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Recruiting is your present and future

As you may have noticed, recruiting is always near by for me when talking about Iowa Wrestling.  I believe in the Barry Switzer (HOF college football coach) theory that players win titles, not coaches.  It takes a special breed to be an Iowa wrestler. Recruiting and bringing in the right wrestlers for the Iowa program is the recipe for success.  Recruiting is your present and future.

With the NCAA National Tournament coming up, I thought looking back at our recruiting classes for Iowa Wrestling would be worth a look at.

My first point that I believe has been overlooked this season is that Iowa Wrestling has a very young team.  76% of the points (82 of 107.5) that Iowa had at the 2019 Big Ten Championships was scored by a freshman or sophomore.  That is a young Iowa Wrestling team with a great future.

This season has reminded me of the 1990 Iowa Wrestling team in several ways.  That year we had two sophomore national champions in Terry and Tom Brands and placed third at nationals.  The foundation was set with the legendary Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 1987, a great Recruiting Class of 1988, and two transfers. The Hawks then went on a three year run of winning national team titles in 1991,1992, and 1993.

To break this down by recruiting class has some challenges because of wrestlers competing as a true sophomore (Lee and DeSanto) and the two transfers (DeSanto and Lugo). As far as the transfers, there was some serious recruiting involved in that process as well.  Here we go:

Recruiting Class of 2014

Sam Stoll – Hwt

Mitch Bowman – 174

Recruiting Class of 2015

Cash Wilcke – 184

Patricio Lugo – 149 (Transfer)

Recruiting Class of 2016

Kaleb Young – 157

Alex Marinelli – 165

Recruiting Class of 2017

Spencer Lee – 125

Austin DeSanto – 133 (Transfer)

Max Murin – 141

Jacob Warner – 197

I am going to go ahead and put Michael Kemerer in as a medical hardship redshirt from this season so that he would have two more years of eligibility.  I would be shocked if Kemerer is not granted a hardship for this season when he did not take the mat for even one match from a knee injury.

To think that I get to go to Carver Hawkeye Arena and watch Alex Marinelli and Michael Kemerer compete back to back in their prime for the next two years…is a great thought.

We will have a first in the history of Iowa Wrestling as far as I know with wrestlers from three different recruiting classes in one class as juniors next season.  Kemerer from 2015, Young and Marinelli from 2016, and Lee and DeSanto from 2017.

The junior class for the 2019-2020 Iowa Wrestling team:

Spencer Lee

Austin DeSanto

Kaleb Young

Alex Marinelli

Michael Kemerer

The senior class for the 2020-2021 Iowa Wrestling team:

Spencer Lee

Austin DeSanto

Kaleb Young

Alex Marinelli

Michael Kemerer

I have been hearing great things about true freshman Anthony Cassioppi from the Recruiting Class of 2018.  It looks as though Cassioppi is more than ready to step in at Hwt next season as a redshirt freshman. I also really like what I see out of true freshman Nelson Brands.  I am very confident that Cassioppi and Brands will entertain the Iowa Wrestling Nation in the years to come.

We have a great group of recruits coming in for the Recruiting Class of 2019, 2020, and 2021 and more on the way.

Recruiting Class of 2019

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

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

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170/182 lbs.

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

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

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

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

I know we are just a few days away from the national tournament, but does the future for 2020, 2021 and beyond ever look great for Iowa Wrestling.  

Recruiting is your present and future.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Assad to compete in Pittsburgh Classic

Incoming Iowa wrestling recruit Abe Assad has been chosen to compete in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.  Assad will represent Team USA at 182 lbs. vs the Pennsylvania All-Stars. The Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic is called the Rose Bowl of Wrestling.  The dual meet will be held at Fitzgerald Field House at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, March 15 at 7 PM CST.

Assad will face Carter Starocci of Erie, Pennsylvania.  Starocci is ranked #2 in the country at 182 lbs. and has committed to Penn State.  Assad is ranked #3 at 182 by Flo.

The dual meet will be available on livestream through FloWrestling. The match order for the dual meet has not been finalized at this time.

