The Iowa wrestling team kicked off their New York road trip Thursday night at Christl Arena with a 28-13 win over Army West Point.
The Hawkeyes actually trailed 9-3 after the first three weights but prevailed by winning six of the last seven games. Four big decision wins — by Max Murin (149), Cobe Siebrecht (157), Patrick Kennedy (165) and Jacob Warner (197) — plus a pin from Tony Cassioppi fueled Iowa’s win from behind.
This was only the fifth meeting ever between the Hawkeyes and the Black Knights. This particular matchup came after Army drove from Ames to Iowa City last year to wrestle Iowa with a day’s notice after Oregon State, the Hawkeyes’ original opponent this weekend, encountered a series of travel issues .
Iowa coach Tom Brands later revealed that he called both Army and California Baptist, both of whom were in Ames that weekend, and part of the talks included the Hawkeyes planning both the Black Knights and Lancers for future seasons .
“You’ll see Cal Baptist on our schedule,” Brands then said. “That came up in the talks when we were arranging this. We will also do a return trip to the army. They will roll out the red carpet for us.”
Brands immediately made good on his promise by opening the 2022-23 campaign against California Baptist and Army West Point. The Hawkeyes both won, are now 2-0 this season and meet Buffalo and Sacred Heart on Friday at the Journeymen Wrestling’s Arm Bar at the Armory Event in Albany, New York.
Here’s the full boxing score from Thursday night’s dual:
- 125: #24 Ethan Berginc (AWP) pinned Aidan Harris (IA) in 2:42
- 133: Cullan Schriever (IA) Dec. Rich Treasurer (AWP), 2-0
- 141: Julian Sanchez (AWP) Dec. Drew Bennett (IA), 5-3
- 149: #7 Max Murin (IA) Maj Dec Matthew Williams (AWP), 15-5
- 157: Cobe Siebrecht (IA) Maj. Dec. #28 Nathan Lukez (AWP), 8-0
- 165: #13 Patrick Kennedy (IA) Maj. Dec. #28 Dalton Harkins (AWP), 22-9
- 174: #21 Ben Pasiuk (AWP) Maj. Dec. Carson Martinson (IA), 15-4
- 184: #8 Abe Assad (IA) Dec. Sahm Addulrazzaq (AWP), 12-5
- 197: #2 Jacob Warner (IA) Maj. Dec. Kyle Swartz (AWP), 20-7
- 285: #4 Tony Cassioppi (IA) pinned Kade Carlson (AWP) in 1:26
Here are three takeaways from the campaign:
Cullan Schriever gets the nod at 133
After Brody Teske started against Cal-Baptist on Sunday, Cullan Schriever repeated the Hawkeyes on Thursday with 133. Schriever prevailed in a 2-0 win over Rich Treanor, scoring points from drive time and a run.
It appears that Schriever will again represent Iowa against Sacred Heart and Buffalo in Friday’s Armory event at Journeymen Wrestling’s Arm Bar. Teske did not travel to New York with the team (nor did head coach Tom Brands, an Iowa spokesman said; assistant head coach Terry Brands led the Hawkeyes Thursday night).
While Schriever only picked up two points, he created many scoring chances throughout the game. Treanor did just enough to ward off any advances. Schriever also secured driving time with a nasty rideout in the second third. Overall, Iowa fought really well at the front all night, securing drive times in six of their seven wins (the odd man out: Cassioppi, who hit an 86-second pin in the heavyweight division).
This weekend seems to be the best opportunity for Schriever to show what he’s capable of. He looked really solid when he won 4-0 at the Luther Open last Saturday. None of his anticipated opponents for Friday’s doubleheader have particularly impressive records, so another dominant performance could help reignite a lineup battle.
Teske might have a slight advantage as he won a behind closed doors wrestleoff prior to Iowa’s duel against Cal-Baptist. Even Tom Brands said on Sunday he likes what he sees from Teske so far.
Let’s see if Schriever can make his own claim this weekend.
Cobe Siebrecht scores a marquee win with 157
Iowa might have something at 157.
Cobe Siebrecht scored a very impressive 8-0 major decision against Army’s Nathan Lukez on Thursday. Lukez climbed to No. 28 in the national InterMat rankings this week after starting 5-2 this month. Siebrecht promptly scored three takedowns and collected 4:01 driving time.
That particular lineup battle is far from decided, but it was a good step forward for Siebrecht, who has now won two bonus points on as many occasions this season. He defended well, was aggressive in his attacks and used his length to accumulate drive time. (His win also gave Iowa an 11-9 lead and was the third of four consecutive big decision victories by Murin, him, then Kennedy by 149-165.)
Brands said that on Sunday both Siebrecht and Caleb Rathjen would be on this weekend’s trip and that both would get at least one match. Siebrecht and Rathjen were both introduced prior to Double Thursday, so it stands to reason that we should see Rathjen go at least once, maybe even twice, on Friday.
As for Schriever, it will be an opportunity for Rathjen to show what he can do and perhaps a strong performance could reignite a lineup battle in which Siebrecht are in the lead due to the intrasquad result (Siebrecht beat Rathjen, 7-0) and are clearly in the lead lies his performance in Iowa’s first two duals.
Carson Martinson makes his Hawkeye debut at 174
Two doubles into the season and Tom Brands has chosen to field two different true freshmen at 174 pounds while we await the return of Nelson Brands and Brennan Swafford (or either).
Against Cal-Baptist on Sunday, it was Drake Rhodes who looked very good in a 13-4 major decision win. On Thursday, it was Carson Martinson who drew a difficult first submission, losing 15-4 to Army’s Ben Pasiuk, who is ranked 21st nationally by InterMat.
Martinson, a Southeast Polk product listed at 157/165, looked a bit undersized and was easily outplayed by Pasiuk, who is a two-time NCAA qualifier and is now 5-1 overall this season. Pasiuk accumulated six takedowns, adding points for drive time and stalling on his way to a crucial decision.
It was probably good for Martinson to get the feel of one of the nation’s top wrestlers – Pasiuk reached the round of 16 at the 2021 NCAA Championships. That experience can help in his development. It was also Martinson’s first of five available appointments granted to true freshmen under the new NCAA rules.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at@codygoodwin.