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Recruiting Class of 2020 goes from very, very good to great

Iowa Wrestling has been on a roll out on the recruiting trail. I have been stating for several months now on my Iowa Wrestling Fan Podcast and this blog that the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020 is a very, very, good class. It is time for an update.

The recent additions of Brentli Reyna and Leif Schroeder have pushed the Recruiting Class of 2020 from very, very good to great. For both quantity and quality, this recruiting class has to rank right up there with the best recruiting classes in the Tom Brands era of the past thirteen years.  

Iowa received a verbal commitment from so many of the elite names in this class early that I think maybe we forget how good this class really is.  The trend in recruiting has definitely went to getting a commitment from a wrestler in their junior year. Iowa received a verbal commitment from Patrick Kennedy, Cullen and Colby Schriever, and Jesse Ybarra before they began their junior season of wrestling.  Gabe Christenson committed in March and had a real good performance at Junior Nationals this summer.

Now the Hawks have added in Leif Schroeder on October 25 and Brentli Reyna on October 29.  Schroeder is on track to win four state titles in Montana and was not on my radar for Iowa recruits until he took an official visit over Homecoming weekend on October 19. 

I do not believe there is another recruit that has shot up the recruiting rankings the way that Reyna has the last several weeks.  Reyna won the Grappler Fall Classic earlier this month where he beat two highly ranked wrestlers. But is was his performance at Super 32 that really got the attention of the entire country.  Reyna won the 145 lbs. title by defeating the #10, #5, and #1 ranked wrestler in the country. He was then named Wrestler of the Week by Adidas. Brentli Reyna is a huge addition for Iowa Wrestling.

Patrick Kennedy and Jesse Ybarra were very impressive at Who’s #1.  Both won a big match and with the Iowa style of attacking and scoring against the best competition in the country.  Having two wrestlers like this both ranked #1 in the country at their weight is huge for Iowa Wrestling.

Cullan and Colby Schriever were recovering from injuries from the state tournament in February and were unable to compete in freestyle this summer. Both are back in training and I look for them to both have a big senior season.  Cullan Schriever is still an elite recruit with a ton of potential. 

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Recruiting Class of 2020 will be Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  

Iowa has already started in on the Recruiting Class of 2021 when they received a verbal commitment from Wyatt Henson.  That is a great start to a recruiting class.

Iowa Wrestling is still very hot on the Recruiting Trail and I am hoping for more commitments before the high school season begins.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs. 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. 

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs.

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

Bretli Reyna – Homestead, Florida (South Dade HS)

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – St. Louis, Missouri  132 lbs.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

 

157 lbs. Preview: Kaleb Young

Kaleb Young is ready to go for a huge year for the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Young saw action at 157, 165, and 174 as a freshman in 2018 as a part-time starter.  Last season every match was at 157 that ended with a fifth place finish at the NCAA Tournament.  Young was 24-7 last season with three pins, three tech falls, and five major decisions.

There are two highlights that stand out for me for Young from last year.  The amazing throw he scored against #9 ranked Steve Bleise of Minnesota in the closing seconds of the dual meet will be on highlight clips for years to come.  I would think we as fans will see that clip along with Mark Ironside commentary on the jumbotron in Carver before every home meet this season.

The two wins that Young had against Ryan Deakin of Northwestern at the NCAAs in the Quarterfinals and fifth place match stand out as well.  Young won both matches in overtime off of his shot for a takedown. A month later Deakin defeated two-time World medalist James Green in the finals to win a U.S. Open title. That made the wins that Young had look even bigger. Deakin had defeated Young 6-2 in the Midlands finals in December.  That is very good growth and improvement in the second half of the season and at money time at the NCAAs.

I always like to point out that Young was the first wrestler to commit to Iowa out of the Young Guns Wrestling Club in Pittsburgh, PA.  Young was not a real big recruit when he committed before the beginning of his junior year. He then went on to have a real good season and was a highly ranked recruit by the time he made his way from Punxsutawney, PA to Iowa City to be a Hawkeye.  Young is always improving with his constant grind and work ethic. I look for that to continue this season.

I will keep stating what I have said throughout the off-season.  Should Kaleb Young improve half as much as he did last season, he will be in the NCAA national finals with a very good chance to win it all.  I do not see how you can bet against this guy. I know I am not.  

