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It is competition time for the HWC

The International freestyle season is here. The new scheduling format for UWW (United World Wrestling) for International competition is about to begin.  Members of the HWC will be competing around the world.

The 21st Annual Dave Schultz Memorial International will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO on January 24-26.  The HWC will be represented by Brandon Sorensen, Nick Dardanes, Nodirjon Safarov, and Lauren Louive.

The Yariguin on January 24-27 is known as the toughest regular season freestyle tournament in the world. Krasnoyarsk, Russia is a perfect setting for a tournament of this caliber.  This is also a Ranking Series event meaning that results from this tournament will determine seeds at the 2019 World Freestyle Championships. Thomas Gilman, Cory Clark, Sammy Brooks, and Forrest Molinari will be competing against some of the best competition in the world.

The Henri Deglane will be in Nice, France on February 1-3.  Cory Clark, Brandon Sorensen, Sammy Brooks, and Mikaela Beck will be in action.  HWC Head Coach Mark Perry will make the trip to the Yariguin and Deglane tournaments.

The Cerro Pelado will take place in Havana, Cuba on Feb 15-23.  The HWC roster for that event has not been set at this time. I will keep you up to date with a roster as soon as it is available.

I will be following the HWC for results of these tournaments on Twitter, Facebook, and Hawkeye Report.

Dave Schultz Memorial International

Colorado Springs, CO

January 24-26

Brandon Sorensen

Nick Dardanes

Nodirjon Safarov

Lauren Louive

Grand Prix Ivan Yariguin

*Ranking Series

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

January 24-27

Thomas Gilman

Cory Clark

Sammy Brooks

Forrest Molinari

Coach: Mark Perry

Grand Prix de France Henri Deglane

Nice, France

February 1-3

Cory Clark

Brandon Sorensen

Sammy Brooks

Michaela Beck

Coach: Mark Perry

Granma y Cerro Pelado

Havana, Cuba

February 15-23

To be determined.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Marinelli takes it up a notch

When a big recruit goes undefeated in the regular season and then places sixth in the country at a very tough weight as a freshman, you definitely look forward to the next year.  Now as a sophomore, Alex “Bull” Marinelli has taken his wrestling to another level this season with noticeable improvement.

Marinelli came into the Iowa program as the highest ranked recruit to date in the Tom Brands era out of legendary national powerhouse Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio. As a four-time state champion, Marinelli was accustomed to winning, being the hunted, and doing what it takes year around to win.  What a perfect fit for Iowa Wrestling.

Alex Marinelli, in my opinion, is the leader of Iowa Wrestling.  He took the reigns of being the leader of the program from Thomas Gilman last year as a freshman.  From what I can see as a fan, Marinelli is the heartbeat of Iowa Wrestling by setting the pace and tone in the practice room and in competition.  Certain people just have that way about them that their presence will lift the attitude and overall intensity level of a room. That is called being a leader.  Marinelli has that.

After an undefeated regular season, Marinelli made the semifinals of the Big Tens and NCAA Championships last year before placing sixth in both tournaments.  165 was a very tough weight class last year and is again this year. However, sixth place is not what Alex Marinelli is about. An off-season of training and development has led to an impressive season to this point.  It is easy to see that Marinelli is much bigger and stronger than last season and more precise with his technique. Currently Marinelli is 11-0 with four pins, three major decisions, and a tech fall.

It was at Midlands that Marinelli’s progress from last year really showed.  In the quarterfinals he had an 8-6 OT win over #19 Jonathan Viruet of Brown.  It was in the next two matches that Marinelli really took his game up a notch.  In the semifinals, Marinelli shut down #5 nationally ranked Josh Schields of Arizona State, 4-1.  In the finals, Marinelli faced #2 nationally ranked Evan Wick of Wisconsin. Wick defeated Marinelli 16-3 in the Consolation Semifinals at the NCAA’s last year.  Marinelli looked very good in defeating Wick, 4-3. The score does not indicate the match due to terrible officiating. Marinelli had the only two takedowns in the match and looked very good against a real tough opponent.    

