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Brands and Glazier named Wrestler of the Week

Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier have been named as the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week for the opening week of competition.  Redshirt freshman Brands made his Iowa Hawkeye debut in Carver-Hawkeye Arena with an impressive 8-4 decision over #21 ranked Matthew Waddell of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Brands was the aggressor with three takedowns and looked very good against a ranked wrestler. Brands is from Iowa City (West HS), Iowa.

Glazier made his college debut at the Grand View Open in Des Moines on Saturday. Glazier, a true freshman from Albert Lea, Minnesota, was 5-0 on the day with two falls, a tech fall, and two major decisions.  In the finals Glazier pinned Sean Kelly of Triton in 2:26 to win the 197 lbs. title in the Fresh/Soph division.

The criteria for Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week is an Iowa wrestler that performs at an elite level that best represents Iowa Wrestling in the form of a dominating performance, a come from behind victory, or defeating a higher ranked opponent. 

A Wrestler of the Week was selected from the varsity and also one from the sixteen Hawkeye wrestlers that won seven titles in Open tournaments this weekend.

 

184 — Nelson Brands (Iowa) dec. #21 Matthew Waddell (Chattanooga), 8-4

 

Zach Glazier – 1st place at Grand View Open – 197 lbs.

Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Colben Dodson (Northeast Oklahoma) (Maj 16-5)

Champ. Round 2 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Ryan Jaffray (Triton) (Fall 2:15)

Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by tech fall over Bryce Westmoreland (Pratt) (TF 18-0)

Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Damen Moyer (Briar Cliff) (Maj 19-8)

1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Sean Kelly (Triton) (Fall 2:26)

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

 

Complete weekend results for Iowa and HWC

The much anticipated 2020 season for Iowa Wrestling got off to a big start this past weekend.  The Hawks had wrestlers competing at two tournaments on Saturday before the varsity kicked off the season with a home dual meet on Sunday.  The Hawkeye Wrestling Club was competing in Japan and New York City over the weekend as well.

It is time for a recap of all the action:

At the Luther Open in Decorah, Iowa the Hawks had four champs with Aaron Cashman(125), Carter Happel(141), Vince Turk(149), and Cash Wilcke(184). It was the Iowa Hawkeye debut for transfer Gavin Teasdale who placed third at 133.

At the Grand View Open in Des Moines Iowa the Hawks had three champs with Zach Glazier(197), Justin Stickley(141) and Zach Axmear(149). 

For the HWC, Forrest Molinari competed at 65kg at the 18th Annual Women’s Wrestling World Cup in Nanta, Japan.  Molinari won her match and Team USA won dual meets against Russia and Mongolia. In the finals Molinari dropped a 5-1 match and Team USA was defeated 7-3 by Japan.  Cory Clark dropped a first round match at 57kg and was eliminated at the Bill Farrell Memorial International Open in New York City.

Iowa shutout Tennessee-Chattanooga 39-0 to start the season.  Redshirt freshman Tony Cassioppi made his college debut for the home fans with a fall in 1:45 at Hwt.  Michael Kemerer made his much anticipated return to the lineup after missing last season with an injury.  Kemerer looked at least as good as ever and won with a 20-0 tech fall at 174. Austin DeSanto also won by a 23-4 tech fall at 141. Spencer Lee and Kaleb Young won by a major decision.  It was also the debut for redshirt freshman Nelson Brands in front of the hometown crowd. Brands had the most exciting match of the day with an 8-4 decision at 184 over #21 Matthew Waddell of UTC.

A great crowd of 10,466 showed up to get a first look at the 2020 edition of Iowa Wrestling.

The Hawks compete next at Iowa State on Sunday, November 24 at 2 PM.  Iowa returns home to legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, December 1 with a Big Ten opener against #4 ranked Wisconsin at 7PM.

 

Iowa 39 UTC 0

125 — #1 Spencer Lee (IA) major dec. Fabian Gutierrez (C), 16-5

133 — Paul Glynn (IA) dec. Wade Cummings (C), 11-7

141 — Austin DeSanto (IA) tech. fall Aidan Murphy (C), 23-4

149 — #5 Pat Lugo (IA) dec. Tanner Smith (C), 9-4

157 — #2 Kaleb Young (IA) major dec. George Carpenter (C), 16-6

165 — #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) dec. Drew Nicholson (C), 9-4

174 — #4 Michael Kemerer (IA) tech. fall Hunter Fortner (C), 20-0

184 — Nelson Brands (IA) dec. Matthew Waddell (C), 8-4

197 — #4 Jacob Warner (IA) dec. Rodney Jones (C), 5-4

285 — #12 Tony Cassioppi (IA) pinned Grayson Walthall (C), 1:45

Attendance: 10,466

 

Luther Open

Elite 125

Aaron Cashman — 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by fall over Diego Ortega (Coe) (Fall 1:49)

Semifinal – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by major decision over Trenton McManus (Minnesota State Mankato) (Maj 15-4)

1st Place Match – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by major decision over Brady Kyner (Wartburg) (Maj 10-1)

