Recruiting, recruiting, everyone loves to talk recruiting! Every year since I’ve been at TOM, I’ve released a “Recruiting Rewind,” which focuses on a specific year and how its recruits developed (or didn’t) during their collegiate careers. That article is always well-received and puts college wrestling into perspective for some. Building off of that, let’s look team-by-team at how some of the top programs in the country have fared on the recruiting trail and pick out some of the strengths and tendencies.
We’ll start with the University of Iowa, the top-ranked team heading into the ill-fated 2020 NCAA Championships. Tom Brands’ team had no holes and seemed poised to capture their first team title since 2010. Why? Recruiting played an enormous role in the Hawks success!
Here are Iowa’s top recruits from the high school classes of 2014-2020. While there were obviously more signings during each year, these were the ones with the most pre-college credentials and expectations. The numbers next to each name denote their final, overall ranking in their respective class. Classes from 2018-20 are via TOM, while the years before that are from my old D1CW site. We’ve also noted some key transfers that were added, too.
#2 Patrick Kennedy (Kasson-Mantorville, MN)
#27 Cullan Schriever (Mason City, IA)
#28 Jesse Ybarra (Sunnyside, AZ)
#46 Bretli Reyna (South Dade, FL)
#71 Gabe Christensen (Southeast Polk, IA)
--Transfer: Jaydin Eierman (Missouri)
#14 Abe Assad (Glenbard North, IL) 2020 NWCA All-American; 2020 Big Ten 4th; #11 seed at NCAA’s