After losing five of its nine NCAA tournament qualifiers to graduation, Iowa wrestling is adding an All-American to the team for the 2017-2018 season.
According to trackwrestling.com, Pat Downey, who became a stand-out wrestler at Iowa State, has told the website he will transfer to Iowa for his final year of eligibility.
“(Iowa associate head coach) Terry (Brands) said he’s been wanting to get his hands on me for three years,” Downey told trackwrestling.com. “I grew up a Hawkeye fan.”
Downey worked his way to 18-4 record in two years at Iowa State. In 2016, he placed fifth at the NCAA Championships in the 197-pound class and had a 7-0 record in the 2016-2017 season. In February, Iowa State dismissed Downey from the program. In a release, the Cyclones said Downey was dismissed for “repeated violations of team rules.”
According to trackwrestling.com, Downey must finish his degree from Iowa State before he’s eligible to play for Iowa. He’ll reportedly do so with online classes, while competing in free style tournaments.
Trackwrestling.com also writes that Downey is noted for his pinning ability, but also for his use of social media. Downey told trackwrestling.com Iowa coach Tom Brands gave him a run down on what was expected of him at Iowa.
“We’re here to win this national title,” Downey told trackwrestling.com. “His stipulations as far as on the mat and the lifestyle requirements of me being a Hawkeye, those are clear. But tweeting doesn’t affect my wrestling, if anybody’s concerned about that.”
In the 2017 NCAA Championships, Iowa’s Cory Clark came away with a national title as the Hawkeyes placed fourth in the nation. Along with Downey, Iowa will also Patricio Lugo and Patrick Duggan this season as transfers.