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HWC practice before the Iowa-Wisconsin football game

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will have practice at 10 AM on Saturday, September 22 before the Iowa-Wisconsin football game.  Iowa wrestlers will be working out as well. The bleachers have been filled with fans in the Iowa Wrestling room the past three weeks before a football game. Iowa Wrestling fans are excited.  

Kickoff for the Iowa-Wisconsin football game is 7:30 PM CST so there will be plenty of time for fans to get in and out of Iowa City should they chose to come to town just for the wrestling practice.   

If you have never been to a practice like this, I highly recommend it.  It is great for the fans to get a good look at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the Iowa Wrestling program.  

Wrestlers and coaches from the program were taking pictures, signing autographs, and talking with fans last Saturday. Iowa Wrestling is always very accessible to meet with fans.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Warner to compete at Junior Worlds in Slovakia

Jacob Warner of the University of Iowa will represent Team USA at the 2018 Junior World Freestyle Championships in Trnava, Slovakia. Warner will compete at 92 kg/202 lbs. on Saturday and Sunday. The times listed below have already been converted to CST.  In 2016, Warner captured a Bronze at the Cadet World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Warner was dominating in making the Junior World team by winning the UWW Junior Nationals and UWW Junior World Team Trials. According to TrackWrestling.com, for the Junior Nationals and Junior WTT, Warner was 6-0 with six tech falls, outscored his opponents 62-0, and wrestled a total of 9 minutes and 19 seconds in those six matches.

Hawkeye Wrestling Club Head Coach Mark Perry is in Slovakia to corner Warner.  That is a great promotion for what Iowa Wrestling has to offer a recruit when you have a coach the level of Mark Perry traveling halfway around the world to corner a Hawkeye.

Warner used his redshirt this past season after a great career in Washington, IL.  Warner is expected to make the varsity spot for Iowa Wrestling at 197 lbs. this season.

Team USA will be looking to defend their World Team title.

I will keep you posted on results for Warner at:

https://www.facebook.com/IowaWrestlingFan

https://twitter.com/iawrestlingfan

TrackWrestling.com will have live streaming of matches available.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

* Times listed below have already been converted to Central Standard Time (CST).

2018 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

at Trnava, Slovakia, Sept. 17-23

Schedule

Friday, Sept. 21

3:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (men’s FS 57 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, 97 kg)

3:30 a.m. – Repechage (women’s FS 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg)

10:15 a.m. – Semifinals (men’s FS 57 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, 97 kg)

11 a.m. – Finals (women’s FS 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg)

Saturday, Sept. 22

3:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (men’s FS 61 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)

3:30 a.m. – Repechage (men’s FS 57 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, 97 kg)

10:15 a.m. – Semifinals (men’s FS 61 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)

11 a.m. – Finals (men’s FS 57 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, 97 kg)

Sunday, Sept. 23

9 a.m. – Repechage (men’s FS 61 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)

11 a.m. – Finals(men’s FS 61 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg)

 

U.S. men’s freestyle roster

57 kg: Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)

61 kg: Joshua Saunders (St. Louis, Mo./Titan Mercury WC)

65 kg: Domonick Demas (Dublin, Ohio/OKRTC)

70 kg: Brady Berge (Mantorville, Pa./Nittany Lion WC)

74 kg: Mekhi Lewis (Somerset, N.J./Southeast RTC)

79 kg: Aaron Brooks (Hagerstown, Md./USOTC)

86 kg: Lou Deprez (Hilton, N.Y./Bearcat WC)

92 kg: Jacob Warner (Washington, Il./Hawkeye WC)

97 kg: Zach Elam (Kansas City, Mo./Team Central WC)

125 kg: Gable Steveson (Apple Valley, Minn./Minnesota Storm)

Huge recruiting weekend for Iowa Wrestling

Iowa Wrestling will host eight wrestlers from around the country in a huge recruiting push this weekend.  The Hawks are on a roll for recruiting and the preseason excitement for the Iowa Wrestling team is already at a fever pitch.  Having recruits in town will only add to the excitement around Iowa Wrestling.

