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Iowa Wrestling recruits competing: January 20

Two of the incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits will be in action this weekend.  Anthony Cassioppi of Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL) will not be competing this weekend.

Nelson Brands of Iowa City, IA (West HS) will be at the always tough Ed Winger Classic in Urbandale, Iowa on Saturday.  This is always one of the toughest high school tournaments every year in Iowa and this year is no exception.  For the team race, the 3A #2,3,4,5,6,7, and 8th ranked teams in 3A and the #4 and 9th ranked teams in 2A will be competing.  That is a tough 20-team tournament.  Brands is ranked #1 in 3A at 160 lbs.  He will have 3A #2,3,and 10 and the #3 in 2A wrestlers at his weight.  Wrestling begins at 9 AM.

#1 – 3A Nelson Brands (Sr) IC West

#2 – 3A  Zane Mulder (Sr) Dallas Center-Grimes

#3 – 2A Tate Battani (Sr.) Ballard

#3 – 3A Jake Matthaidess (So) North Scott

#10 – 3A Tanner Doyle (Sr) Cedar Falls

 

Joe Kelly of West Liberty, Iowa will be at the Louisa-Muscatine Invitational in Letts, Iowa on Saturday.  Wrestling begins at 10 AM.  Kelly is ranked #4 – 2A at 152 lbs.

All rankings are by The Predicament.

Cassioppi, Brands, and Kelly are the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

I will have a follow-up blog for results.

HWC members to compete in Yarygin

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be represented at the prestigious Ivan Yarygin Memorial International in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, This is known as one of the best Freestyle tournaments in the world every year and many of the top ranked wrestlers in the world will be competing.

The tournament will be on January 26-28.  I will keep you up to date with the schedule of when the HWC members will be competing.  61 kg and 92 kg are weight classes in the World Freestyle Championships but not in the Olympics.

HWC members competing:

Cory Clark – 61 kg

Jacob Warner – 92 kg

Nathan Burak – 97 kg

Bobby Telford – 125 kg

This should be quite an experience for Iowa Hawkeye true freshman Jacob Warner at 92 kg (202 lbs.).  Warner won a Bronze at the 2016 Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.  It was announced recently that Russian World and Olympic champion Sadulaev will be competing at 92 kg.

I will have a follow-up blog for results and be posting results on:

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Iowa Wrestling recruits competition results for Jan 12-13

Anthony Cassioppi of  Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL) was dominating again this weekend.  On Friday night, Cassioppi had three pins in dual meets against Montini, Dakota, and Mukwa.  Against Montini, #2- 3A at 195 lbs. Peter Christensen of Montini bumped up to wrestle Cassioppi at Hwt.  Cassioppi took him down and let him up six times before getting the fall.  He had first period pins against his other two opponents.  At the Sandberg Super Duals in Orland Park, IL today, Cassioppi had a first period fall against Oak Park River Forest (OPRF) and South Elgin.

Nelson Brands of Iowa City, IA (West HS) won the title at 160 lbs. at the Bettendorf Midwest Shootout.  Brands avenged a loss from last month when he defeated Allen Swanson of Oswego in the finals, 8-5.  Swansen defeated Brands 10-6 n the semifinals of the Dvorak on December 23.  Brands had two pins and a tech fall on his way to the finals in the 16-team tournament.  

Joe Kelly of West liberty, IA placed second at 152 lbs. at the Solon Invitational.  After recording a fall in 0:44 and 0:18, Kelly dropped a 9-8 decision to Kaden Kilburg of Lisbon (#5 – 1A) in the finals.

Cassioppi, Brands, and Kelly are the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

 

  • Round 1 – Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) 36-1 won by fall over Spencer Fillman (Davenport West) 4-6 (Fall 0:55)
  • Round 2 – Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) 36-1 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Round 3 – Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) 36-1 won by fall over Niall Schoenfelder (Antioch) 20-17 (Fall 1:47)
  • Quarterfinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) 36-1 won by tech fall over Voyen Adamson (Bettendorf) 10-15 (TF-1.5 2:58 (20-5))
  • Semifinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) 36-1 won by fall over Bryson Hervol (Waverly-Shell Rock) 24-10 (Fall 3:57)
  • 1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) 36-1 won by decision over Allen Swanson (Oswego High School) 29-3 (Dec 8-5)

 

  • Champ. Round 1 – Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 31-4 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 31-4 won by fall over Jaxson Howsare (Solon JV) 0-4 (Fall 0:44)
  • Semifinal – Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 31-4 won by fall over Kiowa Keith (Washington) 21-11 (Fall 0:18)
  • 1st Place Match – Kaden Kilburg (Lisbon) 25-5 won by decision over Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 31-4 (Dec 9-8)

 

Iowa Wrestling recruits competing, Jan 12-13

Iowa Wrestling recruits will be action this weekend of January 12-13.  Anthony Cassioppi of Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL) will be at the Sandberg Super Duals in Orland Park, IL on Saturday.  The wrestling begins at 10 AM.

