Miracle and Beck to compete at Women’s National Championships

Kayla Miracle and Michaela Beck of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing for a spot on a World team this weekend.  The 2019 Women’s National Championships will be held in Irving, TX on May 10-12. National titles will be on the line for seven divisions: 9U, 12U, 14U, UWW U15, UWW Cadet, UWW Junior, and UWW U23. The entire event will be streamed on FloWrestling.

Beck will be in action at the UWW Junior National Championships on Friday beginning at 10 AM CST.  The winner will represent Team USA at the 2019 UWW Junior World Freestyle Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18. Beck is currently ranked #3 at 57 kg on Team USA.

Miracle will compete in the U23 National Championships on Sunday.  The winner of the trials will represent team USA at the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Oct 28-Nov 3.  Miracle is #1 on Team USA at 62 kg and just won her third U.S. Open title. Miracle will be competing at the Senior World Team Trials in Charlotte, NC on May 17-18 with the winner advancing to Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15.

I will keep you posted with results.

 

Schedule

Friday, May 10

10 a.m. – UWW Junior preliminaries, quarterfinals, and consolations Rd. 1-4

1:30 p.m. – UWW Junior semifinals, consolations Rd. 5, consolation semifinals, and medal matches

2 p.m. – UWW Junior round 1 of best of 3 finals

3 p.m. – UWW Junior round 2 of best of 3 finals

4 p.m. – UWW Junior round 3 of best of 3 finals

 

Sunday, May 12

10 a.m. – U23 preliminaries, quarterfinals, consolations Rd. 1-5, and semifinals

2 p.m. – U23 consolations semifinals and medal matches

2 p.m. – U23 round 1 of best of 3 finals

3 p.m. – U23 round 2 of best of 3 finals

4 p.m. – U23 round 3 of best of 3 finals

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Morningstar named IA/USA Freestyle Head Coach

Iowa Assistant Wrestling Coach Ryan Morningstar has been named as the IA/USA Freestyle Head Coach.  Morningstar will serve as the head coach for Team Iowa at Junior Duals in Tulsa, OK on June 21-22 and Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND on July 13-16.  Morningstar will also lead the training camp prior to Cadet/Junior Nationals. This is a yearly position that is selected by the Board of Directors of IA/USA Wrestling.

Morningstar has been involved with IA/USA Wrestling as a volunteer coach for Junior Duals, training camp and Junior Nationals since 2012.  Morningstar just completed his eighth season as an assistant wrestling coach for the University of Iowa.

Morningstar, originally from Lisbon, Iowa, was a two-time Junior Freestyle All-American. He placed 5th at 152 lbs. in 2004 and captured a Junior National title at 152 lbs. in 2005.  As a member of the University of Iowa Wrestling program, Morningstar was a two-time All-American at 165 lbs. in 2009 and 2010 and was a member of three NCAA national championship teams (2008-2010).

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Siebrecht named First Team Academic All State

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Cobe Siebrecht of Lisbon, IA has been named to the Academic All State First Team by The Predicament.  Siebrecht was also named to the 2018 Academic All State First Team by The Predicament and to the second team in 2017.

Siebrecht won a 1A State title this past season at 138 lbs. He was a State Runner-Up at 106 lbs. in 2017 and at 126 lbs. in 2018.  Siebrecht is projected to compete at 141/149 for the Hawks.

Siebrecht is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 that also includes Abe Assad of Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS) and Zach Glazier of Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS).

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

NCAA proposals for new rules in college wrestling

The NCAA announced a list of proposals for rule changes in college wrestling.  This is very much needed. I have never seen a year of college wrestling where rules were such a hot topic.  The first thought that comes to mind in the hands to the face call. Specifically Spencer Lee getting called for hands to the face in the Big Ten finals. Hands to the face has to be priority #1 for me as a fan.  

The proposals will now be discussed by the NCAA Playing Rights Oversight Panel on June 13.  They will decide if these proposals are to become a new rule for the upcoming 2019-2020 college wrestling season.

I am not against the officials of college wrestling.  I believe that a majority of the time the officials were put in a terrible situation where they had to enforce rules that were very, very flawed.  The emphasis should be put on changing the rules and how consistently they are enforced. Then you can property evaluated the efficiency of a college wrestling official more effectively. 

