Drexel’s Austin DeSanto is headed to Iowa City.
On Sunday evening both FloWrestling and Andy Hamilton at Trackwrestling reported DeSanto was indeed transferring to the Hawkeyes. DeSanto, who projects as a 133 pounder and will have three years of eligibility left, described why to Hamilton.
“I thought about it for a while,” DeSanto said. “This whole week I thought about what I’m about and this opportunity and what I want to do with them and how hard they wrestle and how hard they train. That’s what I’m about. That’s what I want to become and I think they can get me to the point where I can become a national champ. That’s why I chose them.”
Iowa certainly has a knack for developing and fielding extraordinary talent at 125 and 133, so the fit seems natural. The Hawkeyes had issue filling the 133-pound spot all year, as senior Philip Laux went 9-4 and sophomore Paul Glynn went 8-11.
This was a spot Iowa desperately needed some help and to get a guy who went 30-7 last year is pretty great. DeSanto made it all the way to the round of 12 at the NCAA tournament last year, so I feel safe to say he’s probably for real.
Santos and Spencer Lee have some history (they met twice in the Pennsylvania state tournament) and it’s likely the 125-pound national champion had a little something to do with the recruiting process.
Here's the end of Austin DeSanto's victory over Spencer Lee. To loud to hear the clock, unfortunately. pic.twitter.com/2I1yiMMej1— Knops Knotes (@KnopsKnotes) March 12, 2017
It sounds like Iowa beat out Rutgers and Penn State for Santos talents as well, which is a win in and of itself.
Bottom line? Iowa filled a big hole in its lineup and the future looks even brighter. Go Hawks.