 

2019 NCAA Championships

Kaleb Young (24-7) placed 5th and scored 12.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 won by tech fall over Dan Reed (Columbia) 28-10 (TF-1.5 3:47 (16-1))
  • Champ. Round 2 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 won by major decision over Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) 21-11 (MD 14-2)
  • Quarterfinal – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 won in sudden victory – 1 over Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) 33-7 (SV-1 7-5)
  • Semifinal – Tyler Berger (Nebraska) 28-4 won by decision over Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 (Dec 5-3)
  • Cons. Semi – Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) 24-8 won by decision over Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 (Dec 6-2)
  • 5th Place Match – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 24-7 won in sudden victory – 1 over Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) 33-7 (SV-1 7-5)

 

2019 Big Ten Championships

  • Champ. Round 1 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 20-5 won by forfeit over Jake Tucker (Michigan State) 21-15 (For.)
  • Quarterfinal – Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) 18-7 won by decision over Kaleb Young (Iowa) 20-5 (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 20-5 won by major decision over Jake Danishek (Indiana) 18-13 (MD 8-0)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 20-5 won by major decision over Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) 20-9 (MD 11-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Kaleb Young (Iowa) 20-5 won by decision over Steve Bleise (Minnesota) 18-7 (Dec 4-1)
  • 3rd Place Match – Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) 18-7 won by decision over Kaleb Young (Iowa) 20-5 (Dec 5-3)

 

157 lbs. Ratings by TrackWrestling on October 15

  1. Hayden Hidlay – North Carolina State, Jr
  2. Kaleb Young – Iowa, Jr
  3. Ryan Deakin – Northwestern, Jr
  4. Larry Early – Old Dominion, Sr
  5. Josh Humphreys – Lehigh, So
  6. Taleb Rahmani – Pittsburgh, Sr
  7. Anthony Artalona – Penn, So
  8. Justin Thomas – Oklahoma, Jr

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Reyna commits to Iowa

Bretli Reyna of South Dade High School in Homestead, FL has given a verbal commitment to the University of Iowa. Reyna is a highly ranked recruit that is shooting up the rankings after winning Super 32 recently where he defeated three nationally ranked wrestlers. He was named as the Adidas High School Wrestler of the Week for winning Super 32. 

Reyna is currently ranked #35 on the FloWrestling Big Boarard of all the recruits in the country.  The great performance at Super 32 drove Reyna up the rankings from #96. Reyna is already a three-time State champion entering his senior season at South Dade, the same high school as Patricio Lugo.   

Willie Saylor of FloWrestling reported that Reyna chose Iowa over Lehigh and is projected at 149/157 for the Hawks.

 

145 lbs. title at Super 32 – The toughest folkstyle tournament in the country

Rd 1 – Bye

Rd 2 – Brentli Reyna MD over Hunter Hockensmith (MA) 16-6

Rd 3 – Brentli Reyna MD over Oscar Aranda (CA) 18-4

Rd 4 – Brentli Reyna MD over Adam Thebeau (IL) 10-0

Rd 5 – Brentli Reyna MD over Jack Janda (NJ) 16-6

Quarterfinals – Brentli Reyna dec over Joey Zargo NJ (ranked #5 in the country) 9-6

Semifinals: Brentli Reyna dec over Ed Scott (PA) (ranked #10 in the country) 9-7 

Finals: Brentli Reyna dec over Josh Saunders (MO) (ranked #1 in the country) 8-7

 

Reyna adds to the already stacked Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.  

Iowa Wrestling is definitely on a roll out On the Recruiting Trail.  This is the third big recruit that Iowa has landed in the last nine days as the Hawks also received verbals from Wyatt Henson and Leif Schroeder.

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Recruiting Class of 2020 will be Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  

Iowa Wrestling is still very hot On the Recruiting Trail and I am hoping for more commitments before the high school season begins.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs. 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. 

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs.

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

Bretli Reyna – Homestead, Florida (South Dade HS)

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – St. Louis, Missouri  132 lbs.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

 

Schroeder commits to Iowa Wrestling

Leif Schroeder of Bozeman, Montana announced on Twitter that he will be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Last season as a junior, Schroeder was 45-0 with 37 pins, 2 tech falls, and 2 major decisions in winning a Montana 2A state title at 132 lbs.  He also won a state title as a freshman and sophomore. Schroeder will be joining a very, very good Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2020.  

National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Recruiting Class of 2020 will be Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Schroeder is the second commit from the great group of recruits that Iowa Wrestling hosted last weekend.  Wyatt Hensen of St. Louis, Missouri in the Class of 2021 verbally committed to the Hawks on Sunday.  

Iowa Wrestling is very hot on the Recruiting Trail and I am hoping for more commitments before the high school season begins.

 

Recruiting Class of 2020

Patrick Kennedy – Kasson-Mantorville, MN 170 lbs. 

Cullan Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 126 lbs. 

