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Block commits to Iowa

Iowa Wrestling just keeps hauling in the recruits this week. Ryder Block committed to the coaching staff last night to become an Iowa Hawkeye. Block is a junior at Waverly-Shell Rock (Iowa) and was the big remaining in-state recruit that I really wanted to see in the Iowa program.

Block won a state title at 106 as a freshman and placed second to future teammate Drake Ayala at 132 last season.  MatScouts has Block ranked #13 at 132. He is projected to compete at 149/157 but with his frame and age I would not be surprised to see him compete at a higher weight class. As I mentioned yesterday I do not care about future weight classes at this time.  That will take care of itself down the road. Ryder Block is a winner that you want in your program.

Block was one of 18 recruits in town last weekend for a huge recruiting push by Iowa Wrestling and is the eighth wrestler to commit to Iowa since Saturday.  I do not remember Iowa Wrestling getting that many recruits to commit in just a week. Momentum is on the side of the Hawks and I look for the recruiting roll they are on to continue.

The “Big 3” for the Recruiting Class of 2023 in Iowa that I really wanted was a clean sweep for the Hawks. To have elite recruits like Ben Kueter, Nate Jesuroga, and Ryder Block in your home state and to sign up all three is a huge get for Iowa Wrestling.

Every one of the eight recruits Iowa got a commitment from this week (along with Ben Kueter on 9/19) is from the great state of Iowa. It is great to see my home state producing elite college wrestling recruits in numbers like that again. I missed it.

Fans should be excited about the future of Iowa Wrestling.

I will keep you up to date right here with any more Iowa Wrestling commitments.

I have been saying for years that Ryan Morningstar is the best college wrestling recruiter in the country and there is nobody better than Tom Brands at closing the deal for a commitment from a recruit.

 

Morningstar will find them.

Tommy will sign them.

Terry will train them.

 

*Rankings by Willie Saylor of MatScouts.

Class of 2022

Jace Rhodes

Mason City, Iowa

2nd, 5th and 5th at State

138 lbs.

 

Carter Martinson

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

3rd and 4th at state

138 lbs.

 

Carson Martinson

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

3rd and 5th at state

152 lbs.

 

Aiden Riggins

Waverly-Shellrock HS, Iowa

State champ, state runner-up, 3rd place

Junior Nationals runner-up

2021 Cadet FS World Team Trials runner-up

#3 at 160

 

Mickey Griffith

Des Moines Lincoln HS, Iowa

State champion, state runner-up

#18 at 182

 

Easton Fleshman

West Lyon HS, Iowa

7th at State, 3X Qualifier

Iowa State Freestyle champion

#22 at Hwt.

 

Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

State champ, 3rd place

2021 Cadet World Bronze medalist at 51kg/112 lbs.

#3 P4P

#1 at 120

 

Ryder Block

Waverly-Shellrock HS, Iowa

State champ, State runner-up

#13 at 132

 

Ben Kueter

City High HS, Iowa

2X undefeated state champion

Junior National runner-up

#4 at 220

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Iowa Wrestling recruiting is on a roll

Iowa Wrestling went into beast mode for recruiting and it shows.  Last weekend was the most impressive recruiting visit I have seen in Iowa Wrestling since the legendary Class of 1987 was in town. That is saying a lot.  To have 18 wrestlers from around the country in town at the same time is impressive in itself.  The environment that those recruits were a part of is one that will not soon be forgotten.

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club practice Saturday morning was a great environment to be a part of.  There was a real good crowd of fans and the recruits were able to see what Iowa Wrestling is all about.  There were former Iowa wrestlers in the crowd. I was able to talk to Willie Saylor of MatScouts who was in town all week.  Nobody comes close to Willie in college recruiting rankings. That is why I only use his rankings for my blog.

