There’s just SOMETHING about Iowa State Wrestling…

I can’t quite put my finger on it…but it gets me more excited then anything. Just the excitement of entire towns for 1 week. They get behind their kids that have qualified and pay $100s or even $1000s of dollars for a week of wrestling. I think the parents enjoy it halfway just to get to the hotel and have a few social drinks with other parents…But, that’s always after about 14 straight hours of wrestling that day.

There’s nothing more exciting than watching someone work SO hard…and watch their dream finally come true. To watch it all pay off. You know it’s their last chance to do that something special, to qualify for the state tournament. Some people are meant to win state, some are meant to place at state, and for others qualifying for state is the best they can attain. Heck, some weren’t even meant to qualify for state but out of sheer determination and willpower they do.

It is the culmination of 4 straight years of hard work. Of being down at the weight room 4 days a week. Of doing extra springs after practice. Of driving all over the state for wrestling camps. Of getting your butt kicked every day in practice. It is doing something that you weren’t expect to do.

That’s what I love about state wrestling…The HEART.



  1. State wrestling still gets me excited and I have been out for 8 years. I can definitely say that hard work and determination in wrestling does help a person succeed. I just hope in the future I can be able to preach that through coaching wrestling.

    PS Jared I think you lift better when you are wearing ISU clothing, but that’s just my observation.

  2. I appreciate the comment Ken! That is awesome- I don’t think the feeling will ever get old. You were one of the hardest working guys I have ever seen. Watching you workout your senior year (especially in the mornings- in addition to practice) really helped me a lot. I bet you will make a great coach! Any school would be very lucky to have you.

    -I pulled out the ISU t-shirt today because of that comment 🙂 Haha!

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