 

Elite 133

Gavin Teasdale 3rd place

Champ. Round 1 – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by tech fall over Brier Babin (Luther) (TF 18-3)

Quarterfinal – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by tech fall over Donny Schmit (Upper Iowa) (TF 20-3)

Semifinal – Kristian Rumph (Wartburg) won by decision over Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) (Dec 6-3)

3rd Place Match – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by injury default over Kolbe O`Brien (Minnesota State Mankato) (Inj. 5:50)

 

Elite 141

Max Murin

Champ. Round 1 – Max Murin (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Max Murin (Iowa) won by fall over Stevie Lee (Loras) (Fall 1:07)

Quarterfinal – Zach Stewart (Wartburg) won by medical forfeit over Max Murin (Iowa) (MFF)

Cons. Round 4 – Jake Wulf (Cornell College) won by medical forfeit over Max Murin (Iowa) (MFF)

 

Elite 141

Carter Happel – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Carter Happel (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by fall over Caleb Bower (Simpson ) (Fall 1:22)

Quarterfinal – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Nicholas Meling (Wartburg) (Maj 16-5)

Semifinal – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by fall over Brock Rathbun (Wartburg) (Fall 3:58)

1st Place Match – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by fall over Zayren Terukina (Wartburg) (Fall 6:00)

 

Elite 149

Vincent Turk – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Vincent Turk (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Vincent Turk (Iowa) won by tech fall over Zachary Kelsey (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) (TF 17-0)

Quarterfinal – Vincent Turk (Iowa) won by tech fall over Aj Patterson (Coe) (TF 19-3)

Semifinal – Vincent Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Tate Murty (Upper Iowa) (Dec 8-1)

1st Place Match – Vincent Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Rathman (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 13-7)

 

Elite 184

Cash Wilcke – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by tech fall over Richard Hunter (Loras) (TF 18-1)

Quarterfinal – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by tech fall over Isaiah Cox (Wartburg) (TF 18-3)

Semifinal – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by fall over Dalton Hahn (Upper Iowa) (Fall 6:48)

1st Place Match – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by fall over Josh Edel (Coe) (Fall 1:22)

 

Elite 197

Connor Corbin – 4th place

Champ. Round 1 – Connor Corbin (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Connor Corbin (Iowa) won by decision over Dylan Butts (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 7-1)

Quarterfinal – Connor Corbin (Iowa) won by decision over Kobe Woods (Wartburg) (Dec 10-3)

Semifinal – Nick Baumler (Upper Iowa) won by decision over Connor Corbin (Iowa) (Dec 5-3)

3rd Place Match – Riley Kauzlaric (Wisconsin-Whitewater) won by decision over Connor Corbin (Iowa) (Dec 9-5)

 

Elite 285

Aaron Costello – 2nd place

Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by major decision over Omar Begic (Wartburg) (Maj 12-1)

Quarterfinal – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by fall over Nick Sundberg (Wisconsin-Whitewater) (Fall 4:45)

Semifinal – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by decision over Kaleb Reeves (Coe) (Dec 6-1)

1st Place Match – Keenan Feldpausch (Luther) won by decision over Aaron Costello (Iowa) (Dec 9-5)

 

Grand View Open

Fresh/Soph 149

Cobe Siebrecht – 3rd place

Champ. Round 1 – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by tech fall over Elijah Jacobs (Northeast Oklahoma) (TF 16-0)

Champ. Round 2 – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by fall over Ian Clark (Life) (Fall 0:23)

Quarterfinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by fall over Deville Dentis (Iowa Lakes Community College) (Fall 5:54)

Semifinal – Jake Beeson (Pratt) won by decision over Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) (Dec 6-3)

Cons. Round 4 – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by major decision over Brock Parker (Loras) (Maj 16-4)

3rd Place Match – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by decision over Deville Dentis (Iowa Lakes Community College) (Dec 7-6)

 

Fresh/Soph 197

Zach Glazier – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Colben Dodson (Northeast Oklahoma) (Maj 16-5)

Champ. Round 2 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Ryan Jaffray (Triton) (Fall 2:15)

Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by tech fall over Bryce Westmoreland (Pratt) (TF 18-0)

Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Damen Moyer (Briar Cliff) (Maj 19-8)

1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Sean Kelly (Triton) (Fall 2:26)

 

Open 141

Justin Stickley – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Julian Hernandez (Life) (Maj 9-0)

Quarterfinal – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Grayson Brenna (Grand View ) (Maj 9-1)

Semifinal – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Baterdene Boldmaa (Doane) (Maj 10-1)

1st Place Match – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by decision over Kendon Lee (Grand View ) (Dec 3-1)

 

Open 141

Aaron Meyer

Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Tristan Lara (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Aaron Meyer (Iowa) (Dec 10-7)

Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) won by tech fall over Edwin Youngdell (Waldorf) (TF 17-1)

Cons. Round 4 – Marcus Abreu (Life) won in sudden victory – 1 over Aaron Meyer (Iowa) (SV-1 4-2)

