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Reyna and Henson win state titles

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits Bretli Reyna and Wyatt Henson captured state titles.  Reyna rolled through the competition with a tech fall, major decision, and fall on the way to the finals where he won by a tech fall for the 3A 145 lbs. title. This was the fourth Florida state title for Reyna.

Wyatt Henson won a stacked Pennsylvania 3A 138 lbs. division to win a state title.  In the finals, Henson defeated Sam Hillegas of North Hills by a 4-3 decision.   Henson defeated Hillegas, who is ranked #2 in the country at 138 lbs., last Saturday in Districts as well.      

Reyna is in the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 and Henson is in the Class of 2021.

This marks the end of the High School season for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits and what a great year it has been. My goal for coverage of our recruits is to inform and entertain wrestling fans that want to know what is coming up for the future of Iowa Wrestling.  With what I reported on this year I would say the future of Iowa Wrestling looks great.

I will now do my best to bring you results on how our incoming recruits do on the Freestyle circuit all the way through Junior Nationals in Fargo in July.

 

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

At FHSAA State Championships (Kissimmee) – March 6-7

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by tech fall over Quinn White (North Port) (TF-1.5 4:00 (19-4))

Quarterfinal – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by major decision over Kenneth DeFord (Flagler Palm Coast) (MD 20-7)

Semifinal – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by fall over Parker Drake (Newsome) (Fall 3:18)

Finals – Bretli Reyna (South Dade) won by tech fall over Lukas Forehand (Wellington) (TF-1.5 5:21 (21-6))

 

Wyatt Henson – Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

At PIAA State Championships (Hersey) – March 6-8

On FloWrestling.

Rd of 16: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) over Steven Storm (PME) Dec 9-3

Quarterfinals: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) over Chandler Ho (Dubois) Maj Dec 13-4

Semifinals: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) over Evan Gleason (Bethlehem) Dec 3-1

Finals: Wyatt Henson (Waynesburg) over Sam Hillegas (North Hills) Dec 4-3

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Big Ten Preview: Tony Cassioppi

The Big Ten has been home to the best Hwt wrestling in the country for years. The #1,2,3, and 6 rated wrestlers in the country are in the Big Ten.  That will make for quite a Big Ten Conference Tournament. I was a little bit surprised that Mason Paris of Michigan was the Pre-Seed #1.  I really thought that Gable Steveson of Minnesota would get the top seed. 

Should the Pre-Seeds hold up, Cassioppi will probably have Gary Traub of Ohio State in the Quarterfinals.  That would set up a big match in the Semifinals with Steveson of Minnesota. With a 16-2 record, the only losses on the season for Cassioppi is to Paris and Steveson. I look for Cassioppi to be wrestling his best of the season this weekend against some great competition.

The good news is that Cassioppi will not face any tougher competition at Nationals than he will at Big Tens. We will see the best of the best at Hwt this weekend at Big Tens.  

 

Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at Hwt – 7

 

Tony Cassioppi

Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #3

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: #3

Record: 16-2

Falls: 5

Tech Falls: 0

Major Decisions: 3

Decisions: 8

 

Hwt Big Tens Pre-Seeds

  1.   Mason Parris, MICH
  2.   Gable Steveson, MINN
  3.   Tony Cassioppi, IOWA
  4.   Trent Hilger, WIS
  5.   David Jensen, NEB
  6.   Gary Traub, OSU
  7.   Seth Nevillis, PSU
  8.   Thomas Penola, PUR
  9.   Luke Luffman, ILL
  10. Alex Esposito, RU
  11. Christian Rebottaro, MSU
  12. Jake Kleimola, IND
  13. Jack Heyob, NU
  14. Parker Robinson, MD

 

Hwt lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of Big Ten matches:

#3 Tony Cassioppi

Tony Cassioppi over #6 Trent Hilger (WI) Dec 3-2

Tony Cassioppi over #17 Thomas Penola (PUR) Fall 1:31 (Midlands)

