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Harley-Davidson raffle for HWC

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club is holding a raffle for a fundraiser. A 2021 Harley Davidson is the prize for a lucky raffle winner. Proceeds will go to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

From HawkeyeWrestlingClub.com 

THE BIKE RAFFLE

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club is raffling off a 2021 Sportster® S1, Vivid Black, 6-Speed, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle from McGrath Hawkeye Harley Davidson – market value $14,999. The raffle winner will be drawn in mid June coinciding with a ride and autograph session from the Hawkeye Wrestlers.

Launch Date: Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

Price Per Ticket: $50

Drawing: Saturday, June 18, 2022

THE RIDE

The event will be hosted at McGrath Hawkeye Harley Davidson in Coralville, IA. The event will have an area ride, grill-out, silent auction, autograph session and motorcycle raffle drawing.

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022

Registration: 9:00am

Single rider: $20

Ride w/passenger: $30

Non Motorcycle Vehicle: $30

Bike Raffle Tickets: $50 per entry

Silent Auction: 9:00am-12:30pm

Speech/Blessing: 9:45am

Kickstands up: 10:00am

Ride Ends: 11:30am

BIKE Raffle Drawing: 12:00 – 1:00pm

To purchase a raffle ticket:

https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/harley-raffle/

The HWC has been a huge part of the success of Iowa Wrestling since it began in 1973. The HWC provides the funding needed for wrestlers in their pursuit of World and Olympic teams. The presence of the HWC is an important contributing part for the success of the Iowa Wrestling team. 

With the HWC being a 501c Not For Profit Organization, contributions are tax deductible. 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Schriever and Henson win titles at Lindenwood Open

Three members of the Iowa Wrestling program competed at the Lindenwood Open in St. Charles, Missouri today. The Hawks ended up with two champs and a third place finish.

Cullan Schriever won the title at 133 lbs. in the Gold Division. After a first round bye Schriever won by a 22-4 tech fall and fall in 3:32. In the finals Schriever won by a decision over Tanner Cole of Central Oklahoma 6-2 for the title. Schriever is a redshirt freshman from Mason City, Iowa.

Wyatt Henson won a title at 141 lbs. in the Fresh/Soph division. A first round fall was followed by a 10-3 decision. Henson then recorded a fall in the quarterfinals and a 10-0 major decision in the semifinals. In the finals Henson defeated Teague Travis of Oklahoma, 2-1. Henson is a true freshman from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Sebastian Robles placed third at 157 lbs. in the Fresh/Soph division. Robles had a first round pin followed by a 7-5 OT win in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals Robles dropped a 4-0 decision. In the consolation rounds Robles won a 4-3 decision before winning a 10-0 major decision over Alex Vislosky of Oklahoma in the third place match. Robles is a true freshman from Tucson, Arizona.

Good performance from our young Hawks today.

 

Lindenwood Open

Gold Division 133

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cullan Schriever (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Cullan Schriever (Iowa) won by tech fall over Dessmund Prospero (Missouri Valley) (TF 22-4)
  • Semifinal – Cullan Schriever (Iowa) won by fall over Ryan Ripplinger (McKendree University) (Fall 3:32)
  • 1st Place Match – Cullan Schriever (Iowa) won by decision over Tanner Cole (Central Oklahoma) (Dec 6-2)

 

Black Division (Fresh/Soph) 141A

  • Champ. Round 1 – Wyatt Henson (Iowa) won by fall over Michael Barfuss (Cloud County Community College) (Fall 2:52)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Wyatt Henson (Iowa) won by decision over Cooper Evans (Carl Albert State College) (Dec 10-3)
  • Quarterfinal – Wyatt Henson (Iowa) won by fall over Cruz Lara (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Fall 2:30)
  • Semifinal – Wyatt Henson (Iowa) won by major decision over Peter Rolle (Central Oklahoma) (Maj 10-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Wyatt Henson (Iowa) won by decision over Teague Travis (Oklahoma State) (Dec 2-1)

 

Black Division (Fresh/Soph) 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Sebastian Robles (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Sebastian Robles (Iowa) won by tech fall over Evan Longar (Hannibal-LaGrange (MO)) (TF 19-2)
  • Quarterfinal – Sebastian Robles (Iowa) won in sudden victory – 1 over Trevor Christian (Drury University) (SV-1 7-5)
  • Semifinal – Gabe Johnson (Unattached) won by decision over Sebastian Robles (Iowa) (Dec 4-0)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Sebastian Robles (Iowa) won by decision over Tabor McClure (Unattached) (Dec 4-3)
  • 3rd Place Match – Sebastian Robles (Iowa) won by major decision over Alex Vislosky (Oklahoma) (Maj 12-2)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Siebrecht rocks in Iowa debut

Any time a wrestler from my hometown of Lisbon, Iowa USA takes the mat in the Black and Gold of Iowa Wrestling, it is a big deal.  Last night was a big deal. Cobe Siebrecht from Lisbon took that mat in his Iowa Wrestling and Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut as a varsity wrestler against Princeton. 

