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Iowa Wrestling Holds Wrestle-offs

For the first time since 2012!

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Rachel Jessen

Hawkeye wrestling is back, ladies and gentlemen. What a wonderful sentence that was to write, and (hopefully) what a wonderful sentence it was for you to read.

While the season doesn’t begin until November 17 at the Iowa City Duals, Tom Brands and company held wrestle-offs over the weekend for the first time since 2012, because, you know, basically all of last year’s starting group graduated. Results are below, with more info here at Hawkeye Sports.

Despite a ‘TBA’ awaiting the winner of the Perez Perez-Justin Stickley bout 125, blue-chip recruit Spencer Lee didn’t wrestle over the weekend - instead, Stickley downed Perez 13-13 Friday, and 15-0 Saturday. In somewhat of an upset at 133, Paul Glynn picked up a 4-3 decision over Phillip Laux, who had mixed results as NCAA Champion Cory Clark’s backup last season.

Vince Turk came out on top of the 141-pound bracket, defeating Max Murin 5-4 and Carter Happel 6-2. Brandon Sorensen avenged last season’s loss to former Edinboro 149-pounder and Iowa transfer Pat Lugo by way of a 3-2 decision. Michael Kemerer put on a show with a 21-5 tech fall over Keegan Shaw at 157.

Logan McQuillen came out on top of the 165 bracket, defeating Jeremiah Moody, 9-8. At 174, Joey Gunther used an overtime takedown to defeat Kaleb Young. The only pin of the championship round came from Mitch Bowman at 184, where he stuck Myles Wilson with 30 seconds remaining in the third period. Jacob Warner stuck Steven Holloway on Friday, then defeated Cash Wilcke with a 4-3 decision on Saturday to come out on top. At heavy, Sam Stoll got the best of the highly-touted newcomer Aaron Costello.

While those results won’t be the only factor in determining Iowa’s starters this season — that likely won’t be decided until after the Midlands — it’s a good point of reference as the season starts to ramp up. And hey, any wrestling is good wrestling.

We’ll likely hear Brands speak about this more on Wednesday when the team holds its annual media day in Carver, so stay tuned for more info and see who will be on the mat for the Hawkeyes as the season gets going.

Totally unrelated to anything Iowa, do we have any fans of MTV’s series, the Challenge? The finale of Season 30 is tonight at 9 p.m. central. I’m taking Derrick on the men’s side and Tori for the ladies. What do you guys think?