I interviewed Tim Shiels who is the Director of NCAA Wrestling Officiating for my Iowa Wrestling Fan Podcast last November (Episode #30 on SoundCloud).  Tim brought us up to date with the new rules for the season. I hope to have Tim back on my Podcast this fall again to go over what is hopefully new rules for several of the following topics.

I cannot help but believe that coaches are using the review process for their wrestler to rest and catch their breath.  I do not have an answer on how to prevent that, but I see it as a problem. I definitely do not like the proposal of counting a medical forfeit as a loss.  I am hoping that does not pass and become a rule.

I will keep you up to date with any information that the NCAA releases on if the following proposals were made into new rules for the 2019-2020 college wrestling season.

College wrestling is always evolving and that is in large part because of new rules being implemented.  There are several Division I college wrestling coaches on a panel that vote on the new rules. I would sure like to see Tom Brands of the University of Iowa on that panel.  Just a thought.

Again, these are just proposals at this time.  The meeting on June 13 will be the deciding factor on whether they pursue making the following proposals into actual rules.

 

From NCAA.org:

The NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee recommended allowing wrestlers to compete in shorts designed for the sport and removing all language in the rules book regarding the length of a wrestler’s hair.

If approved, the changes would take effect in the 2019-20 academic year.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel is scheduled to discuss all wrestling rules proposals via teleconference June 13.

Committee members, who met in Indianapolis earlier this month, wanted to make the rules for hair less rigid and provide an additional option for the competition uniform.

“We’re opening up to be more progressive in the sport,” said Matt Valenti, committee chair and the associate athletics director of student development at Pennsylvania. “This should give everyone more freedom of expression, and hopefully, make the sport more inclusive. We have our eye on the future with the thought that this could help the sport grow.”

Currently, wrestlers can compete in traditional singlets with or without full-length tights or form-fitting shirts and shorts. This third uniform option requires the form-fitting shirt but allows teams to pair this top with loose-fitting shorts designed for wrestling.

The panel recommended eliminating the rule prohibiting a wrestler’s hair from extending below the level of an ordinary shirt collar and the hair on the side of the head from extending below the earlobes. Hair still will be required to be free of oils and/or greasy substances. Hair coverings still will be allowed and considered special equipment.

Video review

The committee proposed a change to mat-side video review challenges. If approved, an unsuccessful coach’s video review challenge will result in a stalling warning for that coach’s wrestler. If the wrestler has received a prior stalling warning, the unsuccessful challenge could result in the loss of a point.

Committee members think this will reduce the number of frivolous challenges and improve the flow of individual matches.

Medical forfeits

The committee proposed that a medical forfeit would result in a loss for the wrestler unable to compete. Counting medical forfeits as a loss was seen as a better indicator of the wrestler’s overall season success. Additionally, this would provide for improved communication between the wrestler, medical personnel and coach as to the wrestler’s readiness to enter competition.

Weigh-ins

The committee recommended that all weigh-ins for dual meets and tournaments take place two hours before the start of competition. Currently, wrestlers weigh in an hour or sooner for dual, triangular and quadrangular meets and two hours or sooner on the first day of tournaments.

Saunas and other prohibited weight-loss practices

It was clarified that penalties for violations of the prohibited weight-loss practices in Rule 9.5 (use of a sauna, hot room, steam room, artificial means of rehydration, etc.) will be imposed only for instances that occur during the season (the first official practice until the end of the competition season). The current language caused some confusion and needed to be clarified to ensure that only violations that occur during the season will be penalized. The rules committee did emphasize that in-season violations of the prohibited weight-loss practice rules would result in a minimum eight dates of competition suspension.

Warnings

The committee recommended a tweak to the penalty sequence for stalling violations. After the initial warning, the proposal calls for a single match point to be deducted for the next two violations. A fourth stalling violation would be a 2-point match deduction, and the last stalling violation would be disqualification.

Currently, the stalling penalty sequence is a warning, followed by single-point deductions on the second, third and fourth stalling violations, and then disqualification.

Hands to the face

The committee has proposed a reclassification of “hands to the face” from an unnecessary roughness violation to an illegal hold. Rules for illegal holds indicate that “whenever possible, illegal holds should be prevented rather than called.” This would provide referees more flexibility to use verbal cues, issue formal warnings and/or stop the action as “potentially dangerous” before calling an illegal hold. Referees still may call an illegal hold for hands to the face without warning if they determine it is appropriate.

