It’s time for annual installment into our series Freshman to Watch at the state tournament. Our criteria for selection for making the list is simple: any freshman that is ranked in the top five of their weight and qualified for the state tournament was someone we considered worth keeping an eye on. The results did not disappoint in our previous two installments in 2018 and 2019.

Back in 2018, our original group of freshman wrestlers ranked in the top five included 10 wrestlers, in 2019 that number increased to 16. This year, there will be another 16 names to watch, with two of those wrestlers holding the #1 distinction. To sum up our 2019 group of freshman all 16 wrestlers ended on the podium, five won state titles and eleven reached the state finals. That’s an incredible accomplishment for last year’s group and sets a pretty high standard moving forward for future groups.


#1 106 Gable Porter (Underwood)
#2 106 Garret Rinken (Nashua-Plainfield)
#3 106 Mikey Baker (West Sioux, Hawarden)

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By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle