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Sam Stoll is getting it done on the mat

The video clip of Sam Stoll coming out onto the mat with the dual meet on the line vs Iowa State is one to remember.  Iowa Head Coach Tom Brands did not want Sam Stoll to wrestle. Stoll simply stated:

“I’m going. It’s my last run. I’m going.”

Stoll competed when he probably should not have, but the Iowa-Iowa State dual meet was on the line.  Stoll went out and won a 5-1 decision over Gannon Gremmel and Iowa won the dual meet, 19-18.

In his senior season, now is the time for Sam Stoll to go out and get the job done at Hwt for the University of Iowa and he is doing just that.

If you do not give up a takedown, can get out from underneath and ride while looking for the fall on the mat, you are going to win a lot of wrestling matches.  Sam Stoll has been following that process with success this season. In his six matches this season, Stoll has not surrendered a takedown and has only allowed one point against Gremmel of Iowa State and Andrew Gunning of North Carolina.

Stoll has looked better in each of his last three matches.  A 10-0 major decision over Christian Colucci of Rutgers showed that Stoll had taken his mat wrestling to another level.  After securing the takedown, Stoll was able to ride and put pressure on his opponent while looking for the fall and getting back points.  You usually do not have a shutout with that many points scored offensively in a Hwt match.

Stoll again used his mat wrestling to wear down Deuce Rachal of Illinois before recording a fall in 4:37. The best match of the year to date for Stoll was Sunday against #15 Conan Jennings of Northwestern.  Stoll was able to get a takedown and and racked up 3:27 of riding time and a 8-0 lead before Jennings had to injury default the match. Stoll has now shown that he can control ranked wrestlers on the mat while applying pressure going for the pin.

A pin is something Sam Stoll knows quite a bit about.  Stoll set a national record by pinning his last 63 high school opponents while competing for Kasson-Mantorville, MN.  Stoll has his own methodical style of applying pressure in the top position that is very effective at Hwt.

Stoll is currently ranked #3 in the country.  The Big Ten is loaded at Hwt once again this year.  According to the Intermat rankings at Hwt, the Big Ten has: #1,3,4,6,8,11,14,15, and 19.  The Big Ten Tournament will be a dog fight for all.

We all know of the injuries that Sam Stoll has had to battle through during his career at Iowa.  I will state once again what I have said in my blog and podcast several times this season. If heart and toughness have anything to do with it, Sam Stoll will find a way to win.  

Remaining matches vs. ranked opponents:

#14 David Jensen (Nebraska) Feb 3

#6 Youssif Hemida (Maryland) Feb 8

#11 Trent Hilger (Wisconsin) Feb 17

#2 Derek White (Oklahoma St)  Feb 24

Record: 6-0

Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State)  W – D 5‐1

Izaak Shedenhelm (Northern Iowa)  W – Pin 1:58

Andrew Gunning (North Carolina)  W – D 3‐1

Christian Colucci (Rutgers)  W – D 10-0

Deuce Rachal (Illinois)         W – Fall 4:37

#15 Conan Jennings (Northwestern)   W – Inj Default

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC to compete at Deglane in France

HWC members Cory Clark, Brandon Sorensen, Sammy Brooks, and Mikaela Beck will be in action this weekend.  The Grand Prix de France Henri Deglane will be in Nice, France on February 1-2. HWC Head Coach Mark Perry will make the trip with the team to the tournament.

The Deglane will have competition in mens and womens freestyle and Greco-Roman with competitors from around the world.  Beck will compete when the action begins at 3:30 AM CST on Friday, February 1. Clark, Sorensen, and Brooks will compete on Saturday beginning at 3:30 AM CST.  I have yet to find any streaming that may be available for this event. I will keep you posted.

The Cerro Pelado will take place 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.

I will be following the HWC for results of these tournaments on my Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog and Podcast, Twitter, Facebook, and Hawkeye Report.

Grand Prix de France Henri Deglane

Nice, France

Friday, February 1

Michaela Beck (57 kg)

One round of prelims through the finals: 3:30 AM – 1 PM


Saturday, February 2

Cory Clark (61 kg), Brandon Sorensen (70 kg), Sammy Brooks (86 kg)

One round of prelims through the finals: 3:30 AM – 1 PM

*****All time listed are CST.

Granma y Cerro Pelado

Havana, Cuba

February 15-23

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 Jan 25-26: Results

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits had another good weekend of competition.  Abe Assad recorded two pins to win a Dukane Conference title. Zach Glazier picked up a fall in a dual meet.  Cobe Siebrecht had two pins and a tech fall to win a Tri-Rivers Conference title.

