Live updates | No. 1 Iowa men’s wrestling kicks off 2021-22 season against Princeton

The Hawkeyes’ national title defense will begin Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7 p.m.


Shivansh Ahuja

Iowa’s 165-pound Alex Marinelli grapples with Oklahoma State’s Travis Wittlake during a wrestling dual meet between No. 1 Iowa and No. 9 Oklahoma State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. No. 2 Marinelli defeated No. 6 Wittlake by decision, 3-2, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Cowboys, 34-6.

Austin Hanson, Sports Editor

The defending NCAA champion Iowa men’s wrestling team’s 2021-22 campaign will begin at 7 p.m. Friday night. The Hawkeyes will take on the 21st-ranked Princeton Tigers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes also enter the 2021-22 season as reigning Big Ten Conference champions.

Spencer Lee, Iowa’s three-time 125-pound national champion, is not slated to compete against the Tigers Friday night. Redshirt freshman Jesse Ybarra is listed in Lee’s place in the Hawkeyes’ probable lineup. Iowa has also yet to announce which wrestler they will trot out at 174 pounds against Princeton. Last year’s 174-pound starter, Michael Kemerer, is back at Iowa for the 2021-22 season, but he is not listed on the Hawkeyes’ probable lineup sheet.

125 POUNDS: Jesse Ybarra (IA) vs. No. 2 Patrick Glory

Ybarra defeats Glory via forfeit.

Iowa takes a 6-0 team lead over Princeton.

133 POUNDS: No. 3 Austin DeSanto (IA) vs. Nick Masters

DeSanto earned a four-point near fall at the end of the first period, claiming a quick 10-2 lead over Masters. DeSanto’s early lead proved insurmountable for Masters. DeSanto won via technical fall, 22-6.

The Hawkeyes lead the Tigers, 11-0.

141 POUNDS: No. 2 Jaydin Eierman (IA) vs. Jacob Mann

Eierman was challenged by the freshman, clinging to a narrow, 4-1 lead after the first period. In period No. 2, Eierman extended his lead to 8-3. In the third frame, Eierman’s lead ballooned to 15-5. “The Riddler” didn’t earn bonus points, however, as Mann earned at late reversal to make the match’s final score 15-7 and avoid a loss via major decision.

149 POUNDS: Cobe Siebrecht (IA) vs. Josh Breeding

Siebrecht defeats Breeding via technical fall 2:34 into the first period.

The Hawkeyes lead the Tigers, 20-0.

157 POUNDS: No. 6 Kaleb Young (IA) vs. No. 7 Quincy Monday

Monday defeated Young in a match that saw neither wrestler lead by more than three points at any time.

Monday’s 8-5 victory over Young got the Tigers on the scoreboard. Iowa still leads Princeton, 20-3.

165 POUNDS: No.2 Alex Marinelli (IA) vs. Grant Cuomo

Marinelli wrestled first after intermission. Through the first period he and Cuomo were tied, 3-3. In the second and third frames, however, Marinelli took control. “The Bull” won, 12-5, but at the end of the match he nearly pinned Cuomo. A fall wasn’t called, as Marinelli couldn’t quite get Cuomo’s back on the mat before the third period clock expired.

Iowa is still in front of Princeton, 23-3.

174 POUNDS: Nelson Brands (IA) vs. Michael Squires

Brands, who traditionally competes at 184-pounds, dropped down a weight class for Iowa Friday night. The 174-pound slot in Iowa’s lineup is traditionally taken up by senior Michael Kemerer.

Brands controlled the matchup with Squires throughout, claiming a 16-8 win.

The Hawkeyes are still on top of the Tigers, 27-3.

184 POUNDS: Myles Wilson (IA) vs. Forrest Belli

Wilson controlled his match with Belli throughout. After building his lead for two periods, Wilson finally ended the match via technical fall.

Wilson’s 23-8 win gave Iowa a 32-3 lead in the dual.

197 POUNDS: Zach Glazier vs. Luke Stout

Stout shut Glazier out in three periods of wrestling. Stout improved his individual record to 4-0 on the season. Glazier is now 3-1.

Stout’s 4-0 win pushed the dual’s team score to 32-6 in favor of the Hawkeyes.

HEAVYWEIGHT: No. 3 Tony Cassioppi vs. Jack Del Garbino

Del Garbino picked up an upset win over Cassioppi Friday night. The 285-pounder pinned Cassioppi in two minutes and seven seconds.

Cassioppi nearly had Del Garbino on his back late in the first period. Del Garbino then dragged Cassioppi toward the boundary. Del Garbino then pinned Cassioppi right on the boundary.

Del Garbino’s pin moved the final match score to 32-12 in favor of the Hawkeyes. Iowa is now 1-0 as a team this season.

This is a developing story. Check back throughout the evening for updates.

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