Nelson Brands will be at the Bettendorf Invite in Bettendorf, IA.  Wrestling begins at 4 PM on Friday and 9 AM on Saturday.

Joe Kelly will be at the Solon Invitational on Saturday with action beginning at 10 AM.

Cassioppi, Brands, and Kelly are the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

I will have a follow up blog for results.

Iowa Wrestling recruits competition results

Iowa Wrestling recruits had a good day of competition on Saturday, January 6.  Anthony Cassioppi of Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL) rolled through the Sycamore Invitational in Sycamore, IL with a 5-0 record with five falls at Hwt.  Cassioppi always has a good lead in his matches before he scores the falls as well.

Nelson Brands of Iowa City (West HS) had three falls and a tech fall at the Lepic Duals at Iowa City West at 160 lbs.  Brands, ranked #1 – 3A, pinned #7 – 3A Levi Egli of Ft. Dodge in 2:55 and won a 25-10 tech fall over #6 – 2A Cale Reichs of NHTV in 5:37.

Joe Kelly of West Liberty, IA placed second at 152 lbs. at the Bobcat Jerry Eckenrod Invitational in Van Horne, IA. Kelly, ranked #2 – 2A, dropped a 7-0 decision to #4 – 2A Mitchel Mangold of West Delaware.

Cassioppi, Brands, and Kelly are the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.   

 

  • Round 1 – Anthony Cassioppi (ROCKTON (HONONEGAH)) 24-0 won by fall over Joey Wilson (HUNTLEY) 3-6 (Fall 1:16)
  • Round 3 – Anthony Cassioppi (ROCKTON (HONONEGAH)) 24-0 won by fall over Evan Hissong (CARY (C-GROVE)) 6-14 (Fall 1:42)
  • Quarterfinal – Anthony Cassioppi (ROCKTON (HONONEGAH)) 24-0 won by fall over Cobie Underwood (MOLINE) 21-10 (Fall 3:14)
  • Semifinal – Anthony Cassioppi (ROCKTON (HONONEGAH)) 24-0 won by fall over David Griffet (MAHOMET (M-SEYMOUR)) 24-6 (Fall 2:55)
  • 1st Place Match – Anthony Cassioppi (ROCKTON (HONONEGAH)) 24-0 won by fall over Jace Punke (WASHINGTON) 24-2 (Fall 2:48)

 

Nelson Brands (IC West) over Elijah Knauls (Pleasant Valley) (Fall 0:56)

Nelson Brands (IC West) over Cale Reichs (NHTV) (Tech fall 25-10 in 5:37)

Nelson Brands (IC West) over Levi Egli (Ft Dodge) (Fall 2:55)

Nelson Brands (IC West) over Hunter Yohn (Quincy) (Fall 4:24)

Nelson Brands (IC West) over William Waugh (Lewis Central) (Tech fall 24-8 in 5:12)

 

  • Champ. Round 1 – Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 29-3 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 29-3 won by major decision over Joe Deckert (Davenport Assumption) 10-16 (MD 16-5)
  • Semifinal – Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 29-3 won by decision over Luke Fistler (Dallas Center-Grimes) 23-4 (Dec 9-6)
  • 1st Place Match – Mitchel Mangold (West Delaware) 20-2 won by decision over Joe Kelly (West Liberty) 29-3 (Dec 7-0)

 

Shaw, Wilson and Holloway win titles at Flash Flanagan Open

Iowa Wrestlers competed at the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open on Saturday at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.  Keegan Shaw, Myles Wilson, and Steven Holloway all won titles.  Shaw won by a fall and major decision before defeating Matt Pratt of Maryville University in the finals, 5-3 to win the title at 157.  Wilson reaches the finals with two falls, a major decision, and a decision before defeating Will Feldcamp of Northern Illinois, 8-7 to win the title at 184.  At 197, Holloway won by a fall and decision before defeating Dustin Politte of Maryville University, 5-3, SV-1.

Perez Perez (125), Aaron Meyer (141), and Aaron Costello (Hwt) placed second.  Jeremiah Moody (165) and Connor Corbin (197) placed third.  Zach Axmear (157) and Sam Cook (197) placed fifth and Logan McQuillen (165) placed sixth.  Tristan McDonald (165) and Cade Brownlee (197) did not place.

 

125  Perez Perez’s place is 2nd and has scored 14.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Perez Perez (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Perez Perez (University of Iowa) won by decision over Tyler Kreith (Maryville University) (Dec 8-2)
  • Semifinal – Perez Perez (University of Iowa) won by major decision over Anthony Pisciotta (Maryville University) (Maj 16-7)
  • 1st Place Match – Bryce West (Northern Illinois University ) won by decision over Perez Perez (University of Iowa) (Dec 9-3)

 

141  Aaron Meyer’s place is 2nd and has scored 16.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Joey Orr (Davenport) (TF 21-5)
  • Semifinal – Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Austin Falbe (Davenport) (TF 18-3)
  • 1st Place Match – Will Roark (Maryville University) won by decision over Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) (Dec 4-0)

 

