Former Iowa greats to be at HWC Banquet

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will hold their annual banquet at the Kirkwood Conference Center (The Hotel) in Cedar Rapids, IA on Friday, May 31. The doors open at 6 PM followed by appetizers and a silent auction. Iowa Head Coach Tom Brands and HWC coach Mark Perry will be the guest speakers.

There will be former Iowa Wrestling greats at the banquet this year.  What a great idea. This will provide a great opportunity to see some of our past greats of Iowa Wrestling.  I am sure there will be a lot of photo opportunities for fans as well.

Iowa Wrestling greats that will be at the HWC Banquet:

Chuck Yagla
Bruce Kinseth
Barry Davis
Jesse Whitmer
Brad Penrith
Dan Holm
Greg Stevens
Mike McGivern
Randy Lewis
Bill Mitchell
Jed Brown
Scott Trizzino
Mark Trizzino
Dean Phinney
Butch Devine
Mark Mysnyk
Doug Davis
Pat Greene

*****I will continue to update this list as more former Hawks are announced.

For reservations to the banquet, please go to www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com

If you would like to contribute to the Silent Auction, please contact HWC President Randy Novak:

randynovak@hawkeyewrestlingclub.com

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Sokol wins FS & GR titles at Northern Plains

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Ryan Sokol of Inver Grove Heights, MN (Simley HS) rolled to a 138 lbs. Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman title at the Northern Plains Regional Championships in Rochester, MN.  In winning the FS and GR titles, Sokol was a combined 9-0 with six tech falls and three falls.  Sokol was named O.W. for the Freestyle and Greco-Roman tournament.

The Northern Plains Championships is a respected tournament that drew in wrestlers from the midwest and across the country.  Sokol is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021.

Freestyle

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by fall over Jace Black (Illinois) (Fall 0:34)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Logan James (Iowa) (TF 14-4)
  • Quarterfinal – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Kain Luensman (Iowa) (TF 12-0)
  • Semifinal – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by fall over Drew Woodley (Minnesota) (Fall 1:06)
  • 1st Place Match – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by fall over Noah Villarreal (Illinois) (Fall 0:57)

 

Greco-Roman

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Leo Blawou (Iowa) (TF 11-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Mason Lull (Wisconsin) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Aidan Nutter (Wisconsin) (TF 10-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Ryan Sokol (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Noah Villarreal (Illinois) (TF 10-0)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Gilman, Louive and Miracle win WTT Challenge Tournament

Thomas Gilman, Lauren Louive, and Kayla Miracle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club all won the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, NC.  They have all now qualified for Final X. The winner of Final X will represent Team USA at the Senior World Freestyle Championships Astana, Kazakhstan August 14-22.

Gilman looked very good in capturing the title at 57 kg with a 4-0 and 5-2 win over Darian Cruz in the best of three finals.  Gilman will now face Daton Fix at Final X in Lincoln, NE. Fix downed Gilman at the U.S. Open finals in April. I am picking Gilman to win this time and to gain a spot on Team USA for the World Championships.

It was an all-HWC finals at 59 kg where Lauren Louive topped fellow HWC teammate Michaela Beck in the best of three finals.  Beck won the first mach 8-3 before Louive won the next two bouts 4-4 and 5-4. Beck then dropped a match for a true second. It will again be an all-HWC finals at Final X as Louive will face HWC teammate Alli Ragan.

Kayla Miracle continued a very good year of competition by defeating Desiree Zavala in the best of 3 finals with a fall and tech fall at 62 kg.  Miracle will now have a rematch from last year’s Final X with reigning World Bronze medalist Mallory Velte where Velte won. Miracle pinned Velte in a tournament in Bulgaria in February.

Sammy Brooks placed third at 86 kg, Brandon Sorensen placed fourth at 70 kg, and Cory Clark did not place at 61 kg.

The HWC will now have five members competing in Final X in Thomas Gilman, Alli Ragan, Lauren Louive, Kayla Miracle, and Forrest Molinari.

I will keep you up to date as we approach Final X.

