University of Iowa Athletics

Austin DeSanto

Height 5-5
Weight 133 lbs.
Class Jr.
Hometown Exeter, Pa.
High School Exeter
Austin DeSanto - Wrestling - University of Iowa Athletics

Career
• Iowa’s 24th four-time All-American
• Posted a 102-23 career record, going 72-16 at Iowa
• Was 40-16 at Iowa vs. ranked opponents
• Scored 20 points or more in 28 career matches (career high was 27 points scored in 2019-20)
• Posted 41 career dual starts
• Went 18-3 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena
• Four-year letterwinner

2021-22
• All-American
• Placed third at NCAA Championships
• Placed second at Big Ten championships and earned automatic bid to NCAA meet
• Climbed as high as No. 3 in the national rankings
• Posted a 21-4 overall record at 133 pounds, going 10-2 in duals and 4-1 in Big Ten duals
• Scored 45 team points in dual competition
• Recorded 11 technical falls, which is the most tallied by a Hawkeye since 1999
• Posted two major decisions
• Won title at Luther Open
• Letterwinner

2020-21
• All-American
• Placed third at 133 pounds at the NCAA Championships
• Qualified for the national tournament with a runner-up finish at the 2021 Big Ten Championships
• Finished the season 12-2 overall with nine bonus-point wins and eight wins over ranked opponents
• Led the team with six technical falls
• Started all five Big Ten duals, winning all five and scoring 24 dual points
• Reached as high as No. 3 in the national rankings
• Letterwinner

2019-20
• All-American
• No. 6 seed at NCAA Championships
• Placed fourth at Big Ten Championships to earn automatic berth to national tournament
• Posted an overall record of 17-4, including seven wins over ranked opponents
• Named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after defeating then No. 1 Seth Gross of Wisconsin
• Scored bonus points in 12 of 17 wins
• Six technical falls ranked second on the team
• 47 points scored in dual ranked third on the team
• Reached as high as No. 1 in the national rankings.
• Letterwinner

2018-19
• All-American, placing fifth at the 2019 NCAA Championships at 133 pounds
• Placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships to earn an automatic berth to the national tournament
• Won the 2018 Midlands Championships
• Posted an overall record of 23-6 at 133 pounds
• Was 7-0 in Big Ten duals
• Scored bonus points in 12 matches, including six major decisions, four technical falls, and two pins
• 12-5 record against ranked opponents
• Reached as high as No. 3 in the national rankings
• Shared the Most Improved Award at annual team banquet
• Letterwinner

Prior to Iowa
• NCAA qualifier wrestling at Drexel University in 2017-18
• Posted an overall record of 29-7 as a true freshman wrestling at 133 pounds
• Had a dual record of 12-1 (8-0 in EIWA duals)
• Scored bonus points in 18 of 29 wins, including 3 falls, four major decisions, and a team-high 11 technical falls
• Recorded his fastest fall in 1:16
• Placed first at the Keystone Classic, third at the EIWA Championships, fourth at the Cliff Keen Invitational, and sixth at the Southern Scuffle

High School
• Defeated Iowa teammate Spencer Lee in the finals of the 126 pound Pennsylvania High School State Championships in 2017, handing Lee his only prep loss
• Placed runner-up in 2016, and fifth in 2015

Personal
• Born October 10, 1998
• Son of Tony and Deborah DeSanto
• Has one older brother, Tony
• Sports and recreation management major

Overall Dual Big Ten Dual Dual Pts. Big Ten NCAA OT MD TF Pins Fastest
Year Record Record Record Scored Place Place W/L W/L W/L W/L Pin
2017-18 (Drexel) 29-7 12-1 0-0 – – – – DNP – – 4-1 11-0 3-0 1:16
2018-19 23-6 11-2 7-0 45 4th 5th 1-0 6-0 4-0 2-0 2:16
2019-20 17-4 10-1 6-1 47 4th AA 0-0 4-0 6-0 2-0 2:39
2020-21 12-2 5-0 5-0 24 2nd 3rd 0-0 2-0 6-0 1-0 1:36
2021-22 21-4 10-2 4-1 45 2nd 3rd 0-0 2-0 11-0 0-0 – –
Career 102-23 48-6 22-2 161 1-0 18-1 38-0 8-0 1:16
Kennedy, Cassioppi Win U23 National Titles
9 Hawkeyes Head to Ohio for U20/U23 World Team Trials
Cassioppi, Lugo to Compete at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Iowa Leads Nation in Attendance for 15th Straight Year; Sets Division I Record
Inaugural Soldier Salute to Take Place Dec. 29-30
Schreiver Finishes 8th at U.S. Open Senior Championships
7 Hawkeyes Named NWCA Scholar All-Americans
Hawkeyes Head to U.S. Open Championships
Final Notes 2022
Jacob Warner Named Mike Howard Most Valuable Wrestler
Jacob Warner Finishes Runner-Up at 2022 NCAA Championships
4 Hawkeyes Wrap NCAA Championships with All-America honors
Jacob Warner to Compete for NCAA Championship
DeSanto, Warner Advance to NCAA Semifinals
6 Hawkeyes Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals