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Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: Feb 13-16

It is a huge weekend of competition for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits in the tournament season.  Abe Assad will be competing in the Illinois State Tournament on Thursday-Saturday. Cobe Siebrecht, Cullan Schriever, and Colby Schriever will be competing in the Iowa High School State Tournament on Thursday-Saturday.  Siebrecht will also be competing in 1A State Duals on Wednesday.

Zach Glazier, Patrick Kennedy, and Ryan Sokol will be competing in Team Duals competition on Thursday and Saturday.

This is the best time of the year for high school wrestling.

As always, good luck to all of our recruits.

I will keep you up to date.

Recruiting Class of 2019

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

Illinois High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16


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

3A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Iowa High School State Duals Feb 13

Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

2A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament Feb 14-16

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

Season completed.

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

2A Team Duals Feb 14 and Feb 16

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

1st period takedowns and pressure

Iowa Wrestling has been making steady progress throughout the season.  The goal of course is to peak at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh on Mar 21,22, and 23.  Iowa peaked at nationals last year and they are showing all the signs of peaking at the right time again this year.

One part of the Iowa Wrestling arsenal that has been lacking is first period takedowns.  It is not just the takedown points, but the pace that is so very important in the Iowa Wrestling style.  The pace has not been where it needs to be in the first period. With that in mind, I decided to take notes during the Maryland dual meet to see when the first takedown occurred for an Iowa wrestler.  The times I recorded are not official, but they should be pretty close to prove a point. In the nine matches that a takedown was scored, Iowa had the opening takedown.

The Hawks came out attacking with solid leg attacks and Heavy Hands.  Before any doubters talk about the level of competition, I will refer to what Mark Ironside said on the post meet show on the radio.  To paraphrase what Mark said:

It really doesn’t matter who the competition is, you want to come out fast, attacking, and scoring.  If the competition goes up the next time you compete, you just have to work a little harder but the game plan is the same.

Iowa came out and was in deep on shots quick into the match like I haven’t seen them do yet this season.  There was a sense of urgency is their style. That pace is much more demanding on their opponents who more than likely do not want to go at that high of a pace.

Royce Alger has told me numerous time that he was not as concerned with scoring a takedown in the first period as much as he was about setting the tempo and pace of a match.  If a move did not work in the first period, it would later in the match when he had worn his opponent down.

The best example of the opening pace taking a toll on the opponents would be Cash Wilcke at 184.  Wilcke did not score a takedown until the second period, but he pushed the pace and was in deep on leg attacks at least three times in the first period.  Wilcke was then able to score takedowns almost at will on his exhausted opponent to win the match 23-9.

Alex Marinelli at 165 is always pushing the pace.  The combination of pace and strength will take a toll on his opponents. I am hoping that we see more of his teammates wrestling at that opening pace like we saw Friday night.  

The quickest opening takedown was Patricio Lugo at 149, but just by a hair over Kaleb Young at 157.  I know that they were both under :10. That is a good start to a match. With the dual meet starting at 149, that is also a great way to start a dual meet for a team.

Time of the first takedown vs Maryland:

149 – Patricio Lugo :08

157 – Kaleb Young :09

165 – Alex Marinelli 1:30

174 – Mitch Bowman :24

184 – Cash Wilcke 3:29

197 – Jacob Warner :27

Hwt – Sam Stoll: No takedown

125 – Spencer Lee :23

133 – Paul Glynn 1:16

141 – Max Murin 1:04

Iowa will face tougher competition this weekend.  It will be interesting to see if the sense of urgency that we saw against Maryland will be there for Indiana and Wisconsin.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!


Arctic Plunge is a big success

The Arctic Plunge 2019 was a great success for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. After watching the Hawks shutout Maryland 48-0 Friday night, fans made their way to the Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville to challenge the weather to support the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

Hawkeye Wrestling Club President Randy Novak:

2019 was probably the coldest Arctic Plunge we have had with temperatures around 0 outside. But that didn’t seem to bother our group of Plungers who braved the weather and cold water to support the HWC!

This event has grown into our largest fundraiser of the year, and we were able to raise over $150,000 for the club.  Special thanks to HWC Board member Ryan Key for heading up this event.

Save the date for the next HWC event, our annual Banquet which will be held on Friday, May 17 at the Kirkwood Hotel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Silent Auction, good drinks, and a great time.

