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.”