Florida state wrestling champ commits to Northern Iowa

Cody Goodwin
The Des Moines Register

The Northern Iowa wrestling program has added a new member to its 2020 recruiting class — and he’s from the Sunshine State.

Ethan Basile, a rising senior at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, announced his commitment to the Panthers with a tweet Tuesday night. He becomes Northern Iowa’s second 2020 commitment, and projects at 149/157 pounds.

“It’s been my dream to wrestle in college since I was 5, and now it’s finally becoming a reality,” Basile wrote in his announcement. “I’m extremely pumped to announce I will be attending the University of Northern Iowa to wrestle for Doug Schwab and the Panthers!

“Time to break some records.”

Basile has pieced together an impressive résumé during his first three prep years. He’s compiled a 173-6 overall record, according to stats kept by Trackwrestling. He is a three-time state medalist. In 2018-19, he went 60-0 and won a Class 2A Florida state championship at 145 pounds.

Nationally, Basile is a known commodity. He won an NHSCA Junior Nationals title at 138 pounds. He’s currently ranked No. 19 in the country at 145 by The Open Mat. Flowrestling considers him the No. 123 overall prospect in the 2020 class.

Basile joins Cael Happel, who committed in February, in Northern Iowa’s 2020 class. Happel is a three-time Iowa state champ who recently took third at the Junior men’s freestyle national championships at 132 pounds.

With Basile’s commitment, Northern Iowa coach Doug Schwab and his staff continue to find success recruiting the south. Taylor Lujan, a three-time NCAA qualifier at 174 pounds, and Kyle Golhoffer, a four-time high school state champ, both hail from Georgia. Additionally, Jack Skudlarczyk, last year's starter at 133, is from Texas.

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

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