Iowa State Cyclones wrestling
|Iowa State Cyclones|
|University||Iowa State University|
|Head Coach||Kevin Jackson (6th year)|
Cardinal and Gold|
|Total Team National Championships|
|NCAA Individual National Championships|
|1933, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1987|
|NCAA Individual Champions|
|Conference Tournament Championships|
|1929, 1933, 1937, 1941, 1947, 1958, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009|
Iowa State has won 8 national championships in wrestling. Iowa State's head coach is Kevin Jackson. Iowa State became the first collegiate wrestling program to reach 1000 dual wins on February 7, 2010.
Charles Mayser was the founding father of Iowa State wrestling. “Uncle Charlie” performed coaching duties in wrestling and football, as well as being director of athletics. Mayser joined the athletic staff in 1916, the initial season of Cyclone wrestling. He coached for eight years and was responsible for five undefeated teams during his tenure. Despite lack of equipment and facilities, Mayser’s squads dominated the Midwestern wrestling scene. His teams suffered only two defeats in his last six years and his last two squads were named unofficial national champions by Amateur Wrestling News. Mayser left Iowa State in 1923 to head the Franklin and Marshall athletic department.
Hugo Otopalik took over head coaching duties after serving as an assistant on Charles Mayser’s staff for four years. In his 28 years as head coach, Otopalik’s teams claimed seven conference championships and one NCAA title. He ended his illustrious career with a 159-66-5 mark and eight NCAA individual champions. Besides having a huge impact on Iowa State athletics, Otopalik also made his mark on the international scene. In 1932, Otopalik served as head coach of the U.S. Olympic squad, which captured the team title at the Los Angeles Games. He also headed the National AAU Wrestling Committee for five years.
When you talk Iowa State wrestling history, Harold Nichols looms large. From 1965–73, Nichols’ squads were the most dominant in wrestling, compiling five NCAA titles and three runner-up finishes. Nichols was named the successor to Hugo Otopalik in 1954 after serving as head coach at Arkansas State for five years. His ISU teams racked up six NCAA titles, seven Big Eight titles and produced 38 NCAA individual champions and 91 Big Eight titlists. His career record at Iowa State is an untouchable 456-75-11. Nichols was named coach of the year three times and was tabbed Wrestling Man of the Year by Amateur Wrestling News in 1966. He is a member of the Helms Foundation Wrestling Hall of Fame, Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame and served as vice-chairman of the United States Olympic Wrestling Committee. Nichols retired from coaching in 1985.
In 1986, Jim Gibbons took over the reins of the Cyclone wrestling squad at age 26. Gibbons wrestled at ISU for Dr. Harold Nichols and earned All-America status three times, including the 1981 NCAA individual title at 134 pounds. Following his collegiate career, Gibbons served as an assistant coach at his alma mater for two years before taking over the head coaching duties. During his seven years as the Cyclone skipper, Gibbons’ squads claimed one Big Eight crown and captured the NCAA title in 1987. He also coached seven individual NCAA champions while compiling a 96-32-1 career coaching mark. After winning the NCAA Championships in 1987, Gibbons was named national coach of the year. He was named Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1991. Gibbons retired from coaching after the 1992 season.
A wrestling legend in his own right, Bobby Douglas was an NCAA runner-up at Oklahoma State and part of two Olympic teams as a competitor, finishing fourth at featherweight in the 1964 Tokyo Games. He was captain of the 1968 U.S. Olympic team in Mexico. Douglas coached the 1992 U.S. Olympic team whose 10 members placed among the top 10 in their respective weight classes, a U.S. Olympic first. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic coaching staff in 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1988. Douglas, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, was also on the 1996 and 2004 U.S. Olympic coaching staffs. Douglas began his collegiate coaching career at Cal-Santa Barbara before coaching three national champions and 58 All-Americans from 1975–92 at Arizona State. His 1988 Sun Devil squad won the NCAA team title in Ames. He furthered his legacy at Iowa State, winning 198 dual matches. Douglas coached Cyclone wrestlers to 10 individual NCAA titles and 52 All-America performances. He is one of four collegiate coaches to win at least 400 duals matches.
