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A 20-0 weekend for the Hawks

The Iowa Hawkeyes made the most of their only weekend road trip of the season with two dual meets count.  Iowa competed in twenty matches and was 20-0. Iowa won by an identical 41-0 score over Indiana on Friday night and against #8 Purdue on Sunday afternoon.

Indiana did not have a wrestler ranked and the Hawks rolled with thee pins, a tech fall, and six decisions.  The big story from the Indiana meet was Abe Assad burning his redshirt to become just the fourth wrestler in the Tom Brands era to compete as a true freshman.  Assad looked good in his varsity debut with a 6-2 decision over Jake Hinz. 

Most fans were probably expecting more bonus points and I was one of them.  Mark Ironside said on the radio that Iowa had trained through the Indiana dual meet and would have until Sunday to rest up.  I will take his word for it because the Hawks looked great on Sunday.

To shut out a Big Ten opponent is quite an accomplishment.  To shutout the #8 ranked team in the country with four wrestlers ranked in the top eight on the road is quite another.  Iowa looked great in winning all ten matches in a 41-0 shutout at Purdue. Iowa racked up bonus points in five matches with two falls, two tech falls, and a major decision.

Spencer Lee is…Spencer Lee. It looked like Lee was drilling when he scored a 17-0 tech fall over #5 ranked Devin Schroder in the first period.  A first period tech fall is hard to imagine against a #5 ranked wrestler. Then again, so is Spencer Lee. Austin DeSanto followed with a tech fall early in the second period.  A solid weekend for Max Murin with a 6-0 win at Indiana and a 6-1 decision at Purdue. Pat Lugo looked really good against Purdue with an 8-0 major decision.

Kaleb Young won a hard fought 4-3 decision over #8 ranked Kendall Coleman.  Alex Marinelli showed why he is called Bull with two pins on the weekend. I was really impressed with Michael Kemerer in an 8-4 decision over #4 ranked Dylan Lydy.  That was the first big test for Kemerer this season at his new weight and he looked great. Assad picked up his second varsity win of his career with a 5-2 decision.

Jacob Warner looked real good in getting the 8-2 decisions over #2 ranked Christian Brunner.  That is the second time this season Warner had defeated the #2 ranked wrestler in the country on the road.  This is the time last year when Warner started to really pick it up. Tony Cassioppi picked up two first period pins on the weekend in :20 and 2:00.

Overall, a very good showing for the Hawks this weekend.  The team as a whole are getting the first period takedowns in the close matches that is a big influence on getting the win.  I do not know what else to say except that the Iowa Wrestling team looks very, very good right now.

Iowa will now host top five ranked Nebraska, Ohio State, and Penn State over the next three weekends.  Penn State is already a sellout. With the way the Hawks looked this weekend, I am now expecting even bigger crowds for the Nebraska and Ohio State meets. 

The performance at Indiana and Purdue only added to the excitement of the next three home dual meets and the rest of the season.  I cannot wait.


#1 Iowa over Indiana 41-0

149 — #1 Pat Lugo (IA) dec. Graham Rooks (IND), 10-6

157 — #6 Kaleb Young (IA) dec. Fernando Silva (IND), 11-4

165 — #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned David Tunon (IND), 5:34

174 — #3 Michael Kemerer (IA) dec. Jacob Covaciu (IND), 9-6

184 — Abe Assad (IA) dec Jake Hinz (IND), 6-2

197 — #5 Jacob Warner (IA) dec Nick Willham (IND), 8-3

285 — #4 Tony Cassioppi (IA) pinned Rudy Streck (IND), 0:20

125 — #1 Spencer Lee (IA) tech. fall Liam Cronin (IND), 15-0

133 — #2 Austin DeSanto (IA) pinned Jonathan Moran (IND), 2:42

141 — #7 Max Murin (IA) dec Eddie Bolivar (IND), 6-0


#1 Iowa over #8 Purdue 41-0

125 — #1 Spencer Lee (IA) tech. fall #5 Devin Schroder (P), 17-0

133 — #2 Austin DeSanto (IA) tech. fall Travis Ford-Melton (P), 17-1

141 — #7 Max Murin (IA) dec. Parker Filius (P), 6-1

149 — #1 Pat Lugo (IA) major dec. Nate Limmex (P), 8-0

157 — #6 Kaleb Young (IA) dec. #8 Kendall Coleman (P), 4-3

165 — #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned Tanner Webster (P), 1:51

