6 Hawkeyes Place at World Team Trials

GENEVA, Ohio – Six University of Iowa wrestlers placed at the 2023 U23 and U20 World Team Trials presented by Wrestlers in Business Network at the Spire Institute.

Incoming Hawkeye Gabe Arnold was runner-up at 79 kg, Aiden Riggins was fifth at 74 kg, Jace Rhodes was sixth at 61 kg and Bradley Hill finished seventh at 125 kg in the U20 Division. In the U23 bracket, Cullan Schriever (61 kg) and Caleb Rathjen (70 kg) both finished third.

Arnold was runner-up at 79 kg after dropping a best of three final to Matthew Singleton of the Wolfpack Wrestling Club. Singleton won 6-1 in the first match, Arnold evened things up with a 2-2 win in match two, but Singleton earned spot on the Junior World Team with a 5-4 win in the decisive third match.

Schriever and Rathjen both advanced to the semifinals at 61 and 70 kg in the U23 bracket.

Schriever, the top seed, cruised, posting three straight tech falls and a decision to advance to the semifinals. After dropping a 7-1 decision to Julian Chlebove in the semifinal bout, the Mason City, Iowa, native posted back-to-back technical falls to finish third.

In seven matches in the tournament, Schriever outscored his opponents, 77-11.

Rathjen followed suit at 70 kg, rolling into the semifinals as the No. 1 seed with three tech falls and a decision. After dropping an 11-8 decision in the semis, Rathjen followed with a decision and tech fall to finish third. He outscored opponents, 77-25, in seven bouts.

Riggins went 2-2 with a technical fall in the fifth-place match to place fifth, Rhodes went 1-3 at 61 kg to finish sixth and Hill went 2-2 with a tech fall and fall to place seventh at 125 kg.

U20 Division

Jace Rhodes (61 kg) – Sixth Place
No. 3 Jace Rhodes tech fall No. 6 Zan Fugitt (Nixa), 12-2 (2:35)
No. 2 Aden Valencia (California RTC) tech fall No. 3 Jace Rhodes, 13-2 (5:36)
No. 5 Kyler Larkin (Throbred WC) tech fall No. 3 Jace Rhodes, 10-0 (1:14)
No. 8 Carter Bailey (Lehigh Valley WC) wins via no contest No. 3 Jace Rhodes

Kale Petersen (61 kg)
No. 8 Carter Bailey (Lehigh Valley WC) tech fall No. 1 Kale Petersen, 13-2 (4:48)
No. 5 Kyler Larkin (Throbred WC) tech fall No. 1 Kale Petersen, 1-0 (1:46)

Ryder Block (65 kg)
No. 9 Jordan Williams dec. No. 8 Ryder Block, 7-1
No. 7 Jayden Scott (Tar Hell WC) dec. No. 8 Ryder Block, 4-4

Joel Jesuroga (70 kg)
No. 4 Kyle Dutton (Arkansas RTC) dec. Joel Jesuroga, 7-1
No. 3 Daniel Cardenas (Colorado), dec. Joel Jesuroga, 3-0

Aiden Riggins (74 kg) – Fifth Place
No. 4 Aiden Riggins dec. No. 5 Matthew Bianchi (Askren WA), 10-2
No. 1 Hunter Garvin (Iowa) dec. No. 4 Aiden Riggins, 10-8
No. 2 Joe Sealey (Pennsylvania) dec. No. 4 Aiden Riggins, 8-3
No. 4 Aiden Riggins tech fall No. 6 Kamdyn Munro (RTC South), 15-4

Gabe Arnold (79 kg) – Second Place
Matthew Singleton (Wolfpack WC) dec. Gabe Arnold, 6-1
Gabe Arnold dec. Matthew Singleton (Wolfpack WC), 2-2
Matthew Singleton (Wolfpack WC) dec. Gabe Arnold, 5-4

Bradley Hill (125 kg) – Seventh Place
No. 7 Aden Attao (Suples WC) dec. No. 2 Bradley Hill, 9-5
No. 2 Bradley Hill pinned No. 8 Navarro Schunke (Legends of Gold), 5:09
No. 6 Chase Horne (Wolfpack WC) dec. Bradley Hill, 7-6
No. 2 Bradley Hill tech fall No. 10 Hayden Simpson (Cowboy RTC), 10-0

U23 Division

Cullan Schriever (61 kg) – Third Place
No. 1 Cullan Schriever tech fall Nicholas Molchak (Arsenal), 12-1 (1:34)
No. 1 Cullan Schriever tech fall No. 32 Chase Liardi (Blue & Gold WC), 12-1 (1:58)
No. 1 Cullan Schriever tech fall No. 16 Garret Funk (Panther WC), 14-3 (3:38)
No. 1 Cullan Schriever dec. No. 8 Julian Farber (Panther WC), 13-6
No. 13 Julian Chlebove (Sunkist Kids WC) dec. No. 1 Cullan Schriever, 7-1
No. 1 Cullan Schriever tech fall Kyle Burwick (Hettinger WC), 14-1 (5:26)
No. 1 Cullan Schriever tech fall No. 8 Julian Farber (Panther WC), 11-0 (5:19)

Caleb Rathjen (70 kg) – Third Place
No. 1 Caleb Rathjen tech fall Josh Howey (Michigan), 13-2 (2:01)
No. 1 Caleb Rathjen tech fall No. 32 Ty Raines (Bulls WC), 12-2 (3:18)
No. 1 Caleb Rathjen tech fall No. 16 Dayne Morton (Wolves WC), 15-5 (5:30)
No. 1 Caleb Rathjen dec. No. 24 Jared Hill (Oklahoma RTC), 8-2
No. 5 Edward Scott (Wolfpack WC) dec. Caleb Rathjen, 11-8
No. 1 Caleb Rathjen dec. Jaivon Jones (Northern Illinois RTC), 11-3
No. 1 Caleb Rathjen tech fall No. 24 Jared Hill (Oklahoma RTC), 10-0 (2:58)

Bretli Reyna (70 kg)
No. 8 Bretli Reyna tech fall No. 57 Corbyn Munson (Chippewa WC), 16-5 (5:13)
No. 8 Bretli Reyna dec. Graham Rooks (Indiana RTC), 5-2
No. 24 Jared Hill (Oklahoma RTC) dec. Bretli Reyna, 6-5
No. 53 Thomas Askey (Boone RTC) dec. Bretli Reyna, 10-6

Sebastian Robles (74 kg)
Sebastian Robles dec. No. 33 Isaac Klinkhammer (Jackrabbit WC), 11-6
Peyton Hall (WV) tech fall Sebastian Robles, 10-0 (1:18)
Sebastian Robles dec. Josh Palmucci (Diplomat WC), 18-10
Jovon Mitchell (Viking WC) tech fall Sebastian Robles, 11-0 (1:08)