If you sat down and scripted what would be the most perfect setting to host recruits in, you would not have come up with a better result than what happened in Iowa City last weekend. There was an Iowa-Penn State football game that you may have heard about last Saturday.  What an incredible environment to bring recruits around. The buzz and excitement in Iowa City before the game surpassed any game day experience I have ever had over the years.  That would include the #1 Iowa-#2 Michigan game in 1985. Words do not do justice of the vibe that was in the air. Tom Brands gave a rousing speech out on the field after the 2021 NCAA National champion Iowa Wrestling team was announced. The Iowa Football fans loved it. It was an amazing day to be an Iowa Haweye.

It had to help having Ben Kueter with the recruits on his official visit.  Kueter got the ball rolling for recruiting this year with his commitment on September 19. The weekend got off to a fast start on Saturday morning when elite recruit Nate Jesuroga gave the Hawks a verbal commitment. As I have already stated Jesuroga was my #1 pick of all the recruits that I wanted Iowa to get. Could not have started the weekend off any better.

Later on Saturday it was announced that Aiden Riggins had committed to Iowa.  That was another recruit that I wanted Iowa to get.  Riggins will fit right into the Iowa program. Jesuroga and Riggins set the tone for a flurry of recruits that would soon commit.

Over the next three days Iowa received commitments from Carter and Carson Martinson, Jace Rhodes, Mickey Griffith, and Easton Fleshman. All of those wrestlers are in the Class of 2022 and from the great state of Iowa. That brings back memories of the past when the foundation of the legendary Gable coached Iowa teams were from Iowa.

Welcome aboard to the newest members of the legendary Iowa Wrestling program.

If I had my pick as the next recruit that I really want to see Iowa get, that would definitely be Ryder Block of Waverly-Shell Rock (Iowa) in the Class of 2023. I am not sure of his weight in college but I do not care.  Iowa Wrestling fans, you want Ryder Block in the Back and Gold of the Haweyes.

I am expecting more commitments in the coming days and weeks as Iowa looks to secure great recruits.  I will keep you up to date right here with any more Iowa Wrestling commitments.

I have been saying for years that Ryan Morningstar is the best college wrestling recruiter in the country and there is nobody better than Tom Brands at closing the deal for a commitment from a recruit.

 

Morningstar will find them.

Tommy will sign them.

Terry will train them.

 

*Rankings by Willie Saylor of MatScouts.

Class of 2022

Jace Rhodes

Mason City, Iowa

2nd, 5th and 5th at State

138 lbs.

 

Carter Martinson

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

3rd and 4th at state

138 lbs.

 

Carson Martinson

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

3rd and 5th at state

152 lbs.

 

Aiden Riggins

Waverly-Shellrock HS, Iowa

State champ, state runner-up, 3rd place

Junior Nationals runner-up

2021 Cadet FS World Team Trials runner-up

#3 at 160

 

Mickey Griffith

Des Moines Lincoln HS, Iowa

State champion, state runner-up

#18 at 182

 

Easton Fleshman

West Lyon HS, Iowa

7th at State, 3X Qualifier

Iowa State Freestyle champion

#22 at Hwt.

 

Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

State champ, 3rd place

2021 Cadet World Bronze medalist at 51kg/112 lbs.

#3 P4P

#1 at 120

 

Ben Kueter

City High HS, Iowa

2X undefeated state champion

Junior National runner-up

#4 at 220

*Committed to Iowa Wrestling and Football on 9/19/21

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Open Iowa Wrestling practice on Saturday

The University of Iowa Wrestling program will have practice open to the public on Saturday, October 16 at 10AM in the Iowa Wrestling Room in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This is Homecoming weekend and the football team will host Purdue with a 2:30 kickoff. The official start of the practice season began on Monday so this will be a full practice with the Iowa Wrestling team.

Attending an Iowa Wrestling practice is a part of the game day experience for a lot of Iowa Football fans. The 10AM starting time will also allow wrestling fans to come into town just for the practice and leave town before the football game begins.

If you have never been to an Iowa Wrestling practice I highly recommend it.  To me attending a practice especially at this time of year equals or maybe surpasses a big home dual meet. You will see some tough wrestling and intense flurries. I expect to see former Iowa wrestlers in the crowd which always adds to the experience. This will be the first time that a lot of fans will be able to see in person all of our new members to the program from the Recruiting Class of 2020 and 2021.