 

Open 149

Zachary Axmear – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Robert Ornelas (Waldorf) (Fall 1:25)

Quarterfinal – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) won by major decision over Collin Stilson (Buena Vista) (Maj 21-9)

Semifinal – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) won by decision over Tanner Abbas (Grand View ) (Dec 7-4)

1st Place Match – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) won by decision over Shonn Roberts (Providence) (Dec 7-6)

 

Open 184

Abe Assad – 2nd place

Champ. Round 1 – Abe Assad (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by tech fall over Dominique Hampton (Central Missouri) (TF 16-0)

Quarterfinal – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by fall over Trevor Senn (Grand View ) (Fall 0:56)

Semifinal – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by decision over Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) (Dec 6-5)

1st Place Match – Kendrick Jones (Grand View ) won by decision over Abe Assad (Iowa) (Dec 2-0)

 

Open 197

Cade Brownlee

Champ. Round 1 – John Hensley (Providence) won by decision over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Round 1 – Cade Brownlee (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 2 – Drew Mccollum (Hannibal-LaGrange) won by decision over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Dec 8-3)

 

Open 197

Sam Cook

Champ. Round 1 – Samuel Cook (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Tyrell Gordon (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Samuel Cook (Iowa) (Dec 5-0)

Cons. Round 2 – Samuel Cook (Iowa) won by fall over Avery Jaramillo (Saint Mary`s) (Fall 4:42)

Cons. Round 3 – Samuel Cook (Iowa) won by decision over Jaden Davis (Grand View ) (Dec 8-7)

Cons. Round 4 – Samuel Cook (Iowa) won by fall over Sheldon Rodriguez (William Penn ) (Fall 0:45)

Cons. Round 5 – Diallo Matsimela (Life) won by decision over Samuel Cook (Iowa) (Dec 9-7)

 

Hawkeye Wrestling Club

Forrest Molinari – 65kg

2019 World Cup in Nanta, Japan 

Forrest Molinari (USA) won by FALL over Fedoseeva (Russia)

Forrest Molinari (USA) over Ulziisaikhan (Mongolia) 6-2

Naomi Ruike (Japan) over Forrest Molinari (USA) 5-1

Team USA placed 2nd.

 

Cory Clark – 57kg

Bill Farrell Memorial International Open in New York City, NY

Sean Russell (GWC) VPO1 Cory Clark (HWC) 8-7

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Thank you.

7 Hawks win titles at Luther and Grand View Open

Iowa Wrestling had a strong showing at the Luther Open and Grand View Open on Saturday. The Luther Open in Decorah, Iowa had nineteen teams from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin competing.  Aaron Cashman(125), Carter Happel(141), Vince Turk(149), and Cash Wilcke(184) all won titles. It was the Iowa Hawkeye debut for transfer Gavin Teasdale who placed third at 133.

The Grand View Open in Des Moines had twenty-seven teams from around the country competing.  Zach Glazier(197), Justin Stickley(141) and Zach Axmear(149) won titles. Glazier had a great tournament with a pin in the finals.  Overall Glazier had two pins, a tech fall, and two major decisions.

The varsity for Iowa Wrestling kicks off the season at 2 PM today in legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

 

Luther Open

Elite 125

Aaron Cashman — 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by fall over Diego Ortega (Coe) (Fall 1:49)

Semifinal – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by major decision over Trenton McManus (Minnesota State Mankato) (Maj 15-4)

1st Place Match – Aaron Cashman (Iowa) won by major decision over Brady Kyner (Wartburg) (Maj 10-1)

 

Elite 133

Gavin Teasdale 3rd place

Champ. Round 1 – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by tech fall over Brier Babin (Luther) (TF 18-3)

Quarterfinal – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by tech fall over Donny Schmit (Upper Iowa) (TF 20-3)

Semifinal – Kristian Rumph (Wartburg) won by decision over Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) (Dec 6-3)

3rd Place Match – Gavin Teasdale (Iowa) won by injury default over Kolbe O`Brien (Minnesota State Mankato) (Inj. 5:50)

 

Elite 141

Max Murin

Champ. Round 1 – Max Murin (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Max Murin (Iowa) won by fall over Stevie Lee (Loras) (Fall 1:07)

Quarterfinal – Zach Stewart (Wartburg) won by medical forfeit over Max Murin (Iowa) (MFF)

Cons. Round 4 – Jake Wulf (Cornell College) won by medical forfeit over Max Murin (Iowa) (MFF)

 

Elite 141

Carter Happel – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Carter Happel (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by fall over Caleb Bower (Simpson ) (Fall 1:22)

Quarterfinal – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by major decision over Nicholas Meling (Wartburg) (Maj 16-5)

Semifinal – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by fall over Brock Rathbun (Wartburg) (Fall 3:58)

1st Place Match – Carter Happel (Iowa) won by fall over Zayren Terukina (Wartburg) (Fall 6:00)

 