Iowa football will host Wisconsin in a night game at 7:30 PM that will add to the atmosphere of Iowa City.  You really could not script a better setting to host a recruit if you tried.

Class of 2019

Zach Glazier, Albert Lea, MN  170  

Glazier was the first commit for the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting class of 2019 when he gave a verbal on June 17. Glazier won a state title last year as a junior, placed second as a sophomore, fourth as a freshman, and third as an eighth grader.  Glazier is ranked at #47 on the Flo Class of 2019 overall ranking and #7 at 170 lbs. With his long frame, I can only guess that Glazier will compete anywhere from 174-197 in college.

Abe Assad, Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS) 182  

It was huge news when Assad committed to the Hawks on August 7.  This is the recruit that I thought was a must get for the Hawks. Assad won a state title at 170 last year and captured the Bronze at the Cadet World Freestyle Championships this summer at 80 kg/176 lbs.  Assad is ranked #1 in the country by Flo at 182 lbs. I project that Assad will compete at 184 in college.

Brevin Balmeceda, Homestead, FL (South Dade HS) 160

Balmaceda is ranked as the number one recruit in the country at 160 lbs.  Already a three-time state champion, he is also a three-time NHSCA National champion. Balmeceda also won the Super 32 last fall as well.

From the same high school as current Hawkeye Patricio Lugo, Balmaceda has a ton of potential to be great college wrestler.  FloWrestling announced this summer that Balmaceda had his Top 5 of Ohio State, NC State, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, and Iowa.  Getting a  commitment from Balmeceda would be h-u-g-e for Iowa Wrestling.

Julien Broderson, Davenport, Iowa (Assumption HS)  182

As a two-time state champion at Assumption, Broderson has also achieved All -American status in Greco-Roman at Fargo.  He won a Junior Iowa Freestyle and Greco-Roman title this past summer at 182 lbs. Broderson won his first state title as a sophomore at 160 and at 182 this past year.  Broderson is projected to compete at 184/197 in college.

Cobe Siebrecht, Lisbon, IA  138

Siebrecht has been a State Runner-Up in each of the last two seasons at 106 and 126.  I was impressed with how Siebrecht improved after going from 106 to 126 in one year. At approximately 5’10”, it is challenging to predict a weight in college for Siebrecht.  I know because of Siebrecht being from my hometown of Lisbon, IA that he has a lot of potential, knows how to work, and comes from a winning program.

 

Class of 2020   

Cullan Schriever, Mason City, IA  113

Schriever won his second National title overall in dramatic fashion this summer at 113 lbs. in the Junior division.  Schriever also won a national title in Cadets at 88 lbs. in 2016. On track to be a four-time state champion, Schriever is climbing up the recruiting ranks.  Flo has him ranked #3 in the country at 113 lbs.

Colby Schriever, Mason City, IA 132

Schriever placed 7th at 126 last season and was a State Qualifier at 120 in 2017.  Schriever won a Junior Iowa Freestyle and Greco-Roman title this past summer at 132 lbs.

Cullan and Colby Schriever are twin brothers.

Jesse Ybarra, Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS)  120

Ybarra is already a two-time state champion winning titles at 106 as a freshman and at 113 last season.  Ybarra won the Cadet Freestyle Pan American Championships Trials in Freestyle last spring at 55 kg/121 lbs. Ybarra really arrived on the national scene by winning a Cadet national title at 120 lbs. in Fargo this summer.  Flo has Ybarra ranked at #8 in the country at 120 lbs.

For the Recruiting Class of 2019, National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Wednesday, November 14.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

HWC practice before the Iowa-UNI football game

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will have practice at Noon on Saturday, September 15 before the Iowa-UNI football game. Iowa wrestlers will be working out as well. The bleachers were filled with fans in the Iowa Wrestling room the past two weeks before a football game. Iowa Wrestling fans are excited.  

