Hawkeyes at Joe Parisi Open

The Hawkeyes sent 11 wrestlers to the Joe Parisi Open this past weekend, and of that group eight of those wrestlers placed in the top six, with two Hawkeyes winning titles.

Highlighting the Freshman/Sophomore division was Mitch Bowman, who finished second in the 184 weight class. Bowman’s biggest win was over instate rival Adam Drain of UNI, with a 3-1 OT victory.

In the Open division, the Hawkeyes had varying levels of success. In the 141 weight class, Iowa had a pair of finishes in Logan Ryan and Seth Gross. Ryan placed 6th, with two of his losses coming to Oklahoma State wrestlers, and the final defeat coming at the hands of Tyler Willers of UNI. Gross tore through his side of the bracket, starting off with a pair of falls and then a dominating 20-5 technical fall performance over Willers. In the finals he lost to Dean Heil of Oklahoma State. This was the first true open tournament for Gross and with those results it’s easy to see that the high school national champion has a bright future for Iowa.

Everyone was looking forward to the 149 battle that was supposed to take place this weekend, and we got to see two Iowa matchups and maybe a decision is starting to emerge for Brands. With Topher Carton getting the nod at the Iowa City duals, Brody Grothus, Brandon Sorensen, and Edwin Cooper were sent to hash things out down in Missouri. Grothus won the the Luther open battle between the trio, so he earned the #1 overall seed. A win here would go a long way in validating his status as the starter. Things don’t always work out the way they are supposed to, as he lost to Terrel Wilbourn in his semifinal match robbing him at a chance to defend his title against Sorensen.

Sorensen led the way, winning the weight class, picking up a victory over Cooper 3-1 to reach the finals. On the backside Grothus earned his second victory of the season over Cooper, by pinning him in the first. Considering Brands stressed that he needs to see consistency from all of his wrestlers at this year’s preseason press conference, you have to wonder if Sorensen will get the nod on Saturday against Iowa State.

One of the biggest surprises of the day was Alex Meyer bringing home the 174 title. Meyer is the perfect backup, because if called upon, Meyer could step into the lineup and be one of the top wrestlers in division one wrestling. Meyer cemented that thought when he took out Oklahoma State backup Crutchmer, and then defeated starter Jordan Rodgers 11-10 to bring home the title.

Sam Stoll was the final Hawkeye to place on the day, finishing 3rd in the heaviest class. Stoll’s only loss on the day was to Mellon of Missouri (6-1). Perviously Mellon defeated Stoll 8-3 at the Harold Nichols open earlier this month.

Gold Division (Open) 141 – Seth Gross’s place is 2nd and has scored 19.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Seth Gross (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Seth Gross (Iowa) won by fall over Clifford Ikenberry (Benedictine College) (Fall 0:50)
Quarterfinal – Seth Gross (Iowa) won by fall over Kyle Webb (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Fall 1:08)
Semifinal – Seth Gross (Iowa) won by tech fall over Tyler Willers (Northern Iowa) (TF 20-5)
1st Place Match – Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) won by major decision over Seth Gross (Iowa) (Maj 12-4)

Gold Division (Open) 141 – Logan Ryan’s place is 6th and has scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Logan Ryan (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Logan Ryan (Iowa) won by major decision over Kyle Borders (McKendree University) (Maj 20-7)
Quarterfinal – Logan Ryan (Iowa) won by decision over Joseph Schumacher (Oklahoma State) (Dec 4-2)
Semifinal – Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) won by decision over Logan Ryan (Iowa) (Dec 8-1)
Cons. Semi – David Dolan (Oklahoma State) won by decision over Logan Ryan (Iowa) (Dec 4-3)
5th Place Match – Tyler Willers (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Logan Ryan (Iowa) (Dec 5-1)

Gold Division (Open) 149 – Brody Grothus’s place is 3rd and has scored 21.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brody Grothus (Iowa) won by fall over Peter Tatanish (Liberty University) (Fall 2:56)
Champ. Round 2 – Brody Grothus (Iowa) won by fall over Colt Rogers (Bethany (Kan.)) (Fall 2:16)
Quarterfinal – Brody Grothus (Iowa) won by fall over Dillon Scanlon (Benedictine College) (Fall 0:45)
Semifinal – Terrel Wilbourn (Lindenwood (Mo.)) won in overtime over Brody Grothus (Iowa) (OT 3-1)
Cons. Semi – Brody Grothus (Iowa) won by major decision over Gunner Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa) (Maj 8-0)
3rd Place Match – Brody Grothus (Iowa) won by fall over Edwin Cooper (Iowa) (Fall 0:53)

