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A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Ayayla is a three - time Iowa state champion and most recently won his third stop sign in Fargo with his second title in junior freestyle in 2021. Ayala has put together a lengthy resume in the state of Iowa, winning the Conflict at Carver in 2018 and the Cliff Keen Independence Invitational that same year. Ayala would finish his freshman season as a runner up in the Iowa high school 3A state tournament at 106 pounds. In that offseason, Ayala won double titles at the Independence tournament, the Iowa freestyle/greco state tournament, and the Northern Plains regional setting him up for Fargo later that summer. Ayala would leave Fargo as an all - american in cadet freestyle after winning a national title the year prior.

  1. These Top 5 Seeds Are On Upset Alert Early!

    These Top 5 Seeds Are On Upset Alert Early!

    Mar 10, 2022

    Crazy things happen every year at NCAAs and I’m sure this year will be no different. After the initial look at the brackets, which can be found HERE, I’m putting some top seeds on upset alert.
  2. Top 30 NCAA Conference Dark Horses

    Top 30 NCAA Conference Dark Horses

    Mar 5, 2022

    Every year on conference weekend we see standout performances from the talented but lower seeded wrestlers at their respective conference tournaments.  I took a look at the seeds, the brackets, and the résumé’s in many of the NCAA conferences and condensed a list of the top 30 dark horses for this weekend’s conference tournaments.
  3. 8 Epic Matches From The Penn St. vs Iowa Rivalry

    8 Epic Matches From The Penn St. vs Iowa Rivalry

    Jan 26, 2022

    Penn State vs Iowa is an event that transcends the dual meet itself. The annual meeting between the Nittany Lions and the Hawkeyes has become a must-watch experience.
  4. Penn State vs Iowa: Preview & Betting Lines Contest

    Penn State vs Iowa: Preview & Betting Lines Contest

    Jan 25, 2022

    #1 vs #2 is always highly anticipated. Make it two of the most historic programs and college wrestling’s most notorious crazy venue, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for an A+ dual. On Friday, January 28 the #1 Nittany Lions of Penn State travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the #2 Iowa Hawkeyes in what is the most anticipated dual of the year. You can listen to all the action live on the FloWrestling radio broadcast!
  5. Preview: #1 Iowa vs #6 Ohio State

    Preview: #1 Iowa vs #6 Ohio State

    Jan 19, 2022

    The top-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (10-0) take on #6 Ohio State (5-1) on Friday, January 21 in Columbus, Ohio, at 8 p.m. Eastern. The match will be aired live on the Big Ten Network but FloWrestling has you covered with a watch party for a second-screen experience. Here's a breakdown of the dual and what you can expect.
  6. Five Big Questions One Month Before Iowa vs Oklahoma State

    Five Big Questions One Month Before Iowa vs Oklahoma State

    Jan 12, 2022

    What can you expect when Iowa (8-0) faces Oklahoma State (8-0) on Saturday, February 12?The unique venue should come to mind. It doesn’t get much more innovative and creative than a dual on Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Unless, of course, you hosted a November dual on a football field in Iowa.
  7. No Brakes For Drake: Ayala Taking Torch At 125 For Hawkeyes

    No Brakes For Drake: Ayala Taking Torch At 125 For Hawkeyes

    Jan 11, 2022

    From Charlie Falck to Matt McDonough, Thomas Gilman to Spencer Lee, the University of Iowa wrestling program under head coach Tom Brands has been known for winning and for winning with exceptional competitors weighing 125 pounds.
  8. Hawkeyes Sending 15 To Scuffle

    Hawkeyes Sending 15 To Scuffle

    Dec 29, 2021

    The 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.
  9. Full Southern Scuffle Registration List

    Full Southern Scuffle Registration List

    Dec 28, 2021

    Every 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.
  10. Top Upperweight Kolby Franklin Commits To Iowa Hawkeyes

    Top Upperweight Kolby Franklin Commits To Iowa Hawkeyes

    Oct 31, 2021

    Kolby 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.
  11. The Pulse With Andy Hamilton: Borrelli's Ready To Build

    The Pulse With Andy Hamilton: Borrelli's Ready To Build

    Jul 21, 2021

    When he slid behind the wheel on the first Saturday in June to begin the cross-country trek to his new life on the East coast, Jason Borrelli had his eyes focused on the road ahead.
  12. The Complete & Total 2021 Junior Freestyle Preview And Predictions Article

    The Complete & Total 2021 Junior Freestyle Preview And Predictions Article

    Jul 17, 2021

    It’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.
  13. PA, IL, IA, MN, & More - This Year's Fargo Team Race Will Be Crazy

    PA, IL, IA, MN, & More - This Year's Fargo Team Race Will Be Crazy

    Jul 15, 2021

    The 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.
  14. A College Wrestling Fan's Guide To Fargo 2021

    A College Wrestling Fan's Guide To Fargo 2021

    Jul 13, 2021

    It'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.
  15. Fargo Roster Release: Iowa's Bringing The Big Dogs To Fargo

    Fargo Roster Release: Iowa's Bringing The Big Dogs To Fargo

    Jul 13, 2021

    Team 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.