Caring is Creepy 2022: : Iowa Wrestling Adds a Host of In-State Commits

By RossWB on October 13, 2021 at 8:00 am
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The commitments just keep rolling in for Iowa wrestling. The Hawkeyes went from having zero wrestlers committed to the Class of 2022 to six wrestlers in the span of about a day. Tom Brands & Co. are doin' work -- and they're loading up on local talent. All six wrestlers Iowa has scored commitments from for 2022 (as well as Nate Jesuroga, a Class of 2023 commit who also joined up over the weekend) are in-state recruits. I already covered the commitments of Jesuroga and Aiden Riggins over the weekend, but let's break down the other five commits now. 

First up: Mickey Griffith. 

Griffith, a senior from Des Moines Lincoln, became the first wrestler from that school to win an Iowa state championship in well over a decade when he won a title at 170 lbs in 2020. Griffith was a state runner-up this past season and has a 92-13 overall record through three seasons of competition. Mat Scouts rates him as the 150th best overall recruit in the Class of 2022 and 18th nationally at 182 lbs. 

At the college level, Griffith projects to compete at either 174 or 184 lbs. With Patrick Kennedy penciled in to replace Michael Kemerer at 174 starting in 2022-23 and Abe Assad and Nelson Brands with a few more years of eligibility at 184, there likely won't be an immediate need (or lineup spot) for Griffith at Iowa. Which is fine -- he'll likely need some seasoning in the Iowa practice room before he's ready to contribute to the Iowa lineup. But he'll definitely be a name to watch in a few years. 

Next: Carter and Carson Martinson

The Southeast Polk wrestling program has been one of Iowa's best for several years now and several kids have traded the black and gold singlets of SEP for the black and gold singlets of Iowa, most notably Cory Clark and Alex Meyer. Their teammate, elite prospect Nate Jesuroga, got this commitment train rolling on Saturday, and they announced plans to join him in Iowa City yesterday. 

The Martinson twins will look at add to Iowa's depth in the middleweight ranks. Carson has gone 97-25 overall at SEP, highlighted by a fifth place finish at 145 lbs in 2020 and a third place finish at 152 lbs in 2021. He's likely to wrestle at 157 or 165 in college. Carter has gone 90-33 overall with the Rams, highlighted by a third place finish at 138 lbs in 2020 and a fourth place finish at 138 lbs in 2021. He's projected to be at 149 or 157 in college. A potential path to the starting lineup isn't quite as clear for the Martinsons as it is for commits like Jesuroga or Riggins, but we'll have to wait and see what happens once they're in the Iowa practice room. Hard work can go a long way and Iowa wrestling has certainly had good luck with brothers (and twin brothers at that) in the past. 

Today's first commit: Easton Fleshman

Easton Fleshman (what a name) is a returning state medalist from West Lyon; he finished seventh at 220 lbs in 2021. However, he also won a Junior freestyle state championship last spring and was part of a decorated Junior national dual team that won a Junior national dual championship in June. Fleshman will be a heavyweight in the college ranks, since there is no weight between 197 lbs and 285 lbs at the college level. 

And finally: Jace Rhodes.

Rhodes, a senior at Mason City, has primarily wrestled at the lower weights (currently 138 lbs), going 83-18 over his first three seasons with the Mohawks. He was a state runner-up as a freshman in 2019 and has scored fifth place finishes in 2020 and 2021. He also won a Junior men's freestyle state championship this past spring at 132 lbs. He's likely to be at 133 or 141 lbs at Iowa. Like Fleshman and the Martinson brothers, there isn't a clear path to the lineup for Rhodes, but they'll all have an opportunity to follow their dreams and wrestle in an Iowa singlet.

Good luck to Griffith, Fleshman, Rhodes, and the Martinson brothers. Welcome to Iowa and we look forward to seeing how your careers unfold in black and gold. 

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