Elite 149

Vincent Turk – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Vincent Turk (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Vincent Turk (Iowa) won by tech fall over Zachary Kelsey (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) (TF 17-0)

Quarterfinal – Vincent Turk (Iowa) won by tech fall over Aj Patterson (Coe) (TF 19-3)

Semifinal – Vincent Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Tate Murty (Upper Iowa) (Dec 8-1)

1st Place Match – Vincent Turk (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Rathman (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 13-7)

 

Elite 184

Cash Wilcke – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by tech fall over Richard Hunter (Loras) (TF 18-1)

Quarterfinal – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by tech fall over Isaiah Cox (Wartburg) (TF 18-3)

Semifinal – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by fall over Dalton Hahn (Upper Iowa) (Fall 6:48)

1st Place Match – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by fall over Josh Edel (Coe) (Fall 1:22)

 

Elite 197

Connor Corbin – 4th place

Champ. Round 1 – Connor Corbin (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Connor Corbin (Iowa) won by decision over Dylan Butts (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 7-1)

Quarterfinal – Connor Corbin (Iowa) won by decision over Kobe Woods (Wartburg) (Dec 10-3)

Semifinal – Nick Baumler (Upper Iowa) won by decision over Connor Corbin (Iowa) (Dec 5-3)

3rd Place Match – Riley Kauzlaric (Wisconsin-Whitewater) won by decision over Connor Corbin (Iowa) (Dec 9-5)

 

Elite 285

Aaron Costello – 2nd place

Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by major decision over Omar Begic (Wartburg) (Maj 12-1)

Quarterfinal – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by fall over Nick Sundberg (Wisconsin-Whitewater) (Fall 4:45)

Semifinal – Aaron Costello (Iowa) won by decision over Kaleb Reeves (Coe) (Dec 6-1)

1st Place Match – Keenan Feldpausch (Luther) won by decision over Aaron Costello (Iowa) (Dec 9-5)

 

 

Grand View Open

Fresh/Soph 149

Cobe Siebrecht – 3rd place

Champ. Round 1 – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by tech fall over Elijah Jacobs (Northeast Oklahoma) (TF 16-0)

Champ. Round 2 – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by fall over Ian Clark (Life) (Fall 0:23)

Quarterfinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by fall over Deville Dentis (Iowa Lakes Community College) (Fall 5:54)

Semifinal – Jake Beeson (Pratt) won by decision over Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) (Dec 6-3)

Cons. Round 4 – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by major decision over Brock Parker (Loras) (Maj 16-4)

3rd Place Match – Cobe Siebrecht (Iowa) won by decision over Deville Dentis (Iowa Lakes Community College) (Dec 7-6)

 

Fresh/Soph 197

Zach Glazier – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Colben Dodson (Northeast Oklahoma) (Maj 16-5)

Champ. Round 2 – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Ryan Jaffray (Triton) (Fall 2:15)

Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by tech fall over Bryce Westmoreland (Pratt) (TF 18-0)

Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by major decision over Damen Moyer (Briar Cliff) (Maj 19-8)

1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Iowa) won by fall over Sean Kelly (Triton) (Fall 2:26)

 

Open 141

Justin Stickley – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Julian Hernandez (Life) (Maj 9-0)

Quarterfinal – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Grayson Brenna (Grand View ) (Maj 9-1)

Semifinal – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by major decision over Baterdene Boldmaa (Doane) (Maj 10-1)

1st Place Match – Justin Stickley (Iowa) won by decision over Kendon Lee (Grand View ) (Dec 3-1)

 

Open 141

Aaron Meyer

Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Tristan Lara (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Aaron Meyer (Iowa) (Dec 10-7)

Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 – Aaron Meyer (Iowa) won by tech fall over Edwin Youngdell (Waldorf) (TF 17-1)

Cons. Round 4 – Marcus Abreu (Life) won in sudden victory – 1 over Aaron Meyer (Iowa) (SV-1 4-2)

 

Open 149

Zachary Axmear – 1st place

Champ. Round 1 – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) won by fall over Robert Ornelas (Waldorf) (Fall 1:25)

Quarterfinal – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) won by major decision over Collin Stilson (Buena Vista) (Maj 21-9)

Semifinal – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) won by decision over Tanner Abbas (Grand View ) (Dec 7-4)

1st Place Match – Zachary Axmear (Iowa) won by decision over Shonn Roberts (Providence) (Dec 7-6)

 

Open 184

Abe Assad – 2nd place

Champ. Round 1 – Abe Assad (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by tech fall over Dominique Hampton (Central Missouri) (TF 16-0)

Quarterfinal – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by fall over Trevor Senn (Grand View ) (Fall 0:56)

Semifinal – Abe Assad (Iowa) won by decision over Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) (Dec 6-5)

1st Place Match – Kendrick Jones (Grand View ) won by decision over Abe Assad (Iowa) (Dec 2-0)

 

Open 197

Cade Brownlee

Champ. Round 1 – John Hensley (Providence) won by decision over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Round 1 – Cade Brownlee (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 2 – Drew Mccollum (Hannibal-LaGrange) won by decision over Cade Brownlee (Iowa) (Dec 8-3)

