Cody Chittum at Fargo in 2022 (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Iowa State got one over on their biggest rival, Iowa, today as the Cyclones received a verbal commitment from blue-chip prospect Cody Chittum. At one point, Chittum was regarded as the top recruit in the Class of 2023; however, he reclassified and graduated in 2022. After graduation, Chittum gave a verbal to the University of Iowa and moved out to Iowa City to begin training. He basically used the 2022-23 season as a grayshirt season, but never enrolled at Iowa. That meant that Chittum never had to enter the transfer portal.
Prior to his arrival at Iowa, Chittum had a boatload of impressive credentials at the high school level. He was a six-time placewinner in Fargo, never finishing lower than fifth in any tournament. In 2022, Chittum was a Junior freestyle champion and third in Greco-Roman. At the beginning of that high school season, Chittum claimed a championship belt at the Super 32 competing at 145 lbs.
It remains to be seen how Chittum fits in with the Cyclones. 141 and 149 lbers, Casey Swiderski and Paniro Johnson, were both freshmen in 2022-23. Swiderski is said to be moving up from 141 at some point. ISU also has senior Jason Kraisser at 157 lbs, which is Chittum's projected weight. He also has a redshirt available, but most are under the assumption that he could or should step in and compete right away.
Iowa State becomes the third school that Chittum has committed to. He originally gave the University of Minnesota a verbal commitment, before switching over to Iowa.