Kickoff for the Iowa-UNI football game is 6:40 PM CST so there will be plenty of time for fans to get in and out of Iowa City should they chose to come to town just for the wrestling practice.   

If you have never been to a practice like this, I highly recommend it.  It is great for fans to get a good look at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the Iowa Wrestling program.  

Wrestlers and coaches from the program were taking pictures, signing autographs, and talking with fans last Saturday. Iowa Wrestling is always very accessible to meet with fans.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC Des Moines Golf Outing on September 27

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club Des Moines Golf Outing will be on Thursday, September 27.  Registration begins at Noon and golfing begins at 1 PM at the Echo Valley Country Club in Norwalk, Iowa.  The event will be a four person best shot competition. This will be the final golf outing of the year for the HWC.

All proceeds of the HWC Des Moines Golf Outing will go directly to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

The Des Moines area has provided great support for Iowa Wrestling for decades. Over the last year and a half, the Des Moines area has had amazing support for the HWC.  I expect this to be a great event once again.

Coaches and wrestlers of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be on hand for the event.

To register for the HWC Des Moines Golf Outing:

https://donorbox.org/hawkeye-wrestling-club-des-moines-golf-2018

For additional questions or to be a corporate sponsor, you can contact HWC President Randy Novak at:

randynovak@hawkeyewrestlingclub.com

The next event for the HWC will be the HWC Trap Shoot on Saturday, October 6 in Riverside, Iowa

The HWC is an integral part of the success of Iowa Wrestling.  Do you want to be a part of helping Iowa Wrestling win? Contribute to the HWC.

To join the Inner Circle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club:  https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/inner-circle/

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling Fan.

Go Hawks!

Notes from HWC practice

The bleachers in the Iowa wrestling room were filled for a 10 AM workout Saturday a full six hours before kickoff of the Iowa-Iowa State football game.  Only Iowa Wrestling would consistently attract that type of interest in early September. Iowa Wrestling fans are excited for the season.

There was a lot of entertainment for fans on Saturday as members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and Iowa wrestlers were going at it hard.  Real hard. Should the Hawks compete the way that they are practicing, this should be a great year.

After seeing all of the fans in attendance, my second favorite part of the workout was the picture that I have to the right.  At the beginning of their workout, Iowa wrestlers were on break to get a drink. Several of them stopped by to watch Brandon Sorensen on the big screen TV.  It was great to see Iowa Wrestlers watching one of their own competing halfway around the world in Poland. That is the definition of T-E-A-M. Go Hawks! 

I am asked about Spencer Lee quite often.  I refer to a line I used last year:

Spencer Lee is…Spencer Lee.

Meaning that I have never seen anything like him.  About all I can add is that I look for Spencer Lee to be much better this season.  Healthy from the start, bigger, stronger, and just way better. Let that sink in for a bit.

I would like to echo what Tom Brands said in his interview with me last week.  Ben Berhow is a great guy that will continue to contribute to the success of Iowa Wrestling.  Also I want to say that I am excited about what Bobby Telford is already bringing to the program.  Great job by Tom Brands of adjusting personnel to make the entire Iowa Wrestling organization better.  Winning leaders make winning personnel moves. I see this personnel move as a real big win for all.

Thomas Gilman looks like someone took a hammer and chisel and etched him out into 125 pounds of stone.  Strong. I am really looking forward to seeing Thomas Gilman on the hunt for a World title at the Freestyle World Championships in October.

A lot of what I do for recruiting I learn from Division I football.  A word that is used by coaches, TV, and radio analyst is the word depth.  Successful recruiting leads to that desired depth. You especially hear former football coaches talking about the importance of depth in national championship games.  Well wrestling fans, the depth in the Iowa room is reminding me of the Gable era. There are some seriously tough wrestlers in that Iowa room that will not make the starting lineup.  Tough as in you would want them on your side should trouble ever break out. The growth and energy from the Hawkeye Wrestling Club has also added to the overall environment as well.