The energy around Iowa athletics may be at an all time high right now. The vibe in that town on a football Saturday is awesome. Add in that Iowa Wrestling is the defending NCAA National champions and the preseason #1 and you will have a great time as a fan attending this practice.

Iowa Wrestling kicks off the 2021-22 season with a home dual meet against Princeton on November 19 at 7PM.

To order Iowa Wrestling tickets:

https://hawkeyesports.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=WSEA&linkID=uiowa&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Jesuroga and Riggins commit to Iowa

It did not take long for the Iowa Wrestling program to get huge commitments from their recruiting weekend.  18 wrestlers from around the country were in town for their official visit.  It was announced early Saturday afternoon that Iowa received a verbal commitment from Nate Jesuroga.  Later in the day it was announced that Aiden Riggins had also committed to the Hawks. Iowa Wrestling fans should be very happy with these commitments.

Of the 18 recruits that were in town this weekend, Nate Jesuroga was my #1.  I wanted this guy to be a Hawkeye real bad.  Jesuroga caught a lot of media attention this summer when he won a Bronze medal at the 2021 Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Budapest, Hungry at 51kg/112 lbs. He was already a highly ranked recruit out of Southeast Polk High School (Iowa) but the World Bronze elevated Jesuroga to another level of interest to college wrestling programs across the country.

Jesuroga, just a junior, is ranked as the #3 recruit in the pound for pound ranking by Willie Saylor of MatScouts and #1 at 120 lbs. He placed third as a freshman and won a state title this past season.  When you have a top recruit just down the road in the Des Moines area, I felt like Jesuroga was a must get.  Look for Jesuroga to compete at 125 for the Hawks. This current staff at Iowa had great success with another wrestler from Southeast Polk at 125/133 in national champion and four-time All American Cory Clark.

Aiden Riggins of Waverly-Shell Rock High School (Iowa) was a big recruit at a targeted weight for the Hawks.  Riggins is the first member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2022. He defeated future Iowa teammate Caleb Rathjen in the state finals to win his first title at 152 lbs. last season. He then lost an overtime match in the finals of the Cadet World Team Trials in April and was a Junior Nationals Runner-Up in July.  Riggins is ranked #3 nationally at 160. I look forward to the potential one-two combination of Rathjen and Riggins in the Iowa lineup at 157/165. 

I have to mention that Jesuroga and Riggins are both in the Sebolt Wrestling Academy. After ten years of running SWA, TJ Sebolt is now consistently turning out elite college recruits.  Jesuroga and Riggins join SWA teammate Ben Kueter of City High HS (Iowa City, Iowa) who committed to both Iowa Wrestling and Iowa Football on September 19. Current Hawkeyes Drake Ayala, Caleb Rathjen, and Cullan Schriever competed for SWA and are also all from Iowa.

Southeast Polk and Waverly-Shell Rock are the two dominant 3A programs in Iowa who just continue to put wrestlers into D-I wrestling programs. Iowa is still recruiting wrestlers from both Southeast Polk and Waverly-Shell Rock. Hopefully bringing Jesuroga and Riggins into the program will help the cause.

Welcome aboard Nate Jesuroga and Aiden Riggins as the newest members of the legendary Iowa Wrestling program.

 

*Rankings by Willie Saylor of MatScouts.

Nate Jesuroga

Class of 2023

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

State champ, 3rd place

2021 Cadet World Bronze medalist at 51kg/112 lbs. 

#3 P4P

#1 at 120

 

Aiden Riggins

Class of 2022

Waverly-Shellrock HS, Iowa

State champ, state runner-up, 3rd place

Junior Nationals runner-up

2021 Cadet FS World Team Trials runner-up

#3 at 160

 

I am expecting more commitments from now through next week as Iowa looks to secure great recruits.  I will keep you up to date right here with any more Iowa Wrestling commitments.

