Reader, McCauley Victorious Over The Weekend
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AMES, Iowa – The past and future of Iowa State wrestling were on display last weekend on the national and international levels.
Future Cyclone Destin McCauley earned a spot on the 2012 U.S. Junior World Team at the team trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. McCauley swept junior-college nation champion Edwin Cooper in the final round at 145.5 pounds.
“For (McCauley) to make a world team and have a chance to represent the United States in a world championship is very important and it shows the caliber of wrestler that we have gotten into our program,” Iowa State head wrestling coach Kevin Jackson said. “I think this experience allows him to see an even higher level of competition than what he’s going to see at the collegiate level.”
McCauley has been preparing for the trials at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jackson said that he believes this experience will be a tremendous advantage for the Burnsville, Minn. native moving forward.
“The opportunity to prepare at the Olympic Training Center and to gain that experience of wrestling our senior-level athletes has also given him a ton of confidence,” Jackson said. “It may be a different style of wrestling, but at the same time, it’s the world championships so he’ll have a chance to compete against the best wrestlers in the world.”
Former Cyclone and 2011 NCAA champion Jon Reader was also in action this weekend, taking the gold medal at 184 pounds at the Hari Ram Grand Prix in New Delhi, India. Reader was the lone American to come away from the tournament with a gold medal, as he defeated Kim Gwan-Uk of Korea 3-0, 4-0 in the final round.
“Our wrestlers that come to Iowa State aspire to graduate from Iowa State and win championships,” Jackson said. “They aspire to be the best in the world. Jon is on his quest to do that. It is exciting to see that he is getting better, more mature and getting more experience to put him in the hunt for that 2016 Olympic team. It shows that wrestlers have an opportunity here at Iowa State to reach their goals to be the very best in the world and that’s what you see out of Jon Reader.”