Courtesy of Northwestern Athletics
EVANSTON, Ill. – Redshirt-sophomore Phillip Laux will join the Northwestern wrestling program in 2015-16 after transferring from the University of Iowa, head coach Drew Pariano announced Monday.
Laux spent his first two collegiate seasons, including a redshirt year in 2013-14, at Iowa. While wrestling unattached during his first season in Iowa City Laux was 23-1 at 125 lbs., won three tournament titles and led the Hawkeyes with a .958 winning percentage. He placed fourth at University Nationals in 2015 at 57 kg. after a fifth place finish in 2014.
“Phillip will impact our light-weight dynamic in the room immediately,” Pariano said. “He has been well-coached his entire career, beginning in high school at Iowa City West. Our entire staff and team are extremely excited to welcome Phillip to Evanston and the Northwestern community.”
Laux was a high school standout in Iowa. The Brighton native won two state titles at Iowa City West and was named an Asics first team All-American as a junior. He was the No. 8 ranked amateur wrestler in the country at 113 lbs. in 2012.
“I am excited about the opportunity to receive a world-renowned education while pursuing my wrestling goals at Northwestern,” Laux said. “I look forward to competing on the mat and in the classroom alongside teammates who value the Northwestern experience. I am excited to see what Jesus has in store for me as I begin this next chapter.
“I want to thank my coaches, club members and teammates at Iowa. I enjoyed my time there and wish them nothing but the best.”
Laux will wrestle at either 125 or 133 lbs. for the Wildcats and must complete one academic year of residency at Northwestern before he is eligible to compete.