Gold Division (Open) 149 – Brandon Sorensen’s place is 1st and has scored 17.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by decision over Gunner Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa) (Dec 10-3)
Quarterfinal – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by tech fall over Tyler Sonnabend (Hannibal-LaGrange (MO)) (TF 18-2)
Semifinal – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by decision over Edwin Cooper (Iowa) (Dec 3-1)
1st Place Match – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by decision over Terrel Wilbourn (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Dec 4-1)

Gold Division (Open) 149 – Edwin Cooper’s place is 4th and has scored 14.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Edwin Cooper (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Edwin Cooper (Iowa) won by fall over Karsten Van Velsor (Southern Illinois Edwardsville) (Fall 1:39)
Quarterfinal – Edwin Cooper (Iowa) won by fall over Jacob Rubio (Oklahoma) (Fall 2:57)
Semifinal – Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) won by decision over Edwin Cooper (Iowa) (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Semi – Edwin Cooper (Iowa) won by decision over Jacob Ekster (Missouri Valley) (Dec 8-4)
3rd Place Match – Brody Grothus (Iowa) won by fall over Edwin Cooper (Iowa) (Fall 0:53)

Gold Division (Open) 165 – Logan McQuillen’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Logan McQuillen (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) won by major decision over Logan McQuillen (Iowa) (Maj 17-5)
Cons. Round 2 – Diorian Coleman (McKendree University) won by decision over Logan McQuillen (Iowa) (Dec 9-3)

Gold Division (Open) 174 – Burke Paddock’s place is unknown and has scored 3.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Burke Paddock (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Burke Paddock (Iowa) won by major decision over Morgan Fitzgerald (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Maj 12-4)
Quarterfinal – Jordan Rogers (Oklahoma State) won by decision over Burke Paddock (Iowa) (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 4 – Burke Paddock (Iowa) won by decision over Quinten Patterson (Oklahoma State) (Dec 9-6)
Cons. Round 5 – Jake Residori (Southern Illinois Edwardsville) won by decision over Burke Paddock (Iowa) (Dec 9-6)

Gold Division (Open) 174 – Alex Meyer’s place is 1st and has scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Alex Meyer (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Alex Meyer (Iowa) won by decision over Payne Hatter (Ouachita Baptist University) (Dec 12-7)
Quarterfinal – Alex Meyer (Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Crutchmer (Oklahoma State) (Dec 4-3)
Semifinal – Alex Meyer (Iowa) won by decision over Zeb Wahle (Maryville University) (Dec 7-5)
1st Place Match – Alex Meyer (Iowa) won by decision over Jordan Rogers (Oklahoma State) (Dec 11-10)

Gold Division (Open) 285 – Sam Stoll’s place is 3rd and has scored 12.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Sam Stoll (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by decision over Ethan Driver (Oklahoma State) (Dec 7-1)
Quarterfinal – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by decision over Ross Janney (McKendree University) (Dec 3-1)
Semifinal – Devin Mellon (Missouri) won by decision over Sam Stoll (Iowa) (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Semi – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by decision over Josh Pelletier (Liberty University) (Dec 6-2)
3rd Place Match – Sam Stoll (Iowa) won by decision over Donnell Walker (Maryville University) (Dec 4-2)

Black Division (Fresh & Soph) 184 – Mitch Bowman’s place is 2nd and has scored 15.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Mitch Bowman (Iowa) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Mitch Bowman (Iowa) won by tech fall over Khial Jamison (Hannibal-LaGrange (MO)) (TF 15-0)
Quarterfinal – Mitch Bowman (Iowa) won by decision over Spencer Wilson (Bethany (Kan.)) (Dec 6-4)
Semifinal – Mitch Bowman (Iowa) won in overtime over Adam Drain (Northern Iowa) (OT 3-1)
1st Place Match – Dakota Downs (Lincoln College) won by decision over Mitch Bowman (Iowa) (Dec 5-4)

Black Division (Fresh & Soph) 285 – Lance Evans’s place is unknown and has scored 1.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Dalonte Holland (Ellsworth CC) won by decision over Lance Evans (Iowa) (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Round 1 – Lance Evans (Iowa) won by decision over Ben Melton (Maryville University) (Dec 7-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Lance Evans (Iowa) won by decision over Jacob Borgmeyer (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 3 – Jacob Semple (Missouri) won by medical forfeit over Lance Evans (Iowa) (MFF)