Notes: No. 2 Iowa Hosts No. 6 Cowboys in Dual Finale

The second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team closes out the dual season, hosting No. 6 Oklahoma State on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (CT) inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual, which is sold out, will be a Senior Day Black Out presented by Authentic Brand and also Letterwinners Day.

• Sunday’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 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

The Hawkeyes will honor six seniors following Sunday’s dual against Oklahoma State. The seniors are Drew Bennett (Fort Dodge, Iowa), Joe Kelly (West Liberty, Iowa), Spencer Lee (Murraysville, Pa.), Max Murin (Ebensburg, Pa.) and Jacob Warner (Tolono, Ill.) and manager Madison Mashek.

• Two Hawkeyes — Spencer Lee (125) and Real Woods (141) — are unbeaten on the year. Lee is 13-0 with 12 bonus point wins, while Woods is 12-0.
• Lee is riding a 51-match winning streak dating back to the 2019 season — the longest streak in the nation and the the ninth-longest streak in program history. Lee is 13-0 with 12 bonus point victories this season. He is rated as the No. 1 pound-for-pound wrestler in the nation (regardless of weight) by FLO.
• Woods’ 12-match winning streak is tied for the second longest of his collegiate career. He has six wins against ranked foes in 2022-23..
• The Hawkeyes have eight wrestlers in the top 11 of the second coaches rankings/RPI: Spencer Lee (1), Real Woods (2), Tony Cassioppi (2), Max Murin (8), Patrick Kennedy (8), Jacob Warner (9), Cobe Siebrecht (10) and Abe Assad (11).
• Sunday’s meet is Senior Day and is also Jacob Warner’s 24th birthday.

No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes Probable Lineup vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State

Wt. Rank Name Yr. Hometown/High School 2022-23 Record
125 1/1/1/1 Spencer Lee RS Sr. Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional 13-0
133 14/16/18/13 Brody Teske Jr. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge (Penn State/UNI) 6-1
-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) 12-0
149 10/6/7/10 Max Murin RS Sr. Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria 16-3
157 10/13/11/10 Cobe Siebrecht Jr. Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon 10-3
165 9/7/7/9 Patrick Kennedy So. Kasson-Mantorville, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville 15-2
174 16/14/14/15 Nelson Brands Sr. Iowa City, Iowa/West 5-4
184 11/12/10/9 Abe Assad Jr. Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North 14-2
-or- Drake Rhodes Fr. Billings, Mont./Billings West 1-4
197 11/12/12/12 Jacob Warner RS Sr. Tolono, Ill./Washington 12-4
285 3/3/3/3 Tony Cassioppi Sr. Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah 16-2

(WIN/Intermat/AWN/FLO rankings)

The Hawkeyes won eight matches — five with bonus points — in a dominating 33-8 victory over No. 9 Michigan on Feb. 10 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa got major decisions from Spencer Lee and Real Woods, technical falls from Brody Teske and Jacob Warner and a pin from Patrick Kennedy. Junior Cobe Siebrecht had a takedown in sudden victory to defeat No. 10 Will Lewan, 3-1.

• Saturday marks the 56th all-time meeting between two schools that have combined to win 58 NCAA Championships (Oklahoma State 34, Iowa 24). The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 29-24-2.
• Iowa has won six of the last eight meetings, including a 23-9 victory at the Bout at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, last season.
• Iowa owns a 14-10 series record in duals wrestled in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have won the last four meetings in Iowa City, including a 34-6 win in 2020 (the fourth-largest margin in the series all-time), a 24-6 victory in 2014, an 18-16 win on Nov. 14, 2015, at Kinnick Stadium, and 20-12 in 2018.
• The teams met every year from 1994-2020 before the series was halted in 2020-21 due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Three Hawkeyes in Sunday’s probables are preparing for their final match in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The three wrestlers — Spencer Lee (25-0), Max Murin (18-5) and Jacob Warner (17-5) — have combined to go 60-10 during their careers in CHA.
• Iowa is 37-2 in home duals since the 2017-18 season — the first year of the senior class.

