2019 Midlands Championships

Iowa Announces Probable Lineup For Midlands

Iowa Announces Probable Lineup For Midlands

The Iowa Hawkeyes have announced their probable lineup for this weekend's Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.

Dec 27, 2019 by Wrestling Nomad

Iowa has announced their probable entries for the 57th Midlands Championships.

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The Hawkeyes will be heavy favorites to win their 29th Midlands title in program history. The Black & Gold have 23 wrestlers listed in their likely lineup for this weekend.

Perhaps the most surprising entry is #1 Spencer Lee at 125, coming off a Senior Nationals title in which he qualified for the 2020 Olympic Team Trials. Looking to win their third Midlands crowns are #2 Alex Marinelli at 165 and #3 Michael Kemerer at 174lbs. Searching to defend his title is #1 Austin DeSanto at 133 and then hoping to add to his 2018 title will be Cash Wilcke at 184 pounds.

Iowa Probables for Midlands 57

125: #1 Spencer Lee, JR

125: Aaron Cashman, RSFR

133: #1 Austin DeSanto, JR

133: Gavin Teasdale, RSFR

133: Paul Glynn, RSSR

141: #7 Max Murin, RSSO

141: Carter Happel, RSJR

141: Justin Stickley, JR

149: #3 Pat Lugo, RSSR

149: Vince Turk, RSSR

149: Jeren Glosser, RSSR

157: #8 Kaleb Young, RSJR

165: #2 Alex Marinelli, RSJR

165: Jeremiah Moody, RSSR

174: #3 Michael Kemerer, RSJR

184: #9 Nelson Brands, RSFR

184: Cash Wilcke, RSSR

184: Abe Assad, FR

197: #2 Jacob Warner, RSSO

197: Connor Corbin, RSSO

197: Zach Glazier, FR

285: #4 Tony Cassioppi, RSFR

285: Aaron Costello, RSSO

Among the most interesting storylines are the roster battle at 184, if Max Murin can take control of 141, how Austin DeSanto fares against either Seth Gross or Sebastian Rivera, and Spencer Lee's transition back into folkstyle as he tries to win his first Midlands gold.


Beyond that, there is Gavin Teasdale's first major of his college career, Kaleb Young getting another crack at Ryan Deakin, Tony Cassioppi searching for revenge against the likes of Matt Stencel and Jere Heino, plus Abe Assad and Zach Glazier, both of whom are currently on redshirt, will be competing.

Below is the complete release from the University of Iowa Athletic Communications.