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Cassioppi rolls to Jr Pan Am GR title

Incoming Iowa freshman Anthony Cassioppi rolled to a Gold medal at the 2018 Junior Pan American Wrestling Championships in Fortaleza, Brazil.  After winning his first three matches by tech fall, Cassioppi pinned Bojorquez of Mexico in 1:23 to win the Greco-Roman title at 130 kg.  Last year Cassioppi won a Gold in both the Greco-Roman and Freestyle Pan Ams.

Cassioppi, from Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL), will be a true freshman when classes begin next week.

Cassioppi and Iowa teammate Jeremiah Moody (74 kg) will compete in the Freestyle portion of the Junior Pan Ams beginning at 8 AM CST Sunday.

Sunday, August 19: Men’s Freestyle

Qualification Rounds and repechage:  8AM CST

Finals: 4 PM CST

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GR 130 kg

  • Round 1 – Anthony Lawrence Cassioppi (UNITED STATES) won by tech fall over Samir Mauricio Vargas Valor (COLOMBIA) (TF 8-0)
  • Round 2 – Anthony Lawrence Cassioppi (UNITED STATES) won by tech fall over Andrew Jeffrey Gunning Alegre (PERU) (TF 9-0)
  • Round 3 – Anthony Lawrence Cassioppi (UNITED STATES) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Championship Bracket – Anthony Lawrence Cassioppi (UNITED STATES) won by tech fall over Diego Jesus Almendras Rodriquez (CHILE) (TF 9-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Anthony Lawrence Cassioppi (UNITED STATES) won by fall over Paul Baltazar Morales Bojorquez (MEXICO) (Fall 1:23)


Shuck named head assistant coach at Army West Point

Former Iowa Wrestler Ned Shuck has been named as head assistant wrestling coach at Army West Point.  Shuck graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 2005. As a member of the Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling program, Shuck was a four-year letter winner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.  In 2005, Shuck was awarded the J. Donald McPike Award for the highest GPA of any graduating Iowa Wrestling senior.

Shuck has had a successful coaching career.  The last four years, Shuck has been the head coach at UW-Whitewater where they placed in the top 25 every year at the D-III Championships and won two WIAC titles. Shuck was named the 2015 WIAC Coach of the Year.  Prior to UW-Whitewater, Shuck was the head coach of D-III Heidelberg in Ohio. While at Heidelberg, they won back to back Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) titles in 2013 and 2014 and Shuck was named the 2014 OAC Coach of the Year.  Shuck was also an assistant coach at Augsburg (2009-2011) and head coach of the Minnesota Storm Cadet Freestyle team (2009-2011).

Shuck is originally from Mapleton, Minnesota.

Iowa Wrestling is well represented in the Armed Forces wrestling programs.  In addition to Shuck being the head assistant coach at Army in West Point, 1995 Iowa Hawkeye graduate Joel Sharratt has been the head coach of Navy since 2014. Before his position at Navy, Sharratt was the head coach at Air Force for eight seasons.

As an Iowa Wrestling fan, there is a great sense of pride to have former Iowa Wrestlers coaching our soldiers and future leaders in the United States Military.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

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Moody and Cassioppi to compete in Junior Pan Ams in Brazil

Jeremiah Moody and Anthony Cassioppi of the University of Iowa will be competing at the Junior Pan American Championships in Fortaleza, Brazil, August 17-19.  Moody will be competing at 74 kg/163 lbs. in Freestyle. Cassioppi will be competing at 130 kg/286lbs. in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Moody, who will be a redshirt junior this fall from Cambridge, Wisconsin, was very impressive in winning the UWW Junior National title in Las Vegas in April.  Moody went on to place second at the UWW Junior World Team Trials. Moody was 13-4 last season competing at 165.

Cassioppi, from Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL), will be a true freshman when classes begin next week. Cassioppi wrapped up a very impressive high school career this summer by winning his second straight Triple Crown by winning national titles in Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman.  At the 2017 Junior Pan Ams in Lima, Peru, Cassioppi dominated in winning the Gold medal in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.  

Felicity Taylor (Spillville, Iowa/Immortal Athletics WC) will be competing at 50 kg in the Women’s Freestyle.

The Greco-Roman competition will take place on Friday, August 17.  Women’s Freestyle is on Saturday and Men’s Freestyle competition will be on Sunday, August 19.

