Gone Baby Gone: Jason Renteria Leaves Iowa Wrestling Program

By RossWB on August 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm
farewell, jason

And now, a short break for a little wrestling news: Iowa wrestling's on, off, on-again relationship is now off-again. 

Renteria first entered Iowa's orbit as a prized Class of 2017 recruit, when he and Justin Mejia (another recruit who had an on again, off again relationship with Iowa) first committed to Iowa way back in the fall of 2014. Then Iowa picked up commitments from #1 overall recruit (and current two-time NCAA champion) Spencer Lee and Gavin Teasdale in the spring of 2016; the resulting lightweight logjam led to Renteria and Mejia decommitting from Iowa in the summer of 2016. Renteria ended up committed to Nebraska, where he spent a year before deciding to transfer. He wound up coming to Iowa last summer, almost four years after he had initially committed to Iowa. Renteria, who started his career at 133 but was expected to compete at 141 or 149 at Iowa, redshirted last season and didn't see the mat in an Iowa singlet; he also didn't see any action in open tournaments. And now he's leaving Iowa once again

The exact "why" of Renteria's departure is presently unknown. The lineup issues haven't improved from a year ago; Iowa has starters returning at 133, 141, and 149. In fact, they've actually gotten a bit more challenging, as Iowa has picked up another high-profile transfer in the form of Gavin Teasdale (who decommitted from Iowa to sign with Penn State, but left Happy Valley after redshirting there last season). Teasdale is officially listed on the roster and appearing in photos with fellow freshmen on the Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling twitter feed (he's the short guy in the helmet): 

Teasdale projects at 133 lbs and could lead to some shake-ups in Iowa's lower weights. If Teasdale takes over the starting spot at 133, Austin DeSanto, an All-American last year at 133, could move up to 141, which could in turn lead Max Murin, a Round of 12 finisher a year ago, to challenge Pat Lugo, an All-American at 149 last year. (Whew.) 

In any event, it was difficult to see exactly where Renteria might fit into the lineup picture (although in the medium-to-long term, a bulked-up Renteria at 149 might have been an intriguing option). Things haven't been easier for Renteria off the mat, either, as his father has been dealing with a serious illness for a while now (that contributed to Renteria's move from Nebraska to Iowa, as it enabled him to be closer to his family, who lives in Illinois). Whatever the reason for his decision to leave Iowa, we wish Renteria and his family good health and good fortune with whatever the next steps in his journey are. 

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