ON THE MAT
The second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team travels to Happy Valley for a Friday dual against top-ranked Penn State. The meet will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
• The Hawkeyes will also send wrestlers to the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open in Dubuque, Iowa, on Jan. 28. The competition will be held at the Graber Sports Center beginning at 9 a.m.
FOLLOW ALONG LIVE
• Friday’s dual will be televised live on BTN with Shane Sparks (play-by-play) and Jim Gibbons (color) 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.
• The Hawkeyes have won 15 consecutive duals dating back to the 2021-22 season.
• Iowa is making its first trip to Happy Valley since the 2017-18 season.
• Friday’s dual features 19 ranked wrestlers.
• Senior Tony Cassioppi is 16-0 this season with a career-high 10 falls. The 10 falls are the most by a Hawkeye since 2017-18 (Sam Stoll/Michael Kemerer).
• Senior Spencer Lee is riding a 48-match winning streak dating back to the 2019 season — the ninth-longest streak in program history. Lee has six consecutive falls (four straight over top 10 opponents) — a career-long streak.
• Lee was named the NCAA and Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 24 after recording back-to-back falls over top-five foes.
No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes Probable Lineup at No. 1 Penn State
|Wt.||Rank||Name||Yr.||Hometown/High School||2022-23 Record|
|125||1/1/1/1||Spencer Lee||RS Sr.||Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional||10-0|
|133||–/17/–/12||Brody Teske||Jr.||Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (Penn State/UNI)||4-0|
|-or-||Cullan Schriever||So.||Mason City, Iowa/Mason City||7-6|
|141||2/2/2/2||Real Woods||Sr.||Albuquerque, N.M./Montini Catholic (Ill.) (Stanford)||9-0|
|149||11/7/9/10||Max Murin||RS Sr.||Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria||13-3|
|-or-||Caleb Rathjen||RS Fr.||Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny||4-3|
|157||17/15/14/14||Cobe Siebrecht||Jr.||Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon||8-2|
|165||9/13/11/11||Patrick Kennedy||So.||Kasson-Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville||12-2|
|174||15/15/15/17||Nelson Brands||Sr.||Iowa City, Iowa/West||4-3|
|184||12/12/9/10||Abe Assad||Jr.||Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North||14-2|
|197||7/7/11/10||Jacob Warner||RS Sr.||Tolono, Ill./Washington||11-2|
|285||3/3/3/3||Tony Cassioppi||Sr.||Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah||16-0|
Iowa defeated No. 16 Wisconsin, 19-18 on the third criteria, on Jan. 22 in Madison. The Hawkeyes won five matches in the dual, highlighted by Spencer Lee’s fall over No. 6 Eric Barnett. Iowa trailed 18-15 before No. 3 Tony Cassioppi posted a 4-1 decision over No. 11 Trent Hilger to tie the dual at 18. The Hawkeyes won the dual based on a 31-24 advantage in match points in the decisions, major decision and technical falls.
THE SERIES — PENN STATE
Iowa leads the all-time series 28-11-2. The Hawkeyes are 12-5-1 all-time in University Park This is Iowa’s first trip to Happy Valley since the 2017-18 season.
• Penn State won the most recent meeting, winning 19-13 last season in Iowa City.
1 VS. 2
Friday is just the fourth time Iowa and Penn State are meeting as No. 1 and No. 2 in the NWCA Coaches’ Poll.
Jan. 5, 1986 – #1 Iowa 35, #2 Penn State 6
Jan. 31, 2020 – #1 Iowa 19, #2 Penn State 17
Jan. 28, 2022 – #1 Penn State 19, #2 Iowa 13
• Iowa’s last win over the No. 1 ranked team was on Nov. 14, 2015, at the Grapple on the Gridiron (No. 3 Iowa 18, No. 1 Oklahoma State 16).
RETURN TRIP TO PA
Iowa’s probable lineup includes two Pennsylvania natives in Spencer Lee and Max Murin and a third-Hawkeye — Kolby Franklin — hails from the state.
