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Iowa recruits in new MatScouts rankings

Willie Saylor of MatScouts released his new rankings of the top high school wrestlers in the country. In the Pound For Pound (P4P) rankings, Patrick Kennedy is #3 for the best overall recruit in the country.  Kennedy is ranked #1 at 182 lbs. Jesse Ybarra is ranked #16 in the P4P rankings and is #5 at 126 lbs.

Bretli Reyna is #8 at 145, Cullan Schriever is #11 at 126, Wyatt Henson is #11 and Caleb Rathjen is #13 at 138. Gabe Christenson is #13 at 195. 

Kennedy, Ybarra, Reyna, Schriever, and Christenson are in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.  Henson and Rathjen are in the Class of 2021. 

The complete list of the national high school rankings can be found under Willie Saylor on Rokfin.com/MS1.

 

MatScouts Rankings on January 28, 2020

Patrick Kennedy, 182 lbs. – #1

Jesse Ybarra, 126 lbs. – #5

Bretli Reyna, 145 lbs. – #8

Cullan Schriever, 126 lbs. – #11

Wyatt Henson, 138 lbs. – #11

Caleb Rathjen, 138 lbs. – #13

Gabe Christenson, 195 lbs. – #13

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Brands guest speaker at I-Club Wrestling Luncheon

The Johnson County I-Club will host a Wrestling Luncheon on Friday, February 14 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  The lunch will include a highlight video, an update on the season, and the Iowa Wrestling staff with guest speaker Tom Brands.  

Doors will open at 11:30 AM and the program will begin at 12:10 PM in the Feller Club Room in Carver-Hawkeye Arena by the ticket office and Gable statue. 

Cost is $20 per person or $175 for a reserved table of 8.

Iowa will host #4 Minnesota the next night on Saturday, February 15 at 8 PM.

Iowa Wrestling is really hot right now and I am expecting a standing room only crowd for this luncheon. You may want to register soon.

 

To register:

https://www.foriowa.org/form/wrestling-luncheon20.php?source=iclub

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa-Penn State preview

We have been waiting for this dual meet since the Big Ten schedule was announced on June 4, 2019.  It is finally here: Iowa-Penn State in legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Friday night, January 31, 2020. 8 PM CST.  It’s on.

The University of Iowa Athletic Department announced on December 6 that tickets for the Iowa-Penn State dual meet were sold out.  Over 15,000 tickets sold. In the same press release it was also announced that Iowa Wrestling season tickets had been sold out at a record 7,715.

Yea, Iowa Wrestling fans are excited.  Iowa is the overwhelming #1 team in the country in every ratings out there.  As fans, we are enjoying the greatest home schedule in the history of Iowa Wrestling.  Iowa Wrestling fans, we should be excited.    

The Iowa-Penn State dual meet will include twelve All Americans and eighteen ranked wrestlers. E-V-E-R-Y match is huge in a dual meet like this. I have picked out the most obvious featured matches.  What more can you ask for? Back to back matches of #1 vs. #2 at 165 and 174. Marinelli-Joseph. Kemerer-Hall. Add in DeSanto-RBY. I am looking forward to Assad-Brooks more than any other match. Brands-Sanderson in the coaching matchup. Oh, is this going to be entertaining. 

 

Featured matches:

133   2/2 Austin DeSanto (Jr) vs. 4/3 Roman Bravo-Young (So)

165   2/2 Alex Marinelli (Jr) vs. 1/1 Vincenzo Joseph (Sr)

174   2/2 Michael Kemerer (Sr) vs. 1/1 Mark Hall (Sr)

184   6/6 Abe Assad (Fr) vs. 8/9 Aaron Brooks (Fr)

 

Wrestling fans from all across the country and even to an extent the world will be tuned into this dual meet.  This type of media exposure is great for the sport of wrestling.

I am expecting one of the greatest crowds in Iowa Wrestling and college wrestling history.  This will be one amazing atmosphere in person and also watching it on TV.

I do not know what else to say except that you really do not want to miss this dual meet.

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.

 

#2 Penn State at #1 Iowa – 8PM CST on Friday, January 31

TV: BTN

Radio: AM 800 KXIC on iHeartRadio.com with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside.