It took Siebrecht only 2:25 to rack up a 16-1 tech fall in front of the home crowd. The opening takedown was a great flurry that saw Siebrecht counter with a headlock for the takedown.  Once on top Siebrecht scored on three four-point tilts to make it 14-0. After an intentional release Siebrecht secured the takedown for a tech fall in just 2:25 over Josh Breeding.

Siebrecht is in his third year in the program at the deepest weight in the Iowa lineup. Senior Max Murin is the defending varsity starter at 149 and is out with an injury. Siebrecht won the 149 lbs. title last weekend at the Luther Open. Redshirt freshman Bretli Reyna defeated senior Vince Turk in overtime in the semifinals. Reyna then had an injury default to Siebrecht in the finals. Siebrecht earned his spot in the lineup and took full advantage of it.

Siebrecht was a state champion and two-time state runner-up for former Iowa NCAA national champion Brad Smith at Lisbon. Cobe is one of three Siebrecht brothers to win a state title for Smith at Lisbon. To add to the list of wrestlers that have competed for Iowa Wrestling from our small farming community of Lisbon is a huge source of pride.

For Lisbon people and fans like my dad Francis and I this was a great time. To have someone you have watched grow up and develop in Lisbon Wrestling out on the mat in Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the legendary Iowa Wrestling program is as good as it gets.

I do not know where Siebrecht will fit in the lineup for the remainder of the season but I sure hope he gets another shot. Maybe we see Siebrecht at Midlands and several other early season Open tournaments.

I always say that Iowa Wrestling is my entertainment. For right now I am going to enjoy that moment with my dad last night watching the Siebrecht match in Carver. That was great entertainment and a match to remember.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Siebrecht rocks in Iowa debut

Any time a wrestler from my hometown of Lisbon, Iowa USA takes the mat in the Black and Gold of Iowa Wrestling, it is a big deal.  Last night was a big deal. Cobe Siebrecht from Lisbon took that mat in his Iowa Wrestling and Carver-Hawkeye Arena debut as a varsity wrestler against Princeton. 

It took Siebrecht only 2:25 to rack up a 16-1 tech fall in front of the home crowd. The opening takedown was a great flurry that saw Siebrecht counter with a headlock for the takedown.  Once on top Siebrecht scored on three four-point tilts to make it 14-0. After an intentional release Siebrecht secured the takedown for a tech fall in just 2:25 over Josh Breeding.

Siebrecht is in his third year in the program at the deepest weight in the Iowa lineup. Senior Max Murin is the defending varsity starter at 149 and is out with an injury. Siebrecht won the 149 lbs. title last weekend at the Luther Open. Redshirt freshman Bretli Reyna defeated senior Vince Turk in overtime in the semifinals. Reyna then had an injury default to Siebrecht in the finals. Siebrecht earned his spot in the lineup and took full advantage of it.

Siebrecht was a state champion and two-time state runner-up for former Iowa NCAA national champion Brad Smith at Lisbon. Cobe is one of three Siebrecht brothers to win a state title for Smith at Lisbon. To add to the list of wrestlers that have competed for Iowa Wrestling from our small farming community of Lisbon is a huge source of pride.

For Lisbon people and fans like my dad Francis and I this was a great time. To have someone you have watched grow up and develop in Lisbon Wrestling out on the mat in Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the legendary Iowa Wrestling program is as good as it gets.

I do not know where Siebrecht will fit in the lineup for the remainder of the season but I sure hope he gets another shot. Maybe we see Siebrecht at Midlands and several other early season Open tournaments.

I always say that Iowa Wrestling is my entertainment. For right now I am going to enjoy that moment with my dad last night watching the Siebrecht match in Carver. That was great entertainment and a match to remember.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Princeton preview

The home opener for Iowa Wrestling is finally here. The 2021-2022 dual meet edition of Iowa Wrestling will hit the mat tomorrow, Friday, November 19 at 7PM against #21 Princeton. The anticipation for the upcoming Iowa Wrestling season is at an all-time high with over 14,000 season tickets already sold.