 

2019 WORLD TEAM TRIALS CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT

57 kg

1st – Thomas Gilman (TMWC/Hawkeye WC) df. Darian Cruz (TMWC/LVAV), two matches to none

Round one: Gilman dec. Cruz, 4-0

Round two: Gilman dec. Cruz, 5-2

 

59 kg

1st – Lauren Louive (NYAC/Hawkeye WC) df. Michaela Beck (NYAC/Hawkeye WC), two matches to one

Round one: Beck dec. Louive, 8-3

Round two: Louive dec. Beck, 4-4

Round three: Louvie dec. Beck, 5-4

True 2nd – Abigail Nette (Lion WC) TF Michaela Beck (Hawkeye WC), 11-0

 

62 kg

1st – Kayla Miracle (Sunkist Kids) df. Desiree Zavala (Choker WC), two matches to none

Round one: Miracle df. Zavala, fall 1:15

Round two: Miracle TF Zavala, 10-0

 

Final X Rutgers on June 9

65 kg: Forrest Molinari vs. Maya Nelson 

 

Final X Lincoln on June 15

57 kg Thomas Gilman vs. Daton Fix 

59 kg: Alli Ragan vs. Lauren Louive

62 kg: Kayla Miracle vs. Mallory Velte  

 

Kayla Miracle (62kg) – Qualified for U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary  October 28-November 3

Michaela Beck (59kg) – Qualified for the Junior World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia  August 12-18

 

Final X Senior World Team Trials  Piscataway, NJ June 8

Men’s Freestyle: 65kg, 79kg, 86kg, 92kg, 125kg

Women’s Freestyle: 50kg, 57kg, 65kg, 68kg, 72kg

 

Final X Senior World Team Trials  Lincoln, NE June 15

Men’s Freestyle: 57kg, 61kg, 70kg, 74kg, 97kg

Women’s Freestyle: 53kg, 55kg, 59kg, 62kg, 76kg

 

Junior World Championships  Tallinn, Estonia August 12-18

Senior World Freestyle Championships  Astana, Kazakhstan August 14-22

U23 World Championships  Budapest, Hungary October 28-November 3

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Sokol to compete at Northern Plains

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Ryan Sokol will be competing at the Northern Plains Regional Championships this weekend.  Sokol will compete in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman at 138 lbs.  Freestyle will be on Saturday and Greco-Roman on Sunday. The action will take place at the RCTC Regional Sports Center in Rochester, MN. This is always a competitive tournament with wrestlers from around the midwest.  

Sokol won a Minnesota Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman title last weekend at 138 lbs. In winning his titles, Sokol was 6-0 with 6 tech falls and outscored his opponents 65-1. Sokol won a Minnesota AA State title at 132 lbs. this season and a Cadet freestyle national freestyle title at 120 lbs. in 2017.  Sokol is from Inver Grove Heights, MN (Simley HS) and is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Glazier and Kennedy named First Team Academic All-State

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits Zach Glazier and Patrick Kennedy have been named First Team Academic All-State by The Guillotine.  Glazier, from Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS), is a two-time state champion and was 47-0 this past season in winning a AAA state title at 182 lbs.  As a member of the National Honor Society, Glazier has a 3.94 GPA and was also named First Team MWCA Academic All-State. Glazier is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019.

Kennedy, from Kasson-Mantorville, MN, is a three-time state champion that won a AA state title at 182 lbs. this season with a 46-0 record.  Kennedy has a 3.68 GPA and was also named First Team MWCA Academic All-State. Kennedy is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

The Guillotine is the recognized sources of amateure wrestling in the state of Minnesota.

Congratulations to Zach Glazier and Patrick Kennedy for being recognized for their outstanding academic achievements.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC & Iowa World Team Trials preview

We have a huge weekend of wrestling coming up.  That is great news for Iowa Wrestling fans because we will have a lot of great wrestlers to be following.  The World Team Trials for Men’s and Women’s Senior Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and UWW Juniors will take place in Raleigh, NC.  North Carolina State will host the action at the William Neal Reynolds Coliseum.  The UWW Junior WTT will be on Friday and Saturday (May 17-18) and the Senior WTT will be on Saturday and Sunday (May 18-19).

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be in force to battle for a spot at Finals X.  Even though this is called the World Team Trials for the Senior division, the winner of the WTT will then go to Final X.  The winner of Final X will then represent Team USA at the World Championships. The winner of the UWW Junior World Team Trials will be on Team USA for the the World Championships.

Thomas Gilman will on the trial to win the WTT at 57 kg.  Gilman dropped a match in the finals of the U.S. Open so he must now win the WTT to get a rematch with Daton Fix at Final X for a spot on our World Team. I am expecting a very motivated Thomas Gilman to win the WTT. Cory Clark (61kg), Brandon Sorensen (70kg), and Sammy Brooks (86kg) will be competing for a spot at Final X.

In the Women’s division, Kayla Miracle will be a strong favorite to win the WTT at 62 kg.  Miracle is on a roll this year and is currently ranked #1 on Team USA. Miracle won the U.S. Open so she she has already advanced to the Best of 3 Finals.  Miracle made her third straight U23 World Team last weekend. Lauren Louive will be competing at 59 kg. Michaela Beck, who just won a UWW Junior National title to compete in the UWW Junior Worlds, is registered to compete at 59 kg.

