Ohio State dual meet preview

When the Iowa Wrestling schedule came out, fans were immediately drawn to the incredible home schedule.  This is the best home schedule in Iowa Wrestling history. We have already been able to go to legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena for some great wrestling this season.  Folks, it’s about to go up another notch the next two Friday nights. First up – Ohio State.

#1 Iowa will host #4 Ohio State this Friday, January 24 at 8 PM (CST). Ohio State is ranked in the top six of most rankings and they are always a big rival for the Hawks.  I am expecting a huge crowd for this. The weather looks like it will cooperate and that will mean at least 14,000 fans. With terrible weather last Friday for the Nebraska meet, just shy of 13,000 fans made it to Carver.  A sellout would not surprise me at all. You may want to get your tickets now if you have not already done so.

Every single match will be contested in a dual meet like this.  The biggest matches will be at 141, 149, and 197. Ohio State has undefeated #1 ranked seniors at 141 and 197 and a #6 ranked freshman at 149.  I would definitely not count out the two Iowa sophomores of Max Murin and Jacob Warner, our only losses against Nebraska last week.  I expect Murin and Warner to come out fired up and get after it against the top ranked wrestler in the country. The Lugo-Sasso match at 149 will be important for Big Ten seeds and revenge.  Sasso defeated Lugo at the 2018 Midlands.

The biggest matches:

141 – #7 Max Murin vs. #1 Luke Pletcher

149 – #1 Pat Lugo vs. #6 Sammy Sasso

197 – #5 Jacob Warner vs. #1 Kollin Moore

I am also looking forward to the matches at 174 and 184. Ohio State has two young wrestlers on the rise in #8 Kaleb Romero at 174 and #22 Rocky Jordan at 184.  Romero is an athletic sophomore that has been looking very good lately for the Buckeyes and will be a good test for #2 ranked Michael Kemerer. Rocky Jordan has recently won the varsity spot at 184 for Ohio State and is a big physical redshirt freshman.   Iowa will counter with true freshman Abe Assad in what I expect to be a very good match. 

Iowa was flat against Nebraska and overall did not wrestle very well.  I expect to see a fired up team entertain a huge crowd to some Iowa Hawkeye wrestling. 

You do not want to miss this dual meet.

 

#4 Ohio State at #1 Iowa – 8PM CST on Friday, January 24

TV: BTN

Online: FloWrestling 

Radio: AM 800 KXIC on iHeartRadio.com with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside.

 

#1 Iowa vs. #4 Ohio State

125   1/1 Spencer Lee (Jr) vs. Malik Heinselman (So) or Hunter Lucas (Jr) 

133   2/2 Austin DeSanto (Jr) vs. 15/18 Jordan Decatur (Fr)

141   7/9 Max Murin (So) vs. 1/1 Luke Pletcher (Sr)

149   1/1 Pat Lugo (Sr) vs. 6/6 Sammy Sasso (Fr)

157   4/6 Kaleb Young (Jr) vs. Elijah Cleary (Jr)

165   2/2 Alex Marinelli (Jr) vs. 8/13 Ethan Smith (So)

174   2/2 Michael Kemerer (Sr) vs. 12/8 Kaleb Romero (So)

184   6/7 Abe Assad (Fr) vs. 22/- Rocky Jordan (Fr)

197   5/6 Jacob Warner (So) vs. 1/1 Kollin Moore (Sr)

Hwt   3/3 Tony Cassioppi (Fr) vs. 24/- Gary Traub (Jr) 

*TrackWrestling Rankiings/Intermat Rankings

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

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Meyer selected as nominee for Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship

Aaron Meyer has been selected as a nominee for the 2020 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship. Meyer was one of two student-athletes selected to represent the University of Iowa for this prestigious award.

From the Big Ten:

The Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship, which is for $10,000, is awarded to two senior Big Ten student-athletes (one male; one female) for exceptional achievement in academics, athletics, and civic service. Each institution nominates two student-athletes. The winners will be announced March 14, 2020.

Meyer, a redshirt senior at 141 lbs. from Pleasant Hill, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) has been a Letterwinner for the Iowa Hawkeyes the last three seasons.  He has been named to the Dean’s List for the last two years, Academic All Big Ten the last three years, and a 2019 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.  

Meyer graduated with a degree in Health and Human Physiology in May of 2019.  This July Meyer will attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. 

Wayne Duke, who the scholarship is named for, was originally from Burlington, Iowa and a graduate of the University of Iowa. He was Commissioner of the Big Ten (1971-1989) and Commissioner of the Big Eight (1963-1971).  

