Garret Rinken, a state champ from Nashua-Plainfield, commits to UNI wrestling program

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register

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.

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