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Molinari to compete in World Cup

Forrest Molinari of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing in the World Cup. The 18th Annual Women’s Wrestling World Cup will be held in the Nakadai Sports & Recreation Park Gymnasium in Nanta, Japan on November 16-17. 

Molinari, a two-time World Team member, will compete at 65kg. Other Team USA members include five-time World champion Adeline Gray, current World champions Jacarre Winchester and Tamyra Mensah-Stock, and World Silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt. Team USA will be in Group A with Russia and Mongolia.

Former Iowa NCAA national champion Terry Steiner will be the head coach for Team USA. 

TrackWrestling will have all have full live coverage of the matches.

 

The groups for the 2019 Women’s Wrestling World Cup:

Group A – No. 1 JPN, No. 4 CHN, No. 5 UKR

Group B – No. 2 RUS, No. 3 USA, No. 7 MGL

 

Saturday (November 16)

10:30 – Mat A: JPN vs. UKR / Mat B: RUS vs. MGL

12: 00 – Mat A: RUS vs. USA / Mat B: CHN vs. UKR

16:30 – Opening Ceremony

17:00 – Mat A: JPN vs. CHN / Mat B: USA vs. MGL

 

Sunday (November 17)

8:00 – Medical Examination & Weigh-in

10:30 – Finals 5/6

13:00 – Finals 3/4

14:30 – Finals 1/2

16:00 – Award Ceremonies

***Japan local times listed.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Rathjen is a Hawk

Caleb Rathjen of Ankeny, Iowa has announced on Twitter that he will be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Rathjen placed second at 113 lbs. in 2018 and won a 3A state title at 126 lbs. last season. He will be a junior this season at Ankeny and has a 61-3 career record.

Rathjen chose the Hawks over several schools including Iowa State and North Carolina.  He will join Wyatt Henson and Cam Lucero in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021. Set to compete at 138 this season, Rathjen is projected to compete at 149/157 in college. 

I was able to see Rathjen at the Iowa Wrestling Camp last April and he is just what you would expect from an Iowa product.  He is aggressive, hard working, and always hustling on every go. His style and background will be a great fit in the Iowa Wrestling room.

To say that Iowa Wrestling is on a roll for recruiting is an understatement.  After the big recruiting weekend over Homecoming on October 19, Iowa has now received a verbal commitment from five target recruits.  In addition to that, the Hawks also recieved news today that Jaydin Eierman, a three-time NCAA All American from Missouri, will transfer into the program for his last year of eligibility for the 2021 season.

Iowa Wrestling is so hot right now out On The Recruiting Trail they are on fire.

I am hoping for more commitments for the Recruiting Class of 2021 before the high school season begins. 

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2020 will be on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2021 will be on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs. 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. 

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs.

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

Bretli Reyna – Homestead, Florida (South Dade HS)  145 lbs.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – St. Louis, Missouri  132 lbs.

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  145 lbs.

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Eierman will transfer to Iowa

WOW!!!!  Jaydin Eierman announced on Instagram that he will transfer to the University of Iowa.  That is huge news for Iowa Wrestling fans. And I mean HUGE news. Eierman entered the Transfer Portal just yesterday and made his announcement today.

Eierman is already a three-time All American at the University of Missouri and is taking an Olympic redshirt this year. He will use his last year of eligibility for the 2020-2021 wrestling season. This will make the 2021 edition of Iowa Wrestling even better.  Eierman placed third at 141 lbs. last season.

Also a force on the International scene, Eierman will be in the hunt to make the 2020 Olympic Team at 65kg. I would think that the strong presence of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club was an influence in Eierman’s decision.  

Iowa Wrestling as been been bringing in great talent by way of transfer with Pat Lugo, Austin DeSanto, Gavin Teasdale, and now Eierman. 

 

Jaydin Eierman

NCAA finish at 141 lbs.

