Wrestling Recruiting News

Business decision leads Bettendorf champ across the border

By Andy Hamilton Des Moines Register Fredy Stroker whittled his list of college possibilities from 15 down to five in recent weeks, as some of the nation’s top wrestling programs made their pitch to land the state’s most coveted prospect. In the end, Bettendorf’s two-time state champion made a business decision. Stroker announced Tuesday that he will continue his career ...

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Minnesota’s Lance Benick commits to Arizona State

By Jason Bryant TheOpenMat.com Moments after Lance Benick stepped off the mat in Fargo, North Dakota after falling in the 195-pound Junior freestyle finals, he was approached by an extremely interested college coach. Standing next to the Benick was the wrestler who’d beaten him in the finals, Minnesota teammate Bobby Steveson. Benick was quick to point the coach in Steveson’s direction ...

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TheOpenMat.com Top 25 H.S. Freshmen (Class of 2018)

TheOpenMat.com has released its Top 25 incoming freshmen. This list will be periodically updated. Questions or comments: feedback@theopenmat.com. Please provide relevant information (not just wins, but losses or placement) that could help to improve the class listings.

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Cyclones land nephew of former Iowa State All-American

By Andy Hamilton Des Moines Register Ben Ewing wrestles during the high school season and hasn’t hit the national freestyle circuit in a few years, so he figured he might not appear on many college recruiting radars. In the end, though, the Kansas state high school champion appeared on the one that mattered most to him. Continue Reading: Cyclones land nephew ...

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Paulsboro wrestler Ronnie Gentile commits to Rutgers

By Bill Evans NJ.com Ronnie Gentile’s wrestling goals most of his life were to win a state title and compete in college at the highest level. Heading into his senior season, the Paulsboro High School standout can be content with the knowledge he has achieved both goals. Gentile won the 138-pound state title as a junior last year and recently ...

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Vermillion’s Brett Bye Headed To South Dakota State

By Jeremy Hoeck Yankton Press & Dakotan VERMILLION — A program on the rise is the way Vermillion High School senior-to-be Brett Bye described his college choice. Bye, who will be a senior at Vermillion this fall, verbally committed Monday morning to wrestle at South Dakota State following an overnight visit to Brookings. “I liked how it seems like everything ...

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State champion Cash Wilcke commits to the University of Iowa

By Andy Hamilton Des Moines Register Wrestling at Iowa had been Cash Wilcke’s dream as far back as he can remember, and he outlined some steps a few years ago that he figured would bring that vision closer to reality. A fourth-place finish at the state meet as a freshman competing against 170-pound upperclassmen grabbed the attention of wrestling fans ...

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Panthers land Waverly-Shell Rock state champ Steiert

By Andy Hamilton Des Moines Register Bryce Steiert has known where he wanted to wrestle in college for quite some time. The Waverly-Shell Rock state champion trained in Northern Iowa’s wrestling room, worked out with some of the Panthers and watched how Doug Schwab and his staff interacted with their wrestlers. Steiert said he knew he wanted to wrestle for ...

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Panthers land Union wrestling champ Thomsen

By Jim Nelson Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier LA PORTE CITY | Many action verbs can describe Union of La Porte City standout Max Thomsen’s style of wrestling. Thomsen is technical, he’s fast, he’s active and he is relentless. It’s what has made Thomsen, who will seek to become the 24th four-time state champion in Iowa history this winter, one of the ...

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Jaydin Clayton verbally commits to Missouri

By Rus Baer Columbia Tribune It sounds the same, but Jaydin Clayton spells his first name differently than Missouri national champion wrestler J’den Cox. In another year, the Tolton senior plans to follow a similar path as the former Hickman standout. Clayton, a three-time Class 1 state champion who has yet to lose a high school match, gave MU Coach ...

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