Iowa high school wrestling: Don Bosco’s Daniel Kimball commits to South Dakota State

Cody Goodwin
The Des Moines Register

The South Dakota State wrestling program has found a strong foothold here in Iowa, as another in-state senior committed to the Jackrabbits on Wednesday evening.

Daniel Kimball, a senior at Don Bosco, announced his commitment to South Dakota State on Twitter. Kimball, a 2018 Class 1A state champion, picked the Jackrabbits over Northern Iowa, and projects at 125 pounds.

“Excited to announce my commitment to the University of South Dakota State to continue my academic and athletic career!” Kimball wrote in a tweet announcing his decision. “Can’t wait to be a Jackrabbit!”

Daniel Kimball of Don Bosco-Gilbertville wins the state championship at 106 pounds against Jaymus Wilson of Alburnett Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

Kimball is now the Jackrabbits’ fourth in-state verbal for the 2019 class, joining Southeast Polk’s Cade DeVos, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Spencer Trenary and Ballard’s Skyler Noftsger. Those four join three other Iowa natives on the South Dakota State roster in Henry Pohlmeyer and Zach Price, both from Johnston, as well as Tanner Sloan, a 2018 state champ from Alburnett.

With Kimball’s announcement, the state of Iowa’s 2019 class now has nine wrestlers that have committed to Division I programs. In addition to South Dakota State’s haul, there’s Albia’s Aden Reeves and Assumption’s Julien Broderson, both Iowa State commits; Southeast Polk’s Lance Runyon, a Northern Iowa commit; PCM’s Lucas Roland, a Campbell commit; and Akron-Westfield’s John Henrich, a Nebraska commit. A handful more may well be on the way.


Kimball is as decorated as any of those guys. He is a two-time state medalist — he placed fourth at 106 pounds in 2017 before winning it all at the same weight last season — and has posted a combined record of 84-9 during his last two prep seasons.

Kimball is accomplished on the national level as well. He’s earned All-American honors four separate times in both folkstyle and freestyle. He placed fourth at the Cadet folkstyle national championships at 88 pounds in 2015, then took sixth at 94 pounds the following year. In 2017, he was a double All-American at the Junior level, winning a folkstyle national title at 100 pounds and placing fifth in freestyle at the same weight.

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