Iowa will not have their full starting lineup. On the Match Notes released by the University of Iowa, Spencer Lee and Michael Kemerer were not listed. I am looking forward to the debut of Jesse Ybarra at 125. At 174 the press release had TBD. I am hoping we see Patrick Kennedy move up from 165 to compete in front of the home crowd. Kennedy lost in the closing minute to #2 ranked Alex Marinelli in the 165 lbs. finals at the Luther Open last weekend. I want to see Patrick Kennedy wrestle.

Bretli Reyna, Cobe Siebrecht, and Vince Turk are all listed at 149. Jacob Warner and Zach Glazier are both listed at 197. Warner had an injury default in the finals at Luther last weekend.

The biggest matchup of the night will be at 157. #6 Kaleb Young will face #7 Quincy Monday. I am also looking forward to the match at 184 where Abe Assad will meet up with #24 Travis Stefanik. 

This will be the first time fans have been allowed into Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a home dual meet since Iowa defeated Oklahoma State 34-6 on February 23, 2020. It has been a l-o-n-g wait. I am expecting a full house and a crowd that is ready to be entertained by Iowa Wrestling.

You can start the night off with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Social that will begin at 4PM at the Sports Column in Iowa City. The Sports Column is at 12 S Dubuque St in downtown Iowa City. There will be drink specials, raffles, and members of the HWC. The meet will be shown on several big screens for fans that were unable to obtain tickets. 

The dual will be streamed online by B1Gt.

Let’s get ’em in the middle.

 

#1 IOWA HAWKEYES (0-0, 0-0 BIG TEN) 2021-22 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown/High School Record 

125 Jesse Ybarra *Fr. Tuscon, Arizona/Sunnyside 3-0 

133 3/3/3 Austin DeSanto Sr. Exeter, Pennsylvania/Exeter (Drexel) 4-0 -or- Cullan Schriever *Fr. Mason City, Iowa/Mason City 2-1 

141 2/2/2 Jaydin Eierman Sr. Columbia, Missouri/Father Tolton (Missouri) 3-0 

149 Bretli Reyna *Fr Homestead, Florida/South Dade 3-0 -or- Cobe Siebrecht So. Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon 4-0 -or- Vince Turk Sr. Hampshire, Illinois/Montini Catholic 4-1 

157 6/6/6 Kaleb Young Sr. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania/Punxsutawney 4-0 

165 2/2/2 Alex Marinelli Sr. Miamisburg, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 4-0 

174 TBD 

184 Abe Assad So. Carol Stream, Illinois/Glenbard North 2-1 

197 3/3/3 Jacob Warner Sr. Tolono, Illinois/Washington Community 3-0 -or- Zach Glazier So. Albert Lea, Minnesota/Albert Lea 3-0 

285 3/3/3 Tony Cassioppi Jr. Roscoe, Illinois/Honoegah 0-0 

 

PRINCETON TIGERS (0-0, 0-0 IVY LEAGUE) 2021-22 Overall Wt. Rank^ Name Yr. Hometown Record 

125 3/2/2 Patrick Glory Jr. Randolph, New Jersey/Delbarton 0-0  

133 Nick Kayal So. Elmwood Park, New Jersey/Bergen Catholic 4-1 -or- Nick Masters Fr. Acworth, Georgia/Woodward 3-1 

141 Jacob Mann Fr. Ladue, Missouri/Ladue Horton Watkins 2-1 

149 Josh Breeding Sr. Amherst, Ohio/Elyria 1-2 

157 7/7/9 Quincy Monday Jr. Chapel Hill, North Carolina/Carrboro 4-0 

165 Grant Cuomo Jr. Brewster, New York/Brewster 1-1 -or- Luca Pontone So. Reading, MassachuseƩ s/Belmont Hill 0-0 

174 Mikey Squires So. Norwich, New York/Norwich 2-1 -or- Forest Belli Jr. Johnstown, Ohio/Northridge 0-2 

184 –/24/– Travis Stefanik Jr. Nazareth, Pennsylvania/Nazareth 0-0 

197 Luke Stout Fr. Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania/Mt. Lebanon 3-0 

285 Jack Del Garbino So. Girard, Ohio/Girard 2-2 

 

^WIN/Intermat/AWN 

*redshirt

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa in new InterMat rankings

InterMat has released their rankings to get us into the new season. Iowa is ranked number one for both the tournament and dual meet rankings. For the tournament rankings the Big Ten has six of the top ten ranked teams. 

