Dylan Carew was willing to try wrestling with one torn ACL last season. He drew the line at two.
Now the sophomore is back and battling for a spot again at 149 pounds for the Iowa wrestling team.
Carew, who was in a wheelchair for a week after his surgeries last winter, said he is almost recovered.
“Wrestling may be the hardest sport to recover from a torn ACL because the other guy knows and can attack your weakness,” Carew said.
Carew went 2-0 last season as a redshirt freshman before the injury.
“We’re just taking it one step at a time,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “We’ll see what we do with him.”
The only weight Iowa didn’t have a placewinner at the Big Ten Championships last season was at 149.
Brands said Carew might be more of a big-match wrestler than a grind-it-out guy.
“Carew is let’s get on with the lights and the camera and the action,” Brands said. “So he’s a unique guy there. He’s a fun guy to be around.
“We’ll see if he gets a match or not this weekend.”
Carew is one of six former West High Trojans for the Hawkeyes.
“That’s tough,” sophomore Derek St. John said. “From the outside looking in on Dylan, its a long path, but he’s doing it.”
<PS,FRT7,187><TH>GAMBRALL CLEARED: Another former Trojan, 184-pounder Grant Gambrall, who placed third at the NCAA Championships last season, said he’s clear to start the season.
Gambrall had a concussion this summer during a workout. It was the second concussion of his career.
“I’m not too worried about it,” Gambrall said. “I’m cleared; been working back into it.”
The junior said the risk for another concussion won’t change his style, but he may look into a different headgear.
<PS,FRT7,187><TH>NEW DIGS: The Hawkeyes are enjoying the renovated Dan Gale Wrestling Complex. Part of the $47 million addition and revitalization includes a re-built wrestling room and offices.
“Its nice to have new stuff,” Gambrall said. “There was nothing wrong with the old room, but an upgrade is always good.”
The end result is more mat space and an updated look and feel.
“We appreciate it,” Brands said. “It’s nice to have the extra space.”