As Jacob Warner gets ready to head to the University of Iowa, he sometimes laughs when he thinks about how his high school wrestling career started.
“When I first started in high school, I just wanted to make the team, be on the roster,” Warner said. “My goals have gotten bigger… it’s kind of eye-opening because I didn’t think I’d be this good.”
Warner continues to put together eye-popping performances. This summer he jad his own version of summer school, capturing junior national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.
He’s won four junior national championships in the past three years. This summer’s championship performances came just days after returning from Russia,where he trained against some of the top juniors in the world.
“They are better than us in wrestling. They are the best in the world. We have a lot to learn from them. We had a lay-over in Moscow,” Warner said. “So we went and saw Red Square. That’s cool.”
In the past year, Jacob has been the No. 1 wrestler in the country in his weight class (195 pounds) and
is a three-time defending state champ at Washington High School. But when knows next week when he goes to college, he’s going to have to prove himself all over again.
It’s going to be a lot different. I’m excited for it. For the change, to be the one learning again,” Warner said.
It’s just an extension of what he’s learned in the summer of 2017.