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Fall dates for Iowa Wrestling fans

As Iowa Wrestling fans, we have a lot of action coming up on the calendar over the next few months.  The Hawkeye Wrestling Club practice on Saturday is when I recognize the beginning of a new season. Practice begins at Noon and the doors open at 11 AM.  I am expecting a real good crowd.

I wanted to take a look at upcoming dates for us to keep in mind. Some of my best memories of being an Iowa Wrestling fan over the years is attending an Iowa Wrestling practices before home football games.  There is a buzz in the air of anticipation for the upcoming season. There is also excitement about the potential matchups for wrestle offs and who made a huge improvement over the off-season.  

FloWrestling will bring their Who’s #1 event to Carver Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, October 5 at 5 PM.  This is a great event that matches #1 vs. #2 at each weight with the best high school wrestles in the country.  This is a great event that you do not want to miss.  

To order tickets to Who’s #1: 

https://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=WHO&linkID=uiowa&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

Iowa did have wrestle offs last season on November 1-2, a Thursday and Friday.  The finals last year was the biggest crowd I have ever seen for wrestle offs. I have not heard anything about wrestle offs yet for this year, but I will keep you posted.

The National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Wednesday, November 13.  Iowa has a very, very good class coming in for the Recruiting Class of 2020.  That is the day that everything becomes official. Iowa has received verbal commitments from Patrick Kennedy, Jesse Ybarra, Cullen Schriever, Colby Schriever, and Gabe Chistenson.

It was announced on Tuesday that the 2020 Iowa Wrestling schedule would be released next week.  Season tickets are available now.

 

August 31 – Home football game vs Miami (Ohio)  6:30 PM kickoff

September 7 – Home football game vs. Rutgers  11 AM kickoff

September 28 – Home football game vs. Middle Tennessee St  Kickoff TBD

October 5 – Who’s #1 by FloWrestling at Carver Hawkeye Arena at 5 PM

October 12 – Home football game vs. Penn St.  Kickoff TBD

October 19 – Home football game vs. Purdue (Homecoming)  Kickoff 11 AM

November 13 – National Letter on Intent Signing Day for the Recruiting Class of 2020

November 16 – Home football game vs. Minnesota  Kickoff TBD

November 23 – Home football game vs. Illinois  Kickoff TBD

 

The anticipation for the upcoming season is running high.  There is a lot to look forward to and to be excited about leading up to the season in November.  I am looking forward to a great year of Iowa Wrestling.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC practice on Saturday

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will have practice open to the public at Noon on Saturday, August 31. The doors of the Iowa Wrestling room in the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex will open at 11 AM. The bleachers will be pulled out and fans are welcomed to attend.  In the past, Iowa wrestlers would be working out on their own at this time.

Kickoff for the Iowa-Miami(Ohio) football game is 6:30 PM.  This practice offers football fans that are in town for the football game to see some great wrestling.  This time also provides a great opportunity for Iowa Wrestling fans that want to watch practice to get in and out of Iowa City before the big football crowds.

Classes at the University of Iowa begin this morning. The anticipation for the upcoming season always takes a big step up with the beginning of a new school year and the first home football game.  There were great crowds at practices before football games last year. I am expecting even more fans this year. The excitement for Iowa Wrestling is in the air.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Weber and Ragan named to Glen Brand Hall of Fame

Daryl Weber and Alli Ragan have been selected to the 2020 Class for induction into the Glen Brand Hall of Fame.   The Glen Brand HOF is a part of the Dan Gable Museum for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Weber was an NCAA National champion at 167 lbs. in 1996 for Dan Gable and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Weber was a four-year starter and a three-time All-American. In addition to his title, Weber placed 6th at 142 in 1994 and sixth at 158 in 1994.  Weber was a member of three NCAA national championship teams and four Big Ten championship teams as an Iowa Hawkeye.  He was also a Big Ten champion in 1996. Weber, from Waterloo, Iowa was a two-time state champion for Don Bosco High School at 145 lbs. in 1991 and 135 lbs. in 1990.  He also placed third in 1989.  

