It was another full weekend of competition for the Iowa Wrestling program. Here is a recap.

On Friday the Hawks won the first six bouts to defeat #12 Minnesota, 18-13. Iowa had starters out of the lineup at 174, 184, and Hwt. This was another good experience for the team in a hostile environment with a sellout crowd.

The top match for me was #15 Cobe Siebrecht over #17 Brayton Lee, 4-0. Siebrecht had another big opening takedown in the first :15 of the match followed by 2:45 of riding time. I was impressed by that match against an experienced veteran in Lee who began the season ranked #2 at 157. 

Patrick Kennedy just keeps looking better every time out. It looks as though Kennedy has found his rhythm and confidence. I would not put any limitations as to what Kennedy can do at the NCAA Championships.

I like what I see from Brody Teske at 133. Sure I would like to see him have more matches under his belt but I believe he can score quality points for us at Nationals. I certainly see the potential beyond his #17 ranking. Brody Teske is one tough dude.

I also like what I am seeing from true freshman Aiden Riggins. He went up a weight and fought hard against the #11 wrestler in the country. Riggins has a real good future with the Hawks.

Iowa will entertain #11 Michigan this Friday, February 10 at 8 PM CST in a sold out legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena. I believe we will see a nearly full lineup against Michigan and a fired up Iowa Hawkeye team.


#2 Iowa 18, #12 Minnesota 13

125 – #1 Spencer Lee (UI) dec. #6 Patrick McKee (MINN), 7-1; 3-0

133 – #17 Brody Teske (UI) dec. Jake Gliva (MINN), 4-3; 6-0

141 – #2 Real Woods (UI) vs. #15 Jake Bergeland (MINN), 8-1; 9-0

149 – #6 Max Murin (UI) vs. #15 Michael Blockhus (MINN); 11-7; 12-0

157 – #15 Cobe Siebrecht (UI) vs. #17 Brayton Lee (MINN), 4-0; 15-0

165 – #7 Patrick Kennedy (UI) vs. Cael Carlson (MINN), 13-8; 18-0

174 – #11 Bailee O’Reilly (MINN) dec. Aiden Riggins (UI), 4-1; 18-3

184 – #10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN) major dec. Drake Rhodes (UI), 13-5; 18-7

197 – #28 Michial Foy (MINN) dec. #7 Jacob Warner (UI), 2-1; 18-10

285 – #32 Garrett Joles (MINN) dec. Bradley Hill (UI), 5-0; 18-13


Three Iowa Hawkeyes competed at the Don Parker Open in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Saturday. After two tech falls and a major decision Drake Ayala defeated Nicolar Rivera of Wisconsin 5-1 to win the title at 133. Ayala bumped up a weight and will be a force for the Hawks next year at 125.

Caleb Rathjen injury defaulted out of his first match at 149 in 2:14 and withdrew from the tournament.

At 197 Kolby Franklin started off by winning a major decision and two decisions. In the finals Franklin dropped a 12-7 match to Roman Rogotzke of South Dakota State to place second.


Drake Ayala – 133

Champ. Round 2 – Drake Ayala (Iowa) won by tech fall over Matthew Chi (Wisconsin-Parkside) (TF 20-5)

Quarterfinal – Drake Ayala (Iowa) won by tech fall over Justin Fortugno (UW-Whitewater) (TF 25-10)

Semifinal – Drake Ayala (Iowa) won by major decision over Robby Horsman (St. Cloud State) (Maj 18-7)

1st Place Match – Drake Ayala (Iowa) won by decision over Nicolar Rivera (Wisconsin) (Dec 5-1)


Caleb Rathjen – 149

Champ. Round 1 – Daniel Sheen (Wisconsin) won by injury default over Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) (Inj. 2:14)

Cons. Round 1 – Jalin Conner (Bryant & Stratton) won by medical forfeit over Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) (MFF)


Kolby Franklin – 197

Champ. Round 2 – Kolby Franklin (Iowa) won by major decision over Jordan Lewis (UW-Whitewater) (Maj 14-5)

Quarterfinal – Kolby Franklin (Iowa) won by decision over Spencer Mooberry (North Dakota State) (Dec 3-2)

Semifinal – Kolby Franklin (Iowa) won by decision over Cody Donnelly (South Dakota State) (Dec 6-4)

1st Place Match – Roman Rogotzke (South Dakota State) won by decision over Kolby Franklin (Iowa) (Dec 12-7)


Five members of the Iowa Women’s wrestling team competed at the Bearcat Open at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. Sterling Dias, Ava Bayless, and Ella Schmit won titles. 

After a first round fall Sterling Dias defeated Hawkeye teammate Emilie Gonzalez in the semifinals, 4-1. In the finals Dias won by an 11-0 tech fall over Lizette Rodriquez for the 101 lbs. title.

After a tech fall in the consolation semifinals Gonzalez defeated Rianne Murphy (Unattached), 12-12 to place third.

At 109 Ava Bayless started with three tech falls before defeating Kendra Ryan (North Central College) 5-4 in the finals.