What a great example of the spirit of the Iowa Wrestling Nation.  Thank you to all of the donors, plungers, and volunteers that worked so hard to make this event such a success in challenging conditions.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action Feb 7-9: Results

It was a busy weekend of action for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits in the tournament season.  Jesse Ybarra placed second at 126 lb. at the Arizona state tournament. Abe Assad and Cobe Siebrecht both qualified for their State tournament.   Assad place second at Sectionals and Siebrecht placed first at Districts.

Cullan and Colby Schriever both won their District to qualify for state. Zach Glazier and Patrick Kennedy both won a dual meet by fall.  Ryan Sokol did not have any competition scheduled.

Assad will compete at the Illinois State Tournament on Thursday-Saturday.  Siebrecht, Schriever, and Schriever will compete in the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament on Thursday-Saturday.

The action will really go up this weekend with the remaining recruits of Glazier, Kennedy, and Sokol entering into their tournament season.

I will keep you up to date.

Recruiting Class of 2019

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

Sectionals at Conant HS in Hoffman Estates, IL Feb 8-9

  • Champ. Round 1 – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 41-1 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 41-1 won by fall over Alan Facio (Elgin (Larkin)) 31-9 (Fall 1:02)
  • Semifinal – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 41-1 won by tech fall over Daemyen Middlebrooks (Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest)) 31-9 (TF-1.5 3:41 (21-6))
  • 1st Place Match – Jon Halvorsen (Park Ridge (Maine South)) 34-1 won by decision over Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 41-1 (Dec 2-1)

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

Home dual meet vs. Northfield Feb 8

Zach Glazier won by Fall 1:02

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

1A Districts at Pleasantville, IA Feb 9

  • Semifinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 46-0 won by fall over Dominick DiCesare (Martensdale, St. Mary`s) 32-7 (Fall 3:01)
  • 1st Place Match – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 46-0 won by medical forfeit over Cyden Fitch (Colfax-Mingo) 27-4 (M. For.)

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Dual meet at Byron HS, Byron, MN Feb 7

Patrick Kennedy (KM) pinned Lucas Birch 1:38

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

3A Districts at Waverly-Shell Rock HS in Waverly, IA Feb 9

  • Quarterfinal – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 18-1 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Semifinal – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 18-1 won by fall over Reese Dietz (Cedar Falls) 15-15 (Fall 1:07)
  • 1st Place Match – Cullan Schriever (Mason City) 18-1 won by decision over Bennett Hageman (Marshalltown) 20-12 (Dec 4-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 30-7 won by tech fall over Jay Drummer (Marshalltown) 5-15 (TF-1.5 3:08 (24-9))
  • Semifinal – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 30-7 won by fall over Aidan Ernst (Waterloo East) 15-9 (Fall 3:51)
  • 1st Place Match – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 30-7 won by decision over Ian Heise (Waverly-Shell Rock) 31-7 (Dec 8-5)

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

Arizona State Tournament in Prescott, AZ Feb 8-9

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 40-3 won by fall over Jayden Martin (Casteel) 28-15 (Fall 0:46)
  • Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 40-3 won by fall over Omar Arteaga (Centennial) 25-9 (Fall 2:51)
  • Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 40-3 won by fall over Seth Legros (Mountain View Marana) 21-8 (Fall 2:39)
  • 1st Place Match – Bobby Tellez (Cienega) 49-3 won by decision over Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 40-3 (Dec 9-3)

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

Nothing scheduled.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: Feb 7-9

We are into the second week of the tournament season for several of our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.  Abe Assad will be competing at Sectionals on Friday and Saturday and Cobe Siebrecht will be at Districts on Saturday. Jesse Ybarra will be competing at the Arizona State Tournament in Prescott, AZ on Thursday-Saturday.  

Cullan and Colby Schriever will begin their tournament season on Saturday at Districts. The Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament begins next Thursday, February 14.

Zach Glazier and Patrick Kennedy both have a dual meet on Thursday.  Ryan Sokol will be competing at the Metro East Conference Tournament on Saturday.

I will follow up with results.

Good luck to all of our incoming recruits in the tournament season.

Recruiting Class of 2019

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

Sectionals at Conant HS in Hoffman Estates, IL Feb 8-9

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

Home dual meet vs. Northfield  Feb 8

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

1A Districts at Pleasantville, IA Feb 9

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Dual meet at Byron HS, Byron, MN  Feb 7

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

3A Districts at Waverly-Shell Rock HS in Waverly, IA  Feb 9

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

Arizona State Tournament in Prescott, AZ  Feb 8-9

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

Nothing scheduled.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Updated HWC competition schedule

The competition season for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club is about to get even busier.  So far the HWC has had a very good showing at the Yarygin in Russia, Schultz in Colorado, and the Deglane in France.  Now it is time for another wave of competition.

