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Iowa Wrestling recruits competing in Greco-Roman Junior Nationals

Iowa Wrestling recruits are competing in the Greco-Roman Junior National tournament in Fargo, ND.  The Hawkeye recruits are fresh off a great showing in the Freestyle portion of Junior Nationals.  Freestyle national champions Jacob Warner (195 lbs.) from Washington, IL and Anthony Cassioppi (Hwt) from Roscoe, IL are looking to make it a clean sweep by adding a GR national title to their summer.  Warner should be a strong favorite to win the 195 lbs. GR title. Cassioppi, who placed third last year in GR at Hwt, has stiff competition in returning GR Junior national champion Brandon Metz of North Dakota.  Cassioppi defeated Metz 4-1 for the Junior title in Freestyle on Tuesday.

Aaron Costello (Hwt) of Dubuque, Iowa will be a contender for the title.  Costello placed sixth last year in GR at Hwt.  Myles Wilson (182 lbs.) of New Castle, CO will be looking to add to his sixth place finish in Freestyle.

Warner, Wilson, and Costello are a part of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that was ranked number one in the country.  Cassioppi is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

I will post results on:


Thursday, July 20:

Junior Greco-Roman: Session I – Preliminaries and Consolations     9 AM – 1 PM

Junior Greco-Roman: Session II – Preliminaries and Consolations     3 PM – 7:30 PM

Friday, July 21:

Junior Greco-Roman: Session III 1/8 Championship and Consolation     8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Junior Greco-Roman: Session IV Quarterfinals and Consolation     7 PM – 9 PM

Saturday July 22:

Junior Greco-Roman: Session V Semifinals and Consolation     10 AM – Noon

Junior Greco-Roman: Session VI Finals, Medal Matches & Awards     1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

*****All times are CST*****

Iowa Wrestling recruits Warner and Cassioppi win FS Junior National titles

Iowa Wrestling recruits Jacob Warner (195) and Anthony Cassioppi (Hwt) won Junior National Freestyle titles.  At the largest wrestling tournament in the world in Fargo ND, Warner and Cassioppi looked very impressive.

Warner, a senior from Washington, IL, was absolutely dominant in winning all seven of his matches by tech fall or fall in winning the Junior National title at 195 lbs.  In the finals, Warner won by an 11-0 tech fall over Myles Lee of Pennsylvania in 3:32.  Warner won a Cadet national title in both freestyle and Greco-Roman in 2015 at 170 lbs.  This marks the end of a very impressive high school career for Warner that also includes a bronze medal at the 2016 Cadet World Freestyle Championships last fall in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Warner is the top rated wrestler the country at 195 lbs. this year. Iowa Wrestling fans are eagerly waiting for Warner to appear on campus to begin his career as an Iowa Hawkeye.

Cassioppi, just a junior from Roscoe, IL, had a great tournament in winning the title at Hwt.  In his five matches to the finals, Cassioppi won by tech fall or fall.  In the finals, he defeated Brandon Metz of North Dakota 4-1 to capture the title.  Cassioppi won a gold medal at the Junior Pan Am Championships in Freestyle and Greco-Roman representing Team USA earlier this summer in Peru.  Against very tough competition at Junior National Duals, Disney Duals, Junior Pan Am Championships, and Junior National Freestyle, Cassioppi is an amazing 38-0.  That is a great summer of competition.

Myles Wilson placed sixth at 182 lbs.  Iowa Wrestling recruits Zach Axmear (152), and Aaron Costello (Hwt) failed to place but made a solid showing at Junior Nationals. Warner, Axmear, Wilson, and Costello are members of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that was ranked number one in the country.  Cassioppi is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

Great performance by the incoming Iowa Hawkeyes that should add to the momentum that Iowa Wrestling has going for them out on the recruiting trail.  

The future looks great for Iowa Wrestling.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.


195 lbs.

