Domination: An Inside Look at Iowa Wrestling

Iowa recruits in new MatScouts Rankings

MatScouts released their updated and final high school rankings of the year.

Nate Jesuroga is now #13 in the P4P (Pound For Pound) rankings and #2 at 126. Ben Kueter went from #3 to #2 at 220 and went up one spot to #22 in P4P. Aiden Riggins went from #1 to #2 at 160 and dropped out of the Top 25 P4P.

Brad Hill remained at #21 at 195. Easton Fleshman dropped out of the Top 25 at Hwt.

Ryder Block went from #11 to #12 at 138. Gabe Arnold remained at #7 at 170. Block and Arnold are juniors and will continue to climb the national rankings next year. Along with Nate Jesuroga and Ben Kueter this is the best junior recruiting class in the history of Iowa Wrestling by a large margin.

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling.

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits in the MatScouts Rankings on Rokfin.

Nate Jesuroga

Class of 2023

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

#13 P4P

#2 at 126 lbs.

Ryder Block

Class of 2023

Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa

#12 at 138 lbs.

Aiden Riggins

Class of 2022

Waverly-Shell Rock HS, Iowa

#2 at 160 lbs.

Gabe Arnold

Class of 2023

Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania

#7 at 170 lbs.

Brad Hill

Class of 2022

Bettendorf, Iowa

#21 at 195 lbs.

Ben Kueter

Class of 2023

City High HS, Iowa

#22 P4P

#2 at 220 lbs.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Results of Iowa recruits competing at Elite 8 Duals

Eight incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits competed for the Sebolt Wrestling Academy at the Elite 8 Duals in Atlanta, Georgia. This was a high level and competative dual meet tournament on Saturday and Sunday featuring wrestling clubs from around the country. 

Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2022: Joel Jesuroga (145), Carter Martinson (152), Aiden Riggins (160), Carson Martinson (170), and Brad Hill (195).

Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2023: Nate Jesuroga (120), Ryder Block (132), and Ben Kueter (220).

Aiden Riggins and Ben Kueter were 7-0 for the tournament. Riggins has six tech falls and a decision. Kueter had four tech falls, two falls, and a decision.

There were nationally ranked wrestlers from around the country competing in this tournament. SWA went 6-1 and placed second to Minion Legends in a 34-33 dual. Minion had a select team with wrestlers from five different states. SWA had an entire lineup of their true club members of wrestlers from Iowa. 

 

Elite 8 in Atlanta, Georgia April 2-3

Sebolt Wrestling Academy

 

120 – Nate Jesuroga

Nate Jesuroga VS0 10-0 Bentley (CMP United)

Nate Jesuroga VS0 10-0 VPI 7-3  Drew Gorman (Vision Quest)

Nate Jesuroga VFall Sefton Douglas (Black Mambas)

Jake Crapps (Roundtree) VFall Nate Jesuroga 

Nate Jesuroga VS1 12-2 Matt Rowland (Team Cali)

Nate Jesuroga VS1 14-4 Miles Anderson (Beast Coast)

126 – Troy Sprately (Minion) VP1 5-4 Nate Jesuroga

 

132 – Ryder Block

Ryder Block VFall Brian Papcun (CMP United)

Ryder Block VSI 13-2 Nash Singleton (Vision Quest)

Ryder Block VS1 16-6 Jeremy Ginter (Black Mambas)

Ryder Block VSO 10-0 Amantee Mills (Roundtree)

Ryder Block VSO 10-0 Nate Askew (Team Cali)

Ryder Block VS1 14-4 Vince Bouzakis (Beast Coast)

Nic Bouzakis (Minion) VS1 14-1 Ryder Block

 

145 – Joel Jesuroga

Joel Jesuroga VPO Sam Harris (CMP United)

Joel Jesuroga VPI 7-2  Collin Dupill (Vision Quest)

Joel Jesuroga VP1 3-1 Weston Dalton (Black Mambas)

Joel Jesuroga VP1 3-1 Jeremiah Price (Roundtree)

Joel Jesuroga WForfeit (Team Cali)

Joel Jesuroga VP1 4-4 Kal Miller (Beast Coast)

Cody Chittum VS0 10-0 Joel Jesuroga

 

152 – Carter Martinson

Carter Martinson  VP1 8-6 Seth Larsen (CMP United)

Joe Sealey (Vision Quest) VS1 13-2 Carter Martinson 

Ladarian Lockett (Black Mambas) VS1 11-6 Carter Martinson 

Carter Martinson VP1 12-9 Dominic Bombinelli (Roundtree)