I do not want to ever overlook how important teammates are.  These guys work just as hard and without them, the starting lineup would not be nearly as tough. The Iowa room is so tough with depth that wrestle offs are going to be very entertaining.  There will be some great matches in the semifinals of wrestle offs. Actually there will be some very good matches in the quarterfinals of wrestle offs. When I say I have no idea what our lineup is going to be, I mean it.  I would hate to make predictions at at least three weights.

Titles in wrestling are won in the practice room only when the depth is there to push every single wrestler, on every single go, every single day.     

It is that day in, day out grind that makes for a championship team.  It doesn’t matter who you are. If a varsity Iowa wrestler does not bring their A game to practice every single day, a teammate will kick their ass. The term “Iron sharpens Iron” is spot on to describe this.  Let me just say that I like what I am seeing because it brings back great memories of the past.

When I write a blog like this about watching a practice, I truly never know where it will lead me.  I just start writing. In closing, I will refer to the line I just used:

Let me just say that I like what I am seeing because it brings back great memories of the past.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Tom Brands interview

I sat down with Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands for an interview this week.  I have never heard Tom Brands open up like this in an interview. This should bring you up to date with Iowa Wrestling.

Coach Brands, you are entering your thirteenth year as the head wrestling coach of the University of Iowa.  How is is different and how is it the same?

Tom Brands:  The mission is always the same.  To win national titles. We have never changed in what we set out to accomplish and that is to win national titles.  We have not won a title in too long but I assure you we are focused on what has always been our goal and that is to be the best.  We have a lot of excitement with our recruiting and from having several transfers coming in to compete right away. So we are looking forward to the upcoming season.

A couple of years ago you made the comment that you were coming in second in the recruiting battles.  Now you are getting the elite recruits which really has your fans excited. What has changed in your narrative or your approach so that now you are coming in first and landing all of these elite recruits?

Brands: I think the first thing you have to realize is that there is a little bit of a secret sauce in that message.  It’s not necessarily a secret that you do not disclose, it is how you talk to them. You talk to them a little bit more aggressively and you get them to be a teammate before they are even a teammate.  Before it was maybe let’s see how you like it when you get here. I’m not sure that is the best approach. Now it is more aggressive where we know that if guys have the same mindset as far as winning championships and winning wrestling matches, being the best they can be in the classroom, be the best that they can be in their lifestyle, that they are going to get along well here.  The other thing that goes without saying is that we do not recruit anybody that is not like that. So really it is a no-brainer that everyone is on the same page. Just being a little bit more aggressive on how you talk to them.

You have led the country in attendance in each of your first twelve years as head coach here at Iowa.  What is the key for Iowa to win the attendance title for a thirteenth straight year?

Brands:  We are going to have exciting wrestlers and that is number one.  That is always the recipe. Exciting wrestlers are about scoring points and wrestling the full seven minutes, looking for bonus points.  Fans like to watch exciting wrestling. We have a big dual meet on December 1 with Iowa State. They really like their team. That coaching staff has done a great job over there.  We have to be ready for that one. We have some matches coming up before that as well. We have Princeton coming to town and that is a big match. Their team is solid. They have a 74 pounder and a 49 pounder that fans are going to see some of the best wrestlers in the country go head to head in Carver Hawkeye Arena.  

It starts early and keeps going through the schedule.  Then you know what, we are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the national tournament.  We are not getting ahead of ourselves. We’ve got Spencer Lee and we’ve got Michael Kemmerer, we’ve got Kaleb Young.  All three of those guys are going to see action this year. That is there home area. That is their hometown. We have a lot to be excited about.  Max Murin. I can’t leave him out.

Any talk about another Grapple on the Gridiron?

Brands: There is talk.  There is talk of another Grapple on the Gridiron.  Actually the picture that is hanging right over your head right now. The official number was 42,280 I think. Someone came in under the cover of darkness and they put a tag on it that says:

Hawkeyes vs. Cowboys – Grapple on the Gridiron

Kinnick Stadium 11-14-15

Attendance: 52,000 plus.  

I’m not sure the number 42,280 was accurate. Luke Eustice did some hard and tedious work to count each individual head from a lot of different angles and we were over 50,000.  Then somebody came in here and pasted that on the bottom of that picture. I think our fans are a little bit curious and excited to see what we could get to if you do that one more time.  Again, it has to be the right opponent. This last time we did it in 2015 it was the right opponent. The next time it has to be the right opponent as well.

There is already some talks about next year perhaps.  We have already reached across the street to our football brethren and it looks like it could be something that is in the works.

When you look back at 2015, how big was the Grapple on the Gridiron for your recruiting to have all of those recruits in the crowd?

Brands: Spencer Lee was here.  There was a buzz. He was getting stopped at every step he takes.  You know that makes a difference. The bottom line is that we have to be able to coach and we have to be able to attract the best talent as well.  It’s just not about putting on world class or top notch events. We showed we can do that with light weights, with middle weights, with heavy weights.  On the World team we have a good string going at 57 kg with Ramos, Dennis, and now Thomas Gilman. You get a big land and that doesn’t do anything but create momentum for you.  You have to be able to seize the momentum and that is what we have been able to do.

Ryan Morningstar gets a lot of credit for that.  Terry talks about it saying that Spencer Lee was smart enough to dissect that the University of Iowa was the best place for his wrestling for his future. Instead of maybe buying into the propaganda that others recruits have done and almost succumbed to almost a false notion. Spencer Lee was smart enough to dissect all of that. He had great help from his family. Now look at the ally we have with Larry Lee. There is no bigger fan or ally or advocate for our program than Larry Lee, Cathy Lee, and that family. So not only did you get a really good world class wrestler that is going to continue and turn our fans heads and be a fan favorite, you also have lifelong supporters.  

I get excited thinking about parents that are in that category like Sean Warner and Pat Lugo Jr., Ray Kemerer, and Larry Lee heads that list. So these are parents that are selfish about their sons but they are very unselfish about what they want to see out of this program.  That has been a huge culture shift for us where that when things happen that are not really favorable, they put it on their kids. They put it on us too but there is an honest and open minded dialog. You get a lot more accomplished that way.

I never get to far away from thinking about what I coined as “The Greatest Wrestling Training Facility…in the World.”  What can you tell us about the new training facility?

Tom Brands: You know, we are a third of the way there.  It is September 4. On September 1 we wanted $21 million for what we set out to raise.  We are a third of the way there. We have a lot of work to do and the work has not stopped.  We are still in talks with some people that are going to be critical. The thing is that fans got to know that this will make a difference.  That this will be something for the ages in the next decades that will make a difference.

It is an undeniable fact that Dan Gable had a brand new facility.  It is an undeniable fact that Dan Gable had a blank check in the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.  I am not saying that was the reason for his success. Not saying that if we had that early on in my tenure that my success would mirror his.  I’m not saying that. It is a different era. I would have to do a lot of work to catch up to him and he was my coach so there is no bigger fan of the tradition and legacy that Dan Gable defined and continues to define today.  But it is still undeniable. We need those ingredients.

And we have a Hawkeye Wrestling Club Board.  You know I don’t think you can talk about this new energy you feel without talking about the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Board led by Randy Novak.  Aaron Robertson, Mitch Kelly is a mainstay. You’ve got Ryan Key. You have this new group that have a new energy. Al Zahasky, Rob Mcreynolds. We just have to keep a good thing going.  You cannot talk about what we having going on with recruiting and buzz and excitement without mentioning the Hawkeye Wrestling Club as well.

