Davenport Assumption’s Topher Carton, who enters his senior season on track to join an exclusive group of Iowa high school wrestlers, is set to join another select club at the college level.
The undefeated three-time state champion verbally committed Monday night to Iowa, selecting the Hawkeyes over Indiana and Bucknell.
“I’ve been a Hawkeye fan for a couple years now and I’ve always wanted to wrestle for their program,” he said. “It all kind of came together these last couple years.”
Carton compiled a 121-0 record during his first three high school seasons, winning a pair of Illinois titles for Rock Island Alleman before claiming an Iowa championship last year for Davenport Assumption.
Another undefeated season would put him in a club with Dan Gable, Jeff Kerber, Dan Knight, Jeff McGinness and Eric Juergens – the only wrestlers in Iowa prep history who went through high school without a loss. Iowa recruit Cory Clark of Southeast Polk and Iowa State recruit John Meeks of Roosevelt are also on track to join the group.
Carton is projected to wrestle at 133 or 141 pounds for the Hawkeyes.
“Their program, in general, is very aggressive and matches with my style of training,” he said. “As far as coaching goes, Tom and Terry Brands, it’s hard to beat them.”
The Hawkeyes pulled in at least 10 recruits for visits last weekend, including Carton, Clark, Southeast Polk’s Alex Meyer and Council Bluffs native Thomas Gilman, a Junior National champion and three-time undefeated Nebraska state champ at Omaha Skutt Catholic.
“This weekend was great,” Carton said. “All the wrestlers were welcoming. They were really friendly and fun to be around. That was another part of my decision. I don’t want to be on a team that doesn’t like each other. I want to be on a team where the guys are like brothers.”