The Big Ten is crazy loaded at 165.  The top three wrestlers in the country are from the Big Ten in Joseph, Marinelli, and Wick.  Add in #6 White (Nebraska) and #7 Massa (Michigan) and you have an absolutely loaded Big Ten.

For the remaining regular season, Marinelli, currently ranked #2 nationally, will face:

#16 Joey Gunther of Illinois

#6 Isaiah White of Nebraska

#2 Evan Wick of Wisconsin

#11 Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State

Marinelli will not face #1 ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State until possibly the Big Tens. Marinelli defeated Joseph 9-6 last year in a dual meet at Penn State.

When the leader of your team is showing marked improvement and hungry for success, that is good news for the Iowa program. I look for Marinelli to finish the season strong in his pursuit to be an NCAA National champion by setting the tone and pace for Iowa Wrestling in competition and in the practice room.  Just what a leader does.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC members at Senior National Team Camp in Puerto Rico

The USA Women’s Wrestling program is in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a 10-day Senior National Team Camp.  All five of the women wrestlers in the Hawkeye Wrestling Club are on the team: Alli Ragan, Forrest Molinari, Lauren Louive, Kayla Miracle, and Michaela Beck.

Alli Ragan, a two-time World Silver medalist, made her sixth straight world team last year but was unable to compete at the 2018 World Freestyle Championships due to injury.  Forrest Molinari made her first World team last year and placed fifth at the 2018 World Freestyle Championships.  Molinari also won a Gold at the 2018 Pan American Championships. Molinari and Kayla Miracle were on the U23 World Team.

2019 should be a big year for these HWC wrestlers.

Former Iowa NCAA national champion Terry Steiner, head coach of the Women’s National Team, is head coach for the training camp.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Big Ten wrestling facilities on display

Big Ten wrestling programs were featured in two nationally televised wrestling meets yesterday.  The Minnesota-Rutgers dual meet was on the Big Ten Network and ESPN2 covered the N.C. State-Ohio State dual meet.  A new wrestling facility was talked about and shown to the nation-wide audience for both of the host schools of Minnesota and Ohio State.

Minnesota Wrestling recently moved into a new facility.  Two anonymous donations provided the needed money for renovations for a new training facility, a second level extension over the mats for new offices, wrestlers lounge, and a conference room.  BTN showed the new wrestling room and training facilities.

Tim Johnson, the Color Commentator for BTN, also mentioned that Rutgers is in the process of building a new training facility for their wrestling program.  I did some research. As of October 16, 2018, Rutgers raised over $98 million ($73 million from donations and a $25 million Tax Credit) from 4,052 private donors on a goal of $100 million for facilities and support for the their athletic programs.  I am going to assume that Rutgers Wrestling is included in this overall athletic department upgrade.

At the intermission break of the NC State at Ohio State meet, ESPN2 gave a tour of the new Ohio State wrestling facilities that are currently under construction  This will be a massive upgrade for Ohio State. The new building will be for seven sports including wrestling. The new wrestling facility will also host events for Ohio kids wrestling.  That looks to be an effective recruiting angle. A new arena will replace St. Johns Arena and be the home for Ohio State dual meets and OSU volleyball. The new arena will seat 4,000 fans. When hosting Iowa in a dual meet, Ohio State will have to host the dual where the basketball team plays because I would think the Iowa meet will bring in more than 4.000 fans.

As I have mentioned before, the Arms Race is in full effect in college wrestling all across the country.  From Missouri to Bucknell to Campbell, new wrestling facilities are in place. I have been dreaming of a new wrestling facility for Iowa Wrestling for years.  I even named it “The greatest wrestling training facility…in the world.” Let’s just say that seeing what is going on around the Big Ten and the rest of the country throws a huge log onto my fire of want for Iowa Wrestling to get a new training facility.

I know for a fact that there are people working very hard to make this project a reality.  From Iowa Wrestling coaches to members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and boosters. For that I am grateful and respectful.  But seeing and hearing about wrestling programs across the country, especially other Big Ten wrestling programs moving way past Iowa Wrestling for facilities, pisses me off.

