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Danny Murphy has dreamed of being a Hawkeye for sometime, and the dream will become a reality next year, as he gave his verbal committment to the University of Iowa. A multiplie time state placewinner from Colorado, Danny is fired up about being a Hawkeye.

How did you get started in wrestling?

I started in 7th grade when my football coach was also the wrestling coach and he asked me to wrestle after the football season ended.

Being from out west, Iowa fans don’t probably know too much about your accomplishments, so why don’t you go ahead and let Iowa fans know a little more about you, and what you have achieved so far in your career?

I finished 2nd and 3rd in 5A Colorado State Championships. I wrestled in Indiana the last two years on the Colorado National Dual Team.

So you announced your commitment to the Iowa, go ahead and talk to us a little bit of why you chose Iowa, and what schools you picked over to come to Iowa?

I chose Iowa because of the attitude, intensity and toughness of the wrestlers and coaches. Its always a battle in the room and that’s where I want to be. I chose Iowa over Wisconsin, University of Northern Colorado, and Western State.

Do you have a plan on what weight you would like to wrestle for college?

More than likely I will wrestle 149 lbs.

Of all the factors that went into the decision to be a Hawkeye, what were the 1-2 biggest selling points throughout the process?

The biggest selling point for me was the environment in the room. Everyone is wrestling hard and everyday it’s a fight. Nothing is given every and score is earned. The other biggest selling point is how much the coaches do and how much effort they put into their wrestlers.

Who is his favorite past/current Hawkeye?

That is a really tough question because anyone who wrestles in the Iowa room I have tremendous respect for and look up to. However, if I had to pick one it would be Brent Metcalf, I love his relentless attacking style and his toughness.

Over the past few weeks Iowa has picked up quite a few verbals, what do you think about some of your future teammates and do you know much about them?

I don’t know too many of them, but of the teammates I met I liked them all and I am exited to get on the mat with them. I also don’t know much about them, but I do know they are some studs though.

Did you always grow up rooting for Iowa?

In 7th grade I was in wrestling and started watching a documentary about the Hawkeyes. I was instantly a Hawkeye fan.

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for all the blessings in my life, my coaches for giving me the opportunities I have, and my teammates for always battling with me.

Finally, what would you like Iowa fans to know about you?

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle