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Warner wins UWW Junior World Team Trials

Jacob Warner swept his best of three matches with two tech falls over John Borst to win the UWW Junior World Team Trials at 92 kg.  Warner was just as dominating in Rochester, MN as he was at the UWW Junior Nationals in Las Vegas last month where he won all four matches by tech fall.  According to TrackWrestling.com, for the UWW Junior Nationals and World Team Trials Warner was 6-0 with six technical falls, outscored his opponents 62-0, and wrestled a total of nine minutes and 19 seconds. That is domination.

UWW Junior Nationals champion Jeremiah Moody lost his best of three finals at 74 kg to place second.  Max Murin (65 kg), Alex Marinelli (74 kg), and Myles Wilson (86 kg) were eliminated from the World Team Trials.  

As I tried to state on my Iowa Wrestling Fan Podcast last week, it is challenging to describe how dominting Warner has been.  His Heavy Hands and non-stop attacking style is balanced with solid technique that make him an absolute force. With all of the tech falls through the process of making the UWW Junior World Team, I have to wonder how good is Jacob Warner?  We will find out in due time.

The UWW Junior division is for ages 18-20.  Warner will now represent Team USA at 92 kg to compete at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Trnava, Slovakia on September 22-23.  Warner was a Bronze medalist at the 2016 Cadet World Freestyle Championships held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Warner, from Washington, IL,  just completed his true freshman season at the University of Iowa where he redshirted at 197 lbs.  As an elite must-get recruit, Warner has been even better than advertised. Iowa Wrestling fans, we have four years ahead of us to watch Jacob Warner in the Black and Gold of Iowa Wrestling.  It looks like it will be a great four years.

HWC wrestlers competing in 2018 WTT Challenge Tournament

Members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and former Iowa wrestlers will be in action at the 2018 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament this weekend at the RCTC Regional Sports Center in Rochester, MN.

For the HWC, Nick Dardanes (65 kg), Nathan Burak (97 kg), and Lauren Louive (59 kg) will be competing. Former Iowa Hawkeye wrestlers Mike Evans (79 kg) and Tony Ramos (57 kg) will also be in action.

All of the wrestlers listed except Ramos will be competing in the Challenge Tournament with the winner facing the U.S. Open champion in a best of three format with the winner qualifying for Final X.  Ramos won the U.S. Open and is automatically qualified for the WTT Challenge Tournament finals.

The competition for the women begins at 4 PM Friday and the men’s freestyle begins at 10 AM on Saturday.  The best of three finals for the women will begin at 1 PM Saturday and the men’s best of three finals will begin at Noon Sunday. All times are CST.

The winner at each weight at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament will automatically qualify for Final X which will be held in three different locations across the country.  HWC members Thomas Gilman (57 kg) and Alli Ragan (59 kg) both won a World Silver last year therefore they have already qualified for Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 9.

5 Hawks to compete in UWW Junior WTT

Five members of the Iowa Wrestling program will be competing in the UWW Junior World Team Trials this weekend.  Jacob Warner (92 kg) and Jeremiah Moody (74 kg) won the UWW Junior Nationals in Las Vegas recently to automatically qualify for the best of three finals to be held on Saturday.  Warner and Moody both had outstanding tournaments and looked the best they ever have. Max Murin (65 kg) placed second at UWW Junior Nationals and Myles Wilson (86 kg) placed eighth to qualify for the mini-tournament to be held Friday.  The winner of the mini-tournament will face the UWW Junior National champion in a best of three format on Saturday.

Alex Marinelli (74 kg) qualified for the mini-tournament from being a D-I All American this past season.  With the way that Marinelli underperformed on the last day of the Big Tens and Nationals, I am expecting a very motivated wrestler that will compete hard.  After completing all season at 165, Marinelli looks the part to now compete at 163 lbs. Right now Marinelli looks like a lean and grisled wolf coming out of a long hard Yellowstone winter.  I am expecting a huge tournament out of Marinelli and there is a strong chance of an All-Iowa finals of Marinelli and Moody at 74 kg.

I reported in my blog yesterday that incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Anthony Cassioppi from Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL) will be competing at 125 kg at the UWW Junior World Team Trials.  Cassioppi qualified for the mini-tournament by winning a Junior Freestyle national title last summer in Fargo.