Senior Spencer Lee won his 51st consecutive match in an 11-2 major decision over Michigan’s No. 14 Jack Medley on Feb. 10. It was Lee’s sixth win over a ranked opponent this season.
• Lee has victories over No. 9 Matt Ramos (fall), No. 3 Michael DeAugustino (fall), No. 7 Liam Cronin (fall), No. 6 Eric Barnett (D, 7-1) and Medley.
• Lee had a career-best six straight falls from Dec. 30 to Jan. 22. Four of the pins came over top 10 ranked foes, including Ramos, DeAugustino, Cronin and Barnett.
• His 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 his 27th first-period fall.
• The Pennsylvania native is 13-0 with 12 bonus point victories — seven falls (in a combined 13:31), two technical falls and three majors. In 13 matches, Lee is outscoring his opponents, 140-28, and has been on the mat for 49:03.
• The Pennsylvania native has won 51 consecutive matches dating back to the 2019 season, where he has outscored his opposition, 603-69. 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 91-5 in his collegiate career with 78 bonus point victories — 33 pins, 30 technical falls and 15 majors (85.7 percent).

Senior Tony Cassioppi has a career-high 10 falls (in 19:73) this season. 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 to secure a tech fall. He cut the Husker with 30 seconds left before taking him down feet to back to complete the fall.
• Cassioppi is 4-2 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.
• Cassioppi had a career-long 17 match winning streak dating back to the 2022 season before dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 2 Greg Kerkvliet of Penn State on Jan. 27.
• Cassioppi is 16-2 on the year with 13 bonus point victories.

• No. 2 Real Woods has won 12 consecutive matches, tied for the second-longest streak of his collegiate career. The New Mexico native won 15 straight matches during the 2019-20 season.
• Woods is 12-0 on the year with seven bonus point victories — four tech falls, two majors and one pin.
• He won five consecutive matches over ranked opponents from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3 and is 6-0 over ranked foes on the year. He has victories 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), Wisconsin’s No. 26 Joseph Zargo (9-2, Penn State’s No. 8 Beau Bartlett (4-1) and Minnesota’s No. 15 Jake Bergeland (8-1).
• Woods won his 50th career match in his 4-2 win over Hardy on Jan. 20. He is 54-8 in his collegiate career.

Senior Max Murin has a career-high 10 bonus point victories in his 16-3 this season. The 16 wins are the second-most in a single season in his collegiate career. 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.)
• Murin notched his 16th win — a 10-4 victory over Michigan’s Chance Lamer on Feb. 10. On the year, Murin has three wins over ranked foes — downing Penn’s No. 10 Doug Zapf (D, 6-4), Penn State’s No. 12 Shayne Van Ness (D, 4-1) and Minnesota’s No. 15 Michael Blockhus (D, 11-7).
• 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.

125 – #7 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) dec. Jesse Ybarra (UI), 6-5
133 – #2 Daton Fix (OSU) dec. #3 Austin DeSanto (UI), 5-3
141 – #2 Jaydin Eierman (UI) dec. #21 Carter Young (OSU), 6-1
149 – #10 Max Murin (UI) dec. #13 Kaden Gfeller (OSU), 5-2
157 – #12 Kaleb Young (UI) dec. #18 Wyatt Sheets (OSU), 4-1
165 – #5 Alex Marinelli (UI) dec. #8 Travis Wittlake (OSU), 3-2
174 – #2 Michael Kemerer (UI) dec. #10 Dustin Plott (OSU), 6-1
184 – #11 Dakota Geer (OSU) dec. #15 Abe Assad (UI), 9-2
197 – #4 Jacob Warner (UI) major dec. Gavin Stika (OSU), 11-3
285 – #4 Tony Cassioppi (UI) major dec. #31 Luke Surber (OSU), 9-1

Junior Cobe Siebrecht is 10-3 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 his third top 10 victory of the season when he scored a sudden victory takedown to defeat Michigan’s No. 10 Will Lewan, 3-1, on Feb. 10 in Carver.
• He has six victories over ranked foes this season, which includes top 10 wins over Penn’s No. 10 Anthony Artalona (fall – 4:02), Northwestern’s No. 9 Trevor Chumbley (D, 6-3). He is 6-2 against ranked foes.
• Siebrecht is rated as high as No. 10 in the national rankings, the highest ranking of his career.