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

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Sorensen Strong Tough As Nails Wrestling Camp: Feb 1-2

The Eastern Iowa Wrestling Club will host the Sorensen Strong Tough As Nails Wrestling Camp.  All proceeds from the camp will benefit former Iowa Hawkeye four-time All American wrestler Brandon Sorensen who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is being treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

The camp will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 1-2 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 10 AM-12 PM, and 1-3 PM.  Register at the door and you must have a USA Wrestling card.

Please email easterniowawrestling@gmail.com to RSVP.

Cost is $100 cash or Venmo paid to @PhillipLaux

The Sorensen Strong Tough As Nails Camp is open to all wrestlers. 

This camp is made possible by The Predicament, Coe College, Hawkeye Wrestling Club, and clinicians.

 

Clinicians:

Sammy Brooks – 2-time All American at the University of Iowa

Alli Ragan – 2-time World Silver Medalist

Nathan Burak – 3-time All American at the University of Iowa

Forrest Molinari – 2-time World Team member

Alex Meyer – All American at the University of Iowa

Topher Carton – NCAA Qualifier for the University of Iowa

Phillip Laux – Varsity wrestler at the University of Iowa

 

This will be a great camp with the clinicians and for a great cause.  Please help spread the word of this camp any way you can.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

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Iowa in the new rankings: Track/InterMat/NWCA

New rankings for TrackWrestling, InterMat, and the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) came out yesterday and today.  Iowa remains #1 in the team race and by roughly the same margin as the last rankings three weeks ago. 

Iowa has had a few wrestlers dip down a few spots with Max Murin (141) and Jacob Warner (197), but Abe Assad is the highest ranked Iowa wrestler this season for Iowa at 184 in the new rankings.  So overall, pretty much a wash.

Iowa fans are very well read on the Big Ten, but these rankings are a help to shed light on wrestlers from other conferences across the country.

I feel as those these rankings are fair as far as Iowa Wrestling goes.  

The next two months are going to be a great ride for wrestling fans.  As a matter of fact, the NCAA Finals are two months from tonight. That is exciting just to think about.

 

TrackWrestling team rankings: January 20, 2020

  1. Iowa – 139.5 
  2. Penn State – 83.5
  3. Ohio State – 60
  4. Minnesota – 55

 

InterMat team rankings: January 21, 2020

  1. Iowa – 153.5 
  2. Penn State – 107.5
  3. Ohio State – 66.5
  4. Minnesota – 64.5

 

NWCA Wrestling Coaches Poll: January 21, 2020

  1. Iowa – 350
  2. Penn State – 328
  3. Virginia Tech – 322
  4. Ohio State – 304

 

TrackWrestling Rankiings/InterMat Rankings 

125 Spencer Lee – 1/1

133 Austin DeSanto – 2/2

141 Max Murin – 7/9

149 Pat Lugo – 1/1

157 Kaleb Young – 4/6

165 Alex Marinelli – 2/2

174 Michael Kemerer – 2/2

184 Abe Assad – 6/7

197 Jacob Warner – 5/6

Hwt Tony Cassioppi – 3/3

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

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Assad named Wrestler of the Week

Abe Assad has been named as the Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week.  Assad won a great match over #5 ranked Taylor Venz of Nebraska, 6-4 at 184 lbs.  Assad came from behind with a takedown in the second period and in the third period at the end of the match to secure the win.

Assad has been the big news story for Iowa Wrestling recently when he burned his redshirt to wrestle varsity against Indiana and Purdue. Assad is already ranked  #7 in the country at 184 lbs. and is a true freshman from Carol Stream, Illinois (Glenbard North HS).

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

 

Iowa Wrestling Fan Blog & Podcast Wrestler of the Week

November 19 – Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier

November 25 – Nelson Brands and Zach Glazier

December 2 – Tony Cassioppi.

December 9 – Jacob Warner

January 2 – Pat Lugo

January 14 – Alex Marinelli

January 21 – Abe Assad

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

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Kennedy named Athlete of the Year

Patrick Kennedy has been named as the 2019 Rochester Area Sports Commission Male Athlete of the Year. Kennedy was one of five finalists in one of five categories that was determined from over 100 nominations by a 14-person panel of Rochester media representatives and sports experts from Southeast Minnesota. Kennedy was named for this honor last night at a banquet at the Rochester Event Center.

Kennedy, a senior from Kasson-Mantorville High School in Minnesota, is already a three-time state champion and is ranked #1 in the country at 182 lbs.  Kennedy was very impressive in a win at Who’s #1 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in October and is currently ranked #3 on the MatScouts Pound for Pound Rankings. Kennedy won a Junior Freestyle national title last summer in Fargo and has also won a Super 32 title.

