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Championship teams of 1995 and 2010 to be honored

The Iowa Wrestling NCAA Championship teams of 1995 and 2010 will be honored at the Iowa-Oklahoma State dual meet on Sunday.  The championship teams will be recognized for the 25th and 10th anniversary of their title winning season at halftime break in the dual meet. This is a tradition that began two years ago and one that I really look forward to.    

The reunion will begin at 5 PM in the Feller Club Room in Carver-Hawkeye Arena by the Gable statue and ticket office. All Iowa Wrestling alumni and fans are welcomed. Two-time NCAA national champion Chuck Yagla has been very influential in making these reunions come to life

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club is hosting a social at Big Grove Brewery starting at 2 PM on Sunday.  HWC Head Coach Mark Perry and members of the HWC will be in attendance. I am sure that quite a few former Iowa wrestlers will be there as well. Big Grove Brewery is at 1225 S Gilbert St in Iowa City

#1 Iowa will host #8 Oklahoma State at 7 PM in legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  The meet will be on BTN. This is the final home appearance for this great Iowa Wrestling team and you really want to be there.  Iowa is just a little more than 12,000 fans short of breaking the all-time attendance record from 2015-2016 that included over 42,000 fans at Grapple on the Gridiron.  You will have a chance to be a part of history.

What a great environment to remember the legends of the past that gave us the NCAA team titles in 1995 and 2010.

This will be a great day for the Iowa Wrestling Nation.

 

1995 NCAA National Champions

Iowa was 14-0 in dual meets and captured their 22nd consecutive Big Ten title and 15th NCAA National Championship. A record tying nine Hawkeyes achieved All-American status. The Hawks won the title in front of their home crowd in Carver-Hawkeye Arena by 56.5 points over second place Oregon State..

Jeff McGinness (126) – National Champion 

Linclon McIlravy (150) – 2nd

Joel Sharratt (190) – 2nd

Mike Mena (118) – 3rd

Ray Brinzer (177) – 3rd

Bill Zadick (142) – 5th

Mark Ironside (134) – 6th

Matt Nerem (167) – 6th

Daryl Weber (158) – 6th

 

2010 NCAA National Champions

Iowa won their third straight national team title and the 23rd in school history.  After a perfect 23-0 record in dual meets that included a title at National Duals, Iowa claimed their 34th Big Ten title.  Eight All-Americans led Iowa to the team title. Iowa won the national title by 44.5 points over second place Cornell.  

Matt McDonough (125) – National Champion

Brent Metcalf (149) – National Champion

Jay Borschel (174) – National Champion

Daniel Dennis (133) – 2nd

Montell Marion (141) – 2nd

Ryan Morningstar (165) – 7th

Dan Erikson (Hwt) – 7th

Phil Keddy (184) – 8th

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Miracle to compete in Pan-American Olympic Qualifier

Kayla Miracle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club has been selected to represent Team USA at the Pan-American Olympic Qualifier in Ottawa, Canada on March 14.  Miracle must place in the top two at 62kg to qualify USA for that weight in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Miracle represented Team USA at the 2019 Senior World Freestyle Championships at 62 kg.

From USA Wrestling:

The Pan-American Olympic Qualifier is a separate event from the Pan-American Championships, which are set for March 6-8 in Ottawa. The Championships feature all 30 Worlds weights, while only the 18 Olympic weights will be contested at the Olympic Qualifier.

All 14 athletes must finish in the top-two of their respective weight classes in order to qualify the weight for the USA to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in August.

Pan-Am nations may only enter athletes at weights that they have not yet qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

The USA has already qualified four weights—74 kg MFS, 97 MFS, 68 kg WFS, 76 kg WFS—based on medal-winning performances at the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Any weight that the USA does not qualify in Ottawa will have one more chance April 30-May 3 at the World Olympic Games Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

Saturday, March 14

9:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage (WFS 50-53-57-62-68-76 kg)

4 p.m. – Finals (WFS 50-53-57-62-68-76 kg)

Times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Iowa recruits in action: Feb 19-22

It is the biggest weekend of the year for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits. We will have five recruits competing in their state tournament and three recruits competing in state qualifying tournaments.  

Gabe Christenson, Cullan and Colby Schriever and Caleb Rathjen will be competing in the Iowa High School State Tournament. Cam Lucero will be competing in the Colorado High School State Tournament. Christenson will start the week off by competing in State Duals today. 

Patrick Kennedy, Bretli Reyna, and Wyatt Henson will be competing in qualifying tournaments for their state tournament.

