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Iowa’s 125-pound Spencer Lee grapples with Nebraska’s Liam Cronin during a wrestling dual meet between No. 1 Iowa and No. 6 Nebraska at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. No. 1 Lee defeated No. 11 Cronin by tech fall in 1:21, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Cornhuskers, 31-6.

Hawkeye wrestlers ready for return to mat

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter March 2, 2021

While most Iowans and Midwesterners hunkered down in February to avoid plummeting winter temperatures, some Iowa wrestlers bundled up and embraced the frigid air. At that time, the wrestling room...

Iowa’s 165-pound Alex Marinelli grapples with Nebraska’s Peyton Robb during a wrestling dual meet between No. 1 Iowa and No. 6 Nebraska at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. No. 2 Marinelli defeated No. 18 Robb by decision, 9-3, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Cornhuskers, 31-6.

Iowa wrestling returns to limited in-person activities, dual against Northwestern postponed

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor February 15, 2021

The Iowa wrestling team has returned to limited in-person activities, it was announced Monday. The return comes after a seven-day pause because of positive COVID-19 tests within the program. Out...

Iowa’s 125-pound Spencer Lee grapples with Nebraska’s Liam Cronin during a wrestling dual meet between No. 1 Iowa and No. 6 Nebraska at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. No. 1 Lee defeated No. 11 Cronin by tech fall in 1:21, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Cornhuskers, 31-6.

By the numbers | No. 1 Iowa wrestling’s dominant start to season

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor February 10, 2021

Through five duals, the No. 1 Iowa wrestling team has kept its top ranking for the entire 2021 season. The 5-0 Hawkeyes have outscored opponents, 166-48. Iowa’s biggest margin of victory in the...

Iowa's 285-pound Tony Cassioppi grapples with Nebraska's  David Jensen during session two of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament in Piscataway, NJ on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Cassioppi won by fall in 2:55.

Cassioppi collects Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week honor

Austin Hanson, Sports Editor February 9, 2021

Hawkeye heavyweight Tony Cassioppi has been named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week, per a Tuesday morning release. The 285-pound Roscoe, Illinois, native split the weekly award with Ohio State's Sammy...

Iowa head coach Tom Brands yells during a wrestling dual meet between Iowa and Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskers, 26-6.

Iowa wrestling pauses in-person activities

Austin Hanson, Sports Editor February 8, 2021

Per a release, Hawkeye wrestling paused all team related in-person activities at the direction of the University of Iowa medical team Monday. The decision comes in response to positive COVID-19 test...

Iowa’s 285-pound Tony Cassioppi wrestles Wisconsin’s Trent Hillger during a wrestling match between No.1 Iowa and No. 6 Wisconsin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Cassioppi won by decision, 3-2, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Badgers, 32-3. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

No. 1 Hawkeyes sweep triangular meet in West Lafayette

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter February 7, 2021

On Jan. 22, when Iowa battled Minnesota, Hawkeye heavyweight Tony Cassioppi – the third-ranked wrestler at that weight nationally – was defeated by No. 1 Gable Steveson via major decision. After...

Iowa’s 174-pound Michael Kemerer grapples with Illinois’ DJ Shannon during a wrestling dual meet between Iowa and Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. No. 1 Kemerer defeated No. 26 Shannon by major decision, 10-2, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini, 36-6.

Michael Kemerer and Iowa wrestling ready for two duals Sunday

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor February 4, 2021

After missing Iowa’s first dual of the season with an injury, Michael Kemerer came back to the mat in dominating fashion. The 174-pounder’s first match of the season was against No. 16 Jake...

Iowa coaches Terry (left) and Tom Brands gesture toward the officials during a wrestling dual meet between Iowa and Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskers, 26-6.

Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands tests positive for COVID-19

Robert Read, Pregame Editor February 4, 2021

University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands has tested positive for COVID-19, the Hawkeye wrestling program announced Thursday morning. Brands tested positive during his regularly scheduled rapid...

Iowa’s 141-pound Jaydin Eierman grapples with Nebraska’s Chad Red, Jr. during a wrestling dual meet between No. 1 Iowa and No. 6 Nebraska at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. No. 1 Eierman defeated No. 7 Red by decision, 8-4, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Cornhuskers, 31-6.

Eierman finding rhythm in return to collegiate competition

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter February 3, 2021

Jaydin Eierman was a three-time All-American at Missouri before taking an Olympic redshirt year and then transferring to Iowa ahead of the 2020-21 season. In his year away from college wrestling,...

Iowa’s 141-pound Jaydin Eierman grapples with Illinois’ Dylan Duncan during a wrestling dual meet between Iowa and Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. No. 1 Eierman defeated No. 13 Duncan by tech fall in 6:05, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini, 36-6.

Eierman, Hawkeyes overpower Fighting Illini

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter January 31, 2021

Before his bout against No. 11 Zach Braunagel of Illinois, 184-pound Nelson Brands walked to the mat as Kesha’s hit song “We R Who We R” pulsated out of the speakers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Although...

Iowa’s 133-pound Austin DeSanto grapples with Illinois’ Lucas Byrd during a wrestling dual meet between Iowa and Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. No. 4 Austin DeSanto defeated No. 23 Lucas Byrd by major decision, 18-6, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini, 36-6.

DeSanto stays hot as No. 1 Iowa fends off No. 9 Illinois

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor January 31, 2021

Coming into Sunday’s dual against Illinois, Iowa’s Austin DeSanto had outscored his opponents, 42-8, on the season, providing a nice follow-up act to 125-pounder Spencer Lee at each meet. DeSanto...

Iowa’s 174-pound Michael Kemerer grapples with Illinois’ DJ Shannon during a wrestling dual meet between Iowa and Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. No. 1 Kemerer defeated No. 26 Shannon by major decision, 10-2, and the Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini, 36-6.

No. 1 Iowa wrestling vs No. 9 Illinois

Shivansh Ahuja, Senior Photojournalist January 31, 2021

No. 1 Iowa continued its streak of dominance on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, downing No. 9 Illinois, 36-6. Hawkeye Alex Marinelli sat out the contest in accordance to COVID-19 guidelines, so sophomore...

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