Lee Earns Finals Berth, 6 Hawkeyes in All-America Round

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  1. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -- University of Iowa sophomore Spencer Lee defeated Oklahoma State’s Nick Piccininni, 11-4, on Friday night to advance to the finals of the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships in PPG Paints Arena.

    Lee, the No. 3 seed at 125, led from start to finish against No. 2 Piccininni. He scored takedowns in the first, second, and third periods, and added two nearfall points and one minute, six seconds of riding time.

    “My coaches said to keep scoring. I think that resonated in my head,” said Lee. “I got a couple more shots, and I wasn't backing up and focused on what he was doing. I was focused on my ability to score points and to continue to keep that action going.”

    Lee’s finals appearance marks the 30th consecutive year Iowa has put at least one wrestler in the NCAA finals. Lee won the 125-pound title last season. He is attempting to become Iowa’s first two-time champ since Matt McDonough won the 125-pound title in 2010 and 2012. Lee will wrestle No. 5 Jack Mueller from Virginia.

    “The next big thing will be tomorrow,” Lee said.

    Lee was one of two Hawkeye semifinalists. Sophomore Kaleb Young, the No. 6 seed at 157, dropped a 5-3 decision to Nebraska’s No. 2 Tyler Berger. Young will wrestle in the consolation semifinals Saturday morning.

    The Hawkeyes were 5-5 on the backside of the bracket Friday night, sending four more wrestlers into the medal round and guaranteeing six podium finishes, the most since 2016. Iowa has had at least five All-Americans in six straight seasons and 11 times in head coach Tom Brands’ 13 years.

    Austin DeSanto won a pair of matches at 133 and will wrestle in Saturday’s consolation semifinals. Pat Lugo, Alex Marinelli, and Jacob Warner were all 1-1 in wrestle-backs. All three compete for seventh place Saturday.

    Max Murin and Sam Stoll saw their tournaments end after dropping decisions in the Round of 12.

    The Hawkeyes are in fourth place with 68 points heading into the final day of the tournament. Penn State leads the team race with 120.5 points. Ohio State is in second with 88.5. Oklahoma State is in third with 73.5.

    The NCAA Championships continue Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT). ESPNU and WatchESPN are providing television and online coverage of the medal rounds.


    125 - #3 Spencer Lee dec. #2 Nick Piccininni (OKST), 11-4

    157 - #2 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. #6 Kaleb Young (Iowa), 5-3


    133 - #7 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) major dec. #13 Austin Gomez (IAST), 16-5

    141 - #16 Chad Red (NEB) dec. #22 Max Murin (Iowa), 4-1

    149 - #10 Pat Lugo (Iowa) dec. #20 Tommy Thorn (MINN), 4-0

    165 - #1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) dec. #6 Logan Massa (MICH), 5-3

    197 - #5 Jacob Warner (Iowa) dec. #10 Tom Sleight (VT), 6-2

    285 - #10 Youssif Hemida (MARY) dec. #28 Sam Stoll (Iowa), 7-4


    133 - #7 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) dec. #6 Ethan Lizak (MINN), 4-2

    149 - #3 Mitch Finesilver (Duke) dec. #10 Pat Lugo (Iowa), 6-3

    165 - #5 Chance Marstellar (Lock Haven) dec. #1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa), 9-6

    197 - #16 Josh Hokit (FS) dec. #5 Jacob Warner (Iowa), 5-4


    125 - #3 Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. #5 Jack Mueller (UVA)


    133 - #7 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) vs. #5 Luke Pletcher (OSU)

    157 - #6 Kaleb Young (Iowa) vs. #4 Alec Panteleo (MICH)


    149 - #10 Pat Lugo (Iowa) vs. #8 Jarrett Degen (IAST)

    165 - #1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) vs. #11 Bryce Steiert (UNI)

    197 - #5 Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs. #9 Benjamin Honis (Cornell)


    1. Penn State 120.5

    2. Ohio State 88.5

    3. Oklahoma St. 73.5

    4. IOWA 68

    5. Missouri 54

    6. Cornell 52

    7. Nebraska 51

    8. Michigan 48

    9. Minnesota 48

    10. Virginia Tech 45
  2. HawksMN

    HawksMN Well-Known Member

    I thought Lee would get to annihilate Rivera in the final. Then I saw it wasn't Rivera. What happened to that wuss?
  3. phdsvp

    phdsvp Well-Known Member

    Iowa can't even finish in the top 3 as a team. But I'm sure Brands will have some angry stuff to say about his team crapping the bed in the big spot again, like usual.
  4. ssckelley

    ssckelley Well-Known Member

    I'm shocked that Marinelli is wrestling for 7th place.
  5. The Big LeHAWKski

    The Big LeHAWKski Well-Known Member

    The next two years we will be right there to challenge PSU.
    If you're that negative about our team and coach just leave & go join the bandwagon at PeddoState
    Keep in mind how young this team is (JUST ONE Sr)and also keep in mind the talent returning and what is coming to Iowa City next season.
  6. ClintonIAfan

    ClintonIAfan Well-Known Member

    Pedo State should be immediately disqualified, no organization that condones and covers up pedophilia should be allowed to compete in NCAA wrestling.

    Also, ignore the trolls in here. They are just jealous clown fans, who’s wrestling team is not even in the top 10.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
  7. ClintonIAfan

    ClintonIAfan Well-Known Member

    Great win for Desanto!!!

  8. ClintonIAfan

    ClintonIAfan Well-Known Member

    Young with the takedown in overtime!

  9. ClintonIAfan

    ClintonIAfan Well-Known Member

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    ClintonIAfan Well-Known Member

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    ClintonIAfan Well-Known Member

  12. #1DieHardHawk

    #1DieHardHawk Well-Known Member

    All in all, about what I expected, though it's hard not to be disappointed in Marinelli and Lugo. In fairness to Marinelli, Mekhi Lewis was way under-seeded. Very talented wrestler.

    Lugo's match with Micah Jordan was very frustrating. Jordan's good but very beatable. Lugo slept-walked the entire match. I don't even recall him taking a shot. I'd like to see Lugo try to drop down to 141 next season, especially with Murin disappointing.

    We'll be better next season with Kemerer coming back, and adding Nelson Brands, but we've got to get 141 figured out.
  13. ShockHawk22

    ShockHawk22 Well-Known Member

    What class does brands go into?
  14. #1DieHardHawk

    #1DieHardHawk Well-Known Member

    He is redshirting this year so technically he would be '18 with four to go as a rFR next season.
  15. ClintonIAfan

    ClintonIAfan Well-Known Member

    Iowa will be going into next season with 7 all Americans! It’s going great team. Every starter is back outside of heavyweight, but there is a lot of experience there too due to injuries.
  16. ShockHawk22

    ShockHawk22 Well-Known Member

    Sorry I wasn’t specific, what weight class would he go?
  17. #1DieHardHawk

    #1DieHardHawk Well-Known Member

    Tough question. Ideally, he'd be at 157 where I think he'd have a decent chance at starting, but, if he can't cut to that weight, he'd probably end up stuck behind Marinelli at 165.