Ella Schmitt dominated the field at 143 with three tech falls and a fall. In the finals she defeated Riley Aamold (North Central College) with a 14-2 tech fall.

Bella Mir had a fall and tech fall before dropping a match in the semifinals. In the consolations Mir recorded a fall and tech fall to place third at 155.

All wrestlers from Iowa will compete unattached this season. The Hawks will officially begin team competition next year for the 2023-2024 season.



Champ. Round 1 – Sterling Dias (Unattached) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Sterling Dias (Unattached) won by fall over Kristy Travis (Tiffin University) (Fall 0:21)

Semifinal – Sterling Dias (Unattached) won by decision over Emilie Gonzalez (Unattached) (Dec 4-1)

1st Place Match – Sterling Dias (Unattached) won by tech fall over Lizette Rodriguez (McKendree University) (TF 11-0)



Champ. Round 1 – Emilie Gonzalez (Unattached) won by tech fall over Odelia Lopez (Schreiner University) (TF 10-0)

Quarterfinal – Emilie Gonzalez (Unattached) won by fall over Aaliyah Payne-Parris (Sacred Heart) (Fall 3:26)

Semifinal – Sterling Dias (Unattached) won by decision over Emilie Gonzalez (Unattached) (Dec 4-1)

Cons. Semi – Emilie Gonzalez (Unattached) won by tech fall over Isabella Morales (Colorado Mesa) (TF 10-0)

3rd Place Match – Emilie Gonzalez (Unattached) won by decision over Rianne Murphy (Unattached) (Dec 12-12)



Champ. Round 1 – Ava Bayless (Unattached) won by tech fall over Elizah Leonard (North Central College) (TF 11-0)

Quarterfinal – Ava Bayless (Unattached) won by tech fall over Samantha Kruize (McKendree University) (TF 10-0)

Semifinal – Ava Bayless (Unattached) won by tech fall over Angelina Graff (North Central College) (TF 10-0)

1st Place Match – Ava Bayless (Unattached) won by decision over Kendra Ryan (North Central College) (Dec 5-4)



Champ. Round 1 – Ella Schmit (Unattached) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Ella Schmit (Unattached) won by tech fall over Erika Novak (Hiram College) (TF 10-0)

Quarterfinal – Ella Schmit (Unattached) won by tech fall over Serena Cervantes (Schreiner University) (TF 10-0)

Semifinal – Ella Schmit (Unattached) won by fall over London Houston (North Central College) (Fall 1:02)

1st Place Match – Ella Schmit (Unattached) won by tech fall over Riley Aamold (North Central College) (TF 14-2)



Champ. Round 1 – Isabella Mir (Unattached) won by fall over Megan Vondrasek (Adrian College) (Fall 1:39)

Quarterfinal – Isabella Mir (Unattached) won by tech fall over Sierra Pienkowski (Carthage College) (TF 10-0)

Semifinal – Madison Sandquist (Sacred Heart) won by fall over Isabella Mir (Unattached) (Fall 1:40)

Cons. Semi – Isabella Mir (Unattached) won by fall over Jordan Johnston (Schreiner University) (Fall 1:48)

3rd Place Match – Isabella Mir (Unattached) won by tech fall over Shelby Ottum (North Central College) (TF 10-0)


Two incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits competed this weekend. Keyan Hernandez won the 120 lbs. title at the AA Eastern Divisional in Belgrade, Montana. Hernandez was 3-0 with three first period pins. This was a qualifier for the Montana State Tournament next Friday and Saturday.

Ryder Block was 3-0 with a tech fall and two falls at State Duals in Coralville in leading Waverly-Shell Rock to the 3A State Dual title.

Kale Petersen, Gabe Arnold, and Ben Kueter did not have any competition scheduled this weekend. Next weekend they will be at Districts followed by the State Tournament on February 15-18.


Keyan Hernandez – Billings West (Montana)  120 lbs.

Fri/Sat Feb 4-5 – at AA Eastern Divisional (Belgrade, Montana)

Champ. Round 1 – Keyan Hernandez (Billings West) 19-1 received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Keyan Hernandez (Billings West) 19-1 won by fall over Marcus Howlett (Bozeman) 1-4 (Fall 1:09)

Semifinal – Keyan Hernandez (Billings West) 19-1 won by fall over Bladen Madel (Great Falls / MSDB) 12-8 (Fall 1:55)

1st Place Match – Keyan Hernandez (Billings West) 19-1 won by fall over Dalton Ecklund (Great Falls CMR) 11-12 (Fall 0:55)


Ryder Block – Waverly-Shell Rock  138 lbs.

Sat Feb 4 – at State Duals (Coralville)

Ryder Block (3-Waverly-Shell Rock) over Isaac Bruhl (6-Ankeny Centennial) TF 24-9

Ryder Block (3-Waverly-Shell Rock) over Lincoln Jipp (2-Bettendorf) Fall 3:54

Ryder Block (3-Waverly-Shell Rock) over Trevor Oberbroeckling (1-Southeast Polk) Fall 4:29


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!