Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier have been named as the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week for the opening week of competition. Redshirt freshman Brands made his Iowa Hawkeye debut in Carver-Hawkeye Arena with an impressive 8-4 decision over #21 ranked Matthew Waddell of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Brands was the aggressor with three takedowns and looked very good against a ranked wrestler. Brands is from Iowa City (West HS), Iowa.
Glazier made his college debut at the Grand View Open in Des Moines on Saturday. Glazier, a true freshman from Albert Lea, Minnesota, was 5-0 on the day with two falls, a tech fall, and two major decisions. In the finals Glazier pinned Sean Kelly of Triton in 2:26 to win the 197 lbs. title in the Fresh/Soph division.
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.
A Wrestler of the Week was selected from the varsity and also one from the sixteen Hawkeye wrestlers that won seven titles in Open tournaments this weekend.
184 — Nelson Brands (Iowa) dec. #21 Matthew Waddell (Chattanooga), 8-4
Zach Glazier – 1st place at Grand View Open – 197 lbs.
Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Colben Dodson (Northeast Oklahoma) (Maj 16-5)
Champ. Round 2 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Ryan Jaffray (Triton) (Fall 2:15)
Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by tech fall over Bryce Westmoreland (Pratt) (TF 18-0)
Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Damen Moyer (Briar Cliff) (Maj 19-8)
1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Sean Kelly (Triton) (Fall 2:26)
It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.