Chun named USA Wrestling Women’s Coach of the Year

Iowa Wrestling coach Clarissa Chun has been named as the 2024 USA Wrestling Women’s Coach of the Year. The announcement was made by USA Wrestling at the conclusion of the Olympic Team Trials on Saturday.

Chun was also named as the NCWWC Women’s Wrestling Coach of the Year at the national championships in March.

 


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In their first year of competition the Iowa Hawkeye Women’s team won the NCWWC National title and NWCA National Duals.

Iowa had six national champions while winning the 2024 NCWWC National Championships and were 16-0 in dual meets this season.

 


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The Hawks qualified nine wrestlers for the Olympic Team Trials this past weekend. Impressive for a first year program.

Iowa will have several wrestlers and recruits competing in the upcoming U20 and U23 World Championships.

Congratulations to Coach Chun for being named as the USA Wrestling Women’s Coach of the Year.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Online auction for Take Down Homelessness

An online auction is now open for the University of Iowa Wrestling Take Down Homelessness fundraiser. The online auction will close on Friday, April 26 at 8 PM CST.

This is a great fundraiser where fans can bid in an online auction to have dinner with one of their favorite Iowa wrestlers and Tom Brands. All of the proceeds go to support Shelter House in Iowa City.

Iowa Wrestling Take Down Homelessness online auction:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/bid/4936

 


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From  shelterhouseiowa.org

Since 1983, Shelter House has provided safe shelter and helped people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness. We began in an old home in Iowa City with a capacity of 29 sleeping spaces including beds, couches, and mats on the floor. Today, Shelter House operates a 70-bed emergency shelter in addition to four homes and an apartment building through which we provide over 60 permanent supportive housing units. 

We focus on programs and support services including housing, employment, and mental health recovery that help hundreds of adults, children, and families each year to get back on their feet. We aim to be a voice for systemic community change through excellence in service, financial stewardship, and the development of strong community partnerships.

 

In September of 2022 there were five Iowa wrestlers that participated in Take Down Homelessness. This year the list has grown to 18 Iowa wrestlers and Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands.

You can also make a separate donation on the above website to Shelter House.

I ask that you do your part as an Iowa Wrestling fan and get the word out on this fundraiser for a great cause.

 


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Iowa wrestlers participating in Take Down Homelessness

Drake Ayala 

Gabe Arnold               

Abe Assad   

Ryder Block                               

Nelson Brands           

Michael Caliendo     

Tony Cassioppi           

Joey Cruz 

Jared Franek                                 

Patrick Kennedy     

Kale Petersen              

Caleb Rathjen               

Cullan Schriever       

Cobie Siebrecht       

Brody Teske               

Victor Voinovich           

Real Woods               

Jesse Ybarra 

Coach Tom Brands

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Eight Hawks compete in Olympic Team Trials

Eight members of the Iowa Women’s Wrestling team competed at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials in State College, Pennsylvania. 

In the Challenge Tournament Felicity Taylor placed third at 53kg, Reese Larramendy was fourth at 68kg, and Kylie Welker was third at 76kg.

Nyla Valencia(50kg), Emilie Gonzalez(50kg), Ava Bayless(50kg), Brianna Gonzalez(53kg), and Marlynne Deede(76kg) did not place.

Rose Cassioppi qualified for the Olympic Trials but did not compete.

 


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I am impressed that Iowa qualified nine wrestlers for the Olympic Team Trials after completing just their first year of competition. Iowa won the NCWWC national title and NCWA National Duals this season.

I will continue to cover our Iowa Women’s Wrestling team and incoming recruits as they compete this summer.