Patrick Kennedy had a tech fall and two pins in dual meets and Colby Schriever won a CIML Conference title with two pins and two decisions.  Ryan Sokol had three falls in duals. Jesse Ybarra did not have any competition scheduled.

The tournament season will kick off next weekend for several of our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.

Recruiting Class of 2019

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

Dukane Conference Championship at Wheaton, IL  Jan 26

Quarters: Bye

Semifinals: Won by Fall

Finals: Won by Fall

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

Albert Lea Quad in Albert lea, MN  Jan 26

Rochester John Marshall: Forfeit

Mounds View: Forfeit

Farmington: Won by Fall

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament at Winthrop, IA  Jan 26

  • Quarterfinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 41-0 won by fall over Logan Smith (Alburnett) 10-20 (Fall 1:23)
  • Semifinal – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 41-0 won by fall over Ethan Thompson (East Buchanan) 12-12 (Fall 0:08)
  • 1st Place Match – Cobe Siebrecht (Lisbon) 41-0 won by tech fall over Colton Bach (North Linn) 2-1 (TF-1.5 2:45 (17-2))

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Swalla Duals at Kasson, MN

182 — Patrick Kennedy (KM) tech. fall Ryan Wagner 19-4

182 — Patrick Kennedy (KM) pinned Dom Whitlow 2:22

182 — Patrick Kennedy (KM) pinned Jackson Boberg :42

182 — Patrick Kennedy (KM) won by forfeit

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs. (Out with injury)

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

CIML Conference Tournament at Pleasant Hill, IA  Jan 25

  • Champ. Round 1 – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 25-7 won by fall over Laverne Borntregger (Ames) 0-7 (Fall 0:32)
  • Quarterfinal – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 25-7 won by fall over Derek Anderson (Ankeny) 12-6 (Fall 4:23)
  • Semifinal – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 25-7 won by decision over Drevon Ross (Fort Dodge) 22-6 (Dec 10-9)
  • 1st Place Match – Colby Schriever (Mason City) 25-7 won by decision over Cody Anderson (Waukee) 34-7 (Dec 5-3)

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

Nothing scheduled.

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

Kennedy Invitational at Bloomington, MN  Jan 26

Kennedy: Won by Fall 1:48

Zumbrota-Mazeppa: Won by Fall 1:28

Owatonna: Won by Fall 2:14

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

3 Hawks win titles at Loras Open

Three Iowa Hawkeyes won titles at the Loras Open in Dubuque, Iowa today.  Vince Turk stormed through the field at 141 with two falls and two major decisions.  Turk defeated Ryan Leisure of Iowa State by a 19-6 major decision in the finals.

Nelson Brands won the title at 165 with two falls, a tech fall, and two decisions.   Brands defeated Tyler Dow of Wisconsin in the finals, 4-2.

It was an all-Iowa final at Hwt where Tony Cassioppi defeated Aaron Costello 2-0 for the title.  Cassioppi was 5-0 for the day with three pins and two decisions.

Two Hawks placed second with Zach Axmear at 149 and Sam Cook at 197.  Aaron Meyer placed fourth at 141. Cam Shaver (141) and Preston Stephenson (165) placed eighth.  Aaron Cashman (125), Joe Kelly (157), and Tristan McDonald (174) did not place.