 

Open 197

Sam Cook

Champ. Round 1 – Samuel Cook (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 – Tyrell Gordon (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Samuel Cook (Iowa) (Dec 5-0)

Cons. Round 2 – Samuel Cook (Iowa) won by fall over Avery Jaramillo (Saint Mary`s) (Fall 4:42)

Cons. Round 3 – Samuel Cook (Iowa) won by decision over Jaden Davis (Grand View ) (Dec 8-7)

Cons. Round 4 – Samuel Cook (Iowa) won by fall over Sheldon Rodriguez (William Penn ) (Fall 0:45)

Cons. Round 5 – Diallo Matsimela (Life) won by decision over Samuel Cook (Iowa) (Dec 9-7)

 

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Hawks to compete at Grand View Open and Luther Open

Iowa Wrestling will be competing across the state of Iowa as the much anticipated 2019-2020 season begins.  On Saturday Iowa will have eight wrestlers competing at the Grand View Open in Des Moines. 27 teams from around the country and wrestlers competing unattached will provide solid competition.  

Division I schools competing include Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Wisconsin. There will be a varsity and fresh/soph division. Wrestling begins at 8 AM. This will mark the college debut for true freshman in the Recruiting Class of 2019 of Abe Assad, Zach Glazier, and Cobe Siebrecht.

A lot of wrestling fans will be watching the action at the Luther Open in Decorah, Iowa.  Nineteen teams from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will be competing starting at 9 AM. Max Murin (141) and Cash Wilcke (184) were both starters last season and competed at the NCAA’s.  Vince Turk represented Iowa at the NCAA’s at 141 in 2018. A Vince Turk-Jeren Glosser match at 149 would solidify who is second team at 149 behind Pat Lugo. This will be the debut of Gavin Teasdale for the Hawks who will be at 133. There will be an Elite and Silver division.   

The varsity for Iowa Wrestling kicks off the season at 2 PM Sunday in legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

It will be interesting to see if any of the wrestlers competing on Saturday will compete on Sunday.  I would say not likely. That could mean we may see Paul Glynn at 133, Austin DeSanto at 141, and Nelson Brands at 184 for the Sunday dual meet against Chattanooga.

This is a huge weekend to begin what looks like a great season of Iowa Wrestling.

 

Grand View Open 

141 – Aaron Meyer

141 – Justin Stickley (unattached)

149 – Zach Axmear

149 – Cobe Siebrecht (unattached)

184 – Abe Assad (unattached)

197 – Cade Brownlee

197 – Sam Cook

197 – Zach Glazier (unattached)

 

Luther Open

125 – Aaron Cashman

133 – Gavin Teasdale

141 – Carter Happel

141 – Max Murin

149 – Jeren Glosser

149 – Vince Turk

174 – Myles Wilson

184 – Cash Wilcke

197 – Connor Corbin

285 – Aaron Costello

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Hwt Preview: Cassioppi

The debut for Tony Cassioppi in the Black and Gold for the Iowa Hawkeyes is almost here.  This is one of the most anticipated debuts ever for me ever as an Iowa Wrestling fan. How good is Cassioppi?  Iowa Wrestling fans are going to love this guy.

The first time I saw Cassioppi in person was at the first ever Iowa Wrestling Spring Camp that Ryan Morningstar held in April of 2017.  This is the same camp that I have been talking about so much recently as Iowa is kicking butt out on the recruiting trail. I knew about Cassioppi who at that time was a verbal commitment to Northwestern.  A 4.0 GPA will help make that happen.

At the end of practice Cassioppi was running sprints back and forth the full length of the Iowa room and beating the much smaller wrestlers.  To see a 260 lbs. teenager run that fast at the end of wrestling practice certainly caught my eye. 

After a great high school career that saw Cassioppi win titles at the high school, national, and International level, he showed up at Iowa from Roscoe, Illinois (Hononegah HS). His development in the weight room has really changed his appearance.  This is another example of what I have seen for years in the Iowa room. It is amazing how much a wrestler can develop physically during that redshirt freshman season.

It was about this time last year that Spencer Lee was asked in an interview who was the smartest wrestler on the team.  Lee immediately said Cassioppi who had only been on campus for two months. Considering that Iowa Wrestling had twenty wrestlers with a 3.0 or higher GPA last year that is saying something.  A smart wrestler with the ability to learn and adapt throughout an individual match and season is one to watch for. Look for Cassioppi to improve throughout the season and avenge earlier losses at the NCAA’s.

Last season Cassioppi was 20-2 with 14 pins, 5 decisions and one win by medical forfeit.  13 of his 14 pins were in the first period. The other pin was in the second period. Safe to say that this guy is always looking for the fall and gets his work done quickly.

Comments that Cassioppi made about wanting to break the Iowa career pin record by Ed Banach at 73 got some attention at Media Day.  Iowa does not compete in as many matches as they did in the 80’s, but I am not going to tell Cassioppi that.  

