The Iowa wrestling team ended its New York road trip with three doubles, adding a 35-6 win over Sacred Heart on Friday and a 35-7 win over Buffalo after beating Army West Point 28-13 on Thursday would have.
The Hawkeyes, now 4-0 this season and ranked #2 in the InterMat Division I poll, won 16 of 20 matches at Journeymen Wrestling’s arm bar at the Armory event. With assistant head coach Terry Brands at the helm of the team (head coach Tom Brands stayed at home), a handful of new faces made their debut for Iowa in those two one-sided victories.
Consider Friday’s doubleheader sweep against weaker opponents than the wrestling schedule equivalent to, say, Alabama soccer vs. Austin Peay. Not a shot at Sacred Heart and Buffalo, but rather an acknowledgment of the reality that Iowa was by far the better team in both matchups.
Still, the Hawkeyes’ dominant performance – 12 of the 16 individual wins included bonus points – revealed further developments from this year’s team. Among them: Tony Cassioppi rolled two more pins, Max Murin scored more points, and the lineup battles at 133 and 157 could get a little clearer.
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Here are the full boxing results, first from Iowa’s 35-6 win over Sacred Heart:
- 125: Mikey Manta (SH) Dec. Aidan Harris (IA), 5-1
- 133: Cullan Schriever (IA) Dec. Andrew Fallon (SH), 20-13
- 141: Drew Bennett (IA) Dec. Seth Brown (SH), 12-8
- 149: #7 Max Murin (IA) tech. fall Matt Laurie (SH), 20-5
- 157: Nick Palumbo (SH) Dec. Kaleb Rathjen (IA), 8-4
- 165: #13 Patrick Kennedy (IA) tech. Fall Aidan Zarrella (SH), 24-9
- 174: Joe Kelly (IA) Maj. Dec. Ryan Bolletino (SH), 17-7
- 184: #8 Abe Assad (IA) Maj. Dec. Hunter Perez (SH), 22-9
- 197: Zach Glaser (IA) tech. fall Nick Copley (SH), 18-3
- 285: #4 Tony Cassioppi (IA) pinned Marc Berisha (SH) in 1:28
And of the Hawkeyes’ 35-7 win over Buffalo:
- 125: Pat Adams (BU) Maj. Dec. Charles Matthews (IA), 12-2
- 133: Cullan Schriever (IA) tech. Autumn. Mason Bush (BU), 23-8
- 141: Drew Bennett (IA) Dec. Matt Ryan (BU), 9-6
- 149: #7 Max Murin (IA) Maj. Dec. Kaleb Burger (BU), 16-5
- 157: Caleb Rathjen (IA) Dec. Nick Stampoulus (BU), 6-0
- 165: Cobe Siebrecht (IA) Maj. Dec. Noah Grover (BU), 8-0
- 174: Marcus Petite (BU) Dec. Joe Kelley (IA), 2-0
- 184: #8 Abe Assad (IA) tech. Case #32 Giuseppe Hoose (BU), 22-7
- 197: #2 Jacob Warner (IA) tech. fall Sam Mitchell (BU), 26-8
- 285: #4 Tony Cassioppi (IA) pinned Greg Hodulick (BU) in 0:53
Here are takeaways and observations from the action:
Max Murin looked great all weekend
It’s only been four games, but Max Murin has looked great so far.
Shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he’s a sixth grader who’s qualified for the NCAA Championships four times and fell short of All-American honors by a win three times during his career. He’s clearly on that podium at 149 pounds.
Even against less competition, Murin opened his final collegiate season with a bang: four bonus point wins, two technical falls and two big decisions. He scored just four overall in 19 games last season. He has outscored his opponents with an aggregate score of 75-24, and this is the first time in his collegiate career that he has recorded four consecutive bonus point wins.
The 23-year-old looks healthy and determined, and especially at a weight where Iowa could use some consistent firepower, a healthy and determined Max Murin could bode well for the Hawkeyes going forward.
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But so did all the star wrestlers in Iowa
Murin’s performance was notable, but he’s not the only Hawkeye wrestler to start the season strong.