The USA All Star team will have wrestles from eleven different states competing against the best high school wrestlers in the state of Pennsylvania.

Assad, from Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS), won a Bronze medal at the 2018 Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Zagreb, Croatia at 86 kg/176 lbs. Assad has won an Illinois state title the last two years.  Assad committed to Iowa on August 7 and is projected to wrestle at 184/197 for the Hawks.

Assad is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 that also includes Zach Glazier of Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS) and Cobe Siebrecht of Lisbon, IA.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Brooks to compete in World Cup

Sammy Brooks of the HWC will compete for Team USA in the World Cup in Yakutsk, Russia on March 16-17. Brooks will be competing at 86 kg/189 lbs. in his first World Cup.

Former Iowa NCAA national champion Bill Zadick will serve as the head coach for Team USA.

Team USA is the defending World Cup champion after capturing our first team title since 2003 in Iowa City last April. Competition begins at 2 AM CST on Saturday.

From USA Wrestling:

The annual dual-meet event is a highlight of the international wrestling calendar and features the top eight teams from the 2018 World Championships in Budapest.

Under new provisions for the World Cup, the pools have been split automatically based upon the team placement at the previous World Championships.

The USA, which was second in the 2018 Worlds, draws into Group B, which includes third-place Georgia, sixth-place Iran and seventh-place Mongolia.

Group A will include World Team champion Russia, fourth-place Cuba, fifth-place Japan and eighth-place Turkey.

Yakutsk is 15 hours ahead of the U.S. Central time zone. The event will be streamed live in the United States by Trackwrestling. There will also be a television show produced from the event by NBC. Specific broadcast times will be announced when available.


At Yakutsk, Russia, March 16-17

Saturday, Mach 16  

Session I – 2 AM CST

Session II – 7:30 AM

Sunday, March 17

5th and 6th Place – 4:30 AM

3rd and 4th Place – 6:15 AM

1st and 2nd Place – 8 AM

*****All times listed are CST

Group A





Group B





U.S. roster

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Zach Sanders, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Zane Richards, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)

61 kg/134 lbs. – Nico Megaludis, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC/Pittsburgh WC)

65 kg/143 lbs. – Zain Retherford, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

70 kg/154 lbs. – Jason Chamberlain, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Isaiah Martinez, Champaign, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Illinois RTC)

79 kg/174 lbs. – Tommy Gantt, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

86 kg/189 lbs. – Sammy Brooks, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Hawkeye WC)

92 kg/202 lbs. – Hayden Zillmer, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyven Gadson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids/Cyclone RTC)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Tony Nelson, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)

National Freestyle Coach Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Assistant National Freestyle Coach Joe Russell, Colorado Springs, Colo.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

A big match for Bull and Iowa

“That match was the epitome of Iowa Wrestling.”  Mark Ironside

Mark made that quote on the radio yesterday while talking about the Alex Marinelli 9-3 win over Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State in the Big Ten finals at 165.  I would have to agree with Mark 100% on that.

Part of what made that such a big match was the timing.  The say the Hawks had a rough day on Saturday is being kind. In true Iowa Wrestling fashion, the Hawks did respond and wrestle better on Sunday.  

Even by wrestling standards, the Big Tens were a roller coaster of emotions for the fans.  But you know what everyone is talking about? The Marinelli match. That is how powerful and influential one wrestler and one match can be to an entire program and fan base.  That match was the sum of the entire Iowa Wrestling program. Look at some of the video clips of the 6-point move. You can see Iowa wrestlers going crazy in the background. That was the entire Iowa Wrestling program out on display.

That match and the training that Marinelli does in the room will serve as a blueprint for other Iowa wrestlers.  Could not have hurt for recruiting with a huge national TV audience, especially in the middle weights.

Social Media lit up to at least the level of when Spencer Lee won his national title last season.  Yea, the Iowa Wrestling Nation was excited.

It wasn’t that Alex Marinelli won a wrestling match.  That should never surprise anyone. It was the way that Marinelli won that match that has people so excited.  What way is that? The Iowa Wrestling Way.

