Domination: An Inside Look at Iowa Wrestling

Iowa recruits competing at Fargo

The biggest wrestling tournament in the world will be taking place in Fargo, North Dakota once again.  The Fargodome will be the setting for the 2019 U.S. Marine Corps/USAW Junior National Championships. It is a part of summer to look forward to Cadet and Junior Nationals. Fargo is a proving ground for recruits to bring their name to the wrestling world as our next collegiate and International wrestling stars.

Committed Iowa Wrestling recruits will be competing in the Junior Freestyle division.  Abe Assad of Illinois (182), Patrick Kennedy of Minnesota (170), Zach Glazier of Minnesota (182) and Gabe Christenson of Iowa (220).  Christenson will also be competing in Greco-Roman. Assad and Glazier are in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 and Kennedy and Christenson are in the Class of 2020.

Iowa Assistant Wrestling Coach Ryan Morningstar is the head coach for Cadet and Junior Freestyle for Team Iowa.

All of the action from Fargo will be live streamed on FloWrestling.

I will keep you posted on results.

 

Junior Freestyle

Abe Assad  Illinois 182 lbs.

Patrick Kennedy  Minnesota 170 lbs.

Zach Glazier  Minnesota 182 lbs.

Gabe Christenson  Iowa 220 lbs. (Also competing in Greco-Roman) 

 

Junior Freestyle schedule:

Sunday, July 12

Session I – Prelims and Consolations  9AM – 1 PM

Session II – Prelims and Consolations  4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Monday, July 13

Session III – Quarterfinals and Consolations  9AM – 12:30 PM

Session IV – Semifinals, Consolations, and Consolation Semifinals  5 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Tuesday, July 14

Session V – Consolation Semifinals (If needed)  9AM – 10 AM

Session VI – Finals, Medal Matches and Awards  1 PM – 4 PM  

*****All times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Molinari wins Yasar Dogu title

Forrest Molinari of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club won the 65 kg title at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey.  This tournament was in the Belt Series to determine seeds at the World Championships and had some very good competition. Molinari looked tough in winning her title.

After a first round fall in :45, Molinari won a 7-3 decision in the semifinals.  In the finals, Molinari was up 1-0 on a shot clock violation at the break. In the second period Molinari scored on a takedown and gut while giving up two for exposure.  That would end the scoring as she won the title with a 5-2 decision. With this performance, Molinari will be the #2 seed at the World Championships.

Hawkeye Wrestling Club Head Coach Mark Perry was on the trip to corner Molinari.  

This will be the final competition for Molinari before the World Championships.  Molinari will join her HWC teammates on the Senior World Team Alli Ragan and Kayla Miracle at the Senior World Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO from August 18-28.  They will then have Acclimation Camp in Italy on September 5-13 and the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on August 14-22.

 

WIN Rimma Ryssaeva (Kazakhstan), Fall 0:45

WIN Alina Temirtassova (Kazakhstan), 7-3

Finals WIN Natalya Fedoseeva (Russia) 5-2

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in new Flo rankings

FloWrestling released an updated list of how current high school recruits would rank at college weight classes.  Incoming Iowa recruits Patrick Kennedy (174) and Ryan Sokol (149) are ranked #1 in the country at their weight classes.  Jesse Ybarra is ranked #4 at 133 lbs. and Cullan Schriever is ranked #9 at 133 lbs.

Kennedy looks to be just what you want for a recruit and looked great this past season.  Sokol and Ybarra have really shot up the national rankings recently.  Sokol looked great in winning the Cadet World Team Trials and will now represent Team USA at 65 kg/143 lbs.at the UWW Cadet World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on July 29-August 4. 

Ybarra had a strong showing in placing third at FloNationals and second at the Cadet World Team Trials at a very tough weight.  Schriever has been out with an injury and has not been able to compete since the state tournament in February.

For the Hawks to have two wrestlers ranked #1 and one of them will be a junior this coming school year is great news. Iowa has momentum on their side for recruiting.  Nothing in the form of future commitments would really surprise me at this point.  Great wrestles want to be on the same team as other great wrestlers. Iowa Wrestling looks to be the place that top recruits want to be.

 

FloWrestling Prospect Rankings for college weights 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN  – #1 at 174 lbs.

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) – #4 at 133 lbs.

