ON THE MAT
The University of Iowa wrestling team is at home for the first time in the 2023-24 season Sunday, facing Oregon State at noon (CT) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
FOLLOW ALONG LIVE
• Sunday’s dual will be streamed online on B1G+ — a paid subscription service. AJ Reisetter and former Hawkeye Alex Marinelli will be on the call.
• Sunday’s dual will be available at AM 800 KXIC and audio streamed online at 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 X (@Hawks_Wrestling), Facebook/iowahawkeyewrestling and Instagram (@iowahawkeyewrestling).
No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes Probable Lineup vs. Oregon State
|125||6/11/10/9||Drake Ayala||So.||Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge||6-0|
|133||Jace Rhodes||R-Fr.||Mason City, Iowa/Mason City||4-0|
|-or-||10/9/9/10||Brody Teske||Sr.||Duncombe, Iowa/Fort Dodge||3-1|
|141||1/1/1/1||Real Woods||R-Sr.||Albuquerque, New Mexico/Montini Catholic (Ill.)||1-0|
|149||Caleb Rathjen||So.||Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny||0-0|
|-or-||15/9/9/10||Victor Voinovich III||So.||Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville||5-1|
|157||2/2/2/2||Jared Franek||Grad.||Harwood, North Dakota/West Fargo||6-0|
|165||5/5/5/5||Michael Caliendo||So.||Geneva, Illinois/Batavia||6-0|
|174||Gabe Arnold||Fr.||Albany, Georgia/Iowa City High||5-0|
|-or-||Aiden Riggins||R-Fr.||Janesville, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock||6-1|
|184||-/29/-/-||Brennan Swafford||Grad.||Mediapolis, Iowa/Mediapolis||6-0|
|197||-/23/30/-||Zach Glazier||Sr.||Albert Lea, Minnesota/Albert Lea||5-0|
|285||Bradley Hill||R-Fr.||Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf||5-1|
HE SERIES — OREGON STATE
• Iowa and Oregon State are meeting for the eighth time in series history. Iowa leads the series, 6-1.
• The teams first met in 1973. Oregon State won that meeting 23-11 in Iowa City.
• Iowa has won the last six meetings, including a 22-14 victory the last time the teams matched up (2012 National Duals in Ames, Iowa).
• Iowa owns a 2-1 series record in duals wrestled in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won 24-13 in 1979 and 43-0 in 1981.
The Hawkeyes won all 10 matches — eight via bonus points — in their season-opening 40-0 victory over California Baptist on Nov. 5 in Riverside, California. Iowa had two technical falls and six major decisions, while having a 31-1 advantage in takedowns.
• Victor Voinovich III, Jared Franek and Michael Caliendo each tallied their first victories as Hawkeyes.
• Redshirt freshmen Aiden Riggins and Bradley Hill both recorded their first career major decisions.
IOWA WINS 8 TITLES AT LUTHER OPEN
Seven Iowa wrestlers won championships in the Elite Division, including Drake Ayala (125), Jace Rhodes (133), Jared Franek (157), Michael Caliendo (165), Gabe Arnold (174), Brennan Swafford (184) and Zach Glazier (197).
• Iowa was 88-17 in the Elite Division with six of those losses against fellow Hawkeyes.
• Isaiah Fenton won the 157-pound Silver/Freshman Division.
• Arnold, Fenton, Joey Cruz and Koye Grebel all made their Hawkeye debuts.
• Sophomore Drake Ayala picked up his eighth career victory over a ranked opponent defeating #29 Elijah Griffin in the opening bout of the 23-24 season.
• The technical fall was the 12th of redshirt senior Real Wood’s career and fifth at Iowa.
• The shutout of California Baptist was the first for the Hawkeyes since blanking Central Michigan, 44-0, in 2021.
NO. 2 IN PRESEASON POLL
The Hawkeyes were ranked second in the preseason NWCA Coaches’ poll and by FLO. Iowa was ranked eighth by Intermat and WIN.
• Iowa finished second at the 2023 NCAA Championships with 82.5 points with six All-Americans. The Hawkeyes were also second at the Big Ten Championships with 134.5 points.
Nine Hawkeyes in the probable lineup could make their CHA debuts on Sunday against Oregon State — Jace Rhodes, Caleb Rathjen, Victor Voinovich III, Jared Franek, Michael Caliendo, Gabe Arnold, Aiden Riggins, Brennan Swafford, and Bradley Hill.
SOLD OUT X 3
Iowa wrestling season tickets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena are sold out for a third 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 six past All-Americans on the 2023-24 roster in Real Woods (141), Jared Franek (157), Michael Caliendo (165), Nelson Brands (174), Abe Assad (184) and Tony Cassioppi (285).