When Carver Hawkeye Arena opened in January of 1983, the Iowa Wrestling facility was far and away the greatest training facility in the college wrestling world.  It wasn’t even close. We need to raise the bar again in that department. It’s been awhile.

I will be following up on this topic in my Blog and Podcast.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action Jan 4-5: Results

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits had a great weekend against top competition.  Abe Assad was 5-0 with five falls at The Clash in Rochester, MN. The Clash is one of the toughest dual meet tournaments in the country with 32 teams from around the country.

Iowa recruits had a great showing at the Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, WI.   Zach Glazier was 6-0 with four pins and two major decisions in winning the title at 182  Patrick Kennedy continues to dominate by going 6-0 with three falls and three tech falls to win the title at 170.  Ryan Sokol captured the title at 132 with a 6-1 decision in the finals over Illinois state champion and #1 Illinois ranked Noah Villarreal of Aurora Christian.  Sokol had two falls, two tech falls, and two major decisions to make the finals.

Colby Schriever placed tenth at 138.  Cullan Schriever was injured in the third round at 120 and was unable to continue.

Elite recruit Nicolar Rivera of Stoughton, WI, who was on my preseason Recruiting Wish List, was 6-0 with five falls and one tech fall in winning the title at 106.

Iowa Assistant Wrestling Coach Ryan Morningstar was in attendance in Kaukauna, WI to watch the incoming Iowa recruits compete at The Cheesehead.

Jesse Ybarra did not have any competition scheduled.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

The Clash in Rochester, MN

Abe Assad (Glenbard North) over Alex Blizzard (Bettendorf) Fall 2:25

Abe Assad (Glenbard North) over (Grant) Forfeit

Abe Assad (Glenbard North) over Bruce Muehlhauser (Anoka) Fall 4:13

Abe Assad (Glenbard North) over Kevin Diep (North Scott, Eldridge) Fall 1:48

Abe Assad (Glenbard North) over Kevin Zimmer (Carl Sandburg) Fall 1:34 @ 195

Abe Assad (Glenbard North) over TYLER GILSON (Thompson) Fall 1:44

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS)  182 lbs.

Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, WI January 4-5

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 21-0 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Round 2 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 21-0 won by tech fall over Zach Kaminski (Waterford) 9-4 (TF-1.5 3:37 (16-1))
  • Round 3 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 21-0 won by fall over Logan Roach (DeKalb) 18-10 (Fall 5:33)
  • Round 4 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 23-0 won by fall over Julian Jaimes (Aurora Christian) 19-8 (Fall 3:31)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 23-0 won by fall over Ryan Krimpelbein (Mukwonago) 23-6 (Fall 3:16)
  • Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 24-0 won by major decision over Dan Benoit (Mt. Carmel) 17-6 (MD 13-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 25-0 won by major decision over Bryson Alsteen (Kaukauna) 27-4 (MD 11-3)

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, WI January 4-5

  • Champ. Round 1 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 20-0 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Round 2 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 20-0 won by fall over Evan Danowski (Waterford) 13-11 (Fall 0:53)
  • Round 3 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 20-0 won by fall over Aaron Schmitz (Mukwonago) 24-7 (Fall 0:42)
  • Round 4 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 20-0 won by tech fall over Nolan Wanzek (Simley) 12-10 (TF-1.5 2:52 (16-0))
  • Quarterfinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 20-0 won by fall over Justice Smith (Desert Vista) 12-3 (Fall 1:59)
  • Semifinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 20-0 won by tech fall over Asa Terrell (Mt. Carmel) 15-11 (TF-1.5 3:07 (19-3))
  • 1st Place Match – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 21-0 won by tech fall over Jacob Boumans (Nequa Valley) 26-3 (TF-1.5 3:29 (17-2))

