Wrestling: Iowa State’s 2019 recruiting class ranks No. 9 nationally; UNI, Iowa in top 20
Intermat, a website that covers all levels of wrestling around the United States, released their 2019 recruiting class rankings Wednesday, and all three of Iowa’s Division I programs were included in the top 20.
The Cyclones led the way, garnering the No. 9-ranked recruiting class. The haul includes Ryan Anderson, a Pennsylvania native who is considered the No. 9 overall 2019 recruit by Intermat, as well as Albia’s Aden Reeves (No. 37 overall) and Assumption’s Julien Broderson.
Three other in-state kids recently joined Iowa State’s 2019 class in Ankeny Centennial’s Eric Owens, a 2019 state finalist, and the ADM duo of Andrew Flora and Nolan Harsh, both 2019 state medalists.
“Year 2 of the Kevin Dresser Era in Ames saw clear improvement in terms of on-the-mat performance,” wrote Intermat’s Josh Lowe. “The recruiting under Dresser continues to operate in a positive direction, though that was also something the previous staff did well.
“Anderson is a talented middle-weight, who continues to grow into his body and ability level, while Reeves is a high-end lower-weight. Broderson has clear potential as an upper-weight wrestler.”
Northern Iowa ranked No. 19, with three top-100 recruits: Wisconsin standout Parker Keckeisen (No. 13 overall), Georgia prep Kyle Gollhofer (No. 91) and Southeast Polk’s Lance Runyon (No. 93). Kansas standout Dayton Porsch and Perry’s Kaleb Olejniczak round out the Panthers’ class.
“It's a second-straight recruiting class ranked 19th overall, and a fourth-ranked recruiting class in the last five years,” Lowe wrote. “Head coach Doug Schwab earned his first national champion as Panthers' head coach when Drew Foster earned an unexpected title at 184 pounds.
“This class features three top 100 recruits. Keckeisen projects as a 184 type in college. Gollhofer is a lightweight from Georgia. Runyon, an in-state recruit, is a middle-weight.”
Iowa was right behind the Panthers, at No. 20 overall, with two top-100 wrestlers in Illinois native and Cadet world medalist Abe Assad, at No. 26, and Minnesota native Zach Glazier, at No. 57. Lisbon’s Cobe Siebrecht, a 2019 state champ, also joined the Hawkeyes’ haul in January.
“The three key components coming to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes are very talented, but it's just a light class in terms of quantity, which is driving this lower recruiting class ranking,” Lowe wrote. “Assad (from same high school as Tony Ramos) and Glazier are talented wrestlers with potential to be strong performers in the upper-third of the lineup.
“Siebrecht will be one of many talented wrestlers in the lower-middle-weight area on the Iowa roster (same high school as Carter Happel).”
Ohio State earned the No. 1-ranked recruiting class, followed by Arizona State, Cornell, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech. Nebraska checked in at No. 6, Oklahoma State at No. 8, Minnesota at No. 15, and Penn State at No. 22.
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COLON INCLUDED IN WORLD RANKINGS: United World Wrestling, wrestling’s international governing body, released their latest set of world rankings after the completion of the continental championships around the globe, and Joe Colon was among those included.
Colon, a former Northern Iowa wrestler and Clear Lake grad, is currently ranked second at 61 kilograms (134 pounds). He recently won gold at the Pan-American Championships, wherein he defeated Cuba’s Yowlys Bonne Rodríguez, a returning world champion. That followed Colon’s bronze-medal performance at the 2018 world championships in Hungary last October.
Five other Americans were also included: Jordan Burroughs, ranked second at 74 kilos (163 pounds); Kyle Dake, ranked first at 79 kilos (174 pounds); David Taylor, ranked second at 86 kilos (189 pounds); J’Den Cox, ranked first at 92 kilos (202 pounds); and Kyle Snyder, ranked second at 97 kilos (213 pounds).
IHSAA CONSIDERING MOVING STATE DUALS: The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control announced that they are exploring the possibility of changing the date for future state duals competitions, possibly to a date prior to the individual postseason.
“The dates, qualifying procedures, and competition at regional and state duals are frequently discussed by our coaches and administrators, and we’d like to examine updated data and other states’ models to consider ways to improve the event,” IHSAA executive director Alan Beste said in a release.
“While we can’t guarantee changes will be made, we’re committed to an in-depth look at possible options.”
If agreed to, the change would go into effect after the 2019-20 season. The 2020 state duals will remain on Feb. 19, the day before the traditional tournament begins.
The IHSAA’s Board of Control also passed a recommendation that tweaks the traditional state tournament seeding process.
The state wrestling tournament was seeded this past season with the help of a Trackwrestling-generated formula. All criteria — head-to-head competition, common opponents, past results, and winning percentage — was all worth one point.
The wrestling advisory committee recommended increasing the criteria point values of head-to-head competition and common opponents. The recommendation, which was passed unanimously, means head-to-head competition and common opponents will each be worth two points.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: The Last Chance Senior World Team Trials Qualifier will be held at the Kohler Fieldhouse in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania this weekend, and a one-time Iowa wrestler has entered the competition.
Burke Paddock is registered at 77 kilograms (170 pounds) in the Greco-Roman competition. He spent two years at Iowa, wherein he competed at 165 and 174 pounds. He went 19-5 during his redshirt campaign, 2014-15, then went 11-7 as a redshirt freshman in 2015-16.
The New York native was a two-time state champ, a 2014 Junior greco national champ and a runner-up in both freestyle and greco at the 2016 University Nationals. He left Iowa ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.