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What were the biggest (maybe not the best) stories on IAwrestle in 2018? Going simply off views here is our top ten posts of the year.

#10 – Mike Zadick No Longer on Iowa State Staff (LINK) 

A shake up is coming in Ames, Iowa as Dresser made an official announcement today via a team press release that assistant head coach Mike Zadick is no longer a member of the Iowa State coaching staff. The exit comes just weeks before the 2018-19 academic year begins, well past the window of typical off-season coaching moves.

#9 – Felicity Taylor College Commitment (LINK) 

One of Iowa’s top women wrestlers has made her college decision. South Winn’s Felicity Taylor is headed across the boarder to McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. The nation’s #2 ranked Women’s wrestler at 106 pounds, Taylor is a big lightweight get for the program.

#8 – Austin DeSanto Transferring to Iowa (LINK) 

The Hawkeyes picked up a big transfer addition, as Trackwrestling’s Andy Hamilton is reporting that Austin DeSanto will transfer to Iowa City to complete his eligibility. Granted a full release from Drexel, DeSanto will have four years to compete in three seasons as a Hawkeye with his redshirt still available for use. The full release from Drexel will grant DeSanto the ability to compete right away for the Hawkeyes.

#7 – Matt McDonough Accepts Wisconsin Position (LINK) 

Former University of Iowa standout Matt McDonough will be heading north according to IAwrestle’s Tony Hager, as he has accepted an offer to join the University of Wisconsin’s coaching staff. The Badger staff is the middle of an overhaul after Iowa native Barry Davis was replaced by Chris Bono in late March.

#6 – Schriever Brothers Commit to Iowa Hawkeyes (LINK) 

The Hawkeyes have hit the mother lode adding a two more wrestlers to their 2020 recruiting class as Mason City star duo Cullan and Colby Schriever have announced their verbal commitment to the the University of Iowa. This news comes off the heels of Arizona prep Jesse Ybarra committing to Iowa earlier today.

#5 – Pat Downey at Iowa and then not so much (LINK) 

All-American Pat Downey will not be joining the Iowa Hawkeyes. The news was confirmed by Des Moines Register reporter Chad Leistikow on Monday evening. The Downey saga has been one of many ups and downs, with the most recent news break being a “down”.

#4 – Kanen Storr Leaves Iowa State (LINK) 

Redshirt freshman Kanen Storr recently requested and was granted his release from the Iowa State wrestling team. Since the news broke Storr has been relatively silent on the matter, but after head Cyclone coach Kevin Dresser alleged tampering by “former coaches”, Storr decided to break his silence and release his own statement on what caused his request for release.

#3 – All-American Sam Stoll Shooting Incident (LINK) 

According to reports, University of Iowa All-American Sam Stoll has been hospitalized due to an accidental gunshot early Tuesday morning. The call to police was made around 4:30 a.m. and shortly after Stoll arrived at the University of Iowa Hospital. Reports indicate the gunshot is a non-life threatening injury. A preliminary investigation led them to a Valley Avenue residence where they learned someone had discharged a firearm, accidentally hitting Stoll in the knee.

#2 – Dan Gable Mr. Wrestler of the Year Announcement (LINK) 

The IWCOA accepted nominations from high school coaches for student athletes in each of the three state wrestling classes, regardless of their year in school and weight class. A committee selected by the IWCOA recently provided IAwrestle with a list of 15 finalist candidates for public input for the first time.

#1 – Why you should encourage your kid to give wrestling a try (LINK) 

Have you considered signing your kid up for wrestling, but are unsure? Parents, can I just take a minute to convince you to have your kids give it a try?