I have been saying for years that Ryan Morningstar is the best college wrestling recruiter in the country and there is nobody better than Tom Brands at closing the deal for a commitment from a recruit.  

Morningstar will find them.

Tommy will sign them.

Terry will train them.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Open Iowa Wrestling practice on Saturday

The University of Iowa Wrestling program will have practice open to the public on Saturday, October 16 at 10AM in the Iowa Wrestling Room in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This is Homecoming weekend and the football team will host Purdue with a 2:30 kickoff. The official start of the practice season began on Monday so this will be a full practice with the Iowa Wrestling team.

Attending an Iowa Wrestling practice is a part of the game day experience for a lot of Iowa Football fans. This starting time will also allow wrestling fans to come into town just for the practice and leave town before the football game begins. I expect to see former Iowa wrestlers in the crowd which always adds to the experience.

If you have never been to an Iowa Wrestling practice I highly recommend it.  To me attending a practice especially at this time of year equals or maybe surpasses a big home dual meet. You will see some tough wrestling and intense flurries. I expect to see former Iowa wrestlers in the crowd which always adds to the experience. This will be the first time that a lot of fans will be able to see in person all of our new members to the program from the Recruiting Class of 2020 and 2021.

The energy around Iowa athletics may be at an all time high right now. The vibe in that town on a football Saturday is awesome. Add in that Iowa Wrestling is the defending NCAA National champions and the preseason #1 and you will have a great time as a fan attending this practice.

Iowa Wrestling kicks off the 2021-22 season with a home dual meet against Princeton on November 19 at 7PM.

To order Iowa Wrestling tickets:

https://hawkeyesports.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=WSEA&linkID=uiowa&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HUGE weekend for the University of Iowa

Make no mistake about it, this is a huge weekend for more than just Iowa Football.  The Hawks entertain Penn State in a matchup of top five ranked teams that is the premiere game of the week in all of college football.  Saturday will be the biggest home game in the Kirk Ferentz era and the biggest Iowa Football game since #1 Iowa-#2 Michigan in 1985. This will be the most watched college football game in the country this weekend. You just know the announcers will talk about Iowa Wrestling at least once during the game and have a wrestling clip to show the entire country. However there is a lot more on the line this weekend for everything that is the University of Iowa.

For starters let’s talk about recruiting.  I posted here Monday that Iowa Wrestling is entertaining 18 recruits from around the country in their biggest recruiting weekend of the entire year.  What a great environment to bring recruits in to be a part of.  Iowa City will be buzzing with excitement this weekend and full of Hawkeye fans wearing Black and Gold. I am hoping we get news of recruits committing to the Iowa Wrestling program soon.  I will keep you up to date of any recruiting news right here.

https://iowawrestlingblog.com/2021/10/18-recruits-coming-to-town/

The number one recruiting service for Iowa Football stated that this will be the most star studded list of recruits to visit for Iowa Football in the Kirk Ferentz era.  There are also reports of big recruits coming in for basketball.  You could make a case that this will be the biggest recruiting weekend in University of Iowa sports history.

At least half of all the times I have talked to Dan Gable over the years the topic was business.  I always wanted to learn about the boosters and how the University of Iowa brought in money.  Gable told me numerous times how important the success of the Hayden Fry coached Iowa Football team influenced and benefitted not only Iowa Wrestling, but the entire University of Iowa.

As we all know money makes the world go around.  Gable told me about the incredible influence and results of the Iowa Football Rose Bowl appearances in 1982, 1986, and 1991. The Rose Bowl appearances were spaced apart and provided peaks in donations from boosters. A lot of buildings went up all over campus during the 1980’s when the economy in the state of Iowa was terrible in part due to the farming crisis and high unemployment.  Even with those economic challenges, the University of Iowa upgraded not only their athletic facilities but academic buildings and programs as well in the 80’s. It all works together. God Bless Hayden Fry for what he did for so many of us.

