University of Iowa Athletics

Austin DeSanto

Height 5-5
Weight 133 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown Exeter, Pa.
High School Exeter

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 x 0-0 4-0 6-0 2-0 2:39
Career 69-17 33-4 13-1 92 1-0 14-1 21-0 7-0 1:16