The recruiting news just keeps coming fast and furious this summer, as Iowa wrestling landed another top target. Last week they got a head start on their 2020 recruiting class with blue-chip prospect Patrick Kennedy. Today they got their 2019 recruiting class underway with one of Kennedy's teammates from the Minnesota Elite wrestling club, Zach Glazier:
Glazier hails from Minnesota -- but only just. He's a prep at Albert Lea High School, near the Iowa-Minnesota border, and chose Iowa over offers from Minnesota, UNI, Purdue, and South Dakota State. Glazier, who went 47-1 last season and has gone 127-14 over the past three seasons, is a three-time state medalist in Minnesota and the defending state champion at 170 lbs. Glazier is currently ranked fourth in the nation at 170 lbs by Flowrestling and 32nd overall in Flo's 2019 rankings. A strong showing at the prestigious Cadet and Junior National Championships in Fargo in a few weeks (he finished 5th at 160 lbs at Fargo last year) and a dominant senior season could see him climb even higher in those rankings.
So why choose Iowa? Unsurprisingly for a kid who grew up just across the border from Iowa, it's been a longtime fan of Iowa and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. As he told Flo:
Since I was little I've always dreamed of being a Hawkeye and wrestling in Carver. I really like the coaches and felt I connected well with everyone there. I think Iowa is the best place I can be to achieve my goals.
While Glazier wrestled at 170 lbs this past year, he's still growing and he indicated that he expects to wrestle at 184 lbs in college. That would fit nicely with Iowa's lineup plans -- Cash Wilcke could man that spot for Iowa for the next two seasons, leaving it free for Glazier to step in as a redshirt freshman in 2020-21. Welcome to Iowa, Zach.