Michael Caliendo announced on June 16 that he was transferring to Iowa from North Dakota State. Caliendo placed 7th at the NCAA Championships last season at 165 as a redshirt freshman and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Last season Caliendo was 29-6 with six falls, two tech falls and two major decisions and placed third at the Big 12 Championships. He was 12-5 against ranked opponents. Caliendo was named to the Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team as #1 at 165 lbs.
As a true freshman Caliendo was 14-2 and won four tournaments.
Caliendo is originally from Geneva, Illinois (Batavia HS) where he was a state champion as a senior and placed fourth as a sophomore and junior. He was the first state champ in school history and has school records for falls and tech falls.
Caliendo was named to the NWCA Scholar All-American Team and to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
In the InterMat rankings released last week Caliendo was ranked fifth at 165.
Welcome aboard Michael Caliendo.
It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.