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Brands and M* in Ohio to watch Facundo

Iowa Wrestling coaches Tom Brands and Ryan Morningstar are hitting it hard out on the recruiting trail.  Brands and Morningstar are in Medina, Ohio just outside of Cleveland right now at the Medina Invitational Tournament.  Yes, Iowa Wrestling has an early morning weigh in for the Midlands in Chicago tomorrow with first round action beginning at 9:30 AM.  But right now, Brands and Morningstar are in the Cleveland area to watch elite recruit Alex Facundo of Davison, Michigan.

I have called Facundo the best wrestler in the country right now, regardless of weight or age, but for good reason.  He is. Facundo is just a sophomore, but he does not wrestle like one. Facundo was undefeated last season in capturing a state title as a freshman at 152 lbs. by beating a two-time state champion in the finals  He then won the USAW Junior Folkstyle National title…as a freshman. Facundo went on to win the Cadet World Team Trials and captured a Bronze at the 2018 World Cadet Freestyle Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. Facundo was a teammate of incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit Abe Assad, who also captured a Bronze.

In October, Facundo looked outstanding in defeating then #1 ranked Brevin Balmaceda in Who’s #1, 7-3.  As a sophomore, Facundo is ranked #1 in the country at 160 lbs. by every rankings that I have seen. Facundo is ranked #7 for the FloWrestling P4P (pound for pound) rankings.  All of those ranked ahead of him are either a junior or senior. I would have Facundo #1 overall in the country.

I can only guess that Facundo would wrestle anywhere from 165 to 184.  It is too early to tell. As I mentioned in a recent podcast, the thought of a 1-2-3 punch of Partick Kennedy – Alex Facundo – Abe Assad sure sounds great to me. Iowa already has Assad signed up and on the way as a senior this year and Kennedy gave a verbal commitment and is a junior this year.  Iowa Wrestling fans want to see that 1-2-3 punch in the lineup. Let’s get them all aboard and they will make the weight classes work.

As an Iowa Wrestling fan, I have to like the recruiting savy of Brands and Morningstar making this 700-mile round trip from Chicago to Cleveland and back to watch Facundo in the finals tonight on the eve of the Midlands. Facundo has pinned his first three opponents in the first period to make it to the finals of the Medina Invitational Tournament that is a 45-team tournament.

I am certain that Facundo will be the overall #1 recruit in the country for the Class of 2021.  As far as being top ranked and being an impact wrestler that every wrestling program in the country would like to have, Alex Facundo would be Iowa Wrestling’s next Spencer Lee.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: December 28-30

Iowa Wrestling recruits will be competing this weekend.  Zach Glazier and Ryan Sokol will be competing at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo, North Dakota.  This is an 88-team tournament held in the Fargo Dome on December 28-29. This tournament is loaded with some of the top teams in Minnesota as well as North Dakota and South Dakota.  Shakopee, Apple Valley, and Owatonna are 1-2-3 in Minnesota 3A and Sokol’s school of Simley is #1 in 2A.

Jesse Ybarra will be competing at the Mile High Challenge in Prescott Valley, Arizona on December 29-30.  This will be a 32-team tournament at the Prescott Valley Events Center. The Mile High Challenge is going from a 16-team to a 32-team format this year.

Abe Assad has a dual meet at Carl Sandburg High School on Friday, December 28.

Patrick Kennedy, Cullan and Colby Schriever do not compete until after the first of the year.

I will keep you posted with results.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Friday, December 28 dual meet at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, IL

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS)  182 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 28-29: Rumble on the Red in Fargo, ND

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Nothing scheduled until January 4.

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Nothing scheduled until January 4.

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec 29-30: Mile High Challenge in Prescott Valley, Arizona

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 28-29: Rumble on the Red in Fargo, ND

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action Dec 20-23: Results

Iowa Wrestling recruits has a great weekend of wrestling.  Abe Assad stormed through the nationally tough Al Dvorak Invite in Machesney Park, IL.  Assad won the title at 182 lbs. by Fall, Fall, Major Decision, and Fall to make the finals. In the finals, Assad faced Trey Sizemore of LaSalle – Cincinnati who is ranked 4th in Division I in Ohio.  Assad scored the Fall in 2:27 to win the title.