• Sophomore Patrick Kennedy has scored 193 points — 11.4 points per match — in his 17 matches this season. The Minnesota native is 15-2 with three technical falls, four majors and three falls this season.
• Kennedy recorded his third pin of the season after locking up a cradle and sticking Michgan’s Alex Wesselman in 2:31 on Feb. 10.
• Kennedy notched his fourth ranked win in Iowa’s road dual at No. 1 Penn State, downing No. 13 Alex Facundo, 2-1, in tiebreakers. He is 4-2 against ranked opponents this season, 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).
• Kennedy is squarely in the top 10 of the rankings for the first time in his career, coming in as high as No. 7 for the highest ranking of his career.

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 has not wrestled since Jan. 22 at Wisconsin.
• 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.

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• Junior Brody Teske recorded his first technical fall victory as a Hawkeye after rolling to a 19-3 victory over Michigan’s Wilfried Tanefeu on Feb. 10. The win was Teske’s sixth as a Hawkeye.
• Teske is 6-1 with one major and one technical fall.
• He is 1-1 against ranked opponents on the year, posting a 4-0 decision over No. 28 Taylor LaMont of Wisconsin.

Senior Jacob Warner tech falled Michigan’s Brendin Yatooma, 16-1 in 2:26, to notch his 12th victory of the season. The Illinois native is 12-4 with a career-high nine bonus point victories this season — four majors, three techs and two falls.
• Warner has a pair of victories over ranked opponents this season and is 42-22 against ranked foes in his Hawkeye career.

• 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.
• Lee was named the NCAA, Big Ten and USA 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 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

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.

Six 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. Rhodes competed at 174, while Kolby Franklin made his varsity dual debut at 197.
• Rhodes also competed at 184 in the road dual at No. 1 Penn State, the Hawkeyes had a three true freshmen in the lineup in the road dual at No. 12 Minnesota in Riggins (174), Rhodes (184) and Bradley Hill (285) and Rhodes also competed at 184 against No. 9 Michigan.

Twelve 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: Drake Rhodes (5), Jace Rhodes (4), Gage Marty (4), Kolby Franklin (4), Aiden Riggins (4), Easton Fleshman (3), Joel Jesuroga (3), Bradley Hill (3), Mickey Griffith (1), Carson Martinson (1), Carter Martinson (1) and Jude Link (1).

The Hawkeyes have won nine tournament titles at open competitions this season, including a team-high three titles from sophomore Drake Ayala.
• 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.
• Ayala went 2-0 to claim the 125 pound title at the UNI Open. He posted major decisions in both matches.
• Ayala (133), Aidan Riggins (165) and Bradley Hill (285) won titles at the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open on Jan. 28 in Dubuque. Ayala had a fall, two tech falls and a decision, Riggins went fall, tech, tech, decision and major and Hill had four straight falls before winning a decision in the final.
• Ayala won his third title at the Don Parker Open in Wisconsin where he had two tech falls, a major decision and a decision in the championship bout.

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.

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.

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.

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.
• The Hawkeyes have wrestled in front of a sold out crowd six times during the 2022-23 season, including two road duals (at Penn State, at Minnesota).

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.

Iowa is 126-13 (.906) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07. The Hawkeyes are 276-26 (.914) all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since moving from the UI Field House in 1983. Iowa is 7-0 in Carver this season.
• 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 begin the postseason on March 4-5, traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the 2023 Big Ten Championships.