We saw a mix of aggression, sound technique, constant attack, strength, and shear will on display in that match.  That one match has the potential to really put a spark in the entire Iowa Wrestling program heading to the NCAA National Tournament in Pittsburgh on March 21–23.  Big Tens is just a qualifier. Marinelli will have to wrestle better at Nationals than he did at Big Tens to win it all and I am confident that he will do just that.

During Marinelli’s interview on BTN after the match:

“That match was won by my attacks, not his.  I don’t care what he has, I care what I have.”

The time to celebrate that match has passed as Iowa Wrestling has a great way of always moving forward regardless of the outcome in competition.  However I am just a fan and I am going to enjoy that match for just a little bit longer. Also Tom Brands is always saying that it is easier to move forward with a win.  For me as a fan, the Marinelli match made the Big Tens a win for Iowa Wrestling and I cannot wait for Nationals.

Again, the Big Tens are just a qualifier, but I have one more point to make.  The Marinelli-Joseph match was a match of the future more so than the present.  Marinelli is just a sophomore and a part of the new wave of Iowa Wrestling that is here now and will be an absolute force in 2020 and 2021.  Too much talking with the biggest show of them all coming up at Nationals, but I had to say that.

What happened at Big Tens for the good and for the bad is now in the past. It is time to move forward. Now is when the Iowa Wrestling coaching staff will meet to evaluate, plan, corroborate, and schedule out the plan of attack between now and Nationals.  I have no doubt that adjustments will be made in the one-on-one coaching sessions that I call “Magic Time” and for a peaked Iowa Wrestling team to perform at their best in Pittsburgh.

The Marinelli match can serve as motivation to get the entire Iowa Wrestling program to pick it up a notch or two heading into Nationals. I am a huge fan of Mo, as in Momentum. I will keep saying that I plan on being very entertained by Iowa Wrestling at Nationals.

The prize is in Pittsburgh.

I must now replace my line of the last two weeks.  Nationals cannot start soon enough.

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

It’s that time of year

Tom Brands stated in his weekly press conference:

“It’s that time of year.”

That would be the tournament season for Iowa Wrestling.  The stakes will go way up at the Big Ten Conference Tournament this weekend in Minneapolis, MN.  Not that their was not a lot of meaning in everything leading up to this point, but now everyone is playing for keeps.  One slip up here and there is a chance your season is over.

If anything, the Big Ten is getting tougher each year.  Of the ten weight classes in Division I college wrestling, nine number one ranked wrestlers are from the Big Ten.  There are four weight classes that have the #1 and #2 ranked wrestler in country. Two of those weight have the #1-2-3 ranked wrestlers in the country (157,165).  Hwt is crazy especially when you factor in that the Big Ten has only seven automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Tournament.

Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands:

“It’s that time of year.  We’re excited where it is that time of year when the next event is a qualifier.  It’s important. You get your name on the wall if you win this tournament. It’s that time of year when you have to be at your best.”

I want to go over several points that I made in my Iowa Wrestling Fan Podcast that I released yesterday.

1. This is the healthiest that Iowa Wrestling has been all year.  By far. Iowa has fought through injuries and illness all season.  The Iowa wrestling team looks strong, peaked, and hungry to me.

2. To refer to my blog from last week, Iowa Wrestling has went through the peaks and valleys.  We have had several wrestlers go through some rough stretches during the regular season. The best part of that is that every one of those wrestlers are now wrestling their best of the season.  The overall grind and tough times that Iowa has endured will now pay off at tournament time.

3. I still believe the Oklahoma State dual meet was a blessing in disguise.  A loss can sometimes be a good thing in the overall big picture of a season. There was not a single thing that I saw in that dual meet that is not fixable.  By fixable I mean from a technique standpoint. The conditioning, strength, overall skill set, and mentality is there. Sometimes an event like that can bring a team closer together.  I believe that is the case.

I believe that Iowa will have a very good Big Ten Tournament.  Now Iowa could have a very good Big Tens and still place 4th in the team race.  I have two main concerns for the Big Tens and where the team places is not one of them.

