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    Ten Years of: Iowa Wrestling (2013-22)

    3x NCAA Champion Spencer Lee (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)


    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...Iowa!

    For past teams:

    Air Force

    American

    Appalachian State

    Arizona State

    Army West Point

    Binghamton

    Bloomsburg

    Brown

    Bucknell

    Buffalo

    Cal Poly

    Campbell

    Central Michigan

    Chattanooga

    Clarion

    Cleveland State

    Columbia

    Cornell

    CSU Bakersfield

    Davidson

    Drexel

    Duke

    Edinboro

    Franklin & Marshall

    Gardner-Webb

    George Mason

    Harvard

    Hofstra

    Illinois

    Indiana

    National Qualifiers (95)

    2022


    125: Drake Ayala (#13); 133: Austin DeSanto (#5); 141: Jaydin Eierman (#2); 149: Max Murin (#8); 157: Kaleb Young (#9); 165: Alex Marinelli (#3); 174: Michael Kemerer (#5); 184: Abe Assad (#18); 197: Jacob Warner (#6); 285: Tony Cassioppi (#3)


    2021

    125: Spencer Lee (#1); 133: Austin DeSanto (#4): 141: Jaydin Eierman (#1); 149: Max Murin (#12); 157: Kaleb Young (#5); 165: Alex Marinelli (#1); 174: Michael Kemerer (#1); 184: Nelson Brands (#12); 197: Jacob Warner (#5): 285: Tony Cassioppi (#5)


    2020

    125: Spencer Lee (#1); 133: Austin DeSanto (#6); 141: Max Murin (#7); 149: Pat Lugo (#1); 157: Kaleb Young (#8); 165: Alex Marinelli (#1); 174: Michael Kemerer (#2); 184: Abe Assad (#11); 197: Jacob Warner (#5); 285: Tony Cassioppi (#3)


    2019

    125: Spencer Lee (#3); 133: Austin DeSanto (#7); 141: Max Murin (#22); 149: Pat Lugo (#10); 157: Kaleb Young (#6); 165: Alex Marinelli (#1); 184: Cash Wilcke (#12); 197: Jacob Warner (#5); 285: Sam Stoll (#28)


    2018

    125: Spencer Lee (#3); 141: Vince Turk; 149: Brandon Sorensen (#2); 157: Michael Kemerer (#6); 165: Alex Marinelli (#5); 174: Joey Gunther; 184: Mitch Bowman; 197: Cash Wilcke (#14); 285: Sam Stoll (#5)


    2017

    125: Thomas Gilman (#1); 133: Cory Clark (#4); 141: Topher Carton; 149: Brandon Sorensen (#5); 157: Michael Kemerer (#2); 165: Joey Gunther; 174: Alex Meyer (#11); 184: Sam Brooks (#3); 197: Cash Wilcke


    2016

    125: Thomas Gilman (#4); 133: Cory Clark (#2); 149: Brandon Sorensen (#2); 157: Edwin Cooper (#13); 165: Patrick Rhodes; 174: Alex Meyer (#13); 184: Sam Brooks (#2); 197: Nathan Burak (#4); 285: Sam Stoll (#11)


    2015

    125: Thomas Gilman (#6); 133: Cory Clark (#3); 141: Josh Dziewa (#5); 149: Brandon Sorensen (#4); 157: Mike Kelly; 165: Nick Moore; 174: Mike Evans (#3); 184: Sam Brooks (#9); 197: Nathan Burak (#6); 285: Bobby Telford (#3)


    2014

    125: Cory Clark (#8); 133: Tony Ramos (#3); 141: Josh Dziewa; 149: Brody Grothus (#13); 157: Derek St. John (#2); 165: Nick Moore (#5); 174: Mike Evans (#4); 184: Ethan Lofthouse (#5); 197: Nathan Burak (#11); 285: Bobby Telford (#5)


    2013

    125: Matt McDonough (#3); 133: Tony Ramos (#2); 141: Mark Ballweg (#7); 157: Derek St. John (#2); 165: Nick Moore (#10); 174: Mike Evans (#3); 184: Ethen Lofthouse (#12); 197: Nathan Burak; 285: Bobby Telford (#6)


