ON THE MAT
The second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team will host No. 7 Iowa State in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series dual on Sunday at 1:33 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Mat inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The meet is sold out.
FOLLOW ALONG LIVE
• Sunday’s dual will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with Shane Sparks (play-by-play), Jim Gibbons (color analyst) and Tim Johnson (sideline reporter) on the call.
• 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 with a link available on hawkeyesports.com.
No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes Probable Lineup vs. No. 7 Iowa State Cyclones
|Wt.||Rank||Name||Yr.||Hometown/High School||2022-23 Record|
|125||Aidan Harris||Jr.||Layton, Utah/Layton (Iowa Central CC)||0-4|
|133||Cullan Schriever||So.||Mason City, Iowa/Mason City||7-1|
|141||Drew Bennett||Sr.||Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (UNI)||3-2|
|-or-||3/2/3||Real Woods||Sr.||Albuquerque, N.M./Montini Catholic (Ill.) (Stanford)||0-0|
|149||7/6/7||Max Murin||RS Sr.||Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria||5-0|
|157||20/25/14||Cobe Siebrecht||Jr.||Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon||4-0|
|-or-||Caleb Rathjen||RS Fr.||Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny||1-1|
|165||15/13/16||Patrick Kennedy||So.||Kasson-Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville||4-0|
|174||19/15/18||Nelson Brands||Sr.||Iowa City, Iowa/West||1-0|
|184||10/8/8||Abe Assad||Jr.||Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North||5-0|
|197||5/2/3||Jacob Warner||RS Sr.||Tolono, Ill./Washington||4-0|
|285||4/4/4||Tony Cassioppi||Sr.||Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah||5-0|
The Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 on the season with a 26-11 victory over No. 21 Penn on Nov. 26 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won seven of the 10 matches and it secured bonus points in three bouts, including a Cobe Siebrecht fall to cap the dual.
DAN GABLE TRAVELING TROPHY
The Iowa-Iowa State wrestling rivalry introduced the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy in 2010.
• In a joint collaboration, the schools announced the winner of the annual dual would take possession of a trophy representing Iowa State’s former two-time NCAA champion and Iowa’s 15-time NCAA championship coach.
• Iowa has won every meeting since the trophy’s inception (11-0).
|2011||27-9||at Iowa State|
|2013||23-9||at Iowa State|
|2015||33-6||at Iowa State|
|2017-18||35-6||at Iowa State|
|2019-20||29-6||at Iowa State|
|2021-22||23-11||at Iowa State|
• Sunday is the 86th meeting in the all-time series that began in 1912 with the Hawkeyes leading 67-16-2. The Hawkeyes have won 17 straight, 32 of the last 33 and 56 of the last 60 meetings.
• Tom Brands is 16-0 all-time against the Cyclones as Iowa’s head coach.
• During the 17-dual winning streak, Iowa has won by an average of 14.3 points.
• Sunday’s dual is the first meeting with both teams in the top 10 of the national rankings since 2008-09. No. 1 Iowa faced No. 2 Iowa State twice during the season — a regular season matchup and in the finals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. Iowa won the two meetings, 18-16 and 19-12.
• Iowa State’s last win in the series was 19-16 on Dec. 5, 2004, in Iowa City.
IOWA CORN CY-HAWK SERIES
The Cy-Hawk Series is in its 18th season in 2022-23, being sponsored for the 11th time by Iowa Corn.
• Iowa State leads the 2022-23 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, 11-0, entering Sunday’s dual. The Cyclones were victorious in women’s soccer, volleyball, football and earned higher finishes at NCAA Regionals in men’s and women’s cross country earlier this fall.
• Iowa wrestling owns a 16-1 lead in Cy-Hawk Series duals. Iowa State won the first meeting in 2004 and Iowa has won the last 16 meetings. (Iowa has won 17 straight overall, including a meeting at the National Duals.)
• Sunday begins Cy-Hawk week as the two schools will meet in wrestling (Dec. 4), women’s basketball (Dec. 7), men’s basketball (Dec. 8) and women’s swimming and diving (Dec. 9).
• The series awards two points (except football, which is worth three) to the winning school in each head-to-head match-up between the two institutions. Additionally, one point is awarded to an institution if the graduation rate of its student-athletes is greater than the national average as reported each fall by the NCAA.
SIEBRECHT NAMED BIG TEN WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Junior Cobe Siebrecht was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 30 after defeating the highest ranked opponent of his career, pinning No. 10 Anthony Artalona of Penn to cap the Hawkeyes’ 26-11 dual victory on Nov. 26. Siebrecht got caught in a headlock early in the second period before rolling through and sticking Artalona in 4:02. It was his second pin and fourth bonus point victory of the season.
MOVIN’ ON UP
A week after joining the national rankings for the first time in his career, junior Cobe Siebrecht has climbed to No. 14 nationally at 157 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News. Siebrecht is 4-0 this season with two pins and two major decisions, including a fall against Penn’s 10th-ranked Anthony Artalona in his last match.
• Siebrecht has two victories over ranked opponents amongst his four wins this season.
4 MATCHES, 4 FALLS
Senior Tony Cassioppi opened the season with four pins in his first four matches with falls in 2:13, 1:26, 1:28 and 0:53 for a grand total of 5:20 of mat time.
• It was 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.
• Cassioppi is 5-0 with bonus-point victories in all five of his matches in 2022-23. He notched his first win over a ranked foe this season against Penn, majoring No. 15 Ben Goldin, 9-0.
After winning four matches with bonus points during the 2021-22 season, redshirt senior Max Murin matched that total in his first four bouts of 2022-23.
• Murin has two major decisions and two technical falls this season. The Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, native is 5-0 and is ranked as high as No. 6 in the national rankings. During his last time out, Murin posted an overtime victory over Penn’s 10th-ranked Doug Zapf to clinch Iowa’s fifth dual win of the season.
PK PUTS ON A SHOW
• Sophomore Patrick Kennedy has scored 20 or more points in three matches — and is averaging 20 points per match — this season in producing two technical falls and two major decisions.
• Kennedy will face the highest ranked opponent of his career on Sunday, squaring off against No. 3 David Carr of Iowa State.
• Sophomores Patrick Kennedy has a 10-match winning streak dating back to last season. (He wrestled the 2021-22 season unattached).
• Senior Nelson Brands made his 2022-23 season debut against No. 21 Penn and he produced a 5-1 victory over No. 19 Nick Incontrera. Brands is now ranked as high as No. 15 nationally by Intermat.
• Senior Real Woods is listed in Iowa’s probable lineup against Iowa State for the first time in his career. The Stanford transfer has a 42-8 career record.
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 (freshman) brackets.
• Freshman Kolby Franklin led a group of five Hawkeyes that placed at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open, as he finished as runner-up at 197 pounds.
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.
Nine 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 (3), Kolby Franklin (3), Gage Marty (3), Easton Fleshman (2), Joel Jesuroga (2), Bradley Hill (2), Drake Rhodes (1), Mickey Griffith (1) and Aiden Riggins (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 121-13 (.903) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07. The Hawkeyes are 271-26 (.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.
Iowa will hit the road, traveling to Tennessee to face Chattanooga on Dec. 10 in its final dual of the 2022 calendar year.