Reader Wrestles and Blogs in Poland: First Entry
Iowa State's Jon Reader has been busy this summer, competing in freestyle at 74 kg (163 pounds). Reader, a native of Davison, Mich., placed fifth at U.S. Senior Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev. and brought a silver medal home from Venezuela at the Pan-Am Games in April. The Cyclone junior 165-pounder was then back in the United States to take fourth overall at the World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, narrowly missing making the U.S. national freestyle team.
Reader is now currently honing his wrestling skills at the Polish Olympic Training Center in Spala, just outside of Warsaw, Poland. The Iowa Stater will be training with internationally-renowned wrestlers up until he competes in the Ziolkowski International tournament Aug. 12-14.
Reader wrote to cyclones.com to let Cyclone Nation know how he has faired in Poland since arriving.
Jon Reader's First Blog Entry from Spala, Poland
Everything has been good here. There has been lots of great training and I'm picking up some great technique. I've been training with the best guys in the world. There has been the entire Polish team as well as guys from Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain and Italy here training, so it's been amazing!
The culture is a lot different from the U.S. I swear, we have been eating dry ham sandwiches everyday. The weather has been great; in the mid-80s and not humid! The training complex is very nice and they have everything you need as far as training. They do things a lot different here when it comes to practice, including a lot of unorthadox training.
A normal day here consists of waking up around 8 a.m. to eat breakfast. Practice is at 11:30 a.m. and then again at 5:30 p.m. Practices are very different from what I'm used to doing. Things are at a lot slower pace. Practices run about two hours for each session. We then do individual technique for about 20-25 minutes, followed by 30-40 minutes of live action and then technique again.
The Internet has been horrible. This has been really the first time I've been able to get on for more than two minutes. I hope everything is going well back home. We are scheduled to have a dual with Spain in a few hours. I just wanted to keep everyone updated!