Reader Wins; Cyclones Grapple in Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Senior Iowa State wrestler Jon Reader won the 74-kg (163-pound) weight class Friday and Saturday at the 2010 University and FILA Junior World Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Some of the top collegiate talent in the nation competed for the right to wrestle on the nation's University and FILA Junior World teams. The FILA Junior World Championship is in Budapest, Hungary July 20-25, with the World University Championship being held Oct 24-30 in Torino, Italy.
Reader won his first three matches of the tournament to advance to the best-of-three final against Ohio State's Colt Sponseller. Reader took the first match 1-3, 2-2, 3-2 and then punched his ticket to Torino with a 3-0, 1-0 score in the second match.
Reader could be forced into a challenge situation for his team spot if a University-level competitor places in the top-three of the 74-kg class at the World Team Trials in Council Bluffs, June 10-12.
Former Cyclone heavyweight David Zabriskie reeled off three-straight victories after dropping his first match to finish third at 120 kg (264.5 pounds).
ISU's Nate Carr, Jr. also competed in the 74-kg weight class and notched a 2-2 record.
Cyclone sophomore Chris Spangler dominated four-straight opponents after faltering in his first match to finish third at 74 kg in FILA Junior competition. Spangler finished the tournament by scoring a pin in 33 seconds over Iowa's Derek St. John.
Incoming Iowa State freshman Ryak Finch won his first two matches to set up a best-of-three final against NCAA 125-pound qualifier Steven Keith of Harvard. Finch took the first two matches 5-3, 2-1 and 6-0, 6-0 to qualify for the FILA Juniors World Championship.
2010 University World Team Trials
Jon Reader - 74 kg (163 pounds) - First place
W-TF, Adam Hall (Boise State), 6-0, 6-0
W-D, Kamarudeen Usman (FTW Eagles), 4-0, 5-1
W-D, Moza Fay (Gator WC), 6-0, 3-1
W-D, Colt Sponseller (Ohio State), 1-3, 2-2, 3-2
W-D, Colt Sponseller (Ohio State), 3-0, 1-0
Nate Carr, Jr. - 74 kg (163 pounds)
W-D, Jason Welch (Northwestern), 0-1, 2-0, 4-4
L-D, Moza Fay (Gator WC), 0-8, 7-0, 0-3
W-TF, Stew Gilmor (Hawkeye WC), 6-0, 0-5, 6-0
L-F, Albert White (Gator WC), 1-0, 0-4, 0:36
David Zabriskie - 120 kg (264.5 pounds) - Third place
L-D, Eric Bugenhagen (Wisconsin), 0-1, 0-1
W-Inj. Def., Jeremy Johnson (Bobcat WC)
W-D, Ryan Tomei (Pittsburgh), 3-0, 1-0
W-D, Blake Rasing (Iowa), 4-1, 1-0
2010 FILA Junior World Team Trials
Ryak Finch - 55 kg (121 pounds) - First place
W-D, Mark Rappo (Sunkist Kids), 6-3, 2-1
W-D, Cason Kuhn (Vandit), 4-1, 1-0
W-D, Steven Keith (Brickhouse), 5-3, 2-1
W-TF, Steven Keith (Brickhouse), 6-0, 6-0
Chris Spangler - 74 kg (163 pounds) - Third place
L-D, Conrad Polz (Illinois), 0-1, 0-3
W-D, Eric Cubberly (Central Michigan), 5-0, 2-0
W-TF, Stephan Swan (Oklahoma), 6-0, 7-1
W-TF, Vlad Dombrovskiy (Sierra College), 6-0, 6-0
W-F, Derek St. John (Iowa), 0:33