ON THE MAT
The second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team returns to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to host No. 21 Penn on Saturday at 2 p.m. (CT).
• The Hawkeyes will also send wrestlers to the Cyclone Open on Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Action begins at 9 a.m. (CT) from Hilton Coliseum.
FOLLOW ALONG LIVE
• Saturday’s dual will be streamed live on B1G+ with former Hawkeyes Alex Marinelli and Kaleb Young on the call. It is a paid subscription service.
• Iowa wrestling events are broadcast by AM-800 KXIC and streamed on hawkeyesports.com via YouTube. Steven Grace and Mark Ironside will call the action for Hawkeye Sports Properties, a property of Learfield.
• Follow Iowa wrestling on social media via Twitter (@Hawks_Wrestling), Facebook/iowahawkeyewrestling and Instagram (@iowahawkeyewrestling).
• Live results will be available via TrackWrestling.
No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes Probable Lineup vs. No. 21 Pennsylvania Quakers
|Wt.||Rank||Name||Yr.||Hometown/High School||2022-23 Record|
|125||Aidan Harris||Jr.||Layton, Utah/Layton (Iowa Central CC)||0-3|
|133||Cullan Schriever||So.||Mason City, Iowa/Mason City||7-0|
|141||Drew Bennett||Sr.||Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (UNI)||3-1|
|149||7/7/8||Max Murin||RS Sr.||Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria||4-0|
|157||Caleb Rathjen||RS Fr.||Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny||1-1|
|-or-||Cobe Siebrecht||Jr.||Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon||3-0|
|165||16/13/17||Patrick Kennedy||So.||Kasson-Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville||3-0|
|-or-||Joe Kelly||Sr.||West Liberty, Iowa/West Liberty||4-3|
|174||Drake Rhodes||Fr.||Billings, Mont./Billings West||1-0|
|-or-||Carson Martinson||Fr.||Altoona, Iowa/Southeast Polk||0-1|
|184||11/8/9||Abe Assad||Jr.||Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North||4-0|
|197||2/2/2||Jacob Warner||RS Sr.||Tolono, Ill./Washington||3-0|
|285||4/4/4||Tony Cassioppi||Sr.||Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah||4-0|
The Hawkeyes went 3-0 on their trip to New York, posting wins over Army, Sacred Heart and Buffalo. Iowa won 23 of its 30 matches during the trip with four Hawkeyes — Cullan Schriever, Max Murin, Abe Assad and Tony Cassioppi — posting three wins apiece.
COBE JOINS THE RANKINGS
For the first time in his career, junior Cobe Siebrecht has joined the national rankings, as he comes in at No. 29 at 157 pounds in the Nov. 22 Intermat rankings.
• The Lisbon, Iowa, native is 3-0 this season — all three by bonus points. Siebrecht majored Army’s No. 28 Nate Lukez on Nov. 17 for his first career ranked win and he moved up a weight class and earned a major over Buffalo’s Noah Grover a day later at 165.
4 MATCHES, 4 FALLS
Senior Tony Cassioppi hasn’t wrestled beyond the first period in his first four matches of the season. The Roscoe, Illinois, native has falls in 2:13, 1:26, 1:28 and 0:53 for a grand total of 5:20 of mat time.
• It is the second time in his career he has pinned four consecutive opponents. In 2020-21 during his sophomore season, Cassioppi had four straight falls and six pins in a seven-match stretch.
MURIN STEPS UP
After winning four matches with bonus points during the 2021-22 season, redshirt senior Max Murin has matched that total in his first four matches in 2022-23.
• Murin has two major decisions and two technical falls in his four matches. The Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, native is ranked as high as No. 6 in the Intermat rankings.
PK PUTS ON A SHOW
• Sophomore Patrick Kennedy has scored 20 or more points in all three of his matches this season in producing two technical falls and a major decision.
• Senior Joe Kelly and junior Zach Glazier both stepped into the Hawkeye lineup and produced bonus points in the 35-6 win over Sacred Heart.
