Score one for serendipitous timing. One day after we posted a primer on Iowa's 2015 wrestling recruiting efforts, the first domino fell:
Ross of IAWrestle listed Wilcke as an option for Iowa in the upper weights in our primer:
Cash Wilcke (Ida Grove, IA) for 184. Wilcke could be a real solid addition to replace Sammy Brooks at 184, and really all three in-state universities should be after his services.
Hit the bricks, UNI and ISU. Wilcke is Iowa City-bound. He reportedly chose Iowa over offers from UNI and Missouri, so Iowa State was apparently not even in the picture. Wilcke, who attends an alphabet soup high school in northwest Iowa (OA-BCIG translates to Odebolt-Arthur & Battle Creek-Ida Grove; they also use a nifty, ah, homage to the Atlanta Falcons for their logo), placed 4th as a freshman and sophomore at the Iowa State Tournament before breaking through and claiming a state championship at 182 lbs. in the 2-A ranks this past March. Per Hawk Central's Andy Hamilton, he also has some other solid accomplishments on his resume:
All-America honors in freestyle at last summer's Cadet Nationals put Wilcke on the map nationally. His resume includes runner-up finishes at Preseason Nationals and the NHSCA Junior Nationals.
Per InterMat, Wilcke is the #92 prospect nationally and 7th best prospect in Iowa. He's the 10th best high schooler at 182 lbs, per Flowrestling.
Wilcke may not be a superstar prospect, but he's exactly the sort of hard worker with considerable upside that has excelled in the past at Iowa. He's also unlikely to be asked to make significant contributions immediately at Iowa; he projects at 184 lbs. in college, a weight that should be very ably manned by Sammy Brooks for the next three years at Iowa. That would give Wilcke a similar career path to Brooks: redshirt as a true freshman, see spot duty as a redshirt freshman, and then have the potential to become a full-time starter as a sophomore. Welcome aboard, Mr. Wilcke. We'll see you in a few years.