Iowa Wrestling schedule for 2017-18

Nothing says the end of summer quite like the release of the Iowa Wrestling schedule.  For us Iowa wrestling fans, this is just another boost to get you looking forward to the season.  Iowa will yet again have another great home slate that begins with the Iowa City Duals on November 17.  North Dakota State has been added to the field this year and is a strong up and coming team.  The Hawks will have home meets against Rider and Illinois before heading out east to face Rutgers and Maryland.  You can count on Iowa to be at the always tough Midlands between the holidays at the end of December.  

The Hawks will face tough competition every week, just as you would expect.  Iowa will host Oklahoma State on January 12 followed by traveling to Ohio State on January 19.  Michigan will be nationally ranked very high in the pre-season and they will come to Carver on January 28.  Minnesota is always a tough dual as they come to Iowa City on February 2 and then a roadtrip to face Northwestern on the February 4.  Iowa closes out the Big Ten slate by travelling to Penn State on February 9 followed by wrestling at Iowa State on February 18.  Look for the Iowa – Iowa State dual meet to be much more intense this year as the rivalry is back in force.

Iowa has only two weekends with two dual meets.  That is very rare.  Also, there will not be a National Duals held this season.

Iowa should yet again have good coverage with the Big Ten Network.  I was very happy with the coverage I had on away dual meets as a Big Ten Network premium subscriber.  I am hoping that the Iowa – Iowa State dual meet will be picked up for TV as well.  There is really no reason that we as fans cannot see every Iowa wrestling meet, home and away, at least online.  I would also like to see much more coverage of the Big Tens on BTN.  Every round of that great tournament should be on TV.

The University of Iowa will host the 2018 UWW World Cup.  The official date has not been set.  It will be held either on April 7-8 or April 21-22.  This will be an amazing opportunity to see the greatest wrestlers in the entire world compete in our own backyard.  I will keep you posted.

This should be another great year of Iowa Wrestling.  Iowa Wrestling fans have flexed their muscles as the greatest fans in the world and showed up to support Iowa Wrestling like no other program in any sport.  Iowa has led the nation in attendance for the past eleven consecutive years.  That is every year that Tom Brands has been the head coach.  I see no reason for the Iowa Wrestling fans to give up that title this year.

It is only August, but every month is wrestling season when you are an Iowa Wrestling fan.

It is great to be an Iowa wrestling fan.  

 

NOV 17 (FRI) IOWA CITY DUALS   IOWA CITY, IOWA

NORTH DAKOTA STATE, UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO, IOWA CENTRAL CC

NOV 24 (FRI) / TBA VS RIDER UNIVERSITY IOWA CITY, IOWA

DEC 1 (FRI) / TBA BIG TEN VS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IOWA CITY, IOWA

DEC 8 (FRI) / TBA BIG TEN AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PISCATAWAY, NJ

DEC 10 (SUN) / TBA BIG TEN AT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK, MD

DEC 29/30  MIDLANDS CHAMPIONSHIPS  EVANSTON, IL

JAN 5 (FRI) / TBA BIG TEN VS MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY IOWA CITY, IOWA

JAN 12 (FRI) / TBA VS OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY IOWA CITY, IOWA

JAN 19 (FRI) ­ JAN 21 (SUN) BIG TEN AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY COLUMBUS, OH

JAN 26 (FRI) ­ JAN 28 (SUN) BIG TEN VS UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IOWA CITY, IOWA

FEB 2 (FRI) / TBA BIG TEN VS UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IOWA CITY, IOWA

FEB 4 (SUN) / TBA BIG TEN VS NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IOWA CITY, IOWA

FEB 9 (FRI) ­ FEB 11 (SUN) BIG TEN AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK, PA

FEB 18 (SUN) / TBA AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY AMES, IA

MARCH 3 – 4  BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS EAST LANSING, MI

MAR 15 – 17  NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS  CLEVELAND, OH

 

Cory Clark posters available in Cedar Rapids

My Cory Clark posters are now available in Cedar Rapids. You can stop by Schumacher Carpets at 622 1st Ave N.W. to pick up one of my posters at no charge.

Schumacher Carpets is owned and operated by Tom Miller and his sons Chris and Nick. Tom was a longtime wrestling coach at Cedar Rapids LaSalle where Chris and Nick wrestled as well. The Miller’s are diehard wrestling fans and supporters, great people, and Iowa Wrestling fans. That is why I chose them.

