Lee wins NCAA title – Hawkeyes Finish Fourth

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Add another title to the ever growing list of accomplishments for Spencer Lee, as the Iowa sophomore blanked Virginia’s Jack Mueller 5-0 in the 125-pound NCAA finals. Lee’s finals appearance extended Iowa’s streak with having a NCAA finalist to 30 years and is the third straight season in which the Hawks have crowned a national champion.

Joining Lee on the podium were five other teammates: Austin DeSanto (133), Pat Lugo (149), Kaleb Young (157), Alex Marinelli (165), and Jacob Warner (197). It’s the most All-Americans in a single season since 2016 for Tom Brands. All six All-Americans will return next season.

Overall the team will bring home a fourth place trophy finishing behind team champions Penn State, runner-up Ohio State, and Okalhoma State. The Hawkeyes outpaced Big Ten foe Michigan by 13.5 points in order to claim the last team trophy slot.*

(*Cornell’s Max Dean could push the Big Red past Michigan for the fifth place team finish)

Last year was a historic moment for Lee as he became the first true freshman to win a NCAA title since Lincoln McIlravy won his title back in 1993. In winning his second title he becomes the first wrestler to win two titles since Matt McDonough won his second title at 125 pounds in 2012.

125

Spencer Lee (23-3) placed 1st and scored 24.5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Spencer Lee (Iowa) 23-3 won by tech fall over Bryce West (Northern Illinois) 16-16 (TF-1.5 6:27 (18-0))
Champ. Round 2 – Spencer Lee (Iowa) 23-3 won by major decision over Sean Fausz (NC State) 14-4 (MD 10-1)
Quarterfinal – Spencer Lee (Iowa) 23-3 won by fall over Sean Russell (Minnesota) 28-6 (Fall 5:59)
Semifinal – Spencer Lee (Iowa) 23-3 won by decision over Nicholas Piccininni (Oklahoma State) 34-2 (Dec 11-4)
1st Place Match – Spencer Lee (Iowa) 23-3 won by decision over Jack Mueller (Virginia) 21-1 (Dec 5-0)

133

Austin DeSanto (23-6) placed 5th and scored 13.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 23-6 won by disqualification over Codi Russell (Appalachian State) 21-12 (DQ)
Champ. Round 2 – Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 23-6 won by decision over Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) 25-7 (Dec 7-2)
Quarterfinal – Stevan Micic (Michigan) 19-1 won by decision over Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 23-6 (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Round 4 – Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 23-6 won by major decision over Austin Gomez (Iowa State) 24-7 (MD 16-5)
Cons. Round 5 – Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 23-6 won in sudden victory – 1 over Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) 32-7 (SV-1 4-2)
Cons. Semi – Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) 27-7 won by decision over Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 23-6 (Dec 7-6)
5th Place Match – Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 23-6 won by decision over John Erneste (Missouri) 22-7 (Dec 11-6)

141

Max Murin (17-10) place is unknown and scored 2.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Max Murin (Iowa) 17-10 won by decision over Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) 26-11 (Dec 3-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Max Murin (Iowa) 17-10 won by decision over Michael Carr (Illinois) 14-7 (Dec 4-3)
Quarterfinal – Nick Lee (Penn State) 31-4 won by decision over Max Murin (Iowa) 17-10 (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Round 4 – Chad Red (Nebraska) 22-14 won by decision over Max Murin (Iowa) 17-10 (Dec 4-1)

149

Pat Lugo (23-10) placed 8th and scored 5.5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 won by decision over Joshua Maruca (Arizona State) 17-14 (Dec 5-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 won in sudden victory – 2 over Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) 17-16 (SV-2 4-2)
Quarterfinal – Micah Jordan (Ohio State) 29-3 won by decision over Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 (Dec 10-3)
Cons. Round 4 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 won by decision over Thomas Thorn (Minnesota) 21-12 (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 5 – Mitch Finesilver (Duke) 33-5 won by decision over Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 (Dec 6-3)
7th Place Match – Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) 29-8 won by decision over Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 (Dec 11-9)

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Kaleb Young (24-7) placed 5th and scored 12.5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 won by tech fall over Dan Reed (Columbia) 28-10 (TF-1.5 3:47 (16-1))
Champ. Round 2 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 won by major decision over Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) 21-11 (MD 14-2)
Quarterfinal – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 won in sudden victory – 1 over Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) 33-7 (SV-1 7-5)
Semifinal – Tyler Berger (Nebraska) 28-3 won by decision over Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Semi – Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) 24-8 won by decision over Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 (Dec 6-2)
5th Place Match – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 won in sudden victory – 1 over Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) 33-7 (SV-1 7-5)

165

Alex Marinelli (27-2) placed 7th and scored 7.5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 27-2 won by decision over Joseph Smith (Oklahoma State) 21-8 (Dec 7-4)
Champ. Round 2 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 27-2 won by major decision over Thomas Bullard (NC State) 21-10 (MD 12-4)
Quarterfinal – Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) 27-2 won by decision over Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 27-2 (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Round 4 – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 27-2 won by decision over Logan Massa (Michigan) 23-7 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 5 – Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) 28-3 won by decision over Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 27-2 (Dec 9-6)
7th Place Match – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 27-2 won by decision over Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) 26-10 (Dec 9-3)

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Cash Wilcke (23-8) place is unknown and scored 2.5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) 23-8 won by decision over Nick Gravina (Rutgers) 6-5 (Dec 3-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Maxwell Dean (Cornell) 25-5 won in sudden victory – 1 over Cash Wilcke (Iowa) 23-8 (SV-1 6-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) 23-8 won by major decision over Mason Reinhardt (Wisconsin) 22-15 (MD 8-0)
Cons. Round 3 – Emery Parker (Illinois) 23-5 won by fall over Cash Wilcke (Iowa) 23-8 (Fall 5:23)

197

Jacob Warner (22-6) placed 7th and scored 7.5 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) 22-6 won by decision over Drew Phipps (Bucknell) 25-12 (Dec 9-8)
Champ. Round 2 – Thomas Lane (Cal Poly) 22-13 won in sudden victory – 1 over Jacob Warner (Iowa) 22-6 (SV-1 4-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) 22-6 won by major decision over Joshua Roetman (Navy) 26-12 (MD 9-1)
Cons. Round 3 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) 22-6 won by decision over Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) 20-14 (Dec 10-6)
Cons. Round 4 – Jacob Warner (Iowa) 22-6 won by decision over Tom Sleigh (Virginia Tech) 23-8 (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Round 5 – Josh Hokit (Fresno State) 27-8 won by decision over Jacob Warner (Iowa) 22-6 (Dec 5-4)
7th Place Match – Jacob Warner (Iowa) 22-6 won by decision over Benjamin Honis (Cornell) 23-7 (Dec 8-4)

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Sam Stoll (11-7) place is unknown and scored 2.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 – Sam Stoll (Iowa) 11-7 won by decision over Mason Parris (Michigan) 32-9 (Dec 8-5)
Champ. Round 2 – Sam Stoll (Iowa) 11-7 won by decision over Conan Jennings (Northwestern) 20-12 (Dec 1-0)
Quarterfinal – Jordan Wood (Lehigh) 25-5 won by decision over Sam Stoll (Iowa) 11-7 (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 4 – Youssif Hemida (Maryland) 21-9 won by decision over Sam Stoll (Iowa) 11-7 (Dec 7-4)

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