By Tyler Devine
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa football and wrestling teams received good news Sunday when Iowa City High standout Ben Kueter announced on Instagram his commitment to participate in both sports as a Hawkeye.
Kueter, a tight end and linebacker in football and is considered the No. 9 overall wrestling prospect in the nation, according to MatScouts.
“He grew up a Hawkeye,” City High football coach Mitch Moore said. “I think the last, really, six weeks now – knowing that he’s got the opportunity to play in Kinnick, wrestle at Carver, be a big-time player in his hometown – getting to see himself really doing that, that’s where he just kind of went ‘I should be a Hawk.'”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Kueter is a two-time state champion wrestler and has won a Junior folkstyle national championship.
Kueter is the leading receiver for the 4-0 Little Hawks this season with eight catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, he has a team-high 28.5 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss. He also has a rushing touchdown and returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown in City High’s 43-5 over Ames.
Kueter also competes in track and baseball. He was a part of City High’s distance medley relay team that took second place at the 2021 Drake Relays.
On the diamond, he hit .333 with 26 RBIs in centerfield for the Little Hawks.
Kueter has football scholarship offers from Iowa State, Minnesota and Missouri. He took an unofficial visit to Iowa State earlier in the season and was in Kinnick Stadium for Iowa’s win over Kent State last Saturday.
“He felt at home,” Moore said. “He said ‘Coach, I want to be a Hawk.’ He said ‘This is where I want to be.’ He had his family around. His mom and dad were around, his brother was around.”
One example of success in both wrestling and football at Iowa is Mark Sindlinger. Sindlinger was a three-year starter in football and a two-time Big Ten champion in wrestling.
“People are going to say it’s so hard,” Moore said. “And he’s going to say he wants to do it and doesn’t want to be recruited or go through that process for the next 12-14 months, because it’s going to take away from the process of doing it right now. Obviously, right now he’s doing that.”