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Junior Pan American Championships Schedule:

Friday, August 17: Greco-Roman

Qualification Rounds and repechage:  8 AM CST

Finals: 4 PM CST


Saturday, August 18: Women’s Freestyle

Qualification Rounds and repechage:  8AM CST

Finals: 4 PM CST


Sunday, August 19: Men’s Freestyle

Qualification Rounds and repechage:  8AM CST

Finals: 4 PM CST


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!


Carton named as Assistant Coach at the University of Mary

Former Iowa Hawkeye wrestler Topher Carton has been named as an Assistant Wrestling Coach at the University of Mary. Carton began his new position on August 1 at the University of Mary, a D-II college in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Carton was an NCAA National Qualifier for the University of Iowa in 2017 at 141 lbs. and was a four year varsity letter winner. Carton graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management, Interdepartmental Studies – Business and Workplace Practices, and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management.

Carton, originally from Rock Island, IL, won an Iowa High School State title at Davenport Assumption.  During the 2018 season, Carton was an Assistant Wrestling Coach for Oak Park River Forest in Illinois.

While at the University of Mary, Carton will be pursuing his masters degree in Physical Education and Athletic Administration.

It is always great to see the Iowa Wrestling Coaching Tree grow.  I am confident Topher Carton will be successful at whatever he pursues.

Best of luck to Topher Carton.  An Iowa Hawkeye.

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Hollan named Iowa Wrestling Strength Coach

Quinn Hollan has been named as the new Iowa Wrestling Strength Coach. Hollan, originally from Mid-Prairie High School (Wellman, Iowa), has been a strength coach in football, track, and softball in his career.  Most recently Hollan has been on staff for Chris Doyle at the University of Iowa Football program as a Performance Analyst.  Hollan also served as a Strength coach for Western Kentucky Football.

Hollan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science form Northern Iowa in 2014 and a Master’s of Science in Sports Pedagogy from Mississippi State in 2016.  He graduated from Mid Prairie in 2010.

Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands:

“We are particular in the type of person we are looking for. Quinn Hollan is an Iowa native  We are looking for  a very specific person to do that job. It’s not just anybody that can do the job. We are very particular in who we are looking for.  We are excited to have him.”

Hollan begins his role as the Iowa Wrestling Strength Coach on Monday, August 13.

Hollan will replace Travis Rutt who left the program in April to pursue a coaching position in Minnesota.

Elite recruit Assad commits to Iowa

Elite recruit Abe Assad of Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS) announced on Twitter that he has committed to be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Assad is ranked #1 in the country at 182 lbs. I project Assad to be an absolute force at 184 for the Iowa Hawkeyes and at 86 kg/189 lbs. for Team USA in International wrestling.

Assad recently won Bronze at the World Cadet Freestyle Championships in Zagreb, Croatia at 80 kg/176 lbs. He won the UWW Junior World Team Trials in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.  Assad won a state title at 170 lbs. for Glenbard North last season. Assad also competes for Izzy Style Wrestling and that adds even more to his status as an elite recruit.

In recent blogs and podcasts, I called Assad the number one recruit on my wish list for the Recruiting Class of 2019.  Well Iowa Wrestling fans, we could not have asked for anything better for an incoming recruit than Abe Assad. This is a definite blue chip recruit that has a great future ahead of him in college and International wrestling. Abe Assad is who we wanted.

Assad joins Zach Glazier of Albert Lea, MN in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019.  Glazier could develop and compete anywhere from 174-197 for the Hawks.

Iowa has had great success recruiting in the state of Illinois recently.  The Hawks have signed an elite recruit from Illinois in three straight recruiting classes.  The Hawks signed Jacob Warner from Washington, IL for the Class of 2017 and Anthony Cassioppi (Hononegah HS) for the incoming Recruiting Class of 2018.  Iowa also signed an elite transfer in Jason Renteria from Oak Park-River Forest recently who has three years of eligibility remaining.

Iowa Wrestling is on a roll to say the least.  The momentum that the program has going right now is amazing.  The Hawks are winning the battles for the elite recruits on the recruiting trail and it is paying off.  

A tip of the hat to Iowa Assistant Wrestling Coach Ryan Morningstar who in charge of recruiting.  Great job once again.