 

Iowa vs. Penn State

125   1/1 Spencer Lee (Jr) vs. Brandon Meredith (Fr)

133   2/2 Austin DeSanto (Jr) vs. 4/3 Roman Bravo-Young (So)

141   7/9 Max Murin (So) or Carter Happel (Jr) vs. 2/2 Nick Lee (Jr)

149   3/3 Pat Lugo (Sr) vs. 19/- Jarod Verkleeren (So) or Luke Gardner (Jr)

157   4/5 Kaleb Young (Jr) vs. Brady Berge (So) or Bo Pipher (Jr)

165   2/2 Alex Marinelli (Jr) vs. 1/1 Vincenzo Joseph (Sr)

174   2/2 Michael Kemerer (Sr) vs. 1/1 Mark Hall (Sr)

184   6/6 Abe Assad (Fr) vs. 8/9 Aaron Brooks (Fr)

197   5/7 Jacob Warner (So) vs. 11/18 Shakur Rasheed (Sr)

Hwt   3/3 Tony Cassioppi (Fr) vs. 16/15 Seth Nevilles (Fr)

*TrackWrestling Rankings/InterMat Rankings

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

DeSanto named Wrestler of the Week

Austin DeSanto has been named as the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week.  DeSanto looked outstanding in defeating #18 ranked Jordan Decatur of Ohio State by a 27-12 tech fall.  DeSanto put on a display of Iowa Wrestling with a relentless attack and scoring points. A lot of points. After surrendering an opening takedown in the first 0:07, DeSanto went on to score three takedowns in the first, five in the second, and four more takedowns in the third to have the match stopped at 5:44 for the tech fall.

DeSanto placed fifth in the country last season and is currently ranked #2 at 133 lbs. DeSanto is a true junior from Exeter, Pennsylvania and is 12-1 on the season with one pin, five tech falls, and three major decisions.

The criteria for Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week is an Iowa wrestler that performs at an elite level that best represents Iowa Wrestling in the form of a dominating performance, a come from behind victory, or defeating a higher ranked opponent.

 

Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week

November 19 – Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier

November 25 – Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier

December 2 – Tony Cassioppi.

December 9 – Jacob Warner

January 2 – Pat Lugo

January 14 – Alex Marinelli

January 21 – Abe Assad

January 28 – Austin DeSanto

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Coach Smith, ’80 title team to be honored at Lisbon

Lisbon, Iowa has a great night of wrestling planned for Thursday, January 30. #2 Lisbon will host #1 Don Bosco in a premiere dual meet for the entire state of Iowa.  In the most recent 1A ratings by The Predicament, Don Bosco has ten wrestlers ranked and Lisbon has nine ranked wrestlers out of fourteen weights.  I have to wonder if that is a state record for Iowa to have 19 ranked wrestlers in one dual meet. The Lisbon-Don Bosco dual meet has been a tradition of great wrestling for decades. 

The dual meet will have a break half-way through like in a televised college dual meet.  After seven matches, Coach Brad Smith and the Lisbon 1980 State Championship team will be introduced.  All Lisbon Wrestling alumni will also be recognized. The 1980 1A State title team was the first state title won by Coach Smith.  Coach Smith has won more state titles and more dual meets than any coach in Iowa High School Wrestling history and has also been named as the National Coach of the Year twice in his career. What a great source of pride to have my hometown of Lisbon, Iowa being such a huge part of those records.

Coach Smith won the 149 lbs. NCAA title in 1976 for the University of Iowa and was a member of the first national title winning team to begin the Iowa Wrestling dynasty.  Smith has went on to be the most successful wrestling coach to ever wrestle for the University of Iowa. You could make a case that Smith is the most successful coach that the University of Iowa has ever produced for any sport.

There were Iowa Wrestling greats at Coach Smith’s first home dual meet in December of 1978.  I remember it well because I got an autograph from Randy Lewis. I am hoping we see some of those very wrestlers and maybe some coaches show up Thursday night.

There will be a social gathering at Regal Crown across the tracks in Lisbon following the dual meet.  All wrestling fans are welcomed to come and enjoy great memories of Lisbon Wrestling.

I have heard of former Lisbon wrestlers that will be traveling from across the country to be at this celebration.  I have also heard that this type of celebration may occur every year to honor the many state title winning teams of Lisbon’s past.  I really hope this becomes a yearly event.

I am expecting an overflow crowd so you may want to show up early to get a seat.

 

Thursday, January 30 

Event schedule:

4PM: Public tour of the building.

5:30PM: Weigh-ins.

6:30PM: Senior Night introductions and wrestling begins: #1 Don Bosco vs. #2 Lisbon

Intermission after 7 matches: Introduction of Coach Brad Smith, the 1980 State Championship team, and all Lisbon alumni wrestlers who are present.

After the meet, all are invited to the Regal Crown in Lisbon for a social gathering.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC Arctic Plunge was a success

The 2020 Arctic Plunge was another successful event for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.  HWC supporters braved the cold to jump into a pond at the Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville, Iowa on Saturday night. When you see a video of a chainsaw being used to cut out ice for Iowa Wrestling fans to jump into a pond in below freezing temperatures to raise money for the HWC, you know they are serious.  