Weber was named National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2001 at Christiansburg High School in Virginia.  As a head coach at Christiansburg, Weber won nine straight Virginia state titles (2007-2015).

Ragan is a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.  She recently made her seventh straight World Team on the Senior level.  Ragan was a World Silver medalist at 59kg in 2015 and 2017. Originally from Carbondale, IL, Ragan was two-time WCWA National champion at King College (2013, 2014) and a four-time All American. She was also a two-time World Junior Bronze medalist (2011, 2012) and a University World Games Silver medalist in 2013. 

Ragan will be representing Team USA at 59kg at the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on August 14-22.  Ragan is the first woman wrestler to be inducted into the Glen Brand Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2020 will be inducted in the Glen Brand Hall of Fame on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.

Congratulations to Daryl Weber and Alli Ragan for being named to the Glen Brand Hall of Fame.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa-Iowa State dual on November 24

It was announced that the Iowa-Iowa State dual meet will be in Ames on Sunday, November 24 at 2 PM.  Hilton Coliseum will be the host of what is always an entertaining dual meet in the storied rivalry of Iowa-Iowa State wrestling.  Iowa defeated Iowa State in Carver Hawkeye Arena last year, 19-18. I am sure we can expect a large crowd for this dual meet.

This dual meet will be included in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.

The Iowa-Iowa State dual meet will be live on FloWrestling.

 

To order tickets for the Iowa-Iowa State Wrestling Dual Meet:

https://cyclones.com/sports/2017/7/12/wrestling-tickets-second-level.aspx?id=632#wrsingletickets

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Who’s #1 at Carver – HUGE!

It was announced Saturday that Who’s #1 by FloWrestling will be in Carver Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, October 5 at 5 PM.  That is great news in a lot of ways. For area fans, this provides a great opportunity to see the best high school wrestlers in the country in a matchup of #1 vs. #2.

Iowa Wrestling fans will especially be excited to watch incoming recruits Patrick Kennedy, Jesse Ybarra, and Ryan Sokol compete.  Those three wrestlers should put quite a few fans in the seats. Iowa fans will also want to be seen and heard from to influence uncommitted recruits like Paddy Gallagher, #1 on my Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Wish List.  

There is also talk of an international Freestyle match in the works.  FloWrestling stated they would be releasing information about that match in the next couple of weeks.  Should Spencer Lee or Thomas Gilman get a match against a highly ranked international wrestler, that will add thousands of fans to the bleachers.  Your guess is as good as mine on who it will be. I will keep you informed when Flo releases any more information on this.

I have watched Who’s #1 online for the last two years and I assure you the wrestling is great to watch and very entertaining.  Who’s #1 started in 2013.  This will be the first time Who’s #1 will be held in Carver Hawkeye Arena and I hope it becomes a yearly tradition. Lehigh hosted Who’s #1 last year with a capacity of around 1,700 in their facility. I am confident a lot more than 1,700 fans will be at Carver to make this the biggest Who’s #1 of all time and by quite a margin.

You really could not script a better event to happen for Iowa Wrestling when it comes to recruiting.  With all weights providing a matchup of #1 vs. #2 except for 132 lbs. that has the top four nationally ranked wrestlers, I would say all of the uncommitted wrestlers would be a recruit that every college program would want. 

Iowa Wrestling fans wanted the season to start months ago.   Who’s #1 will be a great way to get the much anticipated Iowa Wrestling season off to an early start.  Iowa Wrestling fans are ready to go.

What a great opportunity to watch the best high school wrestlers in the country including several future Hawks. I feel downright lucky as a fan to have Who’s #1 at home.  This event is well worth the $20 for a ticket and the trip to Carver Hawkeye Arena. You will not be dissapointed. Hope to see you there.

