A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Rathjen was a runner up in the summer of 2021 at the Fargo junior freestyle national championships. Rathjen has won numerous titles on the youth circuit both nationally and in the state of Iowa. Rathjen made his high school debut in the 2017-2018 season finishing as a runner up at the Iowa 3A state tournament. Rathjen returned in 18 -19winning the Johnston Valley invitational, and finishing as runner up at the Cliff Keen Invitational.
#2 Iowa Hawkeyes vs #14 Penn Quakers Match Notes
Nov 26, 2022The first big dual after Thanksgiving is a good one. Penn is solid at every weight. The Quakers are the #14 ranked dual team in the nation. They have ten returning NCAA qualifiers, nine of whom are in the lineup this season. They appear well-equipped to take on a #2 Hawkeye side whose published probable lineup is missing #1 Spencer Lee, #11 Brody Teske, #3 Real Woods, and #19 Nelson Brands.
2022-23 NCAA 157-Pound Preseason Preview: A Weight Up For Grabs
Aug 3, 2022With the 2021 champ moving up to 165 and the 2022 champ moving on to coaching, 157 has become a weight very much up for grabs. There will be some key guys hopefully healed up, moving up, and coming in. Let’s dig in!
The Top Potential Matches At U20 World Team Trials
Jun 2, 2022One of my favorite age-level tournaments of the year has arrived - the Junior World Team Trials. The nation’s best high school upperclassmen and college underclassmen putting it on the line for a chance to represent their country overseas.
Way Too Early Lineup Look: 2022-2023 Iowa Hawkeyes
Apr 4, 2022There was a lot of talk about how much firepower the Iowa Hawkeyes would be losing in 2022-2023 with the departure of Austin Desanto, Jaydin Eierman, Kaleb Young, Alex Marinelli, and Michael Kemerer. However, a huge return of a 3X national champion, national title contender transfer, and some key upperclassmen that have been on a title-winning team will keep the Hawks in the trophy contention hunt.
Hawkeyes Sending 15 To Scuffle
Dec 29, 2021The Iowa Hawkeye's holiday tournament saga final turn will land them in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the 2022 Southern Scuffle. With the cancelation of the Midlands Championships and then the cancelation of the Hawkeye Open, the Hawks needed somewhere to get their nonstarters matches and the Scuffle accepted them in.
Full Southern Scuffle Registration List
Dec 28, 2021Every New Year's Day, the Southern Scuffle kicks off the beginning of the year with an electrifying lineup that produces some of the year's top collegiate matches. The 2022 Southern Scuffle will be no different. Check out the full registration list here with ranked wrestlers at the top of each weight class, and get ready to kick back, relax, and ring in the only way we know-how.
Top Upperweight Kolby Franklin Commits To Iowa Hawkeyes
Oct 31, 2021Kolby Franklin, ranked #7 in the nation at 195-pounds and the #41 recruit in the high school class of 2022, has committed to joining the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Complete & Total 2021 Junior Freestyle Preview And Predictions Article
Jul 17, 2021It’s Fargo time baby! There’s a whole lot to get into below, so I won’t waste your time with a boring intro. I’m just going to remind you that USA Wrestling uses separation criteria as their way of seeding. So, don’t freak out when brackets come out.
PA, IL, IA, MN, & More - This Year's Fargo Team Race Will Be Crazy
Jul 15, 2021The Fargo team race heated up a little bit this year when Iowa came out on top of Illinois and Oklahoma for their first Junior Duals title since 2005. Fargo can either be a chance for Iowa to ride that momentum to first Junior freestyle title since 2008, Illinois to reclaim its spot atop the Junior freestyle ladder and win its fourth-straight title in the process, or another state to claim the title of best in the country.
A College Wrestling Fan's Guide To Fargo 2021
Jul 13, 2021It's Fargo time, one of the biggest high school wrestling events of the year. Which means it's also one of the biggest events of the year for college wrestling fans.
Fargo Roster Release: Iowa's Bringing The Big Dogs To Fargo
Jul 13, 2021Team Iowa won Junior Duals, and with a roster like this, you can tell they are trying to repeat that performance inside the FargoDome. Drake Ayala, Caleb Rathjen, and Kalob Runyon are three nationally-ranked wrestlers who have already completed their high school career coming back to help Team Iowa out one last time.
Junior & Senior Nationals Registrations Are Getting Tough
Apr 28, 2021Junior and Senior Nationals are a few days away, and registrations are looking solid. Take a look at everyone who's registered to compete for spots on the Junior World Team or in the Senior World Team Trials.
Over 40 Ranked Wrestlers At Ultimate Club Duals!
Apr 16, 2021The Ultimate Club Duals registration list boasts more than 40 ranked wrestlers and have potential ranked matchups at nearly every weight class. Here's the list of ranked wrestlers competing this weekend.
2021 Ultimate Club Duals College Fan Guide
Apr 15, 2021The Ultimate Club Duals will showcase commits from some of the nation's top teams including the top two finishers at this year's NCAA Championships. Check out the recruits from all 18 programs below, and if you see a college commit we missed, email email@example.com or send a dm on Twitter to @_davidbray.
Iowa Native Caleb Rathjen Is Ready To Join The Hawkeye Family
Sep 8, 2020Like so many other kids in the state of Iowa, Ankeny senior Caleb Rathjen grew up a Hawkeye fan. His family had season tickets to football games in the fall, and they would brave the hour-and-a-half drive across I-80 in grueling Iowa winters to at least one dual meet a season.