This is usually the slowest time of the year for college wrestling. This year we have had quite a few things going on. I want to catch up on recent events and requests for a probable lineup for an update.

I have printed for years that wrestling seems to peak in an Olympic year. I am counting the days until we see Spencer Lee and all of our wrestlers compete in the Olympics.

Team USA had their first Olympic training camp last week in Manheim, Pennsylvania at a massive facility called Spooky Nook. With over 700,000 square feet, Spooky Nook is the largest indoor sports complex in the country.

Officiated matches were contested to simulate the upcoming competition in the Olympics. Spencer Lee and Kylie Welker represented the University of Iowa. 

I also have to mention former Hawkeye national champions Bill Zadick as the head coach for Men’s Freestyle and Terry Steiner as the head coach for the Women’s Freestyle team.

I am sure there will be another camp coming up soon at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2024 Summer Olympics


Thursday, August 8 – Round of 16/Quarterfinals, Semifinals

Friday August 9 – Repechage/Bronze and Gold Medal Round


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Barry Davis was named as an Assistant Coach at Navy. Davis was a three-time NCAA champ(’82,’83.’85) and four-time All American for the Hawks. In International competition he was a 1984 Olympic Silver medalist, two-time Olympian (‘84 and ‘88), World Silver medalist and World Bronze medalist.

Davis was an assistant coach at Iowa from 1986-1992 and the head coach at Wisconsin for 25 years.

Best of luck to Barry Davis.


The University of Iowa will have a dedication for the opening of the new wrestling facility on Thursday, May 30 at 3:30 PM. 

The Goschke Family Wrestling Training Center will be the new home of Iowa Wrestling. The $31-million, 38,500-square-foot building was funded entirely by private gifts. I am looking forward to seeing the new facility.


The summer of competition begins this weekend for Iowa Wrestling.

I will keep you up to date right here on my blog following all of the action for Iowa Wrestling.

May 31 – U20 World Team Trials (Geneva, Ohio)

May 31-June 1 – U23 Nationals (Geneva, Ohio)

June 21-22 – Junior Duals (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

July 13-17 – Cadet and Junior Nationals   Girls July 13-14/Boys July 15-17 (Fargo, ND)

August 5-11 – Olympics (Paris, France)

September 2-8 – U20 World Freestyle Championships (Pontevedra, Spain)


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We are still in May but as fans we are always looking forward to the new season. There are a lot of open weights for the upcoming season but here are my picks.

My probable lineup for Iowa at the 2025 Big Ten Championships:

125 – Drake Ayala

133 – Kale Petersen

141 – Ryder Block

149 – Kyle Parco

157 – Cobe Siebrecht

165 – Michael Caliendo

174 – Gabe Arnold

184 – Nelson Brands

197 – Zach Glazier

Hwt – Ben Kueter


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!