Tony Cassioppi over #17 Thomas Penola (PUR) Fall 2:00

Tony Cassioppi over #15 Gary Taub (OSU) Dec 9-3

Tony Cassioppi over Seth Nevills (PSU) Dec 7-0

#1 Mason Paris (MI) over Tony Cassioppi Fall 4:31

Gable Steveson (MN) over Tony Cassioppi Dec 7-5

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Big Ten Preview: Jacob Warner

Jacob Warner enters Big Tens as the Pre-Seed #3 at 197 lbs. Should that Pre-Seed hold up this would be a very good draw for Warner.  This would have Warner matched up against Shakur Rasheed of Penn State in the Quarterfinals and possibly Eric Schultz of Nebraska in the Semifinals.  I could not ask for a better draw than that. Warner defeated Rasheed 4-2 and lost to Schultz 3-1 in Big Ten dual meets this season. I like Warner’s chances in those two matches at Big Tens.  I like his chances a lot.

Warner has developed at a consistent pace throughout the season.  His defense on the feet and having an advantage on the mat with being able to escape and ride has been a successful formula.  Warner has shown that he has very good leg attacks and is really tough to beat when he has the lead.

The whole key to Warner’s success at the Big Tens and Nationals will be the first takedown.  With a lead, Warner is very good when his opponent has to shoot in on him. He has also proven that he knows how to win close, low scoring matches.  

We will know how far Warner has come this year should he face #1 ranked Kollin Moore of Ohio State in the Big Ten finals.  They have not faced each other this season. I would have no problem with a Warner-Moore match in the finals of Big Tens and the NCAA National Tournament.  Depending on seeds at Nationals, there is a good chance that will happen.

We still have yet to see the best version of Jacob Warner.  I really believe the potential is there to win it all this year.

 

Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 197 lbs. – 6

 

Jacob Warner

Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #3

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: #3

Record: 15-3

Falls: 0

Tech Falls: 0

Major Decisions: 5

Decisions: 10

 

197 lbs. Big Tens Pre-Seeds

  1.   Kollin Moore, OSU
  2.   Eric Schultz, NEB
  3.   Jacob Warner, IOWA
  4.   Christian Brunner, PUR
  5.   Lucas Davison, NU
  6.   Shakur Rasheed, PSU
  7.   Jordan Pagano, RU
  8.   Jackson Striggow, MICH
  9.   Jaron Smith, MD
  10. Hunter Ritter, MINN
  11. Matt Wroblewski, ILL
  12. Nick May, MSU
  13. Taylor Watkins, WIS
  14. Nick Willham, IND

 

197 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of Big Ten matches:

#3 Jacob Warner

Jacob Warner over Taylor Watkins (WI) Dec 5-2

Jacob Warner over over Hunter Ritter (MN) Med forfeit

Jacob Warner over Nick Willham (IN) Dec 8-3

Jacob Warner over #4 Christan Brunner (PU) Dec 8-2

#6 Eric Schultz (NE) over Jacob Warner Dec 3-1

Jacob Warner over Shakur Rasheed (PSU) Dec 4-2

Jacob Warner over Nick May (MSU) Dec 5-2

Jacob Warner over #22 Jackson Striggow (MI) 4-1

Jacob Warner over Hunter Ritter (MN) Maj Dec 13-4

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Big Ten Preview: Abe Assad

The most open weight class in the Big Ten and in the entire country is 184 lbs.  I do not know if I have ever seen a more open weight heading into the tournament season. The unknown in this case will make 184 fun to watch. 

Abe Assad made a name for himself by placing second at Midlands in December as a true freshman. It was huge news when Assad burned his redshirt and took the mat at Indiana on January 10.  I will admit that I did not see that one coming. Assad looked very good right out of the gate with a win at Indiana and Purdue. It was the 6-4 decision over Taylor Venz of Nebraska who was ranked #5 in the country at the time that really got the Hawkeye fans excited. 

Assad has not competed due to an injury since a close loss at Michigan State to Cameron Caffey on February 2.  Should they meet in the Semifinals of Big Tens, I really like Assad’s chances. It is challenging to predict or forecast at this entire weight in the Big Ten.  I will go on what we all saw out of Assad in varsity action.      

