Wrestling: Norwalk state finalist Carter Schmidt commits to Iowa State
Another in-state wrestler is joining the Iowa State wrestling program.
Carter Schmidt, a senior at Norwalk, announced his commitment to the Cyclones on Wednesday morning. Schmidt becomes the sixth Iowa prep to join Iowa State's 2019 recruiting class. He projects at 157/165 pounds.
"I am excited to announce I have officially committed to Iowa State University to continue my academic and wrestling career," Schmidt wrote in a tweet, announcing his decision. "Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way."
Schmidt won 133 matches during his high school career. He placed fourth at the Class 3A state tournament at 138 pounds as a junior in 2018, then went 38-2 and reached the state finals at 152 this past season. More recently, he competed at 160 pounds and reached the state finals of the Junior men's freestyle state tournament earlier this month.
The addition of Schmidt is continued evidence of the Cyclones' effort to recruit in-state wrestlers. He joins Ankeny Centennial's Eric Owens, Albia's Aden Reeves, Assumption's Julien Broderson, and the ADM duo of Andrew Flora and Nolan Harsh, as well as Pennsylvania standout Ryan Anderson, in Iowa State's 2019 recruiting haul.
Those six come after the Cyclones added 10 in-state wrestlers to the program last year. Already, Iowa State has laid the groundwork to do something similar in 2020, with Woodward-Granger's Cody Fisher and Ankeny Centennial's Ben Monroe, in addition to Pennsylvania product Cam Robinson and Minnesota prep Drew Woodley.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.