Open 125

  • Champ. Round 1 – Trevor Murano (Grandview) won by decision over Aaron Cashman (University of Iowa) (Dec 8-3)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Aaron Cashman (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Omeed Chamanzad (Grandview) won by medical forfeit over Aaron Cashman (University of Iowa) (MFF)

Open 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cam Shaver (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Ryan Leisure (Iowa State University) won by fall over Cam Shaver (University of Iowa) (Fall 0:59)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Cam Shaver (University of Iowa) won by fall over Richardson Gbeynie (Iowa Central) (Fall 6:36)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Cam Shaver (University of Iowa) won by medical forfeit over Connor Manderfeld (Upper Iowa ) (MFF)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Cam Shaver (University of Iowa) won by decision over Luke Pradel (Wisconsin Platteville) (Dec 7-2)
  • Consolation 1st – Frankie Indelli (Loras College) won by decision over Cam Shaver (University of Iowa) (Dec 13-8)

Open 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Vince Turk (University of Iowa) won by fall over Richardson Gbeynie (Iowa Central) (Fall 1:24)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Vince Turk (University of Iowa) won by fall over Klayton Keller (Cornell College) (Fall 3:17)
  • Quarterfinal – Vince Turk (University of Iowa) won by fall over Stevie Lee (Loras College) (Fall 3:29)
  • Semifinal – Vince Turk (University of Iowa) won by major decision over Jeremy Schoenherr (Wisconsin) (Maj 20-7)
  • 1st Place Match – Vince Turk (University of Iowa) won by major decision over Ryan Leisure (Iowa State University) (Maj 19-6)

Open 141

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) won by major decision over Caleb Osborn (Truman State) (Maj 15-5)
  • Quarterfinal – Jeremy Schoenherr (Wisconsin) won by fall over Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) (Fall 2:07)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) won by decision over Stevie Lee (Loras College) (Dec 13-9)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) won by decision over Scott Cook (Ellsworth CC) (Dec 2-1)
  • 3rd Place Match – Jeremy Schoenherr (Wisconsin) won by decision over Aaron Meyer (University of Iowa) (Dec 7-1)

Open 149

  • Champ. Round 1 – Zach Axmear (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Zach Axmear (University of Iowa) won by fall over Gable Fox (Northern Iowa) (Fall 4:22)
  • Quarterfinal – Zach Axmear (University of Iowa) won by fall over Noah Nemer (Iowa State University) (Fall 1:02)
  • Semifinal – Zach Axmear (University of Iowa) won by decision over Derek Holschlag (Northern Iowa) (Dec 7-6)
  • 1st Place Match – Tristan Lara (Northern Iowa) won by fall over Zach Axmear (University of Iowa) (Fall 1:54)

Open 157

  • Champ. Round 1 – Joe Kelly (University of Iowa) won by fall over Colin Baldwin (Central College) (Fall 2:05)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Joe Kelly (University of Iowa) won by fall over Brandon Lucht (Wisconsin Platteville) (Fall 0:45)
  • Quarterfinal – Griffin Parriott (Purdue) won by major decision over Joe Kelly (University of Iowa) (Maj 16-5)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Devin Bahr (Wisconsin) won by fall over Joe Kelly (University of Iowa) (Fall 1:45)

Open 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Nelson Brands (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over William Condon (Iowa State Wrestling Club) (TF 18-3)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Nelson Brands (University of Iowa) won by fall over Garrett Carlson (Wisconsin Lacrosse) (Fall 3:19)
  • Quarterfinal – Nelson Brands (University of Iowa) won by fall over Matt Connolly (Loras College) (Fall 1:54)
  • Semifinal – Nelson Brands (University of Iowa) won by decision over Zane Mulder (Iowa State University) (Dec 10-5)
  • 1st Place Match – Nelson Brands (University of Iowa) won by decision over Tyler Dow (Wisconsin) (Dec 4-2)

Open 165

  • Champ. Round 1 – Travis Willers (Iowa Central) won by decision over Preston Stephenson (University of Iowa) (Dec 8-4)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Preston Stephenson (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Preston Stephenson (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Keegan Gilligan (Loras College) (TF 15-0)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Preston Stephenson (University of Iowa) won by fall over Wilfried Kadohou (Ellsworth CC) (Fall 4:01)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Preston Stephenson (University of Iowa) won by fall over Russ Jennett (Iowa Central) (Fall 1:46)
  • Consolation 1st – Isaac Judge (Iowa State University) won by major decision over Preston Stephenson (University of Iowa) (Maj 13-5)

Open 174

  • Champ. Round 1 – Colin Murphy (Loras College) won by decision over Tristan McDonald (University of Iowa) (Dec 8-4)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Tristan McDonald (University of Iowa) won by decision over Peyton Bimms (University of Dubuque) (Dec 11-6)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Gabriel Pleasants (Loras College) won by tech fall over Tristan McDonald (University of Iowa) (TF 15-0)

