Hometown connections pulled Phillip Laux back to Iowa.
The Hawkeyes snagged a commitments from a wrestler they know well this week when it landed an Iowa state high school champion.
Laux, a two-time state champion at Iowa City West, is headed to Iowa after all. He considered the Hawkeyes last year before signing with Wisconsin.
Ultimately, though, he began having second thoughts — first about his physical readiness to compete in college after claiming the 113-pound state title as a senior, and then about whether the Badgers were the best fit.
Laux opted to delay his college enrollment a year, and Wisconsin offered him a release from his letter of intent.
“Iowa City’s home, and the Hawkeye program’s home to me. I’ve been around it and this summer made me realize more and more that it’s where I want to be,” said Laux, who now weighs 130 pounds and plans to wrestle at 125 in college.
“It’s always been in the back of my mind. You’re around something for a long time and leave it, and it’s kind of one of those things where you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. I was able to be an outsider for a while, and it made me realize that’s where I wanted to be.”