 

I will keep you up to date on this important topic.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Wrap-up for the U.S. Open/Jr Nationals weekend

There was a lot of wrestling at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV this weekend.  We had wrestlers from the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, University of Iowa, an incoming recruit, and a target recruit competing.  There was so much that I thought a wrap-up was needed.

The Iowa Wrestling room produced four champions with Alli Ragan, Kayla Miracle, and Forrest Molinari of the HWC winning a U.S. Open title and Anthony Cassioppi winning a UWW Junior National Championship title.  All were favored to win their bracket and wrestled at a high level.  Ragan, Miracle, and Cassioppi did not wrestle a complete match. They won all of their matches by either a fall or tech fall.  

Ragan is the heavy favorite to make her seventh straight U.S. World Team at 59 kg and now advances to Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15.  Miracle won her third U.S. Open title and will now compete in the 62 kg bracket at the World Team Trials in Raleigh, NC on May 17-18. The winner of that tournament will face Mallory Velte at Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15. Molinari advances to the 65 kg Final X in Piscataway, NJ on June 8. The winner of Final X will represent Team USA at the 2019 Women’s World Freestyle Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on September 14-22.  

Lauren Louive placed fourth at 59 kg.  Lauren has now qualified for the World Team Trials in Raleigh, NC on May 18-19.

Cassioppi crushed his opponents in winning the UWW Junior National Championship title at 125 kg. Cassioppi pinned his first two opponents in :31, :58 and followed up with a tech fall in :16. After receiving a forfeit in the semifinals, Cassioppi defeated Seth Nevills by a 13-0 tech fall for the title. Cassioppi will face the winner of the Junior World Team Trial Tournament in a best of 3 format in Raleigh, NC on May 18.  The winner will represent team USA at the 2019 UWW Junior World Freestyle Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18.

Nelson Brands had a strong tournament with a 7-1 record to place third at 74 kg.  After a loss in the quarterfinals, Brands won four straight matches over some very good competition.  Brands has now qualified for the World Team Trials Tournament on May 17. The winner advances to a best of 3 series against David Carr with a UWW Junior World Team birth on the line.  

Connor Corbin went 4-2 for the tournament to place seventh at 92 kg and Aaron Cashman was 2-2 at 57 kg.  Cassioppi, Brands, and Cashman will be redshirt freshman next season and are in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018 and Corbin is in the Recruiting Class of 2017.

At the Men’s Senior U.S. Open, Thomas Gilman dropped his 57 kg finals match to Daton Fix.  Gilman will now go to the World Team Trials in Raleigh, NC on May 18-19. The winner of that tournament will face Fix at Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15. Sammy Brooks (3rd at 86 kg), and Cory Clark (5th at 61 kg), and Brandon Sorensen (5th at 70 kg) will also be competing at the World Team Trials in Raleigh, NC on May 18-19.

Paul Glynn (61 kg) and Jeren Glosser (70 kg) of the University of Iowa program also competed in the U.S. Open,   Glenn was 2-2 and Glosser was 3-2 for the tournament.

Incoming recruit Abe Assad placed third at 86 kg/189 lbs. at the UWW Junior National Championships.  This was a very good showing for Assad as a high school senior competing in a division for 18-20 year olds where many are in college.  I liked the way that Assad battled back after a quarterfinals loss to win four straight to place third. Assad has now qualified for the Junior World Team Trials.

Elite recruit Jesse Vasquez of Corona, CA (Excelsior HS) competed in the Senior U.S. Open at 65 kg (143 lbs.).  That is very impressive for a high school junior to step on the mat with the best wrestlers in the country regardless of age.  Vasquez dropped two matches including an exciting 18-17 match. When you see that type of offense, that makes you want to see Vasquez as a Hawk even more.  I was impressed. I have Vasquez at #2 overall on my Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Wish List. Vasquez is in the Recruiting Class of 2020 and is projected to compete at 149/157 in college. Vasquez will be a huge get to the program he calls home for his college career.