The Hawks have seven wrestlers ranked in the top three and eight in the top six. Spencer Lee is ranked number one with Eierman, Marinelli and Kemerer at second, DeSanto, Warner, and Cassioppi at third, and Young at sixth.

It was recently announced that the Big Ten Network will be using InterMat rankings for their broadcasts.

Iowa will host #21 Princeton in the home opener at 7PM Friday, November 19. Anticipation for the upcoming season is at an all-time high for Iowa Wrestling with over 14,000 season tickets already sold.

 

InterMat Rankings

Tournament Team Rankings/Points

  1. Iowa  121
  2. Penn State  103.5
  3. Arizona State  64.5
  4. Oklahoma State  58

 

125  Spencer Lee – 1st

133  Austin DeSanto – 3rd

141 Jaydin Eierman – 2nd

149 Max Murin – 12th

157 Kaleb Young – 6th 

165 Alex Marinelli – 2nd

174 Michael Kemerer – 2nd

184 Nelson Brands – 14th

197 Jacob Warner – 3rd

Hwt Tony Cassioppii – 3rd

 

For the complete InterMat rankings:

https://intermatwrestle.com/rankings/college

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC Social before Princeton meet

The home opener for Iowa Wrestling is this Friday, November 19 at 7PM against #21 Princeton. You can start the night off with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club Social that will begin at 4PM at the Sports Column in Iowa City. The Sports Column is at 12 S Dubuque St in downtown Iowa City.

There will be drink specials, raffles, and members of the HWC. The meet will be shown on several big screens for fans that were unable to obtain tickets. The anticipation for the upcoming Iowa Wrestling season is at an all-time high with over 14,000 season tickets already sold. 

The HWC will also host Socials before the Minnesota (Jan 7) and Penn State (Jan 28) home dual meets. Also listed below are Away Dual Watch Parties.

https://www.hawkeyewrestlingclub.com/hwc-socials/.

The HWC has been a huge part of the success of Iowa Wrestling since it began in 1973. The HWC provides the funding needed for wrestlers in their pursuit of World and Olympic teams. The presence of the HWC is an important contributing part for the success of the Iowa Wrestling team. 

With the HWC being a 501c Not For Profit Organization, contributions are tax deductible. 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Signing Day: Class of 2022

Today is National Letter of Intent Signing Day. With recruiting being my passion, this is the day that the recruiting classes are set as recruits sign and send in their Letter of Intent. With a lineup that could see as many as seven seniors this season, the Hawks were looking to reload with the next generation of Iowa Wrestling. Mission accomplished. The Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2022 is in my opinion a very good class with ten new Hawkeyes.

The huge recruiting weekend of October 9-10 was very productive. In the following week Iowa had most of this class committed.

Every press conference by a newly named wrestling, football or basketball coach has a mention of in-state recruiting. You have to keep the talent in your home state. Dan Gable built his dynasty with Iowa high school wrestlers. Tom Brands continues that tradition today. Eight of the ten members of the Class of 2022 are from the great state of Iowa. Aiden Riggins would be the top recruit from Iowa. Ranked #3 in the country, Riggens has a very good future for the Hawks.

This is the best recruiting class in my home state in years. It looks as though Iowa is set to become a recruiting hotbed again with the future looking bright as well. I had expected the Hawks to do real well in Iowa this year but this was an impressive haul that even I was not expecting. To get all of these recruits from Iowa sends a message to the competition as well.

The one recruit that stands out to me as a huge get for this class is Kolby Franklin. This is an elite recruit from national powerhouse Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Hawk fans, this is a great recruit with a ton of potential. SEM has several elite top recruits for the Class of 2023. Let’s hope Franklin is the first of at least three SEM wrestlers to make their new home in Iowa City, Iowa soon.

Iowa has already secured verbal commitments from three top recruits for the Class of 2023 in Nate Jesuroga, Ryder Block, and Ben Kueter. All from Iowa. That is one heck of a foundation to build off of for the recruiting class next year. Speaking of which the National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2023 is November 9, 2022. I believe the 2023 class has the potential to be one of the best ever in the history of Iowa Wrestling. I will keep you up to date right here on my blog.

