Wrestling: Casey Swiderski, a Michigan state champ, becomes Iowa State's first 2022 commit

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register

The Iowa State wrestling program opened its 2022 recruiting class with a huge splash.

Casey Swiderski, a junior at Dundee High School in Michigan, announced his commitment to the Cyclones on Saturday. He picked Iowa State over the likes of Michigan and Purdue, among others, and projects at 149 pounds.

"Just a small town boy chasin' his dreams," Swiderski wrote in an Instagram post announcing his decision.

Swiderski's commitment adds to Iowa State's recent recruiting momentum.

Earlier this week, Midland's Damon Huston became the latest addition to the Cyclones' highly-touted 2021 recruiting class, which includes three top-60 recruits. Even more, Iowa State added a transfer in Andrew Huddleston, a Missouri state champ who's currently at NAIA's Central Methodist who announced his intent to transfer on Saturday.

Swiderski's addition adds to those positive vibes — and gives Iowa State an impressive jump start on its 2022 recruiting class.

He's won two state titles in as many years for Dundee, at 103 pounds in 2019 and 135 pounds this past year. He's compiled an 85-3 overall record along the way, according to statistics provided by Trackwrestling.

Swiderski is considered one of the nation's best prospects. He's considered the No. 61 overall recruit in the 2022 class, according to MatScouts, and is currently ranked fifth nationally at 132 pounds.

He has the résumé to back up those rankings, too. He won gold at USA Wrestling's preseason nationals in 2018 and recently took fourth at 132 pounds at the Super 32 Challenge, one of the toughest high school wrestling tournaments in the country.

The Cyclones' 2021 recruiting class is perhaps the best collection of recruits in Kevin Dresser's short time in Ames. With Swiderski's commitment, the 2022 class could soon match it.

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