Rd 64: Jacob Warner, Washington, IL (IL) VSU1 Jake Erckenbrack, MN 13-2 1:36

Rd 32: Jacob Warner, IL VFA Bear Hughes, OK 13-3, 4:44

Rd 16: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Ryan Yarnell, MO, 10-0 2:13

Quarters: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Colton Wolfe, NE, 10-0 0:47

Semifinals: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Jakob Woodley, PA, 10-0 4:09

Finals: Jacob Warner, IL VSU Myles Lee, PA, 11-0 3:32



Rd 64: Anthony Cassioppi, Roscoe, IL VFA Hamza Manassra, AZ 4-0, 0:48

Rd 32: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VSU Mitchell Trigg, MN, 10-0 0:50

Rd 16: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VFA Aaron Costello, IA, 12-2 3:00

Quarters: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VFA Spencer Trenary, IA, 10-0 0:57

Semifinals: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VSU Samson Evans Alcoa, 10-0 1:54

Finals: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VPO1 Brandon Metz, ND, 4-1


152 lbs.

Rd 64: Zach Axmear North English, IA (Iowa) VSU Thomas Ingram, WY 10-0 1:07

Rd 32: Will Lewan IL VSU1 Zach Axmear IA 12-2, 1:43

Cons 32-2: Zachary Axmear, IA VSU1 Demitreus Henry NY, 17-6 4:36

Cons 16-1: Cons 16-1 Zach Axmear, IA VFA Will Lawrence, VA 8-0, 1:45

Cons 16-2: David Johnson, OH VSU Zachary Axmear, IA, 10-0 1:50


182 lbs.

Rd 64: Myles Wilson, New Castle, CO VSU1 Trever Begin, OH 12-2

Rd 32: Beau Yineman, WI VFA Myles Wilson, CO 14-8, 3:27

Cons 32-2: Myles Wilson, CO VSU Noah Glaser IA, 10-0 0:29

Cons 16-1: Myles Wilson, CO VFA Salaam Banish, VA, 10-2 2:13

Cons 16-2: Myles Wilson, CO VSU1 Jayden Woodruff, CO, 13-2 3:41

Cons 8-1: Myles Wilson, CO VSU Trey Rogers Hastings, MN, 10-0 0:45

Cons 8-2: Myles Wilson, CO VFA Mac Southard IA, 5-4 2:27

Cons 4: Myles Wilson, CO VSU1 Austin Harris Roseburg, OR, 16-5 2:31

Consi Semi: Lucas Davison, IN VFA Myles Wilson, CO, 23-12 5:30

5th place match: Christian Knop Alexandria, AL VSU1 Myles Wilson, CO, 20-9 5:55



Rd 64: Aaron Costello, Dubuque, IA VPO1 Arath Rangel, Nevada, 11-10

Rd 32: Aaron Costello. IA VPO1 Lee Herrington, NE, 4-4

Rd 16: Anthony Cassioppi, IL VFA Aaron Costello, IA, 12-2 3:00

Cons 8-1: Aaron Costello, IA VSU Jordan Earnest Wadsworth, OH 10-0 1:02

Cons 8-2: Jon Spaulding, OH VPO1 Aaron Costello IA, 8-6


Gilman wins Grand Prix of Spain

Thomas Gilman of the University of Iowa had an impressive showing in winning the Grand Prix of Spain. Competing at 57 kg for Team USA, Gilman was in his normal attack mode and put the big points on the board with wins of 10-5, 15-2, and 10-2. Seven of our eight number one wrestlers for Team USA competed in the tournament and all won their weight class.  

This tournament was seen as a tuneup for the World Freestyle Championships that will be in Paris, France in the end of August where Gilman will make his debut on Team USA.  I would think that the experience of a training camp, similar travel process, and the experience of being on the number one team will help Gilman in preparing for the World Championships.

Iowa Assistant Coach Terry Brands was a member of the coaching staff.

57 kg/125 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, IA (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC), Gold

WIN Steven Takahashi (Canada), 10-5

WIN Levan Metreveli (Spain), 15-2

WIN Zoheir El Ouarraque (France), 10-2


61 kg/134 lbs.  Gold – Logan Stieber (United States)

65 kg/143 lbs.  Gold – Zain Retherford (United States)

70 kg/154 lbs.  Gold – James Green (United States)

74 kg/163 lbs.  Gold – Jordan Burroughs (United States)

97 kg/213 lbs.  Gold – Kyle Snyder (United States)

125 kg/275 lbs.  Gold – Nick Gwiazdowski (United States)

Gilman competing in Grand Prix of Spain

Thomas Gilman from the University of Iowa will represent Team USA at the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid this weekend.  Gilman recently won the 57 kg division to make our World Freestyle team.  This tournament will serve as a tuneup for the Freestyle World Championships in Paris, France at the end of August.