157  Keegan Shaw’s place is 1st and has scored 18.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Keegan Shaw (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Keegan Shaw (University of Iowa) won by fall over Dylan Shotwell (Maryville University) (Fall 5:22)
  • Semifinal – Keegan Shaw (University of Iowa) won by major decision over Tyler Shilson (University of Wisconsin) (Maj 13-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Keegan Shaw (University of Iowa) won by decision over Matt Pratt (Maryville University) (Dec 5-3)

 

157  Zach Axmear’s place is 5th and has scored 12.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zac Axmear (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Isaac Roffers (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) (TF 21-6)
  • Quarterfinal – Zac Axmear (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Christopher Viehmann (Maryville University) (TF 26-11)
  • Semifinal – Matt Pratt (Maryville University) won in sudden victory – 1 over Zac Axmear (University of Iowa) (SV-1 7-5)
  • Cons. Semi – Nick McGhee (Maryville University) won by tech fall over Zac Axmear (University of Iowa) (TF 17-1)
  • 5th Place Match – Zac Axmear (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Christopher Viehmann (Maryville University) (TF 15-0)

 

165  Logan McQuillen’s place is 6th and has scored 11.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Logan McQuillen (University of Iowa) won by fall over Tyler Denmark (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) (Fall 1:20)
  • Quarterfinal – Austin Yant (University of Northern Iowa) won by decision over Logan McQuillen (University of Iowa) (Dec 8-4)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Logan McQuillen (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Tristan McDonald (University of Iowa) (TF 18-3)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Logan McQuillen (University of Iowa) won by fall over Nick Dado (Joliet Junior College) (Fall 3:50)
  • Cons. Semi – Jerimiah Moody (University of Iowa) won by decision over Logan McQuillen (University of Iowa) (Dec 8-6)
  • 5th Place Match – John Anderson (Maryville University) won by decision over Logan McQuillen (University of Iowa) (Dec 6-0)

 

165  Jerimiah Moody’s place is 3rd and has scored 16.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jerimiah Moody (University of Iowa) won by fall over Nick Dado (Joliet Junior College) (Fall 4:26)
  • Quarterfinal – Jerimiah Moody (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Gabe Pleasants (Loras College) (TF 16-0)
  • Semifinal – Brady Jennings (Iowa State University) won by decision over Jerimiah Moody (University of Iowa) (Dec 8-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Jerimiah Moody (University of Iowa) won by decision over Logan McQuillen (University of Iowa) (Dec 8-6)
  • 3rd Place Match – Jerimiah Moody (University of Iowa) won by major decision over Pat Schoenfelder (University of Northern Iowa) (Maj 15-6)

 

165  Tristan McDonald’s place is unknown and has scored 2.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Pat Schoenfelder (University of Northern Iowa) won by major decision over Tristan McDonald (University of Iowa) (Maj 19-6)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Tristan McDonald (University of Iowa) won by fall over Conner Villarmia (Maryville University) (Fall 1:19)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Logan McQuillen (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Tristan McDonald (University of Iowa) (TF 18-3)

 

184  Myles Wilson’s place is 1st and has scored 17.00 team points.

  • Round 1 – Myles Wilson (University of Iowa) won by fall over Robert Muhammad (Loras College) (Fall 2:01)
  • Round 2 – Myles Wilson (University of Iowa) won by fall over Alex McDowell (Iowa State University) (Fall 1:26)
  • Round 3 – Myles Wilson (University of Iowa) won by major decision over Richard Hunter (Loras College) (Maj 12-4)
  • Round 4 – Myles Wilson (University of Iowa) won by decision over Bailey Kelly (Maryville University) (Dec 12-7)
  • Round 5 – Myles Wilson (University of Iowa) won by decision over Will Feldkamp (Northern Illinois University ) (Dec 8-7)

 

197  Cade Brownlee’s place is unknown and has scored 2.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cade Brownlee (University of Iowa) won by major decision over Billy Busse (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) (Maj 11-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Dustin Politte (Maryville University) won by fall over Cade Brownlee (University of Iowa) (Fall 1:54)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Cade Brownlee (University of Iowa) won by decision over Michael Hyde (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Cody Meyer (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) won by fall over Cade Brownlee (University of Iowa) (Fall 1:21)

 

197  Sam Cook’s place is 5th and has scored 8.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Sam Cook (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Sam Cook (University of Iowa) won by decision over Cody Meyer (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) (Dec 3-2)
  • Semifinal – Dustin Politte (Maryville University) won by decision over Sam Cook (University of Iowa) (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Semi – Izaak Shedenhelm (University of Northern Iowa) won by decision over Sam Cook (University of Iowa) (Dec 5-1)
  • 5th Place Match – Sam Cook (University of Iowa) won by decision over Cody Meyer (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) (Dec 7-5)

 

