at Junior National Duals in Tulsa, OK.  That is a two week run at the two top dual meet tournaments in the country that has Cassioppi a combined 21-0 with 15 falls and 6 tech falls.

Cassioppi will compete next at Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND where he is the defending Hwt champion in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Cassioppi, from Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL), is ranked #4 at Hwt by Intermat. Cassioppi is joined by Nelson Brands of Iowa City, IA (West HS), Joe Kelly of West Liberty, IA and Aaron Cashman of Spring Park, MN in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

 

Day 1 Results:

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Dennis Hubbard (Warrior Elite Gold) Fall 2:16

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Reeve Muncie (Carroll Chargers Blue) Fall 1:03

 

Day 2 Results:

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Brock Kimble (Austintown Fitch Falcons) Fall 1:34

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Jose Concepcion (NFWA Black #1) Fall 0:47

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Ohio Devils Fork Forf

 

Day 3 Results:

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Robert Graham (Cypress Bay Wrestling Club) Fall 0:28

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Demetrius Allen (Valdosta Villains) Fall 1:03

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over (Brownsburg Purple) Forf

 

Day 4 Results:

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over (Richmond Hill) Forf

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Yehezquel Devault (MXW Gold) Fall 1:11

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Brock Kimble (92. Austintown Fitch Falcons) Fall 0:12

Anthony Cassioppi (Dakota Wrestling Nation) over Wyatt Hull (LHWC-Yeti #8) Fall 0:22

Glazier is a Hawk

Elite recruit Zach Glazier just announced on Twitter that he committed to the University of Iowa. Glazier, from Albert Lea, MN, won a AAA State title for Albert Lea Area High School as a junior this past season at 170 lbs. Glazier is ranked #4 at 170 lbs. by FloWrestling. I look for Glazier to move up in the rankings.

From Zach Glazier onTwitter:

I am extremely excited and thankful to announce my commitment to The University of IOWA! #GoHawks

Glazier is the first commit for the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019.  Iowa has a strong Minnesota connection going with senior Hwt Sam Stoll from Kasson-Mantorville, MN.  On June 19, Patrick Kennedy, also from Kasson-Mantorville, MN gave a verbal commit to Iowa for the Recruiting Class of 2020.

I assure you, Glazier was a target recruit that Iowa Wrestling really wanted and got.  As good as Glazier is now, his upside is huge. Ton of potential. Glazier won a state title last year as a junior, he was a state runner-up as a sophomore, placed fourth as a freshman, and third as an eighth grader.  Glazier continues to improve and move up the ranks in national prominence. He has a long frame to fill in and I see him wrestling 174/184 in college.

To repeat what I said when Kennedy committed:

I will keep stating this because it is so true.  The momentum that Iowa Wrestling has going right now is amazing.  There is a steady flow of great news coming out of the Iowa Wrestling program during what is usually a slow time of the year.  Thomas Gilman making our World team was great news. The recent additions of Aaron Cashman (Class of 2018) and transfers Austin DeSanto and Jason Renteria (both Class of 2017) has Iowa Wrestling fans very, very excited.  Iowa is bringing in elite recruits in their push to get back to the top of the college wrestling world.

Great get by Iowa Wrestling.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Riverside Golf Outing is a success for the HWC

The Riverside Golf Outing was another success for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.  120 golfers took to the links at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa yesterday.  Mother Nature served up a great day as fans were able to golf and hang out with members of the HWC and Iowa Wrestling.

Dan Gable, the man himself, stopped by and said a few words to the group.  Thomas Gilman thanked all of his supporters. Gilman is training hard and smart for the 2018 World Freestyle Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 21-22.

The buzz for the day was the great job of recruiting that Ryan Morningstar and the staff are doing.  The Hawks just keep bringing in more and more top recruits and there are more on the way.

Those that attended include Tom Brands, Terry Brands, Ryan Morningstar, Mark Perry, Thomas Gilman, Bobby Telford, Sam Brooks, Nathan Burak, Alex Meyer and Brandon Sorensen.

The HWC will have the Okoboji Golf Outing on Friday, August 3 and the Des Moines Golf Outing on Thursday, September 27.  For more information, go to: https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/

The HWC is an integral part of the success of Iowa Wrestling.  Do you want to be a part of helping Iowa Wrestling win? Contribute to the HWC.

To join the Inner Circle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club:  https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/inner-circle/

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Bill Zadick receives Myron Roderick Man of the Year award

Former Iowa NCAA national champion Bill Zadick received the Myron Roderick Man of the Year award from USA Wrestling.  Zadick is the head coach of the Men’s Freestyle team. The award is named after legendary wrestler, coach, and administrator Myron Roderick of Oklahoma State.  

It was one of the greatest years ever for Team USA Wrestling at all levels.  At the Senior level, Team USA won the World Freestyle Championships team title in Paris, France for the first time in 22 years and recently won the 2018 World Cup.  Team USA also captured a team title at the Junior World Championships and placed a close second at the Cadet World Championships.

Zadick was also named as the first wrestling coach to ever be named as the U.S. Olympic Committee Olympic Coach of the Year in 2017.

Zadick was named as the Men’s Freestyle head coach in 2017 after coaching for USA Wrestling since 2009.  Zadick worked his way up the ranks and learned USA Wrestling as a wrestler and coach at all levels. USA Wrestling has never been more successful at so many age groups as right now.

Zadick was a 2006 World Freestyle champion and a 1996 NCAA national champion at the University of Iowa.  Zadick is originally from Great Falls, Montana when he was a four-time state champion.

It is a huge source of pride for me that the University of Iowa has former NCAA national champions as head coach of the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Team for Team USA in Bill Zadick and Terry Steiner.  Go Hawks!

Congratulations to Bill Zadick on this must deserved award.