Don Bosco's Garrett Funk announces commitment to Northern Iowa wrestling program

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register

The Northern Iowa wrestling program scooped up another in-state commitment on Monday.

Garrett Funk, a senior at Don Bosco, announced his commitment to the Panthers. Funk is a two-time Class 1A state medalist who projects at 125/133 collegiately.

"I’m happy to announce that I’ve accepted an offer to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Northern Iowa!" Funk wrote in a tweet announcing his decision.

Funk is just the Panthers' second known commitment for its 2022 recruiting class. The other: Chet Buss, a senior heavyweight for North Butler-Clarksville. Buss is a two-time Class 1A state champ with a 127-2 overall record. Of his 127 career wins, 96 are pins.

In Funk, the Panthers are getting a talented lightweight. He will enter his senior season with a 114-13 overall record. Of his 13 career losses, 10 have come to in-state wrestlers who have reached the state finals.

After failing to qualify for state as a freshman, Funk took fifth at 120 pounds as a sophomore and third at the same weight as a junior. His podium finishes have been crucial in Don Bosco's run of three consecutive team titles in Iowa's Class 1A.

This past spring, Funk made waves at Iowa's Junior men's freestyle state tournament, where he stormed to first place at 126 pounds by defeating both Crestwood's Carter Fousek, 16-12, and Underwood’s Gable Porter, 6-5. Fousek is a three-time state champ in Class 2A. Porter is a 1A state champ and recent Junior Greco-Roman national finalist.

Funk also becomes the latest Don Bosco wrestler to join the Northern Iowa program. Gable Fox, a state champ in 2018, will begin his fourth year in Cedar Falls when the '21-22 season begins. Cael Rahnavardi, a two-time state finalist for the Dons and recent Junior greco All-American, joined the program as part of the 2021 recruiting class.

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