The facilities. It’s important.  Three years ago we evaluated the program and it came down to finances.  Those finances are directly related to our success. You can put finances into two categories.  Put them in Facility and put them in Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

Last week was a monster week for Iowa Wrestling news. You had four new additions to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.  Forrest Molinari, Kayla Miracle, Michaela Beck and Nodirjon Safarov. Can you tell us what these four wrestlers bring to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and your program?

Brands: Safarov is an International caliber wrestler at 57 kg and he competes for Uzbekistan.  He is at Thomas Gilman’s weight of 57 kg. He is someone that is actively training and has been on the International circuit.  He has been instrumental in showing guys like Gilman and Cory Clark that we are continuing to bring in the best workout partners for them.  

The other three are all International caliber wrestlers.  Michaela Beck is a younger wrestler that may not be as experienced but she is very motivated and is one of the best Juniors in the world at her weight class.  Kayla Miracle and Forrest Molinari are two of the best in the world at their respective weight classes.

Alli Ragan, you talk about a unique mindset that is very similar to what we are about.  Alli Ragan hand picked those girls. It wasn’t just about getting workout partners in a scattershot approach.  These are the girls that I think will do well here. These are the girls that are going to train with the mentality that I have.  These are the girls that I need. These are the girls that need me. So it was an unselfish approach but we had to make sure we had the right ingredients.  It was not about just getting some bodies in here. It was about getting the right people in here.

It really demonstrated that we are going to continue to raise the bar and get the best quality people in the program and keep adding to a really good thing that we already have going.

It was announced last Friday that Bobby Telford has been added to your staff as a Volunteer Assistant.  What does Bobby Telford bring to your program in his new position?

Brands: First of all, let’s talk about Ben Berhow.  He has done a great job. He was instrumental in changing our camps.  Moving that forward. Our numbers are better than they have been in six or seven years and we are going to continue that trend.  Ben Berhow being unselfish and on top of that being a really good guy who was about moving the program forward.

That being said, Bobby Telford brings a different energy to some core phases and components to this program.  We just cannot become stagnant. I felt we were becoming a little bit stagnant and that’s not a shot at anybody, that’s a shot at me and we needed to make a change.  Bobby Telford, his competitive career is on hold because of injuries. We needed to see his involvement in that wrestling room continue. When you are not competing, the NCAA rules say it is going to be hard to get him in there at least if you are honest.  If he is going to be a legal representative of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club per the bylaws set forth by the NCAA and supported by USA Wrestling. So to have Bobby Telford in there in his role, we needed to get him into a coaching role. We are excited about that.

Ben Berhow goes to support for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.  His energy will be felt on the circuit with those fundraising events.  Bobby Telford will also remain involved in that role too. He will now take over some camp duties that we need to be more aggressive in.  He takes over some equipment issues with our equipment room. We have a new Equipment Manager. We needed somebody that is a little bit more aggressive and a little more of a crackerjack.  That was my call. Very excited about what he brings to the wrestling room. Very excited about what he brings to us outside the wrestling room.

Quinn Hollan was named as your new Strength Coach on August 10.  How do you see Coach Hollan contributing to your program?

Brands: He’s organized.  He’s got a different approach.  He has a new energy. We have been without a Strength Coach since April.  He replaces Travis Rutt and he is doing a great job. The reason why it took us so long to get one is because we were not going to settle for number two.  We had basically two phases to the same search and we could not find the right person. Now we have the right person. We had to get the right person. It is not just about getting people in here.

I talked about that earlier with the HWC.  Alli Ragan did not just want to get bodies in here for her, she wanted the right people with the right approach and right mentality.  We needed to make sure we had the right approach and the right mentality in the weight room.

He doesn’t have a wrestling background but what he does have is an energy and an open mind.  Nobody else in the country has an approach like he does. When you are talking to him he is scanning and out there looking.  He’s not looking at what is in front of him, he is looking into his imagination. With his experience and background of being around Chris Doyle for a year, that can only help him as well.  We are very happy to have Quinn Hollan. He is going to have a young family and he is from Riverside, Iowa.

