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Iowa's Tony Cassioppi is very excited to step in and contribute for the Hawkeyes in 2019-20. Cody Goodwin, cgoodwin2@dmreg.com

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IOWA CITY, Ia. — The immediate and long-term future of the Iowa wrestling program is bright, thanks to the coaching staff’s strong recruiting efforts over the last year-and-a-half.

But some of the pieces that have many expecting big things from the Hawkeyes in the coming years are already in the room, and will get their first crack at showcasing their talents this season.

Here, we present a list of wrestlers who are expected to redshirt for Iowa this year. Some of these guys are the Hawkeyes’ future stars. You might already know some, and you should get to know the others real soon.

Abe Assad

The crown jewel of Iowa’s small 2019 recruiting haul. Assad, a product of Glenbard North, won two state titles and was a Cadet world-teamer in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. He only competed in freestyle, where he won a bronze medal in 2018. He then won a Junior freestyle national title over the summer, and was considered the No. 29 overall prospect in the 2019 class, per Flowrestling.

Assad might be good enough to contribute this year, but he’ll likely stay in redshirt this season, barring something unforeseen. He’s proven his chops by taking third at the UWW Junior freestyle national championships, where he competed against college-aged wrestlers. He is the future at 184 pounds.

Gavin Teasdale

We’re listing Teasdale here because, well, he is technically a newcomer. And while there are indications that he could be in the lineup this year — head coach Tom Brands alluded to as much during the team’s media day last week — there’s still no guarantee.

So what do we know about Teasdale? He was a blue-chip recruit, a four-time Pennsylvania state champ, a one-time Hawkeye commit who ended up at Penn State last season. But he didn’t wrestle, left school and showed up again in Iowa City. Brands said he looks good in the room. He’s listed at 133 pounds. He might very well be the most intriguing storyline in Division I wrestling this year.

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Zach Glazier

Another key piece to Iowa’s small 2019 recruiting class. Glazier, from Albert Lea, Minnesota, won two state titles and earned All-American honors at the Junior freestyle national championships over the summer. He won 220 career matches as a prep, and was considered the No. 83 overall 2019 prospect, per Flowrestling. 

Glazier is currently listed at 184 pounds, but has the frame to potentially grow into 197. He’ll have to earn his spot in the starting lineup in future seasons, with guys like Assad and sophomore Jacob Warner still in the fold for years to come.

Cobe Siebrecht

In-state wrestling fans will recognize this name. Siebrecht is from nearby Lisbon, where he won a 2019 Class 1A state title and reached the finals two other times. He’s a long-and-lanky wrestler, and is currently listed at 149 but could probably bulk up to 165 if he wanted to.

Siebrecht is the latest Lisbon wrestler to join the Iowa wrestling program, joining Carter Happel and now-assistant coach Ryan Morningstar, among others. He will also redshirt this year, and he’s an intriguing prospect moving forward.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

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