They say good things come to those who wait.
On Wednesday night, those Hawkeye fans that waited to hear the decision Mediapolis prep wrestler Steven Holloway would make were certainly rewarded, as the nationally ranked 195 pound wrestler announced his decision to continue his wrestling career with the Hawkeyes.
I am excited to announce that I will be furthering my athletic and academic career wrestling for the Iowa Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/ffGPErynps
— Steven Holloway (@SteveTheSavage) April 30, 2015
Holloway had been considering the Hawkeyes for some time, and as of a few weeks ago at the Dream Team classic the senior had narrowed down his choices to Iowa, UNI, and Indiana (Hamilton – DMR). Holloway finishes his career a two-time state champion for the 2A powerhouse Mediapolis, and is ranked 13th by InterMat – one spot behind future teammate Cash Wilcke. Holloway competed at the Dream Team Classic against the USA All-Star team where he led the #2 ranked future Minnesota wrestler Bobby Steveson late in his match before losing his control on the lead. He was also considered the last of four top 100 recruits to make his decision, according to Flowrestling.
The addition of Holloway makes this one of the biggest recruiting classes for Iowa in recent memory. Holloway will join nationally ranked recruits Michael Kemerer, Vince Turk, Cash Wilcke, and will also join his current high school teammate Cole Erickson in selecting the Hawkeyes.
The addition of Holloway is good news for the Hawkeyes as they look to add to their future 197 pound depth. As the roster currently stands, two-time NCAA All-American Nathan Burak and Kris Klapprodt are the only official 197 pound wrestlers on the roster, with Burak being a true senior, and Klapprodt in his fifth and final year. This past winter, the Hawkeyes and former top 100 recruit Broc Berge parted ways, leaving the cupboard empty.
As it stands both Alex Meyer and Sammy Brooks have recorded matches at 197 pounds, but both were considered to be wrestling up. Wilcke has said all along that he intends to wrestle 184 pounds when he gets to Iowa, so the addition of Holloway gives Iowa a true 197 pound wrestler on the roster.