W-G state champion Fisher to wrestle for Iowa State

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The W-G wrestlers surround teammate Cody Fisher as the 220-pound state champ signs on with Iowa State University. The Hawks open their season tonight. Photo W-G schools.


WOODWARD — Iowa State University head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser pinned down a stellar prospect Thursday when Woodward-Granger’s Cody Fisher inked a National Letter of Intent to grapple for the Cyclones.

W-G head coach Dave Smeltzer had nothing but praise for the Madrid senior, who wrestles for the Hawks as part of a sharing agreement.

“Cody is a true beast,” Smeltzer said. “He is extremely confident without being cocky or arrogant about it. He knows what to do and how to do it and just goes out there and does his business.”

“His business” is dominating the competition, something the Class 2A 220-pound defending state champion has excelled at. He was 44-1 last year en route to the title, losing only a 2-1 decision to the top-rated 3A wrestler.

Fisher first drew attention after a stellar freshman season, in which he finished as the state runner-up at 195 pounds, a weight class in which almost no freshmen — and very few sophomores — even reach the state tourney. He capped a 102-9 first two seasons by repeating at runner-up at 195 before gaining muscle mass and overwhelming the field in 2019-2019.

The standout is 146-10 overall and has garnered a top-10 national ranking after a successful series of appearances at major national meets over the summer.

Smeltzer noted Fisher has become even more muscular as he prepares for his final prep campaign.

“He looks like a monster,” the coach chuckled. “I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of the mat against him.”

Dresser and Cyclone assistants Brent Metcalf and Derek St. John were all in attendance at the state tourney in February and happily congratulated Fisher on his championship.

“I had already told them I was committed to coming there, but it was nice to see them anyway,” Fisher said in a July interview with ThePerryNews.com. “The decision was an easy one for me, and I am looking forward to being a Cyclone.”

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