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Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: Feb 22-23

The quest to become an individual state champion begins this weekend for Zach Glazier, Patrick Kennedy, and Ryan Sokol.  All three of our incoming recruits from Minnesota will be competing at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN on Friday and Saturday (Feb 22-23) at Sections.  

The competition begins at Noon on Friday and 9 AM on Saturday.

Abe Assad, Cobe Siebrecht, Cullan and Colby Schriever, and Jesse Ybarra have completed their season.

I will keep you posted with results.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Season completed.

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS) 182 lbs.

Sections at Rochester, MN on Feb 22-23

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Season completed.

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Sections at Rochester, MN on Feb 22-23

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Season completed.

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

Season completed.

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Sections at Rochester, MN on Feb 22-23

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Glazier and Kennedy named to All-State Academic Team

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits Zach Glazier and Patrick Kennedy have been named to the 2019 MWCA All-State Academic Wrestling Team.  The MWCA (Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association) selects the team.

Glazier, from Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS), is a defending state champion and is ranked #1 in AAA at 182 lbs. Glazier is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019.

Kennedy is a two-time defending state champion from Kasson-Mantorville, MN and is ranked #1 at 182 lbs. in AA. Kennedy is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

Two wrestlers were chosen for each weight class for the All-State Academic Team for a total of twenty-eight wrestlers. Glazier was chosen for 182 lbs. and Kennedy at 170 lbs. Glazier and Kennedy were two of the four state champions chosen for the All-State Academic Team.

Congratulations to our incoming recruits on their impressive academic awards.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Warner is putting the pieces together

The best way that I can describe Jacob Warner coming out of Midlands at the end of December is dumping a 500 piece puzzle on the table.  Just a mound of random pieces that that did not look like the full color picture of the completed puzzle that was on the top cover of the puzzle box.

For anyone that has been reading my blog, I have wrote quite a bit about Jacob Warner.  As a prized recruit in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017, I felt as though Warner was destined for greatness at Iowa.  You just do not see that many elite recruits in the 197 lbs. weight class. Warner had the aggression, technique, strength, attitude, work ethic. Everything. His Carver Hawkeye debut was very impressive. Warner won an a last second scramble to defeat #5 ranked Willie Miklus of Iowa State. Warner had sprained his ankle in the first period and showed a lot of guts and heart fighting off that injury to win a very tough match.  

The ankle injury kept Warner out of competition until Midlands. I am still not sure what happened at Midlands where Warner went 5-2 and placed 5th. His shape and focus was just not there to the point that I really did not recognize his wrestling.  It was bad. After seeing Warner in the room after Midlands, I was even more concerned. My confidence was shook on what type of career Warner was going to have because I really thought he was at the crossroads and could go either way.

That is also when I thought of Warner as a puzzle that was in a pile in the middle of the table.  One by one, we see Warner add to his arsenal every week. The Iowa Wrestling coaching staff would start to put the pieces back together, one by one.  I believe priority #1 had to be conditioning. With what I have been seeing of Warner in competition, I would say his conditioning is right where you want it.  Priority #2 had to be getting out from underneath. I would say that part has been accomplished as well.

Warner has been winning matches with mat wrestling and not giving up takedowns.  His ability to ride and control his opponent has been the difference in several matches.  In the down position Warner is getting quick escapes. A majority of his takedowns have been go-behinds from the front headlock position.  I am here to tell you, Warner has a heck of a freight train double, head to inside single, sweep single, carry, and takedowns from various bodylock positions.  Jacob Warner has a lot of offensive firepower. We are seeing more of his shots in competition. Warner is also deceptively quick with his single leg shots from open space.  I will stay with my example to keep putting pieces of the puzzle together.

Throughout this process of putting together an effective game plan to win matches, Warner is 8-0 since Midlands and he looks better every match.  On Sunday Warner looked very good in defeating Beau Breske of Wisconsin by a 9-0 major decision. Warner defeated Breske, a highly ranked recruit in high school and a solid wrestler, 5-3 at Midlands.  Going from 5-3 to 9-0 in less than two months is marked improvement.

I am still shaking my head at the opening takedown that Warner had in that match.  Breske looked like he was going to score a takedown off of a shot and Warner grabbed an ankle and after a flurry came out on top.  That was a great flurry. Warner is consistently winning the flurries for takedowns. I am sure we will see more leg attacks as he continues to incorporate more and more of his offensive arsenal.  Warner is also looking more confident like I saw him in Las Vegas last April as he rolled through to win a UWW Junior national title. Self confidence is unlimited in what it can do for a wrestler.  

