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Warner named Wrestler of the Week

Jacob Warner has been named as the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week.  Warner had a big win at Princeton on Sunday over #2 ranked Patrick Brucki.  The match was 3-3 to start the third period. Brucki got an escape for a 4-3 lead.  Warner scored the winning takedown with :03 left in the match on a great shot and finish for a 5-4 win.

From HawkeyeSports.com:

“As the match went on I felt stronger and stronger, “ Warner said. “I got that takedown and I was a dog on a bone.  I got to that leg, and I need to get there more, but when I got to that leg I wasn’t letting go.”

That was a big win for Warner who lost to Brucki last year.  That last takedown was a great move that we will see again.  Warner showed emotion after the match that I have not seen before, and I liked it. This was the match that fans like me were waiting to see from Jacob Warner.

Warner is a redshirt sophomore from Tolono, IL (Washington High School) and was an All American last season at 197 when he placed seventh in the country.

The criteria for Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week is an Iowa wrestler that performs at an elite level that best represents Iowa Wrestling in the form of a dominating performance, a come from behind victory, or defeating a higher ranked opponent. 

 

Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week

November 19 – Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier

November 25 – Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier

December 2 – Tony Cassioppi.

December 9 – Jacob Warner

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

5 Hawks win titles at Jim Koch Open

Iowa sent nine wrestlers to the Jim Koch Open in Kenosha, Wisconsin and crowned five champs and two placed second.  Justin Stickley defeated teammate Aaron Meyer 8-5 to win the title at 141. Jeren Glosser won by a fall in 2:52 over Nathan Smith of UW-Parkside to win the title at 149.  

At 184, Abe Assad defeated Montrail Johnson (Unattached) 8-1 in the finals.  Zach Glazier defeated Beau Yineman (Unattached) by a 17-4 major decision to win the title at 197.  At Hwt, Aaron Costello won by a fall in :38 in the finals over Logan Radik (Maryville University).

Gavin Teasdale placed second at 133 and Aaron Meyer was second at 141.  Zach Axmear (149) and Tristan McDonald (184) did not place.

 

133

  • Champ. Round 1 – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by fall over Trever Skinner (Davenport) (Fall 1:59)
  • Quarterfinal – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by tech fall over Alex Waggoner (Maryville University) (TF 16-1)
  • Semifinal – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by major decision over Jack Huffman (Augustana University ) (Maj 19-9)
  • 1st Place Match – Airk Furseth (UW-Parkside) won by decision over Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) (Dec 7-5)

 

141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by fall over Cole West (Augustana University ) (Fall 2:27)
  • Quarterfinal – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Tristan Barr (Maryville University) (Maj 12-2)
  • Semifinal – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Robby Mutimer (UW-Parkside) (Maj 12-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by decision over Aaron Meyer (Iowa) (Dec 8-5)

 

141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) won by tech fall over Jacob Abeja (Joliet Junior College ) (TF 19-4)
  • Quarterfinal – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) won by fall over Brady Moesenthin (UW Eau Claire) (Fall 2:03)
  • Semifinal – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) won by decision over Branson Proudlock (Findlay) (Dec 8-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by decision over Aaron Meyer (Iowa) (Dec 8-5)

 

149

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Lorenzo Diaz (UW Eau Claire) (Fall 2:00)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Julian Abbott (Davenport) (Fall 1:04)
  • Quarterfinal – Devin Rogers (Findlay) won by fall over Zach Axmear (Iowa) (Fall 1:12)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Keaten Schorr (Augustana University ) won in sudden victory – 1 over Zach Axmear (Iowa) (SV-1 5-3)

 

149

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by fall over Joey Orr (Davenport) (Fall 0:36)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by tech fall over Alex Fulton (McKendree University ) (TF 17-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by fall over Jaivon Jones (Northern Illinois) (Fall 3:58)
  • Semifinal – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by decision over Anthony Cheloni (Northern Illinois) (Dec 4-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Jeren Glosser (Iowa) won by fall over Nathan Smith (UW-Parkside) (Fall 2:52)

 

184

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tristan McDonald (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Jacob Anderson (McKendree University ) won by decision over Tristan McDonald (Iowa) (Dec 11-5)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Tristan McDonald (Iowa) won by decision over Daniel Rosales (Findlay) (Dec 8-3)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Mark Trifelos (Findlay) won by decision over Tristan McDonald (Iowa) (Dec 5-3)

 