174 — #3 Michael Kemerer (IA) dec. #4 Dylan Lydy (P), 8-4

184 — Abe Assad (IA) dec. Max Lyon (P), 5-2

197 — #5 Jacob Warner (IA) dec. #2 Christian Brunner (P), 8-2

285 — #4 Tony Cassioppi (IA) pinned Thomas Penola (P), 2:00


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action Jan 10-11: RESULTS

Four off our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits were in action this weekend.  Jesse Ybarra won the 126 lbs. title at the Peoria Invitational with a :30 and :50 fall and a tech fall before a 9-3 decision in the finals.  The title made Ybarra a four-time Peoria Invitational champion. Ybarra was named as the Outstanding Wrestler and inducted into the Peoria Invitational Hall of Fame. 

Brentli Reyna was 4-0 against some real good competition at the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Virginia.  In his last match he defeated #20 nationally ranked Dashawn Farber of Nazareth, 11-10. Wyatt Henson won all of his matches by fall to win the 138 lbs. title at the Winner’s Choice in Fairmont, West Virginia. This was a quality tournament with thirty teams from three states.

Cam Lucero won the title up a weight at 152 lbs. at the Rocky Mountain Wrestling Tournament. Lucero had a fall and tech fall before getting a fall in 1:31 in the finals. 

We have quite a few recruits that did not have any competition scheduled this weekend in Patrick Kennedy, Cullan and Colby Schriever, Gabe Christenson, Leif Schroeder, and Caleb Rathjen.

There will be a full slate of competition for our incoming recruits next weekend.


Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


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

At Peoria Invitational Jan 10-11

Rd of 32: Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) over Collin Mena (O’Conner) Fall :30

Rd of 16: Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) over Hunter Whaley (Sunrise Mountain) Fall :50

Quarterfinals: Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) over Amando Ybarra (MMV) Tech Fall 18-1

Semifinals: Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) over Bryce Bernard (Valley Vista) Forfeit 

Finals: Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) over Emilio Ysaguirre (SCVU) Dec 9-3


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

No competition scheduled.


Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


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

At Virginia Duals Jan 10-11

On TrackWrestling.

Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over (St. Augustine Prep) Forfeit

Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over Gabe Stafford (Canon-Mac) TF 25-8

Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over Kip Nininger (Christiansburg) Dec 13-7

Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over Cody Walsh (Camden Catholic) Maj 15-4

Bretli Reyna (South Dade) over Dashawn Farber (Nazareth) Dec 11-10


Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

At Winners Choice Tournament January 10-11

Rd of 32: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by Fall

Rd of 16: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by Fall

Quarterfinals: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by Fall

Semifinals: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by Fall

Finals: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) won by Fall


Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  152 lbs.

Rocky Mountain Invitational Jan 11

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) received a bye

Quarterfinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) over Erik Mestas (Centauri) (Fall 2:32)

Semifinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) over Tyler Woodworth (Durango) (TF 16-1 3:37)

1st Place Match – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) over Zane Chapman (Aztec) (Fall 1:31)


Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Iowa recruits in action: Jan 10-11

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits will be in action this weekend.  Several of our recruits will be competing at tournaments on Friday and Saturday, January 10-11.  Jesse Ybarra will be at the Peoria Invitational, Brentli Reyna will be at the Virginia Duals and Wyatt Henson at the Winner’s Choice in Fairmont, West Virginia.