    NCAA Champions

    Spencer Lee (125 - 2018, 2019, 2021)

    Cory Clark (133 - 2017)

    Tony Ramos (133 - 2014)

    Derek St. John (157 - 2013)


    NCAA All-Americans

    2022: Austin DeSanto (133 - 3rd); Alex Marinelli (165 - 5th); Michael Kemerer (174 - 4th); Jacob Warner (197 - 2nd); Tony Cassioppi (285 - 7th)

    2021: Spencer Lee (125 - 1st); Austin DeSanto (133 - 3rd); Jaydin Eierman (141 - 2nd); 157 - Kaleb Young (157 - 7th); Michael Kemerer (174 - 2nd); Jacob Warner (197 - 4th); Tony Cassioppi (285 - 3rd)

    2019: Spencer Lee (125 - 1st); Austin DeSanto (133 - 5th); Pat Lugo (149 - 8th); Kaleb Young (157 - 5th); Alex Marinelli (165 - 7th); Jacob Warner (197 - 7th)

    2018: Spencer Lee (125 - 1st); Brandon Sorensen (149 - 5th); Michael Kemerer (157 - 4th); Alex Marinelli (165 - 6th); Sam Stoll (285 - 5th)

    2017: Thomas Gilman (125 - 3rd); Cory Clark (133 - 1st); Brandon Sorensen (149 - 3rd); Michael Kemerer (157 - 3rd); Sam Brooks (184 - 4th)

    2016: Thomas Gilman (125 - 2nd); Cory Clark (133 - 2nd); Brandon Sorensen (149 - 2nd); Alex Meyer (174 - 8th); Sam Brooks (184 - 8th); Nathan Burak (197 - 4th)

    2015: Thomas Gilman (125 - 4th); Cory Clark (133 - 2nd); Brandon Sorensen (149 - 4th); Mike Evans (174 - 6th); Nathan Burak (197 - 6th); Bobby Telford (285 - 5th)

    2014: Cory Clark (125 - 5th); Tony Ramos (133 - 1st); Derek St. John (157 - 5th); Mike Evans (174 - 6th); Nathan Burak (197 - 8th); Bobby Telford (285 - 4th)

    2013: Tony Ramos (133 - 2nd); Derek St. John (157 - 1st); Mike Evans (174 - 6th); Ethen Lofthouse (184 - 5th)

    NWCA All-Americans

    Spencer Lee (125 - First Team)

    Austin DeSanto (133 - First Team)

    Max Murin (141 - First Team)

    Pat Lugo (149 - First Team)

    Kaleb Young (157 - First Team)

    Alex Marinelli (165 - First Team)

    Michael Kemerer (174 - First Team)

    Abe Assad (184 - Second Team)

    Jacob Warner (197 - First Team)

    Tony Cassioppi (285 - First Team)


    NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

    Max Murin (2019, 2021, 2022 - 149)

    Alex Marinelli (2021 - 165)

    Sam Stoll (2019 - 285)

    Cash Wilcke (2017, 2018 - 197)

    Alex Meyer (2017 - 174)

    Sam Brooks (2015 - 184)

    Matt McDonough (2013 - 125)

    Mark Ballweg (2013 - 141)

    Nathan Burak (2013 - 197)


    Big Ten Champions

    2022: Alex Marinelli (165)

    2021: Spencer Lee (125); Jaydin Eierman (141); Alex Marinelli (165); Michael Kemerer (174)

    2020: Spencer Lee (125); Pat Lugo (149); Alex Marinelli (165)

    2019: Alex Marinelli (165)

    2017: Thomas Gilman (125); Sam Brooks (184)

    2016: Cory Clark (133); Sam Brooks (184)

    2014: Tony Ramos (133)


    Big Ten Runner's-Up

    2022: Austin DeSanto (133); Jaydin Eierman (141); Tony Cassioppi (285)

    2021: Austin DeSanto (133); Kaleb Young (157)

    2020: Michael Kemerer (157)

    2019: Spencer Lee (125)

    2018: Brandon Sorensen (149)

    2017: Cory Clark (133); Michael Kemerer (157)

    2016: Brandon Sorensen (149); Nathan Burak (197)

    2015: Thomas Gilman (125); Josh Dziewa (141); Brandon Sorensen (149); Bobby Telford (285)