Great job and thank you to two-time state champ J.J. Butteris (jeremiahbutteris@gmail.com) of Lisbon for the graghic design.

Rick Stahl (rstahl@cedargraphicsinc.com), NCAA D-I national finalist official of Cedar Graphics, did a great job as always by providing a great product.

When you want something done right, go with wrestling people.

Limited supply of posters. First come, first serve.

Schumacher Carpets

622 1st Ave. N.W. Cedar Rapids, IA

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday till 7:00 pm
Saturday 9 am – Noon

 

 

Iowa finalist for elite recruit Hidlay of PA

FloWrestling (flowrestling.org) reported that elite recruit Trent Hidlay has Iowa in his top four. Hidlay, from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, recently placed second in Freestyle and Greco-Roman at Junior Nationals in Fargo at 170 lbs. Flo has Hidlay ranked second in the country at 170.

The top four schools in the running for this top recruit:
Iowa
Lehigh
North Carolina State
Purdue

I would say that Hidlay is definitely a high priority recruit that Iowa Wrestling is pursuing at this time for the Recruiting Class of 2018 that already includes Nelson Brands of Iowa City, IA and Anthony Cassioppi of Roscoe, IL. Hidlay has the attacking style, aggression, attitude, and work ethic that Iowa Wrestling is built on.

Iowa Wrestling is on a roll for recruiting with the top ranked recruiting class in the country for 2017. Iowa has had great success recruiting in Pennsylvania with recent additions of Michael Kemerer, Kaleb Young, Spencer Lee, and Max Murin.

Hidlay is projected for 174/184 in college. I see Hidlay developing into a real force at 184.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Iowa Wrestling recruits Warner and Cassioppi with the “Fargo Sweep”

Iowa Wrestling recruits Jacob Warner and Anthony Cassioppi made it a “Fargo Sweep” by winning Greco-Roman National titles.  Warner and Cassioppi also won national titles in Freestyle on Tuesday.  Myles Wilson placed fourth at 182 lbs. and Aaron Costello did not place at Hwt.

Warner, from Washington, IL,  was never tested in capturing the Greco-Roman title at 195 lbs. Warner defeated Dalton Hahn of Wisconsin by tech fall in the finals,12-0, in just 2:16.  In the twelve total matches in Freestyle and Greco-Roman, Warner was 12-0 and did not wrestle an entire match as all were won by fall or tech fall.  That is domination.

This completes a very successful high school career for Warner.  He also won both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman titles in the Cadet division at 170 lbs. In 2015.  Last fall, Warner won a bronze medal at the 2016 World Cadet Freestyle Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Rated as the top 195 lbs. wrestler in the country, Warner is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that is ranked as the best in the country.

Cassioppi, from Roscoe, IL, saved the best for last as he once again faced Brandon Metz of North Dakota, the defending national champion, in the Greco-Roman finals at Hwt.  Cassioppi defeated Metz for the Freestyle title, 4-1.  Down 2-3 with time running out, Cassioppi scored three points on a throw for the win.  An appeal was denied and Cassioppi was the victor.  For his efforts, Cassioppi was named as the Outstanding Wrestler (OW) of the tournament.

Just a junior, Cassioppi also won the rare “Triple Crown” by winning Folkstyle Nationals before this week’s titles in Freestyle and Greco-Roman.  This is a very impressive accomplishment. Cassioppi announced on July 4th that he was decommitting from Northwestern and committing to the University of Iowa.  Iowa Wrestling fans are going to love this guy in the black and gold. Cassioppi is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018 that also includes Nelson Brands of Iowa City, Iowa.

I was impressed with Myles Wilson (New Castle, CO) as he placed sixth in Freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman at 182 lbs.  This guy is a rugged built athlete and tough wrestler that is coming in a little under the radar for national attention.  If Wilson is a diamond in the rough, he shined pretty good this past week with All American honors in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.  It will be interesting to see what just one year in the legendary Iowa Wrestling room will do for the development of Myles Wilson.  

Iowa Wrestling fans, we have some serious hand-fighters making their way to the Iowa Wrestling room.  They also know how to not only turn, but to pin as well.

I keep saying this, but it is so true.  It is impossible to not get excited about the future of Iowa Wrestling because it looks so great.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Jacob Warner photo by Wyatt Schultz of The Predicament.

 

Junior National Greco-Roman results:

195 lbs.

