Brandon Sorensen’s pursuit of top competition took him throughout the country and out of his customary weight classes in recent years.
The Denver-Tripoli senior went out of his way in January to take on Iowa State recruit John Meeks, moving up a weight to wrestle the undefeated four-time state champion at the Ed Winger Classic in Urbandale. He competed the rest of the season at 132 pounds, in part, for a shot against Iowa recruit Topher Carton.
That take-on-all-challengers attitude is one reason the three-time state champion will continue his wrestling career at Iowa.
“That was a big part,” said Sorensen, who committed to the Hawkeyes on Thursday after visiting Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Nebraska, Upper Iowa and Grand View. “You’ve got to have guys who are going to push you. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to take on the best. I’m always looking for the good competition and having fun with it.”
Sorensen will have plenty of challengers in the Iowa practice room. The Hawkeyes have 19 multi-time state champions on their current roster, including four who captured four titles.
Sorensen and Creston/Orient-Macksburg senior Jake Marlin, who committed to Iowa earlier this week, are aiming to join 21 other preps who have won four Iowa state championships. They plan to wrestle at 145 and 138 pounds, respectively, this season.
“Every dual, every tournament we go to, we try to look to where the best kid is, and (Sorensen is) always seeking him out to get the best competition,” Denver-Tripoli coach Chris Krueger said. “The wins and losses aren’t big to him. It’s (about) those landmark victories and trying to prove himself and what he can do.”
InterMat ranks Sorensen the No. 37 overall prospect in the Class of 2013. His resume includes a 2009 title at the Preseason Nationals, a runner-up finish at the 2012 folkstyle Junior Nationals and all-America honors at the 2012 freestyle Junior Nationals.
Sorensen, who will likely wrestle at 149 or 157 pounds in college, enters his senior season with a 147-3 career record.
“(The Hawkeyes are) getting a hammer,” Krueger said. “He’s a great kid, his work ethic is off the charts. He’s built to be in that wrestling room.”