I have not heard if any additional Iowa wrestlers will be competing in Raleigh, NC at the World Team Trials in the Senior or UWW Junior division.  I am hoping not. As a fan I would prefer to see the Iowa wrestlers heal up from the long season they just finished and get ready for next year.  Iowa should be right in the team title hunt next year. 2020 is an Olympic year as well. I would rather see the Iowa Wrestling program focus on 2020 and not 2019.  I would like to see Iowa use the off-season to get stronger and flat out better. Just my opinion.  

 

Men’s Senior U.S. Open

57 kg

Rd of 64: Bye

Rd of 32: Thomas Gilman (HWC) over Joshua Portillo (NGWC) VSU1 12-2 2:05

Rd of 16: Thomas Gilman (HWC) over Gunnar Woodburn (Unattached) VSU 11-0 1:17

Quarters: Thomas Gilman (HWC) over Zane Richards (TMWC) VSU1 12-2 5:52

Semifinals: Thomas Gilman (HWC) over Nathan Tomasello (TMWC) VCA

Finals: Thomas Gilman (HWC) vs. Daton Fix (TMWC)

 

61 kg

Rd of 32: Bye

Rd of 16: Cory Clark (HWC) over Conrad Cole (Tiger WC) VSU 10-0 1:484

Quarters: Cory Clark (HWC) over Anthony Ramos (Sunkist) VPO1 6-3

Semifinals: Nico Megaludis (TMWC) over Cory Clark (HWC) VPO1 10-1

Consi Semis: Tyler Graff (TMWC) over Cory Clark (HWC) VPO1 17-8

5th Place Match: Cory Clark (HWC) over Anthony Ramos (Sunkist) VPO1 7-4

 

61 kg

Rd of 32: Paul Glynn (HWC) over Devan Turner (OCWC) VPO1 9-2

Rd of 16: Nico Megaludis (TMWC) over Paul Glynn (HWC) VSU 10-0

Consi 16 #2: Paul Glynn (HWC) over Keegan Hessler (TAWA) VSU1 20-10 5:13

Consi 8 #1:  Johnni DiJulius (TMWC) over Paul Glynn (HWC) VSU1 12-1

 

70 kg

Rd of 64: Bye

Rd of 32: Brandon Sorensen (HWC) over Daniel Van Hoose (CM) VSU 10-0 1:50

Rd of 16: Brandon Sorensen (HWC) over Elroy Perkin (MN Storm)

Quarters: Alec Pantaleo (MI) over Brandon Sorensen (HWC) VPO1 5-3

Consi 8 #2: Brandon Sorensen (HWC) over Jake Keating (CWC) VPO1 8-1

Consi 4: Brandon Sorensen (HWC) over Jason Chamberlain (TMWC) VPO 3-0

Consi Semis: Jason Nolf (NLWC) over Brandon Sorensen (HWC) VFA 3-0

5th Place: Brandon Sorensen (HWC) over Nazar Kulchyskyy (TMWC) VFO

 

70 kg

Rd of 64: Jeren Glosser (Iowa) over Jacob Wright (TMWC) VPO 9-0

Rd of 32: Jeren Glosser (Iowa) over Sam Martino (CWC) VPO1 6-2

Rd of 16: James Green (Sunkist) over Jeren Glosser (Iowa) VPO 7-0

Consi 16 #2: Jeren Glosser (Iowa) over AJ Jaffe (Boston RTC) VPO1 12-8

Consi 8 #1: Kevin Jack (TMWC) over Jeren Glosser (Iowa) VSU 10-0

 

86 kg

Rd of 64: Bye

Rd of 32: Sammy Brooks (HWC) over Jake Lanning (Bulls WC) VSU 10-0 1:15

Rd of 16: Sammy Brooks (HWC) over Nathan Jackson (NYAC) VSU 11-0 5:31

Quarters: Sammy Brooks (HWC) over Maxwell Dean (TMWC) VSU 10-0 1:17

Semifinals: Nick Heflin (TMWC) over Sammy Brooks (HWC) VPO1 5-3

Consi Semis:  Sammy Brooks (HWC) over Nathan Jackson (NYAC) VSU1 21-10

3rd Place Bout: Sammy Brooks (HWC) over Brett Pfarr (MN) VPO1 7-3

 

