Brandon Sorensen interview

After tough, the best word to describe Brandon Sorensen is consistent.  You just do not see Brandon Sorensen have a bad day.  This guy works hard every practice, every match in competition, and in the classroom.  Sorensen is successful in all three areas.  On the mat, entering his senior season he is on track to be a rare four-time All American by placing fourth as a freshman, second as a sophomore, and third as a junior at 149 lbs.  In his first three seasons, Sorensen has an impressive 100-13 record.  

In the classroom, Sorensen has been named Academic All American and All Big Ten several times throughout his career including last season.  In the room, Sorensen leads by example with hard work on every go, every day.  Brandon Sorensen is someone you can count on to perform every time.

What are your thoughts heading into your senior year as an Iowa Hawkeye?

Brandon Sorensen: Let’s get it done.  That’s the main thing.  Do it right and let’s get it done.

Last year Iowa had a lot of seniors and now you will be looked to for leadership.  What do you bring to the table for senior leadership on this year’s Iowa Wrestling team?

Sorensen:  Being a good example.  It’s not just me and senior leadership.  There’s Kemerer, he’s going to be a sophomore. There are a lot of guys really with Marinelli. There are a lot of examples here to look at and keep the guys on the right path and moving forward.

Who is your favorite teammate to watch wrestle?

Sorensen:  That’s a tough question.  I liked watching Gilman,  That’s a guy that just goes out and puts in all on the line.  Then you have Brooks who lets it fly.  A guy like Gilman goes out there and gives it everything he has.  Both different but both entertaining.  For this year’s squad, I am excited to see some new guys in there.  I do not know what the team is doing with redshirting some guys or not.  So I am excited to see some guys there.  Marinelli, obviously Kemerer, he’s fun to watch and solid.  He gets in those scrambles that are exciting.  So again, a lot of good guys.  You cannot forget about Stoll either that is going to go out there and put it on the line.  

You are in line to be Tom Brands’ third ever four-time All American.  Was that a goal when you came in?  Do you ever think about career stats and accomplishments?

Sorensen: I will think about that when my career is completed. My goal is to win titles.  I have one year left to do that and that’s what we got to do.

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club is close to doubling in size with a lot of new additions.  What has the Hawk Club meant to you in your career to prepare for competition?

Sorensen:  We have a lot of guys coming in.  Great training partners and it gives guys a future to look forward to.

What type of an impact did Gilman and Clark have on you and to the program, especially with how they ended up their careers as Iowa Hawkeyes?

Sorensen:  Big.  You look at a guy like Clark who was down maybe a little bit with his injuries and still fought and there’s an example.  A guy like Gilman that is fun to watch.  He is like the typical Iowa wrestler.  He goes out there and puts everything on the line, pushing forward at a high pace.  So lot of good examples there.  A lot of good words talking to them and that helps me move forward and helps me in a leadership role.

You were an academic All American last year.  What is your major and could you tell us how important academics are to you?  What are your plans for after college?

Sorensen:  My major is Sports and Rec Management.  Academics ties in with wrestling.  It’s huge.  You do good on the mat, you do good off the mat.  You do bad on the mat you do bad off the mat.  It works together.  After school, the plans so far is to stick around and keep wrestling and then there is always a degree to fall back on.

Looking back, have you seen any changes in the Iowa Wrestling program over the last four years?

Sorensen:  There is still the same goal and that is to get the national title.  We just gotta get it done.  Some differences is that I have been there and I know what it is about.  The experience, which is huge.  

You wrestled in the record breaking Grapple on the Gridiron and in front of the biggest crowds in college wrestling for your career here at Iowa.  What has it been like wrestling in front of the Iowa Hawkeye wrestling fans?

Sorensen: Great.  There is a reason why we get up and a reason why we wrestle.  It’s great to have that big following.  Let’s continue that and let’s put a show on for them.