Warner will have a big test on the road at Oklahoma State on Sunday when he faces #6 Preston Weigel.  That will be a great test and help prepare Warner for the upcoming Big Ten and NCAA Tournament.

The Iowa Wrestling coaching staff has done a great job bringing Warner along this season.  It was a slow but steady process to get Jacob Warner to where he is right now. Warner is getting closer to wrestling at the pace and level that fans like me were expecting to see.  

It will be entertaining as a fan to see how Warner finishes out his freshman season.  Even though Warner is 14-2, on an eight match winning streak and ranked #4 in the country as a freshman at 197, we ain’t seen nothing yet. Trust me, there are more pieces of the puzzle that will be added in.  The sky’s the limit for Jacob Warner.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Remaining match: – vs. #6 Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)

Record: 14-2

#5 Willie Miklus (Iowa State)  W‐D 5‐4

Midlands Championships – 5th place      

Sam Schuler (Buffalo)  W‐MD 13‐3

Matt Wroblewski (Illinois)  W‐D 6‐1

Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)  L‐TF 19‐3

Beau Breske (Wisconsin)  W‐D 5‐3

Josh Hokit (Fresno State)  W‐Pin 5:59

#6 Rocco Caywood (Army)  L‐D 5‐3

Thomas Lane (Cal Poly)  W‐MFF

Dylan Anderson (Minnesota)  W‐D 9‐4

Matthew Correnti (Rutgers)  W‐D 6‐0

Andre Lee (Illinois)  W‐D 5‐1

Zach Chankonis (Northwestern)  W‐D 4‐2

#11 Eric Schultz (Nebraska)  W‐D 4‐1

Niko Cappello (Maryland)  W‐TF 24‐9

Jake Kleimola (Indiana) W-MD 16-5

Beau Breske (Wisconsin)  W‐MD 9-0

Great takedown stat: 30-2

I had a blog last week about the time of the first takedown by an Iowa wrestler in the Maryland meet.  A missing part of the of Iowa Wrestling arsenal was takedowns, especially first period takedowns. The statistic for takedowns in the #16 Wisconsin dual meet was 30-2 in favor of Iowa.  That stat is actually close to the dual meet score of 35-2 Iowa. To add to that stat, the two takedowns that Wisconsin scored were in matches they lost (165,184).

I may come across as a little repetitive about takedowns, but the winner of the takedown battle usually wins the wrestling match. As far as the Iowa-style of wrestling, I would have to point the finger at the two overtime matches as the two best takedowns of the dual meet. Patricio Lugo was attacking all through regulation and got his takedown in overtime to win the match over #19 Cole Martin, 3-1.  The takedown in overtime was a result of Lugo pushing the pace in regulation.

Alex Marinelli had another tough battle with #3 ranked Evan Wick.  After scoring a takedown in regulation, Marinelli scored a match winning takedown real quick into the overtime period.  Marinelli is the leader of Iowa Wrestling in takedowns. His constant pressure and solid technique on double legs is impressive.

Cash Wilcke surrendered an early takedown but responded with two real good takedowns in the third period to win his match 5-4.  The one takedown reminded me of what I would refer to as a Mike Zadick takdown, was especially impressive. The best flurry of the dual meet was definitely at 197.  Beau Breske of Wisconsin was in deep on a shot on Jacob Warner and was close to scoring the two when Warner hit a flurry and came out on top. I am not sure how else to describe it other than to say that is was a real good flurry.

Iowa is scoring takedowns mainly off of their shots, which is of course what you want to see.  Iowa is also doing a good job of fighting off shots to the point of getting a stalemate called.  We are also seeing more takedowns scored off of go-behinds from the front headlock position. I am hoping we see more of that and I am sure we will.  

The whole key is to get the opening takedown in a match.  That opens up so many additional scoring opportunities for the Hawks.  We saw Iowa wrestlers keep the pressure on and score additional points once they got the opening takedown against Wisconsin.  The constant pressure even when not scoring a takedown is taking a toll on the Iowa opponents. That leads to more scoring opportunities that all Iowa fans love to see.  Regardless of the dual meet score, that was a packed house of I believe a record crowd and a well coached Wisconsin team that Iowa handled. I’ll sure take it.

The Hawks are now off to compete against Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Sunday.  As with all dual meets, the matches and dual will be won on takedowns. I like where Iowa is right now.  The Hawks have faced a lot of adversity with injuries and sickness this season. Now is the time of year that those hard times start to pay off. Iowa has made steady progress since the first of the year.

