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Iowa recruits in action Jan 17-18: RESULTS

Mother Nature was in full force and resulted in several cancellations.  We had only three incoming recruits compete this weekend. Jesse Ybarra won the Flowing Wells Invitational with three pins, a tech fall, and an 8-1 decision in the finals.  Cam Lucero was 5-0 with two pins to win the Mel Smith Husky Tournament. Leif Schroeder had to injury default from the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic.

Patrick Kennedy, Cullan and Colby Schriever, Gabe Christenson, and Caleb Rathjen had their tournament cancelled due to a blizzard.  I have not heard of any makeup dates at this time. I will do my best to keep you up to date on this.  Bretli Reyna and Wyatt Henson did not have any competition scheduled for this weekend.

We are winding down the regular season for high school wrestling.  Conference tournaments and the postseason are now here. The incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits are having a great season.

See you next week.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

At Osage Duals Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invite Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invite (Ankeny, IA)  Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

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

At Flowing Wells Invitational Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Antonio  Lujan (Tucson Magnet) (Fall 3:46)

Champ. Round 2 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Ashton Teo (Ironwood Ridge) (Fall 1:08)

Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by tech fall over Raul Aispuro (Kofa) (TF-1.5 5:02)

Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Cael Figueroa (Highland) (Fall 0:42)

1st Place Match – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by decision over Jonathon Rogers (Liberty) (Dec 8-1)

 

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

At Osage Dulas Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

At Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Kale VanCampen (Havre) (Fall 1:38)

Champ. Round 2 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Zane Busch (University High) (Fall 3:35)

Quarterfinal – Dakota Flannery (Whitefish) won by medical forfeit over Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) (M. For.)

Cons. Round 4 – Blake Jolma (Missoula Sentinel) won by injury default over Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) (Inj. 0:00)

 

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 Mel Smith Husky Tournament Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

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

Champ. Round 2 – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over Eric Mestas (Centauri H.S.) (Fall 3:25)

Quarterfinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over William Cockroft (Platte Valley) (Fall 2:37)

Semifinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by decision over Ryan Dirksen (Eaton) (Dec 7-4)

1st Place Match – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by injury default over John Sumner (Mullen (j.k.) High School) (Inj. 0:00)

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invite (Ankeny, IA)  Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Gilman wins Gold, Ragan Bronze at Matteo Pellicone

It was a very good showing for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club at the Matteo Pellicone in Rome, Italy.  Thomas Gilman won the title at 57kg, Alli Ragan won a Bronze, and Kayla Miracle placed fifth. This was the first tournament in the UWW Ranking Series where results are used to determine seeds for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This was a very tough international tournament.

Gilman competed in a deep weight class with wrestlers from the USA.  After a tech fall and 12-4 decision, Gilman defeated Daton Fix in the semifinals, 2-1.  In the finals Gilman defeated Joe Colon 4-3 for the title. This title should get Gilman a top seed at the U.S. Olympic Trials on April 4-5.

Alli Ragan defeated Alina Akobiia of Ukraine, 4-4 Criteria to capture the Bronze at 57kg.  This was a very good tournament for Ragan at her new weight. Ragan is a two-time World Silver medalist at 59kg that is a weight not available at the the 2020 Olympics. Kayla Miracle dropped a 6-1 match in the Bronze medal round to place fifth at 62kg but had two solid wins to make it to the semifinals.

Up next for Gilman will be the Grand Prix Ivan Yariguin in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on January 23-26.  The Yariguin is considered the toughest regular season Freestyle tournament in the world every year.

 

Thomas Gilman (57kg)

Rd 1: Thomas Gilman (USA) tech fall over Tolepbay (Kazakhstan) 11-0

Quarterfinals: Gilman (USA) over Zou (China) 12-4

Semifinals: Gilman (USA) over Daton Fix (USA) 2-1

Finals: Gilman (USA) over Joe Colon (USA) 4-3

 

Alli Ragan (57kg)

Rd of 16: Alli Ragan wins by injury default over Chykhradze of Ukraine

Quarterfinals: Alli Ragan tech fall over Elena Brugger of Germany 10-0

Semifinals: Adekuoroye of Nigeria over Alli Ragan, 10-3

Bronze medal match: Alli Ragan over Alina Akobiia of Ukraine, 4-4

 

Kayla Miracle (62kg)

Rd of 16: Miracle wins 4-0 over Lais Nunes de Oliveira of Brazil

Quarterfinals: Kayla Miracle wins by fall over Adeniyi of Nigeria, 4:44

Semifinals: Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan by fall over Kayla Miracle, 1:42

Bronze medal match: Jia Long of China over Kayla Miracle, 6-1

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Weekend wrestling schedule for fans

With the big weekend of wrestling combined with the weather that most of us in the Midwest are experiencing, I thought a media guide for all of the wrestling going on was in order.  There is a lot of wrestling to keep us entertained. Tonight BTN will get the college wrestling weekend started off with Ohio State at Wisconsin at 8 PM. That should be a very good dual meet to watch.

