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.