Jesse Ybarra and Leif Schroeder won state titles last weekend to wrap up their year of competition.

We are in great luck wrestling fans.  We can follow all of our recruits on TrackWrestling this weekend except for Henson and his tournament will be covered by FloWrestling.  Gotta love what the media is offering to follow high school wrestling at no charge. 

I will keep results updated on HawkeyeReport.com and have a follow-up blog with results.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

MSHSL Section 1AA (Rochester) – Feb 21-22

On TrackWrestling.

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

At Iowa High School State Tournament (Des Moines) – Feb 20-22

On TrackWrestling. 

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

At Iowa High School State Tournament (Des Moines) – Feb 20-22

On TrackWrestling.

 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

State champion. Season completed.

 

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

At State Duals (Des Moines) – Feb 19

At Iowa High School State Tournament (Des Moines) – Feb 20-22

On TrackWrestling.

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

State Champion. Season completed.

 

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

At FHSAA 3A D16 (Miami) – Feb 22

On TrackWrestling.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

At WPIAL AAA Section 4 Tournament

On FloWrestling.

 

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  152 lbs.

At Colorado High School State Championships (Denver) – Feb 20-22

On TrackWrestling.

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

At Iowa High School State Tournament (Des Moines) – Feb 20-22

On TrackWrestling. 

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Christenson to compete in Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Gabe Christenson has been chosen to represent the USA All-Star Team at 195 lbs. in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic. Team USA will compete in a dual meet against a team of Pennsylvania All-Stars that has yet to be named.  The dual meet will be in the Fitzgerald Field House on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh (PA) on Saturday, March 14 at 5 PM CST.

Christenson, from Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS), won a 3A state title at 195 last season and will be competing in State Duals and the Iowa High School State Tournament over the next four days.  Christenson is ranked as high as fifth in the country at 195 this season. Christenson is a member of the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

The Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic used to be called the Dapper Dan and has been a great tradition since 1975.  This meet is called: “The Rose Bowl of Wrestling.” It is an honor to be invited to compete in this dual meet.

Olympian Ben Askren will be the Honorary Coach for Team USA.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

New Track/InterMat/WIN Rankings

It was another big week of competition in college wrestling and the new rankings are out for TrackWrestling, InterMat, and WIN Magazine.  Iowa increased their lead a little bit over Penn State in the team race. The top three teams remained the same with Iowa, Penn State, and Ohio State.

After his big win over then #4 Mitch McKee, Max Murin rose in the rankings from #7 to #4 by Track, from #9 to #5 by InterMat, and from #8 to #5 by WIN.  Jacob Warner is ranked a little higher in the rankings this week as well. Other than that the rankings are pretty much the same.

Iowa will host Oklahoma State on Sunday, February 23 for their final regular season match of the year.   Every match is very important for seeds at the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA National Championships.

 

TrackWrestling team rankings: February 17, 2020

  1. Iowa – 138.5 
  2. Penn State – 84.5
  3. Ohio State – 78.5
  4. Arizona State – 53

 

InterMat team rankings: February 18, 2020

  1. Iowa – 153.5 
  2. Penn State – 102
  3. Ohio State – 79.5
  4. Princeton – 60.5

 

WIN Magazine: February 17, 2020

  1. Iowa – 140
  2. Penn State – 81
  3. Ohio State – 54.5
  4. Wisconsin – 51

 

Rankings by TrackWrestling/InterMat/WIN Magazine

125 Spencer Lee – 1/1/1

133 Austin DeSanto – 3/3/3

141 Max Murin – 4/5/5

149 Pat Lugo – 4/2/1

157 Kaleb Young – 4/5/4

165 Alex Marinelli – 2/2/2

174 Michael Kemerer – 1/1/1

184 Abe Assad – 8/9/11

197 Jacob Warner – 4/6/4

Hwt Tony Cassioppi – 3/3/3

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Murin named Wrestler of the Week

Max Murin has been named as the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week.  Murin, ranked #8 by TrackWrestling at the time of the match, defeated #4 Mitch McKee of Minnesota in overtime, 6-4.  Down 3-1 in the second period, Murin scored an explosive double leg to even the score 3-3. In overtime Murin was in on a quick shot and finished for the match winning takedown 40 seconds into the overtime period for the 6-4 win.

Murin had not competed since dropping his only match of the season against Nebraska on January 18. The first takedown in the second period seemed to come out of nowhere and Murin forced the pace from that point on. You could see Murin pick up the intensity and offense and took that match from a very good opponent. I really liked the energy and confidence that Murin showed in this match, and the two takedowns.

