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Wrestling: Hawkeyes pry two-time state champion away from Gophers

[ 0 ] October 22, 2012 |

Broc Berge wrestled for weeks with his college choice after whittling his list to two.

Iowa or Minnesota?

“The easiest choice would’ve been for me to pick Minnesota because I’m a Minnesota boy,” the two-time Minnesota state champion from Kasson-Manterville High School said Saturday. “But I feel the right decision for the long run was to go to Iowa.”

Berge became the first member of Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class this week when he committed to the Hawkeyes. The projected 197-pounder is ranked the No. 25 recruit nationally by InterMat.

“I really like the intensity and attitude in the room,” he said. “I really like Tom and Terry Brands a lot, too. I feel like I have a good connection with them. I feel like that’s the place for me to be to succeed and win my national titles.”

Berge is set to join a program that has stockpiled upper-weights in the past year. Iowa needed to replenish its roster from 174 through 197 pounds last fall, and the Hawkeyes signed three top prospects – Alex Meyer, Sam Brooks and Nathan Burak – when they landed the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2012.

Brooks defeated Berge in July for the 195-pound Junior National freestyle title.

“I’m still raw for wrestling,” Berge said. “I’ve got a lot to learn. I feel going into the Iowa room I’m going to excel even more.”

The Hawkeyes are still in pursuit of another recruiting prize. Brooks Black, ranked by InterMat as the nation’s No. 2 heavyweight and No. 5 overall prospect in the 2013 class, was in Iowa City on Saturday as part of a big recruiting weekend for the Hawkeyes.

Three-time state champions Jake Marlin of Creston/Orient-Macksburg and Brandon Sorensen of Denver-Tripoli also took official visits to Iowa this weekend.

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About Andy Hamilton: University of Iowa graduate Andy Hamilton is originally from Williams, Iowa, and started at the Des Moines Register in August after 12 years at the Press-Citizen. He covers wrestling for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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