2019 – 3rd

2018 – 4th

2017 – 5th

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

174 lbs. Preview: Kemerer

Iowa Wrestling fans are excited about the return of Michael Kemerer in the lineup.  We should be excited. Kemerer exploded onto the scene as a redshirt freshman out of Murrysville, PA (Franklin Regional HS) in 2017 to place third.  In 2018 Kemerer placed fourth in the country. Competing at 157 both years, Kemerer has a two year overall record of 60-6.  

Last year Kemerer suffered an injury early in the fall in practice and missed the entire season with knee surgery.  With the time off from competition, Kemerer is now up at 174 lbs. and looking great. Iowa fans I assure you that Michael Kemerer is more than big enough for 174.  He is cut up and ready to go. A year away from competition just may have made Kemerer a little more ornery and mean with an added hunger and desire.

I would think that Kemerer will not be in the lineup full time early in the season.  Just a guess that they will work him into the lineup. Look for Nelson Brands, a very tough redshirt freshman, to step in. 

My biggest question about Kemerer is his quickness at the new weight.  At 157, Michael Kemerer was as quick and any wrestler I have ever seen in the Iowa Wrestling room at getting in on a shot.  That goes for the lightweights of the past as well. Kemerer is really quick. Should Kemerer retain that quickness with the added weight, look out.  He will be an absolute terror on the mat. We will know soon enough.

Kemerer has been ranked anywhere from second to sixth in the preseason rankings that are out.  It was big news that defending 174 lbs. champion Zahid Valentia has moved up to 184. Mark Hall is the top rated wrestler at 174 as a three-time NCAA finalist and a former NCAA champion.  Kemerer and Hall will clash in Carver Hawkeye Arena on January 31 in the dual meet. I think it is a safe bet that we will see Hall-Kemerer in the Big Tens finals and the NCAA finals.

Look for Kemerer to continue to improve throughout the season as he gets back into the groove of being in the lineup after a year off and up two weights.  174 is a great weight for him and I expect Kemerer to get stronger and stronger as the season goes. A peaked Michael Kemerer is going to be very, very tough at the NCAA Championships in March.

It will be great to see Michael Kemerer back in the lineup again and scoring on his shots right off the whistle to get the crowd going in Carver Hawkeye Arena. His points at the NCAA’s will be welcomed as well. 

The only time I like the song “Who let the dogs out?” is when we see Michael Kemerer running out of the tunnel and onto the mat in Carver.  I cannot wait.   

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Preseason matches for Iowa Wrestling

Iowa Wrestling will have preseason matches on Thursday and Friday.  All matches are open to the public at no charge in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex in Carver Hawkeye Arena.  

Iowa opens the season at home against Tennessee-Chattanooga on Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM.  Season tickets are now on sale for the greatest home dual meet schedule in Iowa Wrestling history.

 

Thursday, November 7 at 3:30 PM

  1. Aaron Cashman vs. Spencer Lee
  2. Paul Glynn vs. Gavin Teasdale
  3. Carter Happel vs. Justin Stickley
  4. Zach Axmear vs. Pat Lugo
  5. Cobe Siebrecht vs. Vince Turk
  6. Michael Kemerer vs. Jeremiah Moody
  7. Sam Cook vs. Connor Corbin
  8. Zach Glazier vs. Jacob Warner
  9. Tony Cassioppi vs. Aaron Costello

 

Friday, November 8 at 3:30 PM

  1. Austin DeSanto vs. Aaron Meyer
  2. Winner #4 vs. Winner #5
  3. Zach Axmear vs. Kaleb Young
  4. Joe Kelly vs. Alex Marinelli
  5. Nelson Brands vs. Jeremiah Moody
  6. Abe Assad vs. Cash Wilcke
  7. Jacob Warner vs. Winner #7

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Bo Bassett – The next Spencer Lee?

Last April I went to the Iowa Wrestling room to watch a workout at the camp they were having.  It was the third year that Iowa Assistant Wrestling Coach Ryan Morningstar has had a camp with young wrestlers from across the country.