The effects of a shortened season and very few allowed fans saw a dramatic cut for incoming capitol that Iowa football, basketball, and wrestling brought in last year.  Athletic programs were cut and jobs were lost.  The timing of this weekend for fundraising could not come at a better time.

My sport, our sport of Iowa Wrestling, is influenced financially by Iowa Football.  When people complain about the salary of Kirk Ferentz I do not believe they understand that Iowa Football pays the bill for not only the entire athletic department but for a portion of the entire University. This was a point that Gable made to me numerous times over the years.  Just an added reason for Iowa Wrestling fans to cheer for the football program this Saturday and always.

The local economy of Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will see a much appreciated boost this weekend as fans roll into Iowa City for a big weekend of being an Iowa Hawkeye fan. The money being spent goes into the economy for local taxes, jobs, and prosperity.  That all comes back to help Iowa Wrestling and the University of Iowa in one way or another.

So recruiting and money is in the air at possibly a historic record level this weekend in Iowa City for the University of Iowa.  I for one am going to enjoy being an Iowa Hawkeye maybe just a little bit more this weekend and I hope you will as well.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Thomas Gilman – World Champ

Thomas Gilman can add World Champ to the end of his name.  Gilman defeated Alireza Sarlak of Iran 5-3 in the finals to win the world title at 57kg at the 2021 World Freestyle Championships in Oslo, Norway.  Gilman, originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa, is the first Iowa Hawkeye since Bill Zadick in 2006 to win a World Freestyle title. Gilman becomes the fifth in Iowa Wrestling history to win a World title. 

Gilman stormed to the finals with a tech fall in the semifinals, a tech fall in the quarterfinals, and a fall in the opening round.  What a dominating performance for Gilman in capturing the world title.

Just weeks ago Gilman captured a Bronze in the Olympics in Japan and now a World title. Gilman won a World Silver at the 2017 World Championships.

As an Iowa Hawkeye Gilman was a three-time NCAA All American and was a National Finalist. 

Congratulations to Thomas Gilman for winning a world title.

Thomas Gilman – World Champ.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

18 recruits coming to town

The peak of recruiting season is here. October 8-10 will be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Iowa Wrestling.  The defending national champion Hawkeyes will entertain eighteen wrestlers from around the country for the Recruiting Class of 2022 and 2023.

Iowa will host Penn State in a showdown of top five nationally ranked football teams on national TV on Saturday at 3PM.  Iowa City will be a buzz of excitement.  This will be a great weekend to be an Iowa Hawkeye fan. What a great environment to show recruits what the University of Iowa is all about.

After a year of recruiting being shut down we are getting a huge weekend as fans for the following list of recruits that will be in town for their official visit.

 

*****All rankings are by Willie Saylor of MatScouts on Rokfin.*****

 

Seniors – Class of 2022

Trever Anderson

Ankeny, Iowa

2X state champion, 3rd

120 lbs.

 

Jesse Mendez

Crown Point, Indiana

3X state champ

Cadet national champ

2019 FS Cadet World Team member at 60kg/132 lbs.

#4 P4P

#2 at 138

 

Jace Rhodes

Mason City, Iowa

2nd, 5th and 5th at State

138 lbs.

 

Carter Martinson

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

3rd and 4th at state

138 lbs.

 

Joel Jesuroga

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

State champ, 4th

#16 at 145

 

Carson Martinson

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

3rd and 5th at state

152 lbs.

 

Aiden Riggins

Waverly-Shellrock HS, Iowa

State champ, state runner-up, 3rd place

Junior Nationals runner-up

2021 Cadet FS World Team Trials runner-up

#3 at 160

 

Mickey Griffith

Des Moines Lincoln HS, Iowa

State champion, state runner-up

#18 at 182

 

Wyatt Voelker

West Delaware HS, Iowa

State champion, 4th, 4th at State

Greco-Roman Junior National champion

Junior Freestyle 8th place

Junior Folkstyle Nationals runner-up

#9 at 195

 

Kolby Franklin

Wyoming Seminary HS, Pennsylvania

State runner-up

Cadet Freestyle and G-R national champion

#6 at 195

 

Bradley Hill

Bettendorf, Iowa

State champion, 6th place

#10 at 220

 

Easton Fleshman

West Lyon HS, Iowa

7th at State, 3X Qualifier

Iowa State Freestyle champion

#22 at Hwt.