There will be two wrestlers in the NCAA National Finals in a little over two weeks at 184 lbs. I would hate to try and predict who they may be because 184 is that wide open. What i do know is that Assad is one heck of a talented and tough wrestler who is still a bit of an unknown and that could be an advantage. At Big Tens and the NCAA National Tournament, Abe Assad will be the only wrestler at 184 lbs. that is an Iowa Hawkeye and there is a lot of value in that. Especially this year.

 

Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 184 lbs. – 10

 

Abe Assad

Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #3

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: #4

Record: 19-5

Falls: 3

Tech Falls: 4

Major Decisions: 0

Decisions: 12

 

184 lbs. Big Tens Pre-Seeds

  1.   Aaron Brooks, PSU
  2.   Cameron Caffey, MSU
  3.   Abe Assad, IOWA
  4.   Taylor Venz, NEB
  5.   Billy Janzer, RU
  6.   Rocky Jordan, OSU
  7.   Zach Braunagel, ILL
  8.   Owen Webster, MINN
  9.   Johnny Sebastian, WIS
  10.  Jelani Embree, MICH
  11. Max Lyon, PUR
  12. Jack Jessen, NU
  13. Jake Hinz, IND
  14. Kyle Jasenski, MD

 

184 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of Big Ten matches:

#4 Abe Assad

Abe Assad over Jake Hinz (IN) Tech Fall 17-2 (Midlands)

Abe Assad over #9 Zach Braunagel (IL) Fall 2:05 (Midlands)

Abe Assad over Jake Hinz (IN) Dec 9-6

Abe Assad over #28 Max Lyon (PUR) Dec 5-2

Abe Assad over #2 Taylor Ventz (NE) Dec 6-4

Abe Assad over #9 Rocky Jordan (OSU) 3-1

Aaron Brooks (PSU) over Abe Assad Dec 7-3

#17 Cameron Caffey (MSU) over Abe Assad Dec 3-2

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Big Ten Preview: Michael Kemerer

Michael Kemerer enters Big Tens ranked #1 in the country at yet another stacked weight in the Big Ten.  After placing second as a freshman and sixth two years ago as a sophomore at 157, Kemerer certainly looks like he is ready to take his first Big Ten title.

I would say there is a real good chance we will see Michael Kemerer- Mark Hall in the Big Ten Finals and the NCAA Finals at 174 lbs.  Kemerer won Round 1 in this instant classic matchup in the dual meet with an impressive 11-6 decision. I am expecting a very intense and entertaining match every time these two wrestle.   

With a 13-0 record with two pins, three tech falls, and three major decisions, Kemerer started the season out fast and has continued to improve and get stronger each week.  He looks to be peaked for the tournament season. Kemerer is so fun to watch and easy to cheer for.

 

Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 174 lbs. – 9

 

Michael Kemerer

Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #1

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: Not ranked due to under 15 matches. #1 on every other ranking.

Record: 13-0

Falls: 2

Tech Falls: 3

Major Decisions: 3

Decisions: 5

 

174 lbs. Big Tens Pre-Seeds

  1.   Michael Kemerer, IOWA
  2.   Mark Hall, PSU
  3.   Dylan Lydy, PUR
  4.   Devin Skatzka, MINN
  5.   Mikey Labriola, NEB
  6.   Kaleb Romero, OSU
  7.   Joseph Gunther, ILL
  8.   Layne Malczewski, MSU
  9.   Tyler Morland, NU
  10. Willie Scott, RU
  11. Jared Krattiger, WIS
  12. Phillip Spadafora, MD
  13. Max Maylor, MICH
  14. NO ENTRY, IND

 

174 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of Big Ten matches:

Michael Kemerer

Michael Kemerer over Jared Krattiger (WI) Fall 5:47

Michael Kemerer over #4 Dylan Lydy (PUR) 8-4

Michael Kemerer over #6 Mikey Labriola (NE) Dec 3-1

Michael Kemerer over #8 Kaleb Romero (OSU) Dec 7-1

Michael Kemerer over #1 Mark Hall (PSU) Dec 11-6

Michael Kemerer over #23 Layne Malczewski (MSU) Maj Dec 13-3

Michael Kemerer over Max Maylor (MI) Tech Fall 21-6

Michael Kemerer over Devin Skatzka (MN) Fall 2:52

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Big Ten Preview: Alex Marinelli

At the most we will have two more opportunities to watch Alex Marinelli and Vincenzo Joseph battle it out on the mat. I am hoping we see these two clash in the Big Ten and NCAA Finals. There will be a lot of very tough wrestling at 165 with the nationally ranked #1,2,4 and 5 competing for the Big Ten title.