Open 197

  • Champ. Round 1 – Sam Cook (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Sam Cook (University of Iowa) won by tech fall over Cooper Stigsell (Central College) (TF 16-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Sam Cook (University of Iowa) won by decision over Trevor Trende (Cornell College) (Dec 5-0)
  • Semifinal – Sam Cook (University of Iowa) won by fall over Tyree Sutton (Iowa Central) (Fall 0:58)
  • 1st Place Match – Beau Breske (Wisconsin) won by tech fall over Sam Cook (University of Iowa) (TF 15-0)

Open 285

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) won by fall over Jordan Baumler (Upper Iowa ) (Fall 1:04)
  • Quarterfinal – Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) won by decision over Bryce Esmoil (Northern Iowa) (Dec 6-1)
  • Semifinal – Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) won by fall over Ethan Andersen (Iowa State University) (Fall 0:34)
  • 1st Place Match – Tony Cassioppi (University of Iowa) won by decision over Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) (Dec 2-0)

Open 285

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tony Cassioppi (University of Iowa) won by fall over Cole Knier (Wisconsin Platteville) (Fall 0:25)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Tony Cassioppi (University of Iowa) won by fall over Amari Latimer (Iowa Central) (Fall 0:33)
  • Quarterfinal – Tony Cassioppi (University of Iowa) won by fall over Brody Tupy (Loras College) (Fall 1:51)
  • Semifinal – Tony Cassioppi (University of Iowa) won by decision over Francis Duggan (Iowa State University) (Dec 10-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Tony Cassioppi (University of Iowa) won by decision over Aaron Costello (University of Iowa) (Dec 2-0)

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action: Jan 25-26

This is the last full weekend of regular season competition for incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits before the tournament season begins.  Abe Assad, Cobe Siebrecht and Colby Schriever will be competing in their conference tournaments. Schriever will compete in the CIML Conference Tournament starting at 4 PM this afternoon.  Zach Glazier has two home duals on Saturday and Patrick Kennedy and Ryan Sokol have tournaments on Saturday.

Jesse Ybarra does not have any competition scheduled this weekend.

This is always an exciting time of the year in high school wrestling as you see wrestlers begin to get into peak shape for the upcoming tournament season.  Just the anticipation of the tournament season will bring out added intensity on the mat.

Our recruits are looking very good.

I will follow up with results.

Recruiting Class of 2019

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

Dukane Conference Championship at Wheaton, IL  Jan 26

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

Home dual meets vs Farmington and Mounds View  Jan 26

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament at Winthrop, IA  Jan 26

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Kasson-Mantorville Invitational at Kasson, MN

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs. (Out with injury)

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

CIML Conference Tournament at Pleasant Hill, IA  Jan 25

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

Nothing scheduled.

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

Kennedy Invitational at Bloomington, MN  Jan 26

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

12 Hawks to compete in Loras Open

Twelve members of the Iowa wrestling team will be competing at the Loras Open on Saturday, January 26 in Dubuque, Iowa.  

The action starts at 9 AM in the Graber Sports Center with wrestles from 28 colleges and clubs.

Iowa wrestlers competing:

Aaron Cashman – 125

Aaron Meyer – 141

Cam Shaver – 141

Vince Turk – 141

Zach Axmear – 149

Joe Kelly –  157

Nelson Brands – 165

Preston Stephenson – 165

Tristan McDonald – 165

Sam Cook – 197

Anthony Cassioppi – Hwt

Aaron Costello – Hwt

Teams entered:

Central College

Coe College

Cornell College

Ellsworth CC

Grandview

Iowa Central

Iowa State

Iowa State Wrestling Club

Loras College

Minnesota

Northern Illinois

Northern Iowa

Northwestern

Purdue

Simpson

Triton College

Truman State

Unattached

University of Dubuque

University of Illinois

University of Iowa

Upper Iowa

Wartburg

Winona State Wrestling Club

Wisconsin

Wisconsin LaCrosse

Wisconsin Platteville

Wisconsin Stout

I will keep you up to date with results.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

The stakes are going up for Kaleb Young

Kaleb Young is having a great year at 157 lbs. I have had high expectations for Young since he arrived and believe he has the potential to be a successful wrestler at Iowa.  When I started to look back on his career, I realized how far Kaleb Young has come in a short period of time.

