Results from the weekend

It was a great weekend for Iowa Wrestling. There was so much to keep track of I wanted to do a rundown of the big weekend.

On Friday the Iowa Women’s Wrestling team qualified their entire team and won the team title at the NCWWC Region V today in Indianola, Iowa. The Hawks came in first with 220 points followed by McKendree at 193 and Lindenwood at 106.

All fifteen Hawkeye wrestlers placed in the top four to qualify for the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 8-9.

There were three matches of Iowa vs. Iowa in the finals. In a battle of the two top ranked wrestlers in the country at 101 it was Emilie Gonzalez defeating Sterling Dias, 7-0.

Brianna Gonzalez won a 9-3 decision over Felicity Taylor at 116 and Marlynne Deede won by an 8-4 decision over Bella Mir at 155.

Also winning titles for the Hawks: Ava Bayless(109), Reese Larramendy(143), and Kylie Welker(170).

Great tournament for the Hawks in their first year of competition.

 

On Saturday Spencer Lee won the Gold at the 2024 Pan-American Championships in Acapulco, Mexico. 

Lee won three straight matches by tech fall with times of :34, :26 and the 1:18 in the finals.

This was the first International competition for Lee in the Senior division.

Lee looks like he is ready to make a run at the Olympic Gold.

Next up for Lee will be the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in University Park, Pennsylvania on April 19-20.

 


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It was another big weekend of wrestling for our incoming recruits. Brady Benham (OK) and Cadence Diduch (IL) capped off undefeated seasons by winning a state title. 

Leo Deluca placed second at 120 lbs. at the National Prep Wrestling Championships in Bethlehem, PA. Miguel Estrada (CA) placed fourth at 150 lbs. at State.

Joe Kennedy won the 152 lbs. title at Section 1AA Individual and will have the Minnesota State Tournament next weekend.

As I have done for years I will continue to post a blog of where our incoming recruits will be competing for the weekend and a follow up blog with results.

 

On Sunday the Iowa Hawkeyes went into Stillwater, Oklahoma and defeated Oklahoma State 22-9. The Hawks won seven of ten bouts in a hostile environment of over 13,000 fans.

This was an impressive showing over an undefeated Oklahoma State team that was on a roll. Iowa won the takedown battle and was the aggressor the entire meet. 

Iowa outscored Oklahoma State 62-32 in match points.

Just what you want to see heading into Big Tens and Nationals.

Iowa finished the regular season with a 12-2 record in dual meets.

 

Sat and Sun March 9-10 – at Big Ten Championships (College Park, Maryland)

Thurs-Sat March 21-23 – at NCAA Championships (Kansas City, MO)

 

#4 Iowa 22, #2 Oklahoma State 9

125 – #4 Drake Ayala (I) dec. #12 Troy Spratley (O), 8-1 SV1

133 – #3 Daton Fix (O) dec. Brody Teske (I), 7-3

141 – #2 Real Woods (I) dec. #8 Tagen Jamison (O), 5-1

149 – #18 Jordan Williams (O) dec. Victor Voinovich III (I), 7-3

157 – #5 Jared Franek (I) dec. #10 Teague Travis (O), 10-4

165 – #7 Michael Caliendo (I) dec. #3 Izzak Olejnik (O), 7-2

174 – #7 Patrick Kennedy (I) major dec. #21 Brayden Thompson (O), 12-3

184 – #2 Dustin Plott (O) dec. Gabe Arnold (I), 5-1

197 – #11 Zach Glazier (I) dec. #16 Luke Surber (O), 4-1

285 – Ben Kueter (I) dec. #11 Konner Doucet (O), 5-1

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action: Feb 22-24 RESULTS

It was another big weekend of wrestling for our incoming recruits. Brady Benham (OK) and Cadence Diduch (IL) capped off undefeated seasons by winning a state title. 

Miguel Estrada (CA) placed fourth at 150 lbs. at State. 

Leo Deluca placed second at 120 lbs. at the National Prep Wrestling Championships in Bethlehem, PA. 

Joe Kennedy won the 152 lbs. title at Section 1AA Individual and will have the Minnesota State Tournament next weekend.

As I have done for years I will continue to post a blog of where our incoming recruits will be competing for the weekend and a follow up blog with results.

