Incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits Keyan Hernandez(Montana) and Angelo Ferrari(Texas) were named as state winners of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA).

The National Wrestling Hall Of Fame announced the state winners who are now eligible for the Regional selection. 

Hernandez will be in the West Region with Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Ferrari will be in the Central Region with Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.


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From of USA Wrestling:

The DSHSEA was established in 1996 to honor Olympic and World champion Dave Schultz, whose career was cut short when he was murdered in January 1996. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1997 and as a member of the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.

The DSHSEA recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

DSHSEA winners are evaluated and selected on the basis of three criteria: success and standout performances and sportsmanship in wrestling; review of GPA and class rank, academic honors and distinctions; and participation in activities that demonstrate commitment to character and community.


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Hernandez and Ferrari are in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024.

Hernandez recently won his fourth Montana state title for Billings West High School in Billing, Montana with a 40-0 record and had a 131-1 career record.

Earlier this month Hernandez won the Senior division 126 lbs. title at the NHSCA High School Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Hernandez was the first member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2024 when he committed to the Hawks on October 1, 2022.

Ferrari has been the #1 P4P (pound for pound) ranked wrestler in the country by both FloWrestling and MatScouts.

Ferrari was the #1 overall ranked recruit in the Class of 2024 by Flo last season. He committed to the University of Iowa on May 31, 2023.

The last two years Ferrari won a state title at 175 lbs. for Melissa High School in Melissa, Texas. 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!