Rd 64: Jacob Warner Washington, IL VSU Brock Danielski, WI, 11-0 0:59

Rd 32: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Elijah Rodriguez, NY, 10-0 0:36

Rd 16: Jacob Warner Washington, IL VSU Elijah Rodriguez, NY, 10-0 0:36

Quarters: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Jackson Mckinney, WA, 10-0 1:32

Semifinals: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Brandon Whitman, MI, 10-0 3:25

Finals: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Dalton Hahn, WI, 12-0 2:16

 

Hwt

Rd 64: Anthony Cassioppi Roscoe, IL VSU Ambrose Adams, OH, 10-0 0:27

Rd 32: Anthony Cassioppi Roscoe, IL VFA Troy Monahan, IA, 5-0 0:28

Rd 16: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VFA Troy Monahan, IA, 5-0 0:28

Quarters: Anthony Cassioppi Roscoe, IL VSU Austin Emerson, MI, 10-0 0:49

Semifinals: Anthony Cassioppi Roscoe, IL VSU Montana Phillips, OK 2-2 0:42

Finals: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VPO1 Brandon Metz ND, 5-3

 

182 lbs.

Rd 64: Myles Wilson New Castle, CO VSU Hunter Tessman, MO, 10-0 1:07

Rd 32: Myles Wilson, CO VSU1 Connor Williams, WI, 16-5 3:51

Rd 16: Myles Wilson, CO VPO1 Austin Harris, OR , 12-8

Quarters: Myles Wilson, CO VPO1 Tommy Brackett TN, 8-5

Semifinals: Cameron Caffey, IL VSU1 Myles Wilson, CO 16-2 2:40

Consi-Semis: Myles Wilson, CO VFA Christian Knop, AL, 6-4 2:33

3rd place: Tommy Brackett TN VPO1 Myles Wilson, CO, 9-1

 

Hwt

Rd 64: Weston Hunt, CO VFA Aaron Costello Dubuque, IA, 9-7 5:41

Cons Rd 32-1: Aaron Costello, IA VSU Sean Dall Greenlawn, NY, 10-0 0:51

Cons Rd 32-2: Aaron Costello, IA VSU1 Alexander Aarsvold, MN, 14-2 0:55

Cons 16-1: Aaron Costello, IA VSU Jake Levengood, CA, 10-0 1:00

Cons 16-2: Aaron Costello, IA VPO1 Lee Herrington, NE, 4-1

Cons 8:1 Aaron Costello, IA VSU1 Arath Rangel, NV, 11-1 0:58

Cons 8:2 Zach Muller Woodridge, IL VFA Aaron Costello, IA, 5-4 1:05

Iowa Wrestling recruits competing in Greco-Roman Junior Nationals

Iowa Wrestling recruits are competing in the Greco-Roman Junior National tournament in Fargo, ND.  The Hawkeye recruits are fresh off a great showing in the Freestyle portion of Junior Nationals.  Freestyle national champions Jacob Warner (195 lbs.) from Washington, IL and Anthony Cassioppi (Hwt) from Roscoe, IL are looking to make it a clean sweep by adding a GR national title to their summer.  Warner should be a strong favorite to win the 195 lbs. GR title. Cassioppi, who placed third last year in GR at Hwt, has stiff competition in returning GR Junior national champion Brandon Metz of North Dakota.  Cassioppi defeated Metz 4-1 for the Junior title in Freestyle on Tuesday.

Aaron Costello (Hwt) of Dubuque, Iowa will be a contender for the title.  Costello placed sixth last year in GR at Hwt.  Myles Wilson (182 lbs.) of New Castle, CO will be looking to add to his sixth place finish in Freestyle.

Warner, Wilson, and Costello are a part of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that was ranked number one in the country.  Cassioppi is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

I will post results on:

https://www.facebook.com/IowaWrestlingFan/

https://twitter.com/iawrestlingfan

 

Thursday, July 20:

Junior Greco-Roman: Session I – Preliminaries and Consolations     9 AM – 1 PM

Junior Greco-Roman: Session II – Preliminaries and Consolations     3 PM – 7:30 PM

Friday, July 21:

Junior Greco-Roman: Session III 1/8 Championship and Consolation     8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Junior Greco-Roman: Session IV Quarterfinals and Consolation     7 PM – 9 PM

Saturday July 22:

Junior Greco-Roman: Session V Semifinals and Consolation     10 AM – Noon

Junior Greco-Roman: Session VI Finals, Medal Matches & Awards     1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

*****All times are CST*****

Iowa Wrestling recruits Warner and Cassioppi win FS Junior National titles

Iowa Wrestling recruits Jacob Warner (195) and Anthony Cassioppi (Hwt) won Junior National Freestyle titles.  At the largest wrestling tournament in the world in Fargo ND, Warner and Cassioppi looked very impressive.