 

2024 Olympic Team Trials

Challenge WM 50kg

Champ. Round 1 – Nyla Valencia (IWWC / TMWC) won by decision over Ava Bayless (IWWC) (Dec 11-4)

Cons. Round 1 – Ava Bayless (IWWC) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 2 – Mia Palumbo (SWC) won by fall over Ava Bayless (IWWC) (Fall 3:50)

 

Challenge WM 50kg

Champ. Round 1 – Nyla Valencia (IWWC / TMWC) won by decision over Ava Bayless (IWWC) (Dec 11-4)

Quarterfinal – Audrey Jimenez (SKWC) won by tech fall over Nyla Valencia (IWWC / TMWC) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 2 – Emilie Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) won by injury default over Nyla Valencia (IWWC / TMWC) (Inj. 0:00)

 

Challenge WM 50kg

Champ. Round 1 – Mia Palumbo (SWC) won by tech fall over Emilie Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) (TF 11-0)

Cons. Round 1 – Emilie Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 2 – Emilie Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) won by injury default over Nyla Valencia (IWWC / TMWC) (Inj. 0:00)

Cons. Round 3 – Emilie Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) won by tech fall over Kaelani Shufeldt (LHU) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Semi – Samara Chavez (SMC) won by fall over Emilie Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) (Fall 0:55)

 

Challenge WM 53kg

Champ. Round 1 – Brianna Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Katie Gomez (SKWC) won by tech fall over Brianna Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 2 – Brianna Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) won by decision over Sydney Petzinger (CWC) (Dec 8-0)

Cons. Round 3 – Felicity Taylor (IWWC / TMWC) won by decision over Brianna Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) (Dec 9-4)

 

Challenge WM 53 KG

Champ. Round 1 – Felicity Taylor (IWWC / TMWC) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Haley Augello (IZZY / NYAC) won by decision over Felicity Taylor (IWWC / TMWC) (Dec 5-1)

Cons. Round 2 – Felicity Taylor (IWWC / TMWC) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 – Felicity Taylor (IWWC / TMWC) won by decision over Brianna Gonzalez (IWWC / TMWC) (Dec 9-4)

Cons. Semi – Felicity Taylor (IWWC / TMWC) won by tech fall over Vayle Baker (WPWC / NYAC) (TF 11-0)

3rd Place Match – Felicity Taylor (IWWC / TMWC) won by decision over Alisha Howk (SKWC) (Dec 5-1)

2nd Place Match – Areana Villaescusa (WCAP) won by fall over Felicity Taylor (IWWC / TMWC) (Fall 3:50)

 


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Challenge WM 68 KG

Champ. Round 1 – Reese Larramendy (IWWC / CKWC) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Reese Larramendy (IWWC / CKWC) won by decision over Brooklyn Hays (Unattached) (Dec 10-8)

Semifinal – Alex Glaude (BDRTC / TMWC) won by decision over Reese Larramendy (IWWC / CKWC) (Dec 9-1)

Cons. Semi – Reese Larramendy (IWWC / CKWC) won by decision over Kaylynn Albrecht (TMWC) (Dec 8-4)

3rd Place Match – Brooklyn Hays (Unattached) won by tech fall over Reese Larramendy (IWWC / CKWC) (TF 11-0)

 

Challenge WM 76kg

Champ. Round 1 – Marlynne Deede (IWWC) won by tech fall over Tavia Heidelberg-Tillitson (Menlo) (TF 10-0)

Quarterfinal – Kylie Welker (IWWC / SPAR / TMWC) won by tech fall over Marlynne Deede (IWWC) (TF 10-0)

Cons. Round 2 – Marlynne Deede (IWWC) won by tech fall over Madison Sandquist (SHU) (TF 12-2)

Cons. Round 3 – Precious Wieser (TMWC) won by decision over Marlynne Deede (IWWC) (Dec 8-4)

 

Challenge WM 76kg

Champ. Round 1 – Kylie Welker (IWWC / SPAR / TMWC) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Kylie Welker (IWWC / SPAR / TMWC) won by tech fall over Marlynne Deede (IWWC) (TF 10-0)

Semifinal – Yelena Makoyed (CWC/TMWC) won by decision over Kylie Welker (IWWC / SPAR / TMWC) (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Semi – Kylie Welker (IWWC / SPAR / TMWC) won by decision over Skylar Grote (TMWC) (Dec 6-0)

3rd Place Match – Kylie Welker (IWWC / SPAR / TMWC) won by decision over Dymond Guilford (TMWC) (Dec 5-4)

2nd Place Match – Yelena Makoyed (CWC/TMWC) won by no contest over Kylie Welker (IWWC / SPAR / TMWC) (NC)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Hawks continue to own 57kg in America

The weight class of 57kg/125 lbs. was first used in the 2014 Freestyle World Championships. Since that time 57kg has been contested at eight World Championships, two Olympics, and another Olympic Games this summer.

