Five Hawkeyes are seeded fifth or better, including top-seeded Thomas Gilman at 125, No. 2 Michael Kemerer at 157, No. 3 Sammy Brooks at 184, No. 4 Cory Clark at 133, and No. 5 Brandon Sorensen at 157. Alex Meyer is seeded 11th at 174.
Five of Iowa’s six seeded wrestlers are returning All-Americans. Gilman, Clark, and Sorensen reached the NCAA finals last season, and Brooks and Meyer both placed eighth. Kemerer is making his NCAA debut with three unseeded Hawkeyes – Topher Carton (141), Joey Gunther (165), and Cash Wilcke (197).
Iowa competes at the national championships March 16-18 in St. Louis. Seven Hawkeyes earned automatic berths at the national qualifier, and the NCAA announced Tuesday and Wednesday that Joey Gunther and Cash Wilcke were awarded at-large bids.
The NCAA Championships begin March 16 at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Scottrade Center. Hawkeye fans can follow the tournament online at Hawkeye All-Access and ESPN3. The second round, semifinals, and finals will air live on ESPN. The opening round, quarterfinals, and Saturday’s medal round is on ESPNU.
IOWA’S FIRST ROUND NCAA MATCHUPS (# indicates tournament seed)
125 – #1 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) vs. Brent Fleetwood (Central Michigan)
133 – #4 Cory Clark (Iowa) vs. Connor Schram (Stanford)
141 – Topher Carton (Iowa) vs. Josh Heil (Campbell)
149 – #5 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) vs. Matthew Zovistoski (Appalachian State)
157 – #2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) vs. Casey Sparkman (Kent State)
165 – Joey Gunther (Iowa) vs. #13 Brandon Womack (Cornell)
174 – #11 Alex Meyer (Iowa) vs. Austin Dewey (Boise State)
184 – #3 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) vs. Nicholas Gravina (Rutgers)
197 – Cash Wilcke (Iowa) vs. #13 Tom Sleigh (Bucknell)