Women’s Senior U.S. Open

59 kg

Rd of 16 Alli Ragan (HWC) over Daishea Jaime (Aries WC) 10-0 0:42

Quarters: Alli Ragan HWC) over Maya Porter (Journeyman WC) VFA 0:20 3-0

Semifinals: Alli Ragan (HWC) over Lauren Mason (MWC) VSU1 12-2 1:43

Finals: Alli Ragan (HWC) over Abby Nette (LWC) VSU 10-0

 

59 kg

Rd of 16: Lauren Louive HWC) – Bye

Quarterfinals: Lauren Louive HWC) over Jen Pitassi (U.S. Army) VSU 10-0 1:28

Semifinals: Abby Nette (LWC) over Lauren Louive (HWC) VSU 10-0

Cons Semis: Lauren Louive (HWC) over Megan Black (TMWC) VSU1 14-4

3rd Place: Lauren Mason over Lauren Louive (HWC) VPO1 2-2

 

62 kg

Rd of 16: Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Amber Strong (CMUWW) VSU 10-0 1:01

Quarters: Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Eve Berrington (Unattached) VFA 0:38 4-0

Semifinals: Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Alexandria Liles (Army/WCAP) VSU 10-0 2:00

Finals: Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Desiree Zavala (TT) VSU 10-0

 

65kg

Quarters: Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Melissa Jacobs (MN Storm) VFA 1:47 6-0

Semifinals: Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Macey Kitty (Sunkist) VPO1 7-3

Finals: Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Maya Nelson (Sunkist) VPO1 5-1

 

UWW Junior National Championships

57 kg

Rd of 64: Aaron Cashman (Iowa) over Zurich Storm (WCC) VSU1 15-4

Rd of 32: Aaron Cashman (Iowa) over VSU over Matt Vinci (Nwestern) 10-0

Rd of 16: Sam Latona (TMWC) over Aaron Cashman (Iowa) VPO1 6-4

Consi 16 #2: Julian Tagg (Elite AP) over Aaron Cashman (Iowa) VPO1 10-4

 

74 kg

Rd of 64: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Kasper McIntosh (MN Storm) VPO1 5-2

Rd of 32: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Vincent Dolce (Air Force) VSU 11-0

Rd of 16: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Michael Petite (Bulls WC) VSU :21

Quarters: David Carr (Cyclone RTC) over Nelson Brands (Iowa) Iowa VPO1 4-2

Consi 8 #2: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Owen Brown (WPRTC) VSU1 15-4

Consi 4: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Philip Conigliaro (Unattached) VSU1 12-1

Consi Semis: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Travis Wittlake (Cowboy WC) VPO1 3-1

3rd Place: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Julian Ramirez (Blairstown WC) FVA 8-0 2:06  

 

92 kg

Rd of 32: Dakota Howard (SERTC-VT) over Connor Corbin (Iowa) VPO1 7-3

Consi 16 #2: Connor Corbin (Iowa) over Franco Pedro (Idaho) VSU 10-0

Consi 8 #1: Connor Corbin (Iowa) over Noah Cressel (Bison WC) VSU 11-0

Consi 8 #2: Connor Corbin (Iowa) over Brad Wilton (Mich St) VPO1 8-6

Cons 4: Dakota Howard (SERTC) over Connor Corbin (Iowa) VPO 6-0

7th Place: Connor Corbin (Iowa) over  Tyrell Gordon (Panther WC) VPO1 6-2

 

125 kg

Rd of 32: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) over Trevor Pigott (OWC) VFA :31

Rd of 16: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa)i over.Cole Rickert (Pitt) VFA :58

Quarters: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) over Samuel Aguilar (CCRTC) VSU 10-0 :16

Semifinals: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) over Kayne Hutchison (AF) VFO

Finals: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) over Seth Nevills (Unattached) VPO1 11-4

 

86 kg

Rd of 64: Bye

Rd of 32: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Jared Florell (Boilermaker RTC) VSU 10-0 1:44

Rd of 16: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Jonathan Loew (FLWC) VPO1 12-6

Quarters: Trent Hidlay (Wolfpack WC) over Abe Assad (Izzy Style) VPO 8-0

Consi 8 #2: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Jack Jensen NWU FVA 3:24

Consi 4: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Peter Acciardi (Bulls WC)

Consi Semis: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Victor Marcelli (Cavalier WC) VFA 5-1 2:38

3rd Place: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Gavin Hoffman (Ohio St) VPO 3-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Assad places 3rd at UWW Junior Championships

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Abe Assad placed third at 86 kg/189 lbs. at the UWW Junior National Championships this weekend in Las Vegas.  UWW Junior is for ages 18-20. Assad was competing against quite a few college age wrestlers. After dropping a quarterfinal bout, Assad ran off four straight victories to place third.  In the third place match Assad downed Gavin Hoffman, a true freshman for Ohio State, 3-0. Hoffman was a first team All American and a Cadet World Bronze medalist in high school.