 

Juniors – Class of 2023

Nate Jesuroga

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

State champ, 3rd place

2021 Cadet World Bronze medalist at 51kg/112 lbs.

#3 P4P

#1 at 120

 

Ryder Block

Waverly-Shellrock HS, Iowa

State champ, State runner-up

#13 at 132

 

Josh Barr

Davison HS, Michigan

2X state champion

Junior national champion

Cadet national champion

#2 at 160

 

Gabe Arnold

Wyoming Seminary HS, Pennsylvania

Cadet FS & G-R national champ

14U FS & G-R national champ

#18 P4P

#2 at 170

 

Tate Naaktgeboren

Linn-Mar HS, Iowa

State champ, state runner-up

Junior Folkstyle national champion

#9 at 170

 

Ben Kueter

City High HS, Iowa

2X undefeated state champion

Junior National runner-up

#4 at 220

*Committed to Iowa Wrestling and Football on 9/19/21

 

I have been saying for years that Ryan Morningstar is the best college wrestling recruiter in the country and there is nobody better than Tom Brands at closing the deal for a commitment from a recruit.

 

Morningstar will find them.

Tommy will sign them.

Terry will train them.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

A look at the Iowa schedule

The University of Iowa released the non-conference portion of the 2021-22 Iowa Wrestling schedule.  As an Iowa Wrestling fan I have to say this is a great schedule.  After a full season of not being able to attend an Iowa Wrestling dual meet last year I cannot wait for the season to begin.

The Hawks start off the season with Princeton at home on November 17. The Ivy League did not have wrestling last season so Princeton will be extra fired up for this dual.  Princeton is an up and coming program that will provide tough wrestling to get the season going.  Oregon State comes to town over Thanksgiving weekend on November 27.  The Iowa-Iowa State dual meet is always something we all look forward to.  Hilton will have their best crowd of the year by far when the Hawks come to town for a visit on December 5.

Iowa will be returning to National Duals and what a tournament that will be.  North Florida will be the center of the wrestling universe on December 20-21.  Penn State was recently added to an already stacked tournament that will have six of the top eight teams from the 2021 NCAA Championships competing in a great two-day tournament.

The Hawks are scheduled for Midlands on December 29-30. Home duals against Minnesota (Jan 7) and Purdue (Jan 9) will get the new year started.  The following weekend Iowa will be on the road at Northwestern (Jan 14) and Illinois (Jan 16).  Any dual meet at Ohio State is always tough and competitive for the Hawks on January  21.

The first thing I looked for when the Big Ten released the conference dual meet schedule.  Penn State will travel to compete in legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, January 28. That will be a quick sellout so get your tickets now.

Iowa finishes up their home schedule by hosting Wisconsin on February 5.  Oklahoma State released their schedule yesterday and caused quite a stir.  There are rumors that Iowa and Oklahoma State will wrestle at a neutral site. Possibly in Texas?  Like I said a lot of rumors.  We will know the specifics in due time.  Oklahoma State competed in the Grapple on the Gridiron at Iowa that set the all-time attendance record on November 14, 2015.  I have faith that Tom Brands and John Smith will come up with something special for wrestling fans on Saturday, February 12.

Nebraska will host Big Tens that will be an absolute dogfight as always on March 5-6. This tournament amazes me with the tough competition every single year.

The 2021 NCAA National Wrestling Tournament will be epic in Detroit, Michigan on March 17-19. I am expecting a tournament with multiple lead changes that will not be for the faint of heart. I can see the team title possibly going down to the last match of the tournament in the finals. Without a doubt the tournament will be a sellout and the potential to set records for viewers on TV.  It is going to be that type of tournament.

