Charles Matthews has announced that he has decided to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Iowa and wrestle for the legendary Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes are a world renowned program and most recently became the 2020 Big 10 Champions and were favored to win the 2020 NCAA Championships before COVID 19 canceled the event.
Charles is a four-year varsity starter for the Padres and was a four time WCAL Champion finalist and three time champion with his only loss in the finals as a freshman. Charles placed fourth and sixth in the Central Coast Section Championships.
Charles is a leader on and off the mat. Charles has served as class president for three years and was a Wrestling Team Captain for three years.
Charles excelled in the classroom with a GPA of 4.1, is a 2020 National Honor Society inductee and was accepted to 10 colleges but chose Iowa to continue chasing his academic and wrestling career goals.
Charles was co-MVP in 2019 and the 2020 MVP for the Padres. In the 2019-20 season, Charles placed at every tournament he entered. He was the Cupertino Bianchinni Tournament Champion; placed second at the Peninsula Invitational, Weber Lawson, Coast Classic, Jim Root; and placed sixth at Mid-Cals. Charles was named in the San Mateo Daily Journal as "Athlete Honor Roll" multiple times.
"I am super blessed to have had the growth opportunities and achievements at Serra over the past four years and working with different coaches and partners has been an experience I will never forget," Charles said. "My time attending the Iowa Summer Camps was great! I got to see a taste of the 'Iowa Style' of wrestling when I challenged Desanto to a match, and I have been hooked ever since. Getting accepted directly into the Tippie College of Business was another main driver in my decision"
Besides competing during the high school season, Charles competed in the offseason with the Peninsula Wrestling Club and Smash Gyms, in San Jose, where he traveled around the western United States competing at Flo-Reno Worlds in Reno, the Freak Show in Las Vegas, D-Day on the US Midway in San Diego, and various local tournaments. He also competed in the California USAW State Championships where he placed third in Folkstyle twice and fourth in Freestyle, qualifying for the CA National team.
Last summer, Charles spent two weeks in Iowa at a wrestling camp where he met several of the Iowa wrestlers and coaches including two-time National All-American Austin Desanto, Kaleb Young, Gavin Teasdale who all served as his counselors. Charles said this experience influenced him to think about Iowa for college.
"This is huge- I'd personally compare it to going to Alabama in College Football, going to the Patriots in the NFL or going to the Warriors in the NBA," said Serra Varsity Wrestling Coach Mike Klobuschar. "The brotherhood Charles brought and gave to Serra wrestling is immeasurable and was apparent to me when he was a freshman."
He added that Charles is a Padre to the core. "It's truly been a privilege for Serra wrestling, myself and my family to have such an impactful, talented person touch our lives."
Charles wants to thank his friends and family; Serra High School, Serra wrestling parents and the Serra Wrestling Team, including Coach K, Coach Monney, Coach Jerry, Coach Quinn, Coach Meitz, Coach Luke; Coach Bobby Gonzales, Vallejo, Coach Eric Botelho, Burlingame; Joey Bareng, Program Manager, Club Genentech; SmashGyms, San Jose, Coach Jacob Palomino, Coach Ray Jimenez, Coach Scott, "Senior" and the entire SmashGyms Family for their support over the years.