An Iowa Hawkeye has represented Team USA at 57kg in six of the eight World Championships and in all three Olympics.

Earlier today Spencer Lee defeated another Iowa Hawkeye Thomas Gilman to win the 2024 Olympic Team Trials. This marks the third straight Olympic Trials that an Iowa Hawkeye has won 57kg.

 


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Daniel Dennis won the Olympic Trials in 2016 over another Hawkeye Tony Ramos in the finals. Thomas Gilman won the 2020 Olympic Team Trials.

Dennis did not place in the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics and he is now the head coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

Gilman won Bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, just placed second at 57kg at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials, won a 57kg World title in 2021, World Silver in 2017 and 2022 and placed fifth in 2018.

Tony Ramos was a World Team member in 2014 and 2015.

Now we have Spencer Lee at 57kg.

Team USA still has to qualify for the Olympics by placing in the top three at 57 kg at the World Olympic Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey on May 11-12. I will keep you posted.

 


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From Ramos to Gilman to Lee for the Hawks representing Team USA at 57kg in the Olympic/World Championships. Who’s next?

 

Iowa Wrestling at 57kg for Team USA

2014 World Team – Tony Ramos

2015 World Team – Tony Ramos

2016 Olympics – Daniel Dennis

2017 World Team – Thomas Gilman (Silver)

2018 World Team – Thomas Gilman (5th)

2020 Olympics – Thomas Gilman (Bronze)

2021 World Team – Thomas Gilman (Gold)

2022 World Team – Thomas Gilman (Silver)

2024 Olympics – Spencer Lee

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Spencer Lee wins Olympic Team Trials

Spencer Lee won two straight matches against Thomas Gilman in the All-Hawkeye Best-of Three Finals at 57kg to win the Olympic Team Trials in State College, Pennsylvania. 

In the first match Gilman was up 1-0 at the end of the first period. Lee got his offense going in the second period to win the match 6-3. In the second match Lee was up 8-2 when he pinned Gilman in 5:58 to win the 57kg title.

Team USA still has to qualify for the Olympics at 57kg by placing in the top three at 57 kg at the World Olympic Games Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey on May 11-12. I will keep you posted.

If anything, I believe that going to an Olympic Qualifier will help Lee get more matches and will actually help him prepare for the Olympics.

The Summer Olympics are in Paris, France on August 5-11.

Also in the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Alex Marinelli was 2-2 and did not place at 74kg and Tony Cassioppi did not place at 97kg.

 


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I thought Spencer Lee looked great this weekend. Lee, the #4 seed at 57kg, defeated Nico Megaludis 8-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals Lee jumped out to a 9-0 lead over 57kg 2023 World Team member Zane Richards before securing a 13-6 decision.

Congratulations Spencer Lee.

Thomas Gilman has had a great career and he is definitely not done. I have no doubt that Gilman will help Lee prepare for the Olympics. I would think that Gilman would also go on the trip to Turkey and be ready to go should he be needed.

Thomas Gilman won a 57kg World title in 2021, an Olympic Silver in 2021, and a World Silver in 2017 and 2022.

 


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2024 Olympic Team Trials

Challenge MFS 57kg

Champ. Round 1 – Spencer Lee (HWC / TMWC) received a bye

Quarterfinal – Spencer Lee (HWC / TMWC) won by decision over Nico Megaludis (PittWC / TMWC) (Dec 8-0)

Semifinal – Spencer Lee (HWC / TMWC) won by decision over Zane Richards (IRTC / TMWC) (Dec 13-6)

 

Final MFS 57kg

Round 1 – Spencer Lee (HWC / TMWC) won by decision over Thomas Gilman (NLWC / TMWC) (Dec 6-3)

