Iowa’s women’s wrestling program has added another big rookie to its stable of star lightweights as Sterling Dias, a world-class wrestler from SLAM Academy in Las Vegas, has committed to the Hawkeyes.
Dias is now the 11th wrestler to join Iowa’s women’s roster, but she’s immediately one of the most credentialed.
She is a two-time cadet world medalist, winning bronze in 2018 in Croatia and silver in 2019 in Bulgaria. She won both medals at 40 kilograms (88 pounds), the lightest weight offered by United World Wrestling for the Cadet Women’s Freestyle World Championships.
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She is also a four-time national champion – twice in freestyle, in 2018 as a cadet and in 2019 in 16U, and twice in folkstyle, both in 2019, at the 16U and junior levels. Most recently, she won a Nevada Women’s State title at 106 pounds in February.
Dias is considered the No. 23 pound-for-pound female high school wrestler in America, according to USA Wrestling. She is now the fifth wrestler on USA Wrestling’s pound-for-pound women’s high school rankings to commit to Iowa, joining No. 1 Kylie Welker, No. 14 Brianna Gonzalez, No. 16 Sam Calkins and No. °18 Reese Larramendi.
Additionally, six more have joined Iowa’s program for head coach Clarissa Chun’s inaugural recruiting class:
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.