ON THE MAT
The second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team hits the road for its final dual of the 2022 calendar year, traveling to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to face Chattanooga on Saturday. The dual will begin at 6 p.m. (CT) from McKenzie Arena.
• The Hawkeyes will also send wrestlers to the UNI Open in Cedar Falls on Dec. 10.
FOLLOW ALONG LIVE
• Saturday’s dual will be streamed on ESPN+ with Chris Goforth and Travis Garrard 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 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.
• The Hawkeyes have won nine consecutive duals dating back to the 2021-22 season.
• Associate head coach Terry Brands spent three years as head coach at Chattanooga from 2002-05. He led the Mocs to the 2005 Southern Conference title, crowning three champions and two All-Americans.
• Iowa is 4-0 all-time against the Mocs, including posting a 39-0 win during the last meeting in 2019 in Iowa City. This is Iowa’s second trip to Chattanooga in program history (37-6 in 2012).
• Junior Cobe Siebrecht is 5-0 with five bonus point victories this season.
No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes Probable Lineup at Chattanooga Mocs
|Wt.||Rank||Name||Yr.||Hometown/High School||2022-23 Record|
|125||Aidan Harris||Jr.||Layton, Utah/Layton (Iowa Central CC)||0-4|
|-or-||Charles Matthews||So.||San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra||0-1|
|133||Cullan Schriever||So.||Mason City, Iowa/Mason City||7-2|
|-or-||Jesse Ybarra||So.||Tucson, Ariz./Sunnyside||0-0|
|141||3/2/3||Real Woods||Sr.||Albuquerque, N.M./Montini Catholic (Ill.) (Stanford)||1-0|
|-or-||Drew Bennett||Sr.||Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (UNI)||3-2|
|149||7/6/7||Max Murin||RS Sr.||Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria||5-1|
|157||20/25/14||Cobe Siebrecht||Jr.||Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon||5-0|
|165||15/13/16||Patrick Kennedy||So.||Kasson-Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville||4-1|
|174||19/15/18||Nelson Brands||Sr.||Iowa City, Iowa/West||2-0|
|184||10/8/8||Abe Assad||Jr.||Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North||5-1|
|197||5/2/3||Jacob Warner||RS Sr.||Tolono, Ill./Washington||4-1|
|285||4/4/4||Tony Cassioppi||Sr.||Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah||6-0|
Iowa won five matches, including three via bonus points, to win the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series dual over No. 7 Iowa State, 18-15, on Dec. 4. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Senior Tony Cassioppi defeated No. 9 Sam Schuyler, 9-2, in the dual’s final match to clinch Iowa’s 18th straight victory in the series. Iowa got major decisions from Spencer Lee, Cobe Siebrecht and Nelson Brands.
• Iowa is 4-0 all-time against Chattanooga, including winning 39-0 in 2019 in Iowa City.
WE MEET AGAIN
• Sophomore Cullan Schriever faced Chattanooga’s Brayden Palmer at the Southern Scuffle in 2021 with Palmer posting a 4-2 victory in overtime in the third-place match.
• Senior Nelson Brands defeated 17th-ranked Rocky Jordan at 184 pounds during the 2020-21 season when Jordan wrestled at Ohio State. Brands won the match 3-0. Jordan is the Mocs’ highest ranked wrestler, coming in at No. 13 by AWN.
LEE’S MAKES SEASON DEBUT
No. 1 Spencer Lee made his 2022-23 debut in Iowa’s 18-15 victory over No. 7 Iowa State on Dec. 4. Lee posted a major decision of Corey Cabanban, 16-5.
• It was Lee’s first match since Dec. 21, 2021.
• Lee has posted bonus points in 65 of his 79 career victories and he is riding a 39-match winning streak dating back to the 2019 season.
BLACK & GOLD DEBUT
Senior Real Woods notched a 4-2 victory over No. 10 Casey Swiderski on Dec. 4 in his first match in a Hawkeye singlet. It was Woods’ 43 career victory (to eight defeats). The New Mexico native transferred to Iowa from Stanford.
SIEBRECHT CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Junior Cobe Siebrecht is 5-0 this season, posting bonus point victories in all five of his matches. He has two pins and three major decisions.
• Siebrecht is ranked in all three polls, coming in as high as No. 14 by Amateur Wrestling News at 157 pounds.
• Siebrecht had a six-point move in the first period en route to a 10-2 major decision over Iowa State’s Jason Kraisser. The Lisbon, Iowa, native pinned Penn’s 10th-ranked Anthony Artalona on Nov. 26 to record the highest ranked win of his career.
• Siebrecht has two victories over ranked opponents amongst his five wins this season.
CASS – 4 PINS, 6 WINS
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 6-0 with five bonus-point victories in 2022-23. He has posted back-to-back wins over ranked foes, downing Penn’s 15th-ranked Ben Goldin, 9-0, on Nov. 26 before beating Iowa State’s Sam Schuyler, 9-2, to clinch Iowa’s 18 straight victory over the Cyclones.
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 5-1 and is ranked as high as No. 6 in the national rankings.
PK PUTS ON A SHOW
• Sophomore Patrick Kennedy has scored 84 points — 16.8 points per match — in his five matches this season. The Minnesota native is 4-1 with two technical falls and two majors this season.
THE YOUNGEST BRANDS
Senior Nelson Brands made his 2022-23 season debut against No. 21 Penn, where he produced a 5-1 victory over No. 19 Nick Incontrera at 174 pounds.
• The Iowa City, Iowa, native followed it up with his first bonus point win — a 13-5 victory over Iowa State’s MJ Gaitan.
• During his Hawkeye career, Brands has wrestled at 165, 184, 174 and 184 before settling in at 174 this season.
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.
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 122-13 (.904) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07. The Hawkeyes are 272-26 (.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 return to action Dec. 29-30 when they compete in the Soldier Salute in Coralville, Iowa, at Xtream Arena.