I will be right here all season long with this blog for what I believe may be the greatest season in the history of Iowa Wrestling.

 

2021-2022 Iowa Wrestling Schedule

Nov 19 – Princeton

Nov 27 – Oregon State

December 5 – at Iowa State

Dec 20-21 – at Rokfin/National Duals (Destin, FL)

Dec 29-30 – at Midlands

Jan 7 – Minnesota

Jan 9 – Purdue

Jan 14 – at Northwestern

Jan 16 – at Illinois

Jan 21 – at Ohio State

Jan 28 – Penn State

Feb 5 – Wisconsin

Feb 12 – at Oklahoma State

Mar 5-6 – at Big Tens (Lincoln, NE)

Mar 17-19 – at NCAA Tournament (Detroit, MI)

 

To order Iowa Wrestling tickets:

https://hawkeyesports.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=WSEA&linkID=uiowa&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

 

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Living the Dream Medal Fund Ceremony

Bonuses were paid out to Olympic Medalists last Thursday for the Living the Dream Medal Fund.  Founding Steward Michael Novagratz hosted the ceremony in his home in New York City.  The Living the Dream Medal Fund was created to pay a bonus to Olympic Medalists.  A record $950,000 was paid out to our very successful 2020 Olympic Wrestling team.

Six of the nine Olympic medalists were present: David Taylor, Gable Steveson, Adeline Gray, Kyle Snyder, Kyle Dake, and Sara Hildebrandt.  A ceremony will be held at a later date for the three that were unable to attend for Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Helen Maroulis, and Thomas Gilman.

Michael Novagratz has been very influential in his support for USA Wrestling.  He was a two-time NCAA qualifier for Princeton at 150 lbs. in 1986 and 1987.

All of the recent Olympic medalists for Team USA except Gable Steveson will compete at the World Championships that will be in Oslo, Norway October 2-10.  Gilman will compete on October 3-4 at the 2021 Worlds at 57kg for Team USA.

For the 2021 World Championships the Living the Dream Medal Fund will have a bonus payout of $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze.

I can’t say enough how important programs like the Living the Dream Medal Fund are to the success of USA Wrestling. Being an elite international wrestler is a full time job to say the least.  Having programs like this allows our athletes to concentrate on training and peak performance.  Also programs like this have to be a contributing factor to the extended careers that we now see by our elite wrestlers. Financial opportunities like Living the Dream Medal Fund for wrestlers will only improve our results at the international level.

I see potential opportunities for similar type programs like this from corporate America.  I have always wanted to see more endorsements by our elite wrestlers that in turn provide the financial compensation on the same level as other elite professional athletes.  The massive increase in interest and success of women’s wrestling in America may provide new opportunities for endorsements for our elite Team USA wrestlers.

USA Wrestling is on fire right now.  In addition to the great results at the Olympics, Team USA did great at Cadet and Junior Worlds in both men’s and women’s freestyle.

 

LIVING THE DREAM MEDAL FUND 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES BONUS PAYMENTS

$250,000 – Tamyra Mensah-Stock, 2020 women’s freestyle Olympic champion (68 kg)

$250,000 – David Taylor, 2020 men’s freestyle Olympic champion (86 kg)

$250,000 – Gable Steveson, 2020 men’s freestyle Olympic champion (125 kg)

$50,000 – Adeline Gray, 2020 women’s freestyle Olympic silver medal (76 kg)

$50,000 – Kyle Snyder, 2020 men’s freestyle Olympic silver medal (97 kg)

$25,000 – Thomas Gilman, 2020 men’s freestyle Olympic bronze medal (57 kg)

$25,000 – Helen Maroulis, 2020 women’s freestyle Olympic bronze medal (57 kg)

$25,000 – Kyle Dake, 2020 men’s freestyle Olympic bronze medal (74 kg)

$25,000 – Sarah Hildebrandt, 2020 women’s freestyle Olympic bronze medal (50 kg)

Total Olympic Games payout- $950,000

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!