Brendon Abden (Team Cali) VSO 10-0 Carter Martinson 

Andy Troczynski (Beast Coast) VPO 10-0 Carter Martinson

Michael Kilic (Minion) VP1 15-8 Carter Martinson

 

160 – Aiden Riggins

Aiden Riggins VSO 10-0 Elijah Brown (CMP United)

Aiden Riggins VSO 10-0 Jed Wester (Vision Quest)

Aiden Riggins VP1 6-3 Ty Lillard (Black Mambas)

Aiden Riggins VSO 10-0 Tyler Secoy (Roundtree)

Aiden Riggins VSO 10-0 Micah Porter (Team Cali)

Aiden Riggins VSO 10-0 Simon Ruiz (Beast Coast)

Aiden Riggins VS1 13-2 Nick Vafiadis (Minion)

 

170 – Carson Martinson

Carson Martinson VP1 10-7 Aidan Bernot (Roundtree)

Karn Munro (Team Cali) VSO 10-0 Carson Martinson

Danny Wask (Beast Coast) VPO 10-0 Carson Martinson

Gunner Flipowitz (Minion) VS1 14-4

 

195 – Brad Hill

Brad Hill VSO 10-0 Patrick Brophy (CMP United)

Brad Hill VSO 10-0 Dustin Gue (Vision Quest)

Brad Hill VSO 10-0 Geoffrey Freeman (Black Mambas)

Sawyer Bartelt (Roundtree) VP1 9-4 Brad Hill 

Brad Hill VFall Sonny King

TJ Stewart (Beast Coast) VSO 10-0 Brad Hill

Brad Hill VFall Sonny Sasso

 

220 – Ben Kueter

Ben Kueter VSO 10-0 Connor Milhorn (CMP United)

Ben Kueter VSO 10-0 Levid Rodriguez (Vision Quest)

Ben Kueter VFall Tony Olia (Black Mambas)

Ben Kueter VSO 10-0 Nick Pavlecheko (Roundtree)

Ben Kueter VFall Will Caneer (Team Cali)

Ben Kueter VP1 10-4 Martin Cosgrove (Beast Coast)

Ben Kueter VS1 12-1 Carter Neves (Minion)

 

Dual Meet Results:

Round 1 SWA over CMP United 60-4

Round 2 SWA over Vision Quest 46-16

Round 3 SWA over Black Mambas 43-25

Round 4: SWA over Roundtree 35-23

Round 5: SWA over Team Cali 51-17

Round 6 SWA over Beast Coast 40-25

Round 7 – Finals: Minion over SWA 34-33

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Real Woods is a Hawk

Real Woods just committed to the University of Iowa. This is huge news for Iowa Wrestling fans. H-U-G-E! Woods has competed at Stanford and is set up to graduate this summer. He will transfer to Iowa with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Woods recently placed 6th at 141 at the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships and is projected to compete at 141 for the Hawks. 141 really clears out for the 2023 season from graduating seniors this year. Woods should be in contention for a national title next season.

Woods is originally from Lombard, IL (Montini Catholic HS) where he was a high school All American. As a redshirt freshman Woods was the #3 seed at 141 when the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled. Last season he was an NCAA National Qualifier at 141. Woods has also been named as an NWCA Scholar All American in his career.

Great addition to the Iowa Wrestling team.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Marinelli joins HWC

Alex “Bull” Marinelli announced on Twitter that he is joining the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. He stated that he will pursue his dream of coaching and possibly competing. Marinelli just completed a great career for the Hawks as a four-time All American and four-time Big Ten champ. He was also named Academic All Big Ten five times, NWCA Scholar athlete twice, and was an Outstanding Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner. 

Originally from Miamisburg, Ohio (St. Paris Graham HS), I am looking for Marinelli to eventually get into coaching in the college ranks. Bull will be a positive influence on the younger wrestlers with his work ethic and intensity that he brings to every workout. 

The HWC was organized in 1973 to provide wrestlers the opportunity to pursue International wrestling goals and to aid in the development of the Iowa Wrestling team.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Cade Siebrecht is a Hawk

Cade Siebrecht has committed to the University of Iowa. Siebrecht is a two-time State champion from Lisbon, Iowa. He won a state title at 126 in 2021 and at 138 this past season. He placed fifth at 113 in 2020. Siebrecht had a 179-31 career record. 

