Hawkeyes Blank Hoosiers, 41-0

By Chris Brewer, Athletics Communications

Michael Kemerer (Iowa) won in sudden victory - 1 over Joseph Smith (Oklahoma State) (SV-1 7-1)

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana -- The top-ranked University of Iowa team defeated Indiana 41-0 on Friday night in Wilkinson Hall, sweeping all 10 bouts and scoring bonus points in four weight classes, including falls from Alex Marinelli, Tony Cassioppi, and Austin DeSanto, and a 15-0 technical fall from Spencer Lee.

Iowa led 18-0 at intermission. Pat Lugo and Kaleb Young opened the dual with consecutive decisions, and Marinelli made it 12-0 with his team-high sixth fall of the season. He scored three takedowns in the first, one more in the second, and ended it in the third with his newly patented “sugar bull.”

Michael Kemerer and Abe Assad followed with decisions at 174 and 184. Kemerer won 9-6 in his first mat action since Dec. 8. Assad, fresh of a runner-up finish at Midlands, won 6-2 in his college debut.

The second half opened with an 8-3 decision from Jacob Warner at 197, and closed with a 6-0 shutout from Max Murin at 141.

Somewhere in between, the Hawkeyes needed just six minutes, 18 seconds to get through 285, 125, and 133. Cassioppi registered a fall in 20 seconds at 285. Lee followed with a 15-0 technical fall in three minutes, 16 seconds at 125, and DeSanto ended the 133 bout with a fall in two minutes, 42 seconds.


Freshman Abe Assad made his official collegiate debut. He became the fourth Hawkeye in the Tom Brands era to wrestling as a true
freshman, and just the second to wrestle in his first year removed from high school (Spencer Lee, 2018). Nathan Burak (2013) and Justin Stickley (2017) wrestled as true freshmen but both deferred college enrollment by one year after graduating high school.

Spencer Lee (15-0), Austin DeSanto (9-0), Alex Marinelli (19-0), and Tony Cassioppi (2-0) are undefeated in their careers in Big Ten duals.

Lugo improved to 11-0 and extended his career-high win streak to 11.

Alex Marinelli improved to 11-0 with his team-high sixth pin of the season. He has pinned six of his last eight opponents.

Tony Cassioppi’s fall in 20 seconds is a career best and the fastest of any Hawkeye this season.

Spencer Lee improved to 7-0 with seven bonus-point wins.

Austin DeSanto notched his ninth win of the season, and seventh bonus-point win.

Max Murin improved to 9-0, extending his career-long winning streak.

Iowa returns to the mat Sunday at No. 18 Purdue. The Hawkeyes and Boilermakers meet at 3 p.m. (CT) at Holloway Gymnasium.

#1 IOWA 41, Indiana 0
149 -- #1 Pat Lugo (IA) dec. Graham Rooks (IND), 10-6
157 -- #6 Kaleb Young (IA) dec. Fernando Silva (IND), 11-4
165 -- #2 Alex Marinelli (IA) pinned David Tunon (IND), 5:34
174 -- #3 Michael Kemerer (IA) dec. Jacob Covaciu (IND), 9-6
184 -- Abe Assad (IA) Jake Hinz (IND), 6-2
197 -- #5 Jacob Warner (IA) Nick Willham (IND), 8-3
285 -- #4 Tony Cassioppi (IA) pinned Rudy Streck (IND), 0:20
125 -- #1 Spencer Lee (IA) tech. fall Liam Cronin (IND), 15-0
133 -- #2 Austin DeSanto (IA) pinned Jonathan Moran (IND), 2:42
141 -- #7 Max Murin (IA) Eddie Bolivar (IND), 6-0