3 Hawkeyes Win Titles at Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Three University of Iowa wrestlers – Drake Ayala (133), Aiden Riggins (165) and Bradley Hill (285) – claimed titles on Saturday at the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open. All 11 Hawkeyes competing were wrestling unattached.

Iowa also got a runner-up finish from Joel Jesuroga (149), a third-place finish from Charles Matthews (125), fifth-place finishes from Jace Rhodes (133), Carter Martinson (157) and Easton Fleshman (285) and a sixth-place finish from Aidan McCain (184).

Ayala rolled to the championship match with a fall and two technical falls at 133 before posting a 7-2 decision over Northern Iowa’s Cory Land in the finals.

Riggins had a 1:18 fall in his opening match before posting back-to-back technical falls, winning 16-1 and 21-5. In the semifinals, Riggins had a 10-5 decision over Wisconsin’s Gavin Model before winning a 14-3 major decision over Loras’ Matt Connelly in the final.

Hill was dominant at 285 pinning his way to the finals. He posted four consecutive falls in 1:29, 1:53, 1:53 and 1:21 before defeating Wisconsin’s Gannon Rosenfeld, 3-1, in the championship bout.

Jesuroga advanced to the championship match at 149 courtesy of a pin, technical fall and decision. He dropped the finals bout in tiebreakers to UNI’s Ryder Downey, 2-1.

Charles Matthews went 5-1 on the day. After dropping a second-round decision to Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Luc Valdez, Matthews reeled off four straight bonus point victories – a pin and three majors – including a 11-2 major in the third-place match.

The Hawkeyes return to action Friday, traveling to Minneapolis to face Minnesota at 8 p.m. (CT) from Maturi Pavilion. The dual will be televised live on BTN.

125 Bracket
Charles Matthews (UI-UNA) dec. Raul Romero (IHCC), 7-6
Luc Valdez (UW Oshkosh) dec. Charles Matthews (UI-UNA), 5-0
Charles Matthews (UI-UNA) pinned Dalton Koenig (IWU), 1:16
Charles Matthews (UI-UNA) major dec. Colin Suyko (Central), 15-5
Charles Matthews (UI-UNA) major dec. Wiley Jessup (Loras), 14-5
Charles Matthews (UI-UNA) major dec. Raul Romero (IHCC), 11-2 – Third Place

133 Bracket
Drake Ayala (UI-UNA) pinned Cory Hoyle (Central), 0:47
Drake Ayala (UI-UNA tech. fall Dylan Coy (UW-UNA), 20-4
Drake Ayala (UI-UNA) tech fall. Denis Murphy (UW-Oshkosh), 21-6
Drake Ayala (UI-UNA dec. Cory Land (UNI), 7-2 – First Place

Jace Rhodes (UI-UNA) major dec. Te-Andre Allen (IHCC), 17-5
Cory Land (UNI) dec. Jace Rhodes (UI-UNA), 8-2
Dylan Coy (UW-UNA) dec. Jace Rhodes (UI-UNA), 9-2
Jace Rhodes (UI-UNA) over Justin Bradford (IHCC), MFF – Fifth Place

149 Bracket
Joel Jesuroga (UI-UNA) pinned Blake Swearingen (IHCC), 1:09
Joel Jesuroga (UI-UNA) tech. fall Luke Moczynski (UW-Oshkosh), 19-4
Joel Jesuroga (UI-UNA) dec. Dustin Bohren (Loras), 4-2
Ryder Downey (UNI) dec. Joel Jesuroga (UI-UNA), 2-1 (TB1) – Second Place

157 Bracket
Carter Martinson (UI-UNA) tech. fall Kale Downey (Central), 15-0
Chance Throndson (UIU) dec. Carter Martinson (UI-UNA), 12-8
Carter Martinson (UI-UNA) major dec. Dalton Schams (UW-Oshkosh), 9-1
Carter Martinson (UI-UNA) major dec. Isaac Riddle (UW-Parkside-UNA), 18-7
Carter Martinson (UI-UNA) major dec. Ben Faber (Loras), 10-0
Carter Martinson (UI-UNA) dec. Brody Hallin (UNI-UNA), 3-1 (SV1) – Fifth Place

165 Bracket
Aiden Riggins (UI-UNA) pinned Austin Stewart (UNI-UNA), 1:18
Aiden Riggins (UI-UNA) tech. fall Spencer Daves (Central), 16-1
Aiden Riggins (UI-UNA) tech. fall Connor Lezama (UW-Parkside-UNA), 21-5
Aiden Riggins (UI-UNA) dec. Gavin Model (UW-UNA), 10-5
Aiden Riggins (UI-UNA) major dec. Matt Connelly (Loras), 14-3 – First Place

Carson Martinson (UI-UNA) major dec. Jason Hermann (Central), 11-3
Allen Catour (Loras) dec. Carson Martinson (UI-UNA), 10-8 (SV1)
Carson Martinson (UI-UNA) dec. Peyton Asbury (IHCC), 6-1
Carson Martinson (UI-UNA) major dec. Connor Lezama (UW-Parkside-UNA), 11-1)
Allen Catour (Loras) dec. Carson Martinson (UI-UNA), 8-7

Brady Schuh (UW Parkside-UNA) dec. Sebastian Robles (UI-UNA), 5-3
Sebastian Robles (UI-UNA) dec. Austin Stewart (UNI-UNA), 3-2
Tommy Bennett (UNI-UNA) dec. Sebastian Robles (UI-UNA), 7-6

184 Bracket
Aidan McCain (UI-UNA) dec. Syrron White (IHCC), 8-5
Bennett Berge (SDSU-UNA) pinned Aidan McCain (UI-UNA), 2:39
Abe Michel (Loras) major dec. Aidan McCain (UI-UNA), 11-2
Syrron White (IHCC) dec. Aidan McCain (UI-UNA), 9-8 – Sixth Place

285 Bracket
Bradley Hill (UI-UNA) pinned Collin Feucht (UW Oshkosh), 1:29
Bradley Hill (UI-UNA) pinned Rudy Acedo (IHCC), 1:53
Bradley Hill (UI-UNA) pinned Nate Lloyd (UW Parkside-UNA), 1:53
Bradley Hill (UI-UNA) pinned Jonah Schmidtke (UW-UNA), 1:21
Bradley Hill (UI-UNA) dec. Gannon Rosenfeld (UW-UNA), 3-1 – First Place

Easton Fleshman (UI-UNA) pinned Kail Shannon (UNA), 1:59
Gannon Rosenfeld (UW-UNA) dec. Easton Fleshman (UI-UNA), 7-2
Easton Fleshman (UI-UNA) pinned H. Hearne (X), 6:33
Easton Fleshman (UI-UNA) dec. Guyon Cyprian (UW Oshkosh), 2-0
Easton Fleshman (UI-UNA) dec. Jordan Sommers (UNI-UNA), 4-2 – Fifth Place