Luther Open 2021

Are The Hawkeyes Really Using The Luther Open As A Wrestle-Off At 165?

Are The Hawkeyes Really Using The Luther Open As A Wrestle-Off At 165?

There's a strong possibility we get to see Alex Marinelli vs Patrick Kennedy this weekend at the Luther Open.

Nov 11, 2021 by JD Rader

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It's hard to envision a scenario where Marinelli isn't the 165 starter for the Hawkeyes at the end of the year. However, if you watch the clip above (at the 4:00 mark) head coach Tom Brands talks about how Kennedy "isn't conceding anything" this year. Are the Hawkeyes really using the Luther Open as a wrestle-off? For the starting spot or not, this is an incredibly intriguing match. Here's to hoping it actually happens.

Full announcement: 

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling program announced Wednesday that it will open its 2021-22 season Saturday at the Luther Open.

Twenty-one Hawkeyes, including six returning All-Americans, compete in Decorah, Iowa, beginning at 9 a.m. (CT). Live results are available at and live video of all mats is available at

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Concessions are available starting at 8 a.m. Masks are required for all fans and event workers.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens (65+). Children under five are admitted for free. Wristbands will be given to each spectator to come and go throughout the day.

More information is available at


Elite Division
125 – Jesse Ybarra
133 – Austin DeSanto, *Cullan Schreiver
141 – Jaydin Eierman, Leif Schroeder
149 – Vince Turk, *Bretli Reyna, Cobe Siebrecht
157 – Kaleb Young
165 – Alex Marinelli, *Patrick Kennedy, Joe Kelly
174 – *Brennan Swafford
184 – Abe Assad
197 – Jacob Warner, Zach Glazier
285 – Aaron Costello

Silver Division (freshman only)
133 – Charles Matthews
141 – *Wyatt Henson
157 – *Sebastian Robles
184 – *Andrew Simaz