Esmoil signs with UNI

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, November 15, 2017
A dream come true for Bryce Esmoil. On Thursday, Nov. 9. West Liberty High School’s wrestling state champion signed with the University of Northern Iowa.

“It’s a very special moment for me,” said the senior. “It’s all a clear path from here on out knowing I’ll be with UNI wrestling next year.”

Bryce will join the Big 12 as part of the UNI under Coach Doug Schwab for the 2018/19 school year, where he’ll be a part of a roster champion UNI wrestlers.

“I like the coaches there and the facilities. I’ve met a lot my teammates already,” he said. “It’s all a new experience for me, but I already like it.”

The son of Mark and Chari Esmoil, Bryce only took two losses last year when he clenched West Liberty’s first wrestling state championship since 2000.

In division 2A at 195 pounds, Bryce dropped Cody Fisher of Woodward Granger with a 15-0 tech fall in 3:45 to claim the top spot as a high school junior last season.

Having taken first last year, he knows he’ll have a target on his back during his final senior year with the Comets.

“I have everything to lose and nobody else will have anything to lose, so I just got to keep going and dominate,” he says.

He’ll be wrestling under West Liberty Coaches Jeff Wiele, Ian Alke and Kevin Mueller.

In 2014 Bryce was the USA Wrestling Pre-Season National Runner-Up. In 2015 as a freshman he came in seventh at state and was the Iowa Kids/Cadet Greco and Freestyle division champion.

In 2016 as a sophomore he claimed third at state and was the 2016 Iowa/USA Junior Freestyle Championships.

Bryce was the first Comet to claim a state championship since Keith Pearl, he’ll spend his senior year chasing after the most career wins achieved by a Comet.

He also joins West Liberty state champions John Oostendorp, Nick Marin, Ben Scorpil and his own cousin Chad Morrison.

“I’ve been wrestling my whole life, since I was in kindergarten,” says Bryce. “It’s that sport that’s closest to my family, everybody wrestled.”

His father Mark wrestled for Muscatine, while his brother Will currently wrestles for West Liberty. He’s from a family of serious athletes.

“I usually concentrate on the sport that I’m in each season, but now I can concentrate on just wrestling,” he added. “Hopefully I can mature in wrestling and get better at it.”

Bryce Esmoil also participates in football, track and field and basketball. He was also recruited by Iowa, South Dakota State, Grand View and Coe in wrestling.
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