It was great to see a solid representation of wrestlers from some of the top clubs and high schools in the country.  Former Hawkeye All-American John Heffernon brought in a van full of wrestlers from St. Ed’s in Cleveland, OH to this camp in 2018.  Among those wrestlers was Paddy Gallagher. A lot of my evaluation and eventually putting Gallagher #1 on my Recruiting Wish List was from what I saw out of him in several workouts after his freshman season at this camp.

There were quite a few wrestlers wearing Izzy on t-shirts from Chicago last April.  Two-time Hawkeye All-American Jody Strittmatter brought out a group of wrestlers from his famous Young Guns Wrestling Club in Pittsburgh.

Considering that there will be four and possibly five former Young Guns wrestlers from the Pittsburgh area that wrestled for Strittmatter in the starting lineup for Iowa Wrestling this year, I thought it was only natural to ask about any future stars.

I had heard that there was a young wrestler from Young Guns that people were saying was special.  I asked his name and age and I remembered the name Bo and sixth grade.

I watched Bo wrestle that day and he was impressive.  I spoke briefly with Jody about Bo after practice and he said he was special and had a lot of potential.  I have been following Bo’s career since. I of course took a recommendation like this very serious, but I thought that sixth grade was young to be writing about a wrestler.  However, a recent article in a local newspaper, national recognition and even autographs have appeared for Bo, so I feel as though it is OK to write about him now.

Already this season in October, Bo, full name Bo Bassett, has won the USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals in Des Moines.  He also won the Super 32 at 80 lbs. in North Carolina that is considered the toughest folkstyle tournament in the country.

Bo is from Forest Hills, Pennsylvania and competes for Jody Strittmatter in the Young Guns Wrestling Club. He has already won 5 Pennsylvania state titles. He is also one of five finalists for the Sports Illustrated for Kids’ Sportskid of the Year and will be featured in the December issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids. And he is in seventh grade at Forest Hills Middle School.

In a recent interview with Eric Knopsnyder of The Tribune-Democrat, Jody Strittmatter said:

“I don’t want to compare him to anyone else, but he’s on pace to be as good as anyone we’ve ever coached.”

When you think of names like Lee, Kemerer, Young, Murin, Teasdale, Megaludis, Nolf, and Joseph from Young Guns, that is quite a statement.

Here is a link to a good article:

https://www.tribdem.com/sports/bo-knows-wrestling-forest-hills-seventh-grader-a-finalist-for/article_7a032ff8-fc68-11e9-9e6e-2f6413d9c3de.html

If you need more, Bo is a 4.0 student. 

A big part of why I spend so much time on recruiting is because I always want to know who is the next star coming up the ranks.  I would say that Bo Bassett in #1 on my wish list for the Recruiting Class of 2025.

With accolades like that on the mat and being from Young Guns, could he be the next Spencer Lee?  

Bo Bassett.  A name to remember.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

Lucero commits to Iowa

Cameron Lucero of Pagosa Springs, Colorado announced on Instagram that he is going to be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Lucero won a Colorado 3A state title at 145 lbs. last season as a sophomore. In winning the title, Lucero had three pins before an 8-2 decision in the finals.  Lucero joins Wyatt Henson in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021.

I am hoping for more commitments for the Recruiting Class of 2021 before the high school season begins. 

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2020 will be on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2021 will be on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

 

Colorado 3A State Tournament results:

Cameron Lucero (46-1) placed 1st and scored 28.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) 46-1 won by fall over Cael Jordan (Eaton) 18-18 (Fall 2:27)
  • Quarterfinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) 46-1 won by fall over Isaiah Baber (Lamar) 33-13 (Fall 1:23)
  • Semifinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) 46-1 won by fall over Jake Hamilton (Colorado Springs Christian) 35-11 (Fall 3:51)
  • 1st Place Match – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) 46-1 won by decision over Austyn Binkly (Berthoud) 40-3 (Dec 8-2)

   

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs. 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. 

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs.