Kennedy was named Academic All-State last season by two organizations.  Kennedy is projected to wrestle at 165/174 for the Hawks and is the top recruit in the outstanding Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

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Gilman, Molinari, and Brooks to compete at Yariguin

Thomas Gilman, Forrest Molinari, and Sammy Brooks of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing in the Grand Prix Ivan Yariguin in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on January 23-26. This is considered to be the toughest regular season international freestyle tournament in the world every year.  With the added Olympic year influence, look for the Yariguin to be more competitive than ever.  

Gilman looked great this past weekend in winning the 57kg title at the the Matteo Pellicone in Rome, Italy.  Gilman won a Silver at the 2018 World Championships and looks to be in great form in his quest to make it on Team USA for the 2020 Olympics.

Molinari represented Team USA at the World Championships in 2018 and 2019 at 65kg and placed fifth in 2018.  She will be competing at 68kg at the Olympic Team Trials on April 4-5 because 65kg is not an Olympic weight.

Brooks will be competing at 86kg.  Brooks was a two-time All-American at Iowa and represented Team USA at the 2017 U23 World Championships.

Hawkeye Wrestling Club Head Coach Mark Perry is on the trip to corner the HWC wrestlers.

I will keep you up to date with the schedule and results.  FloWrestling will have full coverage of the Yariguin on their premium membership.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

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Iowa recruits in action Jan 17-18: RESULTS

Mother Nature was in full force and resulted in several cancellations.  We had only three incoming recruits compete this weekend. Jesse Ybarra won the Flowing Wells Invitational with three pins, a tech fall, and an 8-1 decision in the finals.  Cam Lucero was 5-0 with two pins to win the Mel Smith Husky Tournament. Leif Schroeder had to injury default from the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic.

Patrick Kennedy, Cullan and Colby Schriever, Gabe Christenson, and Caleb Rathjen had their tournament cancelled due to a blizzard.  I have not heard of any makeup dates at this time. I will do my best to keep you up to date on this.  Bretli Reyna and Wyatt Henson did not have any competition scheduled for this weekend.

We are winding down the regular season for high school wrestling.  Conference tournaments and the postseason are now here. The incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits are having a great season.

See you next week.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 182 lbs.

At Osage Duals Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invite Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 145 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invite (Ankeny, IA)  Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

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

At Flowing Wells Invitational Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Antonio  Lujan (Tucson Magnet) (Fall 3:46)

Champ. Round 2 – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Ashton Teo (Ironwood Ridge) (Fall 1:08)

Quarterfinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by tech fall over Raul Aispuro (Kofa) (TF-1.5 5:02)

Semifinal – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by fall over Cael Figueroa (Highland) (Fall 0:42)

1st Place Match – Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside) won by decision over Jonathon Rogers (Liberty) (Dec 8-1)

 

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

At Osage Dulas Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

At Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Kale VanCampen (Havre) (Fall 1:38)

Champ. Round 2 – Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) won by fall over Zane Busch (University High) (Fall 3:35)

Quarterfinal – Dakota Flannery (Whitefish) won by medical forfeit over Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) (M. For.)

Cons. Round 4 – Blake Jolma (Missoula Sentinel) won by injury default over Leif Schroeder (Bozeman) (Inj. 0:00)

 

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

No competition scheduled.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson –  Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 138 lbs.

No competition scheduled.

 

Cam Lucero – Pagosa Springs, Colorado  152 lbs.

At Mel Smith Husky Tournament Jan 17-18

On TrackWrestling.

Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) received a bye

Champ. Round 2 – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over Eric Mestas (Centauri H.S.) (Fall 3:25)

Quarterfinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by fall over William Cockroft (Platte Valley) (Fall 2:37)

Semifinal – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by decision over Ryan Dirksen (Eaton) (Dec 7-4)

1st Place Match – Cameron Lucero (Pagosa Springs) won by injury default over John Sumner (Mullen (j.k.) High School) (Inj. 0:00)

 

Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny, Iowa  138 lbs.

At Bob Sharp Invite (Ankeny, IA)  Jan 18

Cancelled due to weather.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

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Gilman wins Gold, Ragan Bronze at Matteo Pellicone

It was a very good showing for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club at the Matteo Pellicone in Rome, Italy.  Thomas Gilman won the title at 57kg, Alli Ragan won a Bronze, and Kayla Miracle placed fifth. This was the first tournament in the UWW Ranking Series where results are used to determine seeds for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This was a very tough international tournament.