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa – #9 at 133 lbs.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) – #1 at 149 lbs.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC competition and training schedule

The upcoming schedule for Hawkeye Wrestling Club members will be full leading up to the World Championships.  Forrest Molinari (65kg) will be competing at the Yasar Dagu in Istanbul, Turkey on July 11-12. This event is in the Ranking Series and results will be used for seeds at the Senior World Championships.  There will be some great competition at this tournament from around the world. The Yasar Dogu will be live streamed by FloWrestling.

Alli Ragan (59kg), Kayla Miracle (62kg) and Michaela Beck (59kg) will be competing and training in Japan on July 17-27.  Junior World Team member Michaela Beck will then have Junior World Camp in Colorado Springs, CO on August 4-10. Beck will represent Team USA at the Junior World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18.

Kayla Miracle will represent Team USA at 62kg at the Senior Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on August 5-11.  Only Olympic weights will be contested at this tournament. 

Ragan, Molinari, Miracle, and Beck will be at the Senior World Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO from August 18-28.  They will then have Acclimation Camp in Italy on September 5-13 and the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on September 14-22.

Miracle will represent Team USA at the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 28-November 3.

I will keep you posted on dates and results.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Molinari to compete in Yasar Dogu

Forrest Molinari will represent Team USA at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey on July 11-12.  Some of the best Freestyle wrestlers in the world will be competing in the men’s and women’s division.  

This event is in the Ranking Series and results will be used for seeds at the Senior World Championships.  There will be great competition at this tournament from around the world.

HWC Head Coach Mark Perry is listed as a coach for Team USA.

The Yasar Dogu International will be broadcast live by FloWrestling.

 

Forrest Molinari – 65kg

 

Thursday, July 11

Women’s 50,55,59, and 65kg

3 AM – Round 1

8 AM – Round 2 Through Semifinals

 

Friday, July 12

Women’s 50,55,59, and 65kg

11:30 AM – Round 3 Bronze and Gold Medal matches

*****All times listed are CST.

 

I will keep you posted on results.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC Riverside Golf Outing is a success

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club Riverside Golf Outing was a success.  It was a great day for golf and it is always a great day to talk about Iowa Wrestling.  Blue Top Ridge Golf at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa is always a great environment to talk Iowa Wrestling.  

HWC President Randy Novak:

“Another fantastic turnout for the HWC Riverside Golf Outing!  Lots of familiar faces and our HWC men and women athletes were in full force today in appreciation of our supporters. The hot and humid weather didn’t seem to bother anyone.  

Coach Brands as usual started the day off with a pep talk and thanked the many alumni in attendance.

This is the first of three golf outings.  Next up is the Okoboji Golf Outing on Friday, August 2.”

These events provide a great opportunity for Iowa Wrestling fans and supporters to meet and interact with the Iowa coaching staff and HWC wrestlers.  

There has been a definite increase in support from the HWC members the last three years.  I look for that momentum to continue this year. With the lineup looking great for next season, Iowa Wrestling fans are excited.  

 

Upcoming HWC events:

Okoboji Golf Outing

Friday, August 2 at Emerald Hills Golf Club 

Arnolds Park, Iowa

 

Des Moines Golf Outing

Thursday, September 26 at Echo Valley Country Club

Norwalk, Iowa 

 

2019 Trap Shoot

Saturday, October 5 at Highland Hideaway

Riverside, Iowa

 

For more information and to make reservations:

https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/events/

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Morningstar named to Cedar County HOF

Ryan Morningstar has been selected to be inducted into the Cedar County Sports Hall of Fame.  Morningstar grew up on a farm in Cedar County outside of Lisbon, Iowa. At Lisbon he was a three-time State champion (2002-2005) and a four-time place winner with a 164-4 career record with 106 pins.  In freestyle he was a two-time Junior Freestyle Nationals All-American. He placed 5th at 152 lbs. in 2004 and captured a Junior National title at 152 lbs. in 2005.  Morningstar earned All-American honors from USA Wrestling, Asics, and Amateur Wrestling News. 

As a member of the University of Iowa Wrestling program, Morningstar was a four year starter and a two-time All-American at 165 lbs. in 2009 and 2010. He was a member of three NCAA national championship teams (2008-2010).  Morningstar has been an assistant coach for Iowa Wrestling since 2011.

Morningstar and three other members of the Class of 2019 will be inducted at 6 pm at the main stage of the Cedar County Fair in Tipton, Iowa on Thursday, July 11.

