Team USA is currently having a training camp out in Arizona, and it was there that Matt McDonough won his wrestle off with Nahshon Garrett to claim the University 57 KG team spot. Flowrestling’s Christian Pyles is out in Arizona, and it was him that landed the great interview with Tony Ramos calling all lightweights to Iowa City, as it is easily the best place in the nation. If you need proof just look at the four World Team wrestlers the Hawkeye Wrestling Club currently boasts.

Pyles was also able to get some videos from Day 2 of the Training Camp at Arizona State University, and the first video that jumps out at you is probably watching Brent Metcalf do live goes with Fredy Stroker followed closely by the pair working on single leg finishes. The first thing that comes to mind is that Fredy is looking healthy (if you remember he needed knee surgery after he finished winning his state title last February). The second thing that comes to mind is Stroker working with Metcalf, can only help the chances of him committing to the University of Iowa. After all Ramos is calling all lightweight’s to Iowa City, not just guys who want to wrestle 125.

Also, just saying, I tweeted this out yesterday:

One of those favorites was Fredy Stroker…again just saying.

The final two videos of interest to Iowa fans would be Ramos and Metcalf doing “30 seconds of offense” and then Ramos and Metcalf working go behinds.

Also going on out West is the Junior freestyle and Greco-Roman duals are going on in Oklahoma. Quite a few prominent Iowa high school wrestlers participating in the action, including Cadet National Champions Jake Marnin and Drew West, and Iowa recruits Logan Ryan and Mitch Bowman. Today’s competition features Iowa’s Greco-Roman team, and Iowa was able to cruise to a 63-6 first round pool victory over Team Georgia Red.

In the next match Team Iowa faced off against Team Missouri and needed to pull of a Matt McDonough-esce comeback. Iowa started out down 13-5 after the first four matches (one of those wins was ISU recruit Colston DiBlasi 12-2 TF over Josh Davis), and needed big wins to come from the upperweights. Iowa bound Mitch Bowman (182) and Jake Marnin (HWT) helped lead the charge, as Iowa stormed back to tie the dual at 16-16 heading into the lightweights. After dropping matches at 100 and 106, Drew West (113) and Nolan Hellickson (120) both picked up falls to put Iowa back on top 31-24. Iowa ended in a close victory 35-34 and will be in the Pool B finals. If you are a Flo Pro subscriber you can watch the Junior Duals on their website.

Team Iowa will have both a Red and a Blue team for the freestyle duals. (Pulled from

Weight   Name  Grade
100 Aguirre, Alex  9
100 Hutchinson, Spencer  9
106 Keller, Josh  9
113 Rohweder, Tanner  11
113 West, Drew  9
120 Hellickson, Nolan  11
126 Glynn, Paul  11
132 Walters, Chris  12
138 Glosser, Jaren  11
145 Ryan, Logan  12
152 Straw, Chase  11
160 Steiert, Bryce  11
170 Derifield, Spencer  12
182 Wilcke, Cash  11
182 Bowman, Mitch  12
195 Doyle, Donovan  10
220 Isley, Carter  10
285 Marnin, Jacob  11

Weight  Name  Grade
100 Hutchinson, Spencer 9
100 Aguirre, Alex 9
106 McCain, Duncan 9
113 West, Bryce 9
113 West, Drew 9
120 Rathbun, Brock 10
120 Baker, Brenden 10
126 Ajram, Noah 11
132 Hauder, Rees 11
132 Rohweder, Carter 9
138 Clingenpeel, Colton 10
138 Meyer, Blake 11
145 Meyer, Aaron 11
152 Davis, Josh 11
160 Jennings, Brady 11
160 Juhl, Jake 11
170 Fingalsen, Kegen 11
182 Abernathy, Corey 12
195 Ware, John 11
285 Heeren, Tanner 10


By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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