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Iowa State wrestling: Details on the 2018-19 season schedule –


Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser recaps the 2017-18 season to this point.
Cody Goodwin / The Register

The Iowa State wrestling program released its 2018-19 schedule on Friday morning.

The Cyclones are slated to host seven home duals in Ames. One of them, against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, will be held at Stephens Auditorium. Other home duals include Ohio, Fresno State, Oklahoma, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Missouri.

Iowa State will also hit the road for seven duals, including trips to Iowa City and Cedar Falls on Dec. 1 and Feb. 22, 2019, respectively. Other road contests include North Dakota State, Rider, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.

The Cyclones are also expected to compete in a number of tournaments. Iowa State will host the Cyclones Open on Nov. 3, then travel to the Lindenwood Open and UNI Open on Nov. 17 and Dec. 8, respectively. The Southern Scuffle, on Jan. 1-2, 2019, is also on the docket, as is the Last Chance Open, which the Cyclones are scheduled to host on Feb. 17, 2019.

The Big 12 Championships are scheduled for March 9-10, 2019, and the 2019 NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh will be held March 21-23, 2019. 

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

2018-19 Iowa State wrestling schedule

  • Nov. 3, Cyclone Open
  • Nov. 11, SIU-Edwardsville (Stephens Auditorium
  • Nov. 17, at Lindenwood Open
  • Dec. 1, at Iowa
  • Dec. 8, at UNI Open
  • Dec. 16, Ohio
  • Jan. 1-2, at Southern Scuffle
  • Jan 9, at North Dakota State
  • Jan. 13, Fresno State
  • Jan. 18, at Rider
  • Jan. 20, at West Virginia
  • Jan. 25, Oklahoma
  • Jan. 27, at Oklahoma State
  • Feb. 1, South Dakota State
  • Feb. 3, Utah Valley
  • Feb. 11, at Oregon State
  • Feb. 17, Last Chance Open
  • Feb. 22, at Northern Iowa
  • Feb. 24, Missouri
  • March 9-10, Big 12 Championships
  • March 21-23, NCAA Championships

Sport: Tokelau wrestling earns Commonwealth nod – Radio New Zealand

Tokelau has been accepted onto the Commonwealth Wrestling Board but further hurdles remain to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

The New Zealand territory, which has a local population of just 1500, is recognised by the sport’s global governing body, United World Wrestling, but not the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Ilai Elekana Manu, who has won eight Oceania medals representing Tokelau, was working as a sports services manager during the wrestling competition at last month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast when he talked his way into attending a meeting for all Commonwealth wrestling nations.

“Because I was there at the time I took that as an opportunity to attend, even though Tokelau didn’t have a formal invitation, but because of my networks there I asked the people organising if I could sit in for my own agenda, which was to push for Tokelau to be included in the Commonwealth Championships,” he said.

“I’d been trying for the last four or so years and every time the reason we couldn’t was because we didn’t have a Commonwealth Games Association recognised by the Commonwealth Games Federation.”

Daniel Robbin from United World Wrestling, Ilai Elekana Manu and meeting chair, Wrestling Federation of Portugal President Pedro Silva.

edro Silva he chaired the meeting behalf of UWW he is a UWW bureau member and President of Wrestling Federation of Portugal

Daniel Robbin from United World Wrestling, Ilai Elekana Manu and meeting chair, Wrestling Federation of Portugal President Pedro Silva.

edro Silva he chaired the meeting behalf of UWW he is a UWW bureau member and President of Wrestling Federation of Portugal

Photo: Supplied/Ilai Elekana Manu

Manu said Tokelau’s opportunity came when the sport’s global governing body took control of the Commonwealth Championships.

“With the way it’s been formatted now it’s come under the international federation and because Tokelau have affiliation to the international federation that was kind of the window that got us into these championships.”

Tokelau's Ilai Elekana Manu has won eight Oceania medals in wrestling.

Tokelau’s Ilai Elekana Manu has won eight Oceania medals in wrestling.
Photo: Supplied

In order to be recognised by the Commonwealth Games Federation, Tokelau must have at least five sporting bodies recognised by their respective international federations.

With wrestling already in the bag, Manu is hopeful this latest development will further press their case.

“I see this is as an avenue to kind of push. I mean if we are accepted to compete amongst the Commonwealth nations with wrestling, the Commonwealth Games that come around every four years would be a progression. I mean it’s the same level of competitors – we won’t be facing anyone else new – so if wrestling or the international federation can accept Tokelau to compete there why should the Commonwealth Games be any different.”

Ilai Elekana Manu, who previously worked as a Regional Development Officer for Oceania Wrestling, was also elected as one of seven members on the Commonwealth Wrestling Board Executive.

Prep wrestling: Former Iowa City West star Nate Moore tabbed as Trojans' new head coach –


Take a look back at some of the top moments and winners in the 2018 state wrestling finals.
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Less than two months after Mark Reiland stepped down as the Iowa City West wrestling coach, the Trojans have found their new leader.

Nate Moore has been hired as the new head coach of the West wrestling program, athletic director Craig Huegel told the Register on Wednesday afternoon. Pending school board approval, Moore will take over the position left vacant by Reiland, who led the Trojans from 1999-2018.

“It’s exciting,” Moore told the Register. “The Iowa City West wrestling program means a lot to me.”

Moore is a former standout wrestler for West, posting a 175-3 career record from 2004-08, a winning percentage (.9831) that still ranks second all-time in program history. He was a four-time state finalist and a two-time champ, and helped West to back-to-back traditional team state titles in 2006 and 2007.

Moore ended his stellar West career with 102 consecutive wins. Afterward, he took his talents across town to the University of Iowa, where he competed under coach Tom Brands. Moore was a two-time letterwinner, posting a 20-8 overall record from 2009-11.