  1. Qualify all 10 weight classes for the 2019 NCAA National Championships in Pittsburgh, PA on March 21-23.
  2. Get all of our wrestlers out of Big Tens healthy.

Big Ten Championships

Session I – 10 AM Saturday, March 9

Session II – 6 PM Saturday, March 9

Session III – Noon Sunday, March 10

Finals – 3 PM Sunday, March 10

All times are CST.

Live Stream for all of the matches on BTN2GO

Finals will be televised by BTN.

The Big Tens cannot start soon enough.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling Banquet

The University of Iowa Wrestling team will hold their annual postseason awards banquet on Friday, March 29 at 6:30 PM. The banquet will be held in the Kinnick Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville. Tickets are $35 and include a dinner buffet.

Tickets are available at the University of Iowa Ticket Office and online at using the promotional code WRESTLINGBANQ.

Please make your reservations before Wednesday, March 20.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

Molinari and Ragan to compete in Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood

Hawkeye Wrestling Club members Forrest Molinari and Alli Ragan will compete in the Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood dual meet on March 31 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Team USA with many of our #1 wrestlers will face India. The dual meet will begin at 1 PM CST.

The dual meet is part of the Beat the Streets 5th Annual Benefit and International competition.  This is a yearly fundraiser for the LA-based Beat the Streets program.

Molinari will face Navjot Kaur at 65 kg.  Molinari made her first Senior World Team last year and placed 5th at the 2018 World Freestyle Championships.  She also competed in the 2018 U23 World Freestyle Championships. Molinari is currently ranked #2 in the World at 65 kg.

Ragan has made an impressive six straight World Teams.  After winning a Silver at the 2016 and 2017 World Freestyle Championships, Ragan qualified for the 2018 World Freestyle Championships but was unable to compete due to an injury.  This will be Ragan’s first competition since making the 2018 World Team last summer. Ragan will face Sarita of India at 59 kg.

Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood matchups:

50 kg: Whitney Conder (USA) vs. Sheetal Tomar (IND)

53 kg: Sarah Hildebrandt (USA) vs. Vinesh (IND)

55 kg: Jacarra Winchester (USA) vs. Pinki (IND)

57 kg: Jenna Burkert (USA) vs. Pooja Dhanda (IND)

59 kg: Alli Ragan (USA) vs. Sarita (IND)

62 kg: Mallor Velte (USA) vs. Sakshi Malik (IND)

65 kg: Forrest Molinari (USA) vs. Navjot Kaur (IND)

68 kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA) vs. Divya Kakran (IND)

72 kg: Rachel Watters (USA) vs. Kiran (IND)

76 kg: Adeline Gray (USA) vs. Sudesh (IND)      

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Big Tens Pre-Seeds, Allocations, and Rankings

I wanted to organize all of the information that has come out about the Big Ten Tournament that will take place Saturday and Sunday.  We all know that the Big Ten is loaded at every weight and several weights are unreal. When I added in the national rankings to the Pre-Seeds, it will leave you shaking your head at how tough the Big Ten really is.  

In nine of the ten weights in Division I wrestling, the #1 ranked wrestlers in the country is from the Big Ten.  That has to be a record.

When you have nationally ranked wrestlers facing off in the first round of a 14-man bracket, you have a tough tournament.  Four of the ten weights in the Big Tens will have the #1 and #2 ranked wrestler in the country and two of those weights will have the #1-2-3 ranked wrestlers in the country.  Impressive.

Maybe the best part of the Big Ten Championships is that the entire conference will be under one roof for two days and we will find out who the best is.  Dual meets are great to follow along with what the Big Ten has, but there is nothing like this tournament to bring everyone together for some great competition.

Every weight class in the Big Ten is loaded with nationally ranked wrestlers.  Everyone is talking about 133 and for good reason. 157 and 165 are also wayyyy loaded. The weights that have the most questions for me is 184 and Hwt. I have no idea how they came up with the seeds at 184. There is no way that Shakur Rasheed of Penn State should be #2 at 184. Hopefully that will be fixed for the final bracket.

