When the news broke that the nation’s #1 recruit in the class of 2017 had committed to the University of Iowa, wrestling fans all across the country reacted to the news, and for many Iowa fans that reaction was pure joy.
Not only were the fans reacting to the news, but several recruits that will be heading to the University of Iowa made their reactions on Twitter:
— Carter Dean (5-1) (@FarterCrapple) April 20, 2016
Happel’s comment comes from when Lee, Teasdale, and himself all wrestled at the Cadet World Championships for Team USA back in 2014.
In addition to Twitter reactions Lee’s fellow 2017 recruiting class members also weighed in on the topic with Illinois state champion Jason Renteria saying, “I am really excited to start getting ready with Lee, Justin Mejia, and also Teasdale when he gets to Iowa. We’re only going to make each other better and better. We’re coming soon. I can’t wait to see an Iowa vs the World now. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
California three-time state champion, and future lightweight for the Hawkeyes, Justin Mejia also gave us his thoughts on Spencer Lee and Gavin Teasdale committing to the University of Iowa.
“I am looking forward to putting six or seven of our guys in the NCAA finals.” Mejia said when he first heard the news. “I am so glad that (Lee) chose Iowa and not Penn State.”
Lee projects at 125-pounds for the Hawks after competing at 120-pounds this past season at Franklin Regional high school. Mejia, who also wrestled this past season at 120-pounds, brushed off any talk that the addition of Lee to Iowa would cause him to second guess his commitment.
“There is no doubt about it,” Mejia said when asked if he will still be a Hawk, “People have me up at 141 already and it will probably depend on where I am at that time. It was already looking like I wouldn’t be at 125 because I am getting a little bigger. Right now I don’t think I am going to be at 125. We will see when the time comes.”
Not only did the Hawkeyes get Lee’s verbal commitment, but they also received a verbal commitment from Gavin Teasdale, who is currently ranked #3 in the class of 2018.
“I think it’s good to have a younger guy that knows what they want to do.” Mejia said on Teasdale committing before his junior season. “I think it’s good for him to know what he wants, and not just because (committing early) was good thing for me. He knew what he wanted and he didn’t shy away from it.”
The talks have already begun about how Iowa’s head coach Tom Brands will be able to manage getting all of these young, high caliber wrestlers into his lineup, but Mejia doesn’t see it as a problem.
“My ideal lineup right now is Spencer Lee at 125, myself or Gavin at 133, and then maybe me at 141. It will all work itself out.”