In 2018, 34 Iowa high school wrestlers earned All-American honors at the Cadet and Junior Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.
Cullan and Colby Schriever grew up Iowa fans. The twin brothers from Mason City remember watching the Hawkeye football team beat No. 3 Penn State in 2008. They’ve made the 166-mile drive to Iowa City countless times to watch the wrestling program at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“I’ve been dreaming of being a Hawk since I could stand up,” Cullan says.
On Thursday, the duo made that dream a reality. Both Cullan and Colby Schriever, juniors at Mason City high school, announced their commitments to the Iowa wrestling program. They both join Patrick Kennedy and Jesse Ybarra in the Hawkeyes’ 2020 recruiting haul.
“Top-notch coaches, top-notch partners,” Cullan told the Des Moines Register. “The atmosphere is great. It just felt perfect.”
In the Schriever brothers, Iowa is getting a pair of stout in-state wrestlers that have both found success at the state and national levels.
Cullan is perhaps the most well-known of the two. He’s a two-time state champion, winning back-to-back Class 3A state crowns at 106 pounds. He’s also won a freestyle national title at both the Cadet and Junior levels, and also won the 2017 Super 32 Challenge. He is ranked No. 3, nationally, at 113 pounds by Flowrestling, and is considered the No. 24 overall 2020 recruit.
Colby is an up-and-coming talent. He is a two-time state qualifier and placed seventh at the 3A state tournament this past season at 126 pounds, finishing his sophomore campaign with a 32-11 overall record. He also won the freestyle and greco-roman state titles at 132 pounds.
“Iowa has the best coaches in the nation and the best partners in the nation,” Colby said. “All around, it just feels right when I’m there.”
As for their future weights, that remains a tad foggy. Cullan said he plans on wrestling 120 pounds this coming season, and sees himself anywhere from 125 to 141 pounds in college. Colby will go 138 this winter, and sees himself filling out into 157 come college.
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Iowa was always going to be tough to beat in the race for the Schriever brothers. The Hawkeyes left an early impression when head coach Tom Brands showed up at their house on midnight on Sept. 1 — the first day college wrestling coaches could contact juniors.
“That was awesome,” Cullan said with a laugh.
From there, interest started piling up. They received calls from the likes of Northern Iowa, North Carolina, Campbell and others, and took visits to both Iowa State and Minnesota before trekking to Iowa City for an official visit last weekend.
There, they met the rest of the Hawkeye wrestlers, as well as other recruits that came to visit, like Abe Assad and Zach Glazier, two wrestlers that have already committed to Iowa’s 2019 class. They were amazed at the striped crowd inside Kinnick Stadium. Colby said it felt like home.
“It was wild in there,” Cullan added. “But just being around dudes on the team and knowing that’s who you can be around every single day — motivated people like that — I mean, the whole thing was good.
“From the moment Tom came to our house, we just knew: They were interested in both of us. The other schools: They were nice, and it was a lot of fun to see them, but no other school was going to match Iowa.”
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.