Iowa Style Wrestling’s senior class has a number of wrestlers committed to Division 1 institutions, including Matt Grippi (North Carolina State), Jakob Camacho (North Carolina State) and Grant Cuomo (Princeton).
Those wrestlers and many others benefitted from the first annual Iowa Style Wrestling College Combine in the fall of 2016. Now, the second edition will take place in Somers, New York, from 5:30-8 p.m. on October 17.
At least a dozen college coaches are set to attend from up and down the East Coast, providing an opportunity for student-athletes to showcase their talent and connect directly with coaches.
“Last year we had a good mix of colleges both academically and athletically, with all three divisions covered,” Iowa Style's John Degl said. “The kids got to see the gamut of options and the coaches got to see about 100 kids in the room all eager to wrestle and train. We expect that to be the case again.”
It certainly looks that way with the following colleges committed to attending (alphabetically): Binghamton, Brown, Casleton, Clarion, Columbia, Cornell, Cortland, Hofstra, Johnson & Wales, Maryland, Navy, NC State, NYU, Princeton, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, Sacred Heart, Wesleyan, Western New England and Williams.
The event will consist of plenty of wrestling, but also will offer information on other elements of the recruiting process.
“There will be a hard practice, where coaches can watch and evaluate,” Degl said. “We’ll also have a guest speaker [college prep expert Stephanie Klein-Wassink] who worked in admissions at Northwestern, talk about things like financial aid and the applications process - what to do and how to do it for the colleges of your choice.”
There will also be ample opportunity for wrestlers to ask questions.
“One of the things that surprised me last year was the Question & Answer period,” Degl said. “I thought it would be quick, but the kids kept firing legitimate, solid questions for over an hour. We want to make sure they get their questions answered again.”
Prior to the start of the combine, there will be an opportunity for coaches to spend time with and learn from North Carolina State head coach Pat Popolizio (from 4-6 p.m.) in a Coaches Clinic that will feature an hour of technique and an hour of classroom instruction.
“I’m excited for Iowa Style Wrestling to hold the College Combine again this year,” Degl said. “It’s great to have Beat the Streets involved this time, bringing a number of their kids. There’s a lot of knowledge and preparation that needs to be done for the college process and it’s exciting to share that with the wrestling community.”
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