Danny Murphy's connection to Iowa wrestling began five years ago with an almost impossible-to-forget story.
The newest Hawkeye recruit was a rookie wrestler at his first camp in seventh grade when he met Iowa associate head coach Terry Brands.
"I remember him talking about toughness," Murphy said. "He told one of the wrestlers to start choking him out in a rear-naked choke. A kid starts choking him and Terry stands there with a grin on his face and starts yelling, 'You see, I don't let him choke me out because I don't want him to choke me out. I make the choice. I make the choice to be tough.'"
Brands kept coming back each year to the camp in Colorado and so did Murphy. Their teacher-student relationship will continue for a few more years after the two-time Colorado state medalist picked the Hawkeyes over Wisconsin, Northern Colorado and Western State.
"He's been a great role model to look up to," Murphy said. "Him and his brother (Tom) are two of the hardest workers out there. They're so passionate about wrestling. … They've had a huge impact on my wrestling as I've gotten older and realized some of their secrets to success."
Murphy finished second at the state meet as a sophomore and third as a junior for Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. The projected college 149-pounder enters his senior season with a 105-25 career record.
Murphy is believed to be the eighth high school senior to commit to the Hawkeyes.
"I love the history, I love the coaches and I love all the guys," Murphy said. "There's a different feel in the room there. It's super intense and a bunch of hard-working, tough dudes. It's what I like and it's where I want to be."