June 19, 2018 06:45 PM
(ABC 6 News) – Kasson-Mantorville High School’s star wrestler has a couple of more years of high school wrestling, but he knows where his wrestling career will continue following high school.
Kasson-Mantorville wrestler Patrick Kennedy tweeted on Monday night that he has committed to wrestle at the University of Iowa.
“Iowa City is fun, I like it a lot down there,” Kennedy told ABC 6 News via a FaceTime call on Tuesday. “I like the mentality and their attitude towards everything. They never talk about losing. When I talked to (head coach) Tom Brands, we didn’t talk about how the day was, we talked about winning Olympic Gold Medals. That was a big thing for me.”
Kennedy just wrapped up his sophomore season of wrestling for the KoMets, but says his decision to committing to Iowa was “clear-cut.”
"I just wanted to get it done with and get my word out there that I'm going to be a Hawkeye,” Kennedy told ABC 6 News via a FaceTime call on Tuesday. “I think if you commit early, it really shows that you're committed to the program and you want to win. So I wanted to get my name out there that I'm a Hawkeye and so coach Brands and (assistant coach Ryan Morningstar) can use me as a tool to help my future teammates in the room and we can start getting the ball rolling now."
In the past two years at Kasson-Mantorville, Kennedy has won two individual state wrestling titles (170 pounds as a freshman, 182 as a sophomore), and he’s also been a part of three consecutive Class AA team state championships.
Kennedy is the top-ranked 182-pound wrestler in the Minnesota Guillotine rankings. Kennedy is the second-ranked wrestler in the FloWrestling national rankings. In addition to Kennedy, previous KoMet wrestlers Sam Stoll (Iowa) and Brady Berge (Penn State) have earned Division I college wrestling scholarships.
“(Kasson-Mantorville head coach) Jamie Heidt was a Hawkeye, but he’s happy for all of (us Kasson-Mantorville KoMets),” Kennedy said. “He’s just happy for us. We must be doing something right in Kasson-Mantorville.”
In his Twitter announcement, Kennedy posted a photo of him as a child wearing an Iowa sweatshirt. Kennedy said growing up in Minnesota, he was a fan of the Gophers, but things change over time.
“(The Hawkeyes) were fun to watch as a little kid,” Kennedy said. “I was a Gophers fan for a little bit, but then (Iowa) started recruiting me and I became a big Hawkeyes fan pretty fast.”
Kennedy said between now and the start of his junior season of high school wrestling, he plans to train in Iowa City “as much as he can,” as well as compete in the “Super 32’s” in North Carolina in late October.
Updated: June 19, 2018 06:45 PM
Created: June 18, 2018 10:14 PM
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