DETROIT –University of Iowa wrestlers Austin DeSanto, Alex Marinelli, Michael Kemerer and Tony Cassioppi finished their respective 2022 NCAA Tournaments with All-America honors on Saturday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.
DeSanto was third at 133. Kemerer was fourth at 174. Marinelli was fifth at 165 and Cassioppi was seventh at 285. The quartet went 5-2 in the medal round to place Iowa in third place in the team race.
DeSanto won two games in the medal round to place third for the second straight year. He recorded four eliminations in a 10-6 victory in the consolation semi-final and used two first-period eliminations to win, 7-4, in the consolation final.
“Wrestling in Iowa changed my life in the best possible way,” DeSanto said. “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else on the planet. Iowa is the place to be. Tom and Terry would do anything for me. They made me a better person. Not just in wrestling but in life.
Kemerer shared a pair of games to place fourth and finished the tournament with his fifth All-America honor. He is the only wrestler in program history with five All-America honors. His 6-4 victory in the consolation semi-final was the 100th of his career. He fell to fourth place after a 12-4 loss in the consolation final.
“I’m a competitor and I hate losing, and it’s hard to put that aside, but at the same time the other voice inside me is trying to tell me how grateful I should be and how great my college career is. has been good,” Kemerer said. “All the good things I would say to someone else, I try to say to myself. It’s a little battle there.
Marinelli won by medical forfeit in the match for fifth place. He finished his career as a four-time Big Ten Conference champion and four-time All-American.
“My goal and my word that I like to describe myself is a champion,” Marinelli said. “If I don’t get what I want, I can still be a champion off the mat. I can still be a champion the way I carry myself. I will be a champion for Christ. I will be a champion for my wife, my teammates, my friends, my family. In the future, I would like to coach. I would love to lead someone to victory, and I will be a champion for them.
Cassioppi ended his three-time All-American tournament with a 2-0 victory in the game for seventh place. He won his last game with a second period overlap and a third period breakout.
“I haven’t necessarily had the results I had last year,” Cassioppi said. “I took third place last year and seventh this year, but I’m a much better wrestler than last year. I’ve improved a lot and I have to continue on the mat. I have to keep the movement going. the carpet.
The Hawkeyes enter Saturday night with third place assured in the team standings. Penn State leads the team race with 111.5 points. Michigan is second with 91 points. Arizona State (66.5) and Nebraska (59.5) round out the top five.
The NCAA Finals begin Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT). Jacob Warner will fight for the NCAA 197-pound title live on ESPN.
- Iowa has had at least five All-Americans in nine straight seasons and 14 times during head coach Tom Brands’ 16 years.
- Iowa has won a team trophy (fourth or better) for the 13th time in the last 14 NCAA championships.
- Michael Kemerer is the first five-time All-American in school history.
- Michael Kemerer became the 41st Hawkeye in school history to reach 100 career wins.
- Austin DeSanto is the 23rd four-time All-American in school history.
- Austin DeSanto finished his career with 102 wins, including 72 at Iowa.
- Alex Marinelli is the 25th four-time All-American in school history.
CONSOLATION SEMI-FINAL RESULTS
133 – #5 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) Dec. #7 Lucas Byrd (Illinois), 10-6
165 – #1 Evan Wick (Cal-Poly) Dec. #3 Alex Marinelli (Iowa), 10-4
174 – #5 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) Dec. #3 Logan Massa (Michigan), 6-4 SV1
THIRD PLACE RESULTS
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133 – #5 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) Dec. #3 Michael McGee (Arizona State), 7-4
174 – #4 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) major Dec. #5Michael Kemerer (Iowa), 12-4
FIFTH PLACE RESULTS
165 – #3 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) mff. #4 Dean Hamiti (Wisconsin)
SEVENTH PLACE RESULTS
285 – #3 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) Dec. #12 Christian Lance (Nebraska), 2-0
IOWA NCAA Final Game
197 – #6 Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs. #1 Max Dean (Penn State)
1. State of Pennsylvania 111.5
2. Michigan 91.0
4. Arizona State 66.5
5. Nebraska 59.5
6. Northwest 53.5
7.Virginia Tech 52.5
9. NC 49.0 Status
10. Missouri 45.5