It was another big weekend of wrestling for our incoming recruits. Brady Benham (OK) and Cadence Diduch (IL) capped off undefeated seasons by winning a state title. 

Miguel Estrada (CA) placed fourth at 150 lbs. at State. 

Leo Deluca placed second at 120 lbs. at the National Prep Wrestling Championships in Bethlehem, PA. 

Joe Kennedy won the 152 lbs. title at Section 1AA Individual and will have the Minnesota State Tournament next weekend.

As I have done for years I will continue to post a blog of where our incoming recruits will be competing for the weekend and a follow up blog with results.


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Recruiting Class of 2024

Dru Ayala – Fort Dodge, Iowa  120 lbs.

Season completed – 3rd place.


Keyan Hernandez – Billings (West), Montana 126 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.


Miguel Estrada – Bakersfield (Frontier HS), California  150 lbs.

Th-Sat  Feb 22-24 – at State (Bakersfield)

Rd 1 – Miguel Estrada (Frontier) Fall Aydan Ducharme (Vacaville) 1:39

Rd 2 – Miguel Estrada (Frontier) tech fall Jacob Belden (San Clemente) 19-4

Quarterfinals –  Miguel Estrada (Frontier) decision Jaxtyn Frost (Buchanan) 5-2

Semifinals – Laird Root (Poway) decision Miguel Estrada (Frontier) 3-1

Cons Semis – Miguel Estrada (Frontier) maj dec Anthony Berg (Whitney) 16-7

3rd Place – Ethan Parco (Los Gatos) decision Miguel Estrada (Frontier) 2-1


Angelo Ferrari – Melissa, Texas  175 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.


Jake Howell –  Glenwood Village (Cherry Creek HS), Colorado  215 lbs.

Season completed – 2nd place.


Kael Voinovich – City High HS, Iowa City, Iowa  157 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.


Joe Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, Minnesota  152 lbs.

Fri/Sat Feb 23-24 – at Section 1AA Individual (Rochester)

Quarterfinal – Joseph Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by fall over Caden Hyke (Stewartville) (Fall 0:17)

Semifinal – Joseph Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by tech fall over Slade Barnett (Waseca) (TF-1.5 3:10 (15-0))

1st Place Match – Joseph Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville) won by major decision over Laiken Copeman (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) (MD 15-5)


Brady Benham – Sperry, Oklahoma  165 lbs.

Th/Sat Feb 22-24 – at Oklahoma State Championships (Oklahoma City)

Quarterfinal – Brady Benham (SPERRY) won by major decision over Seth Elam (SALINA) (MD 9-1)

Semifinal – Brady Benham (SPERRY) won by fall over Lubbock Drake (WARNER) (Fall 1:46)

1st Place Match – Brady Benham (SPERRY) won by decision over Kyle Harrall (HINTON) (Dec 5-0)


Recruiting Class of 2025

Leo DeLuca  – Blair Academy New Jersey  120 lbs.

Sat Feb 24 – at National Prep Wrestling Championships (Bethlehem, PA)

Rd 1 – Leo DeLuca (Blair) Fall over Cayden Farver (Loyola-Blakefield)  1:41

Quarterfinals – Leo DeLuca (Blair) Fall over Maddox Preskit (Bishop Lynch) 1:18

Semifinals – Leo DeLuca (Blair) decision over Lukas Littelton (Malvern Prep 4-1

Finals – Nate Desmond (Wyoming Seminary) decision over Leo DeLuca (Blair) 5-3


Leister Bowling – Mead, Colorado  175 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.


Women’s Recruiting Class of 2024

Val Solorio – Canon-McMillan HS, Pennsylvania  100 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


Karlee Brooks – Valiant College Prep HS (Phoenix, AZ)  120 lbs.

No competition scheduled.


Cadence Diduch – Freeport, Illinois  135 lbs.

Fri/Sat Feb 23-24 – at Illinois Girls Individual State Finals (Bloomington)

Champ. Round 1 – Cadence Diduch (Freeport (H.S.)) won by fall over Leann Cory (Collinsville) (Fall 1:58)

Quarterfinal – Cadence Diduch (Freeport (H.S.)) won by fall over Maggie Zuber (Chicago (Mother McAuley)) (Fall 1:11)

Semifinal – Cadence Diduch (Freeport (H.S.)) won by major decision over Jenna Tuxhorn (Chatham (Glenwood)) (MD 13-2)

1st Place Match – Cadence Diduch (Freeport (H.S.)) won by major decision over Natalie Beaumont (Toledo (Cumberland)) (MD 10-1)


Kiara Djoumessi – Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa  140 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.


Naomi Simon – Decorah, Iowa 170 lbs.

Season completed – State Champion.


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!