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Iowa and HWC 2020 schedule

With a new year upon us, a look at the 2020 schedule is in order.  When you factor in how the Hawks are looking so far this season along with the added excitement of this being an Olympic year, 2020 will be a great year for Iowa Wrestling fans. 

The Hawks are in competition next when they travel to Indiana and Purdue for Big Ten dual meets on January 10 and 12.  Iowa begins three consecutive huge weekends of home dual meets with Nebraska on the 18th, Ohio State on the 24th, and Penn State on the 31st. Iowa then makes a road trip to Michigan State (Feb 2) and Michigan (Feb 8).  

As a fan, you really cannot ask for more. Penn State is already a sellout of over 15,000 tickets sold and I am expecting over 12,000 fans for Nebraska, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Oklahoma State.  If you do not have your tickets for the remaining home dual meets, you might want to get them while you can.

Rutgers announced that the 2020 Big Ten Championships they are hosting is already a sellout.  That will be a loud and electric crowd of wrestling fans. New Jersey loves wrestling and I am sure that will be a great environment. 

The 2020 NCAA Championships is already near the guarantee of breaking the attendance record.  I have seen predictions of 40-50,000 fans for the Finals on March 21. Minnesota is a wrestling crazy state and just a short drive for a lot of Iowans.  I am expecting a sea of Iowa Hawkeye Black and Gold at the U.S. Bank Stadium.

The weekend after Nationals there will be HWC wrestlers competing at the Last Chance Qualifier in Millersville, PA.  The following weekend is the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in an expected sold out arena in College Park, PA on April 4-5.

I expect to see Iowa wrestlers and incoming recruits competing in Geneva, OH at the UWW Junior and U23 World Team Trials on May 29-31.  These tournaments always produce some very entertaining wrestling. Any time the words World Team Trials are in the title of a tournament, you will be entertained as a fan.

So wrestling fans, we are pretty much booked for great wrestling from the second weekend of January through early April.  And I mean great wrestling to be following. The ultimate for our sport of wrestling will be the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on August 2-8.  That will give us a few quick weeks before we dive right into the 2020-2021 Iowa Wrestling season that looks like it will be very special. As I said earlier, you really could not ask for more.

I will be here to keep you up to date on my Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog.

 

2020 Iowa Wrestling schedule

Friday, Jan 10 – at Indiana

Sunday, Jan 12 – at Purdue

Saturday, January 18 – Nebraska

Friday, January 24 – Ohio State

Friday, January 31 – Penn State (Sold out)

Sunday, Feb 2 – at Michigan State

Saturday, Feb 8 – at Michigan

Saturday, Feb 15 – Minnesota

Sunday, Feb 23 – Oklahoma State

Sat/Sun Mar 7-8 – at Big Tens (Rutgers)

Th-Sat Mar 19-21 – at NCAA National Tournament (Minneapolis, MN)

 

HWC

Mar 26-28 – Last Chance U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier (Millersville, PA)

April 4-5 – 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials (State College, PA)

May 29-31 – UWW Junior and U23 World Team Trials (Geneva, OH)

Aug 2-8 – 2020 Olympics (Tokyo, Japan)

Sept 7-13 – Junior World Championships (Belgrade, Serbia)

Nov 23-29 – U23 World Championships (Tampere, Finland)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

A closer look at Midlands

Iowa Wrestling broke several records over the last two days in winning their 29th team title in the fifty-seven year history if Midlands.  Iowa scored 196.5 points with five champs to top their own record of 189 points in 2014. Iowa scored more points than the second and third place teams combined without a full lineup. This was the seventh straight Midlands team title for the Hawks.

A few thoughts about each weight:

125 – Spencer Lee wrestled three matches on Sunday by recording a fall in :54 and :52 and then a 16-1 tech fall.  Lee did not compete on Monday. I can only speculate that this was part of a plan. Lee just competed at U.S. Nationals the week before by winning the 57kg title.  I was surprised that he competed at Midlands at all. Spencer Lee is…Spencer Lee.

133 – Austin DeSanto dominated on his way to the finals with a tech fall, two major decisions, and a 10-4 decision.  In the finals DeSanto lost a 6-5 decision to Seth Gross of Wisconsin. Of course you always want to see a Hawkeye win.  However, this was one entertaining match and the best match of the entire tournament. I feel confident in DeSanto in a rematch.