On Saturday, Cam Lucero will be the Rocky Mountain Invitational and Caleb Rathjen will be at the Mendenhall Invitational in Ames, Iowa.

We have quite a few recruits that do not have any competition scheduled this weekend in Patrick Kennedy, Cullan and Colby Schriever, Gabe Christenson, and Leif Schroeder.

You will be able to follow along on TrackWrestling for the tournaments that Reyna, Lucero, and Rathjen are competing in.  There is no coverage on Track or Flo for the tournament that Ybarra and Henson are competing in.

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


Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


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

At Peoria Invitational Jan 10-11


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

No competition scheduled.


Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


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

At Virginia Duals Jan 10-11

On TrackWrestling.


Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

At Winner’s Choice Tournament January 10-11


Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  145 lbs.

Rocky Mountain Invitational Jan 11

On TrackWrestling.


Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

At Jack Mendenhall Invitational (Ames) Jan 11

On TrackWrestling.


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Preview of Indiana and Purdue dual meets

The Iowa Hawkeyes are on the road this weekend with two Big Ten dual meets.  This is the only weekend of the season when Iowa has two opponents on the road.  You will be able to watch both meets on the premium service for FloWrestling and BTN Plus and listen to Steven Grace and Mark Ironside on the radio. Iowa will face Indiana on Friday at 6 PM.  Indiana does not have a ranked wrestler.  

On Sunday, Iowa will face eighth ranked Purdue at 3 PM.  Purdue is led by head coach Tony Ersland of Humboldt, Iowa who wrestled for Iowa and was a member of three NCAA title teams in 1995-1997.  Ersland has built Purdue up to a top ten program and there will be some great matches with highly ranked wrestlers.  

#1 ranked Spencer Lee will face #5 ranked Devin Shroder at 125 and #1 Pat Lugo vs.#14 Griffin Parriot at 149.  It will be #4 Kaleb Young vs. #6 Kendall Coleman at 157, #2 Michael Kemerer vs. #4 Dylan Lyndy at 174, and at 197 it will be #5 Jacob Warner vs. #2 Christian Brunner.

This will be the highest ranked wrestler that Lee, Young, and Kemerer have faced this season and the second time Warner has faced the #2 ranked wrestler in the country. I am especially looking forward to seeing Kemerer against a highly ranked wrestler.  Every single match is important in the Big Ten for seedings at the Big Ten Championships. These matches against highly ranked wrestlers are even more important when you look at how deep the Big Ten is with talented and ranked wrestlers.  

It is rare to see Iowa list three wrestlers at a weight but that is what we have with Wilcke, Brands, and Assad at 184.  I would be real surprised to see Assad burn his redshirt as a true freshman and be put into the starting lineup. I have no idea who will wrestle at 184 between Wilcke and Brands. Maybe we see them both wrestle a match this weekend. 

You can count on Purdue to battle in every match and provide some entertaining wrestling.  You will want to watch or listen to this dual meet. I will have Grace and Ironside on the radio and the dual meet on my computer with the sound turned off. There is always a delay between the wrestling on the radio and the computer, but it is worth it to hear Ironside. I am really looking forward to this dual meet.


Iowa at Indiana – 6 PM CST Friday, January 10

Iowa at Purdue – 3 PM CST Sunday, January 12

Both meets are on FloWrestling and BTN Plus premium service.  Also on AM 800 KXIC on iHeartRadio with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside.


