ALBANY, New York— The University of Iowa’s second-place wrestling team went 2-0 before a crowd of over 1,000 in the Arm Bar at the Armory event in downtown Albany on Friday night. The Hawkeyes beat Sacred Heart 35-6 and Buffalo 35-7 and improved to 4-0 this season.
Iowa won 16 of the 20 matches in the two duels and secured bonus points in 12 matches.
“It’s good progress from last night to tonight’s first doubles and into this from a team that was as good as or better than the rest,” said Associate Head Coach Terry Brands. “I was impressed with that last performance with Buffalo, just like how they react to it.
“They’re getting better, and you can see the timing coming.”
In the opening duo of the night, the Hawkeyes won eight of ten matches – six by bonus points. Iowa has won its last six games in doubles, highlighted by No. 4 Tony Cassioppi’s third straight fall. He pinned the Pioneers’ Marc Berisha in 1:28 to cap the 35-6 win.
No. 13 Patrick Kennedy started the barrage with a 24-9 win in the technical case over Aidan Zarella at 165, senior Joe Kelly capitalizing on a six-point pull in the first period en route to a 17-7 major -Deciding Ryan Bollentino at 174 and No.8 Abe Assad scored 10 points in the third period in a 22-9 win over Hunter Perez with 184 points.
In his first game of the season, junior Zach Glazier was dominant at 197 and achieved a fall technical win (in the second period) by defeating Nick Copley 18-3. Iowa also got a technical fall from No. 7 Max Murin at 149 in a 20-5 win over Matt Laurie just four minutes into the game.
Iowa’s last two wins came at 133 and 141. Sophomore Cullan Schriever extended his lead from 6-6 in the first to 14-10 in the second before winning 20-13 against Andrew Fallon at 133. Senior Drew Bennett fought back from an early 8-4 deficit in the first period to record a 12-8 win over Seth Brown where he had 3:38 driving time.
After trailing 4-0 in the night cap against Buffalo, the Hawkeyes had five straight wins before winning eight of their last nine games.
Schriever turned a 6-2 lead into a 23-8 tech fall win over Mason Bush at 133, and Bennett followed with a tough 9-6 win over Matt Ryan at 141. At 149, Murin had a craft 16: 5 Major Decision Victory Kaleb Burgess improves to 4-0 this season.
Redshirt freshman Caleb Rathjen got his first career win with a 6-0 win over Nick Stampoulus at 157 and junior Cobe Siebrecht moved up a weight class to 165 where he won 8-0 over Noah Grover to extend Iowa’s lead to 19- 4.
After Kelly went wrong with 174 in a 2-0 decision against Marcus Petite, Assad dominated a ranked opponents clash. The Illinois native handled No. 32 Giuseppe Hoose and secured the technical fall 24-9.
Jacob Warner, No. 2, rolled in his only match of the night, notching eight takedowns in the first half en route to a 26-8 technical case win over Sam Mitchell. Cassioppi ended the duel with a 53-second fall over Greg Hodulick. It was his second fall in less than a minute this season.
#2 Iowa 35, Sacred Heart 6
125 – Mikey Manta (SH) Dec. Aidan Harris (UI), 5-1
133 – Cullan Schriever (UI) Dec. Andrew Fallon (SH), 20-13
141 – Drew Bennett (UI) Dec. Seth Braun (SH), 12-8
149 – #7 Max Murin (UI) tech. fall Matt Laurie (SH), 20-5
157 – Nick Palumbo (SH) Dec. Kaleb Rathjen (UI), 8-4
165 – #13 Patrick Kennedy (UI) tech. Fall Aidan Zarrella (SH), 24-9
174 – Joe Kelly (UI) Major Dec. Ryan Bolletino (SH), 17-7
184 – #8 Abe Assad (UI) Major Dec. Hunter Perez (SH), 22-9
197 – Zach Glaser (UI) Tech. fall Nick Copley (SH), 18-3
285 – #4 Tony Cassioppi (UI) pins Marc Berisha (SH), 1:28
#2 Iowa 35, Buffalo 7
125 – Pat Adams (UB) Major Dec. Charles Matthews (UI), 11-2
133 – Cullan Schriever (UI) Tech. Autumn. Mason Bush (UB), 23-8
141 – Drew Bennett (UI) Dec. Matt Ryan (UB), 9-6
149 – #7 Max Murin (UI) Major Dec. Kaleb Burger (UB), 16-5
157 – Caleb Rathjen (UI) Dec. Nick Stampoulus (UB), 6-0
165 – Cobe Siebrecht (UI) Major Dec. Noah Grover (UB), 8-0
174 – Marcus Petite (UB) Dec. Joe Kelly (UI), 2-0
184 – #8 Abe Assad (UI) technology. Fall #32 Giuseppe Hoose (UB), 22-7
197 – #2 Jacob Warner (UI) Tech. fall Sam Mitchell (UB), 26-8
285 – #4 Tony Cassioppi (UI) pinned Greg Hodulick (UB), 0:53
Cassioppi and Warner travel to Austin, Texas for Tuesday’s NWCA All-Star Classic. The Hawkeyes return on November 26 and host No. 20 Penn at Carver-Hawkeye Arena from 2:00 p.m. CT.