The Hwt division is not only loaded, but loaded with young talent.  The depth of quality athletes has never been better in D-I wrestling.  I certainly would not trade Cassioppi for anyone. The Big Ten is always home to the best big man wrestling in the country and this year is no exception.  The top four rated wrestlers are in the Big Ten. Cassioppi will face #1, #2, and #3 at home in Carver and #4 on the road. We will know soon enough just how good this freshman is.

To the fans that are used to heading for the exits in Carver at the end of the 197 lbs. match, you will be missing out over the next four years.  I for one am really looking forward to watching an exciting Hwt that is always looking for the pin. Tony Cassioppi will be an entertainer for all of the Iowa Wrestling fans. 

 

Hwt. Rankings by TrackWrestling on November 11

  1. Anthony Cassar – Penn State, Sr
  2. Gable Steveson – Minnesota, So
  3. Trent Hillger – Wisconsin, So
  4. Mason Parris – Michigan, So
  5. Tate Orndorf – Utah Valley State, So
  6. Tanner Hill – Arizona State, Sr
  7. Jordan Wood – Lehigh, Jr
  8. Matt Stencel – Central Michigan, Jr

12. Tony Cassioppi – Iowa Fr

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Clark to compete at Bill Farrell Open

Cory Clark of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing at the Bill Farrell Memorial International Open at the New York Athletic Club in New York City on Saturday.  Clark will be competing at 57 kg/125 lbs. This is the first competition for Clark down at that weight since he placed fifth at the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a freshman in college at 125 lbs.

Clark was a four-time All American for the Hawks and capped off his career with a national title at 133 lbs. in 2017.  He has competed in International wrestling at 61kg/134 lbs. the last two years.

Clark will be competing in a loaded 57kg division that will include Nick Suriano, Seth Gross, Nahshon Garrett, and more.

Thomas Gilman has already qualified for the Olympic Team Trials at 57kg on April 4-5.

FloWrestling will be covering all of the matches live.

 

Saturday, November 16

Men’s Freestyle Weigh-ins (SCRATCH)                            

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Men’s Freestyle Session I (Preliminaries)         

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Men’s Freestyle Medal Matches                        

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

*****Times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

A GREAT recruiting class for Iowa

It does not get any better for recruiting than the National Letter of Intent Signing Day.  That day is here and Iowa Wrestling fans should be very excited about the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.  The signatures are now coming in from across the country as recruits send in their signed Letter of Intent.

The top recruit would be Patrick Kennedy out of Kasson-Mantorville High School in Minnesota.  Kennedy is everything you want from a recruit for the Black and Gold. For starters his high school coach, Jamie Heidt, was an All-American at Iowa.  Kennedy has all of the tools to be an elite wrestler in college and is ranked #1 at 170 lbs. Kennedy is a natural leader with his work ethic and toughness and will be a great addition to the Hawkeye program. Kennedy was the first member of the Class of 2020 when he committed on June 19, 2018.

Jesse Ybarra of Tucson, Arizona (Sunnyside HS) is the type of elite athlete that I have been wanting Iowa to get more of.  Ybarra is lightning quick and can score from any position in a wrestling match. Sunnyside HS has a great tradition for decades of producing top college talent.  Ybarra stormed up the rankings from not even being in the Top 100 to #1 in just a few months recently. As with Kennedy, Ybarra was real impressive at Who’s #1. With this type of athletic talent in the Iowa room that is world class for lightweight wrestlers, Ybarra has a great future as an Iowa Hawkeye.  Ybarra committed to the Hawks on September 27, 2018. 

Cullan Schriever of Mason City, Iowa is an elite recruit that is being overlooked by the national media.  Schriever has already won two Cadet Freestyle national titles. An injury at the state tournament last February has kept him out of competition.  From what I saw from a recent picture, it looks like Schriever spent the time off the mats in the weight room. He looks quite a bit bigger and stronger.  Look for Schriever to make a big return to competition this year and show that he is an elite recruit. The Schriever brothers committed to Iowa on September 27, 2018.

Colby Schriever of Mason City, Iowa was also injured at the state tournament last February and has not been able to compete since.  Also, Colby has grown quite a bit and may be the sleeper recruit of this class. Colby placed seventh at state in 2018 and second last season.

Gabe Christenson of Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) is from one of the top programs in the state of Iowa.  Christenson was impressive at Junior Nationals where he placed fifth at 220 and was also an All American in Freestyle and Greco-Roman in Cadets.  Gabe comes from a wrestling family where the head coach is also dad. I was able to watch Gabe’s dad Jason (and also his head coach at SEP) have a successful career at Anamosa in the mid-80’s.  Grandpa Dennis Christenson was the coach for Jason at Anamosa and also won a 1A State title for Belle Plaine as a head coach in 1976. Christenson committed to the Hawks on March 13, 2019.

