IOWA CITY, Iowa - Four University of Iowa wrestlers are on the top line of the 2021 Big Ten Championships pre-seeds released Tuesday by the conference office.
Spencer Lee (125), Jaydin Eierman (141), Alex Marinelli (165) and Michael Kemerer (174) are all seeded No. 1 at their respective weight classes for the 2021 Big Ten Championships set for Saturday and Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Iowa’s four top seeds lead the conference. Penn State (2) is the only other school that received more than one. The Hawkeyes also picked up three No. 2 seeds, more than any other school. They include Austin DeSanto (133), Max Murin (141) and Kaleb Young (157).
Jacob Warner (197) and Tony Cassioppi (285) are both seeded third. Nelson Brands is the No. 9 seed at 184.
Iowa won the 2020 Big Ten Championships and has 36 team conference titles, more than twice as many as the next school (Illinois, 17). Lee and Marinelli are defending Big Ten champions. Marinelli is a two-time defending champion seeking to become the 19th Hawkeye in program history to win three conference titles.
The complete tournament brackets and official seeds will be released Friday afternoon following the Big Ten Conference coaches meeting. For more information on the 2021 Big Ten Wrestling Championships visit bigten.org.
Iowa Pre-Seeds | 2021 Big Ten Championships
125 #1 Spencer Lee
133 #2 Austin DeSanto
141 #1 Jaydin Eierman
149 #2 Max Murin
157 #2 Kaleb Young
165 #1 Alex Marinelli
174 #1 Michael Kemerer
184 #9 Nelson Brands
197 #3 Jacob Warner
285 #3 Tony Cassioppi
STEPPING UP FOR WOMEN'S HOOPS
Former Hawkeye letterwinner P. Sue Beckwith, MD, makes a transformational gift to endow Iowa’s head women’s basketball coaching position, a first for the Big Ten Conference.
Beckwith has made one of the most significant contributions in the history of UI women’s athletics—a total gift of $7 million, which will endow the Iowa women’s basketball head coaching position and continue to grow the P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Black and Golden Opportunities Fund, which provides annual support to all of Iowa’s women’s sports.
In recognition of Beckwith’s transformational support, current head coach Lisa Bluder and all future head women’s basketball coaches will hold the title of P. Sue Beckwith, MD, Head Women’s Basketball Coach. This leadership gift means Beckwith has now given nearly $9 million to Iowa women’s athletics.
Gary Barta, Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair:
“Sue’s professional accomplishments, personal drive, and philanthropic commitment is truly an inspiring example of a lifelong and loyal Hawkeye. I’m grateful to be able to call her a friend. Her dedication to athletics is inspiring other female philanthropists to give back in their own way here at Iowa.”
P. Sue Beckwith, MD:
“Iowa has a tremendous legacy of coaches, and today, Lisa Bluder and her staff continue to exemplify our rich tradition of women’s basketball. My experiences are one of the reasons I feel so strongly about athletics—the lessons it teaches us. Iowa was such a formative time for me—learning teamwork and time management, overcoming adversity, and gaining self-confidence and self-control. Coach Bluder recruits very high character kids who work tremendously hard. They perform well on the court, get good grades, and do good things off the court. Coach Bluder provides an environment that breeds success.
Athletics is the vehicle—the arena—for us to learn life lessons. A successful program is going to help that cause, but what is really important to me is the environment provided for student-athletes to come in, grow, and become tremendous citizens. It was important for me that a portion of my giving supports all programs. Although basketball is the most visible, student-athletes in all sports have the same passion, work equally hard, make similar sacrifice, display awesome talent, and reap the same benefits through their athletic endeavors.”
Lisa Bluder, Head Women’s Basketball Coach:
“Sue is a passionate and ardent supporter of Iowa women’s basketball and all of our Hawkeye women’s sports teams. Sue, as an alumna of this program, has made a difference within Iowa women’s basketball through her involvement and her philanthropic contributions. For me, this is truly a great day to be a Hawkeye.”
Barbara Burke, Deputy Director of Athletics, Seniors Women’s Administrator:
“We’re so thankful for Sue’s support and friendship. Her leadership on behalf of all of our student-athletes is an inspiration. This gift commitment and her vision creates an immediate and long-term impact on our women’s basketball program.”
CAITLIN CLARK NAISMITH SEMIFINALIST
University of Iowa freshman Caitlin Clark was named a 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Player of the Year Award semifinalist, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday.
The list of semifinalists includes 11 student-athletes, including three underclassmen, Clark, South Carolina’s sophomore Aliyah Boston, and UConn’s freshman Paige Bueckers. The Big Ten conference is represented by Clark and Michigan’s Naz Hillmon. The list also includes Charli Collier (Texas), Elissa Cunane (NC State), Dana Evans (Louisville), Rhyne Howard (Kentucky), Aari McDonald (Arizona), Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA), and NaLyssa Smith (Baylor).
Clark leads the nation in total points, recording 564 on the season. She ranks second in total assists (149), assists per game (7.1), points per game (26.9), 3-pointers made (82), triple doubles (1), and 3-point field goal attempts (202).
The West Des Moines, Iowa, native ranks in the top-50, nationally, in seven additional statistical categories, including third in field goals made (188) and 3-pointers per game (3.9), eighth in field goal attempts (394), 17th in free throws made (106), 28th in free throw attempts (125), 44th in 3-point percentage (40.6), and 45th in free-throw percentage (84.8).
Clark has also been named a Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year Award finalist, a Dawn Staley Late Season Watch List honoree, and a World Exposure Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Year semifinalist.
Clark and the Hawkeyes travel to Bloomington, Indiana, to take on the No. 10/11 Hoosiers on Wednesday, March 3 inside Assembly Hall. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Big Ten Network.