• Kelly posted a major decision at 174 pounds over Ryan Bolletino, 17-7, while Glazier made quick work of the Pioneers’ Nick Copley, winning, 18-3, in the second period.
WARNER, CASS COMPETE IN AUSTIN
Redshirt senior Jacob Warner and senior Tony Cassioppi both competed at the NWCA All-Star Classic on Nov. 22 in Austin, Texas. Warner dropped an 8-6 sudden victory decision to Missouri’s Rocky Elam, while Cassioppi fell 8-5 to Penn State’s Greg Kerkvliet.
• Sophomores Patrick Kennedy has a nine-match winning streak dating back to last season. (He wrestled the 2021-22 season unattached).
• Sophomore Cullan Schriever is 7-0 this season with four bonus point wins. The Mason City, Iowa, native racked up 43 points in consecutive wins at the Arm Bar at the Armory event in Albany, New York.
• Caleb Rathjen (157) and Carson Martinson (174) made their Hawkeye debuts at the Arm Bar at the Armory. Rathjen picked up his first career win over Buffalo’s Nick Stampoulus, 6-0.
IOWA AT OPEN TOURNAMENTS
• Sophomore Cullan Schriever and freshman Jace Rhodes both won 133-pound titles at the Luther Open on Nov. 12 in Decorah, Iowa. Schriever, who was competing unattached, won the elite division, while Rhodes won the silver (freshman-only) bracket.
• The Hawkeyes won two more titles at the Lindenwood Open when Rhodes (133) and Joel Jesuroga (149) won the black brackets.
The Hawkeyes have six past All-Americans on the 2022-23 roster in three-time NCAA Champion Spencer Lee (125), Real Woods (141), Max Murin (149), Abe Assad (184), Jacob Warner (197) and Tony Cassioppi (285).
• Iowa has crowned at least one All-American in 51 consecutive tournaments, dating back to 1972.
• Iowa finished third at the 2022 NCAA Championships with 74 points with five All-Americans. The Hawkeyes were also third at the Big Ten Championships with 129.5 points.
The Hawkeyes have 17 newcomers on the 2022-23 roster, including three transfers.
• Real Woods was a two-time All-American at Stanford University (2020, 2022). He finished sixth at 141 last season.
• Brody Teske was a two-time NCAA qualifier at Northern Iowa after beginning his career at Penn State. Teske is one of three Fort Dodge, Iowa, natives on the 2022-23 roster (Drake Ayala, Drew Bennett).
• Aidan Harris spent two seasons at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, where he was a two-time national qualifier. The Utah native placed fourth at 125 in 2021, winning six consecutive wrestle-back matches.
CASS EARNS WORLD BRONZE
Senior Tony Cassioppi won his second world age-group medal, earning a bronze at the 2022 U23 UWW World Championships on Oct. 23 in Spain. Cassioppi also won a gold medal at the 2021 UWW World Championships.
KENNEDY WINS U23 TITLE
Sophomore Patrick Kennedy went 7-0 at the 2022 World Team Trials to win the 74 kg title in June. Kennedy posted three victories over All-Americans and two more over NCAA qualifiers during the tournament.
• Kennedy, who will wrestle at 165 pounds this season, went 17-3 last season, wrestling unattached. He won three open tournaments — Harold Nichols Open, UNI Open and Last Chance Open.
• The four-time Minnesota state champion posted a 2-1 record in the varsity lineup during the 2020-21 season.
SOLD OUT X 2
Iowa wrestling season tickets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena are sold out for a second straight season. The Hawkeyes have led the nation in attendance every year since 2006-07. Iowa set an NCAA record, averaging 14,905 fans in 2021-22.
Nine Iowa duals will be televised during the 2022-23 season. The Hawkeyes will have eight duals televised on BTN and one on ESPNU.