For his dominating performance in the tournament, Assad was named as the Outstanding Wrestler.  The Dvorak is always a tough tournament and had 37 teams from Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Jesse Ybarra won the title at 126 lbs. at the 17-team McClintock Charger Invitational in Mesa, Arizona.  After a first round Bye, Ybarra won by a Tech Fall and Fall in 1:51. In the finals, Ybarra scored a Fall in :41 to win the title.

Patrick Kennedy won a dual meet match by Fall and Ryan Sokol won matches in two dual meets by Fall and Tech Fall.  

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Saturday and Sunday, December 22-23 at the Dvorak Invite at Machesney Park, IL

  • Champ. Round 1 – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (GLENBARD NORTH)) 20-0 won by fall over Semaj Brown (Calumet City (THORNTON FRACTIONAL NORTH)) 9-6 (Fall 0:47)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (GLENBARD NORTH)) 20-0 won by fall over John Pacewic (Plainfield (SOUTH) ) 10-5 (Fall 1:37)
  • Quarterfinal – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (GLENBARD NORTH)) 20-0 won by major decision over Trevor Swier (Lombard (MONTINI)) 4-2 (MD 20-8)
  • Semifinal – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (GLENBARD NORTH)) 20-0 won by fall over Dan Benoit (Chicago (MT. CARMEL)) 12-5 (Fall 1:11)
  • 1st Place Match – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (GLENBARD NORTH)) 20-0 won by fall over Trey Sizemore (Cincinnati (LASALLE)) 15-3 (Fall 2:27)

*Named O.W. of the Dvorak Invite.

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS)  182 lbs.

Thursday, December 20 home dual meet vs Austin

Friday, December 21 dual meet vs Scott West at Belle Plaine, MN

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Thursday, December 20: Home dual vs Pine Island

Patrick Kennedy won by Fall over Pine Valley.

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Nothing scheduled until January 4.

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, Dec 21-22: McClintock Charger Invitational at Mesa, AZ

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside H.S.) 19-0 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside H.S.) 19-0 won by tech fall over Corbin Baker (Shadow Ridge) 13-14 (TF-1.5 2:23 (17-2))
  • Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside H.S.) 19-0 won by fall over COLTON REED (Maricopa) 6-14 (Fall 1:51)
  • 1st Place Match – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside H.S.) 19-0 won by fall over Tanner Castillo (Red Mountain) 5-1 (Fall 0:41)

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Friday December 21 – Home duals vs St. Michael-Albertville and Bemidji

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Isiah Mlsna, (STMA) Tech Fall 24-8

Ryan Sokol (Simley) over Joe Hudson (BEMI) TF 23-5

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: Dec 20-23

Iowa Wrestling recruits will be in action this week and weekend.  Zach Glazier has a dual meet on Thursday and Friday. Patrick Kennedy has a dual on Thursday and Ryan Sokol will have a dual meet on Friday.  Jesse Ybarra will compete in the McClintock Invite in Phoenix, AZ on Friday and Saturday.

Abe Assad will compete in the Dvorak Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.  The Dvorak is one of the tougher tournaments in the country every year. 37 teams from Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Ohio will compete at Harlem High School in Machesney, IL.  Video stream for the Dvorak is available on TrackWrestling.

Cullan and Colby Schriever are not in competition until January 4.

I will follow up with results..  

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Saturday and Sunday, December 22-23 at the Dvorak Tournament at Machesney Park, IL

*Video stream available on TrackWrestling.

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS)  182 lbs.

Thursday, December 20 home dual meet vs Austin

Friday, December 21 dual meet vs Scott West at Belle Plaine, MN

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Thursday, December 20: Home dual vs Pine Island

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Nothing scheduled until January 4.

