Former University of Minnesota wrestler Fredy Stroker has announced that he will be transferring to the Cornell University. The former Bettendorf standout took to Twitter to announce his decision that he would be leaving the Gophers in hopes of landing at a Division I program outside of the Big Ten. He appears to have found that fit out east at Cornell University.

“I felt like I really fit in with the staff there and the guys on the team,” Stroker told IAwrestle, “I believe in their system and feel like I can reach my full potential there. Academically, the school is one of the best in the country and I think graduating from Cornell will help prepare me for the real world after wrestling, and open doors that I may not have had access to elsewhere.”

A three-time state champion for Bettendorf, Stroker was one of the top preps in the nation and Iowa when he committed to Minnesota. Stroker complied a 7-7 official record at 149 pounds while at Minnesota, but was 25-4 during his redshirt season. Among the reasons for the transfer was Stroker not fitting into the Gopher’s plans after he outgrew the 149 pound spot in their lineup.

“I will start school in the fall,” Stroker said of his future plans, “But I am planning on going out there after NCAA to start training with the freestyle guys and get ready for University Nationals in Akron, Ohio.”

Stroker took official visits to North Carolina and Virginia Tech, and was also in contact with UNI and Missouri before making his decision to attend Cornell.

“I am excited to represent the “Big C” on my chest and show the world what I am capable of!”

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle