The Hawkeyes kept the recruits coming in last week when they received a verbal from SE Polk standout Aaron Meyer. Meyer already a 2-time state placewinner (8th soph year, runner-up last year) will be looking to take the next step up the podium this year as he closes out his high school career for Coach Jason Christenson. IAWrestle had the opportunity to ask Aaron a few questions about his commitment before the season gets started next week….
Aaron Meyer – Senior – SE Polk High School – Projected 149
Q: At what age did you start wrestling and how did you get involved in the sport?
A: I was five years old when I started wrestling and I got into it because my brother, Alex, wrestled and I thought it looked like fun.
Q: How big of an influence did Alex have on you committing to the Hawkeyes?
A: He didn’t try and sway me one way of the other, he left it completely up to me. He was definitely there to answer any questions I had, however. He did a great job of letting me come to him about making my decision instead of trying to push my decision of being a Hawkeye. I know that he would have been happy wherever I chose.
Q: Who are you looking forward to working out with at Iowa?
A: I know that I will have a lot of great workout partners in the Iowa room. Keegan Shaw, who I have trained with since I was little will be right next to me throughout my time at Iowa. Others would be Logan Ryan, Michael Kemerer, as well as the names that everyone knows from having time as a Hawkeye.
Q: Did you take any other official visits to Division I schools?
A: The only othe Division I school I visited was Iowa State
Q: You are the 10th wrestler under Coach Jason Christenson to commit to a Division I school in the last 4 years, talk a little bit about what it’s like being in the wrestling room with all those great wrestlers?
A: It definitely pushes me everyday because I can look in any direction in the wrestling room and see another top notch guy working just as hard as I am and that has goals as high as I do. It also helps immensely with having good workout partners. My teammates give me good looks that I can see in competition at a high level. One last thing is that it’s a great tradition that we have at Southeast Polk. Coach Jason Christenson takes pride in training great wrestlers but also well-rounded people. I have learned so much from him and I think that’s a good reason why we have been so successful.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to thank?
A: I would like to thank The Lord Above for blessing me with this opportunity and the ability to wrestle at the level that I am capable of. I would also like to thank my parents because they have been there since the beginning. They got me into the sport and have helped me through all the tough losses and cutting weight, and reminded me to stay humble in my successes. Next, my coaches have played a huge part in my success. I have had many but Coach Christenson is one for the ages. He helps me find things that fit with my style and most importantly from a wrestling standpoint, he has taught me how to wrestle through positions not just moves.
Q: Is there anything else you would like Hawkeye fans to know about you?
A: I want to tell all the Hawk fans that I’m excited to come to Iowa City and I will give everything I have to that program. I have grown up watching Iowa wrestling and feel blessed to have the opportunity to take part.