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, WI January 4-5

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 15-2 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Round 2 – Kaiden Koltz (Wrightstown) 23-6 won by injury default over Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 15-2 (Inj. 2:27)
  • Round 3 – Devin Flannery (High Point Regional) 10-2 won by medical forfeit over Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 15-2 (M. For.)
  • Champ. Round 1 – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 14-3 won by tech fall over Jacob Killacky (Nequa Valley) 10-9 (TF-1.5 4:44 (19-4))
  • Round 2 – Zeke Marshall (Aurora Christian) 8-4 won by major decision over Colby Schriever (Mason City) 14-3 (MD 15-7)
  • Round 3 – Hunter Lewis (Stoughton) 30-0 won by decision over Colby Schriever (Mason City) 15-5 (Dec 8-5)
  • Round 4 – Justin Benjamin (St. Charles East) 25-3 won by fall over Colby Schriever (Mason City) 15-5 (Fall 5:53)
  • Cons. Quarter – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 15-5 won by decision over Mitchell Bohlken (Smithville) 16-5 (Dec 2-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 16-5 won by decision over Bailey Thelen (Two Rivers) 21-3 (Dec 5-4)
  • 9th Place Match – Jack Ganos (Arrowhead) 17-5 won by decision over Colby Schriever (Mason City) 16-6 (Dec 8-6)

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

No competition scheduled.

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Cheesehead Invitational at Kaukauna, WI January 4-5

  • Champ. Round 1 – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 14-3 won by tech fall over Jacob Killacky (Nequa Valley) 10-9 (TF-1.5 4:44 (19-4))
  • Round 2 – Zeke Marshall (Aurora Christian) 8-4 won by major decision over Colby Schriever (Mason City) 14-3 (MD 15-7)
  • Round 3 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 24-0 won by fall over Koy Murphy (Freedom) 17-8 (Fall 1:20)
  • Round 4 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 24-0 won by fall over Brandon Micksch (Kaukauna) 10-3 (Fall 1:22)
  • Quarterfinal – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 24-0 won by tech fall over Aidan Nutter (Fennimore) 17-5 (TF-1.5 3:28 (19-4))
  • Semifinal – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 24-0 won by major decision over Matty Bianchi (Two Rivers) 27-1 (MD 13-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 25-0 won by decision over Noah Villarreal (Aurora Christian) 26-3 (Dec 6-1)

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Cashman and Axmear capture titles at Flanagan Open

Aaron Cashman and Zach Axmear captured titles at the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open at Loras College in Dubuque today. This was the college debut for true freshman Cashman from Spring Park, MN (Shakopee HS). After a quarterfinal Tech Fall, Cashman received a forfeit in the semifinals.  In the finals, Cashman defeated Tyler Kreith of Maryville 6-3 to win the 125 lbs. title.

Zach Axmear received a first round bye before winning a 7-1 decision in the quarterfinals.  In the semifinals, Axmear recorded a Fall in 5:45. In the finals, Axmear was awarded a medical forfeit to win the title at 149.  Axmear is a redshirt freshman from North English, IA (English Valley HS).

Joe Kelly placed second at 157, Preston Stephenson placed third at 165, and Aaron Meyer placed fourth at 141  Cam Shaver did not place at 141.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks.


Open 125

  • Quarterfinal – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by tech fall over Jacob Ragsdale (Upper Iowa) (TF 18-3)
  • Semifinal – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Anthony Pisciotta (Maryville) (MFF)
  • 1st Place Match – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by decision over Tyler Kreith (Maryville) (Dec 6-3)

Open 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Raul Marrero (Lincoln College) won by major decision over Cam Shaver (Iowa) (Maj 13-2)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Connor Manderfeld (Upper Iowa) won by fall over Cam Shaver (Iowa) (Fall 6:42)

Open 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) won by decision over Frankie Indelli (Loras College) (Dec 10-4)
  • Semifinal – Clint Lembeck (Loras College) won by decision over Aaron Meyer (Iowa) (Dec 11-9)
  • Cons. Semi – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) won by fall over Ryan Roth (Upper Iowa) (Fall 1:29)
  • 3rd Place Match – Kevin Kelly (Loras College) won by decision over Aaron Meyer (Iowa) (Dec 7-6)

Open 149

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Axmear (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by decision over Anthony Gibson (Northern Illinois) (Dec 7-1)
  • Semifinal – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Nathan Swartz (Northern Illinois) (Fall 5:45)
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Axmear (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Gavin DeWitt (Maryville) (MFF)