141 – Mad Max Murin picked up his first Midlands title with a 4-0 decision over Josh Heil of Campbell in the finals.  This is a big step for Murin who placed second at Midlands last year. 141 is loaded in the Big Ten so Murin will see the best that the country has to offer.  A Midlands title should add to Murin’s confidence for the upcoming schedule. Good job Max Murin.

149 – Patricio Lugo has arrived as a National Champion contender at 149.  Lugo had a great tournament in winning the title at 149 over #1 ranked Austin O’Connor of North Carolina in the finals, 8-4.  In the takedown battle, Lugo was on top 3-0. Lugo also defeated All-American Max Thompsen of UNI in the semifinals. That is a very good day for Lugo.  With this Midlands title, Lugo should be ranked #1 in the country in the next rankings.

157 – Kaleb Young won his first Midlands title with a hard fought 5-3 win over Markus Hartman of Army. Young is always working hard and is a prototypical Iowa Hawkeye grinder that keeps moving forward and finds a way to win.  A real solid tournament for Young.

165 – Alex Marinelli put on a display in winning his third Midlands title in a row.  Marinelli pinned his first four opponents before winning by an 8-3 decision in the semifinals.  In the finals, Marinelli looked real tough in defeating fourth ranked David McFadden of Virginia Tech, 5-3. Marinelli looked great on both of his takedowns against a real good opponent.  Marinelli was named as Champion of Champions, scored the most points, and recorded the most falls of Midlands. That is getting it done.

174 – Iowa did not enter a wrestler at 174 as Michael Kemerer did not compete.  The prize is at Nationals. As a fan, I couldn’t agree more with this decision along with Spencer Lee not competing from the semifinals on.  It is all about the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, MN on March 19-21, 2020.

184 – Iowa had three wrestlers competing at this weight.  Cash Wilcke defeated Nelson Brands in the Consolations by a 4-2 decision.  Wilcke went on to place third and Brands did not place. This was a real good showing for Wilcke that should help him in the final stretch of the season.  

True freshman Abe Assad placed second at 184 and was very impressive.  Assad showed a lot of promise in the finals where he dropped a 4-0 decision to nationally fourth ranked Tyler Lujan of UNI.  Assad has a great future at 184.  

197 – Jacob Warner placed fourth after entering the tournament as the top seed.  This was not a good tournament for Warner who was ranked #2 in the country. Warner really turned his season around last year after a disappointing Midlands.  I look for Warner to respond with a better performance for the upcoming Big Ten schedule and for Big Tens and Nationals.  

Hwt – Anthony Cassioppi continues to impress by winning his first Midlands title.  Cassioppi defeated fifth ranked Matt Stencil of Central Michigan in the finals, 5-1. The takedown that Cassioppi scored in this match showed elite technique, patience, and timing for such a young wrestler against a highly ranked opponent.  Another impressive showing for Cassioppi.

There are too many positives to mention for Iowa Wrestling coming out of Midlands.  Overall this was a very impressive showing. My favorite part of the tournament? The technique that I saw out of Iowa wrestlers.  Finishing takedown, mat returns, and overall mat awareness are all improved from last year. Seeing the growth of Murin and Lugo in these areas alone is a big step up.  One of my favorite moves in the sport of wrestling is an old fashioned mat return. Iowa was getting it done on mat returns with solid technique, pop, attitude, and aggression and I loved it.

Iowa will go on the road to compete next at Indiana on January 10 and Purdue on January 12.  There will be some very good matches against Purdue, a program on the rise. Every single match is huge in the Big Ten season for seeds at the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament.  

The performance by Iowa at Midlands was a great way to end 2019.  I will keep saying that 2020 has the potential to be a special year for us Iowa Wrestling fans.  I am even more assured of that with what we saw at Midlands.

2019 Midlands 

  1. Iowa – 196.5
  2. UNI – 101
  3. Illinois – 94.5
  4. Wisconsin – 93

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action December 27-28: RESULTS

Brentli Reyna and Wyatt Henson were the only incoming Iowa recruits competing this weekend.  Reyna placed second at the Knockout Christmas Classic. Reyna was 5-1 in the tournament and dropped a 5-4 finals match to Caleb Henson, 5-4.  Henson is ranked #14 in the country.