Forty-one athletes and four teams have been inducted into the Cedar County Sports Hall of Fame since the first class in 1999.  Morningstar marks the third straight year that Lisbon has had a wrestler inducted with Royce Alger in 2017 and Shane Light in 2018.  The Lisbon Community School District covers Linn, Jones, Johnson and Cedar County.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Miracle to compete at Pan Ams

Kayla Miracle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be representing Team USA at 62 kg at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.  The Women’s wrestling will be on Friday, August 9 starting at 10 AM. USA will have teams competing in men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. 

Only Olympic weights will be contested so this event is called the Pan American Games instead of Championships.  This event is held once every four years.  The teams were made up of 2019 World Team members at the Olympic weights.  

Miracle will represent Team USA at the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 14-22 and at the U23 World Freestyle Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 28-November 3. 

Former Iowa national champions Terry Steiner and Troy Steiner will be coaches for Team USA at the Pan American Games.  Terry is the U.S. Women’s Head Freestyle Coach and Troy is the head wrestling coach at Fresno State. 

 

Friday, Aug. 9

10 a.m. – Preliminary rounds and semifinals (WFS 62, 68, 76)

4:30 p.m. – Finals (WFS 62, 68, 76, MFS 57, 65)

 

Women’s freestyle

50 kg: Whitney Conder (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP)

53 kg: Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC)

57 kg: Jenna Burkert (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP)

62 kg: Kayla Miracle (Iowa City, Iowa/Sunkist Kids/Hawkeye WC)

68 kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC)

76 kg: Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo./New York AC)

U.S. Women’s Freestyle National Head Coach – Terry Steiner, Colorado Springs, Colo.

U.S. Women’s Freestyle National Assistant Coach – Clarissa Chun, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Coach – Troy Steiner, Fresno, Calif.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Big weekend for Hoselton

With over 600 wrestlers from 30 states, National Duals in Tulsa, OK had a lot of great wrestling last week. One of the better performances from National Duals was Brandon Hoselton of Illinois.  Hoselton was 6-0 in freestyle and 4-0 in Greco-Roman. Other than one match at 220 lbs. in freestyle, Hoselton competed at 195 lbs. in both divisions.  

In his ten combined wins, Hoselton had five falls, four tech falls, and a decision.  In the finals of freestyle, Hoselton defeated Cade Dickerson of Oklahoma, 8-3. In the finals of Greco-Roman, he defeated Grant Parrish of Minnesota by a 12-0 tech fall.  Team Illinois placed second in freestyle and first in Greco-Roman. Hoselton was one of twelve wrestlers named to both the Junior Greco-Roman and Freestyle National Duals All-Tournament Teams by USA Wrestling.

Hoselton is in the recruiting class of 2021 and will be a junior this fall at Prairie Central High School in Genoa, IL . He has won a state title at 195 lbs. as a freshman and sophomore and has continued to climb in the national rankings this year.  I am sure he will be in a position to move up in the rankings after his performance at National Duals.

 

Freestyle

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Aurelius Krumholz (Michigan) TF 10-0

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Michael Misita (New Jersey) Fall 2:20

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Matthew Abraham (Ohio Blue) Fall 1:43

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Jonovan Smith (California Blue) TF 12-1

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Cody Fisher (Iowa) Fall 0:58

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Cabe Dickerson (Oklahoma Red) Dec 8-3

 

Greco-Roman

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Austin Walley (Pennsylvania) TF 12-2

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Colt Post (Missouri) Fall 0:17

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Jonovan Smith (California Blue) Fall 1:30

Brandon Hoselton (Illinois) over Grant Parrish (Minnesota Blue) TF 12-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Assad named to GR All-Tournament Team

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Abe Assad has been named to the Junior Greco-Roman National Duals All-Tournament Team by USA Wrestling.  Assad, from Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS), was 6-0 with four falls and two tech falls at 182 lbs. at Junior Greco-Roman Duals in Tulsa, OK last weekend.  Assad competed for Team Illinois that won the team title in GR.

Assad is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019.

The next competition for incoming Iowa recruits will be Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND on July 13-16.

Greco-Roman results:

  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Onid Jarel Olavarria Montilla (Pennsylvania) Fall
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Isaiah Huus (North Dakota Blue) TF 11-1
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Jackson White (Missouri) TF 10-0
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Josh Walker (Washington) Fall 1:46
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Denzel Mabry (California Blue) Fall 1:18
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Cade King (Minnesota Blue) Fall 1:02

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!