Iowa will travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on #6 Ohio State on Friday at 7 PM. The meet will be televised live on BTN. As with any Big Ten dual meet every single match is important for seeds at the Big Tens and NCAA National Tournament.

There is only one weight with an option of more than one wrestler for Iowa. Both Austin DeSanto and Cullan Schriever are listed at 133. Jaydin Eierman is the only Hawkeye listed at 141 so we can expect his return to the mat after missing both dual meets last weekend.

Several matches really stick out to me. #18 Abe Assad will have an opportunity to improve his ranking and future seeds when he faces #7 Kaleb Romero at 184. #10 Max Murin will face Ohio State’s highest ranked wrestler in #2 Sammy Sasso at 149. #2 Michael Kemerer will face #7 Ethan Smith at 174.

There are always fireworks when Iowa and Ohio State compete and I am looking for an exciting dual meet. I expect the Hawks to have another impressive performance.


#2 IOWA HAWKEYES (10-0, 4-0 BIG TEN) 2021-22 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record 

125 10 Drake Ayala Fr. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge 13-3 

133 3 Austin DeSanto Sr. Exeter, Pennsylvania/Exeter (Drexel) 11-0 -OR- Cullan Schriever *Fr. Mason City, Iowa/Mason City 15-5 141 

141 2 Jaydin Eierman Sr. Columbia, Missouri/Father Tolton (Missouri) 11-0 

149 10 Max Murin Sr. Ebensburg, Pennsylvania/Central Cambria 6-1 

157 12 Kaleb Young Sr. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania/Punxsutawney 9-5 

165 1 Alex Marinelli Sr. Miamisburg, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 14-0 

174 2 Michael Kemerer Sr. Murraysville, Pennsylvania/Franklin Regional 4-0 

184 18 Abe Assad So. Carol Stream, Illinois/Glenbard North 9-2 

197 4 Jacob Warner Sr. Tolono, Illinois/Washington Community 10-1 

285 5 Tony Cassioppi Jr. Roscoe, Illinois/Hononegah 9-2 


#8 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (5-1, 1-1 BIG TEN) 2021-22 Overall

Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record

125 18 Malik Heinselman Sr. Castle Rock, Ohio/Castle View 11-2

133 Will Betancourt Fr. Lancaster, Pennsylvania/Manheim Central 8-3

141 23 Dylan D’Emilio So. Curtice, Ohio/Genoa 13-4

149 2 Sammy Sasso Jr. Nazareth, Pennsylvania/Nazareth 13-1

157 Jashon Hubbard Jr. Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville 9-3

165 7 Carson Kharchla So. Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty 15-1

174 7 Ethan Smith Sr. Latrobe, Pennsylvania/Sparrows Point 11-3

184 7 Kaleb Romero Sr. Mechanicsburg, Ohio/Mechanicsburg 6-1

197 20 Gavin Hoffman So. Montoursville, Pennsylvania/Montoursville 7-4

285 12 Tate Orndorff Sr. Spokane, Washington/University 11-3


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!