Third Ballweg brother joins UI wrestling
By Andy Hamilton ? Iowa City Press-Citizen ? July 8, 2009
The recruiting process for Jake Ballweg officially started July 1 when college wrestling coaches could contact prospective high school seniors for the first time.
Iowa coach Tom Brands called early that morning, but no other coaches dialed Ballweg?s number.
They probably didn?t want to waste their minutes trying to recruit against the Hawkeyes and family ties.
?(Brands) called me that morning and talked to me to see what was up and kind of get on the same page a little bit with recruiting,? Ballweg said. ?I pretty much knew this is where I wanted to be.?
Ballweg had his college plans figured out long before Brands called last week, and the two-time state champion from Waverly-Shell Rock finalized his decision Wednesday night when he became the first wrestler to verbally commit to Iowa?s 2010 class.
Ballweg, whose older brothers Matt and Mark are on the Iowa roster, compiled a 133-6 record during his first three seasons at Waverly-Shell Rock. He was a state runner-up at 112 pounds as a freshman before claiming state titles at 119 and 135 the past two seasons.
Ballweg is ranked the No. 58 recruit nationally in the 2010 class by InterMat. He is projected as a 141-pounder in college ? the same weight Mark Ballweg competed at last year in open competition as a redshirting freshman. Matt Ballweg, Iowa?s starting 157-pounder last season, will be a junior this fall.
?Ever since I was a little kid I?ve liked Iowa, and I really liked the atmosphere down here and the coaches and the whole situation with my brothers and sister down here,? Jake said. ?It just makes for a great place to wrestle and go to school.?