The competition begins at 10 AM (CST) on Friday at the RCTC Regional Sports Center in Rochester, MN. The UWW Junior division is for ages 18-20.  Wrestlers will be competing for a spot on Team USA to compete at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Trnava, Slovakia on September 22-23.  

It would be a big deal to put a Hawkeye on the UWW Junior World team.  It would be huge to put two or three Hawks on this world team. Definitely a possibility.  

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

Go Hawks!

 

Cassioppi to compete in UWW Junior WTT

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Anthony Cassioppi will be competing at the UWW Junior World Team Trials this weekend at 125 kg.   The competition begins at 10 AM (CST) on Friday at the RCTC Regional Sports Center in Rochester, MN. The UWW Junior division is for ages 18-20.  Wrestlers will be competing for a spot on Team USA to compete at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Trnava, Slovakia on September 22-23.

Cassioppi, from Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL), is ranked #4 at Hwt by Intermat. Cassioppi is joined by Nelson Brands of Iowa City, IA (West HS) and Joe Kelly of West Liberty, IA in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

Gilman 13th in UWW Ranking Series

Thomas Gilman is ranked 13th at 57 kg in the May UWW Freestyle Ranking Series.  A series of events like the Ivan Yarygin and Pan-American Championships are factored into the ranking.  This is the first year that UWW has used a ranking system.

From USA Wrestling:

The 2018 season is the first in which United World Wrestling is utilizing an objective ranking system. The points acquired at continental championships and select rankings series will determine the top four seeded athletes at the 2018 World Championships in October held in Budapest.

Nick Gwiazdowsk is ranked number one at 125 kg and David Taylor is ranked second at 86 kg.  No other American wrestler is ranked in the top four.  To have defending World and Olympic champion Kyle Snyder ranked 18th at 97 kg and defending World champion Jordan Burroughs not even ranked at 74 kg? Russia has the number one ranked wrestler in eight of the ten weight classes.  it makes you question how accurate this system is.  With a top four ranking at the World Championships on the line, I was expecting more rankings from Team USA who is the reigning Freestyle World Team and World Cup champions..

Gilman won a Silver medal at the 2017 World Freestyle Championships. From that performance, Gilman automatically qualified for the best of three series at Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 9.  At Final X, Gilman will face the winner of the upcoming World Team Trials Challenge Tournament on May 19-20 in Rochester, MN.

57kg

  1. Zavur UGUEV (RUS) // 42 Points
  2. Tsogbadrakh TSEVEENSUREN (MGL) // 32 Points
  3. Giorgi EDISHERASHVILI (AZE) // 26 Points
  4. Kumsong KANG (PRK) // 26 Points
  5. Reineri ANDREU ORTEGA (CUB) // 24 Points

U.S. wrestler

  1. Thomas GILMAN (USA) // 20 Points

U.S.-based foreign wrestler

  1. Stevan MICIC (SER) // 22 Points

 

Ragan to compete at Beat the Streets in NYC

Alli Ragan of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing in the upcoming Beat the Streets Benefit in New York City. The competition, named the “Rumble on the River”, will be held at Pier 17/Seaport District in lower Manhattan on Thursday, May 17. Ragan will face Adeniyi Aminat of Nigeria at 59 kg.  

Ragan has made five U.S. Senior World Teams and is a 2016 and 2017 World Silver medalist. From her World Silver performance last year, Ragan has already qualified for the best of three format at Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 9 with the winner making our 2018 World Team.

2018 Beat the Streets Benefit, “Rumble on the River”

The Seaport District/Pier 17, New York City, May 17, 2018

Wrestling Schedule

2:30 p.m. – Beat the Streets Youth Exhibition Matches

4:45 p.m. – New York City Girls Freestyle Dual Meet Championships Finals

6:00 p.m. – World Class Wrestling to include:

  • Team USA vs. Nigeria in women’s freestyle

57 kg – Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria)

59 kg – Alli Ragan (USA) vs. Adeniyi Aminat (Nigeria)

68 kg – Tamyra Stock (USA) vs. Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria)

  • Team USA vs. Cuba in men’s freestyle

57 kg – Josh Rodriguez (USA) vs. Reineri Andreeu Ortega (Cuba)

70 kg – James Green (USA) vs. Franklin Maren Castillo (Cuba)

79 kg – Kyle Dake (USA) vs. Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba)

92 kg – J’den Cox (USA) vs. Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta (Cuba)

97 kg – Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba)

