#2 Iowa Wrestling Tops Penn

IOWA CITY, Iowa— The fall of Junior Cobe Siebrecht in the second half capped the 26-11 win for the second-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team over No. 21 Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes have won seven duels and improved to 5-0 this season.

“Gutsy, brave in the end. Warner brave,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “There were no slippers out there from Penn. It’s not a moral victory for them, not with this staff and what I’ve seen. We have to get better, that’s where we stand. We’re leaving in a week’s time tomorrow.”

After trailing 2-1 in the first half, Siebrecht was caught by a headlock early in the second half before rolling through to get No.10 Anthony Artalona on the back. The Lisbon, Iowa native completed the pin in 3:40 for his second win over a nationally-ranked opponent.

“I probably shouldn’t have been there; I knew he had a headlock,” said Siebrecht, who is moving to 4-0 this season with two falls and two majors. “He’s a big move guy, likes throws. I got double hooks and ran straight into his headlock. I was trying not to get pinned and I was waiting for an opportunity.

“I rolled him onto his back. If I put him on his back, I won’t let him go.”

No. 6 Max Murin clinched the Hawkeye win a match earlier with a sudden 6-4 win over No. 10 Doug Zapf at 149. Murin clinched the win on a match-clinching takedown with 36 seconds remaining to go to give the Hawkeyes a 20-11 lead.

“We’re the fittest team in the country, so I felt good going in there,” Murin said. “I said to myself, that’s the point, it’s fun. I went out and thought I’ve got to get one, that’s all.”

Iowa started the duel with five straight wins after starting at 165 pounds. Patrick Kennedy, No. 13, led 6-3 in two periods before securing a key decision 14-5 to open the clash, and senior Nelson Brands made his season debut with a 5-1 win over Nick Incontera #19 at 174.

“That was my first match since December,” said Nelson Brands. “It was good to get rid of the nerves. If you don’t wrestle that long, you’ll get those nerves back. It was great getting those butterflies out.”

The Hawkeyes extended their lead to 17-0 at the break thanks to number 8 Abe Assad’s 5-0 win over Maximus Hale at 184, where he amassed more than three minutes of driving time. No. 2 Jacob Warner followed with an 11-10 win over No. 27 Cole Urbas at 197 and No. 4 Tony Cassioppi defeated No. 15 Ben Goldin 9-0 at 285.

Penn closed the gap to 17-11 with three straight wins – a technical fall at 125 and decisions at 133 and 141.


  • The Hawkeyes have won eight straight duels since the 2021-22 season.
  • Cassioppi is 5-0 with four bonus point wins this season – four falls, a big decision.
  • Kennedy is 4-0 with four bonus point wins – two technical falls, two majors.
  • Murin moves to 28-22 all-time against ranked opponents.

#2 Iowa 26, #21 Penn 11

165 – #13 Patrick Kennedy (UI) Major Dec. Lucas Revano (Penn), 14-5

174 – Nelson Brands (UI) Dec. #19 Nick Incontrera (Penn), 5-1

184 – #8 Abe Assad (UI) Dec. Maximus Hale (Penn), 5-0

197 – #2 Jacob Warner (UI) Dec. #27 Cole Urbas (Penn), 11-10

285 – #4 Tony Cassioppi (UI) Major Dec. #15 Ben Goldin (Penn), 9-0

125 – #17 Ryan Miller (Penn) Technique. fall Aidan Harris (UI), 20-5

133 – #10 Michael Colaiocco (Penn) Dec. Cullan Schriever (UI), 6-0

141 – Carmen Ferrante (Penn) Dec. Drew Bennett (UI), 4-1

149 – #6 Max Murin (UI) Dec. #10 Doug Zapf (Penn), 6-4 (SV1)

157 – #29 Cobe Siebrecht (UI) pinned #10 Anthony Artalona (Penn), 4:02

Participation: 14,853

Officer: Curt Frost, Jaime George


The Hawkeyes return to action December 4 with the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series Matchup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa, USA. The duel, which will be televised on BTN, begins at 1:30 p.m. CT.