Loren Williams grew up following Iowa State wrestling. Turns out the Cyclones have been following him, too.
The two-time Iowa state champion from Tri-Center got a coveted offer from ISU during his official visit in late October. For someone who would have considered walking on anyway, the decision was a no-brainer.
“I’ve always wanted to go to Iowa State; they’ve been on my radar for a long time,” Williams said. “If they wanted me to go there, I was going to. I’ve wanted to go there since I was in club wrestling.”
As if the senior needed any extra convincing, his trip to Ames couldn’t have gone better. He attended a wrestling workout and saw athletes who could push his own development. The university’s acclaimed engineering program also fits with his future plans.
It didn’t hurt Williams’ cause that former Council Bluffs Lewis Central and Iowa State standouts Trent and Travis Paulson knew him from various camps growing up. The twins’ nephew, Trevor Paulson, is a longtime teammate of Williams who graduated last spring.
Travis Paulson is also an assistant coach with the Cyclones.
“They knew I was a hard worker,” Williams said. “They saw some of my film. Trent and Travis went to my state tournament and said my style is what their style is.”
Williams will grapple at 152 pounds this fall after winning Class 1-A state titles at 145 in 2010 and 152 last year with a 56-0 record. His three-year varsity record with the Trojans is 155-13.
Now he can go for a third championship with peace of mind on his side. He can sign a binding letter of intent beginning Nov. 14.
“It takes a lot of pressure off so I don’t have to worry about it throughout the season,” Williams said. “It’s a lot off my shoulders.”