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, Dec 21-22: McClintock Invite at Phoenix, AZ


Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Friday December 21 – Home duals vs St. Michael-Albertville and Bemidji

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling update

With the holiday break upon us, I thought an update on Iowa Wrestling would be in order.  I made it down to a workout on Monday. There was not a team practice, but the room was full of Iowa Wrestlers hitting a workout before they made their way home for the holidays.  Iowa will next have practice on December 26 and the Midlands is on December 29-30.

Every wrestler in the starting lineup and pretty much the entire roster was working out on their own for their first day of “Holiday Break.”  It is a setting like this that you really see the torch being passed down from one generation of Iowa Wrestling to another. You had Thomas Gilman and Max Murin wrestling on the middle mat.  Gilman is always wrestling in the middle mat. Thomas Gilman does not have an offseason. He is always in shape and ready to go. I also believe that his 5th place showing at the World Freestyle Championships has added a big log onto his already blazing fire of desire to compete and win.  I am looking for a big year out of Gilman in 2019. And Murin as well.

Cash Wilcke was rolling with Sam Brooks.  That is a couple of big dudes to me moving like that.  Spencer Lee and Cory Clark were hitting some flurries that make you an even bigger wrestling fan. Brooks and Clark were working with the younger Iowa wrestlers and going over technique when they were on break and after the hard wrestling was done.  You could have used a video of this as an infomercial on the importance of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. To see Sam Brooks and Cory Clark keep that chain going from one generation of Iowa Wrestling to the next is a big part of what makes Iowa Wrestling so special.  It is also why the support of all those that donate to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club is so appreciated and needed.

I have still yet to see Austin DeSanto tired.  This guy has amazing endurance. I look for him to break out big time in the second half of the year.  I would put Patricio Lugo in the same category. Just give those two some time. I expect DeSanto and Lugo to both answer the bell in Pittsburgh at the NCAA’s.

Whatever weight Sam Stoll is at looks to be perfect to me.  Stoll looks really good. He is moving real well and looking strong.  With Stoll, Aaron Costello, and Anthony Cassioppi being coached by Bobby Telford with the help of Ben Berhow, Iowa will be very good at Hwt for years to come.

Forrest Molinari and Lauren Louive were working hard.  Alli Ragan is on her way back. An injury caused her to pull out of the World Championships. When a wrestler has made six straight World teams like Ragan has, you have to believe they will be back.  

Iowa has another two week break in competition after Midlands until the January 13 dual at Minnesota.  Iowa will still be on Christmas break and this will provide a great 2 week period to concentrate solely on wrestling.  That is usually when the level of intensity gets cranked up a notch or two in the room. There is an added push after the first of the year with morning runs and one-on-one technique sessions to peak for the NCAA’s for technique, strength, and conditioning.  

Right now everything is pretty quiet for Iowa wrestling.  Just the way I like it. Iowa slipped back to fourth in the national rankings from third.  I firmly believe Iowa has their best wrestling in front of them. Folks, it is December. The NCAA National tournament is on March 21-23.  There is a lot of livin to be done between now and March.

As I said in my recent Iowa Wrestling Fan Podcast, Iowa peaked last year at the NCAA’s like even I was not expecting.  I gotta believe it will happen again. Let’s get the boys healthy, rested up, and ready to roll for a big 2019. As a fan, I cannot wait.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa recruit Glazier named TOM Wrestler of the Week

Iowa Wrestling recruit Zach Glazier has been named The Open Mat (TOM) Wrestler of the Week.  Glazier had an impressive run in capturing the 182 lbs. title at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament in Rochester, MN this past weekend. Glazier stormed to the finals with two falls and two tech falls.  In the finals, Glazier defeated #1 ranked Cade King of Owatonna, 3-2. Glazier is currently ranked behind King at #2 at 182 in Minnesota 3A.

After competing at 195 and 220 earlier in the season, Glazier made the move to 182 this past weekend.  Glazier is now 13-0 for the season with bonus points is 12 of those matches. Glazier committed to the Hawks on June 27 and is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019.