Iowa Assistant Coach Terry Brands is on the coaching staff for Team USA that will have all but one of our top ranked freestyle wrestlers competing.

The information released by the Hawkeye Wrestling Club has GIlman wrestling on early Saturday morning, July 15 from 2 AM – 7:30 AM CST.

Live Broadcast–


I will be posting Gilman’s results on:




U.S. men’s freestyle roster

57 kg/125 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC)

61 kg/134 lbs. – Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

65 kg/143 lbs. – Zain Retherford, Benton, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)

70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids WC/Nebraska WTC)

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder, Woodbine, Md. (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)

125 kg/275 lbs. – Nick Gwiazdowski, Raleigh, N.C. (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Iowa Wrestling recruits to compete at Junior Nationals

Iowa Wrestling recruits will be in action at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet and Junior National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota. Known as the largest wrestling tournament the world, the action begins with Cadet Freestyle on Saturday, July 15 and concludes with Junior Greco Roman and Women’s Duals on Saturday, July 22.  

Members of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 and 2018 will be in action. For the Class of 2017, Zach Axmear at 152 lbs.(North English, IA), Jacob Warner at 195 lbs. (Washington, IL), and Aaron Costello at Hwt.(Dubuque, IA) will be competing in freestyle. Recruiting Class of 2018 member Anthony Cassioppi at Hwt (Roscoe, IL) will also be competing in freestyle.

Warner won a Cadet title in freestyle and Greco-Roman in 2015 at 170 lbs.  Last fall, Warner captured a bronze at the Cadet Freestyle World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Costello placed sixth in Greco-Roman and qualified for nationals in freestyle last year and Axmear was also a qualifier in freestyle.  Cassioppi placed second in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman at Junior Nationals last year.

Axmear, Warner, and Costello are members of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that was ranked as the number one recruiting class in the country.


I will be posting results of the Iowa Wrestling recruits at Fargo on:




Junior National Freestyle schedule:

Sunday, July 16

Junior Men’s Freestyle: Session I – Preliminaries and Consolations  9 AM – 1 PM

Junior Men’s Freestyle: Session II – Preliminaries and Consolations  3 PM – 7 PM

Monday, July 17

Junior Men’s Freestyle: Session III – 1/8 Championships, Quarterfinals, Consolations  9AM – 1 PM

Junior Men’s Freestyle: Session IV –- Semifinals, Consolations and Consolation Semifinals  5 PM – 8 PM

Tuesday, July 18

Junior Freestyle: Session V – Finals, Medal Matches & Awards  2PM – 5 PM

***All times are CST***

Hawks are hunting them down on the recruiting trail

Iowa Wrestling is on a roll after an outstanding week of recruiting. The momentum that I spoke of in my blog last week is definitely still in play for the Hawks.  In a period of just eight days, Iowa Wrestling announced  four recruits from three different classes that would be joining the program.  To start with, Iowa received a commitments from Connor Corbin of West Des Moines Valley on Monday, June 26 for the Class of ’17.  A two-time placewinner and top student, Corbin will compete at 197. On Wednesday the 28th, Iowa announced that previously committed Justin Mejia of California would also be joining the Class of 2017.  After a long process that saw Mejia commit to Iowa before signing with Illinois, fans were excited to hear that Mejia was indeed going to be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Mejia will compete at 125/133.  When you add two wrestlers like that to an already number one ranked recruiting class in the country, you are living right.

There were fireworks on the Fourth of July, Iowa Wrestling recruiting style.  Pat Lugo announced on Twitter in the afternoon of July 4th that he was going to transfer to Iowa.  As a two-time NCAA Qualifier for Edinboro at 149, Lugo will have two years of eligibility and he has not used his redshirt season yet.  Look for Lugo to fit right into Sorensen’s spot at 149 for the 2018-2019 season.

