Phil Laux Transfers to Northwestern

Today, Northwestern University announced that former University of Iowa redshirt sophomore Phil Laux would be transferring to the Wildcats for the 2015-16 season.

Laux had this to say in the school’s press release:

“I am excited about the opportunity to receive a world-renowned education while pursuing my wrestling goals at Northwestern,” Laux said. “I look forward to competing on the mat and in the classroom alongside teammates who value the Northwestern experience. I am excited to see what Jesus has in store for me as I begin this next chapter.

“I want to thank my coaches, club members and teammates at Iowa. I enjoyed my time there and wish them nothing but the best.”

Laux is expected to compete for the 125 or 133 pound spot for Northwestern, after he establishes an academic year of residency at Northwestern. That would leave just one year reamaing for the former Hawkeye.

Laux has had a successful career at Iowa with him getting a career high 23 wins in 2014, and he also compiled a 3-3 record as a sophomore, serving as a back up to All-Americans Thomas Gilman and Cory Clark at 125 and 133 pounds. Laux also took home a fifth place finish at the University National Championships this past May in Akron, Ohio at 57 kg.

This is a great addition for the Northwestern program, who was hit hard in the lightweights last month when former top recruit Stevan Micic announced that he was transferring out of Evanston leaving a hole in the Wildcat lightweights.