To order tickets:

https://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=WHO&linkID=uiowa&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

 

Who’s #1 – October 5th at 5 PM in Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa

Match #1

132lbs – #1-Jesse Mendez (IN) vs. #4-Ryan Jack (CT)  – Freestyle

Colleges: Mendez (Uncommitted); Jack (NCST)

Match   #2

132lbs –  #3-Shayne Van Ness (NJ) vs. #2-Dom Serrano (CO) – Freestyle 

Colleges: Van Ness (Uncommitted); Serrano (Nebraska)          

Match #3

120lbs. – #1-Jesse Ybarra (AZ) vs. #2-Jakason Burks (NE)  – Folkstyle

Colleges: Ybarra (Iowa); Burks (Oklahoma St.)          

Match #4

113lbs – #1-Richard Figueroa II (CA) vs. #2-Stevo Poulin (NY)   – Folkstyle

Colleges: Figueroa (Arizona St.); Poulin (Uncommitted)

Match  #5

145lbs – #1-Victor Voinovich (OH) vs.  #2-Jesse Vasquez (CA) – Folkstyle

Colleges: Voinovich (Uncommitted); Vasquez (Uncommitted)          

Match #6 

65kg  – Joshua Saunders (MO) vs. Anthony Echemendia (AZ)

Colleges: Saunders (Cornell); Echemendia (RTC to be decided            

Match  #7

152lbs. –  #1-Sonny Santiago (CA) vs. #2-Travis Mastrogiovanni (NJ)  – Folkstyle

Colleges: Santiago (Arizona St.); Mastrogiovanni (Uncommitted)            

Match #8

160lbs – #1-Paddy Gallagher (OH) vs. #2-Keegan Daniel O’Toole (WI)  – Freestyle

Colleges: Gallagher (Uncommitted); O’Toole (Missouri)            

Match  #9

182lbs. –  #1-Dustin Plott (OK) vs. #2-Rocky Elam (MO)  – Folkstyle

Colleges: Plott (Oklahoma St.); Elam (Missouri)         

Match #10   

126lbs. – #1-Robert Howard (NJ) vs. #2-Trevor Mastrogiovanni (NJ)  – Freestyle

Colleges: Howard (Penn St.); Mastrogiovanni (Oklahoma St.)          

Match #11

138lbs. – #1-Beau Bartlett (PA) vs. #2-Ryan Sokol (MN)  – Folkstyle

Colleges: Bartlett (Penn St.); Sokol (Iowa)          

Match #12

170lbs. – #1-Alex Facundo (MI) vs. #2-Patrick Kennedy (MN)  –  Folkstyle

Colleges: Facundo (Uncommitted); Kennedy (Iowa)

Match #13

132lbs. –  Winner Match #1 vs. Winner Match #2  – Style to be determined by highest ranked opponent.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Beck competes at Junior Worlds

Michaela Beck of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club represented Team USA at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.  Competing at 59kg, Beck lost her first round match to Anne Nuernberger of Germany by fall. Beck was eliminated from the tournament when Nuernberger then lost in the Quarterfinals.  HWC Head Coach Mark Perry was in Estonia to coach Beck.

HWC members Alli Ragan, Forrest Molinari, Kayla Miracle, and Michaela Beck will be at the Senior World Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO from August 18-28.  They will then have Acclimation Camp in Italy on September 5-13. Ragan (59kg), Molinari (65kg), and Miracle (62kg) will then represent Team USA at the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on September 14-22.

Miracle will represent Team USA at the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 28-November 3.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Beck to compete at Junior Worlds

Michaela Beck of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be representing Team USA at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.  Beck will be competing at 59kg against the best wrestlers in the world in the Junior division of 20 years and younger. HWC Head Coach Mark Perry is in Estonia and will be coaching Beck.

Beck looked very good in winning the Junior World Team Trials in Dallas in May.  She was 6-0 with four tech falls and two decisions.  

Competition for Beck begins on Wednesday, August 14 with the Qualification Rounds at 2:30 AM CST.  All times listed are CST. The Semifinals are slated for later that day at 9:15 AM. The Finals for 59kg will be on Thursday, August 15 at 10 AM. 

