Jason Renteria Is No Longer A Hawkeye

Jason Renteria Is No Longer A Hawkeye

According to an Iowa spokesperson, Jason Renteria is no longer part of the Hawkeye wrestling program.

Aug 26, 2019 by Andrew Spey

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It appears that Jason Renteria's stint at Iowa will end before it had a chance to begin. Cody Goodwin at the Des Moines Register reported that a spokesperson from Iowa has confirmed that Renteria is no longer part of the Hawkeye program. 

The Register was unable to reach Hawkeye head coach Tom Brands for a comment, but did note that Renteria was not listed in the university's student directory as of Monday, August 26. Renteria's next move is unknown. If he does end up at another program, it will be his third in as many years. 

As the #32 recruit on the Class of 2017 Big Board, Renteria was a highly sought-after recruit. Iowa was Renteria's initial choice, but the Illinois native decommited from the Hawkeyes in the summer between his junior and senior year of high school. 

Renteria landed in Nebraska and started at 133 for the Huskers for the second half of his true freshman season. Renteria placed fifth in the Big Ten Tournament, automatically qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately, the last varsity match Renteria has wrestled to date was his fifth-place match over All-American Scott DelVecchio of Rutgers at Big Tens, as Renteria missed weight at the 2018 Tournament in Cleveland. 

Not long after Cleveland, Renteria was granted a release from the Cornhusker program. The rumors that Renteria's next stop would be headed to Iowa were confirmed less than a month after his release. At the time, Renteria said this about his decision:

"I chose Iowa because of everything," Renteria said. "It’s closer to home and my parents can always come visit me whenever and also watch me wrestle in Carver every single dual. I liked the atmosphere around the guys."

Renteria was on the roster for the entire year, though he did not wrestle any matches while redshirting. Renteria's absence removes one piece of the Hawkeye puzzle with regards to their lineup next year. However, coach Brands will still have more quality options than starting lightweight jobs, as Austin DeSanto, Gavin Teasdale, Max Murin, and Vince Turk will all be competing for either the 133 or 141 varsity spot.