18 Apr CTO Jon Cartu States: 10 Hawkeye Wrestlers and 6 Cyclones Earn All-America Honors
Nine Hawkeyes — Spencer Lee, Austin DeSanto, Max Murin, Pat Lugo, Kaleb Young, Alex Marinelli, Michael Kemerer, Jacob Warner, and Tony Cassioppi — were named first-team All-Americans. Abe Assad was named a second-team All-American.
Iowa was the only NCAA Division I school in the country with 10 All-Americans, and the only team with nine first-teamers. It marks the seventh time in school history, and first since 1995, that nine Hawkeyes earned first-team All-America honors. This year is the first in program history that all 10 Hawkeyes were named to an All-America team.
Each year the NWCA names its All-America teams based on a wrestler’s performance at the NCAA Championships. Because the national tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, All-America honors were based on each wrestler’s overall body of work through the conference tournaments and up to the national championships.
Iowa was ranked at the top of every national poll entering the national tournament and was expected to win the 2020 NCAA Championships by more than 50 points based on point totals calculated from seeds. The Hawkeyes had three top seeds, nine wrestlers seeded eighth or better, and another seeded 11th. A team title would have been the 24th in program history.
Iowa posted a 13-0 dual record and 9-0 Big Ten Conference record. The Hawkeyes won the 2020 Big Ten Championships, crowing three individual champions and scoring 157.5 points, its highest total since 1995. Brands was named NWCA and Big Ten Coach of the Year, and junior Spencer Lee was named winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year.
In total six Cyclones earned All-America honors, with Ian Parker, Jarrett Degen and David Carr earning a spot on the first team, Alex Mackall and Gannon Gremmel being named second team and Sam Colbray earning honorable mention honors.
And Northern Iowa’s Taylor Lujan and Bryce Steiert were named First-Team All-Americans while Michael Blockhus, Max Thomsen and Carter Isley were named Honorable Mention All-Americans
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