Carter Geffre, Daniel Herrera sign to future college destinations

Posted November 10, 2023

Two high-level student-athletes signed their NLI Wednesday at Ames High School.

Carter Geffre, fresh off a state championship game run as the Little Cyclones ace pitcher and starting first baseman, signed to join the University of Iowa baseball program in Iowa City. Geffre went a perfect 7-0 as a starter on the mound while maintaining a 1.18 ERA.

“Carter is one of the hardest working and passionate players I have ever coached,” Ames head coach Nick Steenhagen stated. “He loves the game, loves the work and loves competing. He leads through his actions and his words. His versatility makes him valuable on the field and desire to win affects his teammates.”

Geffre pitched in three playoff games during the Little Cyclones’ historic run to the state title game – the program’s first appearance since 1988. Geffre held Waterloo East to eight scoreless innings in the opening round game before collecting the substate final victory over then-No. 1 Ankeny Centennial and the state quarterfinal victory over second-seeded Iowa City High.

“Carter’s drive was a main reason for the success we had last season,” said Steenhagen. “He brought his best every day and pushed others to do the same. He is what every coach wants in a player. He is a five-tool player that will only get better at Iowa. I am super proud of him and lucky to coach him.”

Daniel Herrera will remain in Ames for the next chapter of his athletic and academic career, wrestling at and attending Iowa State University.

Herrera is the No. 60 nationally-rated recruit and No. 7 heavyweight wrestler by FloWrestling. Herrera earned that distinction by becoming a two-time state champion in California as well as success on the club circuit in prestigious tournaments – most recently a second-place finish at the 2023 Defense Soap Super 32 tournament.

“During his time here in Ames Daniel has developed many great relationships here at Ames High School as well as around the community,” said Ames High boys wrestling head coach Andy Fecht. “He has demonstrated great leadership skills within our school. He brings a ton to our program and will be a very positive role model for the kids in our program across all levels. The Ames community has received a great addition in Daniel Herrera and we are all very excited to see his future unfold here at Ames High as well as at Iowa State University.”