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Mind-blowing Announcement: FDSH Senior Ayala Shocks World with Iowa Wrestling Program Commitment | Jaw-Dropping News, Unprecedented Sports Triumphs & Incredible Job Prospects

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Mind-blowing Announcement: FDSH Senior Ayala Shocks World with Iowa Wrestling Program Commitment | Jaw-Dropping News, Unprecedented Sports Triumphs & Incredible Job Prospects

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla: Fort Dodge’s Dru Ayala competes in the state finals last season.

Dru Ayala Commits to University of Iowa Wrestling Program

IOWA CITY — Dru Ayala has made the decision to take his wrestling career to the next level by committing to the University of Iowa wrestling program. The two-time state runner-up from Fort Dodge announced his verbal commitment on Monday, joining his older brother, Drake, on the Hawkeye roster starting in the fall of 2024.

Ayala cited the coaching staff, training partners, and educational opportunities as the main factors behind his decision. He expressed admiration for his brother’s wrestling career at the prestigious program and a desire to push himself to reach similar heights.

As a senior in high school, Ayala is considered one of the top wrestling recruits in the nation. FloWrestling ranks him as the 14th best grappler at 113 pounds. With a career record of 106-12, Ayala has achieved notable success at Fort Dodge High School. He placed fifth at state as a freshman and earned silver medals in his sophomore and junior seasons.

This year, Ayala is projected to compete at 120 pounds for the Dodgers. He aims to become a state champion and Fargo champion before transitioning to the collegiate level.

Ayala is part of an impressive lineup at Fort Dodge, which includes three other former state finalists: sophomore Dreshaun Ross, senior Damarion Ross, and junior Koy Davidson. Ayala himself is a three-time Fargo Nationals All-American.

Drake Ayala, Dru’s older brother and a three-time state champion at Fort Dodge, will be entering his redshirt sophomore season with the Hawkeyes at 125 pounds.

Since 2015, Dru Ayala is the seventh Division I wrestling recruit from Fort Dodge High School. Other notable recruits include Sam Cook, Triston Lara, Brody Teske, Drew Bennett, Cayd Lara, and Drake Ayala. Ayala is also the 16th athlete from Webster County to commit to a University of Iowa athletic program in the same time frame.

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