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

Bretli Reyna – Homestead, Florida (South Dade HS)

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – St. Louis, Missouri  132 lbs.

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  145 lbs.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Miracle captures Silver at U23 World Championships

Kayla Miracle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club is bringing a World Silver medal home to Iowa City.  Miracle stormed to the finals of the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary with three straight pins at 62 kg.  Miracle was down 7-0 in the semifinals at break to Prokopevniuk of Ukraine. Miracle came storming back to get the match to 7-6 before getting the fall in 5:24.

In the finals, Miracle faced former Junior and Cadet World Champion Inagaki of Japan. Miracle was put on the shot clock in the first period and was unable to score to make it 1-0 for Inagaki.  That was all of the scoring for the first period. In the second period, Inagaki was awarded two for exposure from a scramble to take a 3-0 lead. That was all of the scoring as Inagaki won 3-0.

Miracle has now won a medal at the Cadet, Junior, and U23 World Championships.  She won a Silver at the 2012 Cadet World Championships and a Bronze at the 2014 and 2016 Junior World Championships. 

This concludes the 2019 season for International wrestling.  The push for the 2020 Olympic Team will begin soon with tournaments stateside and around the world.  We will see Miracle in competition at the U.S. Open in December if not sooner.

 

U23 World Championships – 62kg

Rd 1: Miracle by fall over Bacsfaiova (Slovakia) 1:37

Quarterfinals: Miracle by fall over Kuznetsova (Russia) 4:00

Semifinals: Miracle by fall over Prokopevniuk (Ukraine) 5:24

Finals: Inagaki (Japan) over Miracle (USA) 3-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

165 lbs. Preview: Marinelli

Alex Marinelli has been a leader in the Iowa Wrestling program since he arrived on campus in the Recruiting Class of 2016 from Miamisburg, OH (St. Paris Graham HS).  I have stated in blogs in each of the last three seasons that Marinelli sets the tone for the practice room at Iowa. I do not believe I have ever seen this guy have a bad workout.  He is always working hard and with the Iowa style grind and intensity.

In competition, Marinelli is always attacking with hand fighting and shots.  A big improvement from his freshman to sophomore season was the amount of time it took for Marinelli to finish a shot once he got into the legs.  His finishes were quick, powerful, and decisive. Improved technique, experience, and strength added to those quick finishes last season.  

In his first two years of competition as a freshman and sophomore, Marinelli is undefeated in the regular season,  That is a record for Iowa Wrestling. As a freshman, Marinelli entered the Big Tens with an undefeated record before placing sixth at the Big Tens and Nationals.  Last season he once again entered Big Tens undefeated and won his first Big Ten title in dramatic fashion when he defeated two-time defending NCAA champion Vincenzo Joseph, 9-3. At Nationals Marinelli was seeded #1 and finished seventh at 165.

Marinelli has one more step to make in his career.  He made it through the regular season undefeated the last two years and improved by winning Big Tens last season.  The final step is to have another great regular season, win Big Tens, and more importantly finish strong at Nationals for his title.

The main thing that I have noticed about Marinelli is that he is much closer to weight now than he was a year ago.  At Media Day Wednesday, Marinelli said he is 10-15 pounds lighter than he was a year ago heading into the season. I believe that will pay big dividends for Marinelli in March.  The grind of making weight throughout the season will not be there like it was last year and it should leave him with more energy to end the season strong. Just my opinion. 

With a nickname like Bull and what he has done the last two seasons, Marinelli is not going to sneak up on anyone this season.  At Media Day, head coach Tom Brands said that if he had to pick out wrestlers that stood out in the room right now it would be Lee, Marinelli, and Kemerer.  Having the Marinelli-Kemerer one-two punch in the lineup is going to be a big boost to the team, the entire program, and to those two individually.

I look for Bull to learn, adapt, and improve from the last two seasons and end the 2020 season strong and on top of the college wrestling world at 165 lbs.    