• Lee was a three-time Pennsylvania State champion (and runner-up as a senior) at Franklin Regional High School. Murin was a two-time state champion and three-time finalist at for Central Cambria in Ebensburg.
TESKE IN HAPPY VALLEY
Junior Brody Teske began his career in Happy Valley, competing for the Nittany Lions from 2018-20. The Iowa native redshirted during his first season, posting a 6-2 record unattached, before going 5-2 in 2019, competing during the first semester.
• Abe Assad is 0-2 all-time against Aaron Brooks at 184, falling 7-3 in the 2020 dual and 8-3 in the 2022 dual.
• Jacob Warner is 0-2 against Max Dean at 197, falling 8-3 in the dual last season in Iowa City and 3-2 in the NCAA final last season.
• Tony Cassioppi is 3-0 all-time against Greg Kerkvliet at heavyweight. Cassioppi posted a 9-0 major decision in 2021, won 7-2 in the dual in 2022 and 6-4 in sudden victory at the 2022 Big Ten Tournament.
• Kerkvliet did beat Cassioppi, 8-5, at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Austin, Texas, in November. The match, however, was an exhibition, so it did not officially count toward NCAA records or the season’s RPI.
• Patrick Kennedy and Alex Facundo met in the Who’s Number One in 2019 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Kennedy won 5-2.
TOP 10 MATCHUPS
Friday’s duals will feature 19 ranked wrestlers. Depending on the various rankings, there could be four top 10 battles in the dual.
• No. 2 Real Woods will face No. 3 Beau Bartlett at 141. Both wrestlers are undefeated. Woods is 9-0; Bartlett is 14-0.
• No. 9 Patrick Kennedy will square off against No. 5 Alex Facundo at 165. The two met at the Who’s Number One in Iowa City in 2019. Kennedy is 12-2 with both losses coming to top-six ranked foes; Facundo is 12-1.
• At 197, there will be a rematch of the 2022 NCAA finals between No. 7 Jacob Warner and No. 2 Max Dean. Warner is 11-2 this season; Dean is 12-2.
• At heavyweight, it will be a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup between third-ranked Tony Cassioppi and No. 2 Greg Kerkvliet. Cassioppi is 16-0 with 10 falls; Kerkvliet is 8-1 after suffering his first loss of the season last Friday against Michigan’s Mason Parris.
LEE NAMED NCAA, B1G WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Spencer Lee was named the NCAA and Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 24 after pinning a pair of top-10 opponents in dual wins over No. 11 Nebraska and No. 16 Wisconsin. Lee stuck No. 7 Liam Cronin in 38 seconds and No. 6 Eric Barnett in 4:38 for his fifth and sixth consecutive falls.
Senior Spencer Lee ran his fall streak to a career-long six matches, pinning No. 7 Liam Cronin of Nebraska and No. 6 Eric Barnett of Wisconsin last weekend. In Lee’s last four matches, he has pinned four consecutive top 10 ranked foes (No. 9 Matt Ramos, No. 3 Michael DeAugustino, Cronin and Barnett).
• Lee’s pin over Cronin came in just 38 seconds — tied for the third-fastest fall of his collegiate career. It was Lee’s 10th career fall in under one minute and it was his 27th first-period fall.
• The Pennsylvania native is 10-0 with 10 bonus point victories — seven falls (in a combined 13:31), two majors and one technical fall. In 10 matches, Lee is outscoring his opponents, 104-23, and has been on the mat for 31:79.
• The Pennsylvania native has won 48 consecutive matches dating back to the 2019 season, where he has outscored his opposition, 567-64. It is the ninth longest winning streak in Iowa wresting history: Jim Zalesky (89), Troy Steiner (74), Tom Brands (69), Brent Metcalf (69), Mark Ironside (67), T.J. Williams (67), Lincoln McIlravy (56) and Joe Williams (53).
• Lee is 88-5 in his collegiate career with 76 bonus point victories — 33 pins, 29 technical falls and 14 majors (86.4 percent).
