#2 Iowa Men’s Wrestling prepares for #21 Penn

After Jacob Warner and Tony Cassioppi suffered losses at this week’s NWCA All-Star Classic, the Hawkeyes will look to bounce back in the duel against the Quakers.

Jerod Ringwald

Iowa’s Tony Cassioppi holds down Cal Baptist’s Chris Island during a wrestling meetup between Iowa and Cal Baptist at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, November 13, 2022. Cassioppi defeated Iceland in two minutes and 13 seconds in a 285-pound match in the fall. The Hawkeyes defeated the Lancers 42-3.


The No. 2 Iowa men’s wrestling team will meet No. 21 Penn Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The duel will be streamed live on BTN+ with former Hawkeye wrestlers Alex Marinelli and Kaleb Young.

The Hawkeyes are 4-0 with double wins over Cal Baptist, Army, Sacred Heart and Buffalo. The Quakers are yet to compete in a dual, but have had at least one wrestler finish in the top four of each weight class at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic and finished second as a team at the Keystone Classic.

Saturday’s dual will feature multiple ranked wrestlers in both rosters with four likely ranked matchups at 149, 157, 197 and 285 pounds.

Three-time national champion Spencer Lee of Iowa at 125 pounds, 133-pound Big 12 champion Brody Teske, two-time Pac-12 champion Real Woods at 141 pounds and 174-pounders Nelson Brands and Brennan Swafford are not in the likely lineup listed for Saturday.

Head coach Tom Brands said they’re in it every day.

“When they’re ready, they’ll be on the mat,” Brands said in a Zoom press conference on Wednesday. “You want to go. They eat the bit to get on the mat.”

Second 133-pounder Cullan Schriever, who is 7-0 for the season, will face Penn’s No. 10 Michael Colaiocco — a 2022 NCAA qualifier and Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association champion at 133 pounds.

“I feel better every day and every time [on the mat] and I’m just looking forward to another opportunity on Saturday,” said Schriever on Wednesday.

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The only top 10 matchup costs £149. Max Murin, senior No. 6 from Iowa, will face off against Doug Zapf, No. 10 from Penn.

Murin is 4-0 this season with three key decisions and a technical crash. Zapf has one loss in the season — a 5-2 decision against Appalachian State No. 4 Jon Jon Millner.

“It’s my last year, so I don’t want to let anything off the mat,” Murin said on Wednesday. “I just want to get as many points as possible, from start to finish.”

Cobe Siebrecht, 157-pound sophomore, No. 29 of Iowa, surged up the InterMat rankings last week after beating Army No. 28 Nate Lukez 8-0 on Nov. 17. Siebrecht is expected to face No. 12 Anthony Artalona, ​​who took home the title in the Journeymen Collegiate Classic and Keystone Classic after going 7-0 at 157 pounds.

“We have to be ready,” Brands said. “Penn is coming to town to beat us and I know it [in the 157-pound match] They probably see an opportunity to beat us. So it’s a good opportunity for us to maybe flex our muscles a bit in this weight class.”

Senior 197-pound No. 2 Jacob Warner suffered his first loss of the season in a sudden win over Missouri’s No. 4 Rocky Elam, 8-6, at the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic on Tuesday. However, the meet was an exhibition event, and the results do not count toward a wrestler’s NCAA record or RPI for the season.

Warner is expected to face No. 27 Cole Urbas, who ends the season 9-1 with a third-place finish at the Keystone Classic. Urbas also had the most pins in the shortest time at the Keystone Classic, with three falls in nine minutes and 34 seconds.

Heavyweight senior #4 Tony Cassioppi suffered his first loss of the season to Penn State #2 Greg Kerklivet 8-5 at Tuesday’s NWCA All-Star Classic.

“We’re not in panic mode [after Warner and Cassioppi’s defeat], but we don’t take much time either,” Brands said. “We have to be ready to score points… We can definitely do better there.”

Cassioppi, who has pinned every doubles opponent to date, is expected to face number 24 Ben Goldin on Saturday. Goldin went 4-1 for third place at the Keystone Classic.

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