August 6 and we as Iowa Wrestling fans have a lot to be excited about.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

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USA Women’s World Training Camp to be hosted by Fresno State

Team USA Women’s Wrestling World Team Camp will be hosted by Fresno State on August 5-17.  Alli Ragan, who trains out of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club at the University of Iowa, qualified for her sixth straight World team in the Final X series.  Ragan is a two-time defending World Silver medalist and will represent Team USA at 59 kg at the 2018 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 22-23.

Joining Team USA at the training camp will be the World Team from France, Norway, Netherlands, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Azerbaijan.  The camp will take place at the Fresno State Recreation Center.

There is a strong Iowa Wrestling connection with this training camp.  Fresno State Wrestling, the host of the training camp, is coached by former Iowa NCAA National champion Troy Steiner.  His twin brother Terry Steiner, also an NCAA National champion for Iowa, is the head coach of Team USA Women’s Wrestling.

Head Coach Troy Steiner has done a great  job in helping revitalize the Fresno State program that just completed their first year of competition after the program had been dropped for years.  Terry Steiner is also doing a great job as the head coach of the USA Women’s program. The USA Women’s team placed second at the 2017 World Championships. It is always great to see former Iowa Wrestlers making a difference in the wrestling world.

The USA Greco-Roman World team began their training camp at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas today.  The Men’s USA Freestyle World Team will have their Training Camp at Camp Pendleton in California beginning on August 18. I will keep you up to date with the Freestyle Training Camp as more information becomes available.

HWC Okoboji Golf Outing a success

The annual Okoboji Golf Outing for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club was a success Friday.  Mother Nature cooperated and it was a great atmosphere for Iowa Wrestling. The event will took place at the Emerald Hills Golf Club in Arnolds Park, Iowa.

There was a lot of excitement by Iowa Wrestling fans about Thomas Gilman in the upcoming World Championships, the new recruits coming into the program, and the upcoming season.  Iowa Wrestling fans are more than ready for the season to start, and it is early August.

A special thank you to all of the friends of Iowa Wrestling that put the time in to make the Okoboji Golf Outing another successful event for the HWC.

The final golf outing of the season will be the Des Moines Golf Outing on Thursday, September 27. Registration is now open at:

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Elite recruit Howard to compete in Youth Olympics

Elite recruit Robert Howard of Cranford, New Jersey will represent Team USA at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.  Howard, who competes for national powerhouse Bergen Catholic, was ranked number one at 120 lbs. this past season and is already ranked number one at 126 lbs. for the upcoming season. Howard will compete at 55 kg/121 lbs. in the Youth Olympics.   

Howard has represented Team USA at the Cadet World Freestyle Championships the last two years and placed ninth this year.  He won a New Jersey state title this season at 120 and placed second at 113 as a freshman.  Howard is ranked #4 overall for the Recruiting Class of 2020 and #5 P4P overall for all grades by FloWrestling.

I had Howard on my Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Wish List for the Recruiting Class of 2020.  I have no doubt that Howard will be recruited by all of the top colleges in Division I. Howard’s relentless and aggressive style is what Iowa Wrestlings fans love to watch and support.

Competition will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday – Sunday, October 12-14.   

Dan Gable Museum to undergo $1.4 million renovation

I received the following email this morning from the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.

Dan Gable Museum prepares for $1.4 million renovation

WATERLOO, Iowa – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is going to undergo a $1.4 million renovation and will be better than ever, but it is going to require closing the facility for four months.

The museum will close on Monday, August 6, to begin preparations for the renovation, which is scheduled to begin on September 1 and be completed by Dec. 15.

The project will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art museum with interactive displays. It will also expand the wrestling room, teaching center and theater, providing more opportunities for youth wrestlers to practice and receive instruction.

Located in a refurbished section of downtown Waterloo, the museum is named for wrestling legend and Waterloo native Dan Gable. Gable was a two-time NCAA champion and three-time finalist for Iowa State and an Olympic gold medalist. He coached the University of Iowa to 15 NCAA team championships, and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1980.

“We want the museum to be a symbol of excellence and a source of pride for the community,” said Gable. “These improvements will make the museum more modern and appealing and a place you want to go, but more importantly, they will give us the ability to impact more young lives and make a big difference in their future.”

The museum’s wrestling room will remain open through August. Please contact the Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or with questions.