Glazier is the second incoming Iowa Wrestling recruit to be named as the TOM Wrestler of the Week.  Jesse Ybarra of Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) also received the honor on October 22.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS)  182 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rochester, MN

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) won by fall over Rufino SotoVanCamp (Hortonville) 3-5 (Fall 1:22)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) won by fall over Billy Trees (Prior Lake) 4-7 (Fall 3:38)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) won by tech fall over Josh Piechowski (Stillwater) 11-4 (TF-1.5 5:23 (25-10))
  • Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) won by tech fall over Colton Krell (Westfield) 9-2 (TF-1.5 5:24 (19-4))
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 13-0 won by decision over Cade King (Owatonna) 12-1 (Dec 3-2)

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action Dec 14-15: Results

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits had a great weekend of competition.  All three recruits that entered the tough Minnesota Christmas Tournament won titles.  Zach Glazier stormed to the finals with two falls and two tech falls. In the finals, Glazier defeat #1 ranked Cade King of Owatonna, 3-2.  Glazier is currently ranked behind King at #2 at 182 in Minnesota 3A.

Patrick Kennedy was lights out in winning the title at 170 in the Minnesota Christmas Tournament.  Kennedy won his first three matches by tech fall before scoring a 15-1 Major Decision in the Quarterfinals.  Kennedy won in the semifinals by Tech Fall. In the finals, Kennedy defeated AA #2 ranked Cade Mueller of Waconia by a 19-4 Tech Fall.  To TF the #2 ranked wrestler in a state as tough as Minnesota is worth noting. Kennedy is currently ranked #1 at 182 in Minnesota AA but won the title today at 170.

I thought this tournament would be a proving ground for Ryan Sokol.  Sokol had a great tournament winning the title at 132 lbs. Sokol started the tournament off with a Fall and three Tech Falls.  In the semifinals, Sokol downed #1 in Minnesota AA Mitchell Peterson of Byron, 7-3. In the finals, Sokol won by a 20-5 Tech Fall over Noah Villarreal of Aurora Christian. Villarreal is ranked #1 in Illinois 1A by Illinois Matmen. To defeat two number one ranked wrestlers including by a tech fall in the finals, I would say Sokol had himself a day.

Cullan Schriever was 4-0 with two falls, a tech fall, and a major decision at the Battle of Waterloo.  Colby Schriever was 4-1 with two falls, a tech fall and a major decision. Abe Assad had dual meets on Friday and Saturday where he was 3-0 with three first period pins. Jesse Ybarra did not have any competition this weekend.  On Wednesday night, Ybarra had a Fall over Stafford and a 5-2 decision over Walden Grove.

That was a great weekend of wrestling by our recruits.  Glazier beating a #1 ranked wrestler, Kennedy getting a tech fall over the #2 ranked wrestler at his weight, and Sokol defeating two #1 ranked wrestlers including by a tech fall in the finals is definitely a strong showing by the recruits at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament. Simley (Sokol’s team) won the team title with 204.5 and Kasson-Mantorville (Kennedy’s team) placed second with 199.5.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Friday, December 14: Home Dual vs Wheaton North – 1st period Fall

Saturday, December 15: Home Dual meets: vs.

Prospect – 1st period Fall

Hononegah – 1st period Fall

St. Charles North – Forfeit

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN  182 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rochester, MN

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) won by fall over Rufino SotoVanCamp (Hortonville) 3-5 (Fall 1:22)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) won by fall over Billy Trees (Prior Lake) 4-7 (Fall 3:38)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) won by tech fall over Josh Piechowski (Stillwater) 11-4 (TF-1.5 5:23 (25-10))
  • Semifinal – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) won by tech fall over Colton Krell (Westfield) 9-2 (TF-1.5 5:24 (19-4))
  • 1st Place Match – Zach Glazier (Albert Lea) 13-0 won by decision over Cade King (Owatonna) 12-1 (Dec 3-2)