Round 2 – Spencer Lee (HWC / TMWC) won by fall over Thomas Gilman (NLWC / TMWC) (Fall 5:58)

 

Challenge MFS 74 KG

Champ. Round 1 – Alex Marinelli (HWC / TMWC) won by decision over Tyler Berger (PRTC / SKWC) (Dec 4-0)

Quarterfinal – Jason Nolf (NLWC / TMWC) won by decision over Alex Marinelli (HWC / TMWC) (Dec 7-2)

Cons. Round 2 – Alex Marinelli (HWC / TMWC) won by decision over Levi Haines (NLWC / TMWC) (Dec 11-7)

Cons. Round 3 – Quincy Monday (NJRTC / TMWC) won by tech fall over Alex Marinelli (HWC / TMWC) (TF 11-0)

 

Challenge MFS 97kg

Champ. Round 1 – Christian Carroll (CWC / TMWC) won by decision over Anthony Cassioppi (HWC / TMWC) (Dec 6-6)

Cons. Round 1 – Anthony Cassioppi (HWC / TMWC) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 2 – Eric Schultz (NWTC) won by fall over Anthony Cassioppi (HWC / TMWC) (Fall 5:48)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Lee vs. Gilman in Olympic Trials Finals

We will have an All-Hawkeye clash in the 57kg finals in the Olympic Team Trials. Spencer Lee and Thomas Gilman will meet in a best of three format in State College, Pennsylvania. The winner will represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Paris, France on August 5-11.

#4 seed Lee defeated Nico Megaludis 8-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals Lee jumped out to a 9-0 lead over 57kg 2023 World Team member Zane Richards before securing a 13-6 decision.

#2 seed Gilman started with a 5-4 decision over Jax Forrest in the quarterfinals before defeating Daton Fix 6-0 in the semifinals.

In my Olympic Trials preview I predicted Lee over Gilman in the finals. 

 


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We also have wrestlers competing in the Consolations. Alex Marinell (74kg), Kylie Welker(76kg), Reese Larramendy(68kg),and at 53 kg Felicity Taylor will face teammate Brianna Gonzalez.

The first round of the Best-of-Three Finals matches and Consolations will be at 9:30 AM CST. You can watch the matches on Peacock.

 


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Schedule for 2024 Olympic Trials

***All times listed are CST

Saturday, April 20

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Session III – Round One of Best-of-Three Championship Series, all styles and weight classes, plus Round Two of Best-of-Three Championship Series in the five weight classes not yet qualified for the Olympics. Also the completion of the Challenge Tournament consolation semifinals, consolation finals, third place bouts and True third (in necessary)

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Session IV – Round Three of Best-of-Three Championship Series (if necessary) in the five weight classes not yet qualified for the Olympics. Followed by Round Two and Round Three (if necessary) in the 13 weight classes qualified for the Olympic Games. The session concludes with the presentation of the U.S. Olympic Team.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

IWWC to compete in Olympic Trials

Eight members of the Iowa Women’s Wrestling team will be competing at the Olympic Trials. All of the Hawks will be competing for IWWC (Iowa Women’s Wrestling Club).

The 2024 Olympic Trials will be on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20 in State College, Pennsylvania. 

The 2024 Olympic Team will be set for Team USA for the Summer Olympics in Paris, France on August 5-11.

We will have three Hawks at 50kg with Ava Bayless, Nyla Valencia, and Emile Gonzalez. There will also be three Hawks competing at 76kg with Kylie Welker, Rose Cassioppi, and Marlynne Deede.

Felicity Taylor will be competing at 53kg and Reese Larramendy at 68kg.

I have listed the Pre-Seeds below. There could be changes in the brackets depending on any wrestlers that are unable to compete at the time of the Trials.

The Olympic Trials will be streaming live on Peacock, NBC Sports and NBC Sports app.

You can watch the Olympic Trials on TV on the USA Network.

To have eight wrestlers competing in the Olympic Trials after their first year of competition is impressive for the Iowa Women’s Wrestling program.

Best of luck to all of the Hawkeyes competing in the Olympic Trials.