• Iowa’s BTN appearances include home duals against Iowa State (1:30 p.m. (CT)), Nebraska (8 p.m.), Michigan (8 p.m.) and Oklahoma State (3:30 p.m.) and road duals at Purdue (1 p.m.), Wisconsin (TBA), Penn State (7:30 p.m.) and Minnesota (8 p.m.).
• The Hawkeyes’ home dual against Northwestern will be televised on ESPNU.
Eight Hawkeye freshman have competed as attached competitors during the 2022-23 season. Under new NCAA guidelines, freshmen can compete in five dates of competition during the student-athlete’s initial year of collegiate enrollment without using a season of competition.
• Here is a list of competitions for Iowa’s freshmen in 2022-23: Jace Rhodes (2), Kolby Franklin (2), Easton Fleshman (2), Gage Marty (2), Joel Jesuroga (1), Drake Rhodes (1), Mickey Griffith (1) and Bradley Hill (1).
HAWKEYE WRESTLING HISTORY
The Hawkeyes have won 24 national titles and 37 Big Ten titles. Iowa’s 55 NCAA Champions have won a total of 85 NCAA individual titles, crowning seven three-time and 16 two-time champions.
• The Hawkeyes’ 117 Big Ten champions have combined for 208 conference titles. There have been eight four-time, 18 three-time and 31 two-time Big Ten champions from Iowa.
• Iowa’s 161 All-Americans have earned All-America status 357 times, including one five-time, 24 four-time, 38 three-time and 40 two-time honorees.
SPENCER LEE TARGETS FOURTH TITLE
Senior Spencer Lee won the 125-pound NCAA Championship in 2021, becoming the seventh three-time national champion in program history and putting an exclamation point on the Hawkeyes’ 2021 NCAA team title. Lee was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and won the Dan Hodge Trophy for the second straight season.
• Lee is the seventh three-time NCAA champion in program history, joining the ranks of Ed Banach (1981, 81, 83), Barry Davis (1982, 83, 85), Jim Zalesky (1982-84), Tom Brands (1990-92), Lincoln McIlravy (1993, 94, 97) and Joe Williams (1996-98).
• Only four wrestlers in NCAA history have won four Division I national titles: Oklahoma State’s Pat Smith (‘90-92, ‘94), Iowa State’s Cael Sanderson (‘99-02), Cornell’s Kyle Dake (‘10-13), and Ohio State’s Logan Stieber (‘12-15).
• Iowa’s three-time champions include:
1. Ed Banach (177, 177, 190) 1980-81, 1983
2. Barry Davis (118, 126, 126) 1982-83, 1985
3. Jim Zalesky (158) 1982-84
4. Tom Brands (134) 1990-92
5. Lincoln McIlravy (142, 150, 150) 1993-94, 1997
6. Joe Williams (158, 158, 167) 1996-98
7. Spencer Lee (125) 2018-19, 2021
LIGHTING JOE EARNS HOF NOD
Three-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American Joe Williams will be inducted into the Class of 2023 for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Williams will inducted as a Distinguished Member at the 46th Honors Weekend on June 2-3, 2023, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Williams finished his Hawkeye career with a 129-9 overall record and helped Iowa to back-to-back NCAA team titles in 1996 and 1997. He was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
HAWKEYES AND CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
• Iowa is 120-13 (.902) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07. The Hawkeyes are 270-26 (.912) all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since moving from the UI Field House in 1983. Iowa finished 5-1 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 2021-22.
• Carver-Hawkeye Arena has hosted two United States Olympic Team Trials, four Big Ten Championships (1983, 1994, 2005, 2016) and four NCAA Championships (1986, 1991, 1995, 2001). The Hawkeyes have won five tournament titles on their home mat, including the 1983 and 1994 Big Ten Championships, and the 1986, 1991 and 1995 NCAA Championships.
• In 2018, the University of Iowa hosted the UWW World Cup, an international dual tournament featuring eight of the top countries in the world.
The Hawkeyes will host No. 7 Iowa State in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchip on Dec. 4 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual will begin at 1:30 p.m. (CT) and be televised live on BTN.