Saturday Recap: Day One results from the 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Cody Goodwin
Hawk Central

LINCOLN, Neb. — Greetings from Pinnacle Bank Arena, home of the 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships.

The Iowa wrestling team is taking aim at a third consecutive Big Ten tournament title this weekend. The Hawkeyes previously won in 2020 at Rutgers and last season at Penn State.

The Big Ten Conference features many of the best teams in Division I wrestling. Using InterMat's latest national rankings, this weekend's competition includes five of the top-10 teams and 10 in the top-25, including No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Michigan.

The Register's Cody Goodwin and Chad Leistikow are both in Lincoln this weekend and will provide updates, commentary and analysis of the Hawkeyes' performance and other results from the tournament.

Check back here early and often for results, match updates and what to watch and follow throughout the day and all weekend.

Breaking down Iowa wrestling's pre-seeds ahead of the 2022 Big Ten Championships

Saturday's Schedule for the 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships

  • Session I, 10 a.m. — First-Round, Quarterfinals, Wrestlebacks
  • Session II, 5:30 p.m. — Semifinals, Wrestlebacks

Action continues on Sunday at 11 a.m. on Sunday, with wrestleback matches and 7th-place matches. The 1st-, 3rd- and 5th-place matches will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will air live on Big Ten Network.

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Matchups and results for Iowa Hawkeye wrestlers

Iowa wrestlers went a combined 21-8 on Saturday at the Big Ten Championships. Four wrestlers made the finals — Austin DeSanto (133), Jaydin Eierman (141), Alex Marinelli (165) and Tony Cassioppi — while three others remain alive for third.

All 10 Hawkeye wrestlers will finish in the top-8 at their respective weights. Even more, all 10 starters have qualified for the 2022 NCAA Championships, set for March 17-19 in Detroit.

Here's all that happened on Day One of the 2022 Big Ten Championships:

Team Scores after Session II

1. Michigan, 116

2. Penn State, 111.5

3. Iowa, 109

4. Ohio State, 72

5. Northwestern, 70.5

Drake Ayala, 125 pounds

First Round: 4-0 over Tristan Lujan (Michigan State)

Quarterfinals: 4-3 loss to #3 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin)

  • Barnett is a 2021 All-American.

Wrestlebacks: 12-3 major decision over #12 Jacob Moran (Indiana)

Wrestleback Quarterfinals: 5-0 loss to # 8 Patrick McKee (Minnesota)

7th-Place Match: vs. #9 Dylan Shawver (Rutgers)

Austin DeSanto, 133 pounds

First Round: Bye

Quarterfinals: 7-3 over #7 Chris Cannon (Northwestern)

  • Cannon is a 2021 All-American.

Semifinals: 4-3 over #2 Lucas Byrd (Illinois)

  • Byrd is a 2021 All-American.

Finals: vs. #1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)

  • DeSanto is 2-4 all-time against RBY, and lost, 3-2, in January.
  • RBY is a two-time All-American and the returning NCAA champion.
Iowa's Austin DeSanto, top, wrestles Northwestern's Chris Cannon at 133 pounds during the first session of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jaydin Eierman, 141 pounds

First Round: Bye

Quarterfinals: 10-3 over #7 Dylan D'Emilio (Ohio State)

Semifinals: Win by medical forfeit over #3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers)

  • Eierman has never wrestled Rivera — and still hasn't.
  • Rivera is a three-time All-American, in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Finals: vs. #1 Nick Lee (Penn State)

  • Eierman is 2-2 all-time against Lee and lost 6-4 in overtime in January.
  • Lee is a three-time All-American and the defending NCAA champio

Max Murin, 149 pounds

First Round: 12-0 major decision over Peyton Omania (Michigan State)

Quarterfinals: 6-5 over #5 Yahya Thomas (Northwestern)

  • Had to make a quick note about this one. Yahya led 5-2 in the third after a second takedown, then Murin escaped to make it 5-3, scored another point off a second stall call on Yahya to make it 5-4, then Murin scored a takedown on the edge with 4 seconds left to win it and advance. Outstanding performance.
  • Thomas is a 2021 All-American.

Semifinals: 3-1 loss to #1 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State)

  • Sasso is a 2021 Big Ten champ and 2021 NCAA finalist.