 


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2024 Olympic Team Trials

50 kg

Best-of-Three Championship Series

Sarah Hildebrandt (USOPTC/New York AC)

Challenge Tournament

  1. Audrey Jimenez (Sunkist Kids WC)
  2. Sage Mortimer (Titan Mercury WC)
  3. Samara Chavez (Team Tornado WC)
  4. Erin Golston (New York AC)
  5. Kaelani Shufeldt (California)
  6. Kendra Ryan (Cardinal WC)
  7. Mia Palumbo (Illinois)
  8. Ava Bayless (Iowa Women’s WC)
  9. Nyla Valencia (Iowa Women’s WC)
  10. Emilie Gonzalez (Iowa Women’s WC)

 

53 kg

Best-of-Three Championship Series

Dominique Parrish (Sunkist Kids WC)

Challenge Tournament Semifinal

Bottom – Jacarra Winchester (Cowboy WC/Titan Mercury WC)

Challenge Tournament

  1. Vayle-Rae Baker (West Point WC)
  2. Katie Gomez (Sunkist Kids WC)
  3. Haley Augello (Izzy Style Wrestling)
  4. Areana Villaescusa (U.S. Army WCAP)
  5. Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids WC)
  6. Felicity Taylor (Iowa Women’s WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  7. Brianna Gonzalez (Iowa Women’s WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  8. Sydney Petzinger (Cardinal WC)
  9. Amy Mason (Titan Mercury WC)
  10. Juliana Diaz (Missouri Baptist WC)

 

68 kg

Best-of-Three Championship Series

Amit Elor (New York City RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

Challenge Tournament

  1. Forrest Molinari (Sunkist Kids WC)
  2. Alexandria Glaude (Beaver Dam RTC /Titan Mercury WC)
  3. Reese Larramendy (Iowa Women’s WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  4. Aine Drury (California)
  5. Alara Boyd (Cardinal WC)
  6. Brooklyn Hays (Minnesota Gold WC)
  7. Kaylynn Albrecht (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
  8. Solin Piearcy (Titan Mercury WC)
  9. Chloe Ogden (Florida)
  10. Caitlyn Davis (Southern Oregon)

 


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76 kg

Best-of-Three Championship Series

Adeline Gray (New York AC)

Challenge Tournament

  1. Kennedy Blades (Sunkist Kids WC)
  2. Kylie Welker (Iowa Women’s WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  3. Yelena Makoyed (Cardinal WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  4. Dymond Guilford (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
  5. Tristan Kelly (U.S. Army WCAP)
  6. Precious Wieser (Titan Mercury WC)
  7. Marlynne Deede (Iowa Women’s WC)
  8. Skylar Grote (USOPTC/Titan Mercury WC)
  9. Rose Cassioppi (Iowa Women’s WC)
  10. Madison Sandquist (Rise RTC)
  11. Tavia Heidelberg-Tillotson (Menlo)

 

Schedule for 2024 Olympic Trials

***All times listed are CST

Friday, April 19

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session I – Challenge Tournament Preliminaries, Quarterfinals and Consolation Rounds, for all styles and weight classes. (Note: all Championship matches will be held prior to the consolation rounds)

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Session II – Challenge Tournament Semifinals and Finals, all styles and weight classes

Saturday, April 20

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Session III – Round One of Best-of-Three Championship Series, all styles and weight classes, plus Round Two of Best-of-Three Championship Series in the five weight classes not yet qualified for the Olympics. Also the completion of the Challenge Tournament consolation semifinals, consolation finals, third place bouts and True third (in necessary)

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Session IV – Round Three of Best-of-Three Championship Series (if necessary) in the five weight classes not yet qualified for the Olympics. Followed by Round Two and Round Three (if necessary) in the 13 weight classes qualified for the Olympic Games. The session concludes with the presentation of the U.S. Olympic Team.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Former Hawks to compete in Olympic Trials

We will have four former Iowa Hawkeyes competing at the Olympic Trials. The 2024 Olympic Team Trials are this weekend on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20 in State College, Pennsylvania.

The winner of each weight will represent Team USA for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France on August 5-11.

