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Wisconsin wrestling coach Chris Bono dipped into the state of Iowa for his latest recruiting victory.
Cody Anderson, a senior at Waukee, informed the Des Moines Register of his commitment to Bono and the Wisconsin wrestling program Wednesday. He picked the Badgers over Grand View and Campbell and projects at 157 or 165 pounds.
"The biggest thing was that I just loved the coaches there on my visit," Anderson said. "I loved their mentality about everything.
"Of course, their facilities are really nice and I have family around that area (in upper Michigan), too, so that made the decision a lot easier."
Wisconsin doesn't normally recruit the state of Iowa with any regular success. Archived rosters that go back to the 2001-02 season don't reveal any former Iowa high-schoolers as Badger wrestlers — though a number have committed and even signed over the years only to leave for various reasons.
So Anderson is in line to be the first Iowa prospect this side of the millennium to don a Badger singlet, and he is joining one of Wisconsin's most decorated recruiting classes.
Anderson is joining West Virginia standout Braxton Amos, Wisconsin state champion Aidan Medora, New Jersey star Joey Zargo and Indiana talent Graham Calhoun, among others, in the Badgers' 2020 haul. Flowrestling considers both Amos and Zargo to be among the nation's top-100 recruits — Amos at No. 1 overall, Zargo at No. 86.
In Anderson, the Badgers add another talented prospect with plenty of potential. He was a four-time state medalist, placing third as a freshman, junior and senior at 106, 138 and 152 pounds, respectively. He also took fifth as a sophomore at 126. He compiled a 153-34 overall record, and secured his 150th win in this year's state quarterfinals.
Shortly after the state tournament, Wisconsin reached out to Anderson. He took a visit in early March. It was always his dream to wrestle Division I, and he solidified that dream Wednesday.
"Going into the season, I didn't really want to think about college. I wanted to just focus on the season," Anderson said. "I knew that once the season was over, I'd take it a lot more seriously.
"It's always been my goal since I was little to wrestle Division I."
Anderson is the latest Waukee wrestler to go Division I. Kyle Biscoglia, a three-time state champ, is at Northern Iowa. Brandon Tessau, a 2018 state finalist, is at Iowa State. Anthony Zach, a 2019 state champ, committed to Northern Illinois.
Anderson is also the 14th in-state wrestler in the 2020 class to go Division I and just the fifth to leave Iowa's borders. Both Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Josh Vis and Centerville’s Kayden Kauzlarich are headed to Northern Illinois, while Lisbon's Marshall Hauck and Union's Jack Thomsen are both going to South Dakota State.
The other nine are staying inside the state: Mason City’s Cullan and Colby Schriever and Southeast Polk’s Gabe Christenson are all going to Iowa; Woodward-Granger’s Cody Fisher and Ankeny Centennial’s Ben Monroe are both going to Iowa State; and Lisbon’s Cael Happel, West Sioux’s Adam Allard, Woodbury Central’s Wade Mitchell and Nashua-Plainfield’s Jakob Whitinger are all bound for Northern Iowa.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.
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