This is the first time in his career that Marinelli is not entering the Big Tens undefeated. The last two years Marinelli was undefeated going into the Big Tens and placed sixth in 2018 and won a thrilling match over Joseph to win the Big Ten title last year.

If Pre-Seeds hold up, Marinelli will have Evan Wick of Wisconsin in the Semifinals.  That is always a close match but Marinelli has won them all. Whoever wins the 165 lbs. Big Ten title will certainly have earned it.

An interesting stat.  Marinelli has seven pins on the season but his last pin was against Purdue on January 12. The tough competition that Marinelli has faced recently will prepare him well for Big Tens and Nationals.

I like what I see out of Marinelli and I cannot wait to see his matches this weekend.

 

Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 165 lbs. – 8

 

Alex Marinelli

Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #2

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: #2

Record: 17-1

Falls: 7

Tech Falls: 1

Major Decisions: 1

Decisions: 8

 

165 lbs. Big Tens Pre-Seeds

  1.   Vincenzo Joseph, PSU
  2.   Alex Marinelli, IOWA
  3.   Evan Wick, WIS
  4.   Isaiah White, NEB
  5.   Ethan Smith, OSU
  6.   Shayne Oster, NU
  7.   Dan Braunagel, ILL
  8.   Bailee O’Reilly, MINN
  9.   Drew Hughes, MSU
  10. Kyle Cochran, MD
  11. Brett Donner, RU
  12. Tyler Meisiner, MICH
  13. Tanner Webster, PUR
  14. Diego Lemley, IND

 

165 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of Big Ten matches:

#2 Alex Marinelli

Alex Marinelli over #4 Evan Wick (WI) Dec 4-2

Alex Marinelli over #5 Isaiah White (NE) Dec 4-3

Alex Marinelli over #13 Ethan Smith (OSU)14-10

#1 Vincenzo Joseph (PSU) over Alex Marinelli 7-5

Alex Marinelli over #28 Drew Hughes (MSU) Maj Dec 18-6

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Big Ten Preview: Kaleb Young

Kaleb Young enters the Big Ten Tournament as #2 in Pre-Seeds and ranked #6 in the country at 157 lbs.  Young has not faced the top Pre-Seed and nationally number one ranked Ryan Deakin of Northwestern this season. Young defeated Deakin in the Quarterfinals and Fifth Place match at Nationals last season with a takedown in overtime for a 7-5 win in both matches.  

Young has already defeated the Pre-Seed #3,4,5,6,7,11,12, and 14 and is undefeated in Big Ten matches this season. A potential semifinal match against #3 Pre-Seed and #7 nationally ranked Kendall Coleman of Purdue may happen.  Young defeated Coleman in the semifinals of Midlands by a fall and by a 4-3 decision in the dual meet. 

Young placed fourth at Big Tens last year and wrestled his best performance of the season at Nationals when he placed fifth. I really think Young will benefit from the 9-4 loss to Wyatt Sheets of Oklahoma State in the final dual meet of the season.  My first thought after that match was something that I have heard Dan Gable say:

                                         “A loss can improve a wrestler’s hearing.”   

The point was that a loss can make a wrestler more open to coaching and make necessary changes in their wrestling. Young was on a 13-match winning streak going into that match but he had not looked real sharp in winning a lot of low scoring close matches.  Maybe that loss will serve as a turning point in his season by making adjustments and improvements heading into the tournament season.

I firmly believe that on any given day Kaleb Young can beat any 157 lbs. wrestler in the country.