184

  • Champ. Round 1 – Abe Assad (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by decision over Ryan Herman (Maryville University) (Dec 6-5)
  • Semifinal – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by decision over Bailey Kelly (Maryville University) (Dec 9-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by decision over Montrail Johnson (Unattached) (Dec 8-1)

 

197

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by decision over Isaac Lahr (Wisconsin-La Crosse) (Dec 7-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Sean Kelly (Triton College) (Fall 2:37)
  • Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by decision over Rodsean Graham (UW-Parkside) (Dec 6-5)
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Beau Yineman (Unattached) (Maj 17-4)

 

Hwt

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Costello (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by disqualification over Johnny Shafer (Northern Illinois) (DQ)
  • Quarterfinal – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by fall over Andrew Salemme (Wisconsin) (Fall 2:59)
  • Semifinal – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by disqualification over Max Darrah (Maryville University) (DQ)
  • 1st Place Match – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by fall over Logan Radik (Maryville University) (Fall 0:38)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Iowa recruits in action: December 6-7

It is the big opening weekend for our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits. We have ten incoming recruits from seven different states to follow this season.  I will do my best to get you results of all of their tournaments this season.

The toughest competition for our recruits this weekend will be Caleb Rathjen of Ankeny, Iowa.  Rathjen will be competing at 138 lbs. at the Independence Invitational. #2 ranked and former Iowa commit and Cornell signed recruit Ryan Sokol of Simley High School, #7 ranked Northern Iowa recruit Cael Happel of Lisbon Iowa, and #9 ranked Rathjen.  

To have three of the top nine wrestlers in the entire country in a regular season tournament is amazing.  That has to be the toughest bracket in Iowa High School wrestling history. TrackWrestling will have live coverage on their premium service.  

I will post results as they become available.  I am very dependent on TrackWrestling for results.  If you have any way to help in getting me results for our recruits, please drop me a line at: iclius10@gmail.com. Thank you.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. 

At Andover Invitational – Dec 7

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. 

At Keith Young – Dec 7

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs. 

At Keith Young – Dec 7

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. 

At Southwest Shootout Duals – Dec 6-7

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

At Gardner-Edgerton Invitational (Kansas) – Dec 7

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

At Park & Helena – Dec 7

Bretli Reyna – Homestead, Florida (South Dade HS)  145 lbs.

Season begins next weekend.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 132 lbs.

Burrell (dual meet) Dec 6

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  145 lbs.

At Buena Vista Invitational – Dec 7

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

At Independence Invitational Dec 6-7

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa is winning the takedown battles

You would think the score of 32-3 would be the most impressive numbers coming out of the Iowa win over #6 rated Wisconsin on Sunday.  I believe that 22-3 could possibly rival 32-3. That is the total of takedowns in the dual meet: Iowa 22, Wisconsin 3. That is a great stat.

It is a pretty easy formula in the sport of wrestling.  Whoever wins the takedown battles has a real good chance of winning the match.  The Hawks looked much improved in the neutral position against Wisconsin and for the season.  Before I go any further, Wisconsin is ranked #6 in the country for a reason. They are that good.  I did not see a Wisconsin wrestler get tired. You do not see that in Carver-Hawkeye Arena very often, especially that early in the season. Another point to make is that Iowa has faced tough competition in all of their first three dual meets.

My first reaction to watching the battle for takedowns is the improved finishes to takedowns.  That all starts with positioning at the beginning of the shot. The Iowa wrestlers were able to defend a large percentage of the shots that Wisconsin took with improved hand fighting and footwork.  I was reminded last year that clean takedown finishes are the result of a clean setup and shot. However you want to look at it, the Hawks looked great on their feet.

Mark Ironside made a point quite a few times last season when talking about Alex Marinelli.  From his freshman to sophomore season, Marinelli was finishing his shots so much quicker. From the time he touched his opponents legs until the takedown was secured was only maybe 1-3 seconds last season.  Folks, that is tough to do against elite D-I competition.

I kept Mark’s comments about Marinelli in mind as I watch Iowa Wrestling this season hoping to see that same type of progression for the rest of the team.  Sure enough, the Hawks are finishing completing their takedowns much quicker than last year. Iowa is also scoring more first period takedowns and that is a huge influence on the rest of the match.

I have said for years that in the sport of wrestling that strength will cure more ills that a semi full of aspirin.  Iowa does indeed look physically bigger and stronger this season. Strength makes technique look better than is really is.  So is it the added strength or improved technique that is the difference in Iowa Wrestling so far this season? I would say a blend and mix of both.  Whatever it is, I sure like seeing it.