CASS’ CAREER HIGH
Senior Tony Cassioppi has a career-high 10 falls (in 19:73) this season — tied for the third most in the NCAA. Nine of Cassioppi’s 10 pins have come in the first period. He is the first Hawkeye since Sam Stoll and Michael Kemerer in 2017-18 to have 10 falls in a single season.
• The Illinois native recorded pin No. 10 in Iowa’s 34-6 win over Nebraska when he stuck Cale Davidson in 6:39. Cassioppi nearly won via a stall out early in the match before building a 16-2 lead with riding time secured for a tech fall. He cut the Husker with 30 seconds left before taking him down feet to back to complete the fall.
• Cassioppi is 4-0 against ranked foes this season with victories over Penn’s No. 24 Ben Goldin (MD, 9-0), Iowa State’s No. 9 Sam Schuyler (9-2), Northwestern’s No. 4 Lucas Davison (3-2) and Wisconsin’s No. 11 Trent Hilger (4-1).
• Cassioppi has taken the mat three times with the dual in the balance. He responded with a win against Iowa State, a stall out against Illinois’ Matt Wroblewski and a decision over Hilger, 4-1, to tie the dual (and Iowa won via criteria).
• Cassioppi had five consecutive falls for the first time in his career with a fall over Chattanooga’s Logan Andrew before pinning his way through the Soldier Salute with four first period falls where he was on the mat for a grand total of 7:38.
• In 16 matches, Cassioppi has been on the mat for a grand total of 53:69.
• Cassioppi is riding a 17-match winning streak dating back to last season. It is the longest streak of his collegiate career.
• No. 2 Real Woods has won three consecutive matches over ranked opponents to improve to 9-0 this season. He is 4-0 over ranked foes this season with wins over Iowa State’s No. 10 Casey Swiderski (4-2), Northwestern’s No. 6 Frankie Tal-Sharar (TF-17-2), Nebraska’s No. 4 Brock Hardy (6-4) and Wisconsin’s No. 26 Joseph Zargo (9-2).
• Woods is 9-0 with bonus point wins in six of his nine matches. He has four technical falls, one pin and one major decision.
• Woods won his 50th career match in his 4-2 win over Hardy on Jan. 20. He is 51-8 in his collegiate career.
Senior Max Murin has a career-high 10 bonus point victories in his 13-3 start to the 2022-23 season. He has a career-high four pins and four technical falls to go along with two major decisions. (Murin had one career technical fall prior to this season.)
• All three of Murin’s losses have come against top 10 ranked opponents — Iowa State’s No. 8 Paniro Johnson (3-1, SV1), Northwestern’s No. 5 Yahya Thomas (3-2) and Wisconsin’s No. 2 Austin Gomez (5-2).
• In December, Murin cruised to the Soldier Salute title at 149 pounds with two pins, a technical fall and two decisions. He downed teammates Joel Jesuroga and Caleb Rathjen in consecutive decisions to win the crown.
LAST MEETING | #1 PENN STATE 19, #2 IOWA 13 | JAN. 28, 2022 | IOWA CITY, IOWA
125 – #7 Drew Hildebrandt (PSU) major dec. Jesse Ybarra (UI), 9-0
133 – #1 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU) dec. #3 Austin DeSanto (UI), 3-2
141 – #1 Nick Lee (PSU) dec. #2 Jaydin Eierman (UI), 6-4 (SV1)
149 – #10 Max Murin (UI) dec. #19 Beau Bartlett (PSU), 4-1
157 – #12 Kaleb Young (UI) dec. Terrell Barraclough (PSU), 2-0
165 – #5 Alex Marinelli (UI) major dec. #11 Brady Berge (PSU), 10-2
174 – #1 Carter Starocci (PSU) dec. #2 Michael Kemerer (UI), 2-1 (TB1)
184 – #1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) dec. #17 Abe Assad dec. (UI), 8-3
197 – #2 Max Dean (PSU) dec. #4 Jacob Warner (UI), 8-3
285 – #5 Tony Cassioppi (UI) dec. #3 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU); 7-2
COBE AT 157
Junior Cobe Siebrecht is 8-2 this season, posting bonus point victories in five matches with two pins and three major decisions. The Lisbon native won his first six matches of the 2022-23 season.