Spencer Lee(#4 seed) and Thomas Gilman(#2 seed) will be at 57kg. Should the pre-seeds hold up I believe we will have a Lee-Gilman finals with the winner making the Olympic team.

I am picking Lee to make the Olympic team.

Alex Marinelli is the #8 seed at 74kg. Should the seeds hold up Marinelli will face Alex Facundo in the first round with the winner facing Jordan Burroughs in the quarterfinals.

Anthony Cassioppi is the #8 pre-seed at 97kg. Cassioppi will face Christian Carroll in the first round. The winner of that match will have J’den Cox in the quarterfinals.

Austin DeSanto qualified for the Olympic Trials at 65kg. He is not listed in the pre-seeds and I believe he is out with an injury. 

I have listed the Pre-Seeds below. There could be changes in the brackets depending on any wrestlers that are unable to compete at the time of the Trials.

The Olympic Trials will be streaming live on Peacock, NBC Sports and NBC Sports app.

You can watch the Olympic Trials on TV on the USA Network.

Best of luck to all of the Hawkeyes competing in the Olympic Trials.

 


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2024 Olympic Team Trials

57 kg Pre-Seeds

Challenge Tournament

  1. Zane Richards (Illini WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  2. Thomas Gilman (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  3. Daton Fix (Cowboy WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  4. Spencer Lee (Hawkeye WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  5. Nico Megaludis (Pitt WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  6. Nick Suriano (Sunkist Kids WC)
  7. Liam Cronin (Nebraska WTC)
  8. Daniel DeShazer (Gopher WC-RTC)
  9. Luke Lilledahl (X-Calibur Athletics WC)
  10. Jax Forrest (Bishop McCourt)
  11. Marcus Blaze (Perrysburg WC)

 

74 kg

Best-of-Three Championship Series

Kyle Dake (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)

Challenge Tournament

  1. Jordan Burroughs (Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids WC)
  2. Jason Nolf (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  3. Keegan O’Toole (Tiger Style WC)
  4. Quincy Monday (New Jersey RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
  5. Mitchell Mesenbrink (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  6. Meyer Shapiro (Spartan Combat RTC)
  7. Vincenzo Joseph (Sunkist Kids WC)
  8. Alex Marinelli (Hawkeye WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  9. Alex Facundo (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  10. Levi Haines (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  11. Tyler Berger (Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids WC)
  12. Jarrett Jacques (Tiger Style WC)
  13. Ladarion Lockett (Cowboy WC)

 


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97 kg

Best-of-Three Championship Series

Kyle Snyder (Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)

Challenge Tournament

  1. J’den Cox (Cliff Keen WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  2. Isaac Trumble (Wolfpack RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
  3. Michael Macchiavello (Lehigh Valley WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  4. Kollin Moore (Ohio RTC/Titan Mercury WC)
  5. Nathan Jackson (New Jersey RTC/New York AC)
  6. Jonathan Aiello (Cavalier WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  7. Eric Schultz (Nebraska WTC)
  8. Anthony Cassioppi (Hawkeye WC/Titan Mercury WC)
  9. Christian Carroll (Cowboy WC/Titan Mercury WC)

 

Men’s Freestyle Pre-Seeds: https://www.themat.com/news/2024/april/15/men-s-freestyle-pre-seeds-released-for-u-s-olympic-team-trials-wrestling

 

Schedule for 2024 Olympic Trials

***All times listed are CST

Friday, April 19

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session I – Challenge Tournament Preliminaries, Quarterfinals and Consolation Rounds, for all styles and weight classes. (Note: all Championship matches will be held prior to the consolation rounds)

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Session II – Challenge Tournament Semifinals and Finals, all styles and weight classes

Saturday, April 20

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Session III – Round One of Best-of-Three Championship Series, all styles and weight classes, plus Round Two of Best-of-Three Championship Series in the five weight classes not yet qualified for the Olympics. Also the completion of the Challenge Tournament consolation semifinals, consolation finals, third place bouts and True third (in necessary)

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Session IV – Round Three of Best-of-Three Championship Series (if necessary) in the five weight classes not yet qualified for the Olympics. Followed by Round Two and Round Three (if necessary) in the 13 weight classes qualified for the Olympic Games. The session concludes with the presentation of the U.S. Olympic Team.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling fundraiser to support Shelter House

The University of Iowa Wrestling program will participate in Take Down Homelessness.