125 kg– Nick Gwiazdowski (USA) vs. Yudenny Alapajon Estevez (Cuba)

  • High School Super Match, Patrick Glory vs. Gavin Teasdale (time TBD)
  • Super Match 1 – Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Frank Chamizo (ITA)
  • Super Match 2 – Jordan Oliver (USA) vs. Togrul Asgarov (AZE) (time TBD)

Followed by Annual Benefit Celebration, Pier 17

 

Heffernan named NWCA Coach of the Year

Former Iowa All-American John Heffernan has been named as the NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year. Heffernan has been an assistant coach at St. Edward (Ohio) High School for the past 27 years. Heffernan was a standout at St. Ed’s where he was a state champion in 1984.  St. Ed’s in a national powerhouse that has had a Division I All-American every year since 1991. During Heffernan’s coaching career, St. Ed’s has won 21 state titles and crowned 75 individual state champions.

At the University of Iowa, Heffernan wrestled for Dan Gable where he was a two-time All-American (1987-’88) at 158 lbs. 

Congratulations to John Heffernan on this much deserved award.

Gilman wins Bronze at Pan-Ams

Thomas Gilman captured a Bronze medal at the 2018 Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru at 57 kg. Gilman won his first two matches by tech fall before facing off with 2017 U23 World Champion Reineri Ortega of Cuba in the semifinals.  Gilman dropped a hard fought 7-4 decision to Ortega. In the Bronze medal match, Gilman downed Pedro Rodriguez of Venezuela, 11-4.

Team USA rolled to the Men’s Freestyle team title with 230 points and seven champions.  Team USA had a great Pan-Ams as all three styles won the team title in Men’s and Women’s Freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Gilman won a Silver in the 2017 World Freestyle Championships for Team USA. Because of that performance last year, Gilman received a bye to Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 9. Gilman will compete in a best of three matchup versus the winner of the upcoming Senior Freestyle World Team Trials Challenge Tournament for a spot on the 2018 World Freestyle Team at 57 kg.

2018 Pan-American Championships – 57 kg

  • Champ. Round 1 – Thomas Patrick Gilman (USA) won by tech fall over Andre Renato Quispe Fajardo (CHI) (TF 10-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Thomas Patrick Gilman (USA) won by tech fall over Alexander Moher (CAN) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Reineri Andreu Ortega (CUB) won by decision over Thomas Patrick Gilman (USA) (Dec 7-4)
  • 3rd Place Match – Thomas Patrick Gilman (USA) won by decision over Pedro Jesus Mejias Rodriguez (VEN) (Dec 11-4)

Team results (top five)

  1. USA – 230
  2. Cuba – 130
  3. Canada – 123
  4. Colombia – 84
  5. Peru – 81

Cassioppi named as Dave Schultz award winner for Illinois

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Anthony Cassioppi has been named as the State of Illinois recipient of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award. Cassioppi has a 4.0 GPA at Hononegah High School (Roscoe, IL).  Cassioppi won the rare Triple Crown by winning national titles in Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman last season as well as a Gold medal at the Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.  This season Cassioppi has already won his second straight Illinois state title and Folkstyle Nationals.

The award is named after Dave Schultz who was one of the greatest American wrestlers of all time as an Olympic and World champion. Dave Schultz was also one of the great ambassadors the sport of wrestling has ever seen.  

Cassioppi is ranked #4 at Hwt by Intermat.  Cassioppi is joined by Nelson Brands of Iowa City, IA (West HS) and Joe Kelly of West Liberty, IA in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

DeSanto reported to transfer to Iowa

Andy Hamilton reported on Twitter that he had spoke to Austin DeSanto this evening and he is transferring to Iowa. That is huge news for Iowa Wrestling. DeSanto will have three years of eligibility remaining after wrestling as a true freshman this season for Drexel at 133 lbs.

DeSanto could very well be the missing piece of the puzzle for Iowa Wrestling getting back to the top of the college wrestling world.  The thought of starting out a dual meet, the Big Ten’s, and the NCAA’s with Spencer Lee and Austin DeSanto for a one-two punch…is a great thought.  The name Austin DeSanto became downright famous when he defeated Spencer Lee in the PA State finals in 2017. 

Hamilton said a story was to follow soon at 7:45 PM CST.  Andy Hamilton and TrackWrestling are a respected and trusted source so I am taking this as incredible news for Iowa Wrestling.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan just went up another notch.  A huge notch.

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

Go Hawks!