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rochester, MN

  • Champ. Round 1 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by tech fall over William Krueger (Rochester Mayo) 4-5 (TF-1.5 2:40 (16-0))
  • Champ. Round 2 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by tech fall over Logan Collins (Forest Lake) 7-4 (TF-1.5 3:15 (17-2))
  • Champ. Round 3 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by tech fall over Ethan Pittman (East Ridge) 8-7 (TF-1.5 3:42 (16-0))
  • Quarterfinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by major decision over Chase Dressel (Mounds View) 11-3 (MD 15-1)
  • Semifinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by tech fall over Reece Worachek (Luxemburg-Casco) 18-3 (TF-1.5 3:28 (18-1))
  • 1st Place Match – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 13-0 won by tech fall over Cade Mueller (Waconia) 11-1 (TF-1.5 5:07 (19-4))

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Battle of Waterloo (Dual Tournament), Waterloo, IA


Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Josh Terrill (Denver) Fall 0:51

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Cael Bredar (North Scott) TF 25-10

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Amarreon Sykes (Waterloo West) Fall 0:19

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over (Wapsi Valley) Forfeit

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over (Columbus Catholic) Forfeit

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Cadin Herrmann (Waterloo East) Maj 16-5


Colby Schriever (Mason City) over Alex Krabbenhoft (Denver) TF 25-8

Deven Strief (North Scott) over Colby Schriever (Mason City) Fall 3:48

Colby Schriever (Mason City) over Bu Reh (Waterloo West) Fall 0:56

Colby Schriever (Mason City) over (Wapsi Valley) Forfeit

Colby Schriever (Mason City) over Alex Feldmann (Columbus Catholic) Fall 1:00

Colby Schriever (Mason City) over Aidan Ernst (Waterloo East) Maj 14-4

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

No competition for the weekend.

Dual meets on Wednesday, December 12:

Fall over Stafford

5-2 decision over Walden Grove

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rochester, MN

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) won by fall over Luke Shefchik (Luxemburg-Casco) 6-10 (Fall 1:10)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) won by tech fall over Cooper Hofschulte (Plainview Elgin Millville) 8-6 (TF-1.5 2:55 (20-5))
  • Champ. Round 3 – Ryan Sokol (Simley) won by tech fall over Beau Jurrens (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) 8-5 (TF-1.5 3:53 (26-11))
  • Quarterfinal – Ryan Sokol (Simley) won by tech fall over Michael Murphy (Eagan) 12-2 (TF-1.5 5:11 (19-4))
  • Semifinal – Ryan Sokol (Simley) won by decision over Mitchell Petersen (Byron) 10-2 (Dec 7-3)
  • 1st Place Match – Ryan Sokol (Simley) 13-0 won by tech fall over Noah Villarreal (Aurora Christian) 15-1 (TF-1.5 5:24 (20-5))

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: December 14-15

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits will face some very good competition this weekend.  Zach Glazier, Patrick Kennedy, and Ryan Sokol will all be at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 14-15.  The two-day tournament at the RCTC Fieldhouse will include 40 teams and very tough competition.

Among the 40 schools entered is Shakopee, Apple Valley, and Owatonna that are ranked 1-2-3 in 3A in Minnesota.  Kasson-Mantorville (Kennedy’s HS) and Simley (Sokol’s HS) are ranked 1-2 in 2A in Minnesota. This tournament will provide a lot of state and even some national ranked competition at nearly every weight.

Abe Assad has a home dual meet on Friday and three home duals on Saturday.   

Cullan and Colby Schriever will be at the Battle of Waterloo on Friday and Saturday, December 14-15.

I am especially looking forward to how our recruits do at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament this weekend.  That is some tough competition.

I will follow up with results.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Friday, December 14: Home Dual meet vs Wheaton North

Saturday, December 15: Home Dual meets vs. Prospect, Hononegah, & St. Charles North

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN  195 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rochester, MN

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rochester, MN

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Battle of Waterloo (Dual Tournament), Waterloo, IA

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

No competition for the weekend.

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 132 lbs.

Friday and Saturday, December 14-15: Minnesota Christmas Tournament, Rochester, MN

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Cassioppi and Brands are on a roll

The Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018 is looking pretty good about now.  The two stars of that class, Anthony Cassioppi and Nelson Brands, are out to a very fast start in their college wrestling career as redshirt freshman. Cassioppi and Brands have both won the Grand View Open, Lindenwood Open, and UNI Open. Cassioppi and Brands are a combined 24-0 with bonus points scored in 18 of those matches.  

