Drew Woodley, son of former Grand View assistant coach Andy Woodley, commits to ISU

Cody Goodwin
The Des Moines Register

The son of a former local basketball coach has committed to Iowa State.

The Iowa State wrestling program, that is.

Drew Woodley announced his commitment to the Cyclones in a tweet Thursday afternoon. He becomes the fourth known 2020 commitment for Iowa State coach Kevin Dresser, joining Woodward-Granger’s Cody Fisher, Ankeny Centennial’s Ben Monroe, and Pennsylvania standout Cameron Robinson.

“Excited to announce that I’ll be continuing my academic and wrestling career at Iowa State University!” Woodley wrote in a tweet. “Thank you to friends, family and everyone who has helped make this childhood dream a reality! Can’t wait for what the future holds.”

Woodley is the son of Andy Woodley, who played point guard at Northern Iowa and led the nation in steals-per-game as a junior in 2000-01. Andy Woodley went on to coach Iowa City High to the Class 4A boys' basketball state championship in 2008, then served as an assistant coach at both Creighton and Grand View.

The Woodley family is well known around the Des Moines area. Andy’s father, Mike, is the head football coach at Grand View, and brother Joe serves as the associate head coach. Another brother, Brian, is the head football coach at Johnston High School. A third brother, Matt, is currently an assistant coach for the Drake men's basketball team.

Drew Woodley opted for the mat, and has grown into one of Minnesota’s finest prep wrestlers. He’s won 178 career matches in three years at Northfield High School and is a two-time state finalist. He’s considered the state’s No. 6 overall 2020 prospect, according to The Guillotine, a website that covers Minnesota wrestling.

This past season, Woodley went 50-3 overall and reached the state finals at 138 pounds. He projects at 141 or 149 pounds.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.