Possessing a strong work ethic, Rachel Dreeszen aims to help bolster the roster of the Waldorf University women’s wrestling team.
Dreeszen, a Kingsley-Pierson High School senior, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on April 2.
“I think Rachel can do well here,” Waldorf coach Tyreece Gilder said. “We will look for her to come in and increase the depth and overall competitiveness of our upper weights.”
Dreeszen was a member of Kingsley-Pierson’s varsity lineup as a senior and was a letter winner. She started the season competing at 220 pounds for the Panthers before moving down to 195 and then 182.
Outside of wrestling, Dreeszen maintained a commitment to academics throughout high school. She earned Western Valley Conference All-Academic honors all four years of her prep career and qualified for the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) All-State Festival as a junior.
Dreeszen is the daughter of Dave and Karyn Dreeszen. She will study history at Waldorf. Growing up in small-town Iowa led Dreeszen to seeking out a university that would feel like home and also offer the degree program of her interest.
“I chose Waldorf University for the hometown feel,” Dreeszen said. “Being from a town of less than 1,500, Waldorf makes me feel right at home. Choosing Waldorf allows me to continue my career as a wrestler and pursue my major at the same time.”
The 10th member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class, Dreeszen joins California recruits Alaura Couch, Lili Flores, Marlene Hernandez Taéa Regua and Diana Leyva; Texas teammates Kassandra Castillo and Sabrina Morua; Florida native Karina Prieto and Washington state recruit Akina Yamada.
Set to make her debut with the Warriors this season, Dreeszen is embracing the opportunity to further her career in the sport that she loves.
“To continue my athletic career at the collegiate level is a dream,” Dreeszen said. “Since I started wrestling, it feels like what I am supposed to do. Being able to continue this great sport is a dream.”