IOWA CITY, Iowa— The second-place University of Iowa wrestling team won nine games — seven via bonus points — in a 42-3 win over California Baptist in their season opener on Sunday afternoon at the Mediacom Mat at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes had three falls, two technical falls and two key decisions while enjoying a 36-2 takedown advantage to drive to their first win of the 2022-23 season.
“There were some good performances with some new faces. They did a good job,” said head coach Tom Brands. “We need to move forward and want to put our best lineup on the mat. It’s a lineup that was looking pretty good to me and we still don’t have Real Woods or Spencer Lee on the mat.”
Iowa led 30-0 in their first six games. Junior Cobe Siebrecht pinned Joey Mora with a second remaining in the second period before No. 14 Patrick Kennedy had seven takedowns and a four-point near fall in a 20-5 tech fall win over Mateo De La Pena .
“It was good overall,” said Siebrecht, who completed his fourth double start in his career. “I think I need to start the game better. I could have gotten a few more takedowns in the first one.”
Freshman Drake Rhodes gave the Hawkeyes their third straight bonus point win after scoring a takedown in a 13-4 win over Zach Rowe with three seconds remaining. It was Rhodes’ college and Carver Hawkeye debut.
After No. 10 Abe Assad’s 11-4 decision over Peter Acciardi at 184, Iowa Hammer No. 2 Jacob Warner and No. 4 Tony Cassioppi both recorded first-half losses. Warner dismantled Elijah Sobas in 38 seconds before Cassioppi pinned Christopher Ireland at the 2:13 mark.
After the Lancers won by decision at 125, Iowa finished the duel with three straight wins — a 6-4 decision by Brody Teske at 133 pounds over Hunter Leake, a 16-5 major decision by senior Drew Bennett at 141 and a 24-9 fall technical win by No. 7 Max Murin with 149.
“A lot of question marks were answered and it was a childhood dream to run in this arena,” said Teske. “Now is the time to stay the course, have fun and learn and keep growing and winning games.”
– Drake Rhodes, Brody Teske and Drew Bennett each had their first career wins at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
– Junior Cobe Siebrecht had the first fall of his Hawkeye career.
– Cassioppi’s crash was the 16th of his career in Iowa — the second most on the team.
– Warner’s fall was the third fastest of his career. He has four career falls in under a minute, including a 20-second fall in the 2019-20 season.
The Hawkeyes return to action Thursday, traveling to West Point, New York at 6 p.m. CT to face the Army. The duel will be streamed on FloWrestling.
#2 Iowa 42, California Baptist 3
157 – Cobe Siebrecht (UI) pinned Joey Mora (CBU), 4:59
165 – #14 Patrick Kennedy (UI) tech. fall Mateo De La Pena (CBU), 20-5
174 – Drake Rhodes (UI) Major Dec. Zach Rowe (CBU), 13-4
184 – #10 Abe Assad (UI) Dec. Peter Acciardi (CBU), 11-4
197 – #2 Jacob Warner (UI) pinned Elijah Sobas (CBU) 0:38
285 – #4 Tony Cassioppi (UI) pinned Christopher Ireland (CBU) at 2:13
125 – Elijah Griffin (CBU) Dec. Aidan Harris (UI), 9-4
133 – Brody Teske (UI) Dec. Hunter Leake (CBU), 6-4
141 – Drew Bennett (UI) Major Dec. Edison Alanis (CBU), 16-5
149 – #7 Max Murin (UI) Tech case Chaz Hallmark (CBU), 24-9
Officer: Jason Wedgbury, Jeron Quincy