 


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Recruiting Class of 2024

Dru Ayala – Fort Dodge, Iowa  120 lbs.

Season completed – 3rd place.

 

Keyan Hernandez – Billings (West), Montana 126 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Miguel Estrada – Bakersfield (Frontier HS), California  150 lbs.

Th-Sat  Feb 22-24 – at State (Bakersfield)

Rd 1 – Miguel Estrada (Frontier) Fall Aydan Ducharme (Vacaville) 1:39

Rd 2 – Miguel Estrada (Frontier) tech fall Jacob Belden (San Clemente) 19-4

Quarterfinals –  Miguel Estrada (Frontier) decision Jaxtyn Frost (Buchanan) 5-2

Semifinals – Laird Root (Poway) decision Miguel Estrada (Frontier) 3-1

Cons Semis – Miguel Estrada (Frontier) maj dec Anthony Berg (Whitney) 16-7

3rd Place – Ethan Parco (Los Gatos) decision Miguel Estrada (Frontier) 2-1

 

Angelo Ferrari – Melissa, Texas  175 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Jake Howell –  Glenwood Village (Cherry Creek HS), Colorado  215 lbs.

Season completed – 2nd place.

 

Kael Voinovich – City High HS, Iowa City, Iowa  157 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Joe Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, Minnesota  152 lbs.

Fri/Sat Feb 23-24 – at Section 1AA Individual (Rochester)

Quarterfinal – Joseph Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by fall over Caden Hyke (Stewartville) (Fall 0:17)

Semifinal – Joseph Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by tech fall over Slade Barnett (Waseca) (TF-1.5 3:10 (15-0))

1st Place Match – Joseph Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by major decision over Laiken Copeman (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) (MD 15-5)

 

Brady Benham – Sperry, Oklahoma  165 lbs.

Th/Sat Feb 22-24 – at Oklahoma State Championships (Oklahoma City)

Quarterfinal – Brady Benham (SPERRY) won by major decision over Seth Elam (SALINA) (MD 9-1)

Semifinal – Brady Benham (SPERRY) won by fall over Lubbock Drake (WARNER) (Fall 1:46)

1st Place Match – Brady Benham (SPERRY) won by decision over Kyle Harrall (HINTON) (Dec 5-0)

 

Recruiting Class of 2025

Leo DeLuca  – Blair Academy New Jersey  120 lbs.

Sat Feb 24 – at National Prep Wrestling Championships (Bethlehem, PA)

Rd 1 – Leo DeLuca (Blair) Fall over Cayden Farver (Loyola-Blakefield)  1:41

Quarterfinals – Leo DeLuca (Blair) Fall over Maddox Preskit (Bishop Lynch) 1:18

Semifinals – Leo DeLuca (Blair) decision over Lukas Littelton (Malvern Prep 4-1

Finals – Nate Desmond (Wyoming Seminary) decision over Leo DeLuca (Blair) 5-3

 

Leister Bowling – Mead, Colorado  175 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Women’s Recruiting Class of 2024

Val Solorio – Canon-McMillan HS, Pennsylvania  100 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Karlee Brooks – Valiant College Prep HS (Phoenix, AZ)  120 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Cadence Diduch – Freeport, Illinois  135 lbs.

Fri/Sat Feb 23-24 – at Illinois Girls Individual State Finals (Bloomington)

Champ. Round 1 – Cadence Diduch (Freeport (H.S.)) won by fall over Leann Cory (Collinsville) (Fall 1:58)

Quarterfinal – Cadence Diduch (Freeport (H.S.)) won by fall over Maggie Zuber (Chicago (Mother McAuley)) (Fall 1:11)

Semifinal – Cadence Diduch (Freeport (H.S.)) won by major decision over Jenna Tuxhorn (Chatham (Glenwood)) (MD 13-2)

1st Place Match – Cadence Diduch (Freeport (H.S.)) won by major decision over Natalie Beaumont (Toledo (Cumberland)) (MD 10-1)

 

Kiara Djoumessi – Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa  140 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Naomi Simon – Decorah, Iowa 170 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Spencer Lee wins Gold at Pan Ams

Spencer Lee cruised through the competition to win the Gold at the 2024 Pan-American Championships in Acapulco, Mexico.

