In the immediate aftermath of the massive recruiting trip over homecoming weekend, Wyatt Henson (class of 2021) wasted no time and was the first to hop onboard the Hawkeye Pain Train. The wrestling fan base has rallied behind his announcement. We all knew he was a big get for us and we were praying to Dan Gable that this would bust open the floodgates. And busted open it has, as two more names have come off the board and joined the Black & Gold: Leif Schroeder and Bretli Reyna.
Gentlemen, on behalf of BHGP, welcome to the greatest wrestling community in the world!
After a long process I have decided to continue my Academic and athletic career at the University of Iowa! I can’t thank everyone enough for helping me reach this point! This opportunity is a dream come true for me. Go Hawks! -LS pic.twitter.com/p3eRLvxt4j— leif (@LeifSchroeder) October 25, 2019
Schroeder wrestles for the Bozeman Hawks (coincidence?) out of Montana and is a 3x time state champion in as many tries. As a junior he compiled an incredible record of 45-0 with two techs, two major decisions, and an obscene 37 pins at 132lbs. The kid is an absolute bonus point machine and that’s what we love to see in Iowa City!
Schroeder has been a lifelong Hawkeye fan and we look forward to seeing him at the next level. But first thing’s first, he needs to take care of business his senior year. He aims to join the elite club of Montana 4x state champions. Leif also has a brother, Bjorn, that wrestles for the Purdue Boilermakers.
BTW- can you guys name a pair of famous ex-Hawks bros that are in this prestigious Montanian club as well?
Bill and Mike Zadick.
Leif projects at 149/157bs when he arrives in Iowa City next year.
About 4.5 nanoseconds later Flowrestling dropped more awesomeness on us.
Bretli has been hovering around #96 nationally for a while now, but his stock skyrocketed a couple weeks ago after he won Super 32, which many consider to be one of the toughest pre-season high school tournaments in the country. En route to his impressive crown, he knocked off three top 10 opponents: #5 Joey Zargo, #10 Ed Scott, and #1 Josh Saunders. Reyna now sits at #3 at 138lbs and #35 overall.
To cap off his amazing run he was named The Adidas Wrestler of the Week
The Adidas HS Wrestler of the week scored upsets galore on his way to the top of the Super 32 podium -> Bretli Reyna took down the 2 seed, the 3 seed, and the number one seed and the top-ranked wrestler in the country— TheOpenMat (@theopenmat) October 14, 2019
More on his fantastic weekend ⬇️https://t.co/E5ebg1CBIc
He wrestles for South Dade High School in Florida and is a 3x state champ going into his senior campaign. He’s also a cousin to fellow Hawkeye All-American, Pat Lugo (also from South Dade).
He projects in the 149/157lbs area.
In Reyna, the Hawks snagged one of the best remaining available seniors to add to what is already an impressive haul. A newly designated holiday, known as National Signing Day, is Nov, 13 and looms large on the horizon. This new holiday is quickly approaching and we find ourselves a little under two weeks away and we already have one of the best 2020 recruiting class in the nation. This is also, perhaps, one of the best recruiting classes in the Tom Brands era. As we’re fully aware, everyone is still considered a verbal commit until they officially sign on all the dotted lines, but the excitement is overflowing. The sights and smells of future kick-ass greatness is in the air. The blood pressure is quickly rising and I cannot wait! But, there’s still two weeks and who knows, there are several seniors out there looking for their collegiate home and we may land another big recruit before it’s all said and done.
Here’s a quick recap of where we stand so far.
2020: Weight/ Overall
120lbs: #1/ #17 Jesse Ybarra
126lbs: #8/ #55 Cullan Schriever
138lbs: NA/ NA Colby Schriever
138lbs: NA/ NA Leif Schroeder
145lbs: #3/ #35 Bretli Reyna
170lbs: #1/ #5 Patrick Kennedy
195lbs: NA/ #105 Gabe Christenson
2021: Weight/ Overall
132lbs: #7/ #16 Wyatt Henson