    2014: Derek St. John (157); Nick Moore (165); Mike Evans (174); Ethen Lofthouse (184)

    2013: Matt McDonough (125); Tony Ramos (133); Mark Ballweg (141); Mike Evans (174)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 14-1

    2021: 5-0

    2019-20: 13-0

    2018-19: 14-1

    2017-18: 12-3

    2016-17: 13-2

    2015-16: 16-1

    2014-15: 17-1

    2013-14: 15-2

    2012-13: 20-3


    Big Ten Tournament Placement

    2021-22: 3rd

    2021: 1st

    2019-20: 1st

    2018-19: 3rd

    2017-18: 4th

    2016-17: 3rd

    2015-16: 2nd

    2014-15: 1st-tie

    2013-14: 2nd

    2012-13: 3rd


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 3rd (74 points)

    2021: 1st (129 points)

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 4th (76 points)

    2017-18: 3rd (97 points)

    2016-17: 4th (97 points)

    2015-16: 5th (81 points)

    2014-15: 2nd (84 points)

    2013-14: 4th (78.5 points)

    2012-13: 4th (73 points)


    Head Coaching History

    Tom Brands (2006-present)


    Best Lineup (comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

    125 - Spencer Lee: 3x NCAA Champion, 2x Hodge Trophy Winner, 2x Big Ten Champion

    133 - Cory Clark: 4x NCAA All-American (5th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st), 2017 NCAA Champion, 2016 Big Ten Champion

    141 - Jaydin Eierman: 2x NCAA Qualifier, 2021 NCAA Runner-Up, 2021 Big Ten Champion, 3x All-American at Missouri

    149 - Brandon Sorensen: 4x NCAA All-American (5th, 3rd, 2nd, 4th); 3x Big Ten Runner-Up

    157 - Derek St. John: 4x NCAA All-American (5th, 1st, 2nd, 4th); 2012 Big Ten Champion

    165 - Alex Marinelli: 3x NCAA All-American (5th, 7th, 6th); 4x Big Ten Champion

    174 - Michael Kemerer: 4x NCAA All-American (3rd, 4th, 2nd, 4th); 2021 Big Ten Champion

    184 - Sam Brooks: 2x NCAA All-American (4th, 8th); 2x Big Ten Champion

    197 - Jacob Warner: 3x NCAA All-American (2nd, 4th, 7th)

    285 - Tony Cassioppi: 2x NCAA All-American (7th, 3rd); 2022 Big Ten Runner-Up


    Recruiting

    Big Boarder's Per Year


    2022: #38 Aiden Riggins (IA); #48 Kolby Franklin (PA); #112 Bradley Hill (IA); #124 Mickey Griffith (IA); #215 Easton Fleshman (IA); #242 Joel Jesuroga (IA)

    2021: #4 Drake Ayala (IA); #16 Wyatt Henson (PA); #49 Caleb Rathjen (IA)

    2020: #2 Patrick Kennedy (MN); #27 Cullan Schriever (IA); #28 Jesse Ybarra (AZ); #46 Bretli Reyna (FL); #71 Gabe Christenson (IA)

    2019: #14 Abe Assad (IL); #74 Zach Glazier (MN); #82 Cole Siebrecht (IA)

    2018: #18 Tony Cassioppi (IL); #50 Nelson Brands (IA)

    2017: #2 Spencer Lee (PA); #7 Jacob Warner (IL); #44 Max Murin (PA); #79 Aaron Costello (IA)

    2016: #2 Alex Marinelli (OH); #19 Carter Happel (IA); #25 Kaleb Young (PA); #93 Jack Wagner (IA); #115 Brock Rathbun (IA)

    2015: #8 Michael Kemerer (PA); #67 Vince Turk (IL); #79 Steven Holloway (IA); #86 Cash Wilcke (IA)

    2014: #14 Sam Stoll (MN); #41 Seth Gross (MN); #63 Burke Paddock (NY); #72 Logan Ryan (IA)

    2013: #27 Brandon Sorensen (IA); #38 Broc Berge (MN); #40 Aaron Bradley (PA); #53 Jake Marlin (IA); #182 Doug Miner (IA)

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