Lee won three straight matches at 57 kg by tech fall with times of :34, :26 and 1:18 in the finals.

This was the first International competition for Lee in the Senior division.

Lee looked strong, confident and on track for an Olympic run.

Next up for Lee will be the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in University Park, Pennsylvania on April 19-20.

 


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2024 Pan-American Championships – 57 kg

Quarterfinals: Spencer Lee (USA) VSU 10-0 over Oscar Urbano (Columbia) :34

Semifinals: Spencer Lee (USA) VSU 10-0 over Giovan Silva (Brazil) :26 

Finals: Spencer Lee (USA) VSU1 12-2 over Jesus Pena (Venezuela) 1:18

 

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Go Hawks!

Hawks qualify entire team for Nationals

The Iowa Women’s Wrestling team qualified their entire team and won the team title at the NCWWC Region V today in Indianola, Iowa. The Hawks came in first with 220 points followed by McKendree at 193 and Lindenwood at 106.

All fifteen Hawkeye wrestlers placed in the top four to qualify for the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 8-9.

Like today at Region V only ten wrestlers and one from each weight will be able to score points at the NCWWC Wrestling Championships.

There were three matches of Iowa vs. Iowa in the finals. In a battle of the two top ranked wrestlers in the country at 101 it was Emilie Gonzalez defeating Sterling Dias, 7-0.

Brianna Gonzalez won a 9-3 decision over Felicity Taylor at 116 and Marlynne Deede won by an 8-4 decision over Bella Mir at 155.

Also winning titles for the Hawks: Ava Bayless(109), Reese Larramendy(143), and Kylie Welker(170).

It was an impressive tournament for the Hawks who look to be more than ready for Nationals in two weeks.

 


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NCWWC Region V Results for Iowa

101

Sterling Dias’s place is 2nd and has scored 17.5 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Sterling Dias (Iowa) won by tech fall over Megan Valdez (Lindenwood University) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Sterling Dias (Iowa) won by decision over Lizette Rodriguez (McKendree University) (Dec 3-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Emilie Gonzalez (Iowa) won by decision over Sterling Dias (Iowa) (Dec 7-0)

 

101

Emilie Gonzalez’s place is 1st and has scored 23.0 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Emilie Gonzalez (Iowa) won by tech fall over Vianey Hernandez (Quincy) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Emilie Gonzalez (Iowa) won by tech fall over Kiona Conner (McKendree University) (TF 12-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Emilie Gonzalez (Iowa) won by decision over Sterling Dias (Iowa) (Dec 7-0)

 

109

Ava Bayless’s place is 1st and has scored 25.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ava Bayless (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Ava Bayless (Iowa) won by tech fall over Hope Chiattello (Wartburg) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Ava Bayless (Iowa) won by tech fall over Sarah Zimmerman (Simpson) (TF 12-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Ava Bayless (Iowa) won by decision over Pauline Granados (McKendree University) (Dec 4-2)

 

116

Brianna Gonzalez’s place is 1st and has scored 25.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Brianna Gonzalez (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Brianna Gonzalez (Iowa) won by tech fall over Rose Le (William Jewell College) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Brianna Gonzalez (Iowa) won by tech fall over Trinity Pendergrass (Quincy) (TF 10-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Brianna Gonzalez (Iowa) won by decision over Felicity Taylor (Iowa) (Dec 9-3)

 

116

Felicity Taylor’s place is 2nd and has scored 22.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) won by fall over Liannette Ortiz (Wartburg) (Fall 2:33)
  • Semifinal – Felicity Taylor (Iowa) won by fall over Julia Vidallon (McKendree University) (Fall 2:11)
  • 1st Place Match – Brianna Gonzalez (Iowa) won by decision over Felicity Taylor (Iowa) (Dec 9-3)

 

123

Ava Rose’s place is 4th and has scored 13.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ava Rose (Iowa) won by tech fall over Autumn Van Bremen (Quincy) (TF 10-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Ava Rose (Iowa) won by decision over Alexandra Waitsman (William Jewell College) (Dec 11-8)
  • Semifinal – Shelby Moore (McKendree University) won by tech fall over Ava Rose (Iowa) (TF 10-0)
  • Cons. Semi – Ava Rose (Iowa) won by decision over Emarie Bolosan (William Jewell College) (Dec 7-1)
  • 3rd Place Match – Alexandra Waitsman (William Jewell College) won by decision over Ava Rose (Iowa) (Dec 8-5)

