Another Iowa senior has come off the board as IAwrestle has learned that Ballard’s Skyler Noftsger has committed to South Dakota State University. A two-time state medalist for the Bombers, Noftsger is currently rated #21 in the last edition of IAwrestle’s Fab 50 rankings. He projects at 165/174 pounds for the Jackrabbits.
“I love the environment at South Dakota State University.” Noftsger told IAwrestle, “The coaches and the community are amazing. They are extremely supportive and want what’s best for you. There were many schools that contacted me, but none of them stood out like SDSU.”
One of the top wrestlers in grade, Noftsger reached the state finals as a sophomore where he finished runner-up to New Hampton’s Keaton Geerts. As a junior Noftsger took fourth at the state tournament taking a pair of losses to West Liberty’s Joe Kelly. He was also a 2017 USA Wrestling freestyle All-American finishing sixth in the Cadet division out at Fargo.
When Noftsger arrives in Brookings, South Dakota he will be surrounded by a few familiar faces. The Jackrabbits current starter at 141 pounds is Johnston, Iowa native Henry Pohlmeyer and fellow Johnston Dragon Zach Price is joining the program this fall as a true freshman. The Jackrabbits have a new face at the head of the program, recently hiring Damian Hahn to replace Chris Bono although former Bono-era assistant Cody Caldwell remained on staff. Caldwell wrestled for Waverly Shell-Rock high school and Northern Iowa.