Let’s go back a few years.  Young was a member the Young Guns Wrestling Club in the Pittsburgh area run by former Iowa Hawkeye 2-time All American Jody Strittmatter.  Names like Spencer Lee, Jason Nolf, Vincenzo Joseph, Nico Megaludis, and Michael Kemerer were garnering a lot of attention from college recruiters around the country. Young Guns was loaded with world champions, state champions, and eventual Division 1 wrestling stars.  Kaleb Young was younger than the big name stars around his weight and was paying his dues in a room of elite wrestlers.

Just entering his junior year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Young gave a verbal commitment to the Hawks.  At the time, Young was not on any of the All American rankings and had placed fifth in the state as a sophomore.  

Later that season, Young placed fourth in the state.  It was his senior season that really set Young apart.  Young won the Super 32, the toughest high school folkstyle tournament in the country, in impressive fashion in the fall before his senior season.  That of course caught the attention of college recruiters who made their pitch. But Young stayed true to Iowa and signed his National Letter of Intent in November and was a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2016.  Young would go on to win his only state title.

It was Caleb Yong that got things started with the Young Guns in Pittsburgh to Iowa Wrestling connection. Shortly after Young gave a verbal commitment to Iowa, the Hawks got a commitment from Youngs Guns teammate Michael Kemerer and the following year from Spencer Lee and eventually Max Murin.

I asked Iowa Wrestling Assistant Coach Ryan Morningstar why he recruited Kaleb Young.  Young caught Morningstar’s eye with his work ethic and attitude. It was actually how Young responded to competing against better and older wrestlers in the practice room that made the difference.  Young would respond and come back and compete hard and not take a back seat. Morningstar liked that type of attitude and work ethic and was sure that Young’s best wrestling was ahead of him.  This may be Ryan Morningstar’s best recruiting to date, and that’s saying a lot.

As a true freshman at Iowa Young was a redshirt with a 22-6 record and placed second at two tournaments.  Last season Young competed at 165 and 174 for the Hawks and had a 9-7 record overall.  In varsity action Young was 3-4 and 0-4 in the Big Ten.

This season Young is back to his best weight of 157 and has had a productive season with a 13-1 record with three pins, three tech falls, and one major decision.  The top match of the year would have been a fall over #14 Griffin Parriott (now rated #8) in the Purdue dual meet. Young was ranked #15 at the time. That match caught the attention of the college wrestling world.  

If that match didn’t get everyone’s attention, the move of the year to date in college wrestling against Minnesota certainly did.  In a 1-1 match with less than :10 to go, Young hit a counter throw off of a bear hug that was amazing. The throw scored Young 6 points and a 7-1 decision over #9 Steve Bleise.  That move went viral and I am sure thousands of people saw it in a matter of hours. That move will be shown at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for many years and one that Iowa fans will never forget.  

Young is now ranked #5 in the country and his schedule of opponents in the Big Ten is about to go up a real big notch.  Young will face #12 Eric Barone of Illinois on Friday night. On Sunday, Young will have a rematch with #3 Ryan Deakin at Northwestern.  Deakin gave Young his only defeat of the season with a 6-2 decision in the Midlands finals. The following week Young will again be on the road to face #2 Tyler Berger of Nebraska.

As with most weights, the Big Ten is loaded at 157.  In addition to the highly rated wrestlers I have already mentioned, two-time defending NCAA champion Jason Nolf of Penn State is #1 in the country and Ke-Shawn Hayes of Ohio State is #7.  At 157 in the Flo rankings, that gives the Big Ten: #1, #2, #3, #5, #7, #8, #10, #11,#12 and #15. That almost seems impossible for one conference to have that type of competition at one weight.  That is impressive even for the Big Ten. That means the Big Ten Tournament is going to be amazing at 157 even in the early rounds.

Kaleb Young is what we have become accustomed to seeing from Iowa wrestling.  On the mat Kaleb Young is an intense wrestler that is aggressive and well conditioned.  This guy does not have a bad workout in practice and is always working real hard. Every day.  Off the mat, Young was in the National Honor Society in high school and was named Academic All Big Ten last year as a Human Physiology major.