Open Mat before football game Saturday

Iowa Wrestling will have an open mat on Saturday morning before the football game.  An open mat is an unsupervised voluntary workout for Iowa and Hawk Club wrestlers.  There will be some very entertaining hard wrestling going on, as always. This is always a great opportunity for fans to get a first look at this year’s squad and at the new recruits.  There is always a buzz in the preseason in anticipation of the upcoming season.

The doors of the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex will be open at 8 AM and the workouts will be between 8:30 and 10:30 AM. The bleachers will be pulled out and fans are welcomed to to attend.

Iowa Football opens the season with a home game against Wyoming at 11 AM.  I know that for many fans, making their way to the Iowa Wrestling room is a big part of their gameday experience. 

I will be there taking in the action.  Hope to see a good crowd there.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Gilman captures World Silver

Thomas Gilman had a very impressive showing at the World Freestyle Championships in Paris, France by capturing a SIlver medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.  Gilman had a great run to the finals with hard fought wins over Ukraine, Iran, and Uzbekistan.  In the semifinals, Gilman defeated Jong of Korea, 5-4.

In the finals, Gilman dropped a 6-0 decision to Takahashi of Japan. Gilman was able to get in on his patented single several times, but was unable to score.  For his first World Championships, Gilman had a great tournament.

Gilman had a very unlikely road to the World finals.  He began his trek by winning the Last Chance Qualifier just to get into the World Team Trials.  At the World Team Trials, Gilman went through one of the toughest gauntlets that I have ever seen to win the mini-tournament. In the World Team Trials finals Gilman defeated former Hawkeye national champion Tony Ramos in a best of three to make the World Team.  

Actually, you have to go back one more step.  Gilman dropped a heartbreaking match in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament and placed third at 125 lbs.  I just have to think that Gilman would not have won a  Freestyle World Silver if he had won the NCAA title.  What a great example of coming back tougher than before after a loss. That is a great story to be told for many years.

Gilman became the first wrestler in the Tom Brands era to win a World or Olympic medal.  That is a huge step for the Iowa Wrestling program.  This should also prove to be an additional recruiting pitch to have World Silver medalist Thomas Gilman in the room.  This is also good momentum for Iowa Wrestling heading into the recruiting season for the Class of 2018.  

Congratulations to Thomas Gilman for winning the World Silver and thank you for the great entertainment.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.


Round 1: Gilman (USA) over Yatsenko (Ukraine) 5-2

Round 2: Gilman (USA) over Artri ( Iran) 3-0

Quarterfinals: Gilman (USA) over Safrov (Uzbekistan) 12-1 TF

Semifinals: Gilman (USA) over Jong ( Peoples Republic Korea) 5-4

Finals: Takahashi (JPN) over Gilman (USA) 6-0

2018 Freestyle World Cup in Carver Hawkeye Arena April 7-8


United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation, has notified USA Wrestling that the date for the 2018 Freestyle World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa, has been officially set for April 7-8.

The event, which is the annual international freestyle dual meet championships, had originally been scheduled for April 21-22. The new date fit perfectly with USA Wrestling’s international and national event schedule. It will provide a tremendous showcase for the world’s best wrestlers just a few weeks after the conclusion of the U.S. college wrestling season.

The competition will be held at the world-famous Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa. This venue hosted the record-setting 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for wrestling. It has been the site of many of the most important wrestling events in American wrestling history, and serves as the home venue for the University of Iowa wrestling team, which annually leads the NCAA in attendance for the sport.

The World Cup will feature the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world. Those teams will be determined based upon the results of the men’s freestyle competition at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships, which are being held in Paris, France over the next two days, August 25-26.

As host, the United States will field one of the eight teams at the World Cup. Team USA has a strong team at the 2017 World Championships, including former Hawkeye wrestling star Thomas Gilman, who is the U.S. World Team member at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.

This will be the 30th time the United States has hosted the event, the most of any nation. Iowa City will be the ninth U.S. city to host the Freestyle World Cup. The other U.S. cities which have hosted the World Cup include Toledo, Ohio (17 times); Los Angeles, Calif. (three times) Chattanooga, Tenn. (twice); Spokane, Wash.(twice); Stillwater, Okla. (twice); Baltimore, Md.; Fairfax, Va. and Boise, Idaho.