197  Connor Corbin’s place is 3rd and has scored 11.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Connor Corbin (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Connor Corbin (University of Iowa) won by decision over Rodsean Graham (Joliet Junior College) (Dec 4-1)
  • Semifinal – Steven Holloway (University of Iowa) won in tie breaker – 1 over Connor Corbin (University of Iowa) (TB-1 2-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Connor Corbin (University of Iowa) won by decision over Cody Meyer (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) (Dec 7-4)
  • 3rd Place Match – Connor Corbin (University of Iowa) won by decision over Izaak Shedenhelm (University of Northern Iowa) (Dec 5-2)

 

197  Steven Holloway’s place is 1st and has scored 17.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Steven Holloway (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Steven Holloway (University of Iowa) won by fall over Jacob Holmes (Davenport) (Fall 0:51)
  • Semifinal – Steven Holloway (University of Iowa) won in tie breaker – 1 over Connor Corbin (University of Iowa) (TB-1 2-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Steven Holloway (University of Iowa) won in sudden victory – 1 over Dustin Politte (Maryville University) (SV-1 5-3)

 

Hwt.  Aaron Costello’s place is 2nd and has scored 17.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) won by fall over Tyler Pasker (University of Wisconsin-Platteville) (Fall 2:12)
  • Quarterfinal – Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) won by decision over Bryan Ditchman (Joliet Junior College) (Dec 10-4)
  • Semifinal – Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) won by forfeit over Ethan Sherertz (Maryville University) (FF)
  • 1st Place Match – Trent Hillger (University of Wisconsin) won by decision over Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) (Dec 5-1)

 

Iowa Wrestling recruits competing this weekend

Iowa Wrestling recruits will return to tournament action this Saturday, January, 6.  Anthony Cassioppi of Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL) will be at the Sycamore Invitational in Sycamore, IL.  The wrestling begins at 9 AM.  

Nelson Brands of Iowa City, IA (West HS) will be at the Lepic Duals Tournament at Iowa City West that begins at 9 AM.  Teams competing are Alburnett, Ft. Dodge, Lewis Central, and Quincy.  Brands is rated #1 – 3A at 160 lbs.  Potential matchup with #7 – 3A Levi Egli of Ft. Dodge.

Joe Kelly of West Liberty, IA will be at the Jerry Eckenrod Bobcat Invitational in Van Horne on Saturday. Schools competing are: Benton Community, C.R. Jefferson, C.R. Washington, Centerville, Dallas Center-Grimes, Don Bosco, East Marshall, Eddyville-Blakesburg, Independence, North Linn, Union, Vinton-Shellsburg, West Delaware, and Williamsburg.  Kelly is ranked #2 – 2A at 152 lbs.  There are potential matchups with #4 – 2A Mitch Mangold of West Delaware and #10 – 2A Dakota Boyer of Eddyville-Blakesburg.

Cassioppi, Brands, and Kelly are the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

I will have a follow up blog with results.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance?

So you’re telling me there’s a chance?  A great line from a great movie.  At some time during this blog, if not already, you may be calling me “dumb and dumber.”  However, I believe it is doable for the 2018 NCAA Division I National Wrestling champions to be…the University of Iowa.

The same University of Iowa that started the season not ranked in the top 10 by several publications and no higher than 7th in any ranking?  Yes, that University of Iowa.  There will be a chain reaction of events that will need to take place, but not as far fetched as you might think.

With both Penn State and Ohio State having such loaded teams along with the overall toughness of D1 wrestling this year, the team champion will survive and win by attrition.  Iowa will probably not win a high scoring shootout with Penn State or Ohio State for the team title. The tougher the tournament and the lower the team scores are, the better Iowa’s chances are of winning it all.  For Iowa Wrestling:

The tougher the grind, the brighter the shine.

I wrote this blog on November 23 but decided to wait until after Midlands to release it.  I have only added in the line about PD3 graduating from Iowa State since then for an update.  Midlands helped and hurt my predictions on some Iowa wrestlers, but I kept them the same. 

I recently watched the classic movie Magnificent 7, so here are my 7 keys to a title:

