Our Iowa Hawkeye wrestlers kicked off the season on Friday, Nov 9 and what a showing it was! We steamrolled CSU Bakersfield 36-3 and hung Kent St. out to dry 45-0. Those are the type of lopsided scores we love. Those are the type of beatings up and down the lineup that we love.
Iowa 36, CSU Bakersfield 3:
With a few starters out and a few back ups in we started off the season in search of the coveted 1,000th school dual victory against CSUB. Then in stepped the man, the myth, THE LEGEND to get the bodies rolling.
125: #1 Spencer Lee tech. fall Alex Hernandez-Fegueroa, 18-0. Iowa 5-0.
133: #9 Austin DeSanto tech. fall #13 Sean Nickell, 22-6. Iowa 10-0.
141: #16 Max Murin major dec. Carlos Herrera, 18-4, Iowa 14-0.
149: Russell Fohlfing dec. #6 Pat Lugo 10-9, Iowa 14-3.
157: #17 Kaleb Young major dec. Wyatt Gerl, 13-4. Iowa 18-3.
165: #4 Alex Marinelli major dec. Jacob Thalin, 14-4. Iowa 22-3.
174: Myles Wilson major dec. Bryan Battisto, 12-4. Iowa 26-3.
184: #13 Cash Wilcke major dec. Dominic Ducharme, 12-4. Iowa 30-3.
197: Mitch Bowman dec. Mark Penyacsek, 6-2. Iowa 33-3.
285: Aaron Costello dec. Jacob Sieder, 6-1. 36-3.
Iowa 45, Kent St. 0:
Iowa literally had no turn around and went back on the mat and got to work. Spencer “The Legend” Lee did it again or is it Leegend?
125: #1 Spencer Lee tech. fall Jake Ferri, 16-0. Iowa 5-0.
133: #9 Austin DeSanto dec. Raphael Rodriguez. Iowa 8-0.
141: #16 Max Murin pin Cory Simpson, 4:29. Iowa 14-0.
149: #6 Pat Lugo pin Kody Komara, 2:17. Iowa 20-0
157: #17 Kaleb Young pin Richard Jackson, 4:04. Iowa 26-0.
165: #4 Alex Marinelli pin Isaac Bast, 2:16. Iowa 32-0.
174: Myles Wilson dec. Dylan Barreiro, 12-9. Iowa 35-0.
184: #13 Cash Wilcke major dec. Andrew McNalley, 18-7. 39-0.
197: Connor Corbin dec. Shane Mast, 8-3. 42-0.
285: Aaron Costello dec. Billy Bolia, 4-1. 45-0.
-Spencer Lee did what Spencer Lee do. He got 2 takedowns and amassed 34 points. He wrestled just 3:34 in total. There isn’t a single person at 125 he can’t bonus. This will be the norm for the season.
-DeSanto looked great. He was aggressive and relentless, but under control. He teched Nickell, a returning NCAA qualifier early in the 2nd and ADS looks BIG for 133. His 2nd match was closer and he was out of position a few times, but he didn’t give in and kept charging forward. He don’t back down from nobody! Hawkeye fans are going to love him and non-fans are going to hate him because they wish he had transferred elsewhere.
-Murin started off his career with a workman like major. Because of his motor and size he’s going to be a tough out for anybody.
-Lugo struggled. He was sluggish and was slow on his feet and couldn’t defend any shot, which is sad because he dominated the 1st period of his 1st match. He then hit the wall and couldn’t break through. It was very un-Lugo like and not the way he wanted to start off his Hawk career. I’m of the belief he may have been sick or under the weather. But Rohfling was long and tall. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 149 pounder that tall. Rohfling will give everybody fits this season, mark it. Lugo rebounded nicely and locked up a cradle to stick Komara in the Kent St. bout, but he didn’t look good before that. Good thing he ended it early.
-Young looked great as well. I’ve been hard on him in the past, but with these beat downs he could quickly win me over. He looked big, strong, quick and wrestled smart. This is the Young we thought we had all along.
-The Bull bulldozed. He wrestled methodically and cranked it up to level 12 in the 3rd against Thalin. He rode tough, but I’d love to see him work in more back points. IMO, this should’ve been a tech. fall. He wasted no time against Kent St. and got the fastest pin of the weekend in 2:16 when he got a deep underhook and cement mixed him into next week.
-Myles Wilson. We have some depth on this roster and he’s a big part of it. He looked good. He doesn’t wrestle like a backup and that’s a huge compliment.
-Brands was right. Cash $ didn’t look like a sun bathing chubby-headed fat cat. He’s long, lean and on the prowl. This is the Cash that climbed the rankings last season and if he stays to this form, he’s going to jump them again, but stay up there this time. Here is that fat cat reference in all its amazing glory. Can Tom Brands read me a bed time story?
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-Bowman gave up 13lbs and went to 197 and didn’t disappoint. He was undersized, but looked damn good and tough. He’s a technically sound wrestler and would be a All-American threat if he could crack this lineup.
-Connor Corbin seriously might be the strongest guy on the roster. He wrestled smart and smooth. Just like Wilson, he adds serious depth and competition to the room.
-Costello just went out there and went to work. He didn’t give up a single TD and looked good on his feet. He is literally a grizzly bear in a Hawkeye singlet.
-All in all, six Hawkeyes made their collegiate or Hawkeye debuts: Austin DeSanto, Pat Lugo, Max Murin, Myles Wilson, Connor Corbin, and Aaron Costello.
-We flashed the Golden Flashes with four straight pins between 141lbs - 165lbs.
Coming up next we have the Princeton Tigers at home inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, November 16 at 7PM God’s Time.