photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiphoto.com
This evening Abe Assad of Glenbard North High School in Illinois, announced that he had given a verbal commitment to wrestle at Iowa. Assad is currently the top-ranked 182 lber in the nation and 11th overall in the Class of 2019. Earlier this year Abe committed to Army West Point, but he reopened the recruiting process after winning the Cadet World Team Trials over Blair Academy’s Julian Ramirez. Once at the Cadet World Championships, Assad won a bronze medal at 80 kg. This year Assad did not compete in Fargo, but in 2017 he made the Cadet finals in both styles, winning the Greco-Roman portion. During the high school season, Abe captured his first Illinois state championship at 170 lbs, for the same high school that produced Hawkeye NCAA champion and world team member Tony Ramos.
Assad is the second member of the Class of 2019 to commit to Iowa, joining Minnesota’s Zach Glazier. Another Minnesota prep, Patrick Kennedy has already committed for the Class of 2020. These three could man 165-184 (165-Kenndey, 174-Glazier, and 184-Assad) in the future for the Hawkeyes.
For the Iowa recruits and all others that have committed, check TOM’s college commitment page.