Cael Sanderson (born June 20, 1979, in Salt Lake City, Utah), (pronounced "kale") is considered one of the greatest American amateur wrestlers of all time. A 2004 Olympic champion in Athens, Greece, he went undefeated in four years of college wrestling at Iowa State (159–0), winning four consecutive NCAA titles (1999–2002). He was the first NCAA wrestler to go undefeated with more than 100 wins. Sports Illustrated named his college career as the second most impressive college sports feat behind Jesse Owens' four Olympic world record-setting performance.
Cael Sanderson accepted the head coaching position at Penn State in April 2009. Cael Sanderson was 44–10 as head coach at Iowa State.
Kevin Jackson was introduced as Iowa State's head wrestling coach on April 30, 2009. As a college wrestler, he attended LSU and earned All-America honors three times before the school dropped the sport. He transferred to Iowa State for his senior year and captained the Cyclones’ last NCAA championship team (1987), earning another All-America award with a NCAA runner-up finish and registering a 30-3-1 record. In 1992, Jackson won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Since 1992, Jackson has coached for team USA at three summer Olympics including being the head coach for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
1932 Los Angeles
1968 Mexico City
1984 Los Angeles
- 2000 – Cael Sanderson
- 2001 – Cael Sanderson (tie)
- 2002 – Cael Sanderson
|1954||Dr. Harold Nichols||8-0||2nd|
|1955||Dr. Harold Nichols||7-1||2nd|
|1956||Dr. Harold Nichols||8-3||2nd||21st|
|1957||Dr. Harold Nichols||9-3-1||2nd||3rd|
|1958||Dr. Harold Nichols||10-0-2||1st||2nd|
|1959||Dr. Harold Nichols||11-3||2nd||2nd|
|1960||Dr. Harold Nichols||12-3||3rd||2nd|
|1960–61||Dr. Harold Nichols||13-1-2||3rd||3rd|
|1962||Dr. Harold Nichols||12-1-1||3rd||30th|
|1962–63||Dr. Harold Nichols||13-1||3rd||2nd|
|1963–64||Dr. Harold Nichols||13-0-1||2nd||3rd|
|1965||Dr. Harold Nichols||14-1||2nd||1st|
|1965–66||Dr. Harold Nichols||13-2||3rd||2nd|
|1966–67||Dr. Harold Nichols||12-3-1||2nd||3rd|
|1967–68||Dr. Harold Nichols||12-3||3rd||2nd|
|1968–69||Dr. Harold Nichols||15-1||3rd||1st|
|1969–70||Dr. Harold Nichols||15-2||1st||1st|
|1970–71||Dr. Harold Nichols||17-0||2nd||2nd|
|1971–72||Dr. Harold Nichols||16-1||2nd||1st|
|1972–73||Dr. Harold Nichols||18-1||2nd||1st|
|1973–74||Dr. Harold Nichols||13-5||3rd||4th|
|1974–75||Dr. Harold Nichols||16-2-2||3rd||4th|
|1975–76||Dr. Harold Nichols||19-2||1st||2nd|
|1976–77||Dr. Harold Nichols||18-2-1||1st||1st|
|1977–78||Dr. Harold Nichols||19-2||2nd||2nd|
|1978–79||Dr. Harold Nichols||18-3||1st||2nd|
|1979–80||Dr. Harold Nichols||18-4||1st||3rd|
|1980–81||Dr. Harold Nichols||19-2||2nd||3rd|
|1981–82||Dr. Harold Nichols||17-2||1st||2nd|
|1982–83||Dr. Harold Nichols||14-4||2nd||3rd|
|1983–84||Dr. Harold Nichols||13-7||2nd||7th|
|1984–85||Dr. Harold Nichols||20-7||3rd||3rd|
- Iowa State University Athletics Art Sheet (PDF). Retrieved 2016-11-17.
- History – Past Champions – NCAA.com
- Anderson, Kelli (2002-04-01). "The Top 10: SI picks the most impressive college sports feats ever". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
- "Iowa State Wrestling Media Guide" (PDF). Iowa State University. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
- http://www.cyclones.com//pdf5/359608.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=10700 | Cyclone Wrestling Media Guide