Assad has now qualified for the Junior World Team Trials in Raleigh, NC on May 17-18.

Assad, from Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS), won a Bronze medal at the 2018 Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Zagreb, Croatia at 80 kg/176 lbs. Assad has won an Illinois state title the last two years.  Assad committed to Iowa on August 7, 2018 and is projected to wrestle at 184/197 for the Hawks.

Assad is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 that also includes Zach Glazier of Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS), and Cobe Siebrecht of Lisbon, IA.

 

Rd of 64: Bye

Rd of 32: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Jared Florell (Boilermaker RTC) VSU 10-0 1:44

Rd of 16: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Jonathan Loew (FLWC) VPO1 12-6

Quarters: Trent Hidlay (Wolfpack WC) over Abe Assad (Izzy Style) VPO 8-0

Consi 8 #2: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Jack Jensen NWU FVA 3:24

Consi 4: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Peter Acciardi (Bulls WC) VSU 11-0

Consi Semis: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Victor Marcelli (Cavalier WC) VFA 2:38

3rd Place: Abe Assad (Izzy Style) over Gavin Hoffman (Ohio St) VPO 3-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Cassioppi rolls at UWW Junior National Championships

Anthony Cassioppi put on a display in Las Vegas this weekend in capturing the 125 kg title at the UWW Junior National Championships.  Cassioppi added to his reputation for ending his matches in a hurry. Cassioppi pinned his first two opponents :31 and :58 and followed up with a tech fall in :16.  That is getting it done in a hurry. After receiving a forfeit in the Semifinals, Cassioppi defeated Seth Nevills by a 13-0 tech fall for the title. Nevills was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school.

Cassioppi now advances to the Best of 3 series at 125 kg in Raleigh, NC at the Junior World Team Trials on May 18.  The winner will represent Team USA at the 2019 Junior World Freestyle Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18.

Nelson Brands had a good tournament with a 7-1 record.  After dropping a match to David Carr in the Quarterfinals, Brands battled back to place third at 74 kg.  In the Consolation Semifinals Brands defeated highly touted recruit Travis Wittlake of Oklahoma State, 3-1. Brands will now compete in the Junior World Team Trials Tournament in Raleigh, NC on May 17.  The winner of that tournament will face David Carr in a best of 3 series with the winner making the World team.

Connor Corbin went 4-2 for the tournament to place seventh at 92 kg and Aaron Cashman was 2-2 at 57 kg.

Cassioppi, Brands, and Cashman are in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018 and will be redshirt freshman next season.  Corbin is in the Recruiting Class of 2017 and will be a redshirt sophomore next year.

 

57 kg

Rd of 64: Aaron Cashman (Iowa) over Zurich Storm (WCC) VSU1 15-4

Rd of 32: Aaron Cashman (Iowa) over VSU over Matt Vinci (Nwestern) 10-0

Rd of 16: Sam Latona (TMWC) over Aaron Cashman (Iowa) VPO1 6-4

Consi 16 #2: Julian Tagg (Elite AP) over Aaron Cashman (Iowa) VPO1 10-4

 

74 kg

Rd of 64: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Kasper McIntosh (MN Storm) VPO1 5-2

Rd of 32: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Vincent Dolce (Air Force) VSU 11-0

Rd of 16: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Michael Petite (Bulls WC) VSU :21

Quarters: David Carr (Cyclone RTC) over Nelson Brands (Iowa) Iowa VPO1 4-2

Consi 8 #2: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Owen Brown (WPRTC) VSU1 15-4

Consi 4: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Philip Conigliaro (Unattached) VSU1 12-1

Consi Semis: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Travis Wittlake (Cowboy WC) VPO1 3-1