In the UWW Junior division (ages 18-20), Anthony Cassioppi has already qualified for the Best of 3 Finals at 125 kg.  Cassioppi destroyed the competition at UWW Junior Nationals in Las Vegas last month to earn that spot. Nelson Brands (74kg) placed third at UWW Junior Nationals and will be in the WTT Challenge Tournament.  The winner of that tournament will face David Car in the Best of 3 Finals.

I have not heard of any additional Iowa wrestlers that will be competing at the Junior World Team Trials at this time.

All of the wrestling will be on streamed on FloWrestling.

I will keep you up to date with all of the action.

 

Senior World Team Trials

Thomas Gilman (57kg)

Cory Clark (61kg)

Brandon Sorensen (70kg)

Sammy Brooks (86kg)

 

Women’s Senior World Team Trials

Michaela Beck (59kg)

Lauren Louive (59kg)

Kayla Miracle (62kg)

 

UWW Junior World Team Trials

Nelson Brands (74kg)

Anthony Cassioppi (125kg)

 

Alli Ragan (59kg) – Qualified for Final X at Lincoln, NE on June 15.

Forrest Molinari (65kg) – Qualified for Final X at Piscataway, NJ  on June 8.

Kayla Miracle (62kg) – Qualified for U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary  October 28-November 3.

Michaela Beck (59kg) – Qualified for the Junior World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia  August 12-18.

 

Final X Senior World Team Trials  Piscataway, NJ June 8

Men’s Freestyle: 65kg, 79kg, 86kg, 92kg, 125kg

Women’s Freestyle: 50kg, 57kg, 65kg, 68kg, 72kg

 

Final X Senior World Team Trials  Lincoln, NE June 15

Men’s Freestyle: 57kg, 61kg, 70kg, 74kg, 97kg

Women’s Freestyle: 53kg, 55kg, 59kg, 62kg, 76kg

 

Junior World Championships  Tallinn, Estonia August 12-18

Senior World Freestyle Championships  Astana, Kazakhstan August 14-22

U23 World Championships  Budapest, Hungary October 28-November 3

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Glazier wins MN State Freestyle title

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Zach Glazier won a Minnesota State title in Freestyle at 195 lbs.  Glazier was 3-0 with 3 tech falls and outscored his opponents 30-0.

Glazier will now represent Team Minnesota at the Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND on July 14-16.  Glazier captured a AAA State title at 182 lbs. this past season and a title at 170 lbs. in 2018.

Glazier, from Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS), is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 that also includes Abe Assad of Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS) and Cobe Siebrecht of Lisbon, Iowa.

 

Match #1: Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) over Joshua Steffen (Thor) TF 10-0

Match #2: Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) over Derek Werner (Wabasso-RR) TF 10-0

Match #3: Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) over Brett Graham (Northwest WC) TF 10-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Sokol wins MN State title in FS and GR

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Ryan Sokol won a Minnesota State title in Freestyle and Greco-Roman this weekend. Both of Sokol’s titles were in the Junior division at 138 lbs. In winning his titles, Sokol was 6-0 with 6 tech falls and outscored his opponents 65-1.

Sokol will now represent Team Minnesota at the Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND on July 14-19.  Sokol is from Inver Grove Heights, MN (Simley HS) and is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021.

 

Junior Freestyle 138 lbs.

Bye

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Will Magaard (Sunberg) TF 11-1

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Owen Chow (Pinnacle) TF 11-0

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Zach Wells (Highway) TF 10-0

 

Junior Greco-Roman 138 lbs.

Bye

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Zach Wells (Highway) TF 11-0

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Ryan Borris (WCWC) TF 12-0

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Ryan Scherber (Pinnacle) 10-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Beck and Miracle make World teams

Kayla Miracle and Michaela Beck of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club won a spot on a World team this weekend at the 2019 Women’s National Championships in Irving, TX.

Beck won a UWW Junior National Championship at 59 kg by defeating Kaylee Moore of Team Washington 2-0 in a best of three with a 12-0 tech fall and an 8-2 decision.  Beck will now represent Team USA at the 2019 UWW Junior World Freestyle Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18.

Miracle made her third straight U23 World team by winning the 62 kg U23 National Championship.  Miracle won all five of her matches by tech fall. Miracle will now represent Team USA at the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Oct 28-Nov 3.  

Miracle is #1 on team USA and just won her third U.S. Open title. Miracle will be competing at the Senior World Team Trials in Charlotte, NC on May 17-18 with the winner advancing to Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15.  The winner of Final X will represent Team USA at the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on September 14-22.

Kinze Brands competed at 62 kg in the Junior National Championships.  Brands went 1-2 in her bracket. Kinze is the daughter of Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands.

