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Louive competes in Poland Open

Lauren Louive of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club competed in the Poland Open in Warsaw, Poland.  In the first round Louive defeated Desiree Zavala of the USA, 6-6. In the second round, Louive dropped a match to a wrestler from Ukraine.  Due to communication difficulties in Poland I was unable to get the specifics of the match. That wrestler did not make the finals so Louive was eliminated from the tournament.

Louive won the U.S. World Team Trials Challenge Tournament at 59 kg to qualify for Final X where she placed second.  Louive competed at 62kg this weekend.

In upcoming competitions for the HWC: 

Kayla Miracle will represent Team USA at 62kg at the Senior Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on August 9. 

Michaela Beck will represent Team USA at the Junior World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18. 

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

 

62 kg: Lauren Louive (Iowa City, Iowa/Hawkeye Wrestling Club)

WIN Desiree Zavala (USA), 6-6

LOSS Ukraine

  

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

New date set for the start of recruiting

We have a new starting date for the recruiting season.  The starting date is when things get very interesting in the recruiting world as college wrestling coaches make their pitch to recruits to lock down a verbal commitment. This will be just a verbal commitment for soon to be high school juniors in the Class of 2021 as a National Letter of Intent will not be signed until November of 2020.  

However make no mistake about it.  A verbal commitment is huge. With recruiting being the life of any and all college wrestling programs, it is easy to see why us fans take such an interest.  

New rules were passed on May 1, 2019 to move the start date of recruiting for Juniors in the Recruiting Class of 2021 to August 1, 2019.  This is a change from September 1 of the past several years for the recruitment of high school Juniors.

There is a twist to the new start date.  Due to the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Convention, there will be a dead period from July 29-August 4.  From my understanding during the dead period college coaches cannot contact recruits. With that in mind, the new and improved starting date of recruiting for Juniors in the Class of 2021 will be Monday, August 5.  

 

From ncsasports.org with the updated starting date of August 5:

Division I Men’s Wrestling NCAA Recruiting Rules

  • Any time: Athletes can receive recruiting materials from college coaches, such as questionnaires, camp brochures, nonathletic institutional publications and NCAA educational materials published by the NCAA.
  • June 15 after sophmore year: Coaches can make calls and send athletes all forms of private electronic correspondence, including text messages, instant messages, direct messages and emails, as well as all recruiting materials. Coaches can also call athletes at this point.
  • August 5 before junior year: Athletes can begin taking unofficial visits and official visits to schools.
  • August 5 before junior year: The NCAA recruiting rules allow coaches to conduct off-campus contact with athletes at their residence or school.

 

Monday, August 5, 2019 will be the new date for the start of recruiting for high school Juniors in the recruiting class of 2021.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Hawkeye Golf Outing on August 5

The 21st Annual Hawkeye Wrestling Golf Outing will be on Monday, August 5 at Glynns Creek Golf Course in Long Grove, Iowa.  Registration begins at 11:30 AM followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 PM.  

Entry fee is $95 per person.  There will be a cookout following the round of golf.  The dinner only is $15 per person.  

All profits from this event support University of Iowa Wrestling. 

A Hole In One on #11 will receive a free 2-year lease on a 2019 Lincoln MKC sponsored by Strieter Motors.

For questions about the outing, please contact:

  • John Jorgensen 563-355-9777
  • Bill Barrett 563-940-2873
  • Larry Jurkens 563-340-3531
  • Mike Weindruch 309-292-1577
  • Thom Cornelis 309-781-9354

  

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Sokol to compete in Cadet Worlds

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Ryan Sokol is set to compete at the 2019 Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Sokol will represent Team USA at 65 kg/143 lbs. Qualification rounds begin at 2:30 AM CST on Monday, July 29 and the finals are slated for 10 AM on Tuesday, July 30.  Sokol and Team USA just completed a one week training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO and leave for Bulgaria today.