3rd Place: Nelson Brands (Iowa) over Julian Ramirez (Blairstown WC) FVA 8-0 2:06  

 

92 kg

Rd of 32: Dakota Howard (SERTC-VT) over Connor Corbin (Iowa) VPO1 7-3

Consi 16 #2: Connor Corbin (Iowa) over Franco Pedro (Idaho) VSU 10-0

Consi 8 #1: Connor Corbin (Iowa) over Noah Cressel (Bison WC) VSU 11-0

Consi 8 #2: Connor Corbin (Iowa) over Brad Wilton (Mich St) VPO1 8-6

Cons 4: Dakota Howard (SERTC) over Connor Corbin (Iowa) VPO 6-0

7th Place: Connor Corbin (Iowa) over  Tyrell Gordon (Panther WC) VPO1 6-2

 

125 kg

Rd of 32: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) over Trevor Pigott (OWC) VFA :31

Rd of 16: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa)i over.Cole Rickert (Pitt) VFA :58

Quarters: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) over Samuel Aguilar (CCRTC) VSU 10-0 :16

Semifinals: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) over Kayne Hutchison (AF) VFO

Finals: Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) over Seth Nevills (Unattached) VSU 13-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Ragan, Miracle, and Molinari win U.S. Open titles

It was an impressive showing for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club at the Women’s U.S. Open in Las Vegas this weekend. Alli Ragan, Kayla Miracle, and Forrest Molinari of the HWC won U.S. Open titles.  Ragan and Miracle did not go a full match in dominating their competition. Ragan has made six straight World teams and won a World Silver in 2016 and 2017.  After making the World team last year, Ragan was unable to compete in the World Championships due to injury. I have never seen Ragan look better than she did this weekend.  Her footwork and offense were both improved from last year. Ragan has now qualified for the 59 kg Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15.

Miracle was never challenged in her four bouts that all ended in a fall or tech fall to win a U.S. Open title at 62 kg. Currently ranked #1 by USA Wrestling, Miracle will now be the #1 seed at the World Team Trials in Raleigh, NC on May 18-19.  The winner of the WTT will meet Mallory Velte at Final X in Lincoln, NE on June 15.

Forrest Molinari won three matches with a fall and two decisions to capture the title at 65 kg.  Molinari was down 1-0 in the second period and scored 5 unanswered points in the finals to win 5-1.  Molinari was a World team member in 2018 and represented Team USA at the Senior and U23 World Championships.  Molinari has now qualified for the 65 kg Final X in Piscataway, NJ on June 8.

Lauren Louive placed fourth at 59 kg.  Lauren has now qualified for the World Team Trials in Raleigh, NC on May 18-19.

This was a great showing by the HWC at the Women’s U.S. Open.  All four of the wrestlers that competed are better now that they were a year ago.  Going through an entire training cycle over the last year in the Iowa Wrestling room to prepare for the Open and World Team qualifying tournaments is definitely paying off.  I will keep you up to date on their upcoming competitions.

 

59 kg

Rd of 16 Alli Ragan (HWC) over Daishea Jaime (Aries WC) 10-0 0:42

Quarters: Alli Ragan HWC) over Maya Porter (Journeyman WC) VFA 0:20 3-0

Semifinals: Alli Ragan (HWC) over Lauren Mason (MWC) VSU1 12-2 1:43

Finals: Alli Ragan (HWC) over Abby Nette (LWC) VSU 10-0

 

59 kg

Rd of 16: Lauren Louive HWC) – Bye

Quarterfinals: Lauren Louive HWC) over Jen Pitassi (U.S. Army) VSU 10-0 1:28

Semifinals: Abby Nette (LWC) over Lauren Louive (HWC) VSU 10-0

Cons Semis: Lauren Louive (HWC) over Megan Black (TMWC) VSU1 14-4

3rd Place: Lauren Mason over Lauren Louive (HWC) VPO1 2-2

 

62 kg

Rd of 16: Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Amber Strong (CMUWW) VSU 10-0 1:01

Quarters: Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Eve Berrington (Unattached) VFA 0:38 4-0

Semifinals: Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Alexandria Liles (Army/WCAP) VSU 10-0 2:00

Finals: Kayla Miracle (HWC) over Desiree Zavala (TT) VSU 10-0

 