Murin, a redshirt sophomore from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania (Central Cambria HS), is 11-1 on the season with two pins and a major decision.  Murin was an NCAA Qualifier last season at 141. Murin is now ranked fourth in the new ratings.

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

January 2 – Pat Lugo

January 14 – Alex Marinelli

January 21 – Abe Assad

January 28 – Austin DeSanto

February 4 – Michael Kemerer

February 11 – Kaleb Young and Zach Glazier

February 18 – Max Murin

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Iowa in the new Coaches Panel and RPI Rankings

The NCAA released the Coaches Panel Rankings and RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). Iowa Wrestling is looking very good in both rankings.  Several Iowa wrestlers are not yet eligible to be ranked in the RPI due to not meeting the minimum 15 total matches. The rankings below are based on records before the Minnesota meet.   

From NCAA.com:

“The first two rankings (Jan. 24/Feb. 13) are used primarily for educational purposes to promote the selection criteria to coaches, student-athletes, media and fans. The third ranking (Feb. 27) will be the ranking that will be used by the NCAA Wrestling Committee to assist in determining the advance allocations to each qualifying tournament. The final ranking following conference tournaments will be used to provide the most accurate and up-to-date rankings to the committee as an important element of the selection criteria during the in-person selection meeting.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the championships.

The above criteria, in addition to head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents and qualifying tournament placement are all part of the evaluation process for selection and seeding the committee uses for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.”

RPI can be a big factor when a wrestler has not had 15 matches during the season. The NCAA National Tournament is now seeded out to all 33 spots in each bracket. Iowa should be in really good shape in the final rankings and RPI that are factored in for seeds at the NCAA National Tournament.

Thank you WrestleStat  https://www.wrestlestat.com/rankings/rpi for being a great source of information.

 

Weight/Wrestler/Record/NWCA Ranking/RPI Ranking

*The rankings below are based on records before the Minnesota meet.

*NR – Not Ranked due to less than 15 match minimum. 

 

125 Spencer Lee (13-0) – 1/NR

133 Austin DeSanto (12-2) – 3/NR

141 Max Murin (8-1) – 5/NR

149 Pat Lugo (15-1) – 2/1

157 Kaleb Young (14-2) – 4/5

165 Alex Marinelli (15-1) – 2/2

174 Michael Kemerer (11-0) – 1/NR

184 Abe Assad (12-4) – 11/9

197 Jacob Warner (12-3) – 5/5

Hwt Tony Cassioppi (15-1) – 3/3 

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action Feb 13-15: RESULTS

It was a great weekend for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits. Jesse Ybarra captured his third state title by winning the 126 lbs. weight class with three pins and a major decision.  Leif Schroeder became the 36th wrestler in Montana history to become a four-time state champion. Schroeder had three first period pins before winning the 138 lbs. title with a tech fall.

Cullan Schriever, Gabe Christenson, Caleb Rathjen, and Cam Lucero all won district tournaments and Colby Schriever placed second to qualify for their state tournament next week.  Patrick Kennedy was 3-0 in State Duals.  

Bretli Reyna and Wyatt Henson did not compete this weekend.  

With five incoming recruits competing at State, next weekend will be fun to follow.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

At Section 1AA State Duals (Rochester) – Feb 13 and Feb 15

On TrackWrestling.

Quarterfinals: Patrick Kennedy (KM) over Beau Zimmerman (CF) Fall 0:16

Semifinals: Patrick Kennedy (KM) over Ethan Roberson (Lake City) Fall 0:20

Finals: (195) Patrick Kennedy (KM) over Gavin Nelson (Simley) TF 22-7

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

At Districts (Ft. Dodge) – Feb 15

On TrackWrestling.

Quarterfinal – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) won by fall over Jazmine Murdock (Sioux City – West) (Fall 0:16)

Semifinal – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) won by fall over Johnny Gomez (Sioux City – East) (Fall 0:40)

1st Place Match – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) won by decision over Carson Taylor (Fort Dodge) (Dec 11-5)

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

At Districts (Ft. Dodge) – Feb 15

On TrackWrestling.

Quarterfinal – Colby Schriever (Mason City) received a bye

Semifinal – Colby Schriever (Mason City) won by fall over Tate Mattson (Storm Lake)  (Fall 1:52)

1st Place Match – Brandon Mills (Fort Dodge) won by fall over Colby Schriever (Mason City) (Fall 5:58)

2nd Place Match – Colby Schriever (Mason City) won by no contest over Tate Mattson (Storm Lake) (NC)

 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

At AIA State Championships (Prescott Valley) – Feb 13-15

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over James Garritano (Willow Canyon) 22-22 (Fall 0:33)

Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Ethan Pullifrone (Cactus Shadows) (Fall 1:24)

Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Xylyx Abele (Casteel) (Fall 3:06)

1st Place Match – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by major decision over Noah Wasserbeck (Campo Verde) (MD 16-3)

 

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

At Districts (Des Moines East) – Feb 15

On TrackWrestling.