Leif Schroeder of Bozeman, Montana made an official visit to Iowa on October 19 and committed to the Hawks in October 25.  Schroeder has already won three state titles and will be in the hunt for number four this season. I really like an article I saw about Schroeder last season.  He comes from a high school program where winning the title is the goal every year. He should be a great fit at Iowa.

Bretli Reyna of South Dade High School in Homestead, Florida was a huge final addition to the Class of 2020.  Reyna had to be the top recruit yet to commit after his great performance at Super 32 in October. Reyna won the title by defeating the #1, #5, and#10 ranked wrestler in the country to win the 145 lbs. title.  Iowa was certainly recruiting Reyna before Super 32. South Dade HS is also the home school of current Iowa All American Pat Lugo. Reyna is another elite athlete like Ybarra that has the quickness and ability that you want to see.  Reyna committed to Iowa on October 29, 2019.  

I kept saying that the Class of 2020 for the Hawks was very, very good and it would take one more recruit to push them to great.  The late addition of Reyna certainly make the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 great.

Iowa is already off to a great start on the Recruiting Class of 2021 with three commitments so far.  Wyatt Henson, Cam Lucero, and Caleb Rathjen have all committed over the past several weeks. Iowa Wrestling is on a huge roll out On the Recruiting Trail. 

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2021 will be on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The countdown has began.

A special note to the great job by Iowa Wrestling Assistant Coach Ryan Morningstar for his great work on recruiting.  In my opinion, Morningstar is the best college wrestling coach in the country at evaluating talent and building the initial contact with recruits.  The camp in April that Morningstar originated over the last three years has really made a difference. I do not know of any other top programs that have a camp like this. That is innovating and getting an edge on the competition.

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling. 

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. 

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

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs. 

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

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

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

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – St. Louis, Missouri  132 lbs.

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  145 lbs.

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

197 lbs. Preview: Warner

Jacob Warner became just the second Iowa wrestler ever to become an All American at 197/190 lbs. as a freshman last season.  He capped off a 22-6 season by placing seventh at the NCAA Championships. Of his 22 wins, Warner had one pin, one tech fall, and four major decisions. 

Warner was an elite recruit out of Tolono, Illinois (Washington High School) that I have always been very high on.  He started off his college career with a huge win at home against Iowa State and the fifth ranked wrestler in the country.  After suffering an injury in that meet on December 1, Warner did not compete again until Midlands. Last season was a challenge for Warner.  He made the 2018 Junior World Team and competed overseas in the fall and I believe that affected his performance throughout the season.

Now with a full year of training and a regular off-season, I am expecting much more out of Warner this year.  He looks noticeably bigger and stronger. I also sense more confidence this season as well. 

Warner won matches last year with a counter attack for spin arounds for takedowns and aggressive wrestling on top for riding time and turns.  I am hoping we see more offensive scoring with his takedowns. This guy has a large arsenal of leg attacks, upper body moves, and aggressive hand fighting that can all add up to a lot of points. The increase in points will lead to more pins.  Every point will be important at the NCAA’s and a great effort by Warner will be needed.

There will be some early season tests for Warner to gauge his progress by as he will face #23 Joel Shapiro of Iowa State and #2 ranked Patrick Brucki of Pinceton on the road.  I am especially looking forward to the Brucki match at Princeton before a sold out standing room only crowd and hostile environment. That match will show where Warner is at nationally in the early season. 

I agree with the preseason ranking of fifth, but that is sure not where I expect Jacob Warner to finish the season at the NCAA Championships.  The sky is the limit for this Hawkeye.

 

2019 NCAA Championships – Jacob Warner (22-6) placed 7th and scored 7.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) won by decision over Drew Phipps (Bucknell) (Dec 9-8)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Thomas Lane (Cal Poly) won in sudden victory – 1 over Jacob Warner (Iowa)  (SV-1 4-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) won by major decision over Joshua Roetman (Navy) (MD 9-1)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) won by decision over Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) (Dec 10-6)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) won by decision over Tom Sleigh (Virginia Tech) (Dec 6-2)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Josh Hokit (Fresno State) won by decision over Jacob Warner (Iowa) (Dec 5-4)
  • 7th Place Match – Jacob Warner (Iowa) won by decision over Benjamin Honis (Cornell) (Dec 8-4)

 

2019 Big Ten Championships

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Jacob Warner (Iowa) won by decision over Beau Breske (Wisconsin) (Dec 10-4)
  • Semifinal – Kollin Moore (Ohio State) won by decision over Jacob Warner (Iowa) (Dec 5-2)
  • Cons. Semi – Jacob Warner (Iowa) won by decision over Christian Brunner (Purdue) (Dec 6-0)
  • 3rd Place Match – Jacob Warner (Iowa) won in sudden victory – 1 over Eric Schultz (Nebraska) (SV-1 7-5)

 

197 lbs. Rankings by TrackWrestling on November 12

  1. Kollin Moore – Ohio State, Sr
  2. Patrick Brucki – Princeton, Jr
  3. Kyle Conel – Penn State, Sr
  4. Josh Hokit – Fresno State, Sr
  5. Jacob Waner – Iowa, So
  6. Jacob Holschlag – Northern Iowa, Sr
  7. Nathan Traxler – Stanford, Sr
  8. Tom Lane – Cal Poly, Sr

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

184 lbs. Preview: Wilcke

Cash Wilcke returns to the lineup for his senior season.  He has been so close to placing the last three years at the NCAA’s.  As a freshman and sophomore Wilcke wrestled at 197 and made it to the Round of 12 at Nationals, aka The Blood Round.