Wyatt Henson placed third at the Powerade in Delaware.  Powerade is always considered one the top five toughest tournaments in the country every year.  Henson was 5-1 and placed third in a very tough weight class. Henson placed only behind the #1 and #2 ranked wrestlers in the country.

Reyna is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 and Henson is in the Class of 2021.

There will be a full slate of competition for our incoming recruits next weekend.  I will be back with a preview later in the week.

 

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

At Knockout Christmas Classic – Dec 27-28

Champ. Round 1 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) received a bye

Champ. Round 2 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by tech fall over Nasir Kornegay (Collins Hill) (TF-1.5 2:54 (16-0))

Champ. Round 3 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by tech fall over LaPlace Sallis (Tampa Preparatory School) (TF-1.5 1:38 (16-0))

Quarterfinal – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by decision over Landon Chambers (Lassiter H.S.) (Dec 5-1)

Semifinal – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over Vincent Mannella (Woodward Academy) (Dec 6-2)

Finals: Caleb Henson, WOCA over Bretli Reyna (South Dade) (Dec 5-4)

 

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 132 lbs.

At Powerade Wrestling Tournament – Dec 27-28

Rd of 32: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) maj dec Nolan Fitz (Mason) 14-4

Rd of 16: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) maj dec Chandler Ho (DuBois Area) 11-2

Quarterfinals: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) Fall Bo Moler (Parkersburg-WV) 3:43

Semifinals: Sam Hillegas (North Hills) dec Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) 8-3

Consi Semis: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) dec Kenny Kiser (Saegertown) 2-1

3rd Place:Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) dec Chanz Shearer (SNCVL) 13-5

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Midlands preview

It is Midlands time.  A part of any holiday season for Iowa Wrestling fans is to follow the Hawks at the legendary Midlands Championships.  Forty-three teams will do battle in what is always a tough tournament. 12 of the top 25 teams and four of the top nine in the NWCA Coaches Poll will provide plenty of competition and entertaining matches.  Competition begins Sunday at 9:30 AM and the finals are scheduled for 7 PM on Monday. 

The press release from Iowa shows that the Hawks will send twenty-three wrestlers to compete at Midlands. Spencer Lee will be competing.  I was unsure of that after Lee competed at the U.S. Nationals last weekend. Lee will be looking to win his first Midlands title. 

For Iowa fans, the weight to keep an eye on is 184.  This is the one weight that I do not know who is going to take the mat at Big Tens in March in the Black and Gold.  Nelson Brands and Cash Wilcke have both seen action in the starting lineup this year. Brands is ranked tenth in the country. 

True freshman Abe Assad (184) and Zach Glazier (197) will be making their debut in a prime time tournament.  Both are redshirting and having a very good season. Assad is 11-2 and has placed first, second, and third at tournaments.  Glazier has been tearing it up by winning three tournaments with a 14-0 record with bonus points in all but one match that was a 7-1 decision. Midlands will be a big step up in competition for both wrestlers.

I am looking forward to seeing Gavin Teasdale at 133, a very competitive weight.  A match between Pat Lugo and Vince Turk at 149 may happen. Lugo is ranked third in the country, but Turk is a tough senior that represented Iowa at the 2018 NCAA Tournament at 141.  If Turk is going to make a move for the top spot in the lineup at 149, this would be it.  

Overall for the tournament, 133 and 165 should provide the biggest matches. Iowa should be seeded #1 in both weights with DeSanto and Marinelli. We will see a return of Michael Kemerer at Midlands where he won titles in 2016 and 2017 at 157.

The finals will not be on BTN this year.  The only way to watch all of the matches will be online at BTN Plus and FloWrestling.  Both have a required premium subscription. There is an option to pay $9.95 for one month of BTN Plus to follow all of the action at Midlands and all of the Iowa meets for a month at btnplus.com.  800 AM KXIC will have live audio coverage available on iHeartRadio.com.

 

Hawks competing at Midlands

Spencer Lee – 125

Aaron Cashman – 125

Austin DeSanto – 133

Paul Glynn – 133

Gavin Teasdale – 133

Max Murin – 141

Carter Happel – 141

Justin Stickley – 141

Pat Lugo – 149

Vince Turk – 149

Kaleb Young – 157

Jeren Glosser – 157

Alex Marinelli – 165

Jeremiah Moody – 165

Michael Kemerer – 174

Cash Wilcke – 184

Nelson Brands – 184

Abe Assad – 184

Jacob Warner – 197

Zach Glazier – 197

Connor Corbin – 197

Anthony Cassioppi – Hwt.

