IAwrestle has unveiled our Preseason Fab 50 rankings, identifying the top 50 wrestlers in the state of Iowa. The list, compiled by rankings guru Lars Underbakke, considers athletes who have at least one high school season under their belts, As we near the beginning of the 2017-18 season, we at IAwrestle are going to take a look at the top 10 uncommitted wrestlers for the class of 2018.

1. Cooper Lawson (Webster City) | Fab 50 Ranking: #23

Last year was a season of what could have been, as Webster City’s Cooper Lawson entered January ranked with the #1 ranking in 2017, but an injury derailed what could have been a special season for the heavyweight. The biggest question will be how Lawson recovers from that injury as the 2A heavyweight field is loaded with talent. Returning state runner-up John McConkey of Atlantic is #37 on the Fab 50, and Spencer Trenary checks in at #47. Lawson informed IAwrestle that he resumed training in late May, though he has yet to return to 100%.

The other question for Lawson might be whether or not the all-state offensive lineman opts to go the football route in college. Several coaches have already reached out to Lawson to continue his career in wrestling, but the Webster City prep is planning to hold off on making a final decision, possibly waiting until after the season concludes.

Brennan Swafford

2. Brennan Swafford (Mediapolis) | Fab 50 Ranking: #38

Swafford is a new addition to the top 10, so look for more to come on him in the future!


Top 2018 Committed wrestlers (Fab 50 Ranking):

#1 Alex Thomsen (Underwood) – Nebraska
#2 Brody Teske (Fort Dodge) – Penn State
#4 Michael Millage (New Hampton) – Northern Iowa
#5 Joel Shapiro (West Des Moines – Valley) – Iowa State
#6 Nelson Brands (Iowa City West) – Iowa
#7 Francis Duggan (Iowa City West) – Iowa State
#9 Kyle Biscoglia (Waukee) – Northern Iowa
#10 Josh Ramirez (Dubuque Wahlert) – Ohio State
#11 Grant Stotts (West Des Moines – Valley) – Iowa State
#12 Bryce Esmoil (West Liberty) – Northern Iowa
#13 Drew Bennett (Fort Dodge) – Northern Iowa
#14 Cayd Lara (Fort Dodge) – Northern Iowa
#21 Anthony Sherry (Glenwood) – Iowa State
#22 Logan Schumacher (Martensdale-St Mary’s) – Iowa State
#24 Ben Sarasin (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) – University of Chicago
#25 Zach Price (Johnston) – South Dakota State
#27 Matt Robertson (Davenport Assumption) – Grand View
#28 Gable Fox (Don Bosco) – Northern Iowa
#29 Isaac Judge (South Tama) – Iowa State
#30 John McConkey (Atlantic) – Northern Iowa
#32 Hunter DeJong (Sibley-Ocheyedan) – Iowa State
#33 Donny Schmit (Wapsie Valley) – Upper Iowa
#34 Tanner Sloan (Alburnett) – South Dakota State
#36 Chance Throndson (Riceville) – Upper Iowa
#39 Joe Kelly (West Liberty) – Iowa
#40 Trey Brisker (Wilton) – Air Force
#41 Harlan Steffensmeier – Air Force
#43 Kaleb Reeves (Sigourney-Koeta) – Coe College
#45 Tyrell Gordon (Waterloo East) – Northern Iowa
#47 Grayson Kesterson (Williamsburg) – Wisconsin-La Crosse
#49 Jordan Baumler (North Fayette) – Upper Iowa

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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