Sokol was very impressive in winning the Cadet World Team Trials in June.  Sokol will be a junior this fall at Simley High School in Grover Heights, MN where he won a 132 lbs. state title last season. Sokol won a Cadet Freestyle national title in 2017.

Sokol committed to the Hawks on October 14, 2018 and is in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021.

Trackwrestling.com will be covering the Cadet World Freestyle Championships live.

 

2019 Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria

Ryan Sokol, Team USA – 65 kg/143 lbs.

Monday, July 29

2:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (MFS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)

9:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

10 a.m. – Semifinals (MFS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)

Tuesday, July 30

2:30 a.m. – Qualification rounds (MFS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg)

2:30 a.m. – Repechage (MFS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)

9:30 a.m. – Semifinals (MFS 45, 51, 60, 71, 92 kg)

10 a.m. – Finals (MFS 48, 55, 65, 80, 110 kg)

*****All times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits in the new Flo and TOM rankings

FloWrestling and The Open Mat (TOM) just released new high school rankings.  Results from Fargo have shook up the rankings. Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits are looking good in the new rankings.  Patrick Kennedy is ranked #1 at 170 lbs. by both Flo and TOM. Kennedy put on a display in winning a Junior National title at 170 in Fargo recently. 

Jesse Ybarra is ranked #2 at 120 for Flo and #8 at 126 by TOM.  Ryan Sokol at 138 is ranked #3 by Flo and #4 by TOM.  Cullan Schriever is ranked #9 at 120 by TOM. At 220 lbs. Gabe Christenson is ranked #9 by Flo and #8 by TOM.

I look for a healthy Cullan Schriever to climb in the rankings this coming season.  Ybarra, Sokol, and Christenson have really climbed up the national rankings over the last two months.  Much deserved recognition.

Iowa has a great group of recruits on the way and there is more recruiting to be done.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN  – #1 at 170 lbs. for Flo and TOM

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) – #2 at 120 lbs. for Flo, #8 at 126 lbs. for TOM

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa – #9 at 120 lbs. for TOM

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, IA (SE Polk HS)  – #9 at 220 lbs. for Flo and #8 for TOM

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) – #3 at 138 lbs. by Flo, #4 for TOM

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

Will Iowa host Who’s #1?

There has been a lot of talk online about Iowa Wrestling hosting the 2019 edition of Who’s #1.  This is an event put on by FloWrestling that matches some of the top high school wrestlers in the country against each other in a dual meet format.  I have watched this event on Flo the last several years and the level of high school wrestling will leave you shaking your head. Awesome talent will be on display.  This is a very well done event.

This event was held at Lehigh last year. In a recent article Flo stated the target date for the 2019 Who’s #1 is Saturday, September 28.  Also in that article Flo stated that they are looking at several locations including Carver-Hawkeye Arena. 

With Iowa leading the country in attendance for the college wrestling world the last 13 consecutive years and the way Iowa hosted the Olympic Trials and World Cup, I have to like our chances.  Iowa Wrestling, the University of Iowa, and the Iowa City/Coralville area know how to host a premiere wrestling event.

Iowa does have a home football game against Middle Tennessee State on the 28th.  I would guess that this will be an 11 AM kickoff time and the crowd should thin out pretty good for wrestling fans making their way to Carver that evening should Iowa get the bid as host.  This would also present a great opportunity for Iowa Wrestling fans to take in an Iowa practice before the game and then stay in town for Who’s #1. Make a day of Iowa Wrestling with an Iowa football game in the middle.

The interest in having Who’s #1 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena should excite all Iowa Wrestling fans.  What an outstanding recruiting pitch to top top high school wrestlers to have them workout in the Iowa Wrestling room and then compete in legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Then when you factor in the matchups for our incoming recruits competing against other highly ranked wrestlers will take the anticipation up to another level.

After winning his Junior National title at 170 lbs. in Fargo, incoming Iowa recruit Patrick Kennedy received a Golden Ticket to compete at this year’s Who’s #1.  Kennedy is our elite recruit that will be a senior this coming school year at Kasson-Mantorville, MN. An opponent has not been named for Kennedy at this time.

