With an Iowa, Rutgers and Virginia Tech hat on the table, Ferrari pulled a Penn State hat out from underneath the table during his commitment announcement. For Iowa fans watching, that might have caused hearts to skip a beat just temporarily.
He promptly chucked the Nittany Lion hat aside as he made his announcement that would join Tom Brands and the Hawkeyes’ program.
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“A lot of people know where I’m going. A lot of people think they know where I’m going, but I’d like to announce my commitment to the University of Iowa,” Ferrari said as he tossed the Tigerhawk hat on.
Ferrari is a two-time Ironman champion and Who’s Number One champion. In 2022 at Who’s Number One, Ferrari defeated Illinois commit Braeden Scores and Penn State’s commit and U17 world champion Joe Sealey.
When speaking with FloWrestling’s David Bray in mid-May, Ferrari noted several things that impressed him about Iowa.
“It’s like going to see Alabama football. (They have) such a dynasty over there,” Ferrari said of the Hawkeyes.
Then, when Ferrari came on his visit to the Hawkeyes, he was taken by the wrestling knowledge and appreciation by those in Iowa City.
“Walking around campus, everybody knows you. It’s amazing. Wrestling is part of the culture in Iowa,” Ferrari said.
Of course, Ferrari joins his older brother, Anthony Ferrari, now at Iowa. Anthony Ferrari committed to the Hawkeyes in March. He was rated the No. 23 overall prospect in the 2022 senior class by MatScouts and originally committed to Oklahoma State where he was projected to wrestle at 157 or 165 pounds.
Ferrari never officially enrolled or joined the Cowboy program. The Stillwater News Press reported in August of 2022 that two misdemeanor assault and battery charges had been filed against Anthony Ferrari. Anthony Ferrari was given a one-year deferred sentence on Tuesday, April 11.
Angelo Ferrari joins fellow top-100 Hawkeye commit in the 2024 class, Miguel Estrada.
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