Ben Kueter announced on Twitter that he would compete in wrestling only for the upcoming 2024-25 season. Kueter was a member of the Iowa Football team as well as Iowa Wrestling last season as a redshirt in his true freshman year.

Kueter will concentrate on wrestling for the next ten months and return for Spring football in April of 2025.

Over the weekend Kueter won the 125kg title at the U20 World Team Trials  in Geneva, Ohio. He will represent Team USA at the 2024 U20 Freestyle World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain on September 2-8.

Kueter was a 2022 U20 World Champion at 97kg/213 lbs. 


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Ben Kueter:

“First off, I would like to thank Coach (Seth) Wallace and Coach Ferentz for letting me live out a dream of mine. Coach Wallace is the reason I chose to play football at Iowa. Secondly, I would like to thank my football brothers for making this last year so enjoyable. I’ve made bonds with those guys that will last a lifetime. With that being said, I would like to announce that I will be transitioning to just wrestling for the next 10 months in order to win a World Title, NCAA Title and a NCAA Team Title.”

“To meet those goals will require my full attention for the next 10 months, but this is not the end of my football career. I will start back up in spring ball. Thank you to the best fans in the world and Go Hawks!”


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The impact of having Kueter in the room concentrating on wrestling full time will be a big boost to the Iowa lineup and program. Kueter is the best talent to come out of Iowa in years as a four-time undefeated state champion from City High (Iowa City, Iowa). There are no limits to what Kueter can accomplish in his wrestling career.

This is the third new wrestler to add to the Iowa lineup for the 2024-25 season in the last two weeks. Kyle Parco announced that he is transferring to Iowa and Nelson Brands will be back next season.

Parco is a four-time All American at 149 lbs. from Arizona State. Nelson Brands was an NCAA All American at 174 lbs. in 2023 and did not compete last season. He received a medical hardship waiver from the 2022 season and will be competing for the Hawks this year.


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!