Sam Stoll is looking real strong.  How is he doing?

Brands: Sam Stoll is doing good.  He is hammering the rehab. He is moving forward.  Without giving you a lot of detail, he is just fine.  He would say his rehab is just fine. We appreciate the concern there and we appreciate all of the well wishes there.  He is doing just fine.

Spencer Lee was the talk of the college wrestling world last year.  I really liked the decision where he did not compete in the spring and summer.  He definitely looks bigger and stronger. What are you expecting out of Spencer Lee this season?

Brands:  You know what we expect.  We expect the same out of Vince Truk, Max Murin, Carter Happel.  We need to score some doggone points at that weight class. I expect the same from all of our guys in that they come into work every day to get better, to take care of your social and academic world and continue to strive to be the best that you can be in everything you do.  When you can do that you are going to be a contributor to this team.

What I mean by a contributor is let’s remember your mindset coming into this program and what you are about.  Even if it was harder or different than what you thought, you still have to have that same mindset that you came into this program with.  You just have to work a little bit harder or make some adjustments here or there. All of the sudden we have a 41 pounder that is capable of winning a national title right alongside Spencer Lee.  

We have some shifts going on in the upper weights with Warner. Bowman is still a factor there, and Wilcke.  We’ve got Myles Wilson coming off of redshirt. We have Steven Holloway who is in our program. These guys are in the same boat as Spencer Lee.  They have the opportunity to define their career. Let’s talk about 125 the same way we talk about 133 the same way we talk about all of the weights through Hwt.  

You know what I expect out of Spencer Lee.  The one thing we have that I talked about and that’s the family.  The other thing is the kind of young man he is. He is a remarkable person.  He is the type of guy that when he opens his mouth it’s positive. When he opens his mouth he is an ambassador.  We’re still working on Spencer Lee and he is still trying to get better. That means that this kid is a humble, going about his business and a trying to get better every day type of person.  He embodies that and that is not just rhetoric coming from me or hoping that is the case with him. This is real.

Coach, I mentioned to you about a month ago that I thought this would be the best wrestle offs since the fall of 1990 when you were a junior here at Iowa.  The wrestle offs will be a real barn burner. With your season starting November 9th, any idea what your schedule is going to be for wrestle offs?

Brands: Wrestle offs will be, you can bank on it that they will happen.  They will be a big part of getting ready to go for the season, They will be a big part of getting your weight down for a one hour weigh in with a referee that’s legit.  And they will have a little teeny say about who our guy is going to be in the future. But really what matters is how we perform throughout the year. You know it’s damned if you do and damned if you don’t in this world and especially now with social media.  

But there is no right or wrong rhyme or reason on how we are going to do things.  It could be different for two different weights. We could have had a wrestle off last year at one of those weights where we had the wrestlers or we could have not had a wrestle off at another weight.  We could have hand picked a guy. We could have done it two different ways at two different weights and I still would not have been right.

I remember a year awhile back where we won the nationals by 40 points and everybody was critical about who our 57 pounder was that year.  That’s what is great about this program. Our fans want to win every match every time out. They want to win every weight class and they want to win it by a large margin and they want to pin and tech everybody.  And you know what I am with you 100%.

So whether you agree with me or not, know that the best interest of our individuals and our program is at the forefront of our thoughts.  I am smiling as I say that but know that the best interest of this program is on the forefront of our thoughts and we will make the best decisions moving forward.       

The season cannot start soon enough.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

 

Iowa recruits on new Flo Class of 2019 rankings

FloWrestling has released their updated Recruiting Class of 2019 rankings.  Class of 2019 Iowa commit Abe Assad of Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS) is ranked at #18 overall. Assad looked great in winning a Bronze at the Cadet World Freestyle Championships this summer and he is definitely who Iowa wanted. Assad is ranked #1 in the country at 182 by Flo. Assad is projected to compete at 184 in college.