 

Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 157 lbs. – 6

 

Kaleb Young

Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #2

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: #6

Record: 15-3

Falls: 1

Tech Falls: 0

Major Decisions: 1

Decisions: 13

 

157 lbs. Big Tens Pre-Seeds:

  1.   Ryan Deakin, NU
  2.   Kaleb Young, IOWA
  3.   Kendall Coleman, PUR
  4.   Will Lewan, MICH
  5.   Ryan Thomas, MINN
  6.   Jake Tucker, MSU
  7.   Peyton Robb, NEB
  8.   Eric Barone, ILL
  9.   Michael VanBrill, RU
  10. Jahi Jones, MD
  11. Elijah Cleary, OSU
  12. Garrett Model, WIS
  13. Bo Pipher, PSU
  14. Fernie Silva, IND

 

157 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of Big Ten matches:

#6  Kaleb Young – Iowa

Kaleb Young over Garrett Model (W) Dec 12-6

Kaleb Young over Fernie Silva (IN) Dec 13-7 (Midlands)

Kaleb Young over #7 Kendall Coleman (Purdue) Fall 7:57 (Midlands)

Kaleb Young over Fernie Silva (IN) Dec 11-4

Kaleb Young over #7 Kendall Coleman (Purdue) Dec 4-3

Kaleb Young over #17 Peyton Robb (NE) Dec 6-4

Kaleb Young over #33 Elijah Cleary (OSU) Dec 4-1

Kaleb Young over Bo Pipher (PSU) Dec 6-1

Kaleb Young over #22 Jake Tucker (MSU) Dec 6-2

Kaleb Young over #8 Will Lewan (MI) Dec 7-3

Kaleb Young over #31 Ryan Thomas (MN) Dec 5-4 TB1

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in action: March 5-7

This is the final weekend of competition for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.  Bretli Reyna will be competing at the Florida (FHSAA) State Championships on Friday and Saturday with TrackWrestling providing coverage.

Wyatt Henson will compete in the Pennsylvania (PIAA) State Championships on Thursday-Saturday with FloWrestling providing coverage.

Reyna is in the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 and Henson is in the Class of 2021.

Incoming recruits have had a great season so far with seven of them winning a state title.

I will keep results updated on HawkeyeReport.com and have a follow-up blog with results.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

State champion. Season completed.

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

State champion. Season completed.

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

Season completed.

 

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

State champion. Season completed.

 

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

State champion. Season completed.

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana 138 lbs.

State Champion. Season completed.

 

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

At FHSAA State Championships (Kissimmee) – March 6-7

On TrackWrestling.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

At PIAA State Championships (Hershey) – March 5-7

On FloWrestling.

 

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado 152 lbs.

State champion. Season completed.

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa 138 lbs.

State champion. Season completed.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

  

 

Big Ten Preview: Pat Lugo

149 is yet another weight that I am looking forward to at the Big Ten Championships this weekend.  Pat Lugo looks like a confident senior that is on a mission. The top four in the Pre-Seeds are ranked in the top seven in the country and Lugo has competed against the other three wrestlers. That is an advantage for Iowa. Lugo will have a tough match in the semifinals if seeds hold up with Brayton Lee of Minnesota.  Lugo defeated Lee in the dual meet 3-2.  

There is a potential rematch in the finals with #1 Sammy Sasso of Ohio State who was the only one to defeat Lugo this season.  I am really hoping for that rematch in the finals. I like Lugo’s chances.

Lugo has continued to improve this season and he looked his best ever with a Fall in 2:21 over #5 ranked Boo Lewallen of Oklahoma State. Lugo has proven that he can win close matches.  As long as his defense holds up and he finishes enough shots to have a lead, Lugo is going to be very difficult to beat. Getting the first takedown in a match is very important for Lugo. 

Pat Lugo is confident and I really, really like that. Lugo’s confidence makes me confident.