Cade is the third Siebrecht brother to win a state title at Lisbon and to then compete in college. Oldest brother Cooper was a state champion at Lisbon in 2018 and competes for the University of Minnesota-Mankato. Cobe Siebrecht was a state champion at Lisbon in 2019 and competes for the University of Iowa.

Cade and Cobe will add to the long time tradition of brothers wrestling for the University of Iowa.

Siebrecht is projected to compete at 141 and will be a member of the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2022.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Iowa recruits to compete in Atlanta April 2-3

8 of our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits will be in action this weekend at the Elite 8 in Atlanta, Georgia. This is an elite dual meet tournament featuring wrestling clubs from around the country. 

The action will take place in the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel with dual meets beginning on Saturday, April 2nd at 10 AM CST and Sunday April 3rd at 8 AM CST.

You can watch all of the dual meets at the Elite 8 on PPV live stream on Rokfin.

Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2022: Joel Jesuroga (145), Carter Martinson (152), Aiden Riggins (160), Carson Martinson (Alternate), and Brad Hill (195).

Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2023: Nate Jesuroga (120), Ryder Block (132), Ben Kueter (220).

I like seeing Hayden Taylor in the SWA lineup. Taylor is an outstanding wrestler that won three state titles at Solon, Iowa and did not get to compete at State this year. 

 

Clubs competing at Elite 8:

Sebolt Wrestling Academy (IA)

Minions (S. East)

Beast Coast (NJ)

Roundtree (S. East)

DC Elite (CA)

Black Mambas (CO/IA)

Vision Quest (NY)

Lumberjacks (OH/MI)

 

Arnold update:

Elite incoming recruit Gabe Arnold of Wyoming Seminary will be competing at the Journeymen in Troy, New York on April 9-10. Arnold is coming off an injury and is looking to be 100% in competition. Arnold is a highly ranked recruit at 170 lbs. in the Recruiting Class of 2023. I will keep you up to date right here on my blog with his results.

I have been stating for months that the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2023 of Nate Jesuroga (120), Ryder Block (132), Gabe Arnold (170), and Ben Kueter (220) is the best junior recruiting class in the history of Iowa Wrestling. The Class of 2023 is one recruit that I have in mind away from being the greatest recruiting class in the history of Iowa Wrestling. By a good margin.

 

Elite 8 in Atlanta Georgia April 2-3

Sebolt Wrestling Academy

100 – Carter Pearson

106 – Dru Ayala

113 – Reid Spurley

120 – Nate Jesuroga

Alternate – Kale Petersen

126 – Carter Freeman

132 – Ryder Block

Alternate – Evan Frost

138 – Jacob Frost

145 – Joel Jesuroga

152 – Carter Martinson

160 – Aiden Riggins

Alternate – Carson Martinson

170 – Hayden Taylor

182 – Griff Gammell

Alternate – Andrew Reed

195 – Brad Hill

220 – Ben Kueter

285 – Jake Walker

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Iowa Wrestling Awards

Iowa Wrestling held their annual awards banquet last night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawks placed third at the NCAA National Tournament last weekend. Iowa had at least five All Americans for the ninth straight year. This also marked the 32nd straight year that Iowa has had an NCAA National Finalist.

Jacob Warner was presented with the Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler Award. Warner was an NCAA Runner-Up at 197 lbs. this season. He also became a four-time All American. Warner finished the season with a 21-6 record with a team leading six major decisions and 14 wins against ranked opponents.

Michael Kemerer, Tony Cassioppi, Jaydin Eierman, and Abe Assad tied for the most pins on the team with three. True freshman Drake Ayala was presented with the John and Dorothy Sill Award for Most Dedicated Wrestler. 

Six wrestlers were presented with Coaches Appreciation Award: Aaron Costello, Patrick Kennedy, Charles Matthews, Cullan Schriever, Vince Turk, and Myles Wilson. 

Iowa had a team record 14 wrestlers named to the Academic All Big Ten Team earlier this week. https://iowawrestlingblog.com/2022/03/14-hawks-named-to-academic-all-big-ten-team/

 

2022 Award Winners

Mike Howard Most Valuable: Jacob Warner

Mike J. McGivern Most Courageous: Michael Kemerer

John and Dorothy Sill Most Dedicated: Drake Ayala

J. Donald Pike Sr., Highest Senior GPA: Michael Kemerer

Coaches Appreciation: Aaron Costello, Patrick Kennedy, Charles Matthews, Cullan Schriever, Vince Turk, and Myles Wilson

Most Pins (3): Michael Kemerer, Tony Cassioppi, Jaydin Eierman, and Abe Assad

All Americans: Austin DeSanto, Alex Marinelli, Michael Kemerer, Jacob Warner, Tony Cassioppi

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Yagla to be honored at Dan Gable Museum

Former Iowa Hawkeye great Chuck Yagla will be honored at the Dan Gable Museum on Sunday, March 27. Yagla was a two-time NCAA National champ (1975, 1976) for Iowa and 1976 O.W. Yagla was an Olympian in 1980.

From the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum:

Join us to celebrate as Chuck Yagla becomes the latest wrestling legend to sign his wall in our museum, joining Bruce Baumgartner, Bobby Douglas, Dan Gable and John Smith.

A native of Waterloo, Chuck is a two-time NCAA champion and a member of the 1980 Olympic team. He is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, a Meritorious Official and a member of the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa.

When: Sunday, March 27.

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. Social followed by Wall Signing and Program

Where: The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum

303 Jefferson Street Waterloo, IA 50701

More Information: https://fb.me/e/31XnaK4gG

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Thank you Jaydin Eierman

Jaydin Eierman was a great addition to the Iowa lineup the last two seasons. It is rare to have such an accomplished wrestler as Eierman transfer in to wrap up his career. 

Eierman of Columbia, Missouri (Father Tolton) transferred to Iowa after a successful career at Missouri where he placed fifth (2017), fourth (2018), and third (2019) in the country at 141. After transferring to Iowa, he took an Olympic Redshirt in 2020. Last season for the Hawks Eierman was a Big Ten champion and placed second in the country. Eierman’s points were the difference in Iowa winning the 2021 national team title.

This season Eierman was hampered by injuries in the postseason. After qualifying for the National Tournament as a #2 seed it was easy to see that an injury led to him not placing at 141. A true gutty performance by Eierman at Big Tens and Nationals with a knee injury. It was a tough break to have his collegiate career end like that. I tip my hat to the fight that Eierman showed while competing so hard at the elite level of Big Tens and the NCAA National Tournament with that type of injury. 

Best of luck to Jaydin Eierman and thank you for how you represented Iowa Wrestling and provided great entertainment for Iowa Wrestling fans. You will always be known as a Hawk that helped us win a national team title.

 

2016 – Redshirt (Missouri)

2017 – 5th at NCAA National Tournament (Missouri)

2018 – 4th at NCAA National Tournament (Missouri)

2019 – 3rd at NCAA National Tournament (Missouri)

2020 – Olympic Redshirt (Iowa)

2021 – 2nd at NCAA National Tournament (Iowa)

2022 – NCAA National Tournament Qualifier (Iowa)

Career record: 120-18

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Thank you Austin DeSanto

The name of Austin DeSanto rose to immediate national fame when he defeated Spencer Lee in the Pennsylvania 126 lbs. state finals in 2017. He transferred to Iowa and formed a great 1-2 duo of Lee-DeSanto to start a dual meet or tournament. DeSanto became a crowd favorite for exciting high paced matches that resulted in points being scored and always a lot of action. 

DeSanto of Exeter, Pennsylvania started his career at Drexel where he was an NCAA Qualifier as a true freshman at 133 in 2018. He did not redshirt at Drexel and immediately stepped into the starting lineup when he transferred to Iowa and placed fifth in 2019. He was seeded sixth in 2020 when the NCAA’s were canceled. He placed third at the 2021 and 2022 NCAA National Tournament. 

This past season DeSanto was 21-4 with a team leading eleven tech falls to go along with two major decisions. I will always believe that the Top 3 at 133 that DeSanto was a part of the last two years is one of the toughest weights in recent memory. That Top 3 will hold to the test of time for being elite.

In my 39 years of going into the Iowa Wrestling room to watch practice I can honestly say that Austin DeSanto had as good of conditioning that I have ever seen from an Iowa wrestler. That is saying a lot. Incredible energy, endurance, intensity, and consistency.

Best of luck to you Austin DeSanto and thank you for how you represented Iowa Wrestling and provided great entertainment for Iowa Wrestling fans.

 

2018 – NCAA National Tournament Qualifier (Drexel)

2019 – 5th at NCAA National Tournament

2020 – 5th seed at NCAA National Tournament that was canceled, named All American

2021 – 3rd at NCAA National Tournament

2022 – 3rd at NCAA National Tournament

Career record: 123-27

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!