After going through Iowa’s, UNI’s, and ISU‘s recruits that were participating in Fargo, I decided that I couldn’t leave these young men out either as a few of them could be big time recruiting targets.
Starting with Jake Marnin, who had a pretty solid weekend himself as he made the consolation finals twice, taking home 4th in both Greco-Roman and freestyle, losing to Tate Orndorff on both occasions. This marks the fifth time they have met this summer. The first two meetings took place at Cadet nationals in Akron, Ohio where the pair split, as Marnin was the victor in freestyle, and Orndorff won the Greco match. This weekend Orndorff took control of the series as he took two of the three meetings from Marnin.
Here is the Marnin win in freestyle over Orndorff:
Chase Straw had an excellent weekend, taking home All-American honors in Greco-Roman. Straw needed a big win on the backside over Iowa State commit Colston DiBlasi to keep the dream of making the stand alive. Straw delivered in exciting fashion. DiBlasi is nationally ranked, so watching an Iowa kid pick up a win (even if it is in Greco) should be promising for the Independence native.
Fredy Stroker was in a buzz saw of a bracket as we discussed in the UNI article (linked above) that Thomsen was in, and while Fredy took home 4th, he still had two really good wins that you really should watch, both over top 7 opponents (according to Flo). If anyone truly thinks Stroker’s stock has dropped, I will gladly have a discussion in the comments below, provided you watch these two matches and tell me he didn’t have some really good wins last week too.
Stroker Duggan #7
Stroker Kemerer #4
The final match is not a 2015 recruit (2016 class), but it felt wrong to leave out such a strong performance by one of Iowa’s promising Cadets. Gannon Gremmel won a narrow match to bring home Iowa’s first national title of the weekend.