Caring is Creepy 2022: Kolby Franklin and Joel Jesuroga Engage in Iowa Wrestling


The Iowa wrestling recruiting continues to continue, with another pair of additions to their 2022 recruiting class. The first engagement came from Kolby Franklin, a leading prospect in Pennsylvania.

Many of Iowa’s newest recruits are local, including their backyard in Iowa, but Franklin is going against that trend. Franklin is a top talent from Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania and one of the best in the country at 197 lbs. Franklin is ranked 5th nationally at 197 lbs and a top 40 rookie in the 2022 class (by MatScouts). He chose Iowa over the Penn State and Arizona State offers.

As Cody Goodwin noted at Hawk Central, Franklin already has a long list of accomplishments:

His curriculum vitae is full of high-level accomplishments. In October, Franklin took third place in the Super 32 Challenge, which is considered the toughest high school wrestling tournament in the country. Last summer he was fourth at the National Junior Men’s Freestyle Championships.

As a freshman in 2019, Franklin competed in the Pennsylvania State Final for Saint Josephs Catholic Academy, then won a 16U Men’s National Freestyle Title later that summer.

Franklin is a great talent and he projects in an area of ​​considerable need for the Hawkeyes, 195 lbs. He should be able to slip in and replace Jacob Warner in the Iowa lineup within a year or two. We can’t wait to see what he can do in black and gold.

The other commit added by Iowa was from a little closer to home – Joel Jesuroga, a senior from Southeast Polk and the older brother of another recent commit from Iowa, Nate Jesuroga.

Jesuroga is 85-15 overall and went 30-1 last year en route to an Iowa 3A State Championship at 145 lbs in Iowa. He’s also done well in freestyle competition, as Cody Goodwin noted at Hawk Central:

Even more, Jesuroga was a member of the Iowa team that won the national junior freestyle duels this summer, posting a 6-1 record over the two days of competition. He is currently ranked No. 23 nationally at 145 pounds, according to MatScouts, and is considered the No. 154 prospect in the 2022 class.

Jesuroga appears to be projecting around 149 pounds through the college ranks. He’s not likely to be an immediate contributor to Iowa, but he has plenty of advantages and should be a valuable addition to Iowa’s wrestling depth. Welcome to Iowa City, Kolby and Joel.

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