The stakes will go way up for Young for the rest of the season.  Kaleb Young has paid his dues in the past with consistency, grind and work ethic in the practice room that has served him well in competition.  I have to believe that consistency, grind and work ethic will pay off for Kaleb Young once again.


Remaining regular season matches vs ranked opponents:

#12 Eric Barone (Illinois) Jan 25

#3 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) Jan 27

#2 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) Feb 3


Kaleb Young

Record: 13-1

Wyatt Gerl (CSU Bakersfield)     W – MD 13-4

Richard Jackson (Kent St)           W – Pin 4:04

Quincy Monday (Princeton)        W – D 7-4

#14 Griffin Parriott (Purdue)       W – Pin 3:37

Chase Straw (Iowa State)            W – D 8-3

#15 Josh Humphreys (Lehigh)      W – D 4-1

Midlands

Elijah Davis (Purdue)      W – TF 17-0

Tracy Hubbard (Cen Michigan) W – TF 16-0

Isaiah Hokit (Fresno St)        W – Pin 4:13

#16 Luke Weiland (Army)      W – TF 15-0

Zach Hartman (Bucknell)      W – D 9-2

#2 Ryan Deakin (Northwstrn)    L – D 6-2

#9 Steve Bleise (Minnesota)      W – D 7-1

#14 Jon Van Brill (Rutgers)      W – D 5-2

It is great to be an Iowa wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

HWC to compete in Schultz and Yarygin

Members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing at the Dave Schultz International and the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix this weekend.  

FloWrestling will have full coverage of all the action for both tournaments on their premium service at https://www.flowrestling.org/

Four members of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing at the Dave Schultz Memorial International in Colorado Springs, CO.  Wrestlers from around the world will be competing in Men’s and Women’s Freestyle and Greco-Roman Thursday-Saturday, January 24-26.

Lauren Louive (57 kg) will compete on Thursday. Nodirjon Safarov (57 kg), and Nick Dardanes (65 kg) will compete on Friday, and Brandon Sorensen (70 kg) on Saturday.

Lauren Louive – 57 kg

Nodirjon Safarov – 57 kg

Nick Dardanes – 65 kg

Brandon Sorensen – 70 kg


Dave Schultz Memorial

Colorado Springs, CO


*****Times listed are Central Standard Time.


Thursday, January 24

Greco-Roman: 55kg, 60kg, 63kg, 67kg, 72kg

Women’s Freestyle: 50kg, 53kg, 55kg, 57kg, 59kg, 62kg, 65 kg

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Round One

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Consolation Round Two, Consolation Semifinals

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Medal Matches and Awards


Friday, January 25

Greco-Roman: 77kg, 82kg, 87kg, 97kg, 130kg

Women’s Freestyle: 68kg, 72kg, 76kg

Men’s Freestyle: 57kg, 61kg, 65kg

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Round One

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Consolation Round Two, Consolation Semifinals

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Medal Matches and Awards


Saturday, January 26

Men’s freestyle: 70kg, 74kg, 79kg, 86kg, 92kg, 97kg, 125kg

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation Rounds 1-3, Consolation Semifinals

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Medal Matches and Awards

The Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix International is considered the toughest regular season international freestyle tournament in the world.  Top ranked wrestlers from around the world will compete in the heart of freestyle wrestling country in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

The HWC will be represented by 2017 World Silver medalist Thomas Gilman (57 kg), Cory Clark (61 kg), Sammy Brooks (86 kg), and Forrest Molinari (65 kg).  

The Yarygin is in the Ranking Series and results from this tournament will help determine the seeds at the 2019 World Freestyle Championships.

Hawkeye Wrestling Club coach Mark Perry will be in the corner for the HWC wrestlers.

