One was already a collegiate bound wrestler, one was still waiting for what his future would bring. Now both have come together once more.
Those two would be none other than ADM High School wrestling stars Andrew Flora and Nolan Harsh. On Sunday the four-time state qualifying and 2017 champion Andrew Flora announced his decision to travel north to Ames where he will be continuing his wrestling and academic careers at Iowa State University. This announcement comes just a few days after former senior grappler Nolan Harsh made his commitment to being a Cyclone.
Flora will grace Iowa State as one of the more notable names in central Iowa wrestling. Flora has been a household name to the state tournament scene ever since his freshman year in which he burst onto the varsity stage. Flora has garnered at least 39 wins in each of the past three seasons which included a 45 plus win season during his state title run in the 2017-18 season. Flora’s style of wrestling came naturally and was effective from the get go, something that ADM head coach Chris Hattchitt did not want to change very much throughout the years.
“I remember Andrew developing his wrestling style early on even before hitting high school,” began Hatchitt. “His style is very aggressive but not overly aggressive and he really utilizes his length to his advantage. We as coaches didn’t want to change his style but more continually improve it and edit it along the way. What helped him a lot throughout the years most of all has been his ability to think ahead and see the moves to make before he made them. Andrew is a very smart kid both on and off the mats.”
As for Nolan Harsh, he was also a familiar face to the state tournament scene having made it to the Wells Fargo arena all four of his high school years. Each and every year Harsh had the unique situation of tackling a different weight class, something coach Hatchitt talked about as a strength for the senior.
“Nolan has had to face a different weight class every season he’s been in high school so he hasn’t been able to settle into a comfort zone like some wrestlers,” started Hatchitt. “He’s had to adapt to a new weight class each season which when you think about it really helped Nolan. He’s had to maintain an aggressive style while facing some of the top wrestlers in the state each season. He’s really built himself up that way and is just as good of a wrestler as anybody out there.”
Up until yesterday, Flora was committed to wrestle at Minnesota State University Mankato. Harsh meanwhile did not have a hard and fast commitment. Both enter what is likely to be a very loaded 2019-20 recruiting class for Iowa State University wrestling. Both Flora and Harsh join a potent Iowa State Wrestling team with a strong history of eight NCAA championships and eight individual champions since 2004.