Wrestleback Semifinals: vs. #6 Mike Van Brill (Rutgers)

  • Van Brill beat Murin, 7-2, at last year's Big Ten tournament.

Kaleb Young, 157 pounds

First Round: Bye

Quarterfinals: 5-3 loss to #10 Brady Berge (Penn State)

Wrestlebacks: 10-5 over #8 Robert Kanniard (Rutgers)

Wrestleback Quarterfinals: 5-3 over #6 Chase Saldate (Michigan State)

Wrestleback Semifinals: #5 Peyton Robb (Nebraska)

  • Young is 2-1 all-time against Robb, and beat him 6-3 in February.

Alex Marinelli, 165 pounds

First Round: Bye

Quarterfinals: 8-3 over #10 Creighton Edsell (Penn State)

Semifinals: 3-2 over #3 Dean Hamiti (Wisconsin)

Finals: vs. #4 Cameron Amine (Michigan)

  • Marinelli beat Amine, 2-0, at last year's Big Ten Championships.
  • Amine is a 2021 All-American.

Michael Kemerer, 174 pounds

First Round: Pinned Connor O'Neill (Rutgers) in 2:31

Quarterfinals: 5-4 over #5 Ethan Smith (Ohio State)

  • Smith is a 2021 All-American.

Semifinals: Medical Forfeit to #1 Carter Starocci (Penn State)

  • Starocci advances to the Big Ten finals. He is the defending NCAA champion.

Kemerer will default to sixth-place at 174 pounds.

Iowa's Michael Kemerer, top, wrestles Ohio State's Ethan Smith at 174 pounds during the first session of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Abe Assad, 184 pounds

First Round: 6-4 over Zach Braunagel (Illinois)

Quarterfinals: 4-2 loss to #4 Taylor Venz (Nebraska)

  • Venz is a 2018 All-American.

Wrestlebacks: 9-0 major decision over #6 Layne Malczewski (Michigan State)

Wrestleback Quarterfinals: 4-3 loss to #8 Kyle Cochran (Maryland)

7th-Place Match: vs. #10 Isaiah Salazar (Minnesota)

  • Assad has never wrestled Salazar.

Jacob Warner, 197 pounds

First Round: 17-4 major decision over Nick Willham (Indiana)

Quarterfinals: 3-1 loss to #5 Pat Brucki (Michigan)

  • Brucki is a 2019 All-American.

Wrestlebacks: 10-1 major decision over #11 Jaron Smith (Maryland)

Wrestleback Quarterfinals: 4-2 over #9 Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State)

Wrestleback Semifinals: vs. #3 Cam Caffey (Michigan State)

  • Warner is 2-0 all-time against Caffey.

Tony Cassioppi, 285 pounds

First Round: Bye

Quarterfinals: 9-3 over #7 Trent Hillgert (Wisconsin)

  • Hillger is a 2021 All-American.

Semifinals: 6-4 (SV) over #3 Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State)

  • Kerkvliet is a 2021 All-American.

Finals: vs. #1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota)

  • Cassioppi is 0-5 all-time against Steveson.
  • Steveson is the defending NCAA champion and 2021 Olympic men's freestyle gold medalist.

Noteworthy Session II results

125 pounds: Patrick McKee (Minnesota) dec. Drew Hildebrandt (Penn State), 6-3

  • These two met in the third-place match at last season's NCAA Championships (McKee also won that matchup). Hildebrandt came into this weekend as the 2-seed, and went 0-2. Tough sport.

141 pounds: Parker Filius (Purdue) dec. Chad Red (Nebraska), 8-6 (SV)

  • Chad Red, the 4-seed and a three-time All-American, goes 1-2 at the Big Ten Championships after Filius scores a late 2 to tie the match, 6-6, at the gun in the third period, then scores another 2 on a cradle to win it in sudden victory. Wild.

149 pounds: Michael Blockhus (Minnesota) dec. Graham Rooks (Indiana), 3-2

  • Blockhus, an Iowa native, moves into the top-8 at 149 pounds with his victory over Rooks.

149 pounds: Kanen Storr (Michigan) dec. Yahya Thomas (Northwestern), 8-7

  • Storr bumps Thomas, a 2021 All-American, from the tournament thanks to a riding-time point. He will now wrestle Blockhus later in the second session.

