Cyclones land top wrestling recruit

David Carr announces he'll attend Iowa State

Iowa State landed top recruit David Carr on Wednesday. (The Gazette)
Iowa State landed top recruit David Carr on Wednesday. (The Gazette)

AMES — Iowa State wrestling reeled in blue-chip recruit David Carr on Wednesday afternoon.

Carr is a legacy Cyclone. His dad, Nate Carr Sr., and older brother, Nate Carr Jr., wrestled at Iowa State before him.

David chose Iowa State over Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Cornell and Nebraska.

“I think the coaching staff is definitely doing an amazing job,” Carr said during his visit at the Texas football game. “They have a super-star staff.”

Carr has plenty of accolades and hype surrounding him. He’s a No. 1 recruit at his weight, projected at 165 or 174 pounds in college, according to FloWrestling and the No. 5 pound-for-pound recruit. He’s also a four-time state champion, one in Kentucky and three in Ohