Northern Iowa Signs 3x State Medalist Bryce Esmoil

By Michelle Van Dorn, UNI Sports Information

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Doug Schwab and UNI wrestling signed three-time Iowa high school state medalist Bryce Esmoil for the 2018-19 roster.

Esmoil of West Liberty, Iowa, recorded just two losses last year, Esmoil was able to capture a state title at 195 pounds in the Class 2A. He was the first state champion since 2000 for West Liberty, winning his title match with a 15-0 tech fall in 3 minutes, 45 seconds.

He was third as a sophomore at 195 pounds and seventh as a freshman at 195 pounds. He is ranked No. 15 in the nation by Intermat at 195 pounds.

He won the 2016 Iowa/USA Junior Freestyle Championships at 220 pounds. In 2015, he won the Iowa Kids/Cadet Greco and Freestyle divisions at 195 pounds and won the USAW/CK Junior/Cadet Folkstyle Championship. He was second in 2014 at USAW Preseason Nationals at 220 pounds.

Esmoil will join New Hampton's Michael Blockhus and Noah Glaser on next year's team.