  1. Spencer Lee.  The biggest recruit in the history of Iowa Wrestling.  How good is he?  I have seen Lee in the Iowa Wrestling room in a practice setting and simply put, I have never seen anything like him.  Oh, and he’s been at the most 75-85% force due to recovering from knee surgery.  This entire plan depends on Spencer Lee.  Should Lee be healthy enough, I believe he will wrestle.  I am very well aware of names like Tomasello, Suriano, Cruz, Lizak, and others.  Should he compete this year, Spencer Lee beats them all at nationals for the title with bonus points in at least the first two rounds.
  2. PD3.  Pat Downey III, simply put, is a badass.  This guy is a beast.  PD3 has graduated from Iowa State and should be eligible for the second semester for Iowa to finish his college career.  If he is eligible, what weight will he be at…184 or 197?  I am thinking he makes the cut to 184 where he will be a very big 184 lbs. wrestler that will contend for the national title.  I have been very impressed with what I have seen from Mitch Bowman at 184 and he will be ready to make a great run next year.  PD3 would also brings some much needed “Swag” to the Iowa Wrestling team and program.  As with the Lee situation, without this step, the team title doesn’t happen.  I did not forget Jacob Warner at 197.  I am really hoping he redshirts and PD3/Wilcke take care of business.
  3. Points from 133.  I do not see any way that Max Murin cuts to 133 as some posters on Hawkeye Report were speculating.  Phillip Laux and Paul Glynn are typical tough native Iowa boys.  Whoever gets the nod will get it done and score points for us at Nationals.
  4. 141.  I was impressed with Vince Turk at the Iowa City Duals but he did not do well against Rider and Illinois.  Carter Happel dropped his first varsity match against Rutgers but bounced back to beat the #11 wrestler in the country from Mayland.  I am biased because Happel is from my hometown of Lisbon, Iowa, but I am excited about his potential.  Happel is not a day in/day out grinder, but he is a gamer that knows how to win when the money is on the table.  We need points at 141 when the lights are the brightest in Cleveland at Nationals.  I look for Happel to be in Cleveland and scoring points and chasing All American status.  Another option would be to have the redshirt pulled off of Murin to take over at 141.    
  5. A healthy team.  Here’s to hoping Iowa rolls into Cleveland healthy and peaked to wrestle their best of the year when it counts at Nationals.
  6. 5 NCAA finalist.  To those doubting, here are my five:  Lee, Sorensen, Kemerer, PDIII (184), and Wilcke (197).  Wilcke is an athlete with huge potential and the competition in the room will make him even better.  As you may know, I am a big fan of Sam Stoll.  The right draw at nationals could find Stoll in the finals.  Joey Gunther, aka Joey Guns, is the most underrated college wrestler in the country.  174 is a very tough weight class.  Joey Guns is tough too.  Gunther as an All American. Alex “Bull” Marinelli?  Semifinalist, at least, that will score a lot of points.  No way I put limitations on someone that tough.
  7. Tom Brands.  Iowa wrestling is about winning national titles.  In my book: Domination: An Inside Look at Iowa Wrestling, I stated that the most important thing a leader had to do was to lead their team into battle.  I came up with that from studying Gable for years.  It is up to Tom Brands to lead his team and the Iowa Wrestling Nation into battle and perform at nationals.  Tom Brands is our man and I believe in him.          

Starting a dual meet, the Big Tens and Nationals with Spencer Lee, the edition of PD3, and Sam Stoll wrapping things up at Hwt. will raise the level of the entire program. A lot.  I have been looking for momentum for years at nationals.  Iowa Wrestling needs to catch a wave of momentum and ride it out for a title.  And how that dominating Iowa Wrestling crowd will be heard from in Cleveland.  I get chills just thinking about it.

Lee – Laux – Happel – Sorensen – Kemerer – Marinelli – Gunther – PD3 – Wilcke – Stoll.  

Sounds like a winner to me.

May I never accept the day that Iowa Wrestling is not a factor to win the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.  I want Iowa Wrestling to win.  Call it pride, denial, stubborn, or ego.  Your choice.

So for Iowa Wrestling winning the national  team title this year…so you’re telling me there’s a chance?  Damn straight.

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

Iowa rolls at Midlands with 5 champs

Iowa Wrestling did not get the memo that they were to be seriously challenged to win the Midlands team title.  The Hawks ran away from the field with five champs to win their 27th Midlands title.  When the dust cleared after two days of tough wrestling in the Sears Centre Arena, Iowa won the team title with 156.5 points ahead of Rutgers (109.5), Central Michigan (108), and Arizona State (106.5).  

Brandon Sorensen won his third Midlands title at 149.  Sorensen was as consistent as ever against very good competition.  He defeated former NCAA champ Jason Tsirtsis of Arizona State in the semifinals, 3-1, OT before defeating nationally third ranked Justin Oliver of Central Michigan in the finals, 4-2. Sorensen became just the 12th wrestler in Iowa history to win three Midlands titles.  For his five year career at Iowa including his redshirt year, Sorensen has placed third, third, first, first, and first at Midlands.

Michael Kemerer had a very impressive tournament that started with four pins and a tech fall to reach the finals.  In the finals, Kemerer defeated former high school teammate and seventh ranked Josh Shields of Arizona State, 5-2 to win his second straight Midlands title.  Kemerer looks so much stronger this season.

It was the first Midlands title for three Iowa wrestlers that really stood out for me.  Marinelli, Wilcke, and Stoll all captured titles.  It is a huge step in the career of these three Iowa wrestlers to win a Midlands title.  

Alex “Bull” Marinelli captured his first Midlands title at 165.  Marinelli defeated Ritchie Lewis of Rutgers in the semifinals, 3-2.  Lewis won a World title at the U23 Freestyle championships recently and is a very good wrestler.  This is Marinelli’s second win over Lewis in the last month.  Marinelli then downed John Schleifer of Princeton in the finals, 3-1, OT.  Marinelli had a late start to the season with an injury and I look for him to continue to get better as the season progresses.

Cash Wilcke captured the title at 197.  Wilck pinned teammate Jacob Warner in overtime in the semifinals before beating 19th ranked Frank Mattiace of Penn, 3-1 OT in the finals.  Wilcke has continued to improve at an impressive rate and has so much potential.  When he scores, he makes it look so easy.