Colby Schriever – Mason City, Iowa 138 lbs. 

Jesse Ybarra – Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS) 120 lbs. 

Gabe Christenson – Runnells, Iowa (Southeast Polk HS) 195 lbs.

Leif Schroeder – Bozeman, Montana  138 lbs.

 

Recruiting Class of 2021

Wyatt Henson – St. Louis, Missouri  132 lbs.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

Beatty named head coach at Highline College

Former Iowa wrestler Chad Beatty has been named as the new head wrestling coach at Highline College in Des Mones, Washington.  Highline is the only Junior College wrestling program in the state of Washington. Beatty has most recently been the head wrestling coach at Forest Grove High School in Forest Grove, Oregon.  He also coached under Mike Duroe at Cornell College.

Beatty was a two-time NCAA Qualifier at 197 lbs. in 2009 and 2010 for Tom Brands at the University of Iowa and a member of three NCAA and Big Ten championship teams, 2008-2010. He was a two-time state champion from Wilton, Iowa.  Beatty was a part of one of the greatest recruiting classes in Iowa High School wrestling history and definitely the best class ever for Eastern Iowa in 2005.  

Congratulations to Chad Beatty and best of luck at Highline College.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

149 lbs. Preview: Lugo

The best example of depth on the Iowa Wrestling team would be at 149 lbs.  The frontrunner for the varsity spot would be returning All-American Pat Lugo.  Last season Lugo was 23-10 and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships. He was 10-7 against ranked opponents and 7-1 in the Big Ten.  

Lugo was an NCAA Qualifier for Edinboro in 2016 and 2017 before transferring to Iowa where he took a redshirt in 2018.  

I look for Lugo to face some tough competition for the varsity spot from Vince Turk and Jeren Glosser. All three wrestlers are fifth year seniors and I look for a real battle for the top spot in the lineup. Turk represented Iowa at the NCAA Championships at 141 lbs. in 2018 and was named for the Most Improved Award at the annual team banquet. Last season Turk was replaced by Max Murin for the varsity spot at 141 and saw action in two Big Ten dual meets.  Glosser defeated three ranked wrestlers and wrestled varsity in two Big Ten dual meets last season at 157 and is cutting down to 149.

It is rare to have a wrestler going up a weight and one wrestler going down a weight to challenge a defending All-American.  This will make for an interesting battle. I would put Lugo as the favorite but I believe Midlands will provide an opportunity for one of these wrestlers to make a strong stand as the top wrestler at 149.  There is also a chance that there may be a wrestle-off taking place late into the season. 

I see 149 as the most open weight class in the country.   A lot can happen between now and March. Whoever takes the mat for the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Big Ten Championships will be an All American contender that was made tougher by the competition in the room to make the varsity lineup.  This is the very type of competition that will make Iowa a strong contender for the team title. 

 

2019 NCAA Tournament

Pat Lugo (23-10) placed 8th and scored 5.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 won by decision over Joshua Maruca (Arizona State) 17-14 (Dec 5-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 won in sudden victory – 2 over Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) 17-16 (SV-2 4-2)
  • Quarterfinal – Micah Jordan (Ohio State) 29-3 won by decision over Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 (Dec 10-3)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 won by decision over Thomas Thorn (Minnesota) 21-12 (Dec 4-0)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Mitch Finesilver (Duke) 33-5 won by decision over Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 (Dec 6-3)
  • 7th Place Match – Jarrett Degen (Iowa State) 29-8 won by decision over Pat Lugo (Iowa) 23-10 (Dec 11-9)

 

2019 Big Ten Championships

  • Champ. Round 1 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 20-7 won by decision over Jordan Shearer (Nebraska) 10-10 (Dec 8-5)
  • Quarterfinal – Brady Berge (Penn State) 18-5 won in sudden victory – 2 over Pat Lugo (Iowa) 20-7 (SV-2 4-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 20-7 won by major decision over Jaden Enriquez (Michigan State) 16-20 (MD 12-3)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 20-7 won by decision over Shayne Oster (Northwestern) 12-12 (Dec 7-4)
  • Cons. Semi – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 20-7 won by decision over Thomas Thorn (Minnesota) 18-10 (Dec 6-4)
  • 3rd Place Match – Pat Lugo (Iowa) 20-7 won by decision over Cole Martin (Wisconsin) 20-11 (Dec 11-6)

 

149 lbs. Ratings by TrackWrestling on October 15

  1. Austin O’Connor – North Carolina, So
  2. Brock Mauller –  Missouri, So
  3. Jarrett Degen – Iowa State, Jr
  4. Pat Lugo – Iowa, Sr
  5. Boo Lewallen – Oklahoma St, Sr
  6. Max Thomsen – UNI, Sr
  7. Brock Zacherl – Clarion, Sr
  8. Brayton Lee – Minnesota, Fr

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

 

Miracle to compete at U23 Worlds

Kayla Miracle of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club will be competing in the U23 World Freestyle Championships in Budapest, Hungary on October 31-November 1.  Miracle will represent Team USA at 62kg/136.5 lbs. Miracle recently competed in the Senior World Freestyle Championships and placed fifth at 62kg in 2017 and 2018 at the U23 World Championships.

