Weatherman Succeeding Early In Young Career
AMES, Iowa - Redshirt freshman Tanner Weatherman is making big strides early in his brief career as an Iowa State Cyclone. Weatherman is 10-4 on the year, with a 4-1 record in duals.
"Tanner has some great tools and has always been a competitor," head coach Kevin Jackson said. "He's got great offensive weapons on the mat."
Weatherman recently cracked the national rankings for the first time as a collegiate wrestler on Jan. 15, making his debut in the InterMat poll as the No. 19 174-pounder in the country.
"I don't think Tanner has quite reached his potential yet," Jackson said. "There's room for growth. Once we hit that right level of growth we can expect some real special things out of him."
The Huxley, Iowa native's ranking came after a successful road trip to the East Coast where Weatherman picked up two wins. His first win of the trip came against No. 12 Greg Zannetti of Rutgers. He defeated Zannetti 9-7 in the first overtime period. Weatherman then pinned Harrison Cook of Penn in the first period of his second match of the trip en route to helping the Cyclones to a 25-9 dual win over the No. 20 Quakers.
Weatherman is not unfamiliar with sucess, as he is one of the most decorated wrestlers in the storied history of the Ballard-Huxley high school wrestling program. Weatherman was a 3-time state champion and compiled a career prep record of 135-9.The transition from the high school mat to the college mat is a large step for all prep wrestlers.
"In high school you're able to get away with being sloppy at times," Weatherman said. "Here everyone has a elite technique, and you can't get away with some of the things you did in high school."
In his redshirt season last year, Weatherman went 12-3 highlighted by a fifth place finish at 174 pounds at the Midlands Championships. He also won a title at the Grandview Open and was runner-up at the UNI Open.
Weatherman's older brother, Trent, has been a member of the Iowa State wrestling team for three years. Trent has helped carve a smoother path for his younger brother in the transition from high school to college.
"He's been helping ever since I was in high school," Weatherman said. "It has been very helpful having him here. He's good to work drills with and always helps me breakdown film whenever he has the chance."
Weatherman has a special role model in the room in volunteer assistant coach Jon Reader. While in a Cyclone singlet, Reader was a three-time All-American and NCAA champion at 174 pounds as a senior in 2010.
"Jon is as good as it's going to get for a workout partner," Weatherman said. "He can teach me just about anything. He knows it all because he's been through it all. To be under his wing and have him beat on me in practice is great for me."
Weatherman is currently riding a three-match win streak, which began back on Jan. 5 with a 20-5 technical fall victory over Oklahoma's Matt Reid.
The Cyclones head to Morgantown, W. Va. this weekend to take on West Virginia in the first Big 12 dual ever between the two programs. Wrestling begins at 2 p.m. (CST) on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.