Don Bosco Iowa state wrestling champion Jared Thiry announces commitment to South Dakota State

Cody Goodwin
Des Moines Register
Jared Thiry, an outgoing senior from Don Bosco, announced his commitment to the South Dakota State wrestling program on Wednesday.

Jared Thiry, one of the last available in-state senior wrestling recruits, has made his college decision — and he's headed out of state.

Thiry, an outgoing senior for Don Bosco, committed to South Dakota State on Wednesday afternoon. He picked the Jackrabbits over Hofstra, Loras College and Newberry College, among others. He projects at 197/285 pounds.

"I ultimately made my decision because of the coaching staff," Thiry told the Register. "I really liked how they are younger so they could relate to me more and they can wrestle right now. Brookings also has kind of a hometown feeling because the campus isn't crazy huge."

Thiry is the latest Iowa high schooler to join the South Dakota State wrestling program, which had seven Iowa natives on its roster during the 2022-23 season. Among them were Cade DeVos, a three-time NCAA qualifier from Southeast Polk, and Tanner Sloan, a 2023 NCAA finalist from Alburnett.

A large reason for the Iowa-to-Brookings pipeline is because assistant coach Cody Caldwell, who is originally from Waverly-Shell Rock, wrestled at Northern Iowa and then coached at Grand View. Thiry said that played a role in his decision.

South Dakota State assistant coach Cody Caldwell talks with Tanner Sloan during a Session I match at the 2023 NCAA Championships. Sloan, an Alburnett native, made the NCAA finals at 197 pounds that week.

"It helped knowing there would be people I already know up there," Thiry continued, specifically mentioning Daniel Kimball, another current Jackrabbit and Don Bosco grad. "It's nice knowing some familiar faces."

In Thiry, the Jacks are getting another high-upside prospect who has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential.

In four years at Don Bosco, Thiry amassed a 152-24 career record. He contributed to four consecutive Class 1A state championship teams as a three-time state medalist and two-time state finalist. As a junior during the 2021-22 season, Thiry went 44-2 and won the Class 1A state title at 220 pounds.

Additionally, Thiry has proven himself nationally, too. He won the Junior folkstyle national title in 2022, took seventh at the Junior Greco-Roman national championships last summer and was a member of Team Iowa's Junior national dual team last summer when they won championships in both freestyle and greco.

"I am super excited to announce that I will continue my academic and athletic career at South Dakota State University!" Thiry wrote in an Instagram caption, announcing his decision. "Thank you to everyone who supported me throughout my wrestling career."

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