Keegan Shaw knows what he's getting into next year.
The two-time state medalist from Southeast Polk has seen Iowa wrestling practices. He's heard what they're like from former high school teammates. He's been prepped on what to expect by his uncle, Jessman Smith, a two-time All-American for the Hawkeyes.
"He's told me the first two years or so are going to be real tough for me," Shaw said. "If I can make it through that, I can be successful. He said you have to learn how to suffer, you have to embrace it."
Shaw hasn't gotten to this point as a wrestler by taking the easy path — and he's not about to now. The Southeast Polk senior committed to the Hawkeyes on Tuesday, becoming the fifth in-state prep to join Iowa's 2015 class in less than 24 hours.
After landing Mediapolis three-time state medalist Cole Erickson late Monday night, the Hawkeyes snagged commitments Tuesday from Shaw, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont state champion Jeren Glosser and Bettendorf teammates Paul Glynn and Jacob Woodard.
Glosser captured the Class 1-A state title at 138 pounds in February after placing fourth as a sophomore. He enters his senior season with a 140-11 career record.
"I've always wanted to be a Hawkeye since I was little," said Glosser, who also talked to Missouri, Coe and Cornell College. "They're one of the best wrestling schools in the nation, and I want to the best in the nation at some point."
Shaw has similar dreams, too. He checked off one objective Tuesday by joining the Hawkeyes after also considering Grand View, Wartburg and Central College.
"(Wrestling at Iowa has) always been more of a goal than something I actually thought I could achieve," he said. "It probably wasn't until the end of this year that maybe I thought I could actually compete at the D-1 level."
Shaw came up one victory short of reaching the state tournament as a freshman when he finished 22-20. He went 38-12 and placed fifth at the state meet as a sophomore and finished third this past season when he compiled a 26-5 record.
"I have a lot of role models, a lot of people I've seen do it before me and it's inspiring," Shaw said. "People like Alex (Meyer) and Colin (Strickland), they knew how to suffer. As a freshman and sophomore, those were two kids I really looked up to and tried to work as hard as them."