The Iowa Women’s Wrestling team crowned six champs at the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, Missouri. This was a big tournament with 52 teams and over 500 wrestlers and provided solid competition for the two-day tournament.
Winning titles for the Hawks: Sterling Dias (101), Brianna Gonzalez (116), Felicity Taylor (123), Esther Han (136), Reese Larramendy (143), and Samantha Calkins (235).
For the day Iowa had an overall record of 84-23 with 41 tech falls and 16 pins.
Missouri Valley Open
101 – #5 Sterling Dias 1st
101 – #2 Emilie Gonzalez 2nd
109 – #2 Ava Bayless 2nd
116 – #4 Brianna Gonzalez 1st
123 – #2 Felicity Taylor 1st
123 – Bella Ngo DNP
130 – Alexandra Baudhuin DNP
130 – Lilly Luft DNP
136 – Esther Han 1st
143 – #1 Reese Larramendy 1st
143 – #2 Ella Schmit 4th
170 – #1 Kylie Welker 2nd
170 – #7 Haley Ward 3rd
191 – #5 Alivia White 2nd
191 – Joyce Foelller 3rd
235 – Sam Calkins 1st
***NWCA NCAA Women’s Wrestling Coaches Rankings
Marylynne Deede of the University of Iowa will compete at the 2023 NWCA All Star Classic on Tuesday, November 21 at 6 PM CST. Deede will face Latifah McBride of Life at 160 lbs. at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State.
#1 ranked Iowa will be back in action at the North Central College Invitational in Naperville, Illinois on Sunday, December 10.
Members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club competed at the Bill Farrell Memorial International in New York City on Saturday.
Spencer Lee looked like Spencer Lee in winning the 57kg title. After three first period tech falls, Lee defeated former NCAA National champion Nico Megaludis in the finals, 7-4. Winning the tournament qualified Lee for the 2024 Olympic Team Trials in April. Lee looks ready to go for a run at an Olympic Gold.
Austin DeSanto won by a 13-3 tech fall over Yahya Thomas to place third at 65kg.
Pat Lugo dropped a 2-1 decision to teammate DeSanto in the Consolation semifinals at 65kg.
At 74kg Alex Marinelli dropped the finals match to Jason Nolf, 11-0. Marinelli had won a match by tech fall and two by decision to make the finals.
Jacob Warner placed second at 97kg. Warner made his way to the finals with a tech fall and a decision before dropping the finals bout to Michael Micchlavello, 4-0.
True freshman Rose Cassioppi of the Iowa Women’s Wrestling team dropped an 8-3 decision to Vlanne Rouleau of Canada in her only match at 76kg.
The 2024 Olympic Team Trials will be at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania on April 19-20.
The 2024 Summer Olympic Games for Men’s Freestyle will be in Paris, France on August 8-11.
10 members of the Iowa Wrestling team competed at the Lindenwood Open on Saturday in St. Charles, Missouri in a 44 team field on Saturday.
Five Hawks placed: Koye Grebel (2nd/149), Drake Rhodes (3rd/165), Gage Marty (4th/Hwt), Joey Cruz (6th/125), and Easton Fleshman (6th/Hwt).
JOEY CRUZ – 125 LBS – SIXTH PLACE
Joey Cruz (Iowa) major dec. Caelen Riley (Illinois), 16-2
Joey Cruz (Iowa) tech. fall Luqman Masud (Missouri), 18-2
Troy Spratley (Oklahoma State) tech. fall Joey Cruz (Iowa), 19-2
Austin Kegley (Lindenwood) MFF over Joey Cruz (Iowa)
CALEB RATHJEN – 149 LBS
Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) tech. fall Ramiro Mosquera (Cumberland), 22-5
Sam Cartella (Northwestern) dec. Caleb Rathjen (Iowa), 7-4 SV1
Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) tech. fall Victor Guzman (Cumberland), 24-8
Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) tech. fall Charlie Fifield (Illinois), 22-6
Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) tech. fall Jaden Two Lance (Carl Albert State College), 15-0
Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) dec. Joel Jesuroga (Iowa), 3-2 TB1
KOYE GREBEL – 149 POUNDS – FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE DIVISION – SECOND PLACE
Koye Grebel (Iowa) tech. fall Lucas Clement (Quincy), 18-0
Koye Grebel (Iowa) pinned Bishop Rush (Missouri Valley), 3:50
Koye Grebel (Iowa) major dec. Ryan Schepers (McKendree University), 11-3
Koye Grebel (Iowa) tech. fall Garrett Lyons (Unattached), 17-0
