ANAMOSA - He’ll go down in the annals at Anamosa High School as one of the best wrestlers to ever come through the program.
After a career that saw four district wrestling berths and two state tournament appearances, Anamosa’s Nathan Keating, who tallied a team-best 29-10 overall record this past winter, has decided he’s not done with the sport he loves so much.
Tuesday, March 2, during a signing ceremony inside the Anamosa High School commons, the star senior committed to continue his wrestling career at Simpson College.
“I chose Simpson over the other schools who were recruiting me mainly because of the connections they have for my future,” said Keating, who plans on majoring in actuarial science and will join classmate Andrew Morris in Indianola. Morris committed to the Storm football program just a few weeks ago.
“That, and they’ve got a great wrestling program at Simpson too. I like what they’re doing with the team and they’ve got new energetic coaches who I think can help me become an even better wrestler than I am right now. It’s a big jump going from high school to college, and I need to be ready to try and meet that challenge. It’s a completely different aspect of wrestling and it may take me some time to get adjusted to that.”
Keating, who wrestled at 195-pounds for the Raiders this past season, isn’t sure where he’ll fit among the Simpson roster.
“I’m not too concerned about that,” he said. “My freshman year is going to be all about developing my skills and try and earn my way onto the mat.”
Anamosa wrestling coach Bret Jones knows Keating has what it takes to compete at the next level.
“Nate’s best wrestling is still ahead of him,” Jones said. “He’s always been a leader in the wrestling room and that confidence and work ethic is going to take him a long way at the collegiate level. I’m very proud of him for where he’s taken his career, and look forward to following his success at Simpson.”
Keating is also keeping his goals pretty close to the vest, too.
“I just want to be the best I can be,” he said. “I’m just happy to be able to keep my wrestling career going. Originally, I wanted to be a college football player, but it didn’t take long for wrestling to take over. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity, and I’m not going to waste it. I’m ready to get to work.”