Competition for all styles will be covered live by TrackWrestling.com  

I will keep you posted with results. 

 

2019 Junior World Freestyle Championships

Wednesday, August 14

Qualification rounds: 50kg, 55kg, 59kg, 68kg, 76kg   2:30 AM

Semifinals: 50kg, 55kg, 59kg, 68kg, 76kg   9:15 AM

 

Thursday, August 15

Repechage: 50kg, 55kg, 59kg, 68kg, 76kg   2:30 AM

Finals: 50kg, 55kg, 59kg, 68kg, 76kg   10 AM

*****All times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Miracle wins Gold at Pan Ams

Kayla Miracle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club rolled to a Gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.  In the Quarterfinals Miracle faced Lais Nunes of Brazil who is ranked #2 in the World at 62kg. Miracle had an 8-1 lead when she got the Fall in 2:29 over Nunes.

In the semifinals Miracle was up 6-0 when she pinned Naithali Herrera of Venezuela.  In the Finals, Miracle scored a 12-0 tech fall over Jackie Castillo of Columbia to win the title.

Next up for the HWC will be Mickaela Beck who will represent Team USA at the Junior World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18.  

Ragan, Molinari, Miracle, and Beck will be at the Senior World Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO from August 18-28.  They will then have Acclimation Camp in Italy on September 5-13 and the Senior World Freestyle Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on August 14-22.

Miracle will represent Team USA at the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 28-November 3.

 

62 kg

Quarterfinals: Kayla Miracle (USA) Fall over Lais Nunes of Brazil 2:29

Semifinals: Kayla Miracle (USA) Fall over Nathali Herrera (VEN) 4:02

Finals: Kayla Miracle (USA) Tech Fall over Jackie Renteria Castillo (Colombia) 12-0

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Class of 2020 in new Flo rankings

FloWrestling released their Class of 2020 Big Board for the top 200 recruits in the country.  Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits are well represented. Patrick Kennedy is at #6 after a dominating title run at Junior Nationals.  Jesse Ybarra made the biggest jump of any recruit in the country. After not being in the top 100 at the end of the high school season, Ybarra is now at #16.  A strong performance at FloNationals and Cadet World Team Trials got the attention of a lot of people around the country.

Cullan Schriever is ranked #52.  No doubt that is due to an injury that has kept Schriever out of competition since the Iowa state tournament was a factor here.  We all know how good Cullan Schriever is and I look for him to climb in the rankings once he is back competing this season at Mason City.  Gabe Christenson is ranked #110. Christenson looked very good in placing fifth at 220 at Junior Nationals.

Jesse Vasquez of Corona, CA (Excelsior Springs HS), who has Iowa as one of his final five college choices, is ranked #10.

The Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020  is a very, very good recruiting class. Any additions would have the potential to make the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 a great recruiting class.

 

FloWrestling Class of 2020 Ranking

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. – #6

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. – #16

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. – #52

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 220 lbs. – #110

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling schedule update

When the calendar turns to August, you have to be thinking about the Iowa Wrestling schedule coming out soon.  I have had Iowa Wrestling fans contacting me for two months asking about the 2019-2020 schedule. Usually it is somewhere around August 10 that the University of Iowa releases the upcoming wrestling schedule.  

I inquired about the wrestling schedule.  I was told by the University that the Big Ten is working on the schedule for winter sports and TV time on the Big Ten Network.  I was given an estimate that the wrestling schedule may not be released until September.

In May Iowa released a list of several home opponents for the upcoming season and that does help take the edge off.   We do know Iowa Wrestling will host Penn State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Nebraska. That group should match up with any home schedule in the history of Iowa Wrestling. 

There is so much anticipation about the upcoming season.  I am here to tell you, Iowa wrestling fans were ready for the season to start yesterday.

The Iowa Wrestling schedule will be out soon enough and I know we all can’t wait.  

I will keep you posted.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!