Iowa wrestling team adds wrestler from Oklahoma State and loses coveted recruit to Iowa State
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Over the past 24 hours, the Iowa wrestling team has added one wrestler from a rival school, and lost one to a rival school.
Victor Voinovich, an NCAA qualifier at 149 pounds for Oklahoma State this past season, announced on Monday his decision to transfer to Iowa. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
As a redshirt freshman this past season, Voinovich finished 17-13 overall, with 10 losses by a two points or fewer. He also reached the Round-of-16 at the NCAA Championships.
Voinovich compiled a 16-1 record, and won three open tournaments, during his redshirt season at Oklahoma State in 2021-22.
Meanwhile, Iowa also lost a heralded recruit when Tennessee native Cody Chittum flipped his commitment from Iowa to Iowa State on Tuesday.
Chittum was ranked as the No. 2 pound-for-pound wrestler in MatScouts’ national rankings at the end of the 2021-22 season and was considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2023 class by FloWrestling.
He is expected to compete at 157 pounds in college.
Chittum has lived in Iowa City for the past year, but he told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday that he plans to move to Ames in mid-June.
Chittum was part of a highly ranked 2023 Iowa recruiting class, which includes Junior world champion Ben Kueter, and Junior national champions Gabe Arnold and Ryder Block.
Kueter and Arnold both attend Iowa City High School.