Dowling’s Greg Hagan, a 2018 state finalist, commits to wrestle at Indiana
Another Iowa senior wrestler made his college decision this week.
Dowling Catholic's Greg Hagan announced his commitment to Indiana on Twitter on Wednesday night. Hagan, a 2018 Class 3A state runner-up, picked the Hoosiers over Maryland and Grand View, among others, and projects at 285 pounds.
"I went there on an unofficial and really liked it, and then went on my official visit and just fell in love with it," Hagan told the Register on Thursday morning. "I like the guys there, and I like (head coach) Angel Escobedo. I just liked it all. It was awesome."
Hagan becomes the 10th in-state senior with plans to wrestle Division I, and the second to join a program in the Big Ten, the premier collegiate wrestling conference. Akron-Westfield’s John Henrich, a Nebraska commit, is the other.
Of the other eight, South Dakota State owns four of those commitments: Southeast Polk’s Cade DeVos, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows’ Spencer Trenary, Ballard’s Skyler Noftsger and Don Bosco’s Daniel Kimball. Additionally, Albia’s Aden Reeves and Assumption’s Julien Broderson are bound for Iowa State, Southeast Polk’s Lance Runyon is headed to Northern Iowa, and PCM’s Lucas Roland is bound for Campbell. A handful more may well be on the way.
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Hagan’s recruiting took off after his run to the state finals last season. As a junior, he went 38-2 and finished second at the Class 3A state tournament at 220 pounds. His only losses came to Francis Duggan, an Iowa City West standout who’s now at Iowa State. Duggan beat Hagan at the Ed Winger Classic in January and in the state finals a month later.
It was then that schools began reaching out. He said Mike Dixon, the Hoosiers' associate head coach, first made contact when he was an assistant at Old Dominion, and maintained contact when he was hired at Indiana in June. Hagan took visits in August and October, and was sold on the atmosphere and direction of the program.
"It's pretty exciting," Hagan said. "I really like Dixon a lot. My head coach, Kevin Stanley, was best friends with Dixon in college. They went to Indiana together. Dixon kind of steered me away from everybody else, and I just wanted to be where he was at."
Hagan enters his senior season with a 72-23 overall record, according to statistics compiled by Trackwrestling. Following his state runner-up showing — in his first trip to the state tournament, at that — Hagan became an All-American at the Junior folkstyle national championships, placing sixth at 220 pounds.
Hagan is also a successful football player, and has started on Dowling’s offensive line each of the last two seasons. He helped the Maroons to their fifth-straight Class 4A state football championship last season. Dowling went 7-2 in the regular season this year, and host Fort Dodge at Williams Stadium on Friday in the first round of the 2018 postseason.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.