Recap: Big Ten Wrestling Championships Session 3

Four Hawkeyes advance to third-place matches after the third session of Big Tens.


Nichole Harris

Iowa’s 133-pound Austin DeSanto grapples with Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young during session two of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Bravo-Young won by decision, 3-2.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Five Hawkeyes are competing in the wrestlebacks in session three, all of them hunting for third place. The points Iowa scores in the consolation bracket will be key in determining if the Hawkeyes win the conference crown.

Here’s the results from the third session of the Big Ten Championships:

Consolation semifinals

133 – Austin DeSanto defeats Travis Piotrowski (Illinois), 3-1

DeSanto picked up an early escape point and then was awarded two stall points to defeat Piotrowski in the consolation semifinals. DeSanto will wrestle Wisconsin’s Seth Gross for third place.

141 – Chad Red (Nebraska) defeats Max Murin, 3-1

Red secured a takedown on Murin 45 seconds into sudden victory to advance to the consolation finals. Murin will finish the tournament in fifth place after Minnesota’s Mitch McKee is no longer competing due to a medical forfeit earlier today.

184 – Abe Assad defeats Max Lyon (Purdue), 4-2

Assad countered and secured a shot for a takedown in the second sudden victory period. Assad advanced to the consolation finals and will take on Nebraska’s Taylor Venz for third place.

197 – Jacob Warner defeats Lucas Davison (Northwestern), 9-3

Warner used a few takedowns and riding time to defeat Davison. Warner will wrestle Penn State’s Shakur Rasheed for third place.

285 – Tony Cassioppi defeats David Jensen (Nebraska), pin

Cassioppi was the first Iowa wrestler to produce a highlight-reel worthy match on Sunday. The heavyweight countered when Jensen picked up his leg and rolled through to finish the pin. He advances to the third place match.

What’s next

Iowa will have four wrestlers in the finals and four going for third place in the final session of the 2020 Big Ten Wrestling Championships.

Max Murin is locked into fifth place after a medical forfeit by Minnesota’s Mitch McKee.

Here are the matchups:


125 – Spencer Lee vs. Devin Schroder (Purdue)

149 – Pat Lugo vs. Sammy Sasso (Ohio State)

165 – Alex Marinelli vs. Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)

174 – Michael Kemerer vs. Mark Hall (Penn State)

Third-place matches

133 – Austin DeSanto vs. Seth Gross (Wisconsin)

184 – Abe Assad vs. Taylor Venz (Nebraska)

197 – Jacob Warner vs. Shakur Rasheed (Penn State)

285 – Tony Cassioppi vs. Trent Hillger (Wisconsin)

Team standings

  1. Iowa – 140.5
  2. Nebraska – 125
  3. Ohio State – 103
  4. Penn State – 99
  5. Purdue – 82
  6. Michigan – 72
  7. Northwestern – 69.5
  8. Wisconsin – 61.5
  9. Minnesota – 58.5
  10. Michigan State – 57
  11. Illinois – 48
  12. Rutgers – 25.5
  13. Indiana – 11.5
  14. Maryland – 0
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