Tony Cassioppi, for example, has four first-half pins in as many games this season, and his four pins totaled exactly six minutes of mat time. Jacob Warner followed up his 38-second pin against California Baptist this week with a 20-7 major against Army’s Kyle Swartz and a 26-8 technical fall against Buffalo’s Sam Mitchell. Patrick Kennedy is now 3-0 with one big and two technical falls and has outscored his opponents 66-23.
Abe Assad is also fighting confidently with a 4-0 start at 184. He broke into the field after back-to-back seven-point victories over Cal-Baptist’s Peter Acciardi (11-4) and Army’s Sahm AbdulRazzaq (12-5). Bonus column on Friday featuring a 22-9 major against Sacred Heart’s Hunter Perez and a 22-7 technical fall against Buffalo’s Guiseppe Hoose, ranked 32nd by InterMat.
Iowa’s main horses have sprinted out of the gates – but of course that’s what you want to see when the Hawkeyes wrestle weaker opponents.
Cobe Siebrecht looks more like the answer at 157
It’s early days, but Cobe Siebrecht is already making a strong case for being Iowa’s answer at 157 pounds this season.
Siebrecht improved to 3-0 after scoring two wins this week – first against Army West Point’s Nathan Lukez at No. 28 on Thursday, then against Buffalo’s Noah Grover, who rose to 165 on Friday. Siebrecht defeated both with identical scores 8-0 and earned him three bonus points in as many games this season.
Caleb Rathjen also made his Hawkeye debut on Friday, wrestling twice at 157. The redshirt freshman from Ankeny lost his opener 8-4 to Sacred Heart’s Nick Palumbo and then beat Buffalo’s Nick Stampoulos 6-0. He generated many Offensive opportunities and fought well with his hand but looked a little undersized at 157 and struggled to finish those shots, especially against Palumbo, who qualified for the 2021 NCAA.
There’s still a lot of wrestling to come this season, but Siebrecht may have extended his lead in this particular lineup match after this week.
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Cullan Schriever shows high scoring skills
Cullan Schriever went 3-0 at 133 pounds this week, throwing another interesting wrinkle in another Iowa lineup fight. After a 2-0 win over Army’s Rich Treanor on Thursday, Schriever opened up his offense and scored a combined 43 points against opponents Sacred Heart and Buffalo on Friday.
Against Sacred Heart’s Andrew Fallon, Schriever notched eight takedowns in a 20-13 win, including four in the second half after the game was tied 6-6 in the first half after a back-and-forth. Against Buffalo’s Mason Bush, Schriever was much more surgical, notching 10 takedowns and not giving up in a 23-8 technical-fall win.
The more repetitions Schriever gets in a row, the better he tends to do it. He’s now 8-0 this season and has five bonus points, most of them against the competition should beat handily. His right elbow was re-taped during his Friday games. If it bothered him, he didn’t show it outwardly, although he sometimes struggled to defend some of Fallon’s shots. He gave up three takedowns in that match, costing him the major.
Still, the ability to score early and often bodes well. He totaled 18 takedowns between those two games, and 13 came in the second (6) and third periods (7). Iowa’s next game is a home game against Penn on November 26th. It will be interesting to see whether it is Schriever or Brody Teske who wins the bid with 133 on the day.
174 pounds will continue to be revolving door
Another weight to watch will be 174, where the Hawkeyes used three different wrestlers in the first four duals.
First, real freshman Drake Rhodes, who won against Cal-Baptist. Second, true freshman Carson Martinson, who lost to Army’s Ben Pasiuk. On Friday, Joe Kelly, whom Tom Brands once mentioned, was in the mix at 157, rising to 174 and going 1-1: a 17-7 major against Sacred Heart’s Ryan Bolletino, then a 2-0 loss to Marcus Petite from Buffalo.
Brands previously said both Nelson Brands and Brennan Swafford, Iowa’s two main options at 174 if all are healthy, are close to returning to the lineup. A season debut — or at least their addition to Iowa’s likely lineups — could come next month, if not sooner.
Until then, a rotating cast of characters can continue at 174.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at@codygoodwin.