Here is this week’s press release from the Iowa Style Wrestling club:
Iowa Style Wrestlers at Midlands
The Ken Kraft Midlands open is one of the toughest tournaments in the nation, and some weight classes can be even harder than the NCAA tournament. Since Midlands is open, post-graduates are allowed to compete, like NCAA finalists Montell Marion and Daniel Dennis from the University of Iowa and former All-American Bekzod Abdurakhmonov from Clarion University. Also, because this is an open, redshirt wrestlers are allowed to compete like All-American Ryan Mango from Stamford University. Along with the post-graduates and redshirts, there are a total of 92 ranked wrestlers competing at this year’s Midlands. The only way to compete at Midlands is to get invited or, similarly to New York’s local tournament Eastern States, if your team has a certain amount of slots in the tournament. This year more Iowa Style Wrestlers entered Midlands than ever before: Jacob Berkowitz (Scarsdale HS) of Northwestern, Penn Gottfried (Ardsley HS) of Columbia, Harrison Cook (Fox Lane HS) of UPenn, Andrew Lenzi (Fordham Prep) of UPenn, Jack Mckeever (Brookfield HS) of Binghamton and Steven Rodrigues (Fox Lane HS) of Illinois.
While no one placed many people had very good tournaments, like Andrew Lenzi at 149 lbs who won his first two matches before losing to post graduate and former NCAA finalist from Iowa, Montell Marion.
Penn Gottfried at 125 lbs, Steven Rodrigues at 141 lbs and Harrison Cook at 174 lbs all won their opening bouts, but Gottfried lost to fifth seed Sprenkle from North Dakota and Cook lost to eventual champion and nationally ranked Kokesh from Nebraska.