Graduate transfer Pat Downey won't wrestle for Hawkeyes

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

One of the most interesting subplots of the Iowa wrestling season has apparently come to an end.

Pat Downey, one of the nation's elite wrestlers at 184 pounds, will not compete with the Hawkeyes this season, he confirmed Monday night in a Twitter message to the Des Moines Register.

Patrick Downey, shown wrestling as an Iowa State Cyclone, had planned to finish his college career with the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was dismissed from the Cyclone program last winter.

"No luck on my NCAA waiver," the mercurial but talented wrestler wrote in a direct message when asked for a reason. "... The word 'bummed' doesn’t do what I'm feeling any justice."

Downey said he got the news Friday.

A text message to Iowa coach Tom Brands seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Downey recently was accepted into Iowa's graduate program, in what appeared to be one of the key final steps in making him eligible to compete for the Hawkeyes this winter. Brands has repeatedly declined to elaborate on Downey's status, other than to say he was someone the Hawkeyes were recruiting.

Downey arrived at Iowa with a troubled past, including stops at Nebraska, Iowa Central Community College and Iowa State. He was kicked off the Cyclones' team last year, then spent this fall completing online courses to finish his undergraduate degree at Iowa State.

But Downey sent a cryptic tweet over the weekend about his status. And on Monday, he confirmed the news.

This was his final shot at college glory. And now it's gone.

The 2012 junior world silver medalist would've fit nicely at 184 pounds in Iowa's lineup, and he would've become an instant contender to win an NCAA title. Instead, Downey moves on to the next step of his life and wrestling career, and Iowa will likely go ahead with Mitch Bowman at 184.