You can bet that the coaching staff will be out on the recruiting trail once again seeking out the next generation of Iowa Wrestling.

The present and future of Iowa Wrestling is looking great.

 

*Rankings by Willie Saylor of MatScouts.

Class of 2022

Jace Rhodes

Mason City, Iowa

2nd, 5th and 5th at State

138 lbs.

 

Carter Martinson

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

3rd and 4th at state

138 lbs.

 

Joel Jesuroga

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

State champ, 4th

#23 at 145

 

Carson Martinson

Southeast Polk HS, Iowa

3rd and 5th at state

152 lbs.

 

Drake Rhodes

Billings West HS, Montana

2X state champ, state runner-up

#22 at 152

 

Aiden Riggins

Waverly-Shellrock HS, Iowa

State champ, state runner-up, 3rd place

Junior Nationals runner-up

2021 Cadet FS World Team Trials runner-up

#3 at 160 lbs.

 

Mickey Griffith

Des Moines Lincoln HS, Iowa

State champion, state runner-up

#17 at 182 lbs.

 

Kolby Franklin

Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania

State runner-up

Cadet Freestyle and Greco-Roman champion

#5 at 197

 

Brad Hill

Bettendorf, Iowa

State champion, 6th place

#9 at 220 lbs.

 

Easton Fleshman

West Lyon HS, Iowa

7th at State, 3X Qualifier

Iowa State Freestyle champion

#25 at Hwt.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

2022 HWC Acrtic Plunge on January 29

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club will hold their annual Arctic Plunge on Saturday, January 29, 2022. That is the day after the home Penn State dual meet. The Arctic Plunge is always one of the main fundraisers for the HWC every year. Iowa Wrestling is really a hot topic now so I decided to start promoting this event a little early.

The Arctic Plunge will take place at the Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville. The costume contest is at 4:30 PM followed by the jump at 5:15 and awards at 6.

I believe the record amount raised for this event was over $186,000. With the record shattering number of season tickets that have been sold, I see no reason for the fundraising record for the Arctic Plunge to be crushed as well. There will be a huge crowd coming into town for the much anticipated Penn State dual meet the night before. I see this fundraising record being broken.

Fundraising is already under way for the Arctic Plunge. To make a contribution or to become a fundraiser:

https://events.handbid.com/fundraisers/hawkeye-wrestling-club-arctic-plunge-2022

With the HWC being a 501c Not For Profit Organization, contributions are tax deductible.

I will keep you up to date with any new information about the Arctic Plunge here on my blog.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Cassioppi wins U23 World title

Tony Cassioppi had a dominating tournament in winning the U23 World Freestyle Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Cassioppi stormed through 125kg competition with two pins and two shutouts. After a first round pin and a 7-0 decision, Cassioppi won a hard fought 5-0 decision over Magomedov of Russia in the semifinals. That was an intense match.

In the finals Cassioppi racked up a 9-0 lead before securing the fall in 2:44 over Khosonov of Greece to become a U23 World champion. Cassioppi was the only world champion for Team USA and one of only two medalists.

Cassioppi has really transformed his body and looks very different at 250 lbs. I am excited to see how he does this season for the Hawks.

Myles Wilson won his first match at 86kg 7-0 before dropping a 7-4 decision. His opponent then did not make the finals and Wilson was eliminated from the tournament.  This was a solid showing for Wilson who has really developed over the last year.

Cassioppi, from Roscoe, Illinois, placed third in the country last year at Hwt. and was named as an All American in 2020. Wilson, from Junction, Colorado, was 3-0 last season and was named for the Coaches Appreciation Award.

Former Iowa Hawkeye All American Sammy Brooks of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club was in the corner coaching for Cassioppi and Wilson.

Iowa Wrestling kicks off the 2021-2022 season with a home dual meet against #22 Princeton on Friday, November 19 at 7 PM CST in front of over 14,000 fans.

 

U23 World Freestyle Championships in Belgrade, Sebia

125 kg: Anthony Cassioppi (Roscoe, Ill./Hawkeye WC), gold medal

WIN Martin Simonyan (Armenia), fall 5:55

WIN Paris Karepri (Albania), 7-0

WIN Saipudin Magomedov (Russia), 5-0

WIN Azamat Khosonov (Greece), fall 2:44

 

86 kg: Myles Wilson (Junction, Colo./Hawkeye WC), dnp/12th

WIN Cezary Sadowski (Poland), 7-0

LOSS Mher Markosyan (Armenia), 7-4

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!