 

130

Emily Frost’s place is 3rd and has scored 17.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Emily Frost (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Emily Frost (Iowa) won by tech fall over Hayley Gilson (Lindenwood University) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Kylie Rule (Wartburg) won by decision over Emily Frost (Iowa) (Dec 8-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Emily Frost (Iowa) won by fall over Cayden Condit (Lindenwood University) (Fall 1:27)
  • 3rd Place Match – Emily Frost (Iowa) won by decision over Jennifer Soto (McKendree University) (Dec 8-5)

 

136

Lilly Luft’s place is 2nd and has scored 19.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Lilly Luft (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Lilly Luft (Iowa) won by tech fall over Vaness Elexpuru (Simpson) (TF 11-0)
  • Semifinal – Lilly Luft (Iowa) won by decision over Estella Gutches (McKendree University) (Dec 5-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Viktorya Torres (McKendree University) won by fall over Lilly Luft (Iowa) (Fall 5:25)

 

143

Reese Larramendy’s place is 1st and has scored 25.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Reese Larramendy (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Reese Larramendy (Iowa) won by tech fall over Rebecca Strong (Lindenwood University) (TF 14-3)
  • Semifinal – Reese Larramendy (Iowa) won by tech fall over Athena Willden (William Jewell College) (TF 10-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Reese Larramendy (Iowa) won by decision over Emma Bruntil (McKendree University) (Dec 4-2)

 

143

Ella Schmit’s place is 4th and has scored 15.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ella Schmit (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Ella Schmit (Iowa) won by tech fall over Aniyah Kelly (Wartburg) (TF 11-0)
  • Semifinal – Emma Bruntil (McKendree University) won by decision over Ella Schmit (Iowa) (Dec 7-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Ella Schmit (Iowa) won by fall over Rebecca Strong (Lindenwood University) (Fall 4:55)
  • 3rd Place Match – Athena Willden (William Jewell College) won by fall over Ella Schmit (Iowa) (Fall 3:53)

 

155

Marlynne Deede’s place is 1st and has scored 27.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Marlynne Deede (Iowa) won by fall over Randi Nicholson (Wartburg) (Fall 0:57)
  • Quarterfinal – Marlynne Deede (Iowa) won by tech fall over Ryan Garthoeffner (Lindenwood University) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Marlynne Deede (Iowa) won by tech fall over Ruby Rios (McKendree University) (TF 10-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Marlynne Deede (Iowa) won by decision over Bella Mir (Iowa) (Dec 8-4)

 

155

Bella Mir’s place is 2nd and has scored 21.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Bella Mir (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Bella Mir (Iowa) won by tech fall over Paige Barber (William Jewell College) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Bella Mir (Iowa) won by tech fall over Keeley Kehrli (Simpson) (TF 10-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Marlynne Deede (Iowa) won by decision over Bella Mir (Iowa) (Dec 8-4)

 

170

Kylie Welker’s place is 1st and has scored 25.0 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Kylie Welker (Iowa) won by fall over Katt Mossinghoff (Lindenwood University) (Fall 0:26)
  • Semifinal – Kylie Welker (Iowa) won by tech fall over Kami Senlycki (Wartburg) (TF 10-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Kylie Welker (Iowa) won by tech fall over Tristan Kelly (McKendree University) (TF 10-0)

 

170

Haley Ward’s place is 3rd and has scored 13.5 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Haley Ward (Iowa) won by tech fall over Emma Thomas (Lindenwood University) (TF 14-4)
  • Semifinal – Tristan Kelly (McKendree University) won by fall over Haley Ward (Iowa) (Fall 4:04)
  • Cons. Semi – Haley Ward (Iowa) won by decision over Kassidee Savaria (Simpson) (Dec 8-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Haley Ward (Iowa) won by decision over Kami Senlycki (Wartburg) (Dec 9-0)

 

191

Jaycee Foeller’s place is 2nd and has scored 19.5 team points.

