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Iowa wrestler Brandon Sorensen claims University Nationals freestyle championship in Ohio

Chris Cuellar
Hawk Central
Brandon Sorensen of Iowa, right, seen in a file photo, clinched a University Nationals championship Sunday in Akron, Ohio.

Iowa’s three-time All-American wrestler Brandon Sorensen swept through the 70-kilogram division and clinched a University Nationals championship Sunday in Akron, Ohio.

A 149-pound folkstyle competitor during the NCAA season, Sorensen took top freestyle honors with three wins Saturday and three more Sunday. The Denver-Tripoli alum opened with Kenan Carter in the quarterfinals, Northern Iowa’s Max Thomsen in the semifinals and Utah Valley’s Grant LaMont in the title bout.

The Hawkeyes also got on the podium at 80 kilograms with freshman Kaleb Young. Six other Iowa college competitors placed, as well: Iowa State’s Ian Parker (61 kilos), Markus Simmons (61) and Earl Hall (65), Thomsen and Jacob Holschlag (86) from UNI, and Coe College’s Cole Erickson (70).

Taking place simultaneously in Akron was the UWW Cadet National tournament. Eight Iowa preps placed, but none qualified for the Cadet World Team. Top finishers were Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske (54 kilos) and West Des Moines Valley’s Joel Shapiro (85), both finishing third with their club teams.