Keep winning the takedown battles Iowa Wrestling and the winning will take care of itself.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Gilman to compete in Russia

Thomas Gilman of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing in the Alans International Tournament in Vladikavkaz, Russia this weekend.  Gilman is one of seven highly respected wrestlers competing for Team USA. 

Competition will begin on Saturday, December 7 at 1 AM CST.  The finals are slated for 4 AM on Sunday. Any International tournament in an Olympic year, especially in Russia, will attract top talent and very tough wrestlers.

Former Iowa NCAA national champion and Team USA Head Freestyle Coach Bill Zadick will be the head coach for the tournament.

I was unable to find any available live streaming from any of the major wrestling publications for this tournament.

 

Alans International Tournament at Vladikavkaz, Russia 

U.S. men’s freestyle roster

57 kg: Thomas Gilman (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye Wrestling Club)

65 kg: Zain Retherford (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC)

74 kg: James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids)

92 kg: Mike Macchiavello (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC)

97 kg: Kyle Snyder (State College, Pa./Titan Mercury WC)

125 kg: Nick Gwiazdowski (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC)

Coach: Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

1 a.m. – Preliminary rounds

8 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

8:30 a.m. – Semifinals

Sunday, Dec. 8

1 a.m. – Repechage and bronze-medal matches

4 a.m. – Finals

*****Times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Cameron Lucero season preview

Cameron Lucero of Pagosa Springs, Colorado announced on November 3 that he is going to be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Lucero was one of many recruits in town for Iowa’s Homecoming weekend that resulted in a commitment. Lucero won a Colorado 3A state title at 145 lbs. last season as a sophomore and placed second as a freshman. In winning the title, Lucero had three pins before an 8-2 decision in the finals.

Colorado is really on the rise for wrestling with more and more D-I recruits entering the college ranks.  Lucero will join Myles Wilson of Junction, Colorado on the Iowa roster. Lucero will compete at 157/165 for the Hawks and is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021.

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2021 will be on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

I will bring you a blog every Friday during the season to let you know where our recruits will be competing and a follow-up blog with results.

 

Pagosa Springs High School

Dec 6 – Piedra Vista

Dec 7 – at Buena Vista Invitational

Dec 14 – at Columbine Invitational

Dec 20-21 – at Warrior Classic

Jan 9 – Bayfield

Jan 11 – Rocky Mountain Invitational

Jan 17-18 – at Mel Smith Tournament

Jan 23 –  at Monte Vista

Jan 25 – at Tiger Duals

Jan 30 – Alamosa

Jan 31 – Durango

Feb 1 – at Butch Melton Invite

Feb 6 – Montezuma-Cortez

Feb 8 – Centauri

Feb 21-22 – at State

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Cassioppi named Wrestler of the Week

Tony Cassioppi has been named as the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week.  Cassioppi, ranked #12,  looked great in defeating #2 ranked Trent Hillger of Wisconsin, 3-2. Hillger was an All American last season and had recently jumped up in the rankings.  Cassioppi is a redshirt freshman from Roscoe, IL (Hononegah HS).

Cassioppi was able to convert on a shot for the only takedown of the match.  That is a great signature win for Cassioppi in only his third college match.  The rest of the country now knows how good Tony Cassioppi is. 

It was a challenging decision with #2 ranked Austin DeSanto defeating #1 ranked Seth Gross 6-2 in the same Wisconsin dual meet.  However, I picked DeSanto to win that match and the national title this season. I had the Cassioppi-Hillger match as a toss up. I do not see it as an upset when DeSanto beats anyone in the country.   

The criteria for Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week is an Iowa wrestler that performs at an elite level that best represents Iowa Wrestling in the form of a dominating performance, a come from behind victory, or defeating a higher ranked opponent. 

 

Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week

November 19 – Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier

November 25 – Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier

December 2 – Tony Cassioppi.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

Caleb Rathjen season preview

Caleb Rathjen of Ankeny, Iowa gave his verbal commitment to Iowa Wrestling on November 8.  Rathjen won a 3A state title last season at 126 and placed second as a freshman at 113. With a 61-3 record and a member of the Sebolt Wrestling Academy, the credentials are certainly there.  Rathjen is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021.

Rathjen will see plenty of tough competition in the always tough CIML Conference and in tournaments at Independence and Waterloo.

I was able to see Rathjen in the Iowa room last April.  It is easy to see that he is hardworking, aggressive, and always hustling.  Just the type of recruit that Iowa Wrestling goes after. Rathjen is also a tough defensive back for the Ankeny football team and had a real good season.  Rathjen is projected to compete at 149/157 for the Hawks.