65kg

Quarters: Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Melissa Jacobs (MN Storm) VFA 1:47 6-0

Semifinals: Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Macey Kitty (Sunkist) VPO1 7-3

Finals: Forrest Molinari (HWC) over Maya Nelson (Sunkist) VPO1 5-1

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

4 Hawks named to NWCA All-Academic Team

Four members of the University of Iowa Wrestling program were named to the 2019 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division 1 All-Academic Team. Spencer Lee, Alex Marinelli, Jacob Warner, and Kaleb Young were named for the honor.  Lee has won an NCAA National title the last two years, Marinelli was an All-American in 2018 and 2019, and Warner and Young were All Americans this season.

Marinelli and Young are members of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2016 and Lee and Warner were in the Recruiting Class of 2017.

From HawkeyeSports.com:

To be eligible, student-athletes must have a 3.2 grade point average and have won 60 percent of their matches, or maintain a 3.0 GPA while earning All-America honors.

To have 40% of your starting lineup make this team is a great reflection of what Iowa Wrestling is all about.

 

Name – Year – Major – Hometown

Spencer Lee – So. – Sport & Recreation Management – Murrysville, Pa.

Alex Marinelli – RS So. – Sport & Recreation Management – Miamisburg, Ohio

Jacob Warner – RS Fr. – Finance – Tolono, Ill.

Kaleb Young – RS So. – Human Physiology – Punxsutawney, Pa.

 

Congratulations to the Iowa wrestlers for this prestigious honor.  Getting it done in the classroom, practice room, and on the mat in competition.

It is great to be an Iowa wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC U.S. Open preview

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be going into battle this weekend at the U.S. Open. The action will take place at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 25-27.  All of the action will be streamed live by FloWrestling.

The women will take the mat on Thursday and Friday.  The HWC will have three wrestlers ranked #1 in Forest Molinari, Alli Ragan,and Kayla Miracle.  Miracle is a defending U.S. Open champion at 62 kg. Molinari (65kg) and Louive (59 kg) placed second last year.  Michaela Beck is not competing at the Open, but she will be at the Junior World Team Trials in Dallas, TX on May 10.

Thomas Gilman will be looking to win his first U.S. Open title.  Gilman went through the qualifying tournament to qualify for the 2017 World Team Trials that he won and then went on to win a World Silver.  Last year Gilman automatically qualified for the Final X at 57 kg because he was a defending World medalist. I am expecting Gilman to add a U.S. Open title to his resume.

Brandon Sorensen (70 kg) medaled in all five International tournaments that he has entered the following year and has looked very good. Cory Clark (60 kg) has yet to break out in International wrestling and this would be a great opportunity for him to have a solid tournament.  Sammy Brooks is the pre-seed #1 at 86 kg.  

Paul Glynn (60 kg) and Jeren Glosser (70 kg) of the University of Iowa will also be competing in the Open.

I will keep you posted for results on Facebook, Twitter, Hawkeye Report, and nineteen84.club.

 

Weight and Current USA Wrestling ranking

Alli Ragan (59kg) – #1

Kayla Miracle (62kg) – #1

Forrest Molinari (65kg) – #1

Lauren Louive (59kg) – #5

 

Weight and U.S. Open Pre-Seeds

Thomas Gilman (57kg) – #1

Cory Clark (60kg) – #4

Brandon Sorensen (70kg) – #3

Sammy Brooks (86kg) – #1

 

Current Iowa wrestlers competing:

Paul Glynn (60kg)

Jeren Glosser (70kg)

 

Senior Women’s Freestyle

Thursday, April 25

Preliminaries, Quarterfinals 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Semi-Finals, Consolation Rds 1-4  8:00 PM- 11:00PM

 

Friday, April 26

Consolation Semis, 3rd, 5th, 7th place matches  11 AM – 1 PM

Finals  9 PM – 11 PM

 

Senior Men’s Freestyle

Friday, April 26

Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Consolation Rds 1-3 11 AM – 3 PM

Consolation Rds 4-5  5 PM – 8:30 PM

Semi-Finals 7 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Saturday, April 27

Consolation Rd 6, Consolation Semi-Finals, 3rd 5th 7th place matches 11 AM – 3 PM

Finals 4 PM – 6:30 PM

*****All times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!