Schedule for Gilman in the FS World Championships Friday

Thomas Gilman of the University of Iowa will be in action representing Team USA at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. in the 2017 Freestyle World Championships in Paris, France.  For his schedule, I am using the press release from the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. I trust their time conversions of Paris time to Iowa time.  There are also listings on how to watch the action live through TrackWrestling.

I will be updating results on:



Go get ’em Gilman!!!


From Hawkeye Wrestling Club:

Thomas Gilman is competing at the 57kg spot for team USA at the World Championships in Paris, France on Friday. He has been in Germany for the past week at acclimation camp and is now in Paris, France doing his final preparations before competition on Friday!

Here is Gilman’s full World Schedule

Thursday (8/24)

Medical check & Weigh Ins.

Bracket is set immediately following weigh in 5:45pm.

Friday (8/25)

Opening Rounds (03:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. CT)

Medal Matches (12:00 p.m. – 02:30 p.m. CT)

Trackwrestling, a division of NBC Sports, will stream the entire tournament and provide broad coverage of the World Championships at Fans can watch every match live and on-demand for $9.99.

As well as TrackWrestling NBCSN will air 6.5 hours of tape-delayed coverage in the afternoons and evenings —  Aug. 23 (3:30-5 p.m. ET), Aug. 24(4-5 p.m. ET), Aug. 25 (7-9 p.m. ET) and Aug. 27 (3-5 p.m. ET) — while the newly launched Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will televise live medal-round action from 1-3:30 p.m. ET each day of the tournament. Click here for an Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA channel finder.

We will also be doing our best to keep you up to date on social media on competition day.

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Downey transferring to Iowa


TrackWrestling ( is reporting that Pat Downey is transferring to Iowa.  Downey last competed at Iowa State where he was an All American in 2016 by placing fifth at 197 lbs.  Downey, from Maryland, also won a JUCO national title at Iowa Central.

Downey really made a huge impact at the 2017 U.S. Open where he defeated two-time NCAA national champion Gabe Dean of Cornell at 86 kg/189 lbs.

According to the TrackWrestling article, Downey is required to complete his degree at Iowa State before being admitted to Iowa.  He will move to Iowa City this weekend and compete in open and freestyle tournaments while finishing his degree online.

Downey has one year of eligibility remaining.  He would be an immediate national title contender at 184 or 197 for the 2018 NCAA National Championships.

Iowa Wrestling schedule for 2017-18

Nothing says the end of summer quite like the release of the Iowa Wrestling schedule.  For us Iowa wrestling fans, this is just another boost to get you looking forward to the season.  Iowa will yet again have another great home slate that begins with the Iowa City Duals on November 17.  North Dakota State has been added to the field this year and is a strong up and coming team.  The Hawks will have home meets against Rider and Illinois before heading out east to face Rutgers and Maryland.  You can count on Iowa to be at the always tough Midlands between the holidays at the end of December.  

The Hawks will face tough competition every week, just as you would expect.  Iowa will host Oklahoma State on January 12 followed by traveling to Ohio State on January 19.  Michigan will be nationally ranked very high in the pre-season and they will come to Carver on January 28.  Minnesota is always a tough dual as they come to Iowa City on February 2 and then a roadtrip to face Northwestern on the February 4.  Iowa closes out the Big Ten slate by travelling to Penn State on February 9 followed by wrestling at Iowa State on February 18.  Look for the Iowa – Iowa State dual meet to be much more intense this year as the rivalry is back in force.

Iowa has only two weekends with two dual meets.  That is very rare.  Also, there will not be a National Duals held this season.

Iowa should yet again have good coverage with the Big Ten Network.  I was very happy with the coverage I had on away dual meets as a Big Ten Network premium subscriber.  I am hoping that the Iowa – Iowa State dual meet will be picked up for TV as well.  There is really no reason that we as fans cannot see every Iowa wrestling meet, home and away, at least online.  I would also like to see much more coverage of the Big Tens on BTN.  Every round of that great tournament should be on TV.

