Cory Land at the Cadet World Team Trials (Photo/Josh Conklin, JoshConklinPhotos.com)
The Labor Day weekend was not one of rest for the Northern Iowa coaching staff. Doug Schwab's crew landed not one, but two stud lightweights over the past two days. First the Panthers received a verbal from an in-state product, Garrett Funk of Don Bosco. Funk is a two-time state placewinner taking third as a junior and fifth as a sophomore. Both of those placements came at 120 lbs.
Today the Panthers received a commitment from Cory Land of Moody, Alabama. This summer, Moody earned a silver medal in Budapest while competing at the Cadet World Championships. He made the Greco-Roman team at 55 kg by defeating Iowa-native Gable Porter in two straight matches. This was the second Cadet World team for Land; he also made it in 2019, as well. That year, Land was in the freestyle finals in Akron, but came up ust short.
Land has already captured four Alabama state titles. In addition, he is a two-time placer at the Super 32, taking third in 2020 and second in 2019.
Cory was named the #19 overall wrestler in the Class of 2022 by MatScouts. Once he signs, he'll be the highest ranked UNI recruit since Parker Keckeisen who was ranked #14 in the Class of 2019.
Both Funk and Land will join #136 Chet Buss (North Butler, IA) who has already committed in the Class of 2022.
The Panthers don't have a pressing need at 125 lbs since sophomore #7 Brody Teske returns. They also have freshman Kyle Gollhoffer, who went 6-2 in limited action last year. Even so, you can never have enough lightweights, as invariably, most tend to move up to 133, at some point.
For Northern Iowa's recruits and all over the college commitments from the Class of 2022, check out InterMat's College Commitment page.