Iowa just put their 2016 football recruiting class to bed a few weeks ago, but crooting never sleeps and Iowa's already well into their 2017 class. One of the early verbal commits in that class is in-state offensive line recruit Tristan Wirfs from Mt. Vernon, a 4-star recruit per 247 Sports (and a 3-star recruit per Rivals). And it turns out Mr. Wirfs, listed at 6-5, 280 lbs, has a unique skill: he can walk on his hands. Like, really damn well, as he showed off at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines this weekend.
That's pretty impressive, to be sure, but I think the question has to be asked: does Kirk Ferentz know what he's doing? First, there's his predilection for recruiting linemen with short arms. Now we have a lineman who walks on his hands? Good luck blocking guys with your feet, Tristan. Sheesh. (But seriously, Wirf's size and obvious agility marks him as a very intriguing prospect -- it should be exciting to see what the Ferentzes and Doyle can do with him when he gets to Iowa City.)
In case you were curious, Wirfs went 1-2 in the 285 lb weight class in the 2A bracket. Wirfs, ranked #5 at 285 lbs in 2A by IAWrestle, won his first match, but lost in the next round to Webster City's Cooper Lawson, ranked #2. Wirfs then dropped his first match in the consolation bracket as well to end his tournament. Meanwhile, four Class of 2016 Iowa wrestling recruits are going for state championships tonight (Bettendorf's Jack Wagner, Center Point-Urbana's Brock Rathbun, Lisbon's Carter Happel (going for his fourth state championship), and Glenwood's Matt Malcolm). We'll rundown their results later.