The University of Iowa will host the 2018 UWW World Cup.  The official date has not been set.  It will be held either on April 7-8 or April 21-22.  This will be an amazing opportunity to see the greatest wrestlers in the entire world compete in our own backyard.  I will keep you posted.

This should be another great year of Iowa Wrestling.  Iowa Wrestling fans have flexed their muscles as the greatest fans in the world and showed up to support Iowa Wrestling like no other program in any sport.  Iowa has led the nation in attendance for the past eleven consecutive years.  That is every year that Tom Brands has been the head coach.  I see no reason for the Iowa Wrestling fans to give up that title this year.

It is only August, but every month is wrestling season when you are an Iowa Wrestling fan.

It is great to be an Iowa wrestling fan.  




















Cory Clark posters available in Cedar Rapids

My Cory Clark posters are now available in Cedar Rapids. You can stop by Schumacher Carpets at 622 1st Ave N.W. to pick up one of my posters at no charge.

Schumacher Carpets is owned and operated by Tom Miller and his sons Chris and Nick. Tom was a longtime wrestling coach at Cedar Rapids LaSalle where Chris and Nick wrestled as well. The Miller’s are diehard wrestling fans and supporters, great people, and Iowa Wrestling fans. That is why I chose them.

Great job and thank you to two-time state champ J.J. Butteris ( of Lisbon for the graghic design.

Rick Stahl (, NCAA D-I national finalist official of Cedar Graphics, did a great job as always by providing a great product.

When you want something done right, go with wrestling people.

Limited supply of posters. First come, first serve.

Schumacher Carpets

622 1st Ave. N.W. Cedar Rapids, IA

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday till 7:00 pm
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Iowa finalist for elite recruit Hidlay of PA

FloWrestling ( reported that elite recruit Trent Hidlay has Iowa in his top four. Hidlay, from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, recently placed second in Freestyle and Greco-Roman at Junior Nationals in Fargo at 170 lbs. Flo has Hidlay ranked second in the country at 170.

The top four schools in the running for this top recruit:
North Carolina State

I would say that Hidlay is definitely a high priority recruit that Iowa Wrestling is pursuing at this time for the Recruiting Class of 2018 that already includes Nelson Brands of Iowa City, IA and Anthony Cassioppi of Roscoe, IL. Hidlay has the attacking style, aggression, attitude, and work ethic that Iowa Wrestling is built on.

Iowa Wrestling is on a roll for recruiting with the top ranked recruiting class in the country for 2017. Iowa has had great success recruiting in Pennsylvania with recent additions of Michael Kemerer, Kaleb Young, Spencer Lee, and Max Murin.

Hidlay is projected for 174/184 in college. I see Hidlay developing into a real force at 184.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Iowa Wrestling recruits Warner and Cassioppi with the “Fargo Sweep”

Iowa Wrestling recruits Jacob Warner and Anthony Cassioppi made it a “Fargo Sweep” by winning Greco-Roman National titles.  Warner and Cassioppi also won national titles in Freestyle on Tuesday.  Myles Wilson placed fourth at 182 lbs. and Aaron Costello did not place at Hwt.

Warner, from Washington, IL,  was never tested in capturing the Greco-Roman title at 195 lbs. Warner defeated Dalton Hahn of Wisconsin by tech fall in the finals,12-0, in just 2:16.  In the twelve total matches in Freestyle and Greco-Roman, Warner was 12-0 and did not wrestle an entire match as all were won by fall or tech fall.  That is domination.

This completes a very successful high school career for Warner.  He also won both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman titles in the Cadet division at 170 lbs. In 2015.  Last fall, Warner won a bronze medal at the 2016 World Cadet Freestyle Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Rated as the top 195 lbs. wrestler in the country, Warner is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that is ranked as the best in the country.

Cassioppi, from Roscoe, IL, saved the best for last as he once again faced Brandon Metz of North Dakota, the defending national champion, in the Greco-Roman finals at Hwt.  Cassioppi defeated Metz for the Freestyle title, 4-1.  Down 2-3 with time running out, Cassioppi scored three points on a throw for the win.  An appeal was denied and Cassioppi was the victor.  For his efforts, Cassioppi was named as the Outstanding Wrestler (OW) of the tournament.

