Chris Taylor’s stature makes him the biggest athlete in ISU history. Taylor, a 440-plus pound giant, completed his Cyclone career undefeated with an 87-0-1 mark. Seventy of Taylor’s wins ended in pins. His victims lasted an average of only 2:14.2 before they were pinned.
Taylor earned national championships in 1972 and 1973, leading ISU to two NCAA team titles. Despite setting the record for most falls in the NCAA Tournament by pinning all five opponents at the 1973 meet, Taylor was not named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. The giant pinned 44 of his 48 opponents that year to set the NCAA record for most pins in a single season.
Taylor added two Big Eight individual crowns to help lead ISU to team titles in 1972 and 1973. He was named Iowa State’s and the Big Eight’s 1973 Athlete of the Year.
Taylor went on to wrestle internationally for the United States in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He earned the bronze medal after a highly controversial semifinal loss. Taylor’s career mark was 239-10-1.