149 pounds: Michael Blockhus (Minnesota) dec. Kanen Storr (Michigan), 7-5

  • Blockhus advances to the top-6 at 149 after winning the two-former-collegiate-wrestlers-for-Iowa-schools-who-transferred-to-Big-Ten-programs matchup.

149 pounds, Semifinals: Austin Gomez (Wisconsin) pinned Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) in 20 seconds

  • Gomez grabbed a head and an arm and put Lovett on his back for the quick fall. Scared money don't make money.

Noteworthy quarterfinal results

125 pounds: Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) dec. Drew Hildebrandt (Penn State), 5-3 (SV1)

  • MDA scores 17 seconds into overtime to knock off Hildebrandt, the 2-seed. Hildebrandt now has to wrestle Minnesota's Pat McKee, an All-American, in the wrestlebacks. McKee beat Hildebrandt for third-place at last year's NCAA Championships. This tournament is a meat-grinder.

133 pounds: Dylan Ragusin (Michigan) dec. RayVon Foley (Michigan State), 3-1

  • Some Wolverine-over-Spartan action. Ragusin is the 5-seed, Foley the 4-seed, so this is a small upset.

157 pounds: Peyton Robb (Nebraska) dec. Kendall Coleman (Purdue), 6-4 (SV1)

  • Robb, the 5-seed, brought the hometown crowd to its feet by scoring late in the third period to force overtime, then scoring again within the first minute of overtime to knock off Coleman, the 4-seed. 

Noteworthy first-round results

125 pounds: Dylan Shawver (Rutgers) dec. Patrick McKee (Minnesota), 7-4

  • A first-round surprise, sort of. McKee is a returning All-American, but Shawver is now 2-0 all-time against McKee.

141 pounds: Cayden Rooks (Indiana) dec. Chad Red (Nebraska), 9-8

  • A legit surprise. Rooks, the 13-seed, tops Red, a 3-time All-American, thanks to a 5-count stall call in the final seconds. Red reversed Rooks to tie it, 8-8, with 10 seconds left in the third period, but Red was dinged for a second stall call, giving Rooks a point for the pin. Red was previously hit for a 5-count stall call in the second period. That's a tough way to lose.

141 pounds: Parker Filius (Purdue) dec. Stevan Micic (Michigan), 7-4

  • Not as big of a surprise, since Micic has struggled some since bumping up to 141, but any time a past NCAA finalist loses, it's a notable result.

149 pounds: Beau Bartlett (Penn State) dec. Michael Blockhus (Minnesota), 3-2

  • Blockhus, a former Northern Iowa wrestler who won state titles for Crestwood and New Hampton, nearly scored 2 at the gun to win this one, but the ref didn't award it. Tough first-round loss.

184 pounds: Isaiah Salazar (Minnesota) dec. John Poznanski (Rutgers), 8-3

  • Poznanski was a freshman sensation last season, taking fourth at the NCAA Championships.

197 pounds: Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State) dec. Braxton Amos (Wisconsin), 7-5 (SV1)

  • Amos was a Junior men's freestyle world champ, a Junior Greco-Roman world bronze medalist, and finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Greco-Roman all within the last year. Hoffman came into this tournament 8-7 overall.

285 pounds: Lucas Davison (Northwestern) tech. fall Boone McDermott (Rutgers), 16-0

  • Tough opener for McDermott, a state champ from Dubuque Wahlert and junior-college national champ for Iowa Central. 

Team Scores after Session I

  1. Michigan, 68.5 (8 in the semifinals, 2 in the wrestlebacks)
  2. Penn State, 67.5 (7, 3)
  3. Iowa, 55 (6, 4)
  4. Nebraska, 47.5 (5, 4)
  5. Wisconsin, 36.5 (3, 7)
  6. Ohio State, 33 (3, 6)
  7. Northwestern, 27.5 (2, 7)
  8. Minnesota, 21.5 (2, 7)
  9. Rutgers, 18.5 (1, 9)
  10. Michigan State, 17 (1, 6)
  11. Purdue, 13 (2, 5)
  12. Illinois, 12 (1, 7)
  13. Maryland, 5.5 (0, 5)
  14. Indiana, 4 (0, 7)

Big Ten wrestling brackets, results, mat assignments, matchups

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