Pictured: Pennsylvania’s Jackson Arrington (Left) and Iowa’s Hunter Garvin wrestling at Who’s No.1 in Dallas, Texas, in September 2021. Photo by Sam Janicki / @SJanickiPhoto.
On the first official day of the 2021-2022 NCAA Division I wrestling season, Stanford head coach Rob Koll and the newly reinstated Cardinal wrestling program got a pledge from a program-changing recruit – TOM’s No. 5 at 145 pounds, Hunter Garvin of Iowa City, Iowa.
Garvin announced via his social media.
“I am BEYOND blessed to be able to say today that I Hunter Garvin will be attending Stanford University come next year! I give ALL the glory to no one else but God Himself, and including Him, I thank all of my family, friends, and coaches who have put countless hours into helping me get to where I am today and have been there for me throughout this recruiting journey! 🌲❗️LET’S GO TREES❗️🌲 #fearthetree #gostanford.”
Garvin is the first big-time blue-chip recruit of the Koll era at Stanford. That said, Koll is well on his way to building something special out on the West Coast and in the Pac-12. The longtime Cornell coach has coveted recruits Daniel Cardenas (Pomona, CO), Jack Darrah (Wyoming Seminary, PA), Nico Provo (Stratford, CT), and others headed to The Farm in the near future. Plus, All-Americans Real Woods (141), Jaden Abas (149), and reigning 165-pound NCAA champ Shane Griffith are already on the roster.
Garvin has a resume that would allow him to go to any school in the country. He is a two-time Iowa Class-3A state champ and three-time finalist in as many attempts. Recently, he took part in FloWrestling’s Who’s No. 1 in September 2021. Last year, in 2020, Garvin finished with a bronze at arguably the toughest high school tournament, the Super 32 Challenge. Lastly, Garvin is a two-time Fargo placer in Greco-Roman (16U Division).
At the next level, Garvin projects as a 149-pounder or 157-pounder. Currently, those weights are not a considerable need given the presence of Woods and Abas, but as training partners, you couldn’t ask for better.
It would seem that the Stanford program is coming back with vengeance on the recruiting trail and the mats after nearly being cut a short time ago.