Thomas Gilman – 57 kg

Cory Clark – 61 kg

Sammy Brooks – 86 kg

Forrest Molinari – 65 kg


2019 Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

*****Times listed are Central Standard Time.

Wednesday, Jan 23

10 PM. – Qualification rounds (WFS 50, 55, 59, 65, MFS 57, 61, 70)

Thursday, Jan 24

4 AM. – Semifinals (WFS 50, 55, 59, 65, MFS 57, 61, 70)

10 PM. – Qualification rounds through semifinals (WFS 53, 57, 62, 68, MFS 65, 79, 125)

Friday, Jan 25

3 AM. – Opening ceremonies

4 AM. – Finals (WFS 50, 55, 59, 65, MFS 57, 61, 70)

10 PM – Qualification rounds through semifinals (WFS 72, 76, MFS 74, 86, 92, 97)

Saturday, Jan 26

5 AM. – Finals (WFS 53, 57, 62, 68, MFS 65, 79, 125)

Sunday, Jan. 27

12 AM. – Finals (WFS 72, 76, MFS 74, 86, 92, 97)

I will keep you posted on results.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

I like what I am seeing from Iowa Wrestling

The Iowa Wrestling program had another very good week.  The Hawks looked real good throughout the lineup in defeating #14 ranked Rutgers, 30-6.  Iowa won eight of ten matches including three wins with bonus points.

Let’s take a look at the lineup:

125 – Spencer Lee looked like he is getting back to his old ways. It only took :38 for Lee to get a takedown, back points, and then the fall.   That is a lot of action in just 38 seconds. As I mentioned in my blog last week, no doubt in my mind Lee will be more than ready to go at tournament time.

133 – The most anticipated match of the night turned out to be the biggest match of the night.  Austin DeSanto scored a late takedown to defeat #3 Nick Suriano, 6-4. The pressure that DeSanto put on Suriano paid off in the end.  That is Iowa Wrestling. I will keep stating that I have never seen a better conditioned Iowa wrestler than DeSanto. That match was won on pressure, intensity, and conditioning. The Iowa Wrestling way.

141 – A solid win by Max Murin with an 8-4 decision.  Murin has all of the tools to be a lot better wrestler.  I think he just needs more mat time.  This guy is so close to making a really big breakthrough where he opens things up on his feet with quick finishes on his takedowns.  I certainly believe Murin is is better than his #15 ranking.

149 – Patricio Lugo dropped a 3-1 OT decision to #2 ranked Anthony Ashnault.  There are some positives to take away when you are ranked #10 like Lugo and lose in overtime to the #2 in the country.  Lugo will continue to get better and as with Murin, I believe he is better than his ranking of #10.

157 – Kaleb Young is racking up the wins in his own style.  Young is fundamentally sound and looked good in defeating #14 ranked John Van Brill, 5-2.  I am hoping to see Young score more points but he is picking up wins over quality ranked opponents in the Big Ten. That is always good news.

165 – Alex Marinelli just continues to impress with a first period fall in 2:17.  Marinelli now has more pins (6) than he had all of last year. I look for him to continue to add to his personal best on his journey chasing a national title this season.  Dang, that guy is strong.

174 – Mitch Bowman dropped a hard fought 7-3 decision.  I still do not believe Bowman is 100% at his new weight class and I look for him to continue to improve and to be a much better wrestler at Big Tens on March 9-10.

184 – Another solid win for Cash Wilcke with a 6-1 decision.  I still believe Wilcke can win the low scoring matches and go very deep at the NCAA National Championships.  As with Young, Wilcke has his own unique style. He does not blow people out of the water, but he keeps getting his hand raised.  I ‘ll take it and keep saying that 184 is an open weight class that Wilcke can do some damage in at the NCAA’s.

197 – Jacob Warner took it to the mat for a 6-0 decision.  After a scoreless first period, Warner chose down and got the escape.  In the third, his opponent chose down and Warner not only rode him out the entire third period, but picked up four back points.  That was great to see. That will give Warner’s opponents something to think about when they see that he can not only ride, but turn.  I just see Warner continuing to improve and eventually really open it up for takedowns to take his wrestling to a whole new level. The sky’s the limit here and he is making steady progress.  Keep putting the pieces together in time for the NCAA’s.

Hwt – It was great to see Sam Stoll back in action.  Stoll is a fan favorite and for good reason. What a tough guy to fight through the injuries that he has had to deal with.  Stoll won a 10-0 decision and looked good. Seeing Stoll in action was a great step. Now we can only hope that he can string together 3-4 weeks of competition and build himself up like only competition can do for a wrestler.  If heart and toughness have anything to do with it, Stoll will be ready to go on March 9 for Big Tens and March 21 for the NCAA Championships.