It will be a busy month of February for the HWC.  Lauren Louive will be on a European tour to compete in Sweden and Germany.  Cory Clark, Brandon Sorensen, and Sammy Brooks will be competing in Cuba. Thomas Gilman, Forrest Molinari, and Kayla Miracle will be competing in Bulgaria at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov.  This tournament is in the Ranking Series where results will factor into seeds at the 2019 World Freestyle Championships.

In the recent World rankings released by UWW, Thomas Gilman is ranked #3 at 57 kg and Forrest Molinari is ranked #2 at 65 kg.

I will keep you updated with any additional competitions for the HWC.

The Hawkeye Wrestling Club is an integral part of the success of Iowa Wrestling.  If you would like to be a part of helping Iowa Wrestling win, you can contribute to the Hawkeye Wrestling Club at: hawkeyewrestlingclub.com

Upcoming events for the HWC:

Klippan Lady Open

Klippan, Sweden

February 17-18

Lauren Louive

Granma y Cerro Pelado

Havana, Cuba

February 19-20

Cory Clark

Brandon Sorensen

Sammy Brooks

Grand Prix of Germany

Dormagen, Germany

February 23-24

Lauren Louive

Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov

Sofia, Bulgaria

Feb 28 – March 2

Thomas Gilman

Forrest Molinari

Kayla Miracle

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action Feb 1-2: Results

The tournament season kicked off for several of our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.  Abe Assad, Cobe Siebrecht, and Jesse Ybarra began their first round of competition on their way to becoming a state champion.  Assad was 3-0 with three pins on the day to advance. Cobe Siebrecht was 2-0 with two pins to advance.

After winning his first two matches by fall, Jesse Ybarra took a forfeit in the finals of Sectionals.  I do not have anything else to report on this.

Zach Glazier went up to 220 and won by a fall in a dual meet.  Ryan Sokol picked up a fall and a major decision in dual meets.

Patrick Kennedy, Cullan Schriever, and Colby Schriever did not have any competition scheduled.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 195 lbs.

Regional Championships at Glenbard North HS

  • Champ. Round 1 – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 39-0 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 39-0 won by fall over James Loynes (Lombard (Glenbard East)) 5-9 (Fall 0:15)
  • Semifinal – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 39-0 won by fall over Victor Rodriguez (Roselle (Lake Park)) 26-11 (Fall 1:14)
  • 1st Place Match – Abe Assad (Carol Stream (Glenbard North)) 39-0 won by fall over Cory Goetz (Wheaton (North)) 18-4 (Fall 3:14)

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

Home dual meet vs. St. Michael Albertville  Feb 2

220  Zach Glazier won by fall over Toby Dehn (STMA), 0:49

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

1A Sectional at English Valley, IA (North English HS) Feb 2

  • Quarterfinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 43-0 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Semifinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 43-0 won by fall over Keegan Ealy (Belle Plaine) 12-31 (Fall 0:11)
  • 1st Place Match – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 43-0 won by fall over Gavin Patterson (Iowa Valley) 18-15 (Fall 0:53)

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Nothing scheduled.

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Nothing scheduled.

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

Sectionals at Phoenix, AZ  Feb 1-2

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 37-2 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 37-2 won by fall over Lucas Owles (Rincon) 0-2 (Fall 0:28)
  • Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 37-2 won by fall over Stefan Sulentic (Marana) 44-11 (Fall 1:09)
  • 1st Place Match – Bobby Tellez (Cienega) 45-3 won by forfeit over Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 37-2 (For.)

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

Detroit Lakes Quad at Detroit Lakes, MN  Feb 1

Ryan Sokol won by fall over Ryan Barth (FD) 0:47

Dual meet at Perham, MN (Perham HS)  Feb 2

Ryan Sokol maj dec over Leighton Rach (Perham) 22-9

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Assad to compete in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic

Incoming Iowa wrestling recruit Abe Assad has been chosen to compete in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.  Assad will represent Team USA at 182 lbs. vs the Pennsylvania All-Stars. The Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic is called the Rose Bowl of Wrestling.  

The dual meet will be held at Fitzgerald Field House at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, March 15 at 7 PM CST.