Collin Arch (Northern Illinois University) dec. Koye Grebel (Iowa), 7-3
JOEL JESUROGA – 149 LBS
Joel Jesuroga (Iowa) dec. Victor Guzman (Cumberland), 4-2
Teague Travis (Oklahoma State) dec. Joel Jesuroga (Iowa), 7-1
Joel Jesuroga (Iowa) tech. fall Ramiro Mosquera (Cumberland), 17-2
Joel Jesuroga (Iowa) dec. Joshua Ramos (McKendree University), 5-2
Joel Jesuroga (Iowa) dec. Zac Cowan (Bellarmine University), 6-4
Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) dec. Joel Jesuroga (Iowa), 3-2 TB1
CARTER MARTINSON – 157 LBS – UNATTACHED
Jalin Harper (Oklahoma State) dec. Carter Martinson (Unattached), 1-0
Carter Martinson (Unattached) dec. Michael Smith (Minnesota State), 7-2
Carter Martinson (Unattached) dec. Caine Tyus (SIU Edwardsville), 8-3
Carter Martinson (Unattached) inj. default Grant Hansen (Northern Illinois University)
Carter Martinson (Unattached) major dec. Aiden Smith (Northern Illinois University), 11-3
ISAIAH FENTON – 157 LBS – FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE DIVISION
Isaiah Fenton (Iowa) tech. fall Hunter Song (Missouri Baptist University), 20-3
Caleb Meunier (Minnesota State) dec. Isaiah Fenton (Iowa), 10-6
Isaiah Fenton (Iowa) dec. Derrick Bannister (Cumberlands), 8-2
Isaiah Fenton (Iowa) major dec. Rylie Beckman (Unattached), 11-3
Isaiah Fenton (Iowa) tech. fall Thomas Magness (Cumberland), 17-1
Jacob Bostelman (Northwestern) dec. Isaiah Fenton (Iowa), 4-1 SV1
DRAKE RHODES – 165 LBS – THIRD PLACE
Drake Rhodes (Iowa) major dec. Robert Major (Indiana), 15-4
Drake Rhodes (Iowa) dec. Cole Nance (Bellarmine University), 10-9
Izzak Olejnik (Oklahoma State) major dec. Drake Rhodes (Iowa), 9-1
Drake Rhodes (Iowa) tech. fall Cole Ritter (Maryville University), 15-0
Drake Rhodes (Iowa) dec. Nick South (Indiana), 5-4
CARSON MARTINSON – 165 LBS – UNATTACHED
Dylan Preston (Cumberlands) dec. Carson Martinson (Unattached), 4-1 SV1
Bradley Gillum (SIU-Edwardsville) dec. Carson Martinson (Unattached), 6-2
EASTON FLESHMAN – 285 LBS – UNATTACHED – SIXTH PLACE
Easton Fleshman (Unattached) pinned Micheal Irvin (Jarvis Christian College), 2:24
Ryan Herman (Maryville University) dec. Easton Fleshman, 4-1
Easton Fleshman (Unattached) pinned Don Paul (Ouachita Baptist), 2:51
Thadd Huff (Bellarmine University) dec. Easton Fleshman (Unattached), 6-4
Ryan Herman (Maryville University) dec. Easton Fleshman (Unattached), 2-1
GAGE MARTY – 285 LBS – UNATTACHED – FOURTH PLACE
Gage Marty (Unattached) pinned Keith Miley (Arkansas-Little Rock), 2:02
Gage Marty (Unattached) dec. Caleb Guise (McKendree University), 8-2
Seth Nitzel (Missouri) dec. Gage Marty (Unattached), 7-0
Gage Marty (Unattached) dec. Daniel Renshaw (Illinois), 5-2
Gage Marty (Unattached) dec. Ryan Herman (Maryville University), 8-1
The Iowa Men’s Wrestling team defeated #16 Oregon State in the home opener in legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won seven of ten bouts.
For bonus point wins Brody Teske (133) won by a major decision, Real Woods (141) had a tech fall, and Zach Glazier (197) had a major decision.
The biggest match for fans was the first appearance by elite recruit and true freshman Gabe Arnold at 174. Arnold scored the only takedown of the match to defeat #11 Travis Wittlake, 4-2. Wittlake just transferred in from Oklahoma State and was an elite #1 recruit coming out of high school. Impressive showing by Arnold.
# 3 Iowa 25, #16 Oregon State 11
125 | #18 Brandon Kaylor dec. #11 Drake Ayala, 7-6
133 | #9 Brody Teske major dec. #22 Gabe Whisenhunt, 18-8
141 | #1 Real Woods tech. fall #20 Cleveland Belton, 18-3
149 | #9 Victor Voinovich III dec. Nash Singleton, 6-3 SV1
157 | #2 Jared Franek dec. Murphy Menke, 10-3
165 | #5 Michael Caliendo dec. Kekana Fouret, 15-10
174 | Gabe Arnold dec. #11 Travis Wittlake, 4-2
184 | #3 Trey Munoz tech. fall #29 Brennan Swafford, 20-4
197 | #23 Zach Glazier major dec. #31 Justin Rademacher, 14-6
285 | #22 Boone McDermott dec. Bradley Hill, 4-1
Iowa will compete next on Sunday at Iowa State at 2 PM CST. The meet will be live on ESPN.
That was a great three-day run of following Iowa Wrestling. Time to move forward.
It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.