Wrestling: Ryan Anderson, a Pennsylvania standout, commits to Iowa State
Before the Iowa State football program kicked off against South Dakota State on Saturday, the wrestling program picked up a big-time commitment.
Ryan Anderson, one of the nation’s best 2019 wrestlers, announced his commitment to the Cyclones on Saturday. Anderson is ranked No. 1 nationally at 145 pounds by The Open mat, and No. 2 at the same weight by Flowrestling. He projects at 149/157 pounds.
“I’m excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at Iowa State University,” Anderson wrote in a tweet. He picked the Cyclones over Rutgers and Penn State.
Heading into his senior season, Anderson is considered one of the best wrestling talents in Pennsylvania. Flowrestling considers him the 11th-best pound-for-pound wrestler in the 2019 class. Wrestling for Bethlehem Catholic, Anderson won a state title last season at 138 pounds, piling up a 29-3 record in the process. He placed third at 126 as a sophomore with a 31-5 mark. (He actually lost to current Iowa star Spencer Lee in the state semifinals that year.)
Anderson is proven on the national stage as well. He won the Super 32 Challenge at 138 pounds last year. The Super 32 is considered one of the nation’s toughest preseason high school folkstyle tournaments. He also placed third at 132 pounds at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament, considered one of the toughest in-season tournaments in the country.
Anderson is Iowa State’s second 2019 commitment, joining Albia’s Aden Reeves. A previous commitment, Chris Foca out of Bergen Catholic in New Jersey, recently decommitted from the Cyclones. Both Anderson and Reeves, among many others, visited Ames this weekend.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.