Former two-time Iowa High School State champion Ethan Andersen is coming home. After spending the last two years wrestling for Oklahoma State University the former Southeast Polk wrestler has decided to transfer to Iowa State University and be closer to his family. He redshirted during the 2016-17 season while putting on weight and growing into a heavyweight. He competed in some open tournaments this past season at 285 for the Cowboys as a redshirt freshman. He was granted a full release from OSU so he will be eligible immediately and have three years of left to compete.
“Well my family was extremely close and being eight hours away just started to be a lot more of an obstacle than intended.” Andersen said when asked about his decision.
“My dad and I had had talks of transferring home since the end of my unsuccessful redshirt season and we really started looking into it when I failed to get the starting spot last season. We knew it wasn’t a problem with my potential it was more my motivation and environment. And with his passing it is essential that I am home to take care of family and fill some of the roles he played.”
Andersen added “My whole youth career the goal was to wrestle at ISU for Cael Sanderson. I went to all the meets at Hilton and my bedroom walls were painted Cardinal and Gold. I have been an Iowa State fan my whole life. I also see a lot of parallels from Southeast Polk to the new staff at ISU. I am confident that a like environment will help me succeed in ways I had in the past. It also helps that it’s only 20 minutes from my home.”
During his high school career Andersen posted a 184-14 recorded while earning two state titles. He also made the 2014 Cadet Greco-Roman world team and brought home a bronze medal from the 2015 Greco Pan-American Championships.
The Cyclones already have Gannon Gremmel in the room at the 285 weight class but this gives them more depth and I would look for Andersen to compete for the starting spot immediately.
This news was discussed on Potentially Dangerous podcast earlier this spring.
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