Zach Glazier of Albert Lea, MN, an Iowa commit, is listed at #47 overall in the Class of 2019. Glazier is ranked #7 in the country at 170 lbs. Predicting what weight Glazier will go in college is a guess.  He could compete anywhere from 174-197.

Brevin Balmeceda of Homestead, FL (South Dade, HS) is ranked #12 overall on the Recruiting Class of 2019 list.  Balmeceda had Iowa as one of his final six colleges in a recent article. Balmeceda is ranked #1 at 160 lbs. by Flo.

Assad and Balmeceda will both compete in the Who’s #1 in Bethlehem, PA on Sunday, October 7.

Look for Iowa to add to their recruiting Class of 2019 by the time National Letter of Intent Signing Day arrives on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!.

5 HWC wrestlers to compete in Poland

Five members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will compete in Warsaw, Poland on September 7-9.  Cory Clark (61 kg/134 lbs.), Brandon Sorensen (70 kg/154 lbs.) and Sammy Brooks (86 kg/189 lbs.) will compete in the Ziolkowski Memorial.  Brooks will compete on Friday and Saturday with Clark and Sorensen competing on Saturday and Sunday.

Alli Ragan (59 kg/130 lbs.) and Forrest Molinari (65 kg/143 lbs.) will compete in the Poland Open on Friday and Saturday.  This is a very important event because the Poland Open is a Ranking Series that will aid in setting up seeds for the Women’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in October.  Ragan and Molinari are both 2018 World Team members. Ragan and Molinari will also participate in a five-day International training camp in Poland.

Hawkeye Wrestling Club head coach Mark Perry will be coaching the HWC members. Former Iowa NCAA National champion Terry Steiner, head wrestling coach for the USA Women’s program, will be coaching the Women’s team.

I will be posting results at:

https://www.facebook.com/IowaWrestlingFan/

https://twitter.com/iawrestlingfan

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

*****Warsaw, Poland is 7 hours ahead of Central Standard Time (CST).

Event Schedule

Friday, September 7

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Preliminaries

Women: 50 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg

Freestyle: 57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg

Greco-Roman 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg, 97 kg

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Preliminaries through semifinals

Women: 50 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg

Freestyle: 57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg

Greco-Roman 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg, 97 kg.

 

Saturday, September 8

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Preliminaries

Women: 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg

Freestyle: 61 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg

Greco-Roman: 60 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 87 kg, 130 kg

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Repechage

Women: 50 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg

Freestyle: 57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg

Greco-Roman 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg, 97 kg.

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Finals

Women: 50 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg

Freestyle: 57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg

Greco-Roman 55 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 82 kg, 97 kg.

 

Sunday, September 9

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Preliminaries, semifinals and repechage

Women: 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg

Freestyle: 61 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg

Greco-Roman: 60 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 87 kg, 130 kg

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Finals

Women: 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg

Freestyle: 61 kg, 70 kg, 79 kg, 92 kg, 125 kg

Greco-Roman: 60 kg, 67 kg, 77 kg, 87 kg, 130 kg

 

HWC practice before Iowa-Iowa State football game

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will have practice at 10 AM on Saturday, September 8 before the Iowa-Iowa State football game.  Iowa wrestlers will be working out as well. There were more fans in the Iowa Wrestling room last Saturday than anytime before a football game all of last year.  Iowa Wrestling fans are excited.

Kickoff for the Iowa-Iowa State football game is 4 PM CST so there will be plenty of time for fans to get in and out of Iowa City should they chose to come to town just for the wrestling practice.  You will feel an added buzz in town with the Iowa-Iowa State football game on the line. Iowa City, Iowa USA will be a great environment to be in on Saturday.

If you have never been to a practice like this, I highly recommend it.  It is great for the fans to get a good look at the Iowa Wrestling program.  Wrestlers and coaches from the program were taking pictures, signing autographs, and talking with fans last Saturday.  Iowa Wrestling is always very accessible to meet with fans.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!