I will bring you a blog every Friday during the season to let you know where our recruits will be competing and a follow-up blog with results.

 

Ankeny High School

Dec 5 – at Mason City

Dec 6-7 – at Independence Invitational

Dec 12 – DM Lincoln, Southeast Polk

Dec 14 – at Johnston Invitational

Dec 19 – Ankeny Centennial

Dec 20-21 – at Battle of Waterloo

Jan 3 – at Ames

Jan 9 – at Urbandale

Jan 11 – at Ames Invitational

Jan 16 –  Johnston

Jan 18 – Bob Sharpe Invitational (Ankeny)

Jan 23 –  Dowling Catholic

Jan 25 – Dave Ewing Duals (Ankeny)

Jan 31 – at CIML Conference Tournament

Feb 6 – at Marshalltown

Feb 15 – at Districts (Dallas Center-Grimes)

Feb 20-22 – at State

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Leif Schroeder season preview

Leif Schroeder of Bozeman, Montana was another in a great group of recruits that visited Iowa on Homecoming weekend on October 19 that soon became a Hawkeye.  After his visit to Iowa, Schroeder canceled his planned visit to Minnesota the following weekend and committed to Iowa on October 25. Schroeder is in the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

Schroeder has won a state title in each of his first three years of high school with last year’s title being at 132 lbs.  He will be aiming for a title that would put him in elite company with Great Falls, Montana turned Iowa Hawkeyes Bill and Mike Zadick as a rare four-time Montana state champion.

Leif has an older brother Bjorn Schroeder that is a redshirt sophomore at 141 for Purdue.  I always like it when a recruit comes from a wrestling family. While researching Schroeder after he signed, I came across an article stating how Bozeman is a state power that expects to win the state title every year.  That is the type of background that you like to see. It looks like he may be at 145 this season. With his frame, I project that Schroeder will be at 149/157 for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

I will bring you a blog every Friday during the high school season to let you know where our recruits are competing and a follow-up blog with results.

 

Bozeman High School

Dec 7 – at Park & Helena

Dec 10 – CMR

Dec 13-14 – at Mining City Duals 

Dec 17 – at Great Falls

Dec 20-21 – at CMR Tournament

Jan 3-4 – Tom LeProwse Battle in the Bridger

Jan 7 – at Helena

Jan 18 –  at Dillon Duals

Jan 25 – at AA Duals in Great Falls

Jan 28 –  Belgrade

Feb 1 – at Billings/Sydney/Bozeman

Feb  8 – at Divisionals (Belgrade)

Feb 14-15 – at State

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

Gabe Christenson season preview

Gabe Christenson from Runnells, Iowa is entering his senior year at Southeast Polk High School.  After winning a 3A state title last year at 195, Christenson was an All American at Junior Nationals in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman last summer.  Christenson committed to the Hawks on March 13 this year and is a member of the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

Christenson will face good competition in the always tough CIML Conference.  There will be good competition at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational in Kansas on December 7.  The best competition will be at the Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, WI on January 3-4. This is one of the tougher tournaments in the country every year.  31 teams from across the country will be competing. Christenson will be joined by future Iowa Wrestling teammates Patrick Kennedy, and Cullan and Colby Schriever that will also be competing at the Cheesehead.

Christenson is currently ranked in the Top 6 in several publications at 195 lbs. nationally.  He is solid in all positions and has the commitment to the sport of wrestling that you want to see.  I also like the continued improvement that Christenson has shown that I believe is important when evaluating a recruit.  Look for Christenson to compete at 197 for the Hawks.  

I will bring you a blog every Friday during the season to let you know where our recruits will be competing and a follow-up blog with results.

 

Southeast Polk High School

Dec 5 – Ames

Dec 7 – at Gardner-Edgerton Invitational (Kansas)

Dec 12 – at Ankeny 

Dec 14 – at Western Dubuque Invitational

Dec 17 – Marshalltown

Dec 19 – at Ft. Dodge

Dec 21 – Southeast Polk Invitational

Jan 3-4  – at Cheesehead Invitational

Jan 9 –  Waukee 

Jan 16 – at Mason City

Jan 18 –  at Osage Invitational

Jan 23 – WDM Valley 

Jan 25 – at Ed Winger Invitational (Ankeny)

Jan 31 – CIML Conference Tournament 

Feb 6 – at DM Lincoln

Feb 15 – at Districts (DM East)

Feb 20-22 – at State

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!