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Four-time state champ leaves Iowa program

[ 0 ] June 20, 2014 |
Jake Marlin is recognized after winning the 138-pound final at the state wrestling tournament in 2013. (Charlie Litchfield/The Register)

Jake Marlin is recognized after winning the 138-pound final at the state wrestling tournament in 2013. (Charlie Litchfield/The Register)

Less than a year after arriving at Iowa, one of the most decorated prep wrestlers in state history is leaving the Hawkeyes.

Creston/Orient-Macksburg four-time state champion Jake Marlin told his hometown newspaper he is transferring to North Iowa Area Community College.  Marlin compiled a 6-2 record this past season while competing unattached at 141 pounds. He placed second at the Duhawk Open and third at the Flash Flanagan Open.

“It was a life choice more than anything,” Marlin told the Creston News Advertiser.

Marlin went 204-6 in high school and set the state record with 147 pins. He’ll join another member of Iowa’s most exclusive prep wrestling club at NIACC, where four-time state champion T.J. Sebolt is an assistant.

“He made the decision that’s best for him,” Creston/Orient-Macksburg coach Darrell Frain told the Creston News Advertiser. “I know Sebolt being there might have had a little influence. I know he left the University of Iowa in good standing academically, so he should have some opportunities after a year at NIACC.”

Category: Wrestling

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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