Quarterfinal – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by fall over Noah Bollhoefer (Ames) (Fall 0:24)

Semifinal – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by tech fall over Michael Witt (Ankeny Centennial) (TF-1.5 4:35 (20-2))

1st Place Match – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by major decision over Miles Berg (Indianola) (MD 18-8)

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana 138 lbs.

At MHSA State Championships (Billings) – Feb 14-15

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over David Kemp (Helena High) (Fall 0:12)

Quarterfinal – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Jaron Roberts (Billings Skyview) (Fall 1:22)

Semifinal – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Scout Allen (Butte) (Fall 1:31)

1st Place Match – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by tech fall over Brendan Barnes (Flathead (Kalispell)) (TF-1.5 4:53 (23-8))

 

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

No competition scheduled.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado 152 lbs.

At CHSAA 3A Region 1 (Montrose) – Feb 14-15

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) received a bye

Quarterfinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over Levi Miller (Rifle) (Fall 2:19)

Semifinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over Conrad Demann (Grand Valley) (Fall 1:32)

1st Place Match – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by major decision over Daniel Caddy (Moffat County) (MD 10-1)

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa 138 lbs.

At Districts (Dallas Center-Grimes) – Feb 15

On TrackWrestling.

Quarterfinal – Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) won by fall over Chase Hutchinson (Valley – WDM) (Fall 0:45)

Semifinal – Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) won by tech fall over Kyle Sharp (Boone) (TF-1.5 3:32 (23-8))

1st Place Match – Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) won by fall over Kacey Ross (Urbandale) (Fall 0:37)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Schroeder wins fourth state title

Incoming Iowa recruit Leif Schroeder won a state title at 138 lbs. to become the 36th wrestler in Montana high school history to win four state titles. Schroeder dominated his competition with three first period pins in :12, 1:22, and 1:31 before winning in the finals with a 23-8 tech fall. 

Schroeder, from Bozeman, Montana, won a state title at 113 as a freshman, 126 as a sophomore, and at 132 as a junior.  Schroeder joins former Iowa Hawkeye wrestling greats Bill Zadick (1996 NCAA champion, 2X All-American, 2006 World Champion) and Mike Zadick (3X All-American, 2006 World Silver medalist) of Great Falls as a four-time Montana state champion.  

Schroeder committed to the Hawks on October 25, 2019 after the huge Homecoming recruiting weekend.  Schroeder is projected to compete at 141/149 and is in the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

 

Champ. Round 1 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over David Kemp (Helena High) (Fall 0:12)

Quarterfinal – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Jaron Roberts (Billings Skyview) (Fall 1:22)

Semifinal – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Scout Allen (Butte) (Fall 1:31)

1st Place Match – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by tech fall over Brendan Barnes (Flathead (Kalispell)) (TF-1.5 4:53 (23-8))

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Ybarra wins third state title

Incoming Iowa recruit Jesse Ybarra won his third state title at the AIA State Championships in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  Ybarra had a fall in :33, 1:24, and 3:06 before defeating Noah Wasserbeck of Campo Verde by a 16-3 major decision in the finals to win the D2 title at 126 lbs.  

Ybarra, 37-0 on the season, led the way for Sunnyside who won their 33rd team state title.  Sunnyside scored the third most points in state history with 277.5 points, 101.5 more points than the second place team with six state champions, two seconds, two thirds, and a fifth place.

By MatScouts (Willie Saylor), Ybarra is ranked #16 in the P4P (pound for pound) ranking for recruits overall and #5 at 126 lbs.  Ybarra committed to Iowa on September 27, 2018 and is a member of the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

I believe Ybarra will flourish in the Iowa program and has a great future at 125/133. After using a redshirt next season I see Ybarra replacing Spencer Lee at 125 in the starting lineup for the Hawks for the 2022 season.

 

Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over James Garritano (Willow Canyon) (Fall 0:33)

Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Ethan Pullifrone (Cactus Shadows) (Fall 1:24)

Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Xylyx Abele (Casteel) (Fall 3:06)

1st Place Match – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by major decision over Noah Wasserbeck (Campo Verde) (MD 16-3)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!