Brody Teske wins in Iowa wrestling debut, but wants more

Iowa’s Brody Teske flattens Hunter Leake of Cal Baptist during a wrestling duals at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday in Iowa City. Teske won by decision 6-4 but is looking forward to getting better. Iowa won the duel 42:3. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Brody Teske was excited, pumped up and ready to take the mat at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time.

But he also had many questions, like “do I belong?”.

“I worked my ass off,” Teske said after beating California Baptist’s Hunter Leake 6-4 and 133 pounds on Sunday afternoon. “No doubt I belong.”

Don’t get the wrong impression. Teske was not satisfied with his performance as the second-ranked Iowa wrestling team opened the 2022-23 season with a 42-3 Lancers dominance.

He wasn’t one of the afternoon’s top performances in front of an announced crowd of 14,587, who looked much smaller.

But Teske’s journey to donning this black and gold singlet was a “childhood dream come true”.

The four-time Iowa State Champion from Fort Dodge began his career at Penn State, then spent the last two seasons in Northern Iowa and won a Big 12 title last March.

Now he’s a Hawkeye and “grateful” to be here. And ready for so much more.

“Coming out and having a gig like that and just barely making ends meet?” said Teske. “OK, put your head back down and get to work… work on doing your best.

“Keep moving forward and moving forward. Stay the course. … make the appropriate changes. Listen to the coaches and keep getting the best out of me.”

After a scoreless first period against Baptist’s Hunter Leake, Teske scored the first of his two takedowns. He got another in the third but also gave up a reversal and locked his hands. The fight was tied at one point, 4-4.

Iowa coach Tom Brands said despite the close call, he liked what he saw at 133.

“[That weight]is starting to iron out in the wrestling room,” Brands said. “That doesn’t mean we’re decided there.”

Teske understands that.

“I can’t wait to do my best,” he said.

Brands said he was as pleased as he could be with the season opener.

The Hawkeyes won nine of their ten fights, totaled 36 takedowns-to-twos for Baptist, and posted 18 nearfall points.

Former Lisbon preparer Coby Siebrecht opened the duel with a pin at 157. Patrick Kennedy followed with a 20-5 technical fall at 165, Dustin Rhodes made a crucial decision at 174 and Abe Assad previously used four takedowns for an 11-4 -Victory at 184 NCAA finalist Jacob Warner ended the first half of the duel with a 38-second pin from Elijah Sobas at 197.

At this point, Cal Baptist had yet to score a takedown in doubles.

“There were some good performances with some new faces,” Brands said.

Siebrecht felt he was “good” and “strong” in his new weight class.

“I feel like I filled the weight class pretty well,” he said.

Iowa heavyweight Tony Cassioppi gave Iowa back-to-back pins after the break, beating Christopher Island in 2:13.

Drew Bennett gave Iowa another major decision with 141 and Max Murin ended the duel with a wild 24-9 technical fall from Chaz Hallmark at 149.

Murin scored the first takedown and was up 4-0 after a two-point nearfall. But he was flipped onto his back and found himself up 6-4. He stormed back and was leading 7:6 at the end of the first period.

Iowa’s only loss came at 125, where Aidan Harris – filling in for three-time NCAA champion Spencer Lee – lost 9-4.

“There are some really good things, but there are things we need to improve on,” Brands said. “It’s still November.”

Siebrecht said the Hawkeyes as a team just “needed to keep crunching. …. We are not afraid to hit each other. We’re scared of hitting everyone else.”

The Hawkeyes headed out to wrestle at Army on Thursday before facing off against Sacred Heart and Buffalo on Friday at the Arm Bar at the Armory.

“We have to move forward one way or another,” Brands said. “We’ll see where we stand.”

Iowa 42, California Baptist 3

(Individual takedowns in brackets)

157 pounds – Cobe Siebrecht (I) pinned Joey Mora, 4:59 (2.0); 165 — Patrick Kennedy (I) Tech. crash over Mateo De La Pena, 20-5, 7:00 (7.0); 174 — Drake Rhodes (I) Dec. Zach Rowe, 13-4 (5.0); 184 — Abe Assad (I) Dec. Peter Acciardi, 11-4 (4.0); 197 – Jacob Warner (I) pinned Elijah Sobas, :38 (2.0); hwt — Tony Cassioppi (I) pinned Christopher Island, 2:13 (1.0); 125 — Elijah-Griffin (CB) Dec. Aidan Harris, 9-4 (2.0); 133 – Brody Teske (I) Dec. Hunter Leake, 6-4 (2.0); 141 — Drew Bennett (I) Dec. Edison Alanis, 16-5 (7.0); 149 — Max Murin (I) techn. Crash over Chaz Hallmark, 24-9, 6:52 (6.0)

TOTALS: Takedowns – Cal Baptist 2, Iowa 36; Reversals – Cal Baptist 3, Iowa 1; Escapes – Cal Baptist 24, Iowa 9; Nearfall Points – Cal Baptist 6, Iowa 18; Penalties awarded – Cal Baptist 1, Iowa 5; Riding times – Cal Baptist 1, Iowa 5; Total Match Points – Cal Baptist 42, Iowa 111

A-14,587. Referees – Jason Wedgbury, Jeron Quincy

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