Oklahoma State has cruised along this season and is undefeated in duals as well.  Setting the tone of each match with the first takedown scored will be huge for Iowa.  I am looking for a real good showing by Iowa in a hostile environment and a Hawkeye victory.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC to compete in Cuba

Members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing at the Granma y Cerro Pelado in Havana, Cuba.  Cory Clark (61 kg), Brandon Sorensen (70 kg), and Sammy Brooks (86 kg) will be competing. Cuba has world ranked wrestlers at 61, 70, and 86 kg.

Members of the HWC have been competing in Cuba for decades.  HWC Head Coach Mark Perry will be in the corner for the HWC wrestlers.

Competition for freestyle is on Thursday and Friday, February 21-22.  I am not aware of a livestream for this event. I will do my best to post results.

Granma y Cerro Pelado

Havana, Cuba

February 21-22

Cory Clark – 61 kg

Brandon Sorensen – 70 kg

Sammy Brooks – 86 kg


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Louive wins Bronze in Sweden

Lauren Louive of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club captured a Bronze at 59 kg at the Klippan Lady Open in Klippan, Sweden. After a first round loss, Louive won the bronze medal match when she pinned Morena De Vita of Italy. This is the second year in a row that Louive has captured a bronze at this tournament.

Louive will compete next in the Grand Prix of Germany in Dormagen, Germany on February 23-24.


59 kg- Lauren Louive, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Hawkeye WC), bronze medal

LOSS Svetlana Lipatova (Russia), tech. fall, 10-0

WIN Morena De Vita (Italy), pin 2:00


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action Feb 13-16: Results

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits Abe Assad and Cobe Siebrecht won state titles this weekend.  Assad pinned all four of his opponents to win the Illinois 3A title at 182 lbs. Siebrecht recorded a tech fall, fall, and decision before winning in the state finals with a 9-1 major decision to win the 1A 138 lbs. title.

Cullan Schriever had to withdraw from the state tournament due to injury in the semifinals and placed sixth at 120 lbs. Colby Schriever placed second at 138 lbs.

Zach Glazier, Patrick Kennedy, and Ryan Sokol all competed in state duals competition.  Glazier recorded two falls, Kennedy had two tech falls and a fall, and Sokol had two falls and a tech fall.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Illinois High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16

  • Champ. Round 1 – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 45-1 won by fall over Dan Benoit (Chicago (Mt. Carmel)) 29-11 (Fall 3:38)
  • Quarterfinal – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 45-1 won by fall over Thomas Culp (Quincy (Sr.)) 44-5 (Fall 3:39)
  • Semifinal – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 45-1 won by fall over Nick Stemmet (Yorkville (h.s.)) 41-5 (Fall 1:31)
  • 1st Place Match – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 45-1 won by fall over Jon Halvorsen (Park Ridge (Maine South)) 37-2 (Fall 1:54)

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS) 182 lbs.

3A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

195 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) over Josh Heyda (Faribault) TF 22-7

​​​​195 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) over Jack Holman (Northfield) Fall 2:46

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 50-0 won by tech fall over Zach Hammes (Pekin) 38-8 (TF-1.5 3:26 (19-3))
  • Quarterfinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 50-0 won by fall over Easton Benson (AC/GC) 30-14 (Fall 2:23)
  • Semifinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 50-0 won by decision over Cael Frost (Don Bosco) 40-9 (Dec 6-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 50-0 won by major decision over Nick Hamilton (Underwood) 50-3 (MD 9-1)

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

2A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

182 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) over Dylan Schultz (La Crescent) Fall 0:09

182 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) over Thomas Frank (Lake City) TF 16-0

182 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) over Esiquio Diaz (Simley) TF 19-4

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 20-4 won by fall over kael Scranton (Clear Creek-Amana) 36-11 (Fall 3:27)
  • Quarterfinal – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 20-4 won by decision over Nick Walters (Sioux City, North) 42-9 (Dec 6-2)
  • Semifinal – Carson Taylor (Fort Dodge) 38-5 won by injury default over Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 20-4 (Inj. 1:25)
  • Cons. Semi – Keaton Moret (Norwalk) 29-9 won by medical forfeit over Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 20-4 (M. For.)
  • 5th Place Match – Thomas Edwards (Johnston) 40-6 won by medical forfeit over Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 20-4 (M. For.)
  • Champ. Round 1 – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 33-8 won by decision over Tanner Higgins (Lewis Central) 37-12 (Dec 13-7)
  • Quarterfinal – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 33-8 won by decision over Drevon Ross (Fort Dodge) 29-8 (Dec 8-4)
  • Semifinal – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 33-8 won by decision over Ian Heise (Waverly-Shell Rock) 33-10 (Dec 7-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Eli Loyd (Pleasant Valley) 49-3 won by fall over Colby Schriever (Mason City) 33-8 (Fall 3:05)

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

Season completed.