Hawkeye Wrestling Club President Randy Novak:

“The 2020 Arctic Plunge was another huge success for the HWC.  We raised over $122,000 due to hard working board members (Ryan Key heads up the event) and generous donors.

We are humbled by the fans and people that support us.  The energy at the event was contagious and we loved seeing the social media pictures and videos that those in attendance posted.

We appreciate that and need this energy in an Olympic year.

Go Hawks!”

The money raised from the Arctic Plunge is very influential in the overall operations of the HWC.  As the HWC continues to grow, events like this become even more influential.

I have been saying for years that Iowa Wrestling has the biggest advantage over their competition when it comes to fans than any other sports team in America.  This was yet another reason why I am able to continue to make that statement.

Thank you to all of the donors and those that raised the money and took the plunge. 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Molinari captures Bronze at Yarygin

Forrest Molinari captured a Bronze medal at the prestigious Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. After dropping a first round match to a wrestler from Japan, Molinari then defeated her opponent from Russia 9-3 in Repechage.  In the 68kg Bronze medal match, Molinari was down 8-1 to Talasin of China when she rolled through an inside cradle to get the pin with less than a minute to go in the match.

Sam Brooks (86kg) was behind Zakuev of Russia 8-0 in the first round.  Brooks came storming back to win 22-12. Brooks dropped his next matches against Zakuev of Mongolia 10-4 and was eliminated from the tournament.

Hawkeye Wrestling Club head coach Mark Perry was on the trip to corner the HWC wrestlers.

 

68kg – Forrest Molinari (HWC)

Loss to Rin Miyaji (Japan)

Win over Tatyana Kolesnikova-Morozova (Russia)

Win over Erbakheti Er Well Talasin (China), pin

 

86kg Sam Brooks (HWC)

Win over Azamat Zakuev (Russia) 22-12

Loss to Whitumen Orgodol (Mongolia) 10-4

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action Jan 24-25: RESULTS

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits had a successful weekend.  Gabe Christenson was the only recruit that competed in a traditional tournament.  Christenson won the always tough Ed Winger Invitational at Urbandale with a fall in :10 and a tech fall to win the title at 195.

In dual meet tournaments, Patrick Kennedy, Bretli Reyna, Cam Lucero, and Caleb Rathjen were all undefeated.

On the weekend, incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits were 12-0 with 10 pins, one tech fall, and one major decision.

Several recruits will have their conference tournament next weekend as other recruits will be heading into the tournament portion of the schedule.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

Swalla Dual Tournament – Jan 25

Patrick Kennedy (KAMA) over Nick Frank (BEA) (Fall 3:00)

195: Patrick Kennedy (KAMA) over Jade Trelstad (Shak) (Fall 2:42)

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs.

At Ed Winger Invitational (Urbandale, Iowa) – Jan 25

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) received a bye

Quarterfinal – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by fall over Sully Woods (Glenwood) (Fall 0:10)

Semifinal – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by tech fall over Michael Witt (Ankeny Centennial) (TF-1.5 2:52)

1st Place Match – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by forfeit over Kane Schmidt (Bettendorf)

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

At AA Duals (Great Falls, MT) – Jan 25

No results available.

 

Bretli Reyna – Homestead, Florida (South Dade HS)  145 lbs.

At Dual Meet State Championships (Kissimmee, FL) – Jan 24-25

On TrackWrestling.

Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over Erik Rodriguez (Cypress Bay) Maj 11-2

Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over (Fleming Island) Forfeit

Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over Adriel Martinez (Osceola) Fall 3:42

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  152 lbs.

At High Desert Tiger Duals (Aztec, NM) – Jan 25

On TrackWrestling.

Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) over Adrian Aragon (Capital) Fall 1:12

Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) over Justin Tate Seitzinger (Bloomfield) Fall 1:37

Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) over Caden Moreland (Socorro) Fall 1:45

Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) over (Belen) Forfeit

Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) over (Aztec) Forfeit

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

Dave Ewing Duals (Ankeny, IA)  Jan 25

On TrackWrestling.

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Bryson Blair (Spencer) Fall 2:50

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over (Newton) Forfeit

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Austin Hill (Sioux City North) Fall 1:09

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over (Bondurant-Farrar) Forfeit

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Tyler Trumblee (Independence) Fall 0:50

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Iowa recruits in action: Jan 24-25

It is tournament time for two of the incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.  Leif Schroeder and Bretli Reyna will be competing at State Duals this weekend. Patrick Kennedy, Cam Lucero, and Caleb Rathjen are competing in a dual meet tournament.  Gabe Christenson is at the Ed Winger Invitational that is always a tough tournament.

