All four members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club that competed medaled at the Henri Deglane in Nice, France. Austin DeSanto and Pat Lugo won the Gold, Alex Marinelli the Silver, and Cody Chittum the Bronze.

DeSanto won the title at 61 kg/134 lbs. After a 6-3 decision win in the quarterfinals, DeSanto had a barn burner of  a match in the semifinals against Nahshon Garrett. After falling behind 10-2 after the first period, DeSanto scored a takedown with 0:05 left to defeat Garrett, 14-13. DeSanto then defeated Shelton Mack of USA 5-4 for the Gold.

Lugo was 4-0 to win the title at 65 kg/143 lbs. After a first round pin Lugo scored wins of 4-3 and 7-2 before defeating Kizhan Clarke of Germany 7-0 for the title.

Marinelli won by 10-0 tech fall in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals before winning a 3-2 decision in the semifinals. In the finals Marinelli dropped a 6-5 decision to Evan Wick to get the Silver at 79 kg/174 lbs.

Cody Chittum dropped a 10-10 match in the quarterfinals on criteria. After winning by a tech fall in Repechage Chittum defeated Leon Gerstenberger of German 5-1 to win the Bronze at 70 kg/154 lbs. Chittum was the number one overall recruit in the country in the Class of 2022. He is taking a grey shirt season and will enroll at Iowa with the Class of 2023 in August. Chittum has a great future ahead of him with the Hawks.

HWC Head Coach Daniel Dennis was a coach for Team USA for this tournament.

Great job and congratulations to our HWC wrestlers.


HWC results for Henri Deglane in Nice France


Austin DeSanto 61 kg – Gold

Quarters:6-3 win over Giorgi Goniashvili, GEO

Semifinals:14-13 win over Nahshon Garrett, USA

Finals: 5-4 over Shelton Mack, USA


Pat Lugo 65 kg – Gold

Rd of 16: Fall over Aminojon Sadulloev, POL

Quarters:4-3 over Nico Megerle, GER

Semifinals:6-2 over Matt Kolodzik, USA

Finals: 7-0 over Kizhan Clarke, GER


Cody Chittum 70 kg – Bronze

Quarters: 10-10 loss to Kevin Henkel, GER

Repechage: 16-5 over Muhannad Abdurachmanov, BEL

Bronze: 5-1 over Leon Gerstenberger, GER


Alex Marinelli 79 kg – Silver

Rd of 16: 10-0 over Callum McNeice, CAN

Quarters: 10-0 over Gabriel Ramos, ESP

Semifinals: 3-2 Evsem Shvelidze, GEO

Finals: 6-5 loss Evan Wick, USA


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!