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Cherokee's Halverson joins Hawks

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Cherokee's record-shattering senior wrestler Tyler Halverson, shown here with Braves' coach Jason Wood, will join the Iowa Hawkeyes this fall after a late recruiting surge by the legendary Hawkeye coaching staff. Photo by Paul Struck.
Grappler boasts incredible 166-16 prep career mark

IOWA CITY - Tyler Halversen said he hoped for years to get the opportunity to wrestle at Iowa.

Now the senior from Cherokee said he can't wait for the time to come when he is officially a Hawkeye.

Halversen, a three-time state place-winner and 2005 champion, said Wednesday that verbally committed to continue his wrestling career at Iowa.

"It's always been one of my dreams to be a Hawkeye," Halversen said. "When I was a kid and Dan Gable was still coaching, that's where I wanted to be, I wanted to be coached by him. Now my dream is going to be able to come true, and with Tom Brands as the head coach, there's not much better."

Halversen said he likely will be a 133- or 141-pounder in college. He compiled a 166-16 record in high school, winning the Class 2A 103-pound title as a sophomore, placing third at 119 as a junior and finishing fourth this past season at 130.

Halversen was undefeated entering the state meet as a senior. He finished 44-2.

"I just feel disappointed in myself," Halversen said. "I just know that I didn't push myself hard enough. I can't wait until I get to college, get in the right atmosphere and get pushed as hard as I need to be to be the best. I know I'll be able to reach my potential in college in a room with Tom Brands, Dan Gable, Doug Schwab and all the other guys like Mike Zadick."

Iowa's incoming class will also include Belmond-Klemme state place-winner Ethan Sebert, whose uncle, Roger, was an NCAA finalist and two-time Big 8 champion at Iowa State and his father, Rodney, wrestled on Gable's first team at Iowa.

Halversen and Sebert join a recruiting class that seems to be helping the Hawkeyes replenish their depth at the lightest and heaviest weights. Iowa signed Bettendorf heavyweight Jordan Johnson and North Scott 189-pounder Brodie Ambrose in the fall. The Hawkeyes have added New Hampton heavyweight Blake Rasing, Osage 189-pounder Vinnie Wagner and Waterloo Columbus 125-pounder J.J. Krutsinger this spring.

Halversen said he also considered Iowa State, Wartburg, Buena Vista and Augustana before selecting the Hawkeyes.

"They really didn't talk to me a whole lot until a few weeks ago," Halversen said. "Then we started talking and I went up on a visit and it seemed like a really good place. I liked it when I was up there and it was a great visit."

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