The Hawkeye Wrestling Club continues it’s evolution as World Silver medalist Alli Ragan is expected to join the club following the World Championships in two weeks. The two parties have not officially inked a deal but the likely addition of Ragan would be the club’s second Women’s Freestyle member. The HWC has been making power moves this summer, adding Mark Perry as it’s head coach, and the most recent addition of Jesse Delgado. The HWC would not comment on the signing but Ragan had this to say.
“Since Terry Steiner has been my coach he has tried to instill the Hawkeye mentality and work ethic. I want more of that and want to learn and grow under the best coaches in the world. Iowa City is practically the wrestling capital of the world and to be in that environment on a daily basis is huge for anyone so I’m very grateful for this opportunity. – Alli Ragan
Ragan plans to continue to represent the Sunkist Kids while being under the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. Wrestling for Olympic golds won’t be her only goal in Iowa City. Recently Tom Brands called upon the NCAA to list wrestling as an emerging sport and by moving to Iowa City she hopes it will open the NCAA eyes to the opportunity.
“Having a couple girls at the best program will hopefully open their eyes to how much our sport is evolving. It is such an opportunity for us women to be able to have the best coaches just like the men do. To help lead that movement while training to be a World and Olympic champion by being a member of the HWC is truly a blessing.”
One of the U.S.’s more decorated Women’s athletes, Ragan was a four-time WCWA finalist for King University, winning national titles her junior and senior seasons. In addition to a successful college career, Ragan earned bronze medals for the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in 2011 and 2012 before going on to make three Senior level World Teams from 2013 to 2015. Ragan was second at the Olympic Trials in Iowa City, but went on to make her fourth straight World Team by winning the Non-Olympic Weight World Team Trials. It was there that Ragan would bring home silver at the Non-Olympic World Championships.
Ragan is currently the nation’s #1 ranked wrestler at 60 kg, which gives the HWC two women ranked in the top five as Lauren Louive is currently #4 at 58 kg. Ragan made her fifth World Team in April after defeating Francesca Giorgio in two straight matches at the World Team Trials held in Las Vegas. She added more hardware to her collection in early May when she dominated her way to a Pan Am gold medal with two tech falls and a pin.
Ragan will be the no. 1 seed in Paris as reported China will likely not return 2016 World champion Xingru Pei, she has not wrestled at all since her victory in the Budapest finals.
Side note: Another perk to the move for Alli is moving closer to being with her boyfriend, a guy you might know, National Champion Cory Clark. The two met while Clark was training with Dan Dennis at the Olympic Training Center a little over a year ago. On behalf of everyone in Iowa we wish Alli good luck in Paris and bring home another medal for team USA.