 

Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 149 lbs. – 10

 

Pat Lugo

Big Ten Championships Pre-Seed: #2

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: #2

Record: 18-1

Falls: 2

Tech Falls: 1

Major Decisions: 3

Decisions: 12

 

149 lbs. Big Tens Pre-Seeds:

  1.   Sammy Sasso, OSU
  2.   Pat Lugo, IOWA
  3.   Brayton Lee, MINN
  4.   Kanen Storr, MICH
  5.   Graham Rooks, IND
  6.   Cole Martin, WIS
  7.   Collin Purinton, NEB
  8.   Jarod Verkleeren, PSU
  9.   Yahya Thomas, NU
  10. Griffin Parriott, PUR
  11. Gerard Angelo       RU
  12. Alex Hrisopoulos, MSU
  13. Mousa Jodeh, ILL
  14. Ryan Garlitz, MD

 

149 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of matches wrestled:

#2  Pat Lugo – Iowa

#17 Cole Martin – Wisconsin

Pat Lugo over Cole Martin Dec 5-2

#1 Sammy Sasso – Ohio State

Sammy Sasso over Pat Lugo Dec 2-1 TB1

#20 Jared Verkleeren – Penn State

Pat Lugo over Jared Verkleeren Dec 6-1

#7 Kanen Storr – Michigan

Pat Lugo over Kanen Storr Dec 2-0

#6 Brayton Lee – Minnesota

Pat Lugo over Brayton Lee Dec 3-2

#5 Boo Lewallen Oklahoma State

Pat Lugo over Boo Lewallen Fall 2:21

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Big Ten Preview: Max Murin

The overall strength of the Big Ten is on full display at 141 lbs.  The top three wrestlers in the entire country at 141 are in the Big Ten.  Max Murin is ranked #3 in the country and is the Pre-Seed #3. That is a tough conference. The top two seeds are very solid with Nick Lee (PSU) and Luke Pletcher (OSU). However the placing of 3-8 is definitely up for grabs. 141 has the depth to provide competitive matches for every round of the Big Ten Championships.

If the Pre-Seeds follow through Murin will face Mitch McKee of Minnesota in the Quarterfinals.  Murin defeated McKee (now ranked #7 in the country) in the dual meet 6-4, SV1. That Quarterfinal will be a very big match for the entire tournament. Murin also has big wins this year over nationally ranked opponents #8 Tristan Moran (WI), #19 Dylan Duncan (IL), and #33 Parker Filius (Purdue). His only loss on the season is to Chad Red of Nebraska, ranked #6 in the country.

Murin placed seventh at Big Tens last year as a freshman and was an NCAA Qualifier.  He looks much stronger and has improved quite a bit with his technique this season. The Big Tens will provide a great opportunity to see just how good Max Murin is.  As a fan I am really looking forward to seeing how Murin does in this loaded weight class.

Big Ten Conference Tournament: March 7-8 

Big Ten Automatic Bids for NCAA National Tournament at 141 lbs. – 8

 

Max Murin

Pre-Seed: #3

NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking: #3

Record: 12-1

Falls: 2

Tech Falls: 0

Major Decisions: 2

Decisions: 8

 

Big Tens Pre-Seeds:

  1.   Nick Lee, PSU
  2.   Luke Pletcher, OSU
  3.   Max Murin, IOWA
  4.   Chad Red, NEB
  5.   Tristan Moran, WIS
  6.   Mitch McKee, MINN
  7.   Dylan Duncan, ILL
  8.   Parker Filius, PUR
  9.   Cole Mattin, MICH
  10. Alec McKenna, NU
  11. Joe Aragona, RU
  12. Matt Santos, MSU
  13. Eddie Bolivar, IND
  14. Hunter Baxter, MD

 

141 lbs. NCAA D-I Coaches Ranking and results of matches wrestled:

3. Max Murin – Iowa

1. Nick Lee – Penn State

2.Luke Pletcher – Ohio State

6. Chad Red – Nebraska

Chad Red over Max Murin Dec 6-2

7. Mitch McKee – Minnesota

Max Murin over Mitch McKee Dec 6-4 SV1

8. Tristan Moran – Wisconin

Max Murin over Tristan Moran Dec 6-2

19. Dylan Duncan – Illinois

Max Murin over Dylan Duncan Dec 8-4

33. Parker Filius – Purdue

Max Murin over Parker Filius Dec 6-1

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!