Miracle qualified for the U23 Worlds by winning the Women’s National Championships in Irving, TX in May where she was 5-0 with five tech falls.

Miracle won a Silver medal at the Cadet World Championships in 2012 and a Bronze at the 2014 and 2016 Junior World Championships.

U.S. Women’s Coach Terry Steiner will coach Team USA.  Steiner was an NCAA national champion and three-time All-American at Iowa.

TrackWrestling will have full coverage of the U23 World Championships with live streaming for all matches.   

 

U23 World Championships

Kayla Miracle – 62 kg

 

Thursday, October 31

Qualification Rounds – 53, 57, 62, 65, 72kg

3:30 AM – 7:30 AM 

Semifinal Round – 53, 57, 62, 65, 72kg

10:15 AM – 11 AM 

 

Friday, November 1

Finals – 53, 57, 62, 65, 72kg

11 AM

*****All times  listed are CST.

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Zadick named to NWHOF

Bill Zadick has been named as a member of the Class of 2020 to be inducted as a Distinguished Member into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held at the 44th Annual Honors Weekend on June 5-6, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Zadick is very deserving of this honor and has been a champion at every level of our sport of wrestling as a competitor and coach.  After winning four state titles (1988-91) in Great Falls, Montana, Zadick joined the Iowa Hawkeye program and wrestled for legendary coach Dan Gable. In 1995 Zadick placed fifth in the country and in 1996 he won an NCAA National title at 142 lbs. Zadick was a Big Ten champ at 142 lbs. in 1996.  As a member of the Iowa Wrestling team, the Hawks won four NCAA championship team titles and five Big Ten titles

Zadick then pursued a successful career in International wrestling. He placed second at the U.S Olympic Team Trials in 2000 and 2008 and represented Team USA and medaled at the World Cup and Pan Ams several times.  He represented Team USA at the 2001 World Freestyle Championships.  Zadick reached the top of the wrestling world when he won a World title at 66 kg/145 lbs. at the 2006 World Freestyle Championships in Guangzhou, China.

Zadick then became a coach for Team USA in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center.  He has held the title of every coaching position in USA Wrestling including Developmental Coach, Residential Coach, and Assistant Coach.  Following the 2016 Olympics, Zadick was named Head Coach of USA Wrestling for Men’s Freestyle. In his first year as head Coach, Zadick led Team USA to their first World Team Title since 1995.

I have known Bill since he came to Iowa in the fall of 1991 and I can honestly say that he is a great guy and very deserving.  A very hard worker and one tough guy that leads by example. It is a source of pride to have a former Hawk coaching our USA Freestyle team.  Bill Zadick now takes his place with the all-time greats in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Congratulations Bill Zadick.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!

141 lbs. Preview: Max Murin

Max Murin will return to the lineup at 141 lbs. for the Hawks for his sophomore season.  Murin finished last season with a strong performance at the NCAA Championships by defeating two ranked opponents and wrestling in the Quarterfinals.  

Murin finished last season with a 17-10 record with three pins and four major decisions.  After a seventh place finish at the Big Ten’s, Murin picked up two big wins to start the NCAA Tournament with a first round win over #7 ranked Tristan Moran of Wisconsin, 3-2.  In the Round of 16 Murin avenged a regular season loss by defeating #9 ranked Michael Carr of Illinois, 4-3. After dropping a close match in the Quarterfinals, Murin was eliminated from the NCAA tournament in the Round of 12.  

For Murin to make it to the Quarterfinals and Round of 12 was an accomplishment last year.  Now we need to look ahead to what Murin can accomplish this season. To start with, when talking about Murin I always think about what his club coach Jody Strittmatter of Young Guns had to say about him.  I have interviewed Strittmater for my blog and podcast. He had the same theme about Murin each time.  

