Southeast Polk's Meyer set to join his brother with Hawkeyes

Andy Hamilton
Aaron Meyer works for a pin against Ankeny's Sam Escherich during a semifinal match. Meyer recorded the fall in 2 minutes 13 seconds.
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Southeast Polk's Aaron Meyer works for a pin against Ankeny's Sam Escherich during a semifinal match at 138 pounds in a Class 3-A district tournament on Saturday at Johnston. Meyer recorded the fall in 2 minutes 13 seconds and went on to capture the district title, helping the Rams to the overall crown.

College coaches filled in most of the blanks to Aaron Meyer's recruiting questions in recent weeks as the Southeast Polk senior pondered his wrestling future.

When it came time to finalize his choice, though, the two-time state medalist finally turned to his older brother.

"I asked him the questions that couldn't be answered from a coaching standpoint: Is he happy (at Iowa)? Does he enjoy the experience of being an Iowa wrestler?" the younger brother of Hawkeye sophomore Alex Meyer said. "He said he's having a blast. That kind of put it in my mind. We're pretty alike and I know I'll be happy there."

Aaron Meyer took trips to Iowa State and Wartburg before committing Monday to Iowa, where he'll reunite with his brother and former prep teammate Cory Clark. The Hawkeyes also picked up a commitment last month from Southeast Polk senior Keegan Shaw, one of Aaron Meyer's close friends.

"It was clear to me that Iowa felt like home," Meyer said. "I've got family there, teammates, it's just where I want to be. I bonded with the guys and really clicked with (Iowa coach) Tom (Brands). I could just feel it when I walked on campus."

Iowa started to seem like a possibility for Meyer last season when his career growth chart took its biggest spike. He compiled a 62-30 record during his first two varsity seasons and placed eighth at the state meet as a sophomore.

He took a giant leap as junior, going 43-4 and reaching the state finals.

"Last year was the year my wrestling started to click and I felt my mindset changed from wanting to be a placewinner to (thinking) I can win a state championship," said Meyer, who will likely start his college career at 149 pounds. "I hit the ground running with that. I didn't quite make it, but I was a state finalist and I'm not done yet."