The Iowa Wrestling coaching staff also learned on the 4th that Hwt. Anthony Cassioppi of Illinois had decided to decommit from Northwestern to become an Iowa Hawkeye.  When you get a commitment from the reigning USA Wrestler of the Week because of his dominance at the Pan American Championships and Junior National Duals, you’re on a roll.  In competition at Junior Duals, Disney Duals, and the Pan Ams in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman, Cassioppi was 32-0.  That is domination against very elite competition.  Cassioppi joins Nelson Brands as a commit in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

My gut feeling says Iowa is not done at 133 lbs. I saw a great picture on Twitter of Terry Brands working with J’Den Cox on par terre at the Olympic Training Center yesterday.  Brands is in Colorado Springs at a training camp with Iowa Hawkeye and 2017 World Team member Thomas Gilman.  There is not a better International Freestyle wrestling coach in all of America than Terry Brands.  Recruits with Olympic and World goals in international wrestling will know that Iowa is the place to be. Iowa Wrestling has had amazing success at 125/133 in the Brands era.  Factor in the opportunity to wrestle right beside Spencer Lee and I gotta believe there will be a huge recruit that will want to be apart of that in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

Iowa has a lot of momentum that I spoke of last week.  These recent commitments only add to that momentum.  The addition of Mark Perry as head coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club was mentioned by Lugo in an interview as one of his deciding factors .  Iowa definitely added to their arsenal by bringing Perry in.  The Iowa Wrestling coaching staff is hitting on all cylinders right now.  Coach (Ryan) Morningstar is pounding the pavement and back roads visiting the recruits.  Even though he cannot recruit, Mark Perry is making his mark on the Hawkeye Wrestling Club that is an influence to recruits. Terry Brands is at the Olympic Training Center for Hawkeye wrestler Thomas Gilman and all of Team USA preparing for the 2017 World Freestyle Championships.  Those three coaches influence a recruit to make a visit to the University of Iowa campus this fall.  That is when head coach Tom Brands closes the deal as good as anyone in the college wrestling world.  That is a great combination that Iowa Wrestling has working right now.  I see Iowa finishing very strong on signing day.

Look for more work to be done on the recruiting trail for Iowa Wrestling.  Recruits will make their way to Iowa City between now and the end of October for their visit. Last year Iowa had a huge weekend of recruits that yielded the number one ranked recruiting class in the country.  Look for another huge weekend this fall during a home football game.  That is when recruiting is always at a fever pitch.  I am not holding my breath on too many more commits for the rest of the summer.  I look for Iowa to close very strong on recruits this fall like they did last year.  The National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Wednesday, November 8.  Do not expect Iowa to let up on the recruiting front until all of their commits are signed.

Recruiting is behind everything I write about for Iowa Wrestling.  I always want to know who the next legend is going to be.  For Iowa to get back on top of the college wrestling world, it will take great recruiting years one after another to get the job done.  That game plan is looking pretty darn good right now.

National Letter of Intent Signing Day – Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.   



Cassioppi is a Hawk

The momentum for recruiting of Iowa Wrestling hit another gear with the commitment of Hwt. Anthony Cassioppi of Roscoe, Illinois (Hononegah H.S.). Cassioppi had originally committed to Northwestern but flipped to the Hawkeyes. Cassioppi is the reigning USA Wrestler of the Week for his recent domination at the Junior Pan Am Championships, Junior National Duals, and Disney Duals where he went a combined 32-0.  At the Pan Am Championships in Lima, Peru, Cassioppi recorded a fall and two tech falls to win the gold in Freestyle and three pins and a tech fall to win the gold in Greco-Roman.  At Junior National Duals, Cassioppi was 14-0 overall by going 7-0 in both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman.  At Disney Duals, Cassioppi was 11-0. That is a very impressive three tournament run against some of the best competition in the county and the world.

Last summer, Cassioppi placed third in Greco Roman and second in Freestyle at Junior Nationals in Fargo.  This past season, Cassioppi won a 3A state title at Hwt by pinning his way through the postseason on his way to a 50-0 record.

