2021 Junior Freestyle national champion Cody Chittum (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Less than a week after competing in Fargo, Cody Chittum (Tennessee) announced his updated collegiate plans via FloWrestling. Chittum has committed to the University of Iowa, after initially verballing to Minnesota.
Chittum was once considered the #1 overall recruit in the Class of 2023, but since he has graduated from high school and intends on moving to Iowa City. At this time, it's not clear whether Chittum will enroll at Iowa or greyshirt during the 2022-23 school year.
In Fargo, Chittum dominated the Junior freestyle field and walked away with a stop sign at 152 lbs. Six of Chittum's seven freestyle matches ended early via tech. His â€œclosestâ€ bout was in the quarterfinals as he downed Boeden Greenley (North Dakota), 14-5. Chittum moved up to 160 lbs for Greco and took third place. Those finishes marked the fifth and sixth time that Chittum earned All-American honors in Fargo. During his last appearance (2019), Chittum was top-three in both styles as a Cadet.
Outside of Fargo, Chittum was a champion in 2021 at the Super 32 at 145 lbs. While at Blair Academy, in 2019-20, Chittum won the Beast of the East.
Should Chittum enroll with the Class of 2023, he'll join a Hawkeye recruiting class that already features three top-20 recruits. #5 Nate Jesuroga (IA), #6 Ben Kueter (IA), and #18 Gabe Arnold (GA/IA) have already given Tom Brands' team verbal commitments.
Chittum projects as a 149 lber at the next level, which appears to be a long-term need for the Hawkeyes. Max Murin will use his final year of eligibility in 2022-23. After Murin, Iowa has Caleb Rathjen, a redshirt freshman who could be an option at 157 lbs this year. Incoming freshmen Carter Martinson and Joel Jesuroga also project at 149.