Gavin Teasdale

Gavin Teasdale

Gavin Teasdale and Spencer Lee are getting back together.

According to a post on Twitter Tuesday and a podcast, Teasdale will transfer to Iowa after spending this past fall at Penn State.

The post by IAwrestle read: “Former top recruit Gavin Teasdale transferring to Iowa. In an interview with @PAPowerWrestle Teasdale is looking to enroll this fall and compete right away for the #Hawkeyes”

Teasdale said on the PA Power Podcast, “I have been out in Iowa training for the last three months. I have been going in and wrestling and this is where I need to be.

“I think the main reason I looked at (Penn State) in the first place was it’s close, it’s family, it’s an atmosphere you know. The atmosphere that can make you the most comfortable can be your biggest enemy.” Teasdale said of his decision to leave Penn State. “I need a hands-on type of coach that’s there for you through the thick and thin, and that cares about you not just on the mat but cares about you as a man.”

Teasdale said during the podcast his weight is in the 140s. Iowa’s 133-pound weight class is currently held by All-American Austin DeSanto. Former Cadet World team member Aaron Cashman, and Nebraska transfer Jason Renteria are in contention for lightweight starting spots.

Teasdale will have four years to compete.

Teasdale, a four-time PIAA Class AA champion from Jefferson-Morgan High School, and his good friend Lee originally made a joint commitment to Iowa in Teasdale’s junior season. Lee was a senior at Franklin Regional at the time of the announcement.

But Teasdale changed his mind and committed to Penn State with a post on Twitter. It read, “After a long and hard consideration I’m proud to announce I will be attending Penn State University! #Weare.”

Teasdale was the No. 2 recruit for the class of 2018, won Fargo titles and made multiple Cadet World teams. The Nittany Lions already had commitments from No. 3 Travis Wittlake and No. 4 Roman Bravo-Young.

But Teasdale’s stay at Penn State was a brief one.

In November, Teasdale decided to leave Penn State for health reasons.

“I have left Penn State this fall semester for health issues. I will be returning to Penn State University this January at full capacity,” he said on Twitter.

It was the second time in a five-month period that Teasdale had a medical condition interfere with his wrestling plans.

In the summer of 2018, Teasdale was struggling with his weight while preparing to wrestle in an open event in Las Vegas. His weight-loss activities caused dehydration and he needed a short hospital stay to recover.

Teasdale did return to Penn State but, again, it did not last long.

In January of this year, we learned Teasdale was leaving Penn State. Nittany Lions head coach Cael Sanderson made the announcement during his weekly media conference.

“Gavin is not going to be on our team; he’s being removed from the roster right now,” Sanderson told Pennlive at the time. “Don’t expect to see Gavin. We obviously wish him well and expect him to transfer.”

Teasdale is the 13th wrestler in PIAA history to win four titles and finished his high school career with a 162-2 record.

Assistant Sports Editor

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling.

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