Garret Rinken, a state champ from Nashua-Plainfield, commits to UNI wrestling program
The Northern Iowa wrestling program picked up the first commitment for its 2023 recruiting class on Monday morning as Garret Rinken, a junior from nearby Nashua-Plainfield, announced his commitment to the Panthers.
Rinken made his commitment through his personal Instagram page. He is among one of the state's best lightweights — a three-time Class 1A state medalist, a two-time state finalist and 2021 state champ. He has compiled a three-year prep record of 157-4. He went 57-1 and took second at 120 pounds this past season. He projects at 125/133.
Additionally, Rinken won USA Wrestling's folkstyle national tournament in March, going 4-0 at 120. He made the finals of the Junior folkstyle national championships a year ago, and was also a member of Iowa's title-winning Junior national dual team last summer.
Rinken is now the sixth in-state wrestler from Iowa's 2023 class to commit to a Division I program. The other five: Linn-Mar's Tate Naaktgeboren and Cedar Rapids Prairie's Blake Gioimo, who are going to Iowa State, plus Iowa City High's Ben Kueter, Southeast Polk's Nate Jesuroga and Waverly-Shell Rock's Ryder Block, who are all going to Iowa.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.