The stats on Cassioppi are enough for you to ask if they are real.  I assure you, these stats are real. Cassioppi is 11-0 with ten pins and a major decision.  For his ten pins, Cassioppi had nine pins in the first period and one in the second period. That is getting the job done in a hurry.

At the UNI Open last weekend, Cassioppi was 3-0 with three first period pins in :35, 1:52, and :43.  There is actually some controversy that the :43 pin in the finals looked closer to the :15 range.  It is very rare to see such quick pins in D-I college wrestling. For his performance, Cassioppi was named at the USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week for the week of December 11.  

Brands is 13-0 on the season with two pins, two tech falls, and three major decisions.  What really stands out about Brands is who he has beat. Brands topped former Iowa NCAA National Qualifier Joey Gunther 3-1 in the Lindenwood Open semifinals.  Gunther transferred to Illinois after starting for Iowa as a freshman and sophomore. Gunther was ranked in the top 15 last year and is an experienced and tough wrestler.  To have a true freshman win that match is impressive.

Brands had a big 3-1 win over Dan Braunagel of Illinois in the finals of the Lindenwood Open.  Braunagel had defeated Brands at Junior Nationals in July, 13-7. That show a lot of progress in a short period of time.  Brands also has a real quality win in defeating highly recruited Jake Allar of Minnesota, 3-2, 2 OT in the finals of the UNI Open.

Both Cassioppi and Brands will compete at Midlands on December 29-30.  As a fan, I hope they do for the entertainment and to see just how good they really are right now.

The Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018 may be one to remember with two standouts like Cassioppi and Brands.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

Anthony Cassioppi – Hwt

Grand View Open

  • Champ. Round 1 – Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Austin Emerson (Nebraska) (Fall 2:53)
  • Quarterfinal – Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Ethan Andersen (Iowa State University) (Fall 2:26)
  • Semifinal – Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Jimsher Sudhu (Life) (Fall 1:08)
  • 1st Place Match – Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Cooper Thomas (Grand View ) (Fall 2:38)

Lindenwood Open

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by major decision over Jacob Bohlken (Missouri) (Maj 9-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Dustin Politte (Maryville University) (Fall 1:08)
  • Semifinal – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Colton McKiernan (Southern Illinois Edwardsville) (Fall 2:03)
  • 1st Place Match – Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) won by fall over Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) (Fall 4:20)

UNI Open

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tony Cassioppi (IOWA) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Tony Cassioppi (IOWA) won by fall over Blake Wolters (South Dakota St.) (Fall 0:35)
  • Semifinal – Tony Cassioppi (IOWA) won by fall over Thomas Helton (SIUE) (Fall 1:52)
  • 1st Place Match – Tony Cassioppi (IOWA) won by fall over Daniel Stibral (North Dakota State) (Fall 0:43)

Nelson Brands – 165 lbs.

Grand View Open

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nelson Brands (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by fall over Ron Evans (Lindenwood – Belleville (Ill.), IL) (Fall 2:23)
  • Quarterfinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by tech fall over Sal Arzani (Grand View ) (TF 20-4)
  • Semifinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by major decision over Jacob Gross (Indiana Tech) (Maj 12-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Ryan Niven (Grand View ) (MFF)

Lindenwood Open

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by tech fall over Tim McCarthy (Illinois) (TF 20-4)
  • Quarterfinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Jolas (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Dec 10-5)
  • Semifinal – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Joseph Gunther (Illinois) (Dec 3-1)
  • 1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (Iowa) won by decision over Dan Braunagel (Illinois) (Dec 3-1)

UNI Open

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nelson Brands (IOWA) won by fall over Jonathan Carr (Iowa Central CC) (Fall 2:12)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Nelson Brands (IOWA) won by major decision over Tate Battani (Iowa State Unattached) (Maj 13-5)
  • Quarterfinal – Nelson Brands (IOWA) won by major decision over Skyler St. John (Iowa State Wrestling) (Maj 12-3)
  • Semifinal – Nelson Brands (IOWA) won by medical forfeit over Brady Jennings (Iowa State Unattached) (MFF)
  • 1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (IOWA) won in double overtime over Jake Allar (Minnesota) (2-OT 3-2)

