As noted earlier, this is a huge recruiting weekend for Iowa -- and not just the football program. Iowa wrestling secured not one, but two big in-state commitments yesterday. In addition to adding one of the best in the Class of 2023 in Nate Jesuroga, Iowa also picked up a verbal commitment from a key middleweight prospect, Aiden Riggins.
Riggins is another strong in-state get, hailing from perennial powerhouse program Waverly-Shell Rock. WSR has won the last three 3A team championships and RIggins has been a key contributor to those title-winning teams. Riggins has gone 122-5 in his three years as a starter for WSR, with his best year coming last year as a junior, when he went 36-0 and claimed a 3A state championship. He's also had success on the freestyle stage, as Flowrestling's Andy Hamilton noted:
He’s currently ranked fourth nationally at 160 pounds. He’s had a terrific 2021 to this point, going undefeated as a junior and completing his run to an Iowa state title with a win against fellow Fargo finalist Caleb Rathjen. He followed that up with a strong showing at the Cadet World Team Trials, where he reached the finals and went to a decisive bout in the best-of-three final series against top-ranked Levi Haines.
Riggins was one of the standout performers this summer the Iowa squad that captured the freestyle title at USA Wrestling’s Junior National Duals. At least five of the key figures on that team — current Hawkeyes Drake Ayala and Rathjen and commits Ben Kueter, Jesuroga and Riggins — will be reunited in Iowa City.
Those accomplishments have helped him earn a spot as the #3/4 wrestler nationally at 160 lbs (he's likely to compete at 165 or 174 in college), as well as the #34 prospect overall in the 2022 recruiting class (per Mat Scouts). He chose Iowa over the likes of Michigan, Purdue, Iowa State, and South Dakota State.
Riggins is the first member of Iowa's 2022 recruiting class. (Kueter and Jesuroga are both members of next year's recruiting class, in 2023.) He gives Iowa a strong start to that class, though, and should provide help at an area of need in the near future. Kaleb Young and Alex Marinelli, multi-year starters at 157 and 165, respectively, will both be departing Iowa after the 2021-22 season, so there be opportunity aplenty in the middleweight ranks. Hopefully Riggins can help Iowa fill one of those looming holes.
Welcome to Iowa, Aiden.