Somehow the Big Ten only gets seven automatic NCAA qualifiers at Hwt.  Youssif Hemida of Maryland is ranked #10 in the country, and did not make the Big Ten Pre-Seeds that goes to seed #8.  I would think that at least one of the at-large qualifiers of the 44 the NCAA is selecting will come from Hwt in the Big Ten.


After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 44 at-large qualifiers. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers.

It is always an anxious time waiting to see who gets the at-large bids.  There will also be additional changes to the brackets as wrestlers pull out of the NCAA Tournament due to injury.  When that happens, the selection committee will then choose a replacement.

*Just a reminder that this is only the Big Ten Pre-Seeds.  The official brackets will be released on Friday afternoon after the Big Ten Conference coaches meeting.

Big Ten Conference:

Weight – # of automatic NCAA Qualifiers

125 – 9

133 – 8

141 – 9

149 – 6

157 – 9

165 – 9

174 – 8

184 – 8

197 – 5

Hwt – 7

Total – 78

2019 Big Ten Wrestling Championships: Allocations, Pre-Seeds, and National Ranking by Flo

125 lbs. – 9 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Sebastian Rivera, NU – #1
  2. Spencer Lee, IOWA – #3
  3. Sean Russell, MINN – #6
  4. RayVon Foley, MSU – #11
  5. Travis Piotrowski, ILL – #12
  6. Drew Mattin, MICH – #13
  7. Zeke Moisey, NEB – #14
  8. Malik Heinselman, OSU
  9. Devin Schroder, PUR – #20
  10. Elijah Oliver, IND – #18
  11. Brandon Cray, MD
  12. Devin Schnupp, PSU
  13. Shane Metzler, RU
  14. Ethan Rotondo, WIS1

133 lbs. – 8 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Stevan Micic, MICH – #1
  2. Austin DeSanto, IOWA – 3
  3. Nick Suriano, RU – #4
  4. Roman Bravo-Young, PSU – #9
  5. Luke Pletcher, OSU – #10
  6. Ethan Lizak, MINN – #6
  7. Ben Thornton, PUR – #16
  8. Dylan Duncan, ILL
  9. Anthony Tutolo, MSU
  10. Colin Valdiviez, NU
  11. Jens Lantz, WIS
  12. Paul Konrath, IND
  13. Jevon Parrish, NEB
  14. Orion Anderson, MD

141 lbs. – 9 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Michael Carr, ILL – #5
  2. Nick Lee, PSU – #2
  3. Joey McKenna, OSU – #3
  4. Tristan Moran, WIS – #8
  5. Kanen Storr, MICH – #7
  6. Mitch McKee, MINN – #9
  7. Max Murin, IOWA
  8. Chad Red, NEB
  9. Pete Lipari, RU
  10. Nate Limmex, PUR
  11. Kyle Luigs, IND
  12. Austin Eicher, MSU
  13. Danny Bertoni, MD
  14. Alec McKenna, NU

149 lbs. – 6 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Anthony Ashnault, RU – #1
  2. Micah Jordan, OSU – #2
  3. Pat Lugo, IOWA – #8
  4. Thomas Thorn, MINN
  5. Cole Martin, WIS – #13
  6. Brady Berge, PSU – #14
  7. Shayne Oster, NU
  8. Malik Amine, MICH

157 lbs. – 9 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Jason Nolf, PSU – #1
  2. Tyler Berger, NEB – #2
  3. Ryan Deakin, NU – #3
  4. Alec Pantaleo, MICH – #5
  5. Kaleb Young, IOWA – #7
  6. Steve Bleis, MINN – #10
  7. Ke-Shawn Hayes, OSU – #8
  8. Eric Barone, ILL – #9
  9. Griffin Parriott, PUR – #16
  10. John Van Brill, RU – #17
  11. Jake Danishek, IND – #18
  12. Jake Tucker, MSU – #19
  13. Garret Model, WIS
  14. Alex Whitesell, MD