Murin was in Young Guns surrounded by state, national, and even World champions.  He was not as talented or successful as his teammates, but he continued to work hard and improve. Strittmatter always made a point to mention that Murin had a close relationship with the weight room and was always working on improving his strength and overall wrestling skills.  As a senior in high school Murin had developed into a top recruit and made his way from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania (Central Cambria HS) to Iowa.

With the top three place winners from last year lost to graduation or redshirt, 141 has cleared out quite a bit. Murin is again surrounded by world class talent in the lighter weights in the Iowa room.  Now is the time for Murin to make a big jump in his wrestling and make a move for the Hawks. 

The biggest obstacle will be finishing shots for clean takedowns.  Murin was in deep on shots on all of his opponents last season, but finishing was an issue.  Most of Murin’s matches in the regular season and all of his matches at Big Tens and Nationals were very low scoring where there is very little room for error.  Murin did show good mat wrestling with effective riding, but he had few turns in the big matches. We need to see the transition from just riding to turning and pinning.  

So many wrestlers make a huge jump in their wrestling after that first year in the varsity lineup.  About all I can say is that everything is in place for Max Murin to have a very good year for the Hawks.

For Iowa to win the 2020 national team title they will need more than the two points Murin scored at Nationals last year at 141 lbs.  I am confident that will happen and Murin will find his way onto the podium as an All-American. What place Murin ends up at will depend on his development in technique finishing his shots for takedowns and putting matches away at the end.  The potential is definitely there at one of the more open weights in the country.   

 

2019 NCAA National Championships 

Max Murin (17-10) scored 2.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Max Murin (Iowa) won by decision over #7 Tristan Moran (Wisconsin)  (Dec 3-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Max Murin (Iowa) won by decision over #9 Michael Carr (Illinois) (Dec 4-3)
  • Quarterfinal – #3 Nick Lee (Penn State) 31-4 won by decision over Max Murin (Iowa) (Dec 4-1)
  • Cons. Round 4 – #13 Chad Red (Nebraska) 22-14 won by decision over Max Murin (Iowa) (Dec 4-1)

 

2019 Big Ten Championships

  • Champ. Round 1 – Max Murin (Iowa) won by decision over Nate Limmex (Purdue) (Dec 4-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Nick Lee (Penn State) won by decision over Max Murin (Iowa) (Dec 8-3)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Max Murin (Iowa) won by decision over Pete Lipari (Rutgers) (Dec 6-2)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Mitch McKee (Minnesota) won by decision over Max Murin (Iowa) (Dec 2-1)
  • 7th Place Match – Max Murin (Iowa) won by decision over Michael Carr (Illinois) (Dec 3-1)

 

141 lbs. TrackWrestling Ratings on October 15.:

  1. Dom Demas – Oklahoma, So
  2. Nick Lee – Pennn State, Jr
  3. Grant Leeth, Missouir, Jr
  4. Mitch McKee – Minnesota, Sr
  5. Kyle Shoop – Lock Haven, Sr
  6. Chad Red – Nebraska, Jr
  7. Tariq Wilson – N.C. State, Jr
  8. Ke-Shawn Hayes – Ohio St, Sr
  9. Max Murin – Iowa, So

 

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks! 

Henson commits to Iowa Wrestling

Iowa Wrestling hosted recruits this weekend over homecoming and they have already struck gold. The Hawks received a verbal commitment from Wyatt Henson of Missouri to join the program.  Hensen is ranked #7 at 132 lbs. by FloWrestling and is projected to compete at 141 lbs. in college. Henson placed third at 126 at Junior Nationals in Fargo last summer and third at 126 at Cadets in 2018.  This marks the first commitment for the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2021.

Henson is what you want for an Iowa Wrestling recruit.  He is well known for being aggressive, technically sound, hard working, and in great shape.  A huge plus for me when evaluating Henson is that he is on the rise and still progressing at a high rate in his career and I look for those improvements to continue throughout college.  This is a very good pick up for the Hawks.

Wyatt is the son of Sammy Henson who was a 1998 World champion, 2000 Olympic Silver medalist, and 2006 World Bronze medalist.  The relationship of Sammy Henson with Tom and Terry Brands would go back for many years on the international wrestling scene for Team USA. Sammy and Terry were teammates on the 2000 Olympic Team and Tom Brands was involved in coaching for Team USA on World and Olympic teams of that era.

I will follow Henson’s junior season this year along with the other committed recruits of Iowa Wrestling.  As with last season, I will have a blog to tell you when and where the recruits will compete that weekend and a follow up blog with results for the entire high school and freestyle season.

Henson is the first commit so far from the group of recruits that visited this weekend and I am hoping there are more to come in the near future for Iowa Wrestling.  I will keep you posted.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!