The winter months can be cold and miserable, but for a certain fan base in Iowa, that means a few months of intense and thrilling action.
Wrestling season has returned again, and the 2019-20 season figures to be a good one. Competitions are getting under way, and big tournaments are on tap over the next three months. Come February, we’ll all convene at Wells Fargo Arena for the state championships.
Here, we offer our preseason All-Iowa wrestling selections. We've selected the teams based on past performances and future prospects, not unlike how we select the Iowa Eight. We have a first and second team. Any statistics and records not provided were compiled through Trackwrestling.
106: Brandon O’Brien, jr., Linn-Mar
Returning Class 3A state qualifier. Produced a tremendous spring and summer, winning Junior national titles in folkstyle and Greco-Roman, and finishing as the national runner-up in freestyle.
113: Trever Anderson, soph., Ankeny
Returning 3A state champion. Went 42-1 last year with 19 pins en route to a title at 106 pounds. Earned All-American honors at the 16U freestyle national championships.
120: Drake Ayala, jr., Fort Dodge
Returning 3A state champion. Two-time state finalist with an 84-2 career record. Junior folkstyle and freestyle national champion. Considered the No. 12 overall recruit nationally in the 2021 class.
126: Cullan Schriever, sr., Mason City
Two-time 3A state champion, in 2017 and 2018. Past Junior and Cadet freestyle national champion. Considered the No. 55 overall recruit nationally in the 2020 class. Iowa signee.
132: Robert Avila Jr., soph., Lisbon
Returning 1A state champion. Went 55-1 and was unbeaten against in-state opponents last season. Two-time 16U Greco All-American.
138: Cael Happel, sr., Lisbon
Three-time 1A state champion, winning titles at 113, 120 and 132. Went 53-0 with 32 pins last season. Junior freestyle All-American this past summer. Northern Iowa signee.
145: Nick Hamilton, soph., Underwood
Returning 1A state runner-up. Went 50-3 en route to the state finals last season. Earned double All-American honors at the 16U freestyle and Greco national championships.
152: Eli Loyd, sr., Pleasant Valley
Returning 3A state champion. Three-time state medalist and two-time finalist. Went 49-3 en route to a title at 138 pounds last season. Indian Hills signee.
160: Adam Ahrendsen, jr., Union
Returning 2A state finalist. Went 46-2 on his way to the finals at 152 pounds last year. Finished as the 16U national runner-up in both folkstyle and Greco.
170: Logan Neils, sr., Ankeny Centennial
Returning 3A state finalist. Two-time state medalist. Went 38-3 and qualified for the finals at 170 last year. Headed to Minnesota State-Mankato next year.
182: Treyton Cacek, sr., Graettinger-Terril/RA
Returning 1A state champion. Went 46-0 to win at 170 last year. Enters senior season with 99 career victories.
195: Gabe Christenson, sr., Southeast Polk
Returning 3A state champion. Three-time state medalist. Went 38-1 last year. Earned double All-American honors at the Junior freestyle and Greco national championships. Iowa signee.
220: Cody Fisher, sr., Woodward-Granger
Returning 2A state champion. Three-time state finalist. Went 44-1 last year. Earned double All-American honors at the Junior freestyle and Greco national championships. Iowa State signee.
285: Griffin Liddle, jr., Bettendorf
Returning 3A state finalist. Two-time state medalist. Earned double All-American honors at the 16U freestyle and Greco national championships. Iowa football commit.
MORE WRESTLING COVERAGE FROM THE REGISTER
- IOWA EIGHT: Meet the state's best prep wrestlers for the 2019-20 season
- CHASING FOUR: West Sioux's Allard, Lisbon's Happel taking aim at history
- PODCAST: A full Iowa Eight breakdown on the latest In The Room podcast
106: Dustin Bohren, soph., Bettendorf
113: Carter Fousek, soph., Crestwood
120: Matthew Lewis, jr., Centerville
126: Adam Allard, sr., West Sioux
132: Hunter Garvin, soph., Iowa City West
138: Caleb Rathjen, jr., Ankeny
145: Jack Thomsen, sr., Union
152: Ben Monroe, sr., Ankeny Centennial
160: Justin McCunn, sr., Red Oak
170: Carson Tenold, soph., Don Bosco
182: Thomas Even, sr., Don Bosco
195: Wyatt Voelker, soph., West Delaware
220: Brayden Wolf, sr., Waverly-Shell Rock
285: Josh Vis, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.