Wrestling could be key to success for Iowa OT Reiff

INDIANAPOLIS — As a three-time South Dakota state high school wrestling champion who went 121-1, Iowa OT Riley Reiff knows something about domination.

Iowa OT Riley Reiff speaks Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. (Gary A. Vasquez/NFL)

That wrestling background helped Reiff dominate for the Hawkeyes — which is why he’s projected to be a first-round pick in April’s draft. And who knows? That wrestling background just might be what he leans on to help his NFL career take off.

“Using your hands, footwork, I think that all correlates to wrestling,” Reiff said Thursday from the NFL Scouting Combine. “Wrestling’s a big endurance sport. Not only endurance, it’s mental toughness, too, that it brings to the football field.”

Will wrestling help Reiff’s career be a success? Time will tell.

— Simon Samano

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