Warner, a senior from Washington, IL, was absolutely dominant in winning all seven of his matches by tech fall or fall in winning the Junior National title at 195 lbs.  In the finals, Warner won by an 11-0 tech fall over Myles Lee of Pennsylvania in 3:32.  Warner won a Cadet national title in both freestyle and Greco-Roman in 2015 at 170 lbs.  This marks the end of a very impressive high school career for Warner that also includes a bronze medal at the 2016 Cadet World Freestyle Championships last fall in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Warner is the top rated wrestler the country at 195 lbs. this year. Iowa Wrestling fans are eagerly waiting for Warner to appear on campus to begin his career as an Iowa Hawkeye.

Cassioppi, just a junior from Roscoe, IL, had a great tournament in winning the title at Hwt.  In his five matches to the finals, Cassioppi won by tech fall or fall.  In the finals, he defeated Brandon Metz of North Dakota 4-1 to capture the title.  Cassioppi won a gold medal at the Junior Pan Am Championships in Freestyle and Greco-Roman representing Team USA earlier this summer in Peru.  Against very tough competition at Junior National Duals, Disney Duals, Junior Pan Am Championships, and Junior National Freestyle, Cassioppi is an amazing 38-0.  That is a great summer of competition.

Myles Wilson placed sixth at 182 lbs.  Iowa Wrestling recruits Zach Axmear (152), and Aaron Costello (Hwt) failed to place but made a solid showing at Junior Nationals. Warner, Axmear, Wilson, and Costello are members of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that was ranked number one in the country.  Cassioppi is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

Great performance by the incoming Iowa Hawkeyes that should add to the momentum that Iowa Wrestling has going for them out on the recruiting trail.  

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

 

195 lbs.

Rd 64: Jacob Warner, Washington, IL (IL) VSU1 Jake Erckenbrack, MN 13-2 1:36

Rd 32: Jacob Warner, IL VFA Bear Hughes, OK 13-3, 4:44

Rd 16: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Ryan Yarnell, MO, 10-0 2:13

Quarters: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Colton Wolfe, NE, 10-0 0:47

Semifinals: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Jakob Woodley, PA, 10-0 4:09

Finals: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Myles Lee, PA, 11-0 3:32

 

Hwt

Rd 64: Anthony Cassioppi, Roscoe, IL VFA Hamza Manassra, AZ 4-0, 0:48

Rd 32: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VSU Mitchell Trigg, MN, 10-0 0:50

Rd 16: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VFA Aaron Costello, IA, 12-2 3:00

Quarters: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VFA Spencer Trenary, IA, 10-0 0:57

Semifinals: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VSU Samson Evans Alcoa, 10-0 1:54

Finals: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VPO1 Brandon Metz, ND, 4-1

 

152 lbs.

Rd 64: Zach Axmear North English, IA (Iowa) VSU Thomas Ingram, WY 10-0 1:07

Rd 32: Will Lewan IL VSU1 Zach Axmear IA 12-2, 1:43

Cons 32-2: Zachary Axmear, IA VSU1 Demitreus Henry NY, 17-6 4:36

Cons 16-1: Cons 16-1 Zach Axmear, IA VFA Will Lawrence, VA 8-0, 1:45

Cons 16-2: David Johnson, OH VSU Zachary Axmear, IA, 10-0 1:50

 

182 lbs.

Rd 64: Myles Wilson, New Castle, CO VSU1 Trever Begin, OH 12-2

Rd 32: Beau Yineman, WI VFA Myles Wilson, CO 14-8, 3:27

Cons 32-2: Myles Wilson, CO VSU Noah Glaser IA, 10-0 0:29

Cons 16-1: Myles Wilson, CO VFA Salaam Banish, VA, 10-2 2:13

Cons 16-2: Myles Wilson, CO VSU1 Jayden Woodruff, CO, 13-2 3:41

Cons 8-1: Myles Wilson, CO VSU Trey Rogers Hastings, MN, 10-0 0:45

Cons 8-2: Myles Wilson, CO VFA Mac Southard IA, 5-4 2:27

Cons 4: Myles Wilson, CO VSU1 Austin Harris Roseburg, OR, 16-5 2:31

Consi Semi: Lucas Davison, IN VFA Myles Wilson, CO, 23-12 5:30

5th place match: Christian Knop Alexandria, AL VSU1 Myles Wilson, CO, 20-9 5:55

 

