Jacob Warner has been holding down 197 in the Iowa lineup for the past five years and is a rare five-time All American. Warner was a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017. Originally from Tolono, Illinois Warner competed for Washington High School. In high school Warner was a three-time state champion and four-time finalist.

He won a Cadet and Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman national title. In 2016 Warner won a Bronze medal at the Cadet World Freestyle Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

During his true freshman year as a redshirt Warner was a UWW Junior Nationals champion and competed at the UWW Junior World Freestyle Championships in Trnava, Slovakia. He placed seventh in the country as a redshirt freshman. In the Covid year of 2020 Warner placed third at Big Tens and was seeded fifth at 197 when the NCAA Tournament was canceled.

After placing fourth in 2021 Warner was an NCAA National Runner up in 2022. After entering the tournament this year as a fourteenth seed Warner placed fifth at a deep and talented 197 lbs. weight class.

Off the mat Warner was very successful academically. Jacob Warner has already graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance. He is currently working on a Master’s degree in Business Analytics.

Warner is a five-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and has been named as an NWCA Scholar Athlete three times. At the awards banquet last week Warner received the J. Donald McPike, Sr. Award for the senior with the highest GPA and was co-recipient of the Most Courageous Award with Max Murin.

I also need to mention the memorable entrance song for Warner at home meets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen.

Even though Warner became a five-time all American and dropped a real close match in the NCAA Finals some fans were pretty harsh online with criticism. Those fans exercised their First Amendment rights to criticize Warner. I will now exercise my First Amendment rights by telling all of those Jacob Warner critics to kiss my ass.

Whatever field Warner goes into I look for him to continue winning. I can see him being a successful business owner with a high net worth.

Good luck and thank you Jacob Warner for representing Iowa Wrestling so well on and off the mat.


Jacob Warner – 197 lbs. Five-time All American

2019 – 7th 

2020 – All American

2021 – 4th

2022 – 2nd

2023 – 5th


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!