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Saturday, November 05, 2011
While Iowa State did have an NCAA champion last season in senior Jon Reader at 174 pounds, the team finished a disappointing twentieth at the NCAA Championships, one of the lowest finishes since the team started competing in 1928. While some starters are returning this season, the 2011-12 Cyclones are a relatively young team which will feature several new wrestlers in their lineup, including freshmen, such as the highly-touted Kyven Gadson.
We spoke with Coach Jackson Friday afternoon by phone about his young team. We discussed who are the likely starters, the new recruits for the Cyclones, how competing in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling is helpful for college wrestlers, possible changes in the Big 12 Conference, and much more.
In addition, we open by noting the continued revival of catch wrestling. This week saw the launch of the new web site of the world-famous Snake Pit. Much more is to come for this home of catch wrestling in Wigan, England, and around the world.
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