Fri. Oct 7th, 2022


The Hawkeyes have a number of contenders to fill the place of senior Spencer Lee for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Jerrod Ringwald

Iowa’s 125-pounder Jesse Ybara competes with Cena’s 125-pounder Ryan Chauvin throughout a wrestling match between No. 1 Iowa and Cena at Carver-Hawkeye Area on Sunday, November 28, 2021 in Iowa Metropolis. Yabara defeated Chauvin 3-1. Take down in a sudden victory. The Hawkeye defeated the Black Knights 36-7.


The Iowa males’s wrestling crew will debut its slate of Huge Ten doubles at Carver-Hawkeye Area on Friday, and The Hawkeyes will tackle the Minnesota Golden Gophers with out their greatest 125-pound wrestler.

Three-time nationwide champion Spencer Lee introduced that he would endure double ACL surgical procedure, lacking the remainder of the 2021–22 season.

Lee wrestled solely three matches in 2021–22 – all on December 20 and 21 on the Rokfin Twin in Niceville, Florida. Senior gained 3–0 in Hawkeyes doubles towards Central Michigan, Leigh and North Carolina State.

Lee tore his left ACL on the 2019 NCAA Championships, however elected to endure intensive rehab as an alternative of repairing the tear. The 125-pounder mentioned his knee “got here again remarkably quick” to the purpose that he might compete with out ache.

However when he tore his proper ACL on the 2021 Huge Ten Championship, it did not come again the way in which he had hoped. Lee was experiencing excessive instability and soreness in competitors with each knees.

In a Zoom assembly with reporters on Wednesday, head coach Tom Manufacturers mentioned Lee was assessed each day, resulting in the choice to endure surgical procedure.

“There’s an damage, and it does not work,” Manufacturers mentioned. “It does not work. He made it work in dire circumstances, and he put it on final March, but it surely will not work. So, there we’re.”

Lee gained his third nationwide title on the 2021 NCAA Championships in St. Louis with two torn ACLs final March. The Hawkeyes gained their first crew title since 2010 final yr.

Now, Iowa will search back-to-back nationwide champions with out its solely particular person NCAA medalist.

Even with out Lee, Iowa wrestlers have not modified their mindset.

“I believe everybody needs to do their greatest and get probably the most factors anyway,” mentioned junior heavyweight Tony Cassioppi. “I do not assume Spencer’s dismissal modifications anybody’s perspective, as a result of we’re all targeted on attending to the highest of that podium.”

The Hawkeyes will discover their choices at £125, together with redshirt freshman Jesse Ybarra and true freshman Drake Ayala.

Yabara is within the hockey potential lineup for his or her doubles towards Minnesota and Purdue later this week. Iowa will face Minnesota at 8 p.m. on Friday and Purdue at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“We’ve two choices on the market, and we just like the choices,” Manufacturers mentioned. “Proper now, now we have Ybra. And we’re over there. We’ll determine it out as we determine it out.”

Ybarra has made three doubles appearances for Lee to this point this season and holds a 2-1 report. He gained a hockey match towards Princeton by medical forfeiture, and defeated Senna’s Ryan Chauvin 3–1. Yabara’s solely loss this season got here in an 8–2 choice towards Kisen Terukina of Iowa State.

Ayala is a three-time highschool state champion from Fort Dodge, Iowa. He has fought the Hawkeyes unattached to this point this season. He lately completed third within the Chattanooga Athletics’ Southern Scramble.

Ayala wasn’t slated to compete as Hawkeye this yr, however Manufacturers might select to tug off his redshirt – permitting Ayala to wrestle in doubles within the black and gold singlet in 2021-22.

“All yr lengthy, [Ayala has] has been constant,” Manufacturers mentioned. “He’s hungry, he is aware of this sport takes dedication. He comes from an important place which emphasised that his entire life… he’s a frontrunner.”



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