Incoming Iowa recruit Ryan Sokol of Inver Heights, MN (Simley HS) has also accepted an invitation to compete against Beau Barlett of Pennsylvania at 138 lbs.  Sokol will be a junior this year and is the headliner for the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021. Barlett is a huge recruit that has already committed to Penn State.  An Iowa-Penn State match will put fans in the seats alone.

Paddy Gallagher of Chesterland, Ohio (St. Ed’s HS) also received a Golden Ticket to compete at Who’s #1 after winning his Junior National title at 160 lbs.  Gallagher is #1 on my Recruiting Wish List and I am sure he is a target for every college program in the country. 

This would be a great event for Iowa Wrestling to host.  I would like to think the elevated platform would come out and wrestling fans in the great state of Iowa would show up by the thousands and break any attendance records that Who’s #1 has.  Flo always has a live stream of Who’s #1 going out to the world so yet another way for Iowa Wrestling to look great.

I will keep you up to date and let you know as soon as I can if Iowa does indeed get to host Who’s #1.  Should we get the bid, I expect a great event that will really promote our sport of wrestling like no other host in the world can do.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

HWC training in Japan

Alli Ragan, Kayla Miracle, and Michaela Beck of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be training in Japan through July 27.  A select group from Team USA will be training at the Olympic Acclimation site in Nakatsugawa, Japan. Tokyo, Japan is the host of the 2020 Olympics.  Former Iowa NCAA National champion and U.S. Women’s Head Coach Terry Steiner is the group leader.

Junior World Team member Michaela Beck will then have Junior World Camp in Colorado Springs, CO on August 4-10.  Beck will represent Team USA at 59 kg at the Junior World Championships at in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18.

Kayla Miracle will represent Team USA at 62kg at the Senior Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on August 5-11.  Only Olympic weights will be contested at this tournament. 

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 September 14-22.

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

I will keep you posted on dates and results.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Assad ends his high school career on top

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Abe Assad could not have finished his high school wrestling career any better that he did.  Assad looked great in winning the toughest weight class in the entire tournament by winning the title at 182 lbs. at the 2019 U.S. Marine Corps/USAW Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND.

After reaching the finals with four tech falls and a decision, Assad looked great in the finals with an 8-2 win over #1 ranked Dustin Plott of Oklahoma.  Some consider Plott as the #1 college prospect in all of high school wrestling at this time. Assad was the aggressor throughout the match and put the match away with a final takedown to add to his lead.  Assad avenged a 4-2 loss to Plott at Junior Duals in June.  

In an interview on YouTube, Assad credited his success to working out in the Iowa Wrestling room for three weeks leading up to Nationals.  He worked out with future teammate Patrick Kennedy who won a Junior Nationals title at 160 lbs. right before Assad’s match. As an Iowa Wrestling fan, I believe we will see these two win national titles at back-to-back weights in the future for Iowa Wrestling. 

Assad, from Carol Stream, IL, finished off a great high school career that saw him win two state titles at Glenbard North High School.  Assad was named as the 2019 IWCOA Class 3A Outstanding Wrestler. In 2017 as a sophomore, Assad placed first in Greco-Roman and second in Freestyle at Cadet Nationals.  It was last year that Assad made a huge move by winning both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman Cadet World Team Trials. After capturing a Bronze at the 2018 Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Zagreb, Croatia at 76 kg/176 lbs., Assad took a visit to Iowa and verbally committed to the Hawks last August.   

Assad is projected to wrestle at 184 for Iowa and I believe he has the potential to possibly move up to 197.  Assad also has a great future in International wrestling for both Freestyle and Greco-Roman.

The next step for Abe Assad will be as a true freshman for the Hawks next month.  Look for Assad to end his college career on top as well.

 

Junior Nationals – Abe Assad  Illinois 182 lbs.