 

2019 NCAA National Tournament

Alex Marinelli (27-2) placed 7th and scored 7.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won by decision over Joseph Smith (Oklahoma State) (Dec 7-4)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won by major decision over Thomas Bullard (NC State) (MD 12-4)
  • Quarterfinal – Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) won by decision over Alex Marinelli (Iowa) (Dec 3-1)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won by decision over Logan Massa (Michigan) (Dec 5-3)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) won by decision over Alex Marinelli (Iowa) (Dec 9-6)
  • 7th Place Match – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won by decision over Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) (Dec 9-3)

 

2019 Big Ten Championships

  • Champ. Round 1 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 23-0 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 23-0 won by decision over Te`Shan Campbell (Ohio State) (Dec 6-3)
  • Semifinal – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 23-0 won by decision over Evan Wick (Wisconsin) (Dec 2-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 23-0 won by decision over Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) (Dec 9-3)

 

165 lbs. Ratings by TrackWrestling on October 15

  1. Vincenzo Joseph – Penn State, Sr
  2. Evan Wick – Wisconsin, Jr
  3. David McFadden – Virginia Tech, Sr
  4. Isaiah White – Nebraska, Sr
  5. Joshua Shields – Arizona State, Sr
  6. Alex Marinelli – Iowa, Jr
  7. Demetrius Romero – Utah Valley, Sr
  8. Andrew Fogarty – North Dakota State, Sr

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Recruiting Class of 2020 goes from very, very good to great

Iowa Wrestling has been on a roll out on the recruiting trail. I have been stating for several months now on my Iowa Wrestling Fan Podcast and this blog that the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 is a very, very, good class. It is time for an update.

The recent additions of Brentli Reyna and Leif Schroeder have pushed the Recruiting Class of 2020 from very, very good to great. For both quantity and quality, this recruiting class has to rank right up there with the best recruiting classes in the Tom Brands era of the past thirteen years.  

Iowa received a verbal commitment from so many of the elite names in this class early that I think maybe we forget how good this class really is.  The trend in recruiting has definitely went to getting a commitment from a wrestler in their junior year. Iowa received a verbal commitment from Patrick Kennedy, Cullen and Colby Schriever, and Jesse Ybarra before they began their junior season of wrestling.  Gabe Christenson committed in March and had a real good performance at Junior Nationals this summer.

Now the Hawks have added in Leif Schroeder on October 25 and Brentli Reyna on October 29.  Schroeder is on track to win four state titles in Montana and was not on my radar for Iowa recruits until he took an official visit over Homecoming weekend on October 19. 

I do not believe there is another recruit that has shot up the recruiting rankings the way that Reyna has the last several weeks.  Reyna won the Grappler Fall Classic earlier this month where he beat two highly ranked wrestlers. But is was his performance at Super 32 that really got the attention of the entire country.  Reyna won the 145 lbs. title by defeating the #10, #5, and #1 ranked wrestler in the country. He was then named Wrestler of the Week by Adidas. Brentli Reyna is a huge addition for Iowa Wrestling.

Patrick Kennedy and Jesse Ybarra were very impressive at Who’s #1.  Both won a big match and with the Iowa style of attacking and scoring against the best competition in the country.  Having two wrestlers like this both ranked #1 in the country at their weight is huge for Iowa Wrestling.

Cullan and Colby Schriever were recovering from injuries from the state tournament in February and were unable to compete in freestyle this summer. Both are back in training and I look for them to both have a big senior season.  Cullan Schriever is still an elite recruit with a ton of potential. 

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Recruiting Class of 2020 will be Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  

Iowa has already started in on the Recruiting Class of 2021 when they received a verbal commitment from Wyatt Henson.  That is a great start to a recruiting class.

Iowa Wrestling is still very hot on the Recruiting Trail and I am hoping for more commitments before the high school season begins.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs. 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. 

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs.

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

Bretli Reyna – Homestead, Florida (South Dade HS)

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – St. Louis, Missouri  132 lbs.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!