• Siebrecht notched the highest ranked victory of his career when he defeated No. 9 Trevor Chumbley of Northwestern, 6-3, on Jan. 13.
• Siebrecht is 4-1 against ranked foes this season with two top 10 victories – Penn’s No. 10 Anthony Artalona (Fall – 4:02) and Chumbley.
PK PUTS ON A SHOW
• Sophomore Patrick Kennedy has scored 174 points — 12.4 points per match — in his 14 matches this season. The Minnesota native is 12-2 with three technical falls, four majors and two falls this season.
• Kennedy is 3-2 against ranked opponents, including posting a 15-4 major decision over Illinois’ No. 11 Danny Braunagel on Jan. 6 in Iowa City. His two defeats came against Iowa State’s No. 3 David Carr (10-4) and Wisconsin’s No. 6 Dean Hamiti (4-3).
Junior Abe Assad has tallied a bonus point victory in half of his 14 victories this season. The Illinois native has four majors, two falls and one technical fall.
• Assad is 4-1 against ranked opponents, including a 6-5 win over No. 13 Lenny Pinto of Nebraska. It was Assad’s 50th career victory.
BT AT 133
Junior Brody Teske competed in back-to-back duals for the first time this season against Nebraska and Wisconsin, notching a pair of decisions. His 4-0 win over No. 28 Taylor LaMont of Wisconsin was his first ranked win of the season.
• 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.
• Spencer Lee was named the Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 11 — his fifth career honor. He earned the distinction after going 2-0 with two first-period falls in wins over Illinois’ Maximo Renteria and Purdue’s ninth-ranked Matt Ramos. Lee fought back from an 8-1 deficit to pin Ramos in 2:54 for his fourth fall of the season.
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
SOLDIER SALUTE SUCCESS
The Hawkeyes crowned eight individual champions and had 18 wrestlers post top six finishes at the Soldier Salute in Coralville, Iowa, on Dec. 29-30. Iowa won the team title, accumulating 228 points during the two-day tournament.
• Iowa’s champions were Spencer Lee (125), Cullan Schriever (133), Real Woods (141), Max Murin (149), Patrick Kennedy (165), Abe Assad (184), Jacob Warner (197) and Tony Cassioppi (285).
• There were three Hawkeye vs. Hawkeye matchups during the finals with Drake Ayala (125), Caleb Rathjen (149) and Kolby Franklin (197) finishing as tournament runner-ups.
TRUE FRESHMEN IN VARSITY LINEUP
Five true freshman have competed in the varsity dual lineup this season. Drake Rhodes won his Hawkeye debut against California Baptist at 174 pounds, Carson Martinson competed at 174 at Army and Joel Jesuroga at 149 at Chattanooga. Aiden Riggins won his varsity dual debut, downing Purdue’s Stoney Buell, 9-4, on Jan. 8.
• Iowa had two freshmen in the varsity lineup at No. 16 Wisconsin — a first for the Hawkeyes under head coach Tom Brands. Rhodes competed at 174, while Kolby Franklin made his varsity dual debut at 197.
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 attached competitions for Iowa’s freshmen in 2022-23: Jace Rhodes (4), Gage Marty (4), Kolby Franklin (4), Easton Fleshman (3), Aiden Riggins (3), Joel Jesuroga (3), Bradley Hill (2), Drake Rhodes (2), Mickey Griffith (1), Carson Martinson (1), Carter Martinson (1) and Jude Link (1).
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.
• Sophomore Drake Ayala went 2-0 to claim the 125 pound title at the UNI Open. He posted major decisions in both matches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HAWKEYES AND CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
Iowa is 125-13 (.906) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07. The Hawkeyes are 275-26 (.914) 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 open the month of February on the road in Minneapolis, facing Minnesota on Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. (CT).