ISU Wrestling Room Stays Open, Switches Gears
AMES, Iowa - Even with the conclusion of the 2009-10 Iowa State wrestling season, the heat is still on in the wrestling room. There isn't an offseason in the sport of wrestling for those with World and Olympic medal aspirations. Current and former Cyclones, along with wrestlers from around the country have chosen to train under the tutelage of ISU head coach and former USA Wrestling freestyle coach Kevin Jackson.
This past week, former Cyclone standouts David Bertolino, Nate Gallick, and Travis and Trent Paulson could be found hard at work on the same mats that they'd trained on throughout their collegiate careers. The Paulson twins took titles at the 2009 U.S. Senior Nationals, with Trent Paulson taking top honors at the World Team Trials at 66 kg (145.5 pounds). Nate Gallick won the Senior Nationals event in 2007, competing in the 60-kg (132-pound) division.
Last year, ISU's Jake Varner was a U.S. Senior Nationals and World Team Trials champion at 96 kg (211.5 pounds). The two-time NCAA 197-pound champion and World team member will look for a duplicate performance this spring. Cyclone 165-pounder Jon Reader placed fourth at the Team Trials in 2009.
The 2010 ASICS U.S. Open Wrestling Championships are in Cleveland, Ohio, April 22-24. Council Bluffs, Iowa, will host the 2010 World Team Trials in the Mid-America Center, June 10-12.
Click the video slideout tab above for an inside look at the freestyle training taking place in the Cyclone wrestling room.