Aaron Costello – Hwt.

 

Midlands schedule

Sunday, Dec. 29

Session I – 9:30 AM

Session II – 7 PM

 

Monday, Dec. 30

Session III – 12 PM

Session IV – 7 PM

*Times listed are CST

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action: December 27-28

Incoming Iowa recruits Brentli Reyna and Wyatt Henson will be competing this weekend.  Reyna will be at the Knockout Christmas Classic is Kissimmee, Florida. Osceola High School will host forty-one teams on Friday and Saturday, December 27-28.  Opening rounds for both days will be at 8 AM CST. TrackWrestling is covering the tournament.

Henson will be competing at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. The is one of the toughest tournaments in the country every year.  Fifty-four schools from seven states across the country will compete on Friday and Saturday, December 27-28. Wrestling begins at 11 AM CST both days. FloWrestling is covering the tournament.

Henson is ranked #10 in the country and is seeded fourth at 138 lbs. at Powerade. This is a loaded weight that will include the #1 and #2 ranked wrestlers in the country.

Reyna is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 and Henson is in the Class of 2021.

The remaining incoming recruit are off this weekend. Look for a big weekend of competition for our recruits the weekend of Jan 3-4.

 

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

At Knockout Christmas Classic – Dec 27-28

 

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 132 lbs.

At Powerade Wrestling Tournament – Dec 27-28

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Incoming recruits in new rankings

InterMat released their high school rankings based off of results from the new season.  Iowa has seven of their ten incoming recruits ranked in the top twelve in the country. Patrick Kennedy maintained his top ranking  in the country at 182 lbs. After wrestling 170 at Who’s #1, Kennedy has moved up a weight so far this season. Kennedy bumped up a weight last year to help his team, Kasson-Mantorville (MN).  

Bretli Reyna moved up one spot and is ranked #3 at 145.  Jesse Ybarra is again ranked #5 at 126. Ybarra has been wrestling up at 132 most of the season and has wrestled at 138.  Cullan Schriever moved up one spot to #11 at 126. Gabe Christenson stayed at #5 at 195.

Two recruits from the Class of 2021 are ranked at 138.  Wyatt Henson is #10 and Caleb Rathjen is ranked at #12. All of the other ranked recruits are in the Recruiting Class of 2020.

Not a lot of movement for the incoming recruits in the InterMat rankings.  No one recruit moved up more than one spot and no recruit went down in the rankings. 

 

Intermat rankings, December 25, 2019

Patrick Kennedy – 182 lbs. – #1

Bretli Reyna – 145 lbs. – #3

Jesse Ybarra – 126 lbs. – #5

Gabe Christenson – 195 lbs. – #5

Wyatt Henson – 138 lbs. – #10

Cullen Schriever – 126 lbs. – #11

Caleb Rathjen – 138 lbs. – #12

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Spencer Lee is…Spencer Lee

I am running out of ways to describe Spencer Lee.  It was nearly two years ago that I came up with the phrase: Spencer Lee is…Spencer Lee.  That was my way of saying that I have never seen anything like him. Lee added to his status with his performance this weekend.

After winning three World titles in the Cadet and Junior level, this was the first competition Lee has competed in at the Senior level.  Lee dominated the competition in winning the 57kg title at U.S. Nationals. I would say that was the best version of Spencer Lee that I have ever seen. The way that Lee can be so intense and yet be in control. In my book “Domination: An Inside look at Iowa Wrestling,” I described Tom and Terry Brands style as “Controlled Mayhem.”  Heavy Hands was how they won matches. Lee showed some serious Heavy Hands by controlling the ties, positions, and tempo of each match.

Lee can be in a strategic match and then absolutely explode.  A match will be going along and then all of the sudden Lee scores 4 points or more in a hurry.  A close match is over soon with a tech fall. He can get himself in a position and score points and a lot of them so darn quick.  

The impact of what Lee did in Ft. Worth, TX this weekend at U.S. Nationals will have an impact on the 2020 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, MN.  Any doubt about who the best college wrestler in the country was before this weekend has been removed. For Tom Brands to lead his team into the NCAA’s with the best wrestler in the country is huge.  