Thomas Gilman of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be action Saturday morning at the Matteo Pellicone in Rome, Italy.  The first round will begin at 4 AM CST. FloWrestling will have full coverage on their premium service. I will keep results updated on Facebook, Twitter, and HawkeyeReport.com under my thread: Gilman, Ragan, and Miracle to compete in Rome: RESULTS.

On Saturday, Iowa will be hosting Nebraska in a big dual meet at 8 PM.  BTN will cover the meet live. Flo and BTN Plus will have the meet on their premium service.  AM 800 KXIC will have the meet on iHeartRadio.com with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside. Iowa-Nebraska dual meets are always entertaining.  Indiana is at Northwestern on BTN at 1:30.

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits are competing Friday and Saturday.  All of the tournaments our recruits are competing in are covered by TrackWrestling. You can find the complete schedule for our recruits on my blog from yesterday: Iowa recruits in action: January 17-18.

Maryland at Michigan State will be on BTN Sunday at 2 PM.

As a wrestling fan, I am grateful for all of the media coverage that our sport of wrestling has now compared to the past.  It does not matter where you live, you can see a lot of great wrestling around the country and even the world.  

And just a reminder that Iowa will host Ohio State on Friday, January 24 and Penn State on Friday, January 31.  Not that any of us Iowa Wrestling fans would forget. 

Have a great weekend. 

 

All times listed are CST.

Friday, January 17

Ohio State at Wisconsin on BTN at 8 PM

 

Friday and Saturday

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits competing in tournaments covered by TrackWrestling.

A complete listing:

https://iowawrestlingblog.com/2020/01/iowa-recruits-in-action-jan-17-18/

 

Saturday, January 18

Thomas Gilman competing at Matteo Pellicone in Rome, Italy on FloWrestling starting at 4 AM.

Indiana at Northwestern on BTN at 1:30 PM

#7 Nebraska at #1 Iowa at 8 PM

TV: BTN

Online: FloWrestling and BTN Plus premium service.

Radio: AM 800 KXIC on iHeartRadio.com with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside.

 

Sunday, January 19

Maryland at Michigan State on BTN at 2 PM.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Iowa recruits in action: Jan 17-18

It will be a big weekend of competition for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.  Patrick Kennedy and Gabe Christenson will be in Osage, Iowa for the Osage Duals. Cullan and Colby Schriever and Caleb Rathjen will be at the Bob Sharp Invitational in Ankeny, Iowa.

Several of our incoming recruits will be competing at big two-day tournaments on Friday and Saturday.  Jesse Ybarra will be at the Flowing Wells Invitational with 36 teams, Leif Schroeder will be at the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic with 31 teams from Montana, Washington, and Idaho, and Cam Lucerso will be at the Mel Smith Husky Tournament with 33 teams.  

We are in luck wrestling fans.  All of the tournaments this weekend for our recruits are covered by TrackWrestling.

Bretli Reyna and Wyatt Henson do not any competition scheduled for the weekend.

Several of the incoming recruits will begin their tournament season next weekend.

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

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

At Osage Duals Jan 18

On TrackWrestling.

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invitational Jan 18

On TrackWrestling.

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invitational Jan 18

On TrackWrestling.

 

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

At Flowing Wells Invitational Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

 

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

At Osage Duals Jan 18

On TrackWrestling.

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

At Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

 

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 Mel Smith Husky Tournament Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invite Jan 18

On TrackWrestling.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Nebraska dual meet preview

Iowa will host #7 ranked Nebraska in the first of three straight weekends of great action in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  The dual meet will begin at 8 PM on Saturday, January 18. The Iowa-Nebraska dual meet is always entertaining with competitive matches and there is no love lost between the programs.

The top matches will be at 165,174,141, and 184.  At 165, #2 ranked Alex Marinelli will face #5 Isaiah White.  #2 Michael Kemerer will face #6 Mikey Labriola at 174. It will be #6 Max Murin vs. #9 Chad Red at 141 and #10 Abe Assad vs. #5 Taylor Venz at 184.  This will be a great test for Assad at 184. Iowa has the higher ranked wrestler at nine weights and Nebraska is ranked higher only at 184. 

