Notes: No. 3 Iowa Travels to No. 8 Iowa State


The University of Iowa wrestling team travels to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series dual on Sunday at 2 p.m at Hilton Coliseum.


• Sunday’s dual will be the first regular season college wrestling meet to air on ESPN in the company’s 44-year history. Shawn Kenney (play-by-play), Jim Gibbons (color), Jordan Burroughs (color) and Quint Kessenich (sideline) will be on the call.

• Sunday’s dual will be available at AM 800 KXIC and audio streamed online at (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. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes Probable Lineup vs. No. 8 Iowa State

Wt Rank^ Name Year Hometown/High School Record
125 13/17/21/17 Drake Ayala So. Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge 6-1
133 8/8/8/9 Brody Teske Sr. Duncombe, Iowa/Fort Dodge 4-1
141 1/1/1/1 Real Woods R-Sr. Albuquerque, New Mexico/Montini Catholic (Ill.) 2-0
149 15/9/9/9 Victor Voinovich III So. Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville 6-1
157 2/2/2/2 Jared Franek Grad. Harwood, North Dakota/West Fargo 7-0
165 5/5/5/5 Michael Caliendo So. Geneva, Illinois/Batavia 7-0
174 17/–/18/18 Gabe Arnold Fr. Albany, Georgia/Iowa City High 6-0
-or- Aiden Riggins R-Fr. Janesville, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock 6-1
184 -/30/-/- Brennan Swafford Grad. Mediapolis, Iowa/Mediapolis 6-1
197 -/22/26/18 Zach Glazier Sr. Albert Lea, Minnesota/Albert Lea 6-0
285 Bradley Hill R-Fr. Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf 5-2

^ WIN/Intermat/Flo/AWN


The Hawkeyes improved to 2-0 on the season with a 25-11 victory over No. 16 Oregon State on Nov. 19 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won seven of the 10 matches and it secured bonus points in three bouts.


The Iowa-Iowa State wrestling rivalry introduced the Dan Gable Traveling Trophy in 2010.

• In a joint collaboration, the schools announced the winner of the annual dual would take possession of a trophy representing Iowa State’s former two-time NCAA champion and Iowa’s 15-time NCAA championship coach.

• Iowa has won every meeting since the trophy’s inception (12-0).


• Sunday is the 87th meeting in the all-time series that began in 1912 with the Hawkeyes leading 68-16-2.  The Hawkeyes have won 18 straight, 33 of the last 34 and 57 of the last 61 meetings.

• Tom Brands is 17-0 all-time against the Cyclones as Iowa’s head coach.

• Sunday’s dual is the second straight meeting with both teams in the top 10 of the national rankings. 2022 was the first time since 2008-09.  No. 1 Iowa faced No. 2 Iowa State twice during that season — a regular season matchup and in the finals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.  Iowa won the two meetings, 18-16 and 19-12.

• Iowa State’s last win in the series was 19-16 on Dec. 5, 2004, in Iowa City.


The Cy-Hawk Series is in its 19th season in 2023-24, being sponsored for the 11th time by Iowa Corn.

•The schools are tied the 2023-24 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, 6-6, entering Sunday’s dual.  The Hawkeyes hold wins in football and women’s soccer. The Cyclones were victorious in volleyball, football and earned higher finishes at NCAA Regionals in men’s and women’s cross country earlier this fall.

• Iowa wrestling owns a 17-1 lead in Cy-Hawk Series duals.  Iowa State won the first meeting in 2004 and Iowa has won the last 17 meetings.  (Iowa has won 18 straight overall, including a meeting at the National Duals.)

• The two schools will meet in women’s basketball (Dec. 6), men’s basketball (Dec. 7) and women’s swimming and diving (Dec. 8).

• The series awards two points (except football, which is worth three) to the winning school in each head-to-head match-up between the two institutions. Additionally, one point is awarded to an institution if the graduation rate of its student-athletes is greater than the national average as reported each fall by the NCAA.


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.


• True freshman Gabe Arnold made his dual debut for the Hawkeyes against #16 Oregon State. He picked up his first career ranked win over #11 Travis Wittlake.

• Two Hawkeyes have bonus points in every match to start the season Real Woods (2) and Zach Glazier (6).


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.


Five Hawkeyes made their CHA debuts against Oregon State — Jared Franek, Michael Caliendo, Gabe Arnold, Brennan Swafford and Bradley Hill.


Three Hawkeye freshman have competed as attached competitors during the 2023-24 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 competitions for Iowa’s freshmen in 2023-24: Gabe Arnold (2), Isaiah Fenton (2) and Koye Grebel (2).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Iowa is 128-13 (.907) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena since Tom Brands took over the program prior to 2006-07. The Hawkeyes are 278-26 (.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.


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 Pennsylvania for a dual meet against Penn on December 1. The dual is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Palestra.