Hwt

Rd 64: Aaron Costello, Dubuque, IA VPO1 Arath Rangel, Nevada, 11-10

Rd 32: Aaron Costello. IA VPO1 Lee Herrington, NE, 4-4

Rd 16: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VFA Aaron Costello, IA, 12-2 3:00

Cons 8-1: Aaron Costello, IA VSU Jordan Earnest Wadsworth, OH 10-0 1:02

Cons 8-2: Jon Spaulding, OH VPO1 Aaron Costello IA, 8-6

 

Gilman wins Grand Prix of Spain

Thomas Gilman of the University of Iowa had an impressive showing in winning the Grand Prix of Spain. Competing at 57 kg for Team USA, Gilman was in his normal attack mode and put the big points on the board with wins of 10-5, 15-2, and 10-2. Seven of our eight number one wrestlers for Team USA competed in the tournament and all won their weight class.  

This tournament was seen as a tuneup for the World Freestyle Championships that will be in Paris, France in the end of August where Gilman will make his debut on Team USA.  I would think that the experience of a training camp, similar travel process, and the experience of being on the number one team will help Gilman in preparing for the World Championships.

Iowa Assistant Coach Terry Brands was a member of the coaching staff.

57 kg/125 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, IA (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), Gold

WIN Steven Takahashi (Canada), 10-5

WIN Levan Metreveli (Spain), 15-2

WIN Zoheir El Ouarraque (France), 10-2

 

61 kg/134 lbs.  Gold – Logan Stieber (United States)

65 kg/143 lbs.  Gold – Zain Retherford (United States)

70 kg/154 lbs.  Gold – James Green (United States)

74 kg/163 lbs.  Gold – Jordan Burroughs (United States)

97 kg/213 lbs.  Gold – Kyle Snyder (United States)

125 kg/275 lbs.  Gold – Nick Gwiazdowski (United States)

Gilman competing in Grand Prix of Spain

Thomas Gilman from the University of Iowa will represent Team USA at the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid this weekend.  Gilman recently won the 57 kg division to make our World Freestyle team.  This tournament will serve as a tuneup for the Freestyle World Championships in Paris, France at the end of August.

Iowa Assistant Coach Terry Brands is on the coaching staff for Team USA that will have all but one of our top ranked freestyle wrestlers competing.

The information released by the Hawkeye Wrestling Club has GIlman wrestling on early Saturday morning, July 15 from 2 AM – 7:30 AM CST.

Live Broadcast– http://noasports.tv

 

I will be posting Gilman’s results on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IowaWrestlingFan/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iawrestlingfan

 

U.S. men’s freestyle roster

57 kg/125 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC)

61 kg/134 lbs. – Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

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

70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids WC/Nebraska WTC)

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder, Woodbine, Md. (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Iowa Wrestling recruits to compete at Junior Nationals

Iowa Wrestling recruits will be in action at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet and Junior National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota. Known as the largest wrestling tournament the world, the action begins with Cadet Freestyle on Saturday, July 15 and concludes with Junior Greco Roman and Women’s Duals on Saturday, July 22.  

Members of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 and 2018 will be in action. For the Class of 2017, Zach Axmear at 152 lbs.(North English, IA), Jacob Warner at 195 lbs. (Washington, IL), and Aaron Costello at Hwt.(Dubuque, IA) will be competing in freestyle. Recruiting Class of 2018 member Anthony Cassioppi at Hwt (Roscoe, IL) will also be competing in freestyle.

Warner won a Cadet title in freestyle and Greco-Roman in 2015 at 170 lbs.  Last fall, Warner captured a bronze at the Cadet Freestyle World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Costello placed sixth in Greco-Roman and qualified for nationals in freestyle last year and Axmear was also a qualifier in freestyle.  Cassioppi placed second in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman at Junior Nationals last year.

Axmear, Warner, and Costello are members of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that was ranked as the number one recruiting class in the country.