Just a junior, Cassioppi also won the rare “Triple Crown” by winning Folkstyle Nationals before this week’s titles in Freestyle and Greco-Roman.  This is a very impressive accomplishment. Cassioppi announced on July 4th that he was decommitting from Northwestern and committing to the University of Iowa.  Iowa Wrestling fans are going to love this guy in the black and gold. Cassioppi is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018 that also includes Nelson Brands of Iowa City, Iowa.

I was impressed with Myles Wilson (New Castle, CO) as he placed sixth in Freestyle and fourth in Greco-Roman at 182 lbs.  This guy is a rugged built athlete and tough wrestler that is coming in a little under the radar for national attention.  If Wilson is a diamond in the rough, he shined pretty good this past week with All American honors in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.  It will be interesting to see what just one year in the legendary Iowa Wrestling room will do for the development of Myles Wilson.  

Iowa Wrestling fans, we have some serious hand-fighters making their way to the Iowa Wrestling room.  They also know how to not only turn, but to pin as well.

I keep saying this, but it is so true.  It is impossible to not get excited about the future of Iowa Wrestling because it looks so great.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Jacob Warner photo by Wyatt Schultz of The Predicament.


Junior National Greco-Roman results:

195 lbs.

Rd 64: Jacob Warner Washington, IL VSU Brock Danielski, WI, 11-0 0:59

Rd 32: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Elijah Rodriguez, NY, 10-0 0:36

Rd 16: Jacob Warner Washington, IL VSU Elijah Rodriguez, NY, 10-0 0:36

Quarters: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Jackson Mckinney, WA, 10-0 1:32

Semifinals: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Brandon Whitman, MI, 10-0 3:25

Finals: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Dalton Hahn, WI, 12-0 2:16



Rd 64: Anthony Cassioppi Roscoe, IL VSU Ambrose Adams, OH, 10-0 0:27

Rd 32: Anthony Cassioppi Roscoe, IL VFA Troy Monahan, IA, 5-0 0:28

Rd 16: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VFA Troy Monahan, IA, 5-0 0:28

Quarters: Anthony Cassioppi Roscoe, IL VSU Austin Emerson, MI, 10-0 0:49

Semifinals: Anthony Cassioppi Roscoe, IL VSU Montana Phillips, OK 2-2 0:42

Finals: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VPO1 Brandon Metz ND, 5-3


182 lbs.

Rd 64: Myles Wilson New Castle, CO VSU Hunter Tessman, MO, 10-0 1:07

Rd 32: Myles Wilson, CO VSU1 Connor Williams, WI, 16-5 3:51

Rd 16: Myles Wilson, CO VPO1 Austin Harris, OR , 12-8

Quarters: Myles Wilson, CO VPO1 Tommy Brackett TN, 8-5

Semifinals: Cameron Caffey, IL VSU1 Myles Wilson, CO 16-2 2:40

Consi-Semis: Myles Wilson, CO VFA Christian Knop, AL, 6-4 2:33

3rd place: Tommy Brackett TN VPO1 Myles Wilson, CO, 9-1



Rd 64: Weston Hunt, CO VFA Aaron Costello Dubuque, IA, 9-7 5:41

Cons Rd 32-1: Aaron Costello, IA VSU Sean Dall Greenlawn, NY, 10-0 0:51

Cons Rd 32-2: Aaron Costello, IA VSU1 Alexander Aarsvold, MN, 14-2 0:55

Cons 16-1: Aaron Costello, IA VSU Jake Levengood, CA, 10-0 1:00

Cons 16-2: Aaron Costello, IA VPO1 Lee Herrington, NE, 4-1

Cons 8:1 Aaron Costello, IA VSU1 Arath Rangel, NV, 11-1 0:58

Cons 8:2 Zach Muller Woodridge, IL VFA Aaron Costello, IA, 5-4 1:05