Cullen and Colby Schriever, Jesse Ybarra and Wyatt Henson do not have any competition scheduled this weekend.

On the list below, I have stated if the tournaments are covered by TrackWrestling.

I will keep results posted on HawkeyeReport.com and have a follow-up blog with results.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

Swalla Dual Tournament (Kasson, MN) – Jan 25

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs.

At Ed Winger Invitational (Urbandale, Iowa) – Jan 25

On TrackWrestling.

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

At AA Duals (Great Falls, MT) – Jan 25

 

Bretli Reyna – Homestead, Florida (South Dade HS)  145 lbs.

At Dual Meet State Championships (Kissimmee, FL) – Jan 24-25

On TrackWrestling.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  152 lbs.

At Tiger Duals – Jan 25

On TrackWrestling.

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

Dave Ewing Duals (Ankeny, IA)  Jan 25

On TrackWrestling.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

 

Ohio State dual meet preview

When the Iowa Wrestling schedule came out, fans were immediately drawn to the incredible home schedule.  This is the best home schedule in Iowa Wrestling history. We have already been able to go to legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena for some great wrestling this season.  Folks, it’s about to go up another notch the next two Friday nights. First up – Ohio State.

#1 Iowa will host #4 Ohio State this Friday, January 24 at 8 PM (CST). Ohio State is ranked in the top six of most rankings and they are always a big rival for the Hawks.  I am expecting a huge crowd for this. The weather looks like it will cooperate and that will mean at least 14,000 fans. With terrible weather last Friday for the Nebraska meet, just shy of 13,000 fans made it to Carver.  A sellout would not surprise me at all. You may want to get your tickets now if you have not already done so.

Every single match will be contested in a dual meet like this.  The biggest matches will be at 141, 149, and 197. Ohio State has undefeated #1 ranked seniors at 141 and 197 and a #6 ranked freshman at 149.  I would definitely not count out the two Iowa sophomores of Max Murin and Jacob Warner, our only losses against Nebraska last week.  I expect Murin and Warner to come out fired up and get after it against the top ranked wrestler in the country. The Lugo-Sasso match at 149 will be important for Big Ten seeds and revenge.  Sasso defeated Lugo at the 2018 Midlands.

The biggest matches:

141 – #7 Max Murin vs. #1 Luke Pletcher

149 – #1 Pat Lugo vs. #6 Sammy Sasso

197 – #5 Jacob Warner vs. #1 Kollin Moore

I am also looking forward to the matches at 174 and 184. Ohio State has two young wrestlers on the rise in #8 Kaleb Romero at 174 and #22 Rocky Jordan at 184.  Romero is an athletic sophomore that has been looking very good lately for the Buckeyes and will be a good test for #2 ranked Michael Kemerer. Rocky Jordan has recently won the varsity spot at 184 for Ohio State and is a big physical redshirt freshman.   Iowa will counter with true freshman Abe Assad in what I expect to be a very good match. 

Iowa was flat against Nebraska and overall did not wrestle very well.  I expect to see a fired up team entertain a huge crowd to some Iowa Hawkeye wrestling. 

You do not want to miss this dual meet.

 

#4 Ohio State at #1 Iowa – 8PM CST on Friday, January 24

TV: BTN

Online: FloWrestling 

Radio: AM 800 KXIC on iHeartRadio.com with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside.

 

#1 Iowa vs. #4 Ohio State

125   1/1 Spencer Lee (Jr) vs. Malik Heinselman (So) or Hunter Lucas (Jr) 

133   2/2 Austin DeSanto (Jr) vs. 15/18 Jordan Decatur (Fr)

141   7/9 Max Murin (So) vs. 1/1 Luke Pletcher (Sr)

149   1/1 Pat Lugo (Sr) vs. 6/6 Sammy Sasso (Fr)

157   4/6 Kaleb Young (Jr) vs. Elijah Cleary (Jr)

165   2/2 Alex Marinelli (Jr) vs. 8/13 Ethan Smith (So)

174   2/2 Michael Kemerer (Sr) vs. 12/8 Kaleb Romero (So)

184   6/7 Abe Assad (Fr) vs. 22/- Rocky Jordan (Fr)

197   5/6 Jacob Warner (So) vs. 1/1 Kollin Moore (Sr)

Hwt   3/3 Tony Cassioppi (Fr) vs. 24/- Gary Traub (Jr) 

*TrackWrestling Rankiings/Intermat Rankings

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!