I am expecting a very big crowd for this dual meet.  The late start of 8 PM will allow area Iowa high school wrestling fans to make their way to Carver-Hawkeye Arena after their tournament in time for the dual meet.  Iowa Wrestling fans are very excited and will be there for this border battle with Nebraska. This will be a fun dual meet to watch.

The Iowa Wrestling program will distribute #SorensenStrong bandanas to the first 3,000 fans through the doors of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

 

#7Nebraska at #1 Iowa – 8 PM CST Saturday, January 18.

TV: BTN 

Online: FloWrestling and BTN Plus premium service.

Radio: AM 800 KXIC on iHeartRadio.com with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside.

 

#1 Iowa

125 – #1 Spencer Lee (Jr) 8-0

133 – #2 Austin DeSanto (Jr)  10-1

141 – #6 Max Murin (So)  10-0

149 – #1 Pat Lugo (Sr)  12-0

157 – #6 Kaleb Young (Jr)  9-2

165 – #2 Alex Marinelli (Jr)  12-0

174 – #2 Michael Kemerer (Sr)  6-0

184 – #10 Abe Assad (Fr)  17-2

197 – #4 Jacob Warner (So)  10-2

Hwt – #3 Tony Cassioppi (Fr)  11-0

 

#7 Nebraska

125 – Alex Thompson (Fr)  6-8

133 – #13 Ridge Lovett (Fr)  8-4

141 – #9 Chad Red Jr. (Jr) 10-4

149 – #16 Collin Purinton (Sr) 10-4

157 – #11 Peyton Robb (Fr) 12-2

165 – #5 Isaiah White (Sr) 12-1

174 – #6 Mikey Labriola (So) 13-3

184 – #5 Taylor Venz (Jr)  11-4

197 – #14 Eric Schultz (Jr)  14-2

285 – #15 Chris Lance (Sr) 9-4

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

How good is Iowa?

The longer the season goes, the more I being asked a simple question: How good is Iowa?  That question is being thrown at me on Facebook, Twitter, through email, and by wrestling fans that I see.  I am being asked how this team compares to the great Iowa Wrestling teams of the past that I was around. Fair question. Let’s take a look.

Well, when you look at the stats listed below, one would have to say that Iowa is really, really good.  Iowa is ranked #1 as a team in all of the rankings with anywhere from 30-56.5 points ahead of #2 ranked Penn State.  While I do not think the gap is that big at this time between Iowa and Penn State, I do agree that Iowa is the clear cut top team in the country.  I have never seen a drop off in points between the second and third ranked team in the country like this year.  It is Iowa and Penn State by a mile out in front of every other team in the country.

On one hand Iowa has not wrestled a lot of matches this season,  However, Iowa has faced some very tough competition in the form of high ranked teams and individuals.  When six of your wrestlers are undefeated in mid-January and you have wrestled highly ranked teams, you are real good.

We will know a lot more about this team after the next three weeks that will bring #7 Nebraska, #4 Ohio State, and #2 Penn State into legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a dual meet.  There will be quite a few matches of highly ranked wrestlers competing against each other. I believe Iowa will win all three of the duals and remain #1 in the country.

It is nearly impossible to not think about how the current rankings would play out at the NCAA National Tournament in Minneapolis on March 19-21.  With Lee and Lugo at #1, DeSanto, Marinelli, and Kemerer at #2, Cassioppi #3, and Warner #4, that would be a ton of points right there. Then add in Murin and Young at #6.  True freshman Abe Assad is ranked #10 at 184 after only two varsity matches. Nine wrestlers in the top 6 in the country along with a #10 on the rise. That is impressive to say the least.

Current Iowa lineup: #1,#2 #6, #1, #6, #2, #2, #10, #4, #3.

I will hold back comparing this team to the great teams of the past for Iowa Wrestling.  For starters, I am superstitious. Let the next three weeks play out and the rest of the season.  Then we will know. I did add the year of each wrestler below. Only one senior in Lugo on the team if Kemerer is granted an additional year from his injury last season and I believe that will happen. As in Iowa may be even better next season.  R-E-A-L-L-Y challenging to not look ahead and wonder if we as Iowa Wrestling fans are watching history being made.

How good is Iowa? Let’s give it time.