Iowa #1

125  #1 Spencer Lee

133  #2 Austin DeSanto

141  #5 Max Murin

149:  #1 Pat Lugo

157  #4 Kaleb Young

165  #2 Alex Marinelli

174  #2 Michael Kemerer

184  #11 Cash Wilcke or Nelson Brands or Abe Assad

197  #5 Jacob Warner

Hwt  #4 Tony Cassioppi



125  Liam Cronin

133  Jonathon Moran or Cayden Rooks

141  Eddie Bolivar

149  Graham Rooks

157  Fernando Silva or Joey Sanchez

165  Davey Tunon or Dillon Hoey

174  Jacob Covaciu

184  Jake Hinz

197  Nick Wilham or Spencer Irick

Hwt  Rudy Streck or Jake Kleimola


Purdue #8

125  #5 Devin Shroder

133  Travis Ford-Melton

141  Parker Filius

149  #14 Griffin Parriot or Nate Limmex

157  #6 Kendall Coleman

165  Tanner Webster

174  #4 Dylan Lyndy

184  Max Lyon or Jared Florell

197  #2 Christian Brunner

Hwt  Thomas Penola or David Eli


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!


#SorensenStrong headbands at Iowa-Nebraska dual

The University of Iowa Wrestling program announced that that they will distribute #SorensenStrong headbands to the first 3,000 fans through the doors at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the Iowa-Nebraska dual meet on Saturday, January 18.

Four-time All American Brandon Sorensen is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is undergoing treatment.  The #SorensenStrong headbands are a symbol of support.

Former Iowa wrestler Jeret Chiri designed the red, white, and blue headbands and are being distributed in a partnership with  For more information on the headbands, go to:

A GoFundMe account was set up when the news of Brandon’s illness was announced.  You can still show your support at:

Prayers to Brandon Sorensen in his battle.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Holiday Bowl was big new$

When the Iowa football team defeated USC 49-24 in the Holiday Bowl on December 27, that was great news for a lot of reasons. For all of us Iowa Hawkeye fans, it was great to see Iowa soundly defeat one of the top ten programs in the history of college football.  It was also great to see the Iowa recruits that were not rated as high coming out of high school compared to USC perform that well. Work ethic won and that is what the people of Iowa are known for. 

Reasons why the Iowa Football Holiday Bowl win was a big deal:

  1. My first thought was how this was a great promotion for the University of Iowa.  Iowa is known as the Hawkeye State. An entire state looks good when the college associated with the state performs well on a national stage. The location of San Diego was also a benefit.  There are transplanted Iowans all across the country.  Phoenix and Arizona in general and southern California have a lot of Iowa Hawkeye support from alumni and former Iowans. This win in their new homeland is a big boost for Hawkeye pride.
  2. The Holiday Bowl was the only football game on TV on a night when most people did not have to work the next day.  This leads to real good TV ratings and good conversation for family and friends over the holiday. The push of Social Media also heightens the good news with more people online during the holidays.
  3. Recruiting.  If you have been reading my blog over the years, you know that I am a recruiting fanatic.  The big football win was good for recruiting for all University of Iowa sports in several ways.  National recognition in such a positive manner is always good. A good conversation starter.
  4. Money makes the world go around. College athletics is big business.  Love it or hate it, that is the truth. Football is the cash cow at the University of Iowa for every other athletic team.  That of course includes Iowa Wrestling. What is good for Iowa Football is going to be good for the entire athletic department.  Iowa Football makes millions of dollars every year which in turn will help support Iowa Wrestling. Another reason for me to cheer for the Iowa Football team.
  5. Of all the times I talked to Dan Gable over the years, a majority of the time was spent talking about business.   I always wanted to know about the money part of how the University of Iowa and big college sports operates.  Gable told me many times about the importance of the Iowa Football Rose Bowl teams. It was huge for fundraising for the University of Iowa when they would get to a Rose Bowl.  He also mentioned how if you look at the development around the University of Iowa campus, you can see a definite trend that is parallel to the Rose Bowl years of 1982, 1986, and 1991.  It was after those Rose Bowl appearances that fundraising was off the charts. This Holiday Bowl win will be a big advantage on the University of Iowa I-Club fundraising tour this spring and summer.  That of course will help all of the sports teams at Iowa. The I-Club circuit is a huge influence of the donations brought in by boosters and is a sizable amount of the yearly income for Iowa athletics.
  6. Iowa does not have the metropolitan base or old money to draw from for support in the athletic department.  Iowa is known for farming, not for having a major U.S. city that produces plenty of affluent donors for “State U.”  When you look at the states the other colleges in the Big Ten are from, they have at times millions more people to draw support from.   Iowa needs to generate money a different way to compete with the other colleges that have much more wealth to draw upon for support. There are those that cuss the salary of Kirk Ferentz every season when we lose a game or two.  Iowa has had two head football coaches since 1978 in Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz. If money was not being made, that stat of two coaches over forty plus years would not be there. Kirk Ferentz makes the University of Iowa money. Plain and simple. Another reason that I like him.
  7. That nationally televised bowl win against a blue blood of college football will also help keep the big donors happy.  Even though most but not all of the biggest donors to the University of Iowa will never donate $1 to the wrestling program, they still influence the program.  I am talking about the people that have their names on buildings and a wing at the University of Iowa Hospital. The people and families that donated millions of dollars.  Indirectly their donations helps the Iowa Wrestling program. Keeping them happy with a big bowl win like the Holiday Bowl can only help the cause.
  8. Teamwork.  I have went over how Iowa Wrestling is a benefactor from a big bowl win like that from the football team.  Iowa Wrestling will have really big home dual meets on January 18, 24, and 31 against Big Ten rivals that are very, very well known football schools (Nebraska, Ohio St, Penn St). There is a real good chance there will be Iowa Football recruits in the stands.  Attending an Iowa Wrestling meet will be a part of their recruiting visit leading up to National Signing Day in early February. A home Iowa Wrestling meet is a great way to show football recruits the fan support, atmosphere, environment, success, and legendary toughness of Iowa Wrestling and what that the University of Iowa has to offer a recruit.  I have to think that these home dual meets will only help with football recruiting. Legendary coach Hayden Fry and now Kirk Ferentz have always been vocal that they like to recruit wrestlers for their football team.  The Iowa offensive line had five small town successful Iowa high school wrestlers in the starting lineup this year that gained national attention. Pretty good recruiting pitch to take a high school wrestler that is an Iowa Football recruit to a home Iowa dual meet.
  9. The big business deal in play right now for Iowa Wrestling is getting the funding to build a new stand alone state of the art wrestling facility.  What I called: “The greatest wrestling training facility…in the world!” You never know what the spark will be that brings in the next big donor that will be an absolute game changer.  Maybe the Holiday Bowl will be that spark.
  10. Any time a sports team with IOWA on their uniform wins, it is a good day.  Having been born and raised in Iowa and being an alumni of the University of Iowa, that is a big deal.  We do not have any professional sports or a big city in our state, but we do have the Hawks. How lucky we are.

Iowa having success in football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball is a help for the Iowa Wrestling team.  You bet I want Kirk Ferents, Fran McCaffery, Lisa Bluder, and the coaches from all of the Iowa sports programs to win.  

Success for Iowa Wrestling is a help for all of the other sports teams as well.  After all, Iowa is a wrestling state and what we are known for. Every single penny of millions of dollars brought into the University of Iowa Athletic Department every year from each sport helps every sport at Iowa succeed. I have always supported all of the University Iowa sports programs and now you know that it is for more than one reason  I want Iowa Wrestling to win and the success of the other sports programs at Iowa is an advantage you want on your side. Now lets get “The Great wrestling training facility…in the world” built.

Can you hear the BOOM! for the start of the Iowa Fight Song?  I sure can.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!


Iowa recruits in new MatScouts rankings

Willie Saylor of MatScouts just released his new Top 25 ranking of the top high school wrestlers in the country at each weight. Incoming Iowa recruits are well represented.  Patrick Kennedy is ranked #1 at 182 lbs. Kennedy is the leader of the incoming recruits and has a great future at 165/174 for the Hawks.

Jesse Ybarra is ranked #5 at 126. Bretli Reyna is #9 at 145. Wyatt Henson is #12 and and Caleb Rathjen is #14 at 138. Gabe Christenson is #14 at 195.