Cassioppi is ranked #28 overall on the FloWrestling Big Board of the top 100 recruits in the class of 2018.  With the summer that he has had, I look for Cassioppi to climb up in that ranking.

I have seen Cassioppi workout and I would estimate him to be at 6’1” and 270 lbs.  He is very powerful and agile for his size. Cassioppi also excels in the classroom where he is a 4.0 student.

Cassioppi joins Nelson Brands in the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.

In the span of just a week, the Iowa Wrestling coaching staff has been on a roll picking up commitments.  Last week, the Hawks added Justin Mejia (CA) and Connor Corbin (IA) to the Class of 2017 which was already the top ranked recruiting class in the country. Pat Lugo (FL), a two-time NCAA Qualifier, announced that he is transferring from Edinboro with two years of eligibility and a redshirt year to use.  And now a commitment from Cassioppi.  Look for the Iowa Wrestling staff to keep pushing in the recruiting wars that are going very well for them so far.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Lugo commits to Iowa

Pat Lugo just released on Twitter that he is going to be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Lugo has competed the last two seasons and was a two-time NCAA Qualifier at 149 lbs. for Edinboro but has not used his redshirt year yet.  As a freshman, Lugo was named the EWL Freshman of the year and he was one match shy of being an All American.  Lugo was impressive with a decision over Brandon Sorensen of Iowa in the dual meet for National Duals last February.

Lugo was a two-time State champion for South Dade High School in Homestead, Florida and was ranked eleventh at 152 lbs. coming out of high school in 2015. To add to Lugo’s resume’, he has wrestled for head coach Tim Flynn and assistant coach and former Iowa NCAA national champion Cliff Moore at Edinboro.  Coach Flynn is my favorite non-Iowa head wrestling coach in the country and I am a big fan of Cliff Moore.  Lugo will show up at Iowa knowing how to work.  Lugo is a talented athlete who has the toughness and skills to excel in the Iowa Wrestling program.

This is also important to Iowa Wrestling due to the region that Lugo is from. Even though he is a transfer, this gives Iowa a start in the deep south for recruiting.  I have mentioned several times in my blogs of the past about how wrestling is growing in the south.  This can only help Iowa’s presence in recruiting the south.

I look for Lugo to redshirt for the upcoming season and to then step in and replace Brandon Sorensen at 149 lbs. That would give the Hawks Spencer Lee at 125, Lugo at 149, and Jacob Warner at 197 as new faces to the starting lineup for the 2018-2019 season to add on to what we have in the lineup for this coming season.  That should make Iowa as a legitimate title contender for the 2019 NCAA national title.

I mentioned in my recruiting blog on Friday that Iowa Wrestling had momentum on their side.  Lugo certainly adds to that momentum.  

Look for more great news in the form of Iowa Wrestling recruiting commitments to be released very soon.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

It is RECRUITING season!

Recruiting is a 365 day a year type of thing.  However, July 1 is a huge date in college wrestling every year.  That is the first official day that colleges can discuss scholarships with the soon to be senior high school wrestlers.  Verbal commitments can be made at any time by the wrestler, but the college cannot discuss scholarship money until July 1 before the beginning of their senior year of high school.  What does that mean?  That means that tomorrow on July 1, the fur is gonna start to really fly in the college wrestling world.  And I could not feel any better about the position that Iowa Wrestling is in right now.

To start with, Iowa Wrestling has a very important word on their side…


The Hawks had the top ranked recruiting class in the country for 2017 in the books and then on Wednesday added Justin Mejia.  Judging by the reaction from my blog on Wednesday, Iowa Wrestling fans are very excited about the addition of Mejia to the Iowa program.  To have the best recruiting class in the country and to then add on a big recruit like Mejia is amazing.