 

UWW Junior 59 kg

Rd of 32: Michaela Beck (HWC) over Courtney Moran (MT) VSU 10-0 :26

Rd of 16: Michaela Beck (HWC) over Skye Williams (Team AR) VSU 10-0 :36

Quarterfinals: Michaela Beck (HWC) over Niya Teresita Gaines (Team CA) VPO1 8-5

Semifinals: Michaela Beck (HWC) over Mia Macaluso (Team NY) VSU 11-0 1:49

Finals (Best of 3) Michaela Beck (HWC) over Kaylee Moore (Team WA) VSU 12-0 (3:13)

Finals (Best of 3) Michaela Beck (HWC) over Kaylee Moore (Team WA) VPO1 8-2

 

UWW U23 62 kg

Rd 16 Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Kaylee Lacy (Team CO) VSU 10-0 1:03

Quarters Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Gabrielle Garcia (Team HI) VSU 10-0 1:11

Semis Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Alexandria Liles (Team TX)  VSU 10-0 2:11

Finals (Best of 3) Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Desiree Zavala (Team WA) VSU1 11-1 2:12

Finals (Best of 3) Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Desiree Zavala (Team WA) VSU1 12-2 3:35

 

UWW Junior 62 kg

Rd of 32 Kinsee Brands (Team Iowa) over Miriam Pacheco VFA 8-1

Rd of 16  Jenna Garcia (Team CA) over Kinsee Brands (Team Iowa) VFA 5-0

Consi of 16 #2  Tiyahna Askew over Kinsee Brands (Team Iowa) VFA 2-2

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Updated Freestyle schedule for HWC, Iowa Wrestling, and recruits

An update of upcoming freestyle competition is needed.  As fans we will have a lot to follow for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, Iowa Wrestling, incoming recruits, and potential recruits.  

Michaela Beck and Kayla Miracle will be competing this weekend in Irving, TX.  Beck will be going for a spot on the UWW Junior World Team and Miracle for the UWW U23 World Team.

The following weekend will be huge as several members of the HWC will be competing at the World Team Trials in Raleigh, NC.  Thomas Gilman, Cory Clark, Brandon Sorensen, Sammy Brooks, Kayla Miracle, and Lauren Louive will be competing. The winner of the World Team Trials will then go to Final X. Forrest Molinari has already qualified for Final X in Piscataway, NJ on June 8 and Alli Ragan has qualified for Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15. The winner of Final X will represent Team USA at the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 14-22.

Anthony Cassioppi and Nelson Brands have qualified for the UWW Junior World Team Trials that will also be in Raleigh, NC on May 17-18.  I have not heard of any additional Iowa wrestlers competing at this tournament or the U23 World Team Trials in Akron, OH on June 1-2.

As a fan of college wrestling recruiting, I cannot wait for the Cadet World Team Trials in Akron, OH on June 1-2.  That single tournament will give you a look into the future of the NCAA finals and the Senior World and Olympic teams for the USA.  I will keep you posted of any incoming recruits or what I would label as potential recruits that will be competing at the Cadet WTT.  

I will do my best to keep you up to date with who is competing where and when and how they did for the HWC, Iowa wrestling, incoming recruits, and potential recruits.

 

Women’s UWW Junior National Championships/WTT  Irving, TX May 10

Women’s UWW U23 National Championships/WTT  Irving, TX May 12

UWW Junior World Team Trials Raleigh, NC  May 17-18

Senior Mens and Womens World Team Trials  Raleigh, NC May 18-19

UWW Cadet Nationals/WTT  Akron, OH June 1-2

U23 Nationals/WTT (Age:19-23)  Akron, OH June 1-2

 

Final X Senior World Team Trials  Piscataway, NJ June 8

Men’s Freestyle: 65kg, 79kg, 86kg, 92kg, 125kg

Women’s Freestyle: 50kg, 57kg, 65kg, 68kg, 72kg

 

Final X Senior World Team Trials  Lincoln, NE June 15

Men’s Freestyle: 57kg, 61kg, 70kg, 74kg, 97kg

Women’s Freestyle: 53kg, 55kg, 59kg, 62kg, 76kg

 

16U/Cadet National Duals  Spokane, WA June 14-15

Junior National Duals  Tulsa, OK June 21-22

16U/Cadet Nationals  Fargo, ND July 13-15

Junior Nationals Fargo, ND  July 14-16

Cadet World Championships  Sofia, Bulgaria July 29-August 4

Junior World Championships  Tallinn, Estonia August 12-18

Senior World Freestyle Championships  Astana, Kazakhstan August 14-22

U23 World Championships  Budapest, Hungary October 28-November 3

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!