Reyna and Christenson have the most potential to move up in the rankings.  Cullan Schriever (126 lbs.) has missed some competitions recently with an injury and is not in the rankings.

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

The complete list of the national high school rankings can be found under Willie Saylor on


MatScouts Rankings in January 7, 2020

Patrick Kennedy, 182 lbs. – #1

Jesse Ybarra, 126 lbs. – #5

Bretli Reyna, 145 lbs. – #9

Wyatt Henson, 138 lbs. – #12

Caleb Rathjen, 138 lbs. – #14

Gabe Christenson, 195 lbs. – #14


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Kennedy and Ybarra in new P4P rankings

Willie Saylor of MatScouts has released a new P4P (pound for pound) ranking of the top high school wrestlers in the country. The P4P rankings now have the top twenty recruits in the country regardless of age or weight.  

Incoming Iowa recruit Patrick Kennedy is ranked #3 on this list.  Kennedy is at 182 lbs. for Kasson-Mantorville, Minnesota and has been tearing it up this season.  Last weekend at one of the tougher tournaments in the country every year, The Cheesehead, Kennedy had five first period pins before defeating the top ranked wrestler in Wisconsin 14-3 in the finals.  To add to how impressive Kennedy has been, he is wrestling up a weight like he did last year to help the team. Kennedy is a true 170 lbs. wrestler that is projected to compete at 165/174 for the Hawks.  

Jesse Ybarra of Tucson, Arizona (Sunnyside HS) is ranked #15 on the P4P ranking.  Ybarra has also been having an outstanding season. Ybarra pinned his first four opponents last weekend in the first period.  Up until last weekend, Ybarra has been competing at 132 lbs. but he is now at 126. I believe Ybarra has the potential to move up in the P4P rankings as the season develops. Ybarra is projected to wrestle 125/133 for the Hawks.

I really like that Kennedy and Ybarra are not only getting true pins, but in the first period as well. They are both in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 and have a great future in the Black and Gold of Iowa Wrestling.  

The complete list of the P4P rankings can be found under Willie Saylor on

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC competing in Rome

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club has announced that Thomas Gilman, Alli Ragan, and Kayla Miracle will be competing at the Matteo Pellicone in Rome, Italy.  This tournament is in the UWW Ranking Series where results will be used to determine seeds and weight class qualification at the 2020 Olympics.  

The tournament schedule is set up so that all matches for a weight class will be wrestled in one day.  Ragan (57kg) and Miracle (62kg) will compete on Thursday, January 16 and Gilman (57kg) will compete on Saturday, January 18.

Team USA will be sending over a very strong team to compete.  You can count on some of the top wrestlers in the world there to compete.  This is the first Ranking Series tournament of an Olympic year and I expect it to be very competitive.

FloWrestling will have full coverage on their premium service.

I will have more information on specific match times as we get closer to the competition dates. 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!


HWC Arctic Plunge on January 25

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will have their annual Arctic Plunge on January 25.  This is a great fundraiser for the HWC and always something to look forward to in the middle of the wrestling season.  

Hawkeye Wrestling Club President Randy Novak:

The last several years the Arctic Plunge has been our biggest fundraiser of the year.  This year’s event will be held at Brown Deer Golf Club (1900 Country Club Drive, Coralville, Iowa) at 5 PM on Saturday, January 25th.

We would love to have more jumpers, but this an event anyone can attend.  This is a great way to interact with our coaches and athletes in a fun atmosphere.

To sign up to take the plunge or support one of our brave jumpers, go to:

Iowa will host Ohio State the night before the Arctic Plunge when the Hawks take on Ohio State on Friday, January 24.  This is a great opportunity for fans to come into town for a huge dual meet and stick around for the Arctic Plunge.    

2020 is a huge year with the push for the Olympics and your support would be appreciated.

Thank you.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!