I really like what I am seeing from Iowa Wrestling for team unity.  That is two weeks in a row that DeSanto has had a huge match. Having one wrestler that is new to the lineup step up and provide a spark in the form of a roaring blaze and inferno like DeSanto has is huge to the program.  The entire program can rally around DeSanto the way they did last year with Spencer Lee being new to the lineup. I just have to think that helps with team unity.

I have been saying it since DeSanto committed to transfer to Iowa last spring.  Give me a dual meet and/or Big Tens and the NCAA’s starting with Spencer Lee and Austin DeSanto and Iowa fans will be very entertained.  I have sure liked it so far. I can’t wait until Lee and DeSanto are both at the top of their game. When that happens, look out.

Marinelli continues to take his game up a notch with every match.  What I am seeing out of Marinelli sure looks like a national championship season to me.  He is just crushing his opponents. Now we will see if he scores more points against the higher ranked opponents.  

The Hawks hit the road for their only two meet road trip of the season this weekend.  The Hawks will be at #13 Illinois on Friday night and at #11 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon.  The Illinois meet is on BTN at 8 PM CST. FloWrestling will cover the Northwestern meet at 2PM CST on Sunday.

Iowa had to depend on Sam Stoll getting a pin to defeat Illinois at home last year. A Jim Heffernan coached team will always wrestle Iowa tough.  There will be two huge matches against Northwestern. Spencer Lee will have a huge rematch against #1 ranked Sebastian Rivera and Kaleb Young will have a rematch with #3 Ryan Deakin. Lee and Yong both lost to their Northwestern opponent in the Midlands finals. Wrestling fans across the country will be watching Lee-Rivera as the biggest match of the weekend.

For the second week in a row I am going to point the finger at the Iowa wrestling coaching staff.  The performance against Minnesota and now Rutgers was just flat out real good coaching. The Iowa wrestlers have been prepared and ready for battle.  Every one of the ten weights are showing improvement the last two weeks.

The game plan is to have the Iowa wrestling team at a peaked level in Pittsburgh on March 21, 22, and 23.  I would say that Iowa Wrestling is right on course.

As a fan if you are not excited about Iowa Wrestling, you should be.

I really like what I am seeing from Iowa Wrestling.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!  

Iowa Wrestling recruits in action Jan 18-19: Results

Between events cancelled due to the weather and several wrestlers having the weekend off, it was a slow weekend of competition for our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits.  Abe Assad won by a first period fall in a dual meet on Saturday against Geneva and Ryan Sokol won by a tech fall in a dual meet against PEM on Saturday.

Jesse Ybarra dropped his first match of the season with a 6-4 setback to Diego Guerrero of Walden Grove in the finals of the Flowing Wells Invitational.  Guerro is a three-time Arizona state champion.

Zach Glazier and Cobe Siebrecht both had their scheduled events cancelled.  Patrick Kennedy and Colby Schriever did not have anything scheduled this weekend.

Several of our recruits will be competing in their conference tournament next weekend and then we are into the tournament season.

Recruiting Class of 2019

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

Dual meet at Geneva on Jan 18

Won by first period Fall.

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

Home dual meet vs Rochester Mayo on Jan 18 – Postponed

Cobe Siebrecht – Lisbon, IA 138 lbs.

Bob Lueders Invitational in Clinton, IA Jan 19 – Postponed

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs.

Nothing scheduled.

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 120 lbs. (Out with injury)

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs.

Nothing scheduled.

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

Flowing Wells Invitational in Tucson, AZ on Jan 18-19

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 36-1 won by fall over Carlos Alarcon (Douglas High) 11-23 (Fall 0:52)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 36-1 won by fall over Arnoldo Ruiz (Willcox) 25-6 (Fall 2:00)
  • Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 36-1 won by fall over Trey Trejo (Canyon Del Oro) 31-7 (Fall 1:58)
  • Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 36-1 won by fall over Isai Alonso (Kofa) 26-9 (Fall 0:58)
  • 1st Place Match – Diego Guerrero (Walden Grove) 40-2 won by decision over Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) 36-1 (Dec 6-4)

Recruiting Class of 2021

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

Triangular at Ellsworth, WI Jan 19

Ryan Sokol (SIML) over Cooper Hofschulte (PEM) (TF 21-4 3:22)

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!