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Luke Lofthouse recently completed his third season as strength and conditioning coach.
A 2011 All-American, Lofthouse first joined the Iowa wrestling program in 2004. He was a letterwinner during the 2004-05 season, earning the coaches' appreciation award while competing at 174 pounds. He then took a two-year hiatus from the program to complete a Mormon mission to Africa from 2005-07.
Lofthouse returned to the program and redshirted in 2007-08 before making his way back to the mat in 2008-09, when he was again named the recipient of the coaches' appreciation award. The following season he posted a 5-3 Big Ten dual record at 197 pounds while competing for the injured Chad Beatty.
In 2011, Lofthouse earned the starting spot at 197 pounds and went on to earn All-America honors by placing fifth at the 2011 NCAA Championships. That year he posted a 25-7 dual record, a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships, and was named the team's most dedicated wrestler.
A native of Avon, Utah, Lofthouse was a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in 2012. He and his wife, Allison, have a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Lilly. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Iowa.