Sam Stoll had a very good tournament in winning the title at Hwt.  Stoll won two matches by Disqualification because of stalling calls on his way to the finals against fourth ranked Tanner Hall of Arizona State.  Stoll won on an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Hall to win, 2-1.  That is a big win for Sam Stoll.  

Carter Happel placed sixth at 141 and Kaleb Young placed fifth at 165.  In the Unattached team of Iowa wrestlers, Spencer Lee placed sixth at 125 and Max Murin defeated teammate Carter Happel to place fifth at 141.  Pat Lugo placed fourth at 149 and Jacob Warner placed sixth at 197.

Overall, I thought it was a good tournament for Iowa Wrestling.  The Hawks came out very strong and scored a lot of bonus points in the first day of action.  Iowa then finished by going 5-0 in the finals and the team race was not even close.  I would say that is a good Midlands.

As much as the individual titles and dominating team title, I liked something else that I saw out of Iowa Wrestling.  I saw Iowa wrestlers that were happy to be winning.  I like a little bit of emotion out of a wrestler that is excited and grateful for a win.  Whether is was an individual title won, being assured of placing, or just winning a match at the Midlands, I saw Iowa wrestlers that were happy with their results.  I also liked the team photo at the end of the tournament that showed a proud team that was happy they had won the Midlands team title.  That may not sound like much to you, but I like it.  A lot.  I hope to see more of that from Iowa Wrestling.

The Hawks face Michigan State at 7 PM (CST) at home this Friday, January 5.  

Tickets are available at: hawkeyesports.com/tickets.

 

125  Justin Stickley’s place is unknown and has scored 2.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by decision over Connor Brown (South Dakota State) (Dec 5-4)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by decision over Kirk Johansen (Northern Illinois) (Dec 6-2)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Nick Suriano (Rutgers) won by tech fall over Justin Stickley (Iowa) (TF 19-4)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Joshua Kramer (Arizona State) won by decision over Justin Stickley (Iowa) (Dec 8-4)

 

133  Phillip Laux’s place is unknown and has scored 2.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Phillip Laux (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Phillip Laux (Iowa) won by decision over Michael DeLaPena (Indiana – UNAT) (Dec 9-2)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh ) won by decision over Phillip Laux (Iowa) (Dec 6-2)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Phillip Laux (Iowa) won by decision over Noah Gonser (Eastern Michigan) (Dec 6-3)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Colin Valdiviez (Northwestern) won by decision over Phillip Laux (Iowa) (Dec 4-3)

 

133  Paul Glynn’s place is unknown and has scored 5.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Paul Glynn (Iowa) won by decision over Ben Thornton (Purdue) (Dec 5-1)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Paul Glynn (Iowa) won by fall over Anthony Rubinetti (Northwestern) (Fall 3:56)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Paul Glynn (Iowa) won by decision over Jens Lantz (Wisconsin) (Dec 3-2)
  • Quarterfinal – Dylan Duncan (Illinois) won by decision over Paul Glynn (Iowa) (Dec 6-1)
  • Cons. Round 6 – Paul Konrath (Wisconsin – UNAT) won in tie breaker – 1 over Paul Glynn (Iowa) (TB-1 8-5)

 

141  Carter Happel’s place is 6th and has scored 14.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by tech fall over Noah Hermasillo (Adams State – UNAT) (TF 18-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by fall over Lenny Petersen (Air Force) (Fall 4:38)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Jacob Lizak (Penn) (Maj 10-2)
  • Quarterfinal – Tyler Smith (Bucknell) won by major decision over Carter Happel (Iowa) (Maj 11-3)
  • Cons. Round 6 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by decision over Mike Vanschenkbrill (Rutgers) (Dec 3-1)
  • Cons. Round 7 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by decision over Colton Schilling (Cal Poly) (Dec 12-8)
  • Cons. Semi – Nate Limmex (Purdue) won by decision over Carter Happel (Iowa) (Dec 8-7)
  • 5th Place Match – Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Carter Happel (Iowa) (Dec 5-2)

 

141  Vince Turk’s place is unknown and has scored 4.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Alexander Jaffe (Harvard) (Dec 6-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Jaime Hernandez (North Carolina) (Dec 7-4)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Cole Weaver (Indiana) won by decision over Vince Turk (Iowa) (Dec 8-3)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Vince Turk (Iowa) won by fall over Cory Crooks (Arizona State) (Fall 3:21)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Mike Vanschenkbrill (Rutgers) won by fall over Vince Turk (Iowa) (Fall 2:12)

 

149  Brandon Sorensen’s place is 1st and has scored 25.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by fall over Davey Tunon (Indiana) (Fall 3:52)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by tech fall over Kevin Budock (Old Dominion – UNAT) (TF 26-11)
  • Quarterfinal – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by major decision over Eleazar Deluca (Rutgers) (Maj 12-2)
  • Semifinal – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won in sudden victory – 1 over Jason Tsirtsis (Arizona State) (SV-1 3-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by decision over Justin Oliver (Central Michigan) (Dec 4-2)