  • Quarterfinal – Jaycee Foeller (Iowa) won by tech fall over Emersen Smith (Wartburg) (TF 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Jaycee Foeller (Iowa) won by fall over Ivana Elliott (Quincy) (Fall 1:38)
  • 1st Place Match – Sara Lake (Lindenwood University) won by decision over Jaycee Foeller (Iowa) (Dec 2-1)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Iowa recruits in action: Feb 22-24

We have another big weekend of wrestling for our incoming recruits. Miguel Estrada (CA), Brady Benham (OK), and Cadence Diduch (IL) will be competing in their State tournament. 

Leo Deluca will be competing at the National Prep Wrestling Championships in Bethlehem, PA. that will be covered live by FloWrestling on Friday and Saturday.

Joe Kennedy will be at Section 1AA Individual in Rochester on Friday and Saturday. This will be a qualifier for the State Tournament next weekend.

As I have done for years I will continue to post a blog of where our incoming recruits will be competing for the weekend and a follow up blog with results.

 


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Recruiting Class of 2024

Dru Ayala – Fort Dodge, Iowa  120 lbs.

Season completed – 3rd place.

 

Keyan Hernandez – Billings (West), Montana 126 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Miguel Estrada – Bakersfield (Frontier HS), California  150 lbs.

Th-Sat  Feb 22-24 – at California State Wrestling Championships (Bakersfield)

 

Angelo Ferrari – Melissa, Texas  175 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Jake Howell –  Glenwood Village (Cherry Creek HS), Colorado  215 lbs.

Season completed – 2nd place.

 

Kael Voinovich – City High HS, Iowa City, Iowa  157 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Joe Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, Minnesota  152 lbs.

Fri-Sat Feb 23-24 – at Section 1AA Individual (Rochester)

 

Brady Benham – Sperry, Oklahoma  165 lbs.

Th-Sat Feb 22-24 – at Oklahoma State Championships (Oklahoma City)

 

Recruiting Class of 2025

Leo DeLuca  – Blair Academy New Jersey  120 lbs.

Fri-Sat Feb 23-24 – at National Prep Wrestling Championships (Bethlehem, PA)

 

Leister Bowling – Mead, Colorado  175 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Women’s Recruiting Class of 2024

Val Solorio – Canon-McMillan HS, Pennsylvania  100 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Karlee Brooks – Valiant College Prep HS (Phoenix, AZ)  120 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Cadence Diduch – Freeport, Illinois  135 lbs.

Fri-Sat Feb 23-24 – at Illinois Girls Individual State Finals (Bloomington)

 

Kiara Djoumessi – Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa  140 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

Naomi Simon – Decorah, Iowa 170 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Hawks to compete at NCWWC Regionals

The University of Iowa Women’s Wrestling team will be competing at the NCWWC Region V Tournament in Indianola, Iowa on Friday, February 23. The top four wrestlers at each weight will  qualify for the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 8-9.

Wrestling will take place in Cowles Fieldhouse on the campus of Simpson College with competition beginning at 10 AM. 

Also I need to note that the head coach for Simpson is former Iowa Hawkeye two-time NCAA national champion Jeff McGinness.

Iowa is currently ranked #2 in the Tournament Rankings in their first year of competition.

Five of the nine teams competing at the NCWWC Region V are ranked in the Top 25 in the country. #2 Iowa will be challenged by #4 McKendree, #11 William Jewell, #16 Wartburg, and #22 Lindenwood.

Each mat will be live streamed by Rokfin. Brackets and results will be available on TrackWrestling.

I will have a  follow up blog with results.

 

NCWWC Region V

Buena Vista

Eureka

#2 Iowa

#22 Lindenwood

#4 McKendree

Quincy

Simpson

#16 Wartburg

#11 William Jewell

 


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NWCA NCAA Women’s Coaches Rankings – February 8, 2024

101 – #1 Emilie Gonzalez  #2 Sterling Dias

109 – #2 Ava Bayless

116 – #3 Brianna Gonzalez  #4 Felicity Taylor

123 – Nobody ranked

130 – #9 Emily Frost

136 – #10 Lilly Luft

143 – #2 Reese Larramendy  #4 Ella Schmit 

155 – #1 Marlynne Deede  #9 Bella Mir

170 – #1 Kylie Welker  #3 Haley Ward

191 – #3 Jaycee Fowler  #8 Alivia White

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Spencer Lee to compete at Pan Ams

Spencer Lee will represent Team USA at 57 KG at the Pan American Wrestling Championships on Saturday, February 24. Top competition in Men’s and Women’s Freestyle and Greco-Roman will take place in Acapulco, Mexico. 