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

2A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

132 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Ty Smidt (Stewartville) Fall 0:32

132 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Cael Marx (Plainview-Elgin-Millville) Fall 3:35

132 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Matthew Harfmann (Kasson-Mantorville) TF 23-8

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!


7 Hawks named to Dean’s List

Seven members of the Iowa Wrestling program were named to the University of Iowa Fall 2018 Dean’s List.  A student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA as a full time student.

Michael Kemerer – Finance BBA

Aaron Meyer – Health and Human Physiology BA

Daniel Murphy – Religious Studies BA

Vincent Turk – Communications Studies BA

Connor Corbin – Biology (Genetics and Biotechnology) BS

Jeremiah Moody – Sport and Recreation Management (Coaching and Sport Instruction) BS

Justin Stickley – Business Direct Admission BBA

Congratulations to these student athletes.

Iowa Wrestling wins on the mat and in the classroom.


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: Feb 13-16

It is a huge weekend of competition for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits in the tournament season.  Abe Assad will be competing in the Illinois State Tournament on Thursday-Saturday. Cobe Siebrecht, Cullan Schriever, and Colby Schriever will be competing in the Iowa High School State Tournament on Thursday-Saturday.  Siebrecht will also be competing in 1A State Duals on Wednesday.

Zach Glazier, Patrick Kennedy, and Ryan Sokol will be competing in Team Duals competition on Thursday and Saturday.

This is the best time of the year for high school wrestling.

As always, good luck to all of our recruits.

I will keep you up to date.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Illinois High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16


Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS) 182 lbs.

3A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Iowa High School State Duals Feb 13

Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

2A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

Season completed.

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

2A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

1st period takedowns and pressure

Iowa Wrestling has been making steady progress throughout the season.  The goal of course is to peak at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh on Mar 21,22, and 23.  Iowa peaked at nationals last year and they are showing all the signs of peaking at the right time again this year.

One part of the Iowa Wrestling arsenal that has been lacking is first period takedowns.  It is not just the takedown points, but the pace that is so very important in the Iowa Wrestling style.  The pace has not been where it needs to be in the first period. With that in mind, I decided to take notes during the Maryland dual meet to see when the first takedown occurred for an Iowa wrestler.  The times I recorded are not official, but they should be pretty close to prove a point. In the nine matches that a takedown was scored, Iowa had the opening takedown.

The Hawks came out attacking with solid leg attacks and Heavy Hands.  Before any doubters talk about the level of competition, I will refer to what Mark Ironside said on the post meet show on the radio.  To paraphrase what Mark said:

It really doesn’t matter who the competition is, you want to come out fast, attacking, and scoring.  If the competition goes up the next time you compete, you just have to work a little harder but the game plan is the same.

Iowa came out and was in deep on shots quick into the match like I haven’t seen them do yet this season.  There was a sense of urgency is their style. That pace is much more demanding on their opponents who more than likely do not want to go at that high of a pace.

Royce Alger has told me numerous time that he was not as concerned with scoring a takedown in the first period as much as he was about setting the tempo and pace of a match.  If a move did not work in the first period, it would later in the match when he had worn his opponent down.

The best example of the opening pace taking a toll on the opponents would be Cash Wilcke at 184.  Wilcke did not score a takedown until the second period, but he pushed the pace and was in deep on leg attacks at least three times in the first period.  Wilcke was then able to score takedowns almost at will on his exhausted opponent to win the match 23-9.

Alex Marinelli at 165 is always pushing the pace.  The combination of pace and strength will take a toll on his opponents. I am hoping that we see more of his teammates wrestling at that opening pace like we saw Friday night.  

The quickest opening takedown was Patricio Lugo at 149, but just by a hair over Kaleb Young at 157.  I know that they were both under :10. That is a good start to a match. With the dual meet starting at 149, that is also a great way to start a dual meet for a team.

Time of the first takedown vs Maryland:

149 – Patricio Lugo :08

157 – Kaleb Young :09

165 – Alex Marinelli 1:30

174 – Mitch Bowman :24

184 – Cash Wilcke 3:29

197 – Jacob Warner :27

Hwt – Sam Stoll: No takedown

125 – Spencer Lee :23

133 – Paul Glynn 1:16

141 – Max Murin 1:04

Iowa will face tougher competition this weekend.  It will be interesting to see if the sense of urgency that we saw against Maryland will be there for Indiana and Wisconsin.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!