Prairie's Blake Gioimo, a two-time Class 3A state finalist, commits to Iowa State wrestling

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register

One of Iowa's top lightweight wrestling prospects has decided to be a Cyclone.

Blake Gioimo, a junior from Cedar Rapids Prairie, announced on Saturday that he has committed to the Iowa State wrestling program. He projects at 125 pounds.

"I’m excited to announce that I will be continuing my wrestling and academic career at Iowa State University," Gioimo wrote in an Instagram post, announcing his commitment

"I would like to thank the wrestling staff at Prairie High School, Big Game Wrestling Club and all of the coaches that helped me along the way."

Gioimo is a two-time Class 3A state finalist — at 106 pounds in 2021 and at 113 pounds this past season. Over the past two seasons, he's 62-2. He also made the 16U national dual team last season after finishing second at the 16U freestyle state championships.

Gioimo is now the Cyclones' second known 2023 commitment, joining Linn-Mar's Tate Naaktgeboren, who committed last November. He is also the fifth in-state wrestler in the 2023 junior class to commit to a Division I wrestling program.

The other three — Southeast Polk's Nate Jesuroga, Iowa City High's Ben Kueter and Waverly-Shell Rock's Ryder Block — have all committed to the Hawkeyes.

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