University of Iowa Athletics

Ryan Morningstar

Height 5-9
Weight 165 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown Lisbon, Iowa
High School Lisbon
Ryan Morningstar - Men's Wrestling - University of Iowa Athletics

Career — two-time all-American (3rd-2009, 7th-2010)… four-time Big Ten placewinner (2nd-2009, 4th-2010, 5th-2007, 7th-2008) and NCAA qualifier… four-time Midlands placewinner (1st-2008, 3rd-2009, 5th-2007, 7th-2006)… career record of 110-40, included a 65-21 dual record and 21-11 Big Ten dual mark… scored 225 team points in dual competition… wrestled in 25 matches that went into overtime (18-7)… posted a 24-8 record at Carver-Hawkeye Arena… was a member of three NCAA and Big Ten champion Iowa teams.

2009-10 — all-American, placing seventh at 165 pounds at NCAA Championships… placed fourth at Big Ten Championships after being injured in the third-place match… season record of 30-8 included 18-3 dual record and 7-1 Big Ten dual mark… scored 73 team points in dual competition… seven of his eight season losses were by two points or less… the other was by injury default… placed third at Midlands Championships… posted a 10-1 record at Carver-Hawkeye Arena… Iowa’s Big Ten Wrestling Sportsmanship Award winner… earned team Mike McGivern award, which is given annually to the team’s most courageous wrestler, and all-America award… letterwinner.

2008-09 — all-American, placing third at 165 pounds at NCAA Championships… runner-up at Big Ten Championships, losing a 2-1 decision in the second tiebreak period to Wisconsin’s Andrew Howe… seven of his nine post-season matches went into overtime – he went 4-0 in sudden victory matches and 1-2 in tiebreak matches… season record was 32-6, going 20-4 in dual competition and 6-2 in Big Ten duals… scored 64 team points in dual competition… won Midlands title… all six of his season losses were by one point… won 17 of his first 18 season bouts… ranked third on team in collegiate wins (32) and dual wins (20), and fourth in collegiate winning percentage (.842)… scored four major decisions… earned team Mike McGivern award, which is given annually to the team’s most courageous wrestler, and all-America award… letterwinner… placed second at 74 kg at ASICS men’s freestyle University National Championships.

2007-08 — placed seventh at Big Ten Championships to qualify for NCAA Championships… season record was 22-14 at 157 pounds… went 13-9 in dual competition and 2-6 in Big Ten duals, scoring 47 team points in dual matches… went 5-4 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena… placed fifth at Midlands Championships… scored six major decisions, one technical fall and one pin… letterwinner… runner-up at 163 pounds at Northern Plains trials.

2006-07 — placed fifth at Big Ten Championships… season record was 26-13 overall and 26-12 in collegiate matches… his 26 collegiate wins ranked third in the team… went 14-5 in duals and 6-2 in Big Ten duals… named’s Wrestler of the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 4 for his 3-2 upset of then-top ranked Trent Paulson at the Iowa-Iowa State dual… went 3-2 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena… placed fourth at Kaufman-Brand Open and seventh at Midlands… ranked fourth in dual wins (14) and fastest fall (1:03), and fifth in collegiate winning percentage (.684) and dual winning percentage (.737) … letterwinner.

2005-06 — redshirted… posted a 12-1 season record at 157 pounds while competing unattached… won title at Kaufman-Brand Open, placed third at Spartan Classic and sixth at UNI Open… his lone season loss was to Wisconsin all-American Craig Henning.

High School — three-time state champion… career record of 164-4 included 106 pins and two undefeated seasons… set school records for most career wins and falls, and best season record (43-0)… Iowa’s 2005 Dave Schultz High School Excellence award winner… won 152-pound 2005 Junior National title, placing second at Senior National meet… earned all-America honors from ASICS, USA Wrestling and Amateur Wrestling News… two-time Junior Nationals West Regional champion at 152 pounds… Junior National all-American as a junior, placing fifth… lettered two years in football.

Personal — born July 29, 1986… son of Scott and Jacque Morningstar… his father wrestled at the University of Northern Iowa.

Overall Dual Big Ten Dual Dual Pts. Big Ten NCAA SV TB MD TF Pins Fastest
Year Record Record Record Scored Place Place W/L W/L W/L W/L W/L Pin
2006-07 26-12 14-5 6-2 47 5th – – 2/2 1/0 3/1 0/0 1/0 1:03
2007-08 22-14 13-9 2-6 41 7th – – 2/2 0/0 6/1 1/0 1/0 7:59
2008-09 32-6 20-4 6-2 64 2nd 3rd 5/0 3/3 4/0 0/0 0/0 —-
2009-10 30-8 18-3 67-1 73 4th 7th 5/0 0/0 7/0 2/0 3/0 1:43
Career 110-40 65-21 21-11 225 14/4 4/3 20/2 3/0 6/0 1:03