 

149  Jaren Glosser’s place is unknown and has scored 6.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jaren Glosser (Iowa) won by fall over Jordan Shearer (Nebraska) (Fall 2:30)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jaren Glosser (Iowa) won by decision over Brandon Wright (Indiana – UNAT) (Dec 8-1)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Austin O`Connor (North Carolina) won by decision over Jaren Glosser (Iowa) (Dec 7-4)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Jaren Glosser (Iowa) won by major decision over Tyler Meisinger (Michigan) (Maj 9-1)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Jaren Glosser (Iowa) won in sudden victory – 1 over Eric Barone (Illinois) (SV-1 3-1)
  • Cons. Round 6 – Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) won by decision over Jaren Glosser (Iowa) (Dec 4-2)

 

157  Michael Kemerer’s place is 1st and has scored 30.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Michael Kemerer (Iowa) won by fall over Gene `Oliver` Pierce (Arizona State) (Fall 2:35)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Michael Kemerer (Iowa) won by fall over Dylan Geick (Columbia) (Fall 1:30)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Michael Kemerer (Iowa) won by fall over Brett Donner (Rutgers) (Fall 1:25)
  • Quarterfinal – Michael Kemerer (Iowa) won by fall over Jake Danishek (Indiana) (Fall 4:24)
  • Semifinal – Michael Kemerer (Iowa) won by tech fall over Justin Staudenmayer (Brown) (TF 19-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Michael Kemerer (Iowa) won by decision over Joshua Shields (Arizona State) (Dec 5-2)

 

165  Kaleb Young’s place is 5th and has scored 14.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) won by major decision over Patrick Gerish (Maryland) (Maj 15-3)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jacob Morrissey (Purdue) won in sudden victory – 1 over Kaleb Young (Iowa) (SV-1 6-4)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) won by major decision over Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider) (Maj 12-3)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) won by major decision over Dale Tiongson (Princeton) (Maj 17-3)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) won by major decision over Logan Parks (Central Michigan) (Maj 8-0)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) won by decision over Logan Peterson (South Dakota State) (Dec 8-3)
  • Cons. Semi – Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) won by decision over Kaleb Young (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)
  • 5th Place Match – Kaleb Young (Iowa) won by decision over May Bethea (Penn) (Dec 2-0)

 

165  Alex Marinelli’s place is 1st and has scored 22.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won by fall over Johnny Blankenship (Nebraska) (Fall 6:05)
  • Quarterfinal – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won by decision over Jonathan Viruet (Brown) (Dec 3-2)
  • Semifinal – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won by decision over Richie Lewis (Rutgers) (Dec 3-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) won in sudden victory – 1 over Jon Schleifer (Princeton) (SV-1 3-1)

 

174  Joey Gunther’s place is unknown and has scored 2.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Joey Gunther (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jordan Pagano (Rutgers) won by decision over Joey Gunther (Iowa) (Dec 7-4)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Joey Gunther (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Joey Gunther (Iowa) won by decision over Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois – UNAT) (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Joey Gunther (Iowa) won by decision over Matthew Gancayco (Princeton) (Dec 8-2)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Joey Gunther (Iowa) won by decision over Jake Lanning (Buffalo – UNAT) (Dec 10-3)
  • Cons. Round 6 – Mikey Labriola (Nebraska – UNAT) won by decision over Joey Gunther (Iowa) (Dec 4-3)

 

184  Mitch Bowman’s place is unknown and has scored 5.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Mitch Bowman (Iowa) won by major decision over Brett Perry (Buffalo) (Maj 10-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Mitch Bowman (Iowa) won by injury default over Christian LaFragola (Brown) (Inj. 3:52)
  • Quarterfinal – Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan) won in tie breaker – 1 over Mitch Bowman (Iowa) (TB-1 6-1)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Martin Mueller (South Dakota State) won by decision over Mitch Bowman (Iowa) (Dec 7-5)

 

197  Cash Wilcke’s place is 1st and has scored 24.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by fall over Anthony Messner (Rutgers) (Fall 4:45)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Gentile (Lehigh – UNAT) (Dec 2-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by decision over Pat Brucki (Princeton) (Dec 5-2)
  • Semifinal – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by fall over Jacob Warner (Iowa – UNAT) (Fall 7:25)
  • 1st Place Match – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won in sudden victory – 1 over Frank Mattiace (Penn) (SV-1 3-1)

 

Hwt  Sam Stoll’s place is 1st and has scored 26.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Sam Stoll (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by disqualification over Ian James (Buffalo) (DQ)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by disqualification over Patrik Garren (Penn) (DQ)
  • Quarterfinal – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by major decision over Zack Parker (Ohio) (Maj 17-5)
  • Semifinal – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by decision over Conan Jennings (Northwestern) (Dec 8-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by decision over Tanner Hall (Arizona State) (Dec 2-1)

 

Iowa – Unattached

 