Let’s take a look at additional momentum Iowa Wrestling has going for them. Iowa has really picked up their recruiting starting in 2015 with the edition of Michael Kemerer from Pennsylvania followed up by Alex Marinelli from Ohio and Kaleb Young from Pennsylvania in 2016.  The class of 2017 features Spencer Lee from PA, the biggest recruit in the history of Iowa Wrestling,  and Jacob Warner from Illinois.  Look for the Hawks to return to the fertile recruiting grounds of Pennsylvania and Ohio for the Recruiting Class of 2018. Before we go any further, you always start with the state of Iowa.  Home is where the heart is they say.  Look for the Hawks to sign several very tough wrestlers from right here in the Hawkeye state.  As always.  

As you can probably tell from my previous blogs, I am a strong believer in the Iowa Wrestling coaching staff.  I believe Ryan Morningstar is the best at what he does for evaluating talent and beginning the relationship with a potential recruit.  Morningstar puts the time in on the road and his dedication has paid off for the Iowa Wrestling program with recent recruiting classes.  I also believe Tom Brands is the best closer in the business.  Tom Brands can close the deal with the top recruits.  The duo of Morningstar as the set up and Tom Brands to close is the best recruiting combination the country.  

Terry Brands attracts recruits with his reputation for being an outstanding coach in International freestyle by developing wrestlers for the ultimate level.  Even though Mark Perry cannot leave campus to recruit, his addition to the program as the new head coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club has added even more firepower to the Iowa Wrestling program for recruiting.  The success that Perry had as an assistant coach at Illinois being involved in the recruiting and development of Jesse Delgado and Isaiah Martinez has been noticed on a national level.  Iowa Wrestling provides a great path for a recruit to reach their potential for an education as well as for collegiate and international wrestling.  

The combination of momentum and an even better coaching staff will factor into the quality of the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.  I have full faith that we as Iowa Wrestling fans will be happy on National Letter of Intent Signing Day of November 8, 2017.

Now let’s take a look at who Iowa Wrestling is rumored to be recruiting.  In no particular order.  Rankings are taken from the just released FloWrestling 2018 Big Board Top 100.  

Nelson Brands is the lone verbal commitment  at this time for the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2018.


  1. Nelson Brands – 157/165/174, Iowa City, IA (West HS) #71   
  2. Brody Teske – 125/133, Ft. Dodge, IA #27  
  3. Joel Shapiro – 184, WDM Valley (IA) #44
  4. Trent Hidlay – 174/184, Mifflin County, PA #12
  5. Sammy Sasso – 141/149, Nazareth, PA #8
  6. Rocky Jordan – 157/165/174, St. Paris, OH (Graham HS)
  7. Francis Duggan – Hwt, Iowa City, IA (West HS) – just transferred in from PA  #67
  8. Ryan Thomas – 157/165, St. Paris, OH (Graham HS)


What an outstanding list of recruits.  Just what you expect from Iowa Wrestling.  I will be releasing more information about the recruits on this list as well as any additions in future blogs.  And of course I will be letting you know when the recruits give their commitment.  Iowa has home football games on October 7 for Homecoming and also on October 28.  There will probably be some recruits in for the 7th, but the 28th of October will probably be the big weekend for recruits to be visiting.  That is also close to the signing day of November 8.

Iowa Wrestling fans, recruiting is always a roller-coaster filled with ups and down, rumors, b.s., and a lot of hope.  As I mentioned earlier, I am confident that we as Iowa Wrestling fans will be very happy on November 8 on signing day.  

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Recruiting season…gotta love it!

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.



Mejia commits to the Hawks!

It was a long recruiting process, but Justin Mejia of Clovis, California has committed to be an Iowa Hawkeye.  Mejia became just the second wrestler in the history of California high school wrestling to win four state titles this past season.  Currently ranked fourth in the country at 126 lbs. by Intermat, Mejia is projected to compete at 125/133.  

Mejia originally gave Iowa a verbal commitment in 2014 but opened his recruiting back up and had signed with Illinois.  There had been rumors of Mejia being interested in Iowa after Illinois assistant coach Mark Perry became the new head coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

This is also an important addition because it gives the Hawks a presence in the fertile recruiting grounds of California.

Mejia will join the Iowa Wrestling Recruiting Class of 2017 that was already ranked as the best recruiting class in the country.  When we look back, this may turn out to be a historic recruiting class for Iowa Wrestling.

Great addition to the Iowa Wrestling program.

It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.