I will flatter myself and say that Dan Gable told me several times over the years about the importance of entering nationals and having the best wrestler in the tournament.  If Gable says it is a big advantage, that is all that I need to know.

Spencer Lee leads by example.  I just have to think that the way that Lee dominated his competition by shutting them down and racking up points on his feet and on the mat had to send a message to the Iowa program of how it is done.  Also being the first weight into battle at Nationals, Lee has the ability to set the tone and momentum for not only his team, but for the entire tournament.

Even though the Olympics is the ultimate in our sport of wrestling, Lee looks to be a great teammate that wants the NCAA team title to come back to the University of Iowa where it belongs.  Iowa Wrestling has a close team and Lee is the face of the program. The success from this weekend will help the Hawks in March when the team title is on the line and Spencer Lee has the lead.

Is it March 21, 2020 yet?

Let’s get ‘em in the middle.   

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

 

Results from U.S. Nationals

57kg

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Jacob Moran (Unattached) VSU 10-0

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Shane Kim (Kwik) VSU 10-0

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Darian Cruz (NYAC) VSU 10-0 

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Vitali Arujau (TMWC) VSU1 14-4

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Nathan Tomasello (TMWC) VPO1 8-2

*****Spencer Lee qualifies for Olympic Team Trials.

Lee and Molinari dominate

Spencer Lee and Forrest Molinari of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club rolled through tough competition to win titles at Senior Nationals this weekend in Ft. Worth, Texas.  It was not that they won their titles, it was how they won their titles by dominating that was impressive.

Spencer Lee made his Senior level debut one to remember.  Lee controlled his opponents and made it look easy. After two rounds of 10-0 tech falls, Lee faced Darian Cruz in the Quarterfinals and again scored a 10-0 tech fall.  In the semifinals Lee faced former Cadet World medalist Vitali Arujau. After being down 2-0, Lee stormed back for a 14-4 tech fall. In the finals, Lee controlled Nathan Tomasello for an 8-2 win.

Lee is a freestyle wrestler at heart and his expertise in the different ways of scoring were clear to see.  To handle that type of competition that easy really stood out. Lee has now qualified for the Olympic Team Trials and will probably be the #3 seed behind Daton Fix and teammate Thomas Gilman.

Molinari made the jump from 65kg to the Olympic weight of 68kg.  I would say that it was a good move to go up in weight instead of down a weight.  Molinari has never looked better as she destroyed her competition. After an opening round tech fall, Molinari pinned her next four opponents.  In the finals, she pinned 2019 World Team member Victoria Francis in just 1:08 and made it look really easy.

Sammy Brooks also qualified for the Olympic Team Trials by placing fifth at 86kg.  Brooks avenged an earlier loss to Aaron Brooks with a 10-0 tech fall to punch his ticket to the Trials.  Cory Clark sustained an injury that forced him to injury default from the tournament. Jaydin Eierman was 2-2 and Michaela Beck was 3-3 before being eliminated from the tournament.  Clark, Eierman and Beck will be able to compete at the Last Chance U.S. Olympic Qualifier in Millersville, PA on March 26-28 to gain a spot in the Olympic Trials.

Hawkeye Wrestling Club members that are qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in State College, PA on April 4-5:

Thomas Gilman – 57kg

Spencer Lee – 57kg

Sammy Brooks – 86kg

Forrest Molinari – 65kg

Alli Ragan – 57kg

Kayla Miracle – 62kg 

 

Results from U.S. Nationals

57kg

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Jacob Moran (Unattached) VSU 10-0

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Shane Kim (Kwik) VSU 10-0

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Darian Cruz (NYAC) VSU 10-0 

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Vitali Arujau (TMWC) VSU1 14-4

Spencer Lee (HWC) over Nathan Tomasello (TMWC) VPO1 8-2

*****Spencer Lee qualifies for Olympic Team Trials.

 

68kg

Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Mahaelani Lewis (Warrior WC) VSU 10-0

Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Kayla Marano VFA

Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Nahlela Magee (Army WCAP) VFA 

Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Ashlynn Ortega (NYAC) VFA

Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Victoria Francis (USMC) VFA 1:08

*****Forrest Molinari qualifies for Olympic Team Trials

 