• Iowa has crowned at least one All-American in 52 consecutive tournaments, dating back to 1972.
The Hawkeyes have 10 newcomers on the 2023-24 roster, including four transfers.
• Jared Franek was an All-American and Big 12 Champion at North Dakota State (2023). He finished fourth at 157 last season.
• Michael Caliendo was an All-American at North Dakota State a season ago. He finished seventh at 165 pounds.
• Victor Voinovich III was an NCAA qualifier for Oklahoma State at 149 pounds in 2023 after redshirting in 2022.
• Joey Cruz went 2-2 for Oklahoma before missing the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
ARNOLD WINS PAN AMERICAN GOLD
Iowa freshman Gabe Arnold won a U20 Pan American gold medal at 79 kg in July.
• Arnold dominated en route to the top of the podium, outscoring his opponents, 33-0.
• Redshirt freshman Bradley Hill won by tech. fall, lost by criteria and won by tech. fall on his way to earning a silver medal at 125 kg.
WHEN IN ROME
Junior Patrick Kennedy and seniors Abe Assad and Real Woods earned medals at the Sassari City Matteo Pellicone Memorial in Rome, Italy, on June 9-10.
• Kennedy won a gold medal, competing at 74 kg, while Assad and Woods both earned silver medals.
WORLD TEAM TRIALS
Six University of Iowa wrestlers placed at the 2023 U23 and U20 World Team Trials.
• 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.
Nine Iowa duals will be televised during the 2023-24 season. The Hawkeyes will have seven duals televised on BTN, one on FS1 and one on ESPN.
• Iowa’s BTN appearances include home duals against Minnesota (7 p.m., CT), Purdue (7 p.m.), Penn State (8 p.m.) and Wisconsin ( 1 p.m.) and road duals at Nebraska (6 p.m.), Illinois (8 p.m.) and Michigan (7:30 p.m.)
• The Hawkeyes’ away dual against Iowa State will be televised on ESPN and the road dual against Oklahoma State will be televised on FS1.
LIVE ON ESPN
Iowa’s dual against Iowa State on Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. (CT) will be the first ever regular season dual meet televised on the main ESPN network.
A LOOK BACK
Iowa finished the 2022- 23 season with a 15-1 overall and a 7-1 Big Ten mark. The Hawkeyes placed second at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. Iowa crowned two Big Ten champions and had six All-Americans.
START TIME ANNOUNCED
The start time for Iowa’s Jan. 28 dual against Northwestern has been set for 2 p.m. (CT).
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’ 118 Big Ten champions have combined for 210 conference titles. There have been nine four-time, 18 three-time and 31 two-time Big Ten champions from Iowa.
• Iowa’s 163 All-Americans have earned All-America status 363 times, including three five-time, 25 four-time, 38 three-time and 41 two-time honorees.
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Fourteen Hawkeyes were among the 45 University of Iowa student-athletes named to the 2022-23 Big Ten Winter Academic All-Conference Team. The 14 honorees are tied for the second most in program history
• To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be on a varsity team, as verified by being on the official squad list as of March 1 for winter sports, who have been enrolled fulltime at the institution for a minimum of 12 months and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
• Iowa wrestling’s Academic All-Big Ten honorees include Drake Ayala, Drew Bennett, Nelson Brands, Tony Cassioppi, Zach Glazier, Joe Kelly, Patrick Kennedy, Charles Matthews, Max Murin, Cullan Schriever, Leif Schroeder, Cobe Siebrecht, Brennan Swafford and Jacob Warner.
The Hawkeyes earned a team trophy at the NCAA Championships for the 14th time in the last 15 championships. Iowa has won 14 team trophies in head coach Tom Brands’ 16 seasons. (The 2020 season, in which Iowa was favored, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
• Iowa has won 48 team NCAA trophies in program history and have 68 top 10 finishes. The Hawkeyes have been the NCAA runner-up seven times.
HAWKEYES AND CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA
Iowa is 127-13 (.907) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07. The Hawkeyes are 277-26 (.914) all-time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since moving from the UI Field House in 1983. Iowa went 8-0 in Carver last 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.
CHASING THE HAWKEYES
Gary Kurdelmeier led Iowa to its first NCAA Championship in 1975, and in the 49 years since, the Hawkeyes have accumulated 24 team titles, more than any other school — Penn State (11), Oklahoma State (7), Minnesota (3), Iowa State (2), Ohio State (1) and Arizona State (1).
The Hawkeyes head to Ames for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk dual with Iowa State on Nov. 26. The dual is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcast on ESPN.