This will be Lee’s first International competition representing Team USA at the Senior level.

All of the wrestling will be covered live by FloWrestling.

I will have a follow up blog with results.

 


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2024 Pan American Wrestling Championships in Acapulco, Mexico

Saturday, February 24 – Men’s Freestyle: 57-65-70-79-92-97-125 kg

10:00 am – Qualification Rounds

2:00 pm – Semifinals

3:00 pm – Repechage

5:00 pm – Medal Rounds

*Times listed are CST

 

For a full list of wrestlers competing in all three styles:

https://www.flowrestling.org/articles/11961877-2024-pan-am-wrestling-championship-entries-schedule

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa-Oklahoma State preview

The Iowa Hawkeyes will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on Oklahoma State on Sunday. The meet will be televised on FSI at 2 PM.

In the new InterMat Rankings Iowa is ranked #3 in both Tournament and Dual Meet rankings. Oklahoma State is #4 in Tournament and #2 in Dual Meet rankings.

You can bet that Gallagher-Iba Arena will be packed and provide a great setting for a big dual meet between the two most successful programs in the history of college wrestling.

The results of these matches will come into play for seeds at Big Tens and Nationals.

This will be a typical Iowa-Oklahoma State dual meet that will be fun to watch.

I look for the dual meet to begin at 125. Getting started right is always important. #4 Drake Ayala will face #12 Troy Spratley.

The deciding match of the dual meet may be at 149. Iowa has both #8 Caleb Rathjen and Victor Voinovich listed to face either #18 Jordan Williams or Sammy Alvarez. The winner at 149 is going to have a big advantage winning this dual meet.

The biggest matchup for rankings is at 165. #7 Michael Caliendo vs. #3 Izzak Olejnik will be the match of the day.

Iowa has Aiden Riggins and Gabe Arnold both listed at 184 to face #2 Dustin Plott.

Another pivotal match is at 197 with #11 Zach Glazier vs. #16 Luke Surber. Glazier has been clutch all season putting dual meets away in pressure situations. He may have that opportunity once again on Sunday.

Iowa has both #29 Brad Hill and Ben Kueter listed at Hwt to face #11 Konner Doucet.

This will be an intense and exciting dual meet every step of the way.

I did have Iowa as a favorite with Rathjen competing. Without knowing if Rathjen is going I have this as a toss up with the Hawks finding a way to win way in a close dual meet.

You can listen to the Iowa-Oklahoma State dual meet on iheart.com, YouTube, and AM 800 KXIC where Steven Grace and Mark Ironside will call the action.

This will be the final dual meet of the season before the Tournament season begins.

Sat and Sun March 9-10 – at Big Ten Championships (College Park, Maryland)

Thurs-Sat March 21-23 – at NCAA Championships (Kansas City, MO)

 


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#3 IOWA HAWKEYES (11-2, 6-2) 2023-24 Overall

Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record

125 2/4/3/3 Drake Ayala So. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge 18-3

133 17/20/23/20 Cullan Schriever Jr. Mason City, Iowa/Mason City 8-3

-or- Brody Teske Sr. Duncombe, Iowa/Fort Dodge 11-3

141 2/2/2/3 Real Woods R-Sr. Albuquerque, New Mexico/Montini Catholic (Ill.) 13-2

149 12/8/11/8 Caleb Rathjen So. Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny 14-3

-or- Victor Voinovich III So. Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville 11-5

157 6/5/5/6 Jared Franek Grad. Harwood, North Dakota/West Fargo 19-3

165 7/7/7/8 Michael Caliendo So. Geneva, Illinois/Batavia 19-3

174 7/7/5/5 Patrick Kennedy Jr. Kasson-Mantorville, Minnesota/Kasson-Mantorville 11-4