The USA All-Star team will have wrestlers from ten different states competing against the best high school wrestlers in the state of Pennsylvania.

The dual meet will be available on FloWrestling.

Assad, from Carol Stream, IL (Glenbard North HS), won a Bronze medal at the 2018 Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Zagreb, Croatia at 86 kg/176 lbs. and is the #1 ranked 182 lbs. high school wrestler in the country. Assad committed to Iowa on August 7. Assad is projected to wrestle at 184 for the Hawks.

Assad is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2019 that also includes Zach Glazier of Albert Lea, MN (Albert Lea Area HS) and Cobe Siebrecht of Lisbon, IA.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Brooks wins title at Deglane

Sammy Brooks led a solid performance by the HWC by winning the 86 kg title at the Grand Prix de France Henri Deglane in Nice, France.  Brooks won by a tech fall and 9-3 decision before defeating Tarzan Maisuradze of Georgia by a 14-3 tech fall in the finals.

After winning matches by a pin and decision, Cory Clark dropped his match in the finals to claim the Silver at 61 kg. Brandon Sorensen started off by winning by a tech fall and then dropped a 2-1 decision in the semifinals. Sorensen then defeated Evgheni Volkov of Romania 9-0 to win the Bronze.

Michaela Beck won her first two matches but had to then default due to injury and could not compete in the semifinals and Bronze medal match.

HWC Head Coach Mark Perry cornered the HWC wrestlers at the Deglane tournament.

Members of the HWC will next compete at the Cerro Pelado in Havana, Cuba on Feb 15-23.  The HWC roster for that event has not been set at this time. I will keep you up to date with a roster as soon as it is available.

Thomas Gilman announced in an interview with UWW after the Yarygin that he would be competing in Bulgaria in February.  That would be the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov on February 28-March 3. This tournament is in the Ranking Series that aids in setting up seeds for the 2019 World Freestyle Championships.  I will keep you up to date on that competition.

Grand Prix de France Henri Deglane

Nice, France

February 1-2


61 kg/134 lbs. – Cory Clark, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), SILVER MEDAL

WIN Chakir Ansari (Morocco), pin

WIN Andrei Bekreneu (Belarus), 11-9

LOSS Beka Lomtadze (Georgia), tech. fall 10-0


70 kg/154 lbs. – Brandon Sorensen, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), BRONZE MEDAL

WIN Notono Gulyas (Hungary), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Zurabi Iakobishivili (Georgia), 2-1

WIN Evgheni Volkov (Romania), 9-0


86 kg/189 lbs. – Sammy Brooks, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Hawkeye WC), GOLD MEDAL

WIN Johannes Deml (Germany), tech. fall 14-4

WIN Patrik Szurovski (Hungary), 9-3

WIN Tarzan Maisurade (Georgia), tech. fall 14-3


62 kg – Michaela Beck, New York, N.Y. (New York AC/Hawkeye WC), 4th place

WIN Kriszsta Incze (Romania), 1-1

WIN Ameline Douarre (France), 2-0

Withdrew with injury and did not compete in semifinals or Bronze match.

Upcoming events for the HWC

Granma y Cerro Pelado

Havana, Cuba

February 15-23

Roster: To be determined.

Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov

Sofia, Bulgaria

Feb 28 – March 3

Thomas Gilman

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: Feb 1-2

It is tournament time for several of our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.  Abe Assad, Cobe Siebrecht, and Jesse Ybarra will begin their first round of competition on their quest to become a state champion.  Ybarra competes on Friday and Saturday and Assad and Siebrecht compete on Saturday.

Zach Glazier has a home dual on Saturday.  Ryan Sokol is competing in a quad on Friday and a dual meet on Saturday.

Patrick Kennedy, Cullan Schriever, and Colby Schriever do not have any competition scheduled.

I will follow up with results.

Recruiting Class of 2019

Abe Assad – Carol Stream, IL  (Glenbard North HS) 195 lbs.

Regional Championships at Glenbard North HS

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

Home dual meet vs. St. Michael Albertville  Feb 2

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

1A Sectional at English Valley, IA (North English HS) Feb 2

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Nothing scheduled.

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs.

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Nothing scheduled.

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

Sectionals at Phoenix, AZ  Feb 1-2

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

Detroit Lakes Quad at Detroit Lakes, MN  Feb 1

Dual meet at Perham, MN (Perham HS)  Feb 2

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!