Domination: An Inside Look at Iowa Wrestling

Results for recruits at Junior Duals

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits competed at Junior Duals in Tulsa, OK this weekend.  Competing at 182 lbs., Abe Assad was 5-1 in freestyle and 6-0 in Greco-Roman. Of his 11 total wins, Assad had five falls and six tech falls.  Zach Glazier, also at 182 lbs., was 5-2 in freestyle and 2-0 in GR. Gabe Christenson was 1-3 in freestyle and 2-0 in GR at 195 lbs.

Assad and Glazier are in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 and Christenson is in the Recruiting Class of 2020.

Iowa Assistant Wrestling Coach Ryan Morningstar was the head freestyle coach for Team Iowa.  He will also serve as head coach for Team Iowa in Freestyle at Cadet/Junior Nationals.

The next competition for incoming recruits will be Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND on July 13-16.

 

Freestyle results:

  • 182 – Abe Assad (Illinois) over Nico Zavala (California Red) TF 10-0
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Sage Serbenta (Michigan) TF 10-0
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Christopher Foca (New Jersey) TF 17-6
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Denzel Mabry (California Blue) Fall 3:37
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Spencer Mooberry (Iowa) TF 11-0
  • Dustin Plott (Oklahoma Red) over Abe Assad (Illinois) Dec 4-2

 

  • 182 – Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) over Shane Liegel (Wisconsin) TF 13-2
  • Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) over Cayden Atkins (Kansas Blue) TF 13-2
  • Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) over Denzel Mabry (California Blue) TF 13-2
  • Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) over Ben Vanadia (Ohio Red) Dec 10-4
  • Christopher Foca (New Jersey) over Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) Dec 11-8
  • Dustin Plott (Oklahoma Red) over Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) TF 14-3
  • Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) over Ankhaa Enkhmandakh (California Blue) TF 10-0

 

  • 195 – Gabe Christenson (Iowa) over (Florida) Forf
  • Isaac Trumble (Nebraska Blue) over Gabe Christenson (Iowa) Fall 4:07
  • Ethan Hatcher (Ohio Red) over Gabe Christenson (Iowa) TF 11-1
  • Jonovan Smith (California Blue) over Gabe Christenson (Iowa) Dec 12-10
  • Gabe Christenson (Iowa) over Matthew Abraham (Ohio Blue) Dec 16-8

 

Greco-Roman results:

  • 182 – Abe Assad (Illinois) over Onid Jarel Olavarria Montilla (Pennsylvania) Fall
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Isaiah Huus (North Dakota Blue) TF 11-1
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Jackson White (Missouri) TF 10-0
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Josh Walker (Washington) Fall 1:46
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Denzel Mabry (California Blue) Fall 1:18
  • Abe Assad (Illinois) over Cade King (Minnesota Blue) Fall 1:02

 

  • 182 – Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) over (South Dakota) Forf
  • Zach Glazier (Minnesota Blue) over Josh Walker (Washington) Dec 5-0

 

  • 195 – Gabe Christenson (Iowa) over Deandre Rucker (Texas) Fall 1:36
  • Gabe Christenson (Iowa) over Jonovan Smith (California Blue) Dec 8-5

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Women’s Wrestling Camp July 6-8

The University of Iowa Wrestling program wil host the 2019 Women’s Technique and Competition Camp July 6-8. Registration is from 2-4 PM on Saturday, July 6. Commuters and overnight campers are welcomed. Wrestlers from ages 7-18 are eligible.  Coaches are also welcomed. All technique and training sessions will be in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex of Iowa Wrestling.

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club is the premiere team for women’s wrestling in the United States.  2019 World Team members Alli Ragan (2X World Silver medalist), Forrest Molinari, Kayla Miracle and World Team Runner-Up Lauren Louive of the HWC are a force for Team USA.  Technique at an elite international level will be made available as well as observing a Hawkeye Wrestling Club practice.

For more information:    

http://www.iowawrestlingcamps.com/camps/iowa_women%27s_technique_and_competition_wrestling_camp/_diw

Bobby Telford:

bobby-telford@hawkeyesports.com

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits to compete at Junior Duals

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits Abe Assad, Zach Glazier and Gabe Christenson will be competing at USA Wrestling Junior National Duals in Tulsa, OK this weekend.  Over 600 wrestlers from 30 states will be competing.  Assad will compete at 182 lbs., Glazier at 182 lbs., and Christenson at 195 lbs.

Assad, Glazier, and Christenson will wrestle in both the Greco-Roman and Freestyle dual meet tournaments.  Greco-Roman is on Wednesday and Thursday and Freestyle will be on Friday and Saturday.

Assad (Carol Stream, IL – Glenbard North HS) and Glazier (Albert Lea, MN – Albert Lea Area HS) are in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 and will be freshman this fall for the Hawks.  Christenson (Runnells, Iowa – Southeast Polk HS) is in the Recruiting Class of 2020.

Iowa Wrestling Assistant Coach Ryan Morningstar will serve as head coach for Team Iowa in Freestyle at Junior Duals and at Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND on July 13-16.

The duals will be available on live stream on TrackWrestling.

I will keep you posted for results.

 

Greco-Roman

Wednesday, June 19

Session 1: 9 AM – 12:30 PM  Prelims through semifinals

Session 2: 1:30 PM – 7 PM  1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th place duals

 

Thursday, June 20:

Session 3: 9 AM – Noon  Round 1 and 2 Preliminary Duals

Session 4: 1 PM – 5 PM  Finals and Placement Match Duals

 

Freestyle

Friday, June 21

Session 1: 8 AM – Noon  Rounds 1, 2, and 3 Prelims to Semifinals

Session 2: 1:30 PM – 8 PM  Rounds 4, 5, and 6 Placement 1st – 8th

 

Saturday, June 22

Session 3: 9 AM – 3 PM  Round 2, 3, and 4 Prelims through Finals

 

*All times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC at Final X: Lincoln

It will be a huge day for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Saturday at Final X in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The HWC will have four wrestlers competing for a spot to represent Team USA at the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 14-22.

All of the weights will be contested in a Best of 3 format.  It is an all-HWC battle at 59 kg in the first match of the day for the Noon session.  Alli Ragan and Lauren Louive will compete for a spot on the World Team at 59 kg. For the 6 PM session, Kayla Miracle will battle Mallory Velte at 62 kg.  This may be the biggest rivalry in women’s wrestling. Velte defeated Miracle at Final X last year and went on to win a World Bronze. Miracle pinned Velte in a tournament in Bulgaria in March.

Thomas Gilman will face Daton Fix at 57 kg.  Gilman defeated Fix last year at Final X to make his second straight World Team.  Fix defeated Gilman in the finals of the U.S. Open in April. I feel confident that Gilman will bounce back and win the series.

Forrest Molinari has already qualified for Team USA by winning the 65 kg division at Final X at Rutgers last weekend.  We are guaranteed a World Team member at 59 kg. I am confident that Miracle and Gilman will win against their biggest rivals and make the World Team.

FloWrestling will live stream all of the matches on their premium service.

 

Saturday, June 15

Noon CST

59 kg Alli Ragan (HWC) vs. Lauren Louive (HWC)

 

6 PM CST

57 kg Thomas Gilman (HWC) vs. Daton Fix (TMWC)

62 kg Kayla Miracle (HWC) vs. Mallory Velte (TMWC)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling Fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in new Flo Rankings

FloWrestling released their new high school rankings.  The incoming Recruiting Class of 2019 is not included in the rankings.  Iowa Wrestling recruits are well represented. Patrick Kennedy is ranked #1 at 170 lbs.  In the Flo P4P (Pound For Pound) Ranking, Kennedy is ranked #12.

Jesse Ybarra (#3 at 120 lb.), Gabe Christenson (#7 at 195 lbs.), and Ryan Sokol (#3 at 138 lbs.) climbed up the rankings. Cullen Schriever is #10 at 126 lbs.

In winning the Cadet World Team Trials, Sokol will represent Team USA at the UWW Cadet World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on July 29-August 4.  The next event for recruits will be Junior Duals in Tulsa, OK on June 21-22 and Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND on July 13-16.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020 – Flo Ranking

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 – #1

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. – #10

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. – #3

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs. – #7

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 138 lbs. – #3

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Juergens named to Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame

Iowa Wrestling great Eric Juergens has been named to the Class of 2019 Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.  Juergens was a two-time NCAA National champion winning titles at 133 lbs. in 2000 and 2001. He was also a four-time All-American from 1998-2001 and placed third at 118 lbs. in 1998 and 1999.  Juergens was named as the 2001 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and was a two-time Big Ten champion. Juergens wrestled for Jimmy Zalesky and was a member of the University of Iowa 1998,1999, and 2000 NCAA National Championship teams.

Juergens is from Maquoketa, Iowa and is one of the greatest wrestlers in Iowa high school wrestling history.  He was 144-0 with 100 pins while becoming a rare four-time undefeated state champion from 1993-1996.

The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony is Friday, August 30 at 6:30 PM at the Grand Coral Ballroom at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Congratulations to Eric Juergens for the much deserved honor.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC Riverside Golf Outing on July 1

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be hosting their annual Riverside Golf Outing on Monday, July 1.  Registration begins at 11 AM and the golfing begins at 12:30 PM at Blue Top Ridge Golf at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa. Lunch will be served before the event and prizes will be awarded immediately after.

Members of the Iowa Wrestling coaching staff, HWC coach Mark Perry, and wrestlers from the HWC will be on hand.  A golf outing like this provides a great opportunity to interact with the coaches and wrestlers.

Golf outing are an important part of the fundraising effort for the HWC.  With an Olympic year coming up, fundraising is more important now than ever.

You can sign up as a single, foursome, foursome with hole sponsorship, and hole sponsorship.

To register: https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/events/riverside-golf/

For questions or to be a corporate sponsor, you can contact HWC President Randy Novak:

randynovak@hawkeyewrestlingclub.com

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Marinelli named for Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

Alex Marinelli has been awarded the 2019 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for the University of Iowa.  He was selected from a list of men athletes from each sport at the University of Iowa. Marinelli, from Miamisburg, Ohio, just completed his redshirt sophomore season for the Hawks where he is already a two-time All-American. Marinelli placed seventh this season and sixth last season at 165 lbs.  Marinelli was 27-2 this season in winning a Big Ten title at 165 lbs.

Marinelli has been a mainstay for the academic All-Big Ten and All-American awards over the last two years.  Marinelli was named Academic All-Big Ten and First Team NWCA Academic All-American this season while majoring in Sport and Recreational Management.

The University of Iowa has been naming a male and female Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner since 2003. Marinelli joins Joe Johnson in 2005 and Spencer Lee in 2018 as representatives of the Iowa Wrestling program to be named for the award.

Congratulation Alex Marinelli on being named for this prestigious honor.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Upcoming HWC events

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club has upcoming events planned for the next several months. These events are very important for the fundraising portion of the HWC. With the increased travel of an upcoming Olympic year and a growing number of wrestlers, fundraising has never been more important to the HWC.

These events also provide a great opportunity for Iowa Wrestling fans and supporters to meet and interact with the Iowa coaching staff and HWC wrestlers.  

There has been a definite increase in support from the HWC members the last three years. I look for that momentum to continue this year. With the lineup looking great for next season, Iowa Wrestling fans are excited.  

 

Riverside Golf Outing

Monday, July 1 at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort

Riverside, Iowa

 

Okoboji Golf Outing

Friday, August 2 at Emerald Hills Golf Club

Arnolds Park, Iowa

 

Des Moines Golf Outing

Thursday, September 26 at Echo Valley Country Club

Norwalk, Iowa

 

2019 Trap Shoot

Saturday, October 5 at Highland Hideaway

Riverside, Iowa

 

For more information and to make reservations:

https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/events/

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Sokol 1st, Ybarra 2nd at Cadet WTT

Iowa Wrestling recruits had a great showing at the UWW Cadet World Team Trials in Akron, OH this weekend.  Ryan Sokol was lights out in winning the 65kg/143 lbs. weight class in freestyle. In the Best of 3 Finals, Sokol downed Derek Fields of AW by an 11-5 decision and a Fall in 1:34.  Sokol will now represent Team USA at the UWW Cadet World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on July 29-August 4. This is a huge step for Sokol and I have no doubt he will represent Team USA real well at Worlds.

Sokol also placed third at 60kg/130 lbs. in Greco-Roman. UWW Cadet is ages 16 and under.

Jessy Ybarra placed second at a very tough 55kg/121 lbs. weight class.  Ybarra dropped two matches in the Best of 3 Finals to Robert Howard of TMWC as Howard made his third Cadet World Team. The depth of wrestlers at this weight was amazing with two other World Team members and two Fargo champions.  Real impressive showing for Ybarra to place second.

I was very impressed with both Sokol and Ybarra.  With this showing I am sure that both Sokol and Ybarra will climb the national recruiting rankings.  Iowa Wrestling fans should be very excited about the future with these elite wrestlers on the way.

Ryan Sokol of Inver Grove Heights, MN (Simley HS) is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021. Jesse Ybarra of Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

 

UWW Freestyle 65kg/143 lbs. Best of 3 Finals

Ryan Sokol (MN) over Derek Fields (AW) 11-5

Ryan Sokol (MN) over Derek Fields (AW) Fall 1:34

 

UWW Cadet Freestyle 55kg/121 lbs. Best of 3 Finals

Robert Howard (TMWC) over Jesse Ybarra (SWC) 6-0

Robert Howard (TMWC) over Jesse Ybarra (SWC) 5-2

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!