Open 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Joe Kelly (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Joe Kelly (Iowa) won in tie breaker – 1 over Zack Velasquez (Northern Illinois) (TB-1 4-2)
  • Semifinal – Joe Kelly (Iowa) won by major decision over Joshua Steele (Maryville) (Maj 13-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Tanner Sparks (Maryville) won by major decision over Joe Kelly (Iowa) (Maj 11-2)

Open 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) won by tech fall over Tad Griffith (Loras College) (TF 18-3)
  • Semifinal – Tyler Harrington (Maryville) won by fall over Preston Stephenson (Iowa) (Fall 1:37)
  • Cons. Semi – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) won by fall over Conner Villarmia (Maryville) (Fall 1:54)
  • 3rd Place Match – Preston Stephenson (Iowa) won by decision over Matt Pratt (Maryville) (Dec 3-1)

Hawks to compete in Flash Flanagan Open

Members of the Iowa Wrestling team will be competing at the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open in Dubuque Saturday.  Loras College is the host school and the action begins at 9 AM. I have covered the Hawks in this tournament for the past several years.

This will be the college debut of true freshman Aaron Cashman.  I have mentioned Cashman in my Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog and Podcast several times.  Cashman has looked very good in the practice room. Cashman was a state champion in Minnesota as a junior and then spent his senior year training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.  

Cashman is very quick and I believe he is a very underrated recruit.  Cashman is the quickest wrestler in the Iowa Wrestling room right now.  Minor injuries have kept Cashman out of competition this season. I am looking forward to seeing what Cashman does in competition.  

I will follow up with results.

Aaron Cashman (True Fresh) – 125

Aaron Meyer (RS Jr) – 141

Cam Shaver (True Fresh) – 141

Zach Axmear (RS Fresh) – 149

Joe Kelly (True Fresh) – 157

Preston Stephenson (RS Soph) – 165

Cade Brownlee (RS Soph) – 197

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: Jan 4-5

The new year will get off to a great start for Iowa Wrestling recruits.  This will be the best weekend of the year for competition overall for the incoming Iowa recruits.  Abe Assad will be competing at The Clash. The 32-team dual meet tournament will take place in the RCTC Regional Sports Center in Rochester, MN.  Elite teams from Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa will make this a very tough tournament.

Zach Glazier, Patrick Kennedy, Cullan Schriever, Colby Schriever, and Ryan Sokol will all be competing at The Cheesehead in Kaukauna, WI.  Competition from thirty teams from the midwest makes The Cheesehead one of the better tournaments in the country every year. This tournament will be a very good test for our recruits.

Nicolar Rivera, a freshman from Stoughton, WI will also be competing at The Cheesehead. Rivera, in the Recruiting Class of 2022, was impressive in winning a Cadet Freestyle national title at 106 in Fargo last summer and is ranked sixth in the country at 106.

Jesse Ybarra does not have any competition scheduled.

I will keep you up to date with results.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

The Clash in Rochester, MN Jan 4-5


Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS)  182 lbs.

Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, WI January 4-5

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, WI January 4-5


Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna, WI January 4-5


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

No competition scheduled.


Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Cheesehead Invitational at Kaukauna, WI January 4-5

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

A look at the 2019 schedule

It is time to take a look at the second half of the Iowa Wrestling season.  The Hawks have a two week break from Midlands until their next competition. Iowa will travel to Minnesota for a dual on Sunday, January 13.  The meet will be televised by BTN at Noon. Minnesota is much improved and there will be some very good matches to look forward to. Iowa will return home on the 18th with a home duel against Rutgers.  As with Minnesota, there will be some very good matches to look forward to in this dual meet.

The Hawks then go on the road to Illinois, Northwestern, and Nebraska.  The Northwestern dual meet certainly went up in anticipation after Midlands, Illinois was a very close dual last year, and Nebraska is always a tough dual.  Iowa will then host Maryland on February 8 and Indiana on February 15 before closing out the Big Ten season at Wisconsin on February 17.