86kg

Sam Brooks (HWC) over Stacey Davis (TMWC), VSU 11-0

Sam Brooks (HWC) over CJ Brucki (Unattached), VSU 10-0

Aaron Brooks (Nittany Lion WS) over Sam Brooks (HWC) VPO1 15-9

Sam Brooks (HWC) over Drew Foster (Panther WC) VPO1 19-11

Sam Books (HWC) VSU1 Nate Jackson (NYAC) VSU1 20-10

Alex Dieringer (TMWC) over Sam Brooks (HWC) VSU 10-0

5th Place: Sam Brooks (HWC) over Aaron Brooks (Nittany Lion WC) VSU 10-0

*****Sam Brooks qualifies for Olympic Team Trials

 

57kg

Cory Clark injury default out of the tournament.

 

65kg

Jaydin Eierman (HWC) over Alo Yousfl VSU 13-0

Nick Lee (Nittany Lion WC) over Jaydin Eierman (HWC) VPO1 10-6

Jaydin Eierman (HWC) over Rob Mathers (Sunkist) VPO1 16-15

Frank Molinaro (TMWC) over Jaydin Eierman (HWC) VPO1 8-2

 

62kg

Jennifer Page (TMWC) over Michaela Beck (HWC) VSU 11-0

Michaela Beck (HWC) over Victorya Torre (Victory WC) 10-0

Michaela Beck (HWC) over Lauren Mason (Unattached) VSU1 12-2

Michaela Beck (HWC) over Teshla Alo (TMWC) VFO

Alara Boyd (McKendra WC) over Michaela Beck (HWC) VPO 9-0

Desiree Zavala (Unattached) over Michaela Beck (HWC) VIN 

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Iowa recruits in action Dec 20-22: Results

It was a good weekend for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.  Patrick Kennedy, Leif Schroeder, Gabe Christenson, and Cam Lucero all won tournaments and Caleb Rathjen was undefeated in a dual meet tournament.

On Saturday, incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits Patrick Kennedy, Leif Schroeder, Gabe Christenson, Brentli Reyna, Wyatt Henson, Cam Lucero, and Caleb Rathjen were a combined 30-0 with 18 pins, 5 tech falls, and 4 major decisions. 

Wyatt Henson placed third and Brentli Reyna fourth at the very tough Beast of the East in Delaware.  In the consolations, Reyna defeated Victor Voinovich, ranked #1 in the country at 145.  

I will be back next weekend with several incoming Hawkeye recruits in action.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

At Minnesota Christmas Tournament – Dec 20-21

  • Champ. Round 1 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) received a bye
  • Champ. Round 2 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by fall over Wyatt Nelson (Forest Lake) (Fall 0:44)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by fall over Elijah Mitchell (Decorah) (Fall 0:58)
  • Quarterfinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by fall over Cayden Homme (Wayzata) (Fall 2:49)
  • Semifinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by major decision over Roman Rogotzke (Stillwater) (MD 13-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by tech fall over Reece Worachek (Luxemburg-Casco) (TF-1.5 3:43 (18-3))

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

Did not compete this weekend.

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

Did not compete this weekend.

 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 132 lbs.

Did not compete this weekend.

 

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

At Southeast Polk Invitational – Dec 21

(Red Owens Holiday Classic)

  • Round 2 – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) received a bye
  • Round 3 – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) received a bye
  • Quarterfinal – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by fall over Anu Dokun (Iowa City, West) (Fall 0:23)
  • Semifinal – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by tech fall over Preston Bruck (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) (TF-1.5 3:42 (19-2))
  • 1st Place Match – Gabe Christenson (Southeast Polk) won by fall over Cooper Sloan (PCM) (Fall 1:41)

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana 138 lbs.

At CM Russell Holiday Tournament – Dec 20-21

  • Champ. Round 1 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over TY CURRY (Valier) (Fall 1:46)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Cael Giles (Fairfield) (Fall 2:00)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Lars Madson (Great Falls Central) (Fall 0:46)
  • Quarterfinal – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Logan Scott (Billings West) (Fall 3:19)
  • Semifinal – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by major decision over Idren Peak (Billings Senior) (MD 10-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Scout Allen (Butte) (Fall 3:09)

 

