Iowa’s senior class of 2020 features many talented individuals, many of whom have bright futures in the sport ahead of them. One of those wrestlers many have been watching over the past three years is Underwood standout Blake Thomsen, who figures to be a title contender at his weight heading into next season. One of several standouts from high school team and western Iowa, Blake was kind enough to catch up with IAwrestle to discuss his senior season and his future beyond that.
Q: What are some of your summer wrestling plans?
BT: My summer wrestling plans include training at Swift and making trips down to Lincoln to wrestle at NWTC. I am wresting at Fargo in July, and hoping to do well there.
Thomsen was Iowa/USA Wrestling’s state runner-up in freestyle and took fourth at USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Regional earlier this Spring.
Q:Underwood has got some serious talent returning next season. What do you attribute to having so many guys being able to challenge for a title next season?
BT: Underwood will win the individual team title next year. The team we will have next year will no doubt be the best team in Underwood history and in the state of Iowa. Hard work and dedication attributes to so many guys challenging for a title next season. The great system with great coaches builds Underwood kids with confidence and hard working mentality.
Underwood returns state finalists at 106 (Stevie Ray Barnes), 132 (Logan James), and 138 (Nick Hamilton), in addition to Thomsen who was ranked #2 by IAwrestle prior to the state tournament.
Q: What are some of your goals for your senior year?
BT: My goals for next year are to end the season as a state champ and commit myself as a leader for my wrestling team.
Q: What weight do you see yourself at this coming season and beyond?
BT: Next year I see myself at 145 and plan to wrestle 141-149 in college.
Q: What are you looking for in a college as you look forward?
BT: As I look forward, I am looking at a college that has a team full of dedicated wrestlers and even better academic side of school.
Q: I know you and your brother Alex are close. What can you tell us about your relationship with him, what it means to you to be able to look up to him as an example, and to use him as a training partner?
BT: My brother Alex and I get along super good and it’s a tight relationship between us. Alex is a great example as a smart and dedicated student-athlete and he’s a great example to look up to. Alex as a training partner isn’t the best time but it definitely helps. He teaches me how to use my hands and feet and also how to keep a positive attitude no doubt the situation.
Blake is currently considering offers from Augustana, Grand View, Coe College, St. Cloud State, Lindenwood, and Buena Vista and is hoping to make his decision at the end of his senior season. Underwood (The Dirty U) returns the second most team points behind reigning state champions Don Bosco.