Gilman competed in a deep weight class with wrestlers from the USA.  After a tech fall and 12-4 decision, Gilman defeated Daton Fix in the semifinals, 2-1.  In the finals Gilman defeated Joe Colon 4-3 for the title. This title should get Gilman a top seed at the U.S. Olympic Trials on April 4-5.

Alli Ragan defeated Alina Akobiia of Ukraine, 4-4 Criteria to capture the Bronze at 57kg.  This was a very good tournament for Ragan at her new weight. Ragan is a two-time World Silver medalist at 59kg that is a weight not available at the the 2020 Olympics. Kayla Miracle dropped a 6-1 match in the Bronze medal round to place fifth at 62kg but had two solid wins to make it to the semifinals.

Up next for Gilman will be the Grand Prix Ivan Yariguin in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on January 23-26.  The Yariguin is considered the toughest regular season Freestyle tournament in the world every year.

 

Thomas Gilman (57kg)

Rd 1: Thomas Gilman (USA) tech fall over Tolepbay (Kazakhstan) 11-0

Quarterfinals: Gilman (USA) over Zou (China) 12-4

Semifinals: Gilman (USA) over Daton Fix (USA) 2-1

Finals: Gilman (USA) over Joe Colon (USA) 4-3

 

Alli Ragan (57kg)

Rd of 16: Alli Ragan wins by injury default over Chykhradze of Ukraine

Quarterfinals: Alli Ragan tech fall over Elena Brugger of Germany 10-0

Semifinals: Adekuoroye of Nigeria over Alli Ragan, 10-3

Bronze medal match: Alli Ragan over Alina Akobiia of Ukraine, 4-4

 

Kayla Miracle (62kg)

Rd of 16: Miracle wins 4-0 over Lais Nunes de Oliveira of Brazil

Quarterfinals: Kayla Miracle wins by fall over Adeniyi of Nigeria, 4:44

Semifinals: Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan by fall over Kayla Miracle, 1:42

Bronze medal match: Jia Long of China over Kayla Miracle, 6-1

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

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Weekend wrestling schedule for fans

With the big weekend of wrestling combined with the weather that most of us in the Midwest are experiencing, I thought a media guide for all of the wrestling going on was in order.  There is a lot of wrestling to keep us entertained. Tonight BTN will get the college wrestling weekend started off with Ohio State at Wisconsin at 8 PM. That should be a very good dual meet to watch.

Thomas Gilman of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be action Saturday morning at the Matteo Pellicone in Rome, Italy.  The first round will begin at 4 AM CST. FloWrestling will have full coverage on their premium service. I will keep results updated on Facebook, Twitter, and HawkeyeReport.com under my thread: Gilman, Ragan, and Miracle to compete in Rome: RESULTS.

On Saturday, Iowa will be hosting Nebraska in a big dual meet at 8 PM.  BTN will cover the meet live. Flo and BTN Plus will have the meet on their premium service.  AM 800 KXIC will have the meet on iHeartRadio.com with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside. Iowa-Nebraska dual meets are always entertaining.  Indiana is at Northwestern on BTN at 1:30.

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits are competing Friday and Saturday.  All of the tournaments our recruits are competing in are covered by TrackWrestling. You can find the complete schedule for our recruits on my blog from yesterday: Iowa recruits in action: January 17-18.

Maryland at Michigan State will be on BTN Sunday at 2 PM.

As a wrestling fan, I am grateful for all of the media coverage that our sport of wrestling has now compared to the past.  It does not matter where you live, you can see a lot of great wrestling around the country and even the world.  

And just a reminder that Iowa will host Ohio State on Friday, January 24 and Penn State on Friday, January 31.  Not that any of us Iowa Wrestling fans would forget. 

Have a great weekend. 

 

All times listed are CST.

Friday, January 17

Ohio State at Wisconsin on BTN at 8 PM

 

Friday and Saturday

Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits competing in tournaments covered by TrackWrestling.

A complete listing:

https://iowawrestlingblog.com/2020/01/iowa-recruits-in-action-jan-17-18/

 

Saturday, January 18

Thomas Gilman competing at Matteo Pellicone in Rome, Italy on FloWrestling starting at 4 AM.

Indiana at Northwestern on BTN at 1:30 PM

#7 Nebraska at #1 Iowa at 8 PM

TV: BTN

Online: FloWrestling and BTN Plus premium service.

Radio: AM 800 KXIC on iHeartRadio.com with Steven Grace and Mark Ironside.

 

Sunday, January 19

Maryland at Michigan State on BTN at 2 PM.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

 

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