 

I will be posting results of the Iowa Wrestling recruits at Fargo on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IowaWrestlingFan/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iawrestlingfan

 

Junior National Freestyle schedule:

Sunday, July 16

Junior Men’s Freestyle: Session I – Preliminaries and Consolations  9 AM – 1 PM

Junior Men’s Freestyle: Session II – Preliminaries and Consolations  3 PM – 7 PM

Monday, July 17

Junior Men’s Freestyle: Session III – 1/8 Championships, Quarterfinals, Consolations  9AM – 1 PM

Junior Men’s Freestyle: Session IV –- Semifinals, Consolations and Consolation Semifinals  5 PM – 8 PM

Tuesday, July 18

Junior Freestyle: Session V – Finals, Medal Matches & Awards  2PM – 5 PM

***All times are CST***

Hawks are hunting them down on the recruiting trail

Iowa Wrestling is on a roll after an outstanding week of recruiting. The momentum that I spoke of in my blog last week is definitely still in play for the Hawks.  In a period of just eight days, Iowa Wrestling announced  four recruits from three different classes that would be joining the program.  To start with, Iowa received a commitments from Connor Corbin of West Des Moines Valley on Monday, June 26 for the Class of ’17.  A two-time placewinner and top student, Corbin will compete at 197. On Wednesday the 28th, Iowa announced that previously committed Justin Mejia of California would also be joining the Class of 2017.  After a long process that saw Mejia commit to Iowa before signing with Illinois, fans were excited to hear that Mejia was indeed going to be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Mejia will compete at 125/133.  When you add two wrestlers like that to an already number one ranked recruiting class in the country, you are living right.

There were fireworks on the Fourth of July, Iowa Wrestling recruiting style.  Pat Lugo announced on Twitter in the afternoon of July 4th that he was going to transfer to Iowa.  As a two-time NCAA Qualifier for Edinboro at 149, Lugo will have two years of eligibility and he has not used his redshirt season yet.  Look for Lugo to fit right into Sorensen’s spot at 149 for the 2018-2019 season.

The Iowa Wrestling coaching staff also learned on the 4th that Hwt. Anthony Cassioppi of Illinois had decided to decommit from Northwestern to become an Iowa Hawkeye.  When you get a commitment from the reigning USA Wrestler of the Week because of his dominance at the Pan American Championships and Junior National Duals, you’re on a roll.  In competition at Junior Duals, Disney Duals, and the Pan Ams in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman, Cassioppi was 32-0.  That is domination against very elite competition.  Cassioppi joins Nelson Brands as a commit in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

My gut feeling says Iowa is not done at 133 lbs. I saw a great picture on Twitter of Terry Brands working with J’Den Cox on par terre at the Olympic Training Center yesterday.  Brands is in Colorado Springs at a training camp with Iowa Hawkeye and 2017 World Team member Thomas Gilman.  There is not a better International Freestyle wrestling coach in all of America than Terry Brands.  Recruits with Olympic and World goals in international wrestling will know that Iowa is the place to be. Iowa Wrestling has had amazing success at 125/133 in the Brands era.  Factor in the opportunity to wrestle right beside Spencer Lee and I gotta believe there will be a huge recruit that will want to be apart of that in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

Iowa has a lot of momentum that I spoke of last week.  These recent commitments only add to that momentum.  The addition of Mark Perry as head coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club was mentioned by Lugo in an interview as one of his deciding factors .  Iowa definitely added to their arsenal by bringing Perry in.  The Iowa Wrestling coaching staff is hitting on all cylinders right now.  Coach (Ryan) Morningstar is pounding the pavement and back roads visiting the recruits.  Even though he cannot recruit, Mark Perry is making his mark on the Hawkeye Wrestling Club that is an influence to recruits. Terry Brands is at the Olympic Training Center for Hawkeye wrestler Thomas Gilman and all of Team USA preparing for the 2017 World Freestyle Championships.  Those three coaches influence a recruit to make a visit to the University of Iowa campus this fall.  That is when head coach Tom Brands closes the deal as good as anyone in the college wrestling world.  That is a great combination that Iowa Wrestling has working right now.  I see Iowa finishing very strong on signing day.

Look for more work to be done on the recruiting trail for Iowa Wrestling.  Recruits will make their way to Iowa City between now and the end of October for their visit. Last year Iowa had a huge weekend of recruits that yielded the number one ranked recruiting class in the country.  Look for another huge weekend this fall during a home football game.  That is when recruiting is always at a fever pitch.  I am not holding my breath on too many more commits for the rest of the summer.  I look for Iowa to close very strong on recruits this fall like they did last year.  The National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Wednesday, November 8.  Do not expect Iowa to let up on the recruiting front until all of their commits are signed.

Recruiting is behind everything I write about for Iowa Wrestling.  I always want to know who the next legend is going to be.  For Iowa to get back on top of the college wrestling world, it will take great recruiting years one after another to get the job done.  That game plan is looking pretty darn good right now.

National Letter of Intent Signing Day – Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.