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Hawkeyes’ Schriever ready to ‘let it fly’

Cullan Schriever, who wrestled three matches in two days a week ago, ended more like himself than when he started.

The 133-pounder from Iowa scored a 2-0 win over Rich Treanor of the Army in the Hawkeyes’ game on November 17 at West Point, but amassed 43 points in two games at the arm bar the next day at the Armory event in Albany , New York

“The last two games of this journey, that’s me. I like to let it fly, put points on the board,” said Schriever. “I know I’m a high-octane offensive wrestler who’s always attacking.”

That approach has helped the second division side from Mason City, Iowa, open the season with a 7-0 record.

He is expected to face his first opponent of the season on Saturday when second-ranked Iowa takes on 21st-ranked Penn in a 2 p.m. dual at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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Schriever is likely to face Quaker 10th-ranked Michael Colaiocco, a two-time NCAA qualifier who posted a 21-2 overall record last season.

“Saturday is a great opportunity for Cullan to hit the mat against a high-level guy who’s a good wrestler,” said Iowa coach Tom Brands. “Penn comes here feeling good. We have to be ready.”

Brands said that wasn’t a problem for Schriever, whose work in the tackles followed a first-place finish at the Luther Open.

“He gets better every time. He missed some time earlier, got pinched a bit but he’s back out there and getting better,” Brands said. “It will be good for him to be out there on Saturday, good for the fans but even better for Cullan.”

Schriever said the experience he gained during Iowa’s trip to New York, which he expects to gain in his first game this season at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, will only help him.

“I feel good where I am. I feel better every time and I’m looking forward to Saturday to gain more experience,” said Schriever.

Competing with Brody Teske for the 133rd spot, Schriever’s approach remains unchanged.

He said his energies are focused on being the best he can be from one game to the next.

“I control what I can control, focus on what I can do and try to improve my performance on the mat,” Schriever said. “I simplify as much as I can and do what I can to succeed.”

Schriever is one of three Hawkeyes preparing to face top-10 opponents in Penn Duals.

Max Murin, ranked seventh at No. 149, is expected to see Doug Zapf at No. 10, and Iowa lists Caleb Rathjen and Cobe Siebrecht at No. 157 as potential starters, where Penn forecasts Anthony Artalona at No. 10 to compete in the team’s first doubles to start the season.

Brands is looking for quicker starts from the Hawkeyes, which he says cost both Jacob Warner and Tony Cassioppi 197 pounds in 285 losses at Tuesday’s National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic.

“We didn’t get to our turns and didn’t have a chance to put points on the board,” Brands said. “We have to score quickly, score first. We can definitely get better at that.”

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