Rd 128: Bye

Rd of 64: Abe Assad (IL) VSU Jake Kinken (FL) 10-0 :44

Rd of 32: Abe Assad (IL) VSU Kodiak Stephens (CA) 10-0 1:54

Rd of 16: Abe Assad (IL) VSU Michael Doggett (PA) 10-0 1:23

Quarterfinals: Abe Assad (IL) VPO1 John Pozanski (NJ) 9-4

Semifinals: Abe Assad (IL) VSU Luke Stout (PA) 10-0 1:48

Finals: Abe Assad (IL) VPO1 Dustin Plott (OK) 8-2

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Assad and Kennedy win Junior Nationals

Iowa Wrestling fans should be even more excited about the future now after the performance of our incoming recruits at the 2019 U.S. Marine Corps/USAW Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND.  Two future Hawks won a Junior National title along with a fifth and sixth place finish.

It would be hard to pick who was more impressive in winning their title between Abe Assad and Patrick Kennedy.  Assad won the toughest weight class (182) of the entire tournament in dominating fashion. After reaching the finals with four tech falls and a decision, Assad took care of business in the finals with an 8-2 win over #1 ranked Dustin Plott of Oklahoma.  Assad was the aggressor throughout the match and put the match away with a final takedown for an exclamation point. Assad avenged a 4-2 loss to Plott at Junior Duals in June. I have to say it again, Assad looked very tough in winning the toughest weight class.

Patrick Kennedy was so smooth in winning the title at 170 lbs.  He won his first five matches by tech fall and outscored his opponents 53-0.  After a 9-5 win in the semifinals, Kennedy scored a quick 10-0 tech fall in 2:20 to win the title. Kennedy made winning the title look easy.  Just a junior, Kennedy will be back next year to defend his title in Fargo.

I was really impressed with Zach Glazier placing sixth at 182.  As I mentioned earlier this was the toughest weight in the tournament.  In my opinion, by quite a margin. Glazier won his first three matches before dropping a match to a highly ranked opponent.  Glazier then rattled off four straight wins before dropping his last two matches. That weight was stacked with nationally ranked wrestlers and Glazier was right there with them.  

Gabe Christenson had a very good tournament in placing 5th at 220.  After four solid wins, Christenson dropped a close match in the Quarterfinals.  On the backside he was able to win three of four to place fifth. Also just a junior, Christenson will be back next year to hunt down a title.  Christenson will now compete in the Greco-Roman tournament later this week.

Overall, this was a great performance by our recruits.  Assad and Glazier will be freshman this fall for Iowa in the Recruiting Class of 2019.  Kennedy and Christenson will be seniors in high school this fall as members of the Recruiting Class of 2020. 

 

Patrick Kennedy  Minnesota 170 lbs.

Rd of 128: Patrick Kennedy (MN) VSU William Martin (OK) 10-0 :39

Rd of 64: Patrick Kennedy (MN) VSU Matthew Rogers (NY) 10-0 :37

Rd of 32: Patrick Kennedy (MN) VSU Spencer Mooberry (IA) 12-0 :33

Rd of 16: Patrick Kennedy (MN) VSU Greyden Penner (MO) 10-0 1:45

Quarterfinals: Patrick Kennedy (MN) VSU Angel Garcia (PA) 11-0 1:34

Semifinals: Patrick Kennedy (MN) VPO1 Nevan Snograss (OH) 9-5

Finals: Patrick Kennedy (MN) VSU Gerrit Nijenuis (PA) 10-0 2:20

 

Abe Assad  Illinois 182 lbs.

Rd 128: Bye

Rd of 64: Abe Assad (IL) VSU Jake Kinken (FL) 10-0 :44

Rd of 32: Abe Assad (IL) VSU Kodiak Stephens (CA) 10-0 1:54

Rd of 16: Abe Assad (IL) VSU Michael Doggett (PA) 10-0 1:23

Quarterfinals: Abe Assad (IL) VPO1 John Pozanski (NJ) 9-4

Semifinals: Abe Assad (IL) VSU Luke Stout (PA) 10-0 1:48

Finals: Abe Assad (IL) VPO1 Dustin Plott (OK) 8-2

 

Zach Glazier  Minnesota 182 lbs.