This is a great fundraiser where fans can bid in an auction to have dinner with one of their favorite Iowa wrestlers. All of the proceeds go to support Shelter House in Iowa City.

In September of 2022 there were 5 Iowa wrestlers that participated in Take Down Homelessness. This year the list has grown to 18 Iowa wrestlers.

An online auction will open at 10 AM CST on Monday, April 22 and close on Friday, April 26 at 8PM.

I will have a follow up blog with a direct link to the auction when it is available.

 


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From  shelterhouseiowa.org

Since 1983, Shelter House has provided safe shelter and helped people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness. We began in an old home in Iowa City with a capacity of 29 sleeping spaces including beds, couches, and mats on the floor. Today, Shelter House operates a 70-bed emergency shelter in addition to four homes and an apartment building through which we provide over 60 permanent supportive housing units. 

We focus on programs and support services including housing, employment, and mental health recovery that help hundreds of adults, children, and families each year to get back on their feet. We aim to be a voice for systemic community change through excellence in service, financial stewardship, and the development of strong community partnerships.

Iowa Wrestlers Take Down Homelessness online auction opens April 22 at 10:00 am.

Iowa Wrestlers Take Down Homelessness online auction closes April 26 at 8:00 pm.

The week of April 28, Shelter House will be in contact with wrestlers and winning bidders about final auction outcomes, dinner planning, etc.

You can also make a separate donation on the above website to Shelter House.

I ask that you do your part as an Iowa Wrestling fan and get the word out on this fundraiser for a great cause.

 


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Iowa wrestlers participating in Take Down Homelessness

Drake Ayala 

Gabe Arnold               

Abe Assad   

Ryder Block                               

Nelson Brands           

Michael Caliendo     

Tony Cassioppi           

Joey Cruz 

Jared Franek                                 

Patrick Kennedy     

Kale Petersen              

Caleb Rathjen               

Cullan Schriever       

Cobie Siebrecht       

Brody Teske               

Victor Voinovich           

Real Woods               

Jesse Ybarra 

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Otto Black commits to Iowa

Otto Black announced on Instagram that he has committed to the University of Iowa. Black, from Park, Colorado, won a 138 lbs. 4A Colorado state title this season with a 52-0 record and will be a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024.

Black won a Greco-Roman Junior national title in Fargo last summer at 132 lbs.

Black competed for Ponderosa as a freshman and sophomore where he placed second at 106 in 2021 and fourth at 113 in 2022. He did not compete last season before transferring to Mead.

 


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Black is a teammate of Iowa commit Leister Bowling who won a state title at 175 this season. Black and Bowling led Mead to a 4A team state title. Bowling is a junior and in the Recruiting Class of 2025.

Black is projected to compete at 141/149 for the Hawks.

 


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Recruiting Class of 2024

Dru Ayala – Fort Dodge, Iowa  120 lbs.

Season completed – 3rd place

 

Keyan Hernandez – Billings (West), Montana 126 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion

 

Otto Black – Park (Mead HS), Colorado  138 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion

 

Miguel Estrada – Bakersfield (Frontier HS), California  152 lbs.

Season completed – 4th place

 

Angelo Ferrari – Melissa, Texas  175 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion

 

Jake Howell –  Glenwood Village (Cherry Creek HS), Colorado  215 lbs.

Season completed – 2nd place

 

Kael Voinovich – City High HS, Iowa City, Iowa  157 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion

 

Joe Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, Minnesota  152 lbs.

Season completed – 3rd place

 

Brady Benham – Sperry, Oklahoma  165 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion

 

Recruiting Class of 2025

Leo DeLuca  – Blair Academy New Jersey  120 lbs.

Season completed – National Prep Wrestling Championships 2nd place

 

Leister Bowling – Mead, Colorado  175 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!