184 Aiden Riggins R-Fr. Janesville, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock 11-11

-or- Gabe Arnold Fr. Albany, Georgia/Iowa City 8-0

197 10/11/12/8 Zach Glazier Sr. Albert Lea, Minnesota/Albert Lea 20-1

285 –/29/–/– Bradley Hill R-Fr. Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf 16-5

-or- Ben Kueter Fr. Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City 2-1

^ WIN/Intermat/Flo/AWN

 

#4 OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS (14-0, 8-0) 2023-24 Overall

Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record

125 5/12/8/12 Troy Spratley R-Fr. Eufala, Oklahoma/Plano West 18-4

133 2/3/3/2 Daton Fix R-Sr. Sand Springs, Oklahoma/Charles Page 12-0

141 6/8/9/8 Tagen Jamison R-Fr. Durant, Oklahoma/Plano West 14-5

149 20/18/11/19 Jordan Williams R-Fr. Tulsa, Oklahoma/Owasso 10-6

-or- Sammy Alvarez Sr. Garfield, New Jersey/Saint Joseph Regional 3-4

157 10/10/10/11 Teague Travis R-So. Stillwater, Oklahoma/Stillwater 17-3

165 4/3/3/4 Izzak Olejnik R-Sr. Bakersfield, California/Bakersfield 19-3

174 –/21/24/17 Brayden Thompson Fr. Frankfort, Illinois/Lockport Township 9-7

184 2/2/2/2 Dustin Plott Sr. Tuttle, Oklahoma/Tuttle 21-2

197 11/16/16/16 Luke Surber Sr. Tuttle, Oklahoma/Tuttle 8-3

285 12/11/11/12 Konner Doucet R-Jr. Comanche, Oklahoma/Comanche 13-6

^ WIN/Intermat/Flo/AWN

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

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Sorensen and Clark named to Hall of Fame

Former Iowa Hawkeyes Brandon Sorensen and Cory Clark were inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame. Sorensen and Clark were honored at the State Tournament Saturday night in Des Moines.

Sorensen was a four-time state champion for Denver-Tripoli from 2010-2013 where he was the Iowa winner of the Dave Schultz Excellence Award in 2013.

At the University of Iowa Sorensen was a four-time All American and placed 4th-2nd-3rd-5th in his career at 149 lbs. Sorensen was chosen as the John and Dorothy Sill Award winner for most dedicated wrestler in 2015 and 2018. 

Sorensen was named in 2017 and 2018 as Academic All Big Ten and to the NWCA All-Academic Team.

Sorensen has been a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club since 2018.

 


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Clark was a four-time state champion at Southeast Polk High School in 2009-2012.

At the University of Iowa Clark was a four-time All American, three-time NCAA Finalist and the 2017 NCAA National Champion at 133 lbs. For his career from 2014-17 Clark placed 5th-2nd-2nd-1st.  

In 2017 Clark was named as the Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler and earned the Mike J. McGivern Award for most courageous wrestler award for the Iowa Wrestling team.

Congratulations to Brandon Sorensen and Cory Clark for being inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

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Brooks wins Silver at Lady Klippan Open

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Karlee Brooks placed second at the Lady Klippan Open in Klippan, Sweden. Competing for Team USA at 53 kg/116 lbs. in the Open division Brooks won a tech fall, fall, and decision to reach the finals.

In the finals Brooks dropped a 5-4 decision to Magdalena Glodek of Poland. Glodek was a 2022 U23 World silver medalist.

Of the five U20 eligible age USA wrestlers to compete in the Open division Brooks was the only one to medal.

 


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Brooks, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, is in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the U.S. Olympic Training Center as a member of the EAP (Elite Accelerator Program). She is currently ranked #2 at 120 lbs. and #11 in the P4P rankings.

Brooks is a member of the Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024.

 

Lady Klippan Open – Klippan, Sweden

53 kg – Karlee Brooks, Phoenix, Ariz. (EAP), silver medal

WIN Lobna Icaoui (Tunisia), tech. fall, 12-0

WIN Lilya Cohen (France), fall, 4:15

WIN Maelyss Rousselet (France), 5-4

LOSS Magdalena Glodek (Poland), 5-4

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

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