Rd of 128: Zach Glazier (MN) VSU1 Denzel Mabry (CA) 15-4 4:48

Rd of 64: Zach Glazier (MN) VSU Grant Barber (OK) 10-0 :38

Rd of 32: Zach Glazier (MN)  VPO Ben Vanadia (OH) 5-0

Rd of 16: Rocky Elam (MO) VPO Zach Glazier (MN) 7-0

Consi 16 #2: Zach Glazier (MN) VSU Michael Coniglia (OH) 10-0 1:47

Consi 8 #1 Zach Glazier (MN) VSU Damen Pape (NE) 10-0 2:49

Consi 8 #2: Zach Glazier (MN) VSU1 Jake Evans (OH) 13-2 6:00

Consi 4: Zach Glazier (MN) VPO1 John Pozanski (NJ) 11-10

Consi Semi: Parker Keckeisen (WI) VPO1 Zach Glazier (MN) 6-2

5th Place Match: Luke Stout (PA) VPO1 Zach Glazier (MN) 13-9

 

Gabe Christenson  Iowa 220 lbs.

Rd of 128 Gabe Christenson (IA) VPO1 Jake Noon (OH) 14-9

Rd of 64: Gabe Christenson (IA) VSU Samuel Navarro (TX) 10-0 :36

Rd of 32: Gabe Christenson (IA) VSU Adam Wilmore (VA) 10-0 :43

Rd of 16: Gabe Christenson (IA) VFA William Jarrell (MA) :14

Quarterfinals: Cade Lautt (KS) VPO1 Gabe Christenson (IA) 13-9

Consi 8 #2: Gabe Christenson (IA) VSU Judson Rowland (OK) 10-0 1:57

Consi 4: Gabe Christenson (IA) VSU Cade Dickerson (OK) 10-0 1:34

Consi Semi: Konner Doucet (OK) VPO Gabe Christenson (IA) 4-0

5th Place Match: Gabe Christenson (IA) VFA Daniel Striggow (MN) 5:59

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruits competing at Fargo

The biggest wrestling tournament in the world will be taking place in Fargo, North Dakota once again.  The Fargodome will be the setting for the 2019 U.S. Marine Corps/USAW Junior National Championships. It is a part of summer to look forward to Cadet and Junior Nationals. Fargo is a proving ground for recruits to bring their name to the wrestling world as our next collegiate and International wrestling stars.

Committed Iowa Wrestling recruits will be competing in the Junior Freestyle division.  Abe Assad of Illinois (182), Patrick Kennedy of Minnesota (170), Zach Glazier of Minnesota (182) and Gabe Christenson of Iowa (220).  Christenson will also be competing in Greco-Roman. Assad and Glazier are in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 and Kennedy and Christenson are in the Class of 2020.

Iowa Assistant Wrestling Coach Ryan Morningstar is the head coach for Cadet and Junior Freestyle for Team Iowa.

All of the action from Fargo will be live streamed on FloWrestling.

I will keep you posted on results.

 

Junior Freestyle

Abe Assad  Illinois 182 lbs.

Patrick Kennedy  Minnesota 170 lbs.

Zach Glazier  Minnesota 182 lbs.

Gabe Christenson  Iowa 220 lbs. (Also competing in Greco-Roman) 

 

Junior Freestyle schedule:

Sunday, July 12

Session I – Prelims and Consolations  9AM – 1 PM

Session II – Prelims and Consolations  4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Monday, July 13

Session III – Quarterfinals and Consolations  9AM – 12:30 PM

Session IV – Semifinals, Consolations, and Consolation Semifinals  5 PM – 8:30 PM

 

Tuesday, July 14

Session V – Consolation Semifinals (If needed)  9AM – 10 AM

Session VI – Finals, Medal Matches and Awards  1 PM – 4 PM  

*****All times listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!