After his collegiate career, Moore owned and operated a power-washing company while also finding ways to stay around wrestling. He joined Reiland’s staff as an assistant beginning in the 2015-16 season, and helped coach youth wrestlers in and around the Iowa City area.

“We were excited about Coach Moore throughout the interview process, just with his background and experience as a competitor,” Huegel told the Register. “His knowledge of the sport and his passion for developing kids was very imminent.

“He’s an alum, and we feel like he has a great connection to what West High wrestling has been, and the way we’d like to continue to go.”

Moore is now being tasked with continuing the long run of success Reiland produced before he stepped down in March.

During his 19-year career, Reiland led West to seven total state championships — five dual team titles and two traditional state crowns. He coached 16 wrestlers to individual state titles, ranks among Iowa’s top 10 all-time in dual victories and has been inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

“Mark Reiland is one of the best coaches to ever come out of the state,” Moore said. “He has taught me many things, but one thing that comes to mind — and I am still working on — is patience.

“Reiland has set the standard high and I like that. It’s going to be a challenge, it’s going to be a good time.”

This past season, the Trojans took seventh as a team at the Class 3A state tournament, and will return three of nine state qualifiers, including one medalist in freshman Graham Gambrall, who took sixth at 132 pounds.

Moore is excited for the challenge.

“Iowa City is a wrestling community,” he said. “It wants to have the two best high schools in the state. My goal is to start bringing titles back to town in February.”

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

Incoming Cyclone wrestler David Carr wins Dave Schultz Excellence award –


Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser recaps the 2017-18 season to this point.
Cody Goodwin / The Register

David Carr, a future Iowa State wrestler, joined some pretty elite company Tuesday.

Carr, a four-time state champ for Massillon Perry out of Ohio, was named the 2018 national Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award winner by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Carr, the son of past Iowa State NCAA Champion Nate Carr, will be presented the award during the 42nd annual Honors Weekend at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum on June 1-2 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

“It’s an extreme honor for me to receive this award,” David Carr said in a release. “I’m truly blessed. Dave Schultz was a legendary wrestler and it is so great that there is an award in his memory.

“The people who have received this award have gone on to do big things and accomplish the things I want to accomplish.”

The DSHSEA was established in 1996 to honor Olympic and World champion Dave Schultz, whose wrestling career was cut short when he was murdered in January 1996 by John du Pont. Schultz was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997 as a Distinguished Member.

The DSHSEA recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service.

Each state has a winner — Carr won in Ohio, Underwood’s Alex Thomsen won in Iowa, and future Hawkeye wrestler Anthony Cassioppi won in Illinois.

From there, regional winners were awarded last week, creating the pool from which Carr was selected as the national recipient.

“Every year, our committee has a difficult task determining the national winner for our Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award because there are so many deserving candidates,” Executive Director Lee Roy Smith said in a release.

“We are so fortunate to have so many young men who are not only tremendous wrestlers, but also excellent students and good citizens. We are pleased to name David Carr as our national winner and are confident that he will represent the sport in a positive manner as he continues his career.”

Carr becomes the fifth prep wrestler from Ohio to win the national award, joining the likes of Logan Stieber (2010), David Taylor (2009), C.P. Schlatter (2003) and Jeff Knupp (1993). 

Only one Iowa prep has ever won the national award — Lewis Central’s David Kjeldgaard, in 1996.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

Gophers Welcome Brandvold to Wrestling Staff –

May 7, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Trevor Brandvold as officially joined the University of Minnesota wrestling coaching staff, Brandon Eggum announced today. Brandvold, who spent the last six years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, begins his role immediately.

“We are extremely excited to bring Trevor on board,” Eggum said. “With his experience on the mat as a two-time Big Ten Champion along with his time as an Associate Head Coach, he will excel here at the University of Minnesota. He has great relationships in the Midwest, he a phenomenal leader and mentor that will help us each and every day in the wrestling room.”

With the addition of Brandvold, Dustin Schlatter will move on to a role with the Minnesota Regional Training Center team, Minnesota Storm, as their head coach. After Schlatter’s legendary career with the Gophers, where he won a NCAA Championship and was a three-time All-American, he also won a gold medalist in freestyle at the 2015 Pan American Championships in the 70-kilograms weight class.

“Dustin’s move to the Minnesota RTC program is one that will benefit not only Dustin, but a lot of people and wrestlers in this state,” Eggum said. “It really is a perfect fit for Dustin who has had a lot of international success in his life, and will be able to coach a program that has a strong senior level group that will be competing for Olympic spots.”

In his six years with the Badgers, Brandvold coached alongside Barry Davis who left Wisconsin this past season. He was the head recruiter for the Badgers where he primarily coached the five heaviest weight classes, helping bring nine NCAA qualifying spots, three All-Americans, a national finalist and a Big Ten Medal of Honor winner over the past two seasons. Along with his coaching accomplishments on the mat, he has also been in charge of academics, community service, high school outreach and was the Badger Regional Training Center liaison.

“I am eager to get started here at the University of Minnesota,” Brandvold said. “I have always admired this program, and I can’t wait to contribute and build toward the same goal of winning a national championship. I look forward to shaping this program with the right people in the right way. To develop each and every one of our student athletes into great wrestlers and even better men is my biggest goal as I begin here in the Twin Cities.”

On the mat, along with being a two-time Big Ten Champion, Brandvold was a two-time All-American and also has experience in international wrestling. He finished second at the USA Olympic qualifier, and top six at the U.S. Open and Olympic trials in 2012.

Brandvold, who graduated from Wisconsin in 2011 with a degree in life sciences communications, comes to Minnesota with his wife Ali, daughter Izraya and son Abel. He enjoys golf, meeting with Life Group and spending time up north.

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