Sam Stoll is staying in Iowa City. Yesterday, in an article published by the Quad City Time’s sports writer Steve Batterson Tom Brands was quoted as saying that the All-American heavyweight will stay in Iowa City to continue training with the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.
While this may not be earth shattering news that another former Hawkeye standout will join the ever growing HWC roster, it is the first official confirmation put out to the public confirming that the recently gradutaed Stoll will indeed continue his wrestling career.
Brands broached the topic while discussing the future of the heavyweight role on his college roster as the head Hawkeye mentioned the emergence of freshman Tony Cassioppi being a potential upgrade for Iowa moving forward into next season.
“That’s no knock on Sam Stoll, who did some really good things for us and will be around as part of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, but it will be good to be healthy at heavyweight,’’ Brands said in the interview.
Right now the HWC’s home website lists 12 athletes recently removing Nick Dardanes from the roster after it was announced earlier this spring that 65 kg compeitior would be returning to his home state of Illinois to train under Brian Medlin at the Illinois Regional Training Center. Stoll is not among the current roster members listed on the website, though that will likely change in the near future.
On the International scene Stoll has always been considered an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler, though he earned his fair share of freestyle success while competing at the high school level as well. As a high school wrestler Stoll competed for Team USA at the Junior level earning a World bronze medal back in 2013.
As Brands alluded in the Quad City Times article injuries played a role in hampering Stoll’s career. Stoll competed at the NCAA Championships in three of his four years of eligibility earning All-American honors as a junior. He wrestled with a torn ACL as a freshman, and as Brands mentioned he competed his senior campaign injured. His sophomore season was cut short in January when he re-injured the same knee in a dual against Oklahoma State.
With injuries plaguing most of Stoll’s college career its completely unsurprising that we have yet to see Stoll compete domestically, but he should return to the mat once he has recovered.
Fans of Iowa and the HWC can contribute to extending competitor careers of Stoll and the rest of the HWC roster by donating on a one-time basis or joining the club’s Inner Circle club, which is a recurring donation.
The HWC also has a slew of summer events fans can support and attend. This weekend the HWC will be hosting their annual Summer Banquet held at the Kirkwood Hotel in Cedar Rapids. The club is also hosting three separate golf outing this summer in Riverside, Okoboji, and Des Moines. Registration for all three golf events are currently open.