165 lbs. – 9 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Vincenzo Joseph, PSU – #1
  2. Alex Marinelli, IOWA – #2
  3. Evan Wick, WIS – #3
  4. Isaiah White, NEB – #6
  5. Logan Massa, MICH – #7
  6. Te’Shawn Campbell, OSU
  7. Bryce Martin, IND
  8. Carson Brolsma, MINN
  9. Joseph Gunter, ILL – #18
  10. Tyler Morland, NU
  11. Phillip Spadafora, MD
  12. Stephan Glasgow, RU
  13. Austin Hiles, MSU
  14. Cole Wysocki, PUR

174 lbs. – 8 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Mark Hall, PSU – #1
  2. Myles Amine, MICH – #4
  3. Dylan Lydy, PUR – #12
  4. Mikey Labriola, NEB – #9
  5. Devin Skatzka, MINN – #13
  6. Ethan Smith, OSU – #14
  7. Ryan Christensen, WIS
  8. Drew Hughes, MSU – #18
  9. Joe Grello, RU
  10. Mitch Bowman, IOWA
  11. Carver James, ILL
  12. Jake Covaciu, IND
  13. Josh Ugalde, MD
  14. Braxton Cody, NU

184 lbs. – 8 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Myles Martin, OSU – #1
  2. Shakur Rasheed, PSU – #7
  3. Tyler Venz, NEB – #4
  4. Emery Parker, ILL – #8
  5. Cash Wilcke, IOWA – #15
  6. Mason Reinhardt, WIS
  7. Jelani Embree, MICH – #18
  8. Max Lyon, PUR
  9. Nick Gravina, RU
  10. Cameron Caffey, MSU
  11. Norman Conley, IND
  12. Brandon Krone, MINN
  13. Kyle Jasenski, MD
  14. Brendan Devine, NU

197 lbs. – 5 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Bo Nickal, PSU – #1
  2. Kollin Moore, OSU – 2
  3. Jacob Warner, IOWA – #5
  4. Christian Brunner, PUR – #10
  5. Eric Schultz, NEB – #12
  6. Jackson Striggow, MICH
  7. Dylan Anderson, MINN
  8. Brad Wilton, MSU

285 lbs. – 7 NCAA Qualifiers

  1. Gable Steveson, MINN – #1
  2. Anthony Cassar, PSU – #3
  3. Mason Parris, MICH – #9
  4. Trent Hilger, WIS – #6
  5. Chase Singletary, OSU – #11
  6. Conan Jennings, NU – #8
  7. David Jensen, NEB – #12
  8. Sam Stoll, IOWA – #7

The Big Tens cannot start soon enough.

It is great to be an iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Molinari captures Bronze at Dan Kolov in Bulgaria

Thomas Gilman, Forrest Molinari, and Kayla Miracle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club competed in the Dan Kolov in Ruse, Bulgaria on February 28-March 2.  This tournament was in the UWW Ranking Series where results will factor into seeds at the 2019 World Freestyle Championships in Kazakhstan in September.  

After a first round loss, Forrest Molinari wrestled back to capture the bronze at 65 kg.  Molinari defeated Maya Nelson of the USA 6-3 for the Bronze. Molinari is currently ranked #2 in the World at 65 kg.

Thomas Gilman dropped a 6-5 decision to Georgi Vangelov of Bulgaria in the first round.  Gilman scored a takedown with less than ten seconds to go but it was not enough. Gilman was eliminated from the tournament when Vangelov was defeated the next round.

Kayla Miracle defeated 2018 World Bronze medalist (62 kg) Mallory Velte (USA) by Fall in the first round.  Miracle then dropped a 2-2 match on criteria to 2018 World Bronze medalist (59 kg) Xingru Pei of China. After Pei lost, Miracle was eliminated from the tournament.  This was a good showing for Miracle. Velte defeated Miracle 2-1 in matches at Final X to make the 2018 World Team. Miracle also came very close in the 2-2 Criteria loss to another reigning World Bronze medalist.  

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing at the 2019 U.S. Open in Las Vegas on April 25-27.  

Thomas Gilman – 57 kg

Loss Georgi Vangelov (Bulgaria), 6-5

Eliminated from the tournament with a Vangelov loss.

Forrest Molinari – 65 kg

65 kg/143 lbs. – Forrest Molinari (Iowa City, Iowa/TMWC/Hawkeye WC)

Loss Henna Johansson (Sweden)

Bronze Medal bout: WIN over Maya Nelson (USA), 6-3

Kayla Miracle – 62 kg

WIN by Fall over Mallory Velte (USA

Loss to Xingru Pei (China), 2-2

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action Feb 28-March 2: Results

Zach Glazier, Patrick Kennedy, and Ryan Sokol all captured State titles at the Minnesota High School State Tournament this weekend in dominating fashion. Glazier had two tech falls and a fall before defeating Cade King in the finals, 1-0. Glazier was able to ride out King in the third period for the win. King is a defending state champion and ranked #20 in the country at 182. This marked the fifth time this season that Glazier defeated King.

Patrick Kennedy did not get challenged in winning the 2A title at 182.  I also need to mention that Kennedy went up to 182 from 170 at the end of the season to help the team.  He is a true 170 lbs. wrestler. Kennedy was up 7-1 when he got the fall in the finals in 1:54. For the tournament, Kennedy was 4-0 with a Fall, Fall, Major Decision, and Fall.  

Ryan Sokol had a great tournament.  After getting to the finals with three tech falls, Sokol faced two-time defending state champion Charlie Pickell of Mankato West.  Pickell had defeated Sokol 13-8 in the 113 lbs. State semifinals in 2017. Sokol was up 9-5 with back points coming when he got the fall in 5:56.  That was a huge win against a very tough opponent.

For State Duals (Sokol) and Individual State Tournament, our three recruits were a combined 15-0 with 8 pins, 5 tech falls, 1 major decision, and 1 decision.  Very impressive against some of the toughest high school wrestling in the country in Minnesota.

That concludes the high school wrestling season this year for our incoming recruits.  I will now turn my coverage to freestyle wrestling. I will do my best to let you know when and where our incoming recruits will be wrestling in freestyle this spring and summer and bring you results.  

Recruiting Class of 2019

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

Season completed: State Champion

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

Minnesota High School State Tournament on March 1-2

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 47-0 won by tech fall over Deonte Bryant (Hopkins) 14-4 (TF-1.5 4:40 (18-3))
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 47-0 won by tech fall over Grant Litke (Little Falls) 45-4 (TF-1.5 4:57 (22-7))
  • Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 47-0 won by fall over Ben Schmalz (Mound-Westonka) 50-3 (Fall 2:56)
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 47-0 won by decision over Cade King (Owatonna) 43-5 (Dec 1-0)

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Season completed: State Champion

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Minnesota High School State Tournament on March 1-2

  • Champ. Round 1 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 46-0 won by fall over Isaiah Sistrunk (Chisago Lakes) 23-24 (Fall 0:30)
  • Quarterfinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 46-0 won by fall over Kolin Baier (Mankato East) 35-7 (Fall 1:34)
  • Semifinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 46-0 won by major decision over Christian Kurth (Hutchinson) 41-3 (MD 16-5)
  • 1st Place Match – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 46-0 won by fall over Zachary Peterson (Perham) 50-2 (Fall 1:54)

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Season completed: Placed 6th

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Season completed: Placed 2nd

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

Season completed: Placed 2nd

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

Minnesota State Duals on Feb 28

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Jake FitzPatrick (Mahtomedi) Fall 1:34

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Gage Mueller (Waconia) Fall 1:33

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Conner Roth (Marshall) Fall 1:04

Minnesota High School State Tournament on March 1-2

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 51-0 won by tech fall over Lucas Hodges (Marshall) 34-13 (TF-1.5 2:23 (21-6))
  • Quarterfinal – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 51-0 won by tech fall over Jerry Simes (Litchfield) 29-9 (TF-1.5 2:32 (23-8))
  • Semifinal – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 51-0 won by tech fall over Carson Tschudi (Delano) 37-6 (TF-1.5 3:26 (23-8))
  • 1st Place Match – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 51-0 won by fall over Charlie Pickell (Mankato West) 47-2 (Fall 5:56)

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!