125  Spencer Lee’s place is 6th and has scored 15.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Spencer Lee (Iowa – UNAT) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Spencer Lee (Iowa – UNAT) won by fall over Killian Cardinale (Old Dominion – UNAT) (Fall 1:20)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Spencer Lee (Iowa – UNAT) won by tech fall over Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) (TF 17-2)
  • Quarterfinal – Spencer Lee (Iowa – UNAT) won by tech fall over Sean Russell (Edinboro) (TF 15-0)
  • Semifinal – Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) won by decision over Spencer Lee (Iowa – UNAT) (Dec 3-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Zeke Moisey (West Virginia) won by medical forfeit over Spencer Lee (Iowa – UNAT) (MFF)
  • 5th Place Match – Sean Russell (Edinboro) won by medical forfeit over Spencer Lee (Iowa – UNAT) (MFF)

 

141  Max Murin’s place is 5th and has scored 14.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) won by major decision over Grant Willits (Oregon State – UNAT) (Maj 17-7)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Jason Ipsarides (Northwestern) (Dec 6-2)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Colton Schilling (Cal Poly) won by fall over Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) (Fall 3:35)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) won by medical forfeit over Ben Freeman (Michigan – UNAT) (MFF)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Michael Carr (Illinois) (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Round 6 – Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Pat D`Arcy (Princeton) (Dec 8-3)
  • Cons. Round 7 – Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Yahya Thomas (Northwestern – UNAT) (Dec 4-3)
  • Cons. Semi – Tyler Smith (Bucknell) won by decision over Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) (Dec 8-4)
  • 5th Place Match – Max Murin (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Carter Happel (Iowa) (Dec 5-2)

 

149  Pat Lugo’s place is 4th and has scored 19.50 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Zach Krause (Brown) (Dec 4-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Isaac Reinemann (Illinois) (Dec 7-4)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Joshua Maruca (Arizona State) won by decision over Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) (Dec 4-1)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Brandon Wright (Indiana – UNAT) (Dec 9-2)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) won by fall over Joshua Cortez (Cal Poly) (Fall 2:01)
  • Cons. Round 6 – Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) won by forfeit over Eleazar Deluca (Rutgers) (FF)
  • Cons. Round 7 – Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Austin O`Connor (North Carolina) (Dec 6-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) won by fall over Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) (Fall 4:38)
  • 3rd Place Match – Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) won by decision over Pat Lugo (Iowa – UNAT) (Dec 8-5)

 

197  Jacob Warner’s place is 6th and has scored 10.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Warner (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Tyler Johnson (NC State) (Dec 8-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jacob Warner (Iowa – UNAT) won by major decision over Jackson Striggow (Michigan) (Maj 11-3)
  • Quarterfinal – Jacob Warner (Iowa – UNAT) won by decision over Jacob Smith (West Virginia) (Dec 3-1)
  • Semifinal – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by fall over Jacob Warner (Iowa – UNAT) (Fall 7:25)
  • Cons. Semi – Christian Brunner (Purdue) won by decision over Jacob Warner (Iowa – UNAT) (Dec 10-6)
  • 5th Place Match – Pat Brucki (Princeton) won by decision over Jacob Warner (Iowa – UNAT) (Dec 4-2)

 

Hwt  Aaron Costello’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tanner Hall (Arizona State) won by fall over Aaron Costello (Iowa – UNAT) (Fall 4:01)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Aaron Costello (Iowa – UNAT) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Ian James (Buffalo) won by decision over Aaron Costello (Iowa – UNAT) (Dec 5-3)

 

Hawks in first at Midlands with 5 in semifinals

It was a good day for Iowa at the 55th Annual Midlands Championships.  Iowa has five starters in the semifinals with Sorensen, Kemerer, Marinelli, Wilcke, and Stoll.  Glynn, Happel, and Bowman dropped their matches in the quarters and are still alive in the consolations. Gunther, Glosser, and Young are also alive in the consolations. 

The bigger story may be the performance of the true freshman that are competing unattached.  Spencer Lee was ahead 13-0 (including riding time) in the first period and ended up with a 15-0 tech fall over #7 in the country Russel of Edinboro.  Spencer Lee is unreal.  Lee will now face tenth nationally ranked Bresser of Oregon State in the semifinals. Jacob Warner scored a takedown at the buzzer to beat #5 in the country Smith of West Virginia, 3-1 to set up a semifinal showdown with teammate Cash Wilcke.

Overall, Iowa has been aggressive and scoring a lot of bonus points in the tournament.  I am very encouraged by what I saw out of Iowa Wrestling today.  Those two true freshman, Lee and Warner…wow.  They are something else.

Iowa is in first place with 91 points followed by Arizona State with 75 points.  ASU also has five in the semifinals.Rutgers is in third with 72 points with four finalist.  The Iowa – Unattached team is in tenth place with 36 points with Lee and Warner in the semifinals.

Tomorrow will be a great day of wrestling.

Saturday, December 30

Third Session (Semifinals, Consolations, 7th place matches) – Noon

Finals (1st/3rd/5th place matches) – 7 PM

*All times CST.