In the past, Iowa would always face Oklahoma State in early January.  This year, the Hawks close out their dual meet season by traveling down to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys on Sunday, February 24. That will be a barn burner of a dual meet. As they usually are between Iowa and Oklahoma State.  Big Ten’s and the NCAA’s are a week later this year. Big Tens are on March 9-10 at Minnesota. And then the Big Show. The 2019 NCAA Championships will be in Pittsburgh, PA on March 21-23.

Iowa peaked at Nationals last year and I am looking for that again this season.  Iowa showed up at Nationals last year and wrestled their best by leading the country in bonus points.  I look for Iowa to get healed up and peak at the right time. Big Tens is nine weeks from this weekend, Nationals are eleven weeks from tomorrow.  There is a lot of livin to be done in that time period. I have faith that Iowa Wrestling will use that time wisely and be ready to go when the titles are on the line.

Seeing the improvement of Iowa wrestlers leading up to nationals is one of my absolute favorite things about being an Iowa Wrestling fan.  I expect to see that same type of improvement take place and for Iowa Wrestling to be a force in Pittsburgh on March 21, 22, and 23.

Iowa Wrestling schedule:

at Minnesota – Jan 13

RUTGERS – Jan 18

at Illinois – Jan 25

at Northwestern – Jan 27

at Nebraska – Feb 3

MARYLAND – Feb 8

INDIANA – Feb 15

at Wisconsin – Feb 17

at Oklahoma State – Feb 24

at Big Tens (Minneapolis, MN): March 9-10

at NCAA Championships (Pittsburgh, PA): March 21-23

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action December Dec 28-30: Results

Iowa Wrestling recruits Zach Glazier and Jesse Ybarra won tournaments this weekend.  Glazier won the title at 182 lbs. at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo, ND. After three pins, Glazier won by a major decision in the semifinals.  In the finals, Glazier downed Cade King of Owatonna, 4-1 TB1. Glazier also defeated King, previously ranked #1 ahead of Glazier in Minnesota 3A, in the finals of the Minnesota Christmas Tournament on December 15.  Glazier was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the 88-team tournament.

Ybarra placed first at 126 bs. at the Mile High Challenge in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  Ybarra had a fall, two tech falls, and a fall before defeating Tanner Crosby of St. John’s 11-5 in the finals.

Abe Assad won by a Fall in a dual meet at Carl Sandburg High School on Friday.

Patrick Kennedy, Cullan and Colby Schriever, and Ryan Sokol do not compete until after the first of the year.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Friday, December 28 dual meet at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, IL

Assad won by Fall.

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS)  182 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 28-29: Rumble on the Red in Fargo, ND

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 18-0 won by fall over Ethan Jerome (Moorhead) 3-3 (Fall 0:35)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 18-0 won by tech fall over Noah Langsjoen (Mankato West) 10-7 (TF-1.5 4:33 (17-2))
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 18-0 won by fall over Logan Sell (Oakes) 18-6 (Fall 1:28)
  • Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 18-0 won by major decision over Mark Hastings (Hillsboro-Central Valley) 17-3 (MD 14-3)
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea Area) 18-0 won in tie breaker – 1 over Cade King (Owatonna) 19-2 (TB-1 4-1)

    *Named Outstanding Wrestler

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Nothing scheduled until January 4.

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Nothing scheduled until January 4.

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

Saturday and Sunday, Dec 29-30: Mile High Challenge in Prescott Valley, Arizona

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 25-0 won by fall over Zane Patterson (Marcos De Niza) 2-3 (Fall 0:19)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 25-0 won by tech fall over Ethan Baloun (San Clemente) 11-8 (TF-1.5 5:50 (25-9))
  • Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 25-0 won by tech fall over Isai Alonso (Kofa) 20-7 (TF-1.5 6:00 (23-7))
  • Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 25-0 won by fall over Lane Evens (Chino Valley) 32-6 (Fall 1:31)
  • 1st Place Match – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 25-0 won by decision over Tanner Crosby (St. Johns) 24-5 (Dec 11-5)

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Nothing scheduled until January 4.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!