 

Rankings from InterMat on January 14, 2020:

125 – #1 Spencer Lee (Jr)  10-0

133 – #2 Austin DeSanto (Jr)  10-1

141 – #6 Max Murin (So) 10-0

149 – #1 Pat Lugo (Sr)  12-0

157 – #6 Kaleb Young (Jr)  9-2

165 – #2 Alex Marinelli (Jr)  12-0

174 – #2 Michael Kemerer (Sr)  6-0

184 – #10 Abe Assad (Fr)  17-3

197 – #4 Jacob Warner (So)  10-2

Hwt – #3 Tony Cassioppi (Fr)  11-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Iowa in new InterMat rankings

InterMat released their new rankings.  The gap between Iowa and the rest of the country continues to widen as the Hawks make their way through the Big Ten schedule.  The Hawks going on the road and scoring a 41-0 shutout at then #8 ranked Purdue was impressive. I do not remember seeing such a big gap between the second and third ranked teams in the country.  That is a huge drop off.

After only two varsity matches, Abe Assad is new in the rankings at #10 at 184 lbs.  Assad looked very good at Midlands and last weekend. When your lowest ranked wrestler is at #10, you have quite a team.

There were not a lot of changes in the new rankings with Lee and Lugo at #1 and DeSanto, Marinelli, and Kemerer at #2. With seven wrestlers in the top four and nine in the top six, there is not a lot of room to complain or debate about in these rankings.  I feel as though they are fair.

 

InterMat rankings from January 14, 2020 

125 – Spencer Lee – #1  

133 – Austin DeSanto – #2  

141 – Max Murin – #6 

149 – Pat Lugo – #1 

157 – Kaleb Young – #6 

165 – Alex Marinelli – #2 

174 – Michael Kemerer – #2 

184 – Abe Assad – #10  

197 – Jacob Warner – #4  

Hwt – Tony Cassioppi – #3 

 

Team Rankings

  1. Iowa 160
  2. Penn State  103.5
  3. Wisconsin 66
  4. Ohio State 65.5
  5. Minnesota 63.5
  6. Arizona State  53
  7. Nebraska  50
  8. Iowa State 47.5
  9. Northwestern  47
  10. North Carolina State 46

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Marinelli named Wrestler of the Week

Alex Marinelli has been named as the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog and Podcast Wrestler of the Week.  Marinelli recorded two pins over the weekend in dual meets.  Against Indiana, Marinelli pinned David Tunon in 5:34 and he pinned Tanner Webster of Purdue in 1:51.  Marinelli finished both falls with his patented figure four.

Marinelli, ranked second at 165 lbs. in the country, is a redshirt junior from Miamisburg, OH (St. Paris Graham HS) and is already a two-time All American.  Marinelli placed sixth in 2018 and seventh in 2019 at 165 lbs. On the season, Marinelli is 12-0 with a team leading seven pins.  

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.

 

165 — #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned David Tunon (IND), 5:34

165 — #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned Tanner Webster (P), 1:51

 

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

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Ragan to compete in Pan-Am Olympic Qualifier wrestle-offs

Alli Ragan of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will compete in the Pan American Olympic Qualifier Wrestle-offs.  Ragan will face Olympic and World champion Helen Maroulis in the preliminary match at 57kg on Saturday, February 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The winner then faces Jenna Burkert in a Best of 3 series.

The wrestle-offs will be a part of the WCWA Championships at the Cobb County Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Ragan won a World Silver in 2016 and 2017.  She has been competing at 59kg but is now at the 2020 Olympic weight of 57kg.

Kayla Miracle at 62kg has already been named to the Pan American Olympic Qualifier team because she was unopposed in the wrestle-offs.

From USA Wrestling:

The Pan American Olympic Qualifier is set from March 13-15 in Ottawa, Canada. The top-two countries in each weight class will earn a bid to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. So far in women’s freestyle, the USA has two (68kg,76kg) of the six women’s freestyle Olympic weights qualified. To be qualified is 50 kg, 53 kg, 57 kg and 62 kg.

 

57kg

8 a.m. – Helen Maroulis vs. Alli Ragan (prelim match)

3 p.m. – Maroulis/Ragan winner vs. Jenna Burkert (Best of 3 series)

(Times listed are CST.)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

SorensenStrong bandanas now available

SorensenStrong bandanas are now available through Ironside Apparel.  This is a fundraiser to assist four-time All American Brandon Sorensen as he continues treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

From Ironside Apparel:

Production of the SorensenStrong bandanas have been generously sponsored so that all $10 from each sale will be deposited into the SorensenStrong gofundme account. Hawkeye nation continues to join Brandon in this fight! Go Hawks!

**These are available to purchase online now, but will not ship until Tuesday January 14th. Available in-store January 14th.

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