University of Iowa Athletics

Austin DeSanto

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

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
Career 71-19 38-4 18-1 116 1-0 16-1 27-0 8-0 1:16