When it rains, sometimes it pours -- and it is pouring recruits for Iowa wrestling right now. Just hours after adding Arizona's Jesse Ybarra to their 2020 recruiting class, Iowa picked up a pair of big in-state commitments from Cullan and Colby Schriever, twins from Mason City.
Proud to announce that Im going to be a Hawkeye! Go Hawks! pic.twitter.com/OovzxOSVMj— Cullan Schriever (@cullanschriever) September 27, 2018
Proud and excited to announce that I have committed to the University of Iowa to wrestle and further my education! Thanks to everyone whos brought me to this point! #FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/KObin9CVWz— Colby Schriever (@coschriever20) September 27, 2018
The Schrievers become the third and fourth members of Iowa's 2020 recruiting class, joining Ybarra and Minnesota prep Patrick Kennedy. Cullan Schriever, the smaller of the two twins, is arguably the top prep wrestler in Iowa with the graduations of Alex Thomsen and Brody Teske after the 2018 season. Schriever is ranked 25th overall in Intermat's Class of 2020 rankings, 24th in Flo's 2020 rankings, and 12th in The Open Mat's 2020 rankings. He ranks 3rd on Intermat's 106-lb weight rankings and 3rd on Flo's 113-lb weight rankings as well.
Schriever's earned that recruiting hype for his stellar performances on the mat. Entering his junior season, Schriever already has two Iowa state championships, as well as freestyle national championships at the Cadet and Junior levels in Fargo. He also won his weight (106 lbs) at the prestigious Super 32 tournament in 2017. Iowa was definitely the favorite to land Schriever, who's been a Hawkeye fan for as long as he can remember, as he told Hawk Central's Cody Goodwin:
“I’ve been dreaming of being a Hawk since I could stand up,” Cullan says. “Top-notch coaches, top-notch partners. The atmosphere is great. It just felt perfect.”
Still, being a childhood favorite may get a school's foot in the door, but it doesn't guarantee anything, so it's good to see that Tom Brands, Ryan Morningstar, and the rest of the Iowa program were able to seal the deal with Schriever. The state of Iowa hasn't produced as much high-level talent in recent years, forcing Iowa to look outside its borders more and more to find the types of studs who can help them compete with the likes of Penn State and Ohio State. So when a potential stud does emerge in-state, it's even more vital that Iowa lock them up. Mission accomplished on that front.
Cullan will be joined at Iowa by his twin brother, Colby Schriever, the bigger of the twins. Colby Schriever hasn't enjoyed the same level of success as his brother, finishing 7th at 126 lbs at the 3A state tournament last spring. He also went 3-2 at Fargo this summer but has won freestyle and Greco-Roman titles at 132 lbs and was a Cadet All-American at USA Wrestling's Folkstyle National Tournament. He's continued to improve during his young career and hopefully he remains on that upward trajectory. As IAWrestle noted, Iowa has had good fortune with twins in the past: the Brands brothers, the Banach brothers, and the Steiners were all highly successful twin duos at Iowa.
Cullan, the smaller of the two Schriever brothers, has wrestled around 106/113 thus far during his high school career, but will wrestle at 120 lbs this year. He currently projects to be a 125-pounder at Iowa, at least to start his career, though he thinks he could get up to 133 or 141 as well. If he sticks at 125, he could be well-situated to replace Spencer Lee at that weight as a redshirt freshman in 2021-22. Colby, the larger of the two Schrievers, has competed at 126 and 132, but expects to be at 138 this year and thinks he may wrestle at 157 in college, per Cody Goodwin. Projecting weights can be tricky at the best of times, though, and especially so for guys who are currently juniors in high school. We're still two years away from them even being in Iowa City, and at least three years away from either of them potentially being in the Iowa lineup; that's a lot of time for things to sort themselves out.
Until then: welcome to Iowa City, Cullan and Colby. We're excited to see you bring some twin magic back to the Hawkeye program.