Iowa Wrestling recruits Dec 8 Results

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits had a great weekend of competition.  Abe Assad scored a first period tech fall in a dual meet on Friday and was at Carver for the Iowa-Lehigh dual meet on Saturday night.  Zach Glazier wrestled up at 220 to pin the #6 ranked 3A wrestler and also had a fall over the #10 ranked opponent at 195. Glazier has competed at 195 and 220 both the last two weekends.

Patrick Kennedy was 4-0 with four pins to win the 182 lb. title at the Andover Husky Invite. Three of the four pins came in the first period. Cullen Schriever was also 4-0 with four pins at the Bobcat Duals.  Colby Schriever had a fall, tech fall, and a decision.

Jesse Ybarra was 9-0 with eight bonus point victories at the Southwest Shootout Duals. Ybarra bumped up to 132 and defeated the New Mexico 6A defending state champion, 8-2. Ryan Sokol bumped up to 138 where he was 3-0 with three pins at the Ron Edwards Duals.

You have the like the way that the incoming recruits are bumping up a weigh to get to the better competition or just to help their team win.  Also all of the bonus points with a lot of true pins. That’s what I like to see.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 182 lbs.

Friday, December 7: Dual meet at Batavia HS, Batavia, IL

Won by 1st period tech fall.

Zach Glazier – Albert Lea, MN  182 lbs.

Saturday, December 8: Park Duals, Cottage Grove, MN

Defeated Cody Kurth (#6 ranked MN AA 220 lbs) Hutchinson by Fall in 3:55.

Defeated Godswill Pepple (#10 ranked MN AAA 195 lbs) Hastings by Fall in 5:06.

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

Saturday, December 8: Andover Husky Invite, Andover, MN

Champ. Round 1 – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 4-0 won by fall over Max Kolfalt (Centennial) 1-2 (Fall 1:12)

Quarterfinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 4-0 won by fall over Sullivan Lucy (St. Paul Como Park) 1-3 (Fall 0:11)

Semifinal – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 4-0 won by fall over Danny Reynolds (Andover) 2-1 (Fall 1:29)

1st Place Match – Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) 4-0 won by fall over Nick Phillips (Fridley) 6-2 (Fall 4:17)

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa  138 lbs.

Saturday, December 8: Bobcat Duals (Western Dubuque HS), Epworth, IA

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Lucas Sutherland (Dakota) Fall 0:43

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Cael Grell (Central DeWitt) Fall 1:41

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Chase Malloy (Williamsburg) Fall 0:00

Cullan Schriever (Mason City) over Trapper Hartman (Savanna West Carroll) Fall 0:39


Colby Schriever (Mason City) over Caleb Alber (Dakota) Dec 9-5

Colby Schriever (Mason City) over Carter Donovan (Central DeWitt) Fall 0:36

Colby Schriever (Mason City) over Kam Royster (Williamsburg) TF 15-0

Colby Schriever (Mason City) over (Savannah West Carrol) Forfeit

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 126 lbs.

Friday & Saturday, December 7-8

Southwest Shootout Duals in Rio Rancho, NM

Ybarra went 9-0 competing at 126/132 and scored bonus points in eight of the nine matches.

Biggest win was bumping up to 132 and defeating the defending New Mexico 6A state champion from Rio Rancho, 8-2.

December 6 Duals

Fall in 1:49 over Sierra Vista Buena

12-1 Major Decision over Mountain View

Recruiting Class of 2021

Ryan Sokol – Grover Heights, MN (Simley HS) 138 lbs.

Saturday, December 8: Ron Edwards Dulas, Prior Lake, MN

Ryan Sokol Fall over M. McEnelly (Waconia)

Ryan Sokol Fall over C. Han-Lindemeyer (Farmington)

Ryan Sokol Fall over C. Edwards (Prior Lake)

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!