Last season Wilcke, from Battle Creek, Iowa (OA-BCIG High School) moved down to 184 and had a solid year with a 23-8 record with two pins and five major decisions. Of the eight losses, seven were to a wrestler ranked in the top nine in the country.  Of those seven losses, six were by three points or less. The best win of the season for Wilcke was a 4-1 decision over then #4 ranked Taylor Venz of Nebraska. After placing fifth at Big Tens, Wilcke was eliminated at Nationals in the Round of 16.

For the fourth year in a row I will say that Wilcke is the best athlete on the team.  This guy has a lot of athletic ability. Quickness, balance, strength, endurance, he has it all.  It has always been a matter of Wilcke pulling the trigger on his shots and being more offensive.

At the preseason matches on Friday, Wilcke defeated true freshman Abe Assad 3-2, TB1. I was not surprised by this result.  I am very high on Assad and he has a great future for the Hawks.  

Throughout the entire off-season I have thought that redshirt freshman Nelson Brands would go up to 184 and challenge for the varsity spot.  Brands has a ton of potential.  As a fan I would like to see a Wilcke-Brands match in competition. That would be a very close match.  We could see Wilcke, Brands, and Assad all compete at 184 at Midlands. Time will tell.

Cash Wilcke is the favorite at this time, but he will be pushed for the starting spot in the lineup at 184.  For Iowa to win the team title, points at 184 are needed at Nationals. I am confident that Iowa will be well represented at 184 at Big Tens and Nationals.    

 

2019 NCAA Championships – Cash Wilcke (23-8) scored 2.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by decision over Nick Gravina (Rutgers)(Dec 3-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Maxwell Dean (Cornell) won in sudden victory – 1 over Cash Wilcke (Iowa) (SV-1 6-4)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by major decision over Mason Reinhardt (Wisconsin) (MD 8-0)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Emery Parker (Illinois) won by fall over Cash Wilcke (Iowa) (Fall 5:23)

 

2019 Big Ten Championships

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by decision over Brandon Krone (Minnesota) (Dec 2-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Emery Parker (Illinois) won by decision over Cash Wilcke (Iowa) (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by decision over Norman Conley (Indiana) (Dec 5-2)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by decision over Max Lyon (Purdue) (Dec 8-3)
  • Cons. Semi – Tyler Venz (Nebraska) 21-7 won by decision over Cash Wilcke (Iowa) 21-6 (Dec 6-4)
  • 5th Place Match – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Nick Gravina (Rutgers) (M. For.)

 

184 lbs. Rankings by TrackWrestling on October 15

  1. Zahid Valencia – Arizona State, Sr
  2. Ben Darmstadt – Cornell, Jr
  3. Taylor Venz – Nebraska, Jr
  4. Dakota Greer – Oklahoma State, Jr
  5. Shakur Rasheed – Penn State, Sr
  6. Taylor Lujan – Northern Iowa, Sr
  7. Nino Bonaccorsi – Pittsburgh, So
  8. Samuel Colbray – Iowa State, Jr
  9. Lou Deprez – Binghampton, So
  10. Cash Wilcke – Iowa, Sr

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Molinari to compete in World Cup

Forrest Molinari of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing in the World Cup. The 18th Annual Women’s Wrestling World Cup will be held in the Nakadai Sports & Recreation Park Gymnasium in Nanta, Japan on November 16-17. 

Molinari, a two-time World Team member, will compete at 65kg. Other Team USA members include five-time World champion Adeline Gray, current World champions Jacarre Winchester and Tamyra Mensah-Stock, and World Silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt. Team USA will be in Group A with Russia and Mongolia.

Former Iowa NCAA national champion Terry Steiner will be the head coach for Team USA. 

TrackWrestling will have all have full live coverage of the matches.

 

The groups for the 2019 Women’s Wrestling World Cup:

Group A – No. 1 JPN, No. 4 CHN, No. 5 UKR

Group B – No. 2 RUS, No. 3 USA, No. 7 MGL

 

Saturday (November 16)

10:30 – Mat A: JPN vs. UKR / Mat B: RUS vs. MGL

12: 00 – Mat A: RUS vs. USA / Mat B: CHN vs. UKR

16:30 – Opening Ceremony

17:00 – Mat A: JPN vs. CHN / Mat B: USA vs. MGL

 

Sunday (November 17)

8:00 – Medical Examination & Weigh-in

10:30 – Finals 5/6

13:00 – Finals 3/4

14:30 – Finals 1/2

16:00 – Award Ceremonies

***Japan local times listed.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!