Iowa Wrestler Anthony Cassioppi Wins Triple Crown -- Again

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Hawkeyevodka's picture

Cass is a phenomenal recruit and heavyweight. I watched a few of his Fargo matches and just destroyed guys. I also saw his last match with Gable and it wasn’t close. It’s perplexing to understand how there is so much distance between the top recruit and a great recruit.

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Brinzerian Wisdom's picture

Gable's a generational talent. There's a ton of great HWs coming in over the next couple years. Cass, Parris, Schultz, Kirkleivit, Nevills. And I'd be surprised if any of them win a match against Gable in his whole career. Cass might be the best of the rest though. He dominated Fargo.

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therealCatnuts's picture

Well at least he has a great damn name 

Gable

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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RossWB's picture

So many of these guys are going to B1G schools, too -- Cassioppi (Iowa), Steveson (Minnesota), Parris (Michigan), Nevills (Penn State). OSU has Chase Singletary as well. Heavyweight is going to be absolutely brutal in the Big Ten for the next 4-5 years. 

Schultz just announced (last night!) that he's going to Arizona State, so he'll be avoiding the B1G meat grinder... Kerkvliet is headed to Okie State, so he'll also be staying away from the B1G meat grinder. 

Brinzerian Wisdom's picture

Kerkvliet just reopened his recruiting and announced he is looking at the Cowpokes, the Bucks, Nebby, and Penn State. Damn.

Regardless, Cass is going to be a good one. But he may be stuck in the thick of the toughest HW bracket in NCAA history his whole time as a Hawkeye

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tyger1147's picture

This is similar to the point I was making when the OSU writer said "you've never sen someone that big move that fast and quick." Maybe not on the mat, I guess, bu Kyle Snyder was 5'11" 225 lbs. Saquon Barkley is 10 lbs heavier. Obi Melifonwu was 6'4", 225 lbs and ran a 4.40.

Quite simply, the best big athletes (over 200lbs) in America are not wrestling. When they decide to wrestle, they are better than the rest. 

Imagine Brian Urlacher wrestling. Or better yet, imagine AJ Epenesa at 6'5", 277lbs, his plus wingspan, tremendous strength and easy athleticism wrestling. Woof.

Sure, there is A LOT that goes into wrestling, but if you're a stud defensive end, the chances that you would be successful at werstling is high.

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Herk Whatcha Mama Gave Ya's picture

I think there's a decent chance Cassioppi's championship window opens up somewhat in 2023 (yeesh that a long way away). Gable figures to go right away as a true freshman this season, so with Cassioppi taking a redshirt (yes, I'm still pretty convinced that Stoll will be good to go this year) he'll be a 5th year senior going for a title absent Gable in the weight class.

Based on recent performances he does seem to have separated himself a bit from the other crop of elite heavyweight prospects, plus he'll have the benefit going up against Stoll in the room and making a steady transition to the D1 level by sitting out that first year to train.

He already seems to be in decent shape and wrestles with a high tempo, aggressive style for a young big guy, so I don't know how you could be anything but bullish on his future addition to the Hawkeye lineup.

We're far too early in his career to be projecting and/or conceding future NCAA title's of course, but even if one were to never come to fruition Cassioppi will still be supremely valuable in team races with his placement and bonus point potential.

New phone, who dis?

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RossWB's picture

Yeah, Cassioppi's best shot is probably if his eligibility doesn't sync up 100% with Steveson. I have to imagine Steveson will wrestle this year as a true freshman -- he's good enough to contend immediately, so why wait? Cass probably only wrestles this year if Stoll is medically incapable of wrestling and for Sammy's sake, I hope that's not the case. 

tyger1147's picture

2020 Olympics. Does Stevenson take a year off to train?

meh

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BirthdayPitchers's picture

How the hell does a wrestler named "Gable" go to Minnesota???

Oh, my choices are Keystone Light or Keystone Light? I guess I'll go with Keystone Light.

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RossWB's picture

He lives in Minnesota (he goes to Apple Valley High School) and his brother is already on the Minnesota team. (Honestly, if taking on Bobby Steveson meant you'd also get 4 years of Gable Steveson, every coach in the country would do it.) 

therealCatnuts's picture

Didn’t Iowa have another recent recruit named Gable that initially committed and then decommitted?

I spent half my life's earnings on wine, women, and song. The other half I wasted.

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RossWB's picture

I can't recall. We obviously get linked to anyone with the Gable name, but sometimes it's tough to tell how serious the interest is.

It will definitely be painful to see a Gable wrecking shop against Iowa, though. That hasn't happened since the One True Gable was wrestling for ISU -- and that was before most of us were ever born. 

Brinzerian Wisdom's picture

We definitely recruited him. In the end, he's from Minny, liked the idea of restarting the Gopher HW tradition, and won't have Stoll in the way as a true frosh (honestly though Gable will be a tall order for a healthy Stoll)

Gable's the reason the HW class got gobbled up so late this year. All the big schools held out for him, and then the dominos fell quickly once he announced. Cass was a great pick up and a guy who, most years, would have been the best in the class. Cass is very decorated nationally, and has the body type of a true HW. It's just that Gable is too p4p in his class, probably the top junior level HW in the world, and a top 5 senior level HW in yhe US as a high schooler. His only real weakness so far was when he couldnt handle Coon's size at tge US Open earlier this year. But there's no one else with Coon's size so that migjt not translate that well.

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houksyndrome's picture

Apparently Abe Assad just committed to the Hawks!  I don't know much about him but the HR fan community is very excited about him.  #1 ranked guy at 182 pounds (#13 p4p in Class of 2019 by Flo).  Our wrestling program's been doing some 'crootin lately!

Neil Peart stands alone

Here, have some of these smelling salts.