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

At Beast of the East – Dec 21-22

  • Champ. Round 1 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by tech fall over Brenden Olszta (Brooke Point) (TF-1.5 3:29 (18-3))
  • Champ. Round 2 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by tech fall over Wade McClune (Central Dauphin HS) (TF-1.5 1:46 (16-0))
  • Champ. Round 3 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by decision over Kodiak Cannedy (Greeneville) (Dec 7-2)
  • Quarterfinal – Jagger Condomitti (Northampton) won by decision over Bretli Reyna (South Dade) (Dec 6-5)
  • Cons. Round 6 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by decision over Dakota Morris (Kingsway Regional) (Dec 8-6)
  • Cons. Round 7 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by decision over Dashawn Farber (Nazareth) (Dec 10-6)
  • Cons. Semi – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by decision over Victor Voinovich (Brecksville) (Dec 6-4)
  • 3rd Place Match – Justin Rivera (Lake Highland Prep) won in sudden victory – 1 over Bretli Reyna (South Dade) (SV-1 3-1)

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 132 lbs.

At Beast of the East – Dec 21-22

  • Champ. Round 1 – Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by decision over Clement Woods (Mount St Joes) (Dec 17-11)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by major decision over JT Chance (Western Reserve Academy) (MD 11-2)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by decision over Eric Freeman (Paramus) (Dec 2-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won in tie breaker – 1 over Chris Rivera (Lake Highland Prep) (TB-1 2-1)
  • Semifinal – Lucas Chittum (Blair Academy) won by major decision over Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) (MD 13-3)
  • Cons. Semi – Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by decision over Alex Poore (Caravel Academy) (Dec 6-1)
  • 3rd Place Match – Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won in the ultimate tie breaker over Mick Burnett (Elyria) (UTB 3-2)

 

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado 145 lbs.

At Warrior Classic – Dec 20-21

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over Jason Ross (Monte Vista) (Fall 2:38)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over Royce Barrios (Delta) (Fall 1:51)
  • Quarterfinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over Jett High (South Sevier) (Fall 3:05)
  • Semifinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by major decision over Traycer Hall (Hotchkiss) (MD 15-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over Kyle Baker (Piedra Vista) (Fall 2:34)

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa 138 lbs./145 lbs.

At Battle of Waterloo – Dec 20-21

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Isaiah Smith (Clear Lake) Fall 1:07

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Trenten Doty (North Scott) TF 17-2

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Clay Schemmel (Crestwood) Fall 2:58

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Clayton Gibson (Indianola) Fall 0:47

Caleb Rathjen (Ankeny) over Ryan Adams (Osage) Fall 0:44

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action: Dec 20-22

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits will be competing in very good competition this weekend. Brentli Reyna and Wyatt Henson will be competing at the Beast of the East in Newark, Delaware.  This has to be considered one of the top three toughest tournaments in the country every year. Wrestlers from 123 wrestling programs from across the country will be competing on Saturday and Sunday.

Patrick Kennedy will be competing at the always tough Minnesota Christmas Tournament in Rochester MN.  Cullan and Colby Schriever and Caleb Rathjen will be at the Battle of Waterloo. This is a dual meet tournament with quite a few of the top rated teams in Iowa in all three classes.  

Jesse Ybarra will be a the McClintock Duals and Gabe Christenson will be at the Southeast Polk Invitation.  Leif Schroeder will be competing at the CMR Tournament and Cam Lucero will be at the Warrior Classic.

There is a definite trend in high school wrestling for two day tournaments.  Of all the tournaments our recruits are competing in this weekend, only Christenson will be at a one day tournament.  All of the other tournaments are two days. That is how today’s high school wrestlers rack up 50 plus matches in a season now.  It is also unique that the Beast of the East has wrestling on a Sunday.  

I will have a follow-up blog with results on Sunday.  For any fans that want to follow along, all of the tournaments that our recruits are competing in is on TrackWrestling.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

At Minnesota Christmas Tournament  – Dec 20-21

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

At Battle of Waterloo – Dec 20-21

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

At Battle of Waterloo – Dec 20-21

 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 132 lbs.

At McClintock Charger Invitational – Dec 20-21

 

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

At Southeast Polk Invitational (Red Owens Holiday Classic) – Dec 21

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

At CM Russell Holiday Tournament – Dec 20-21

 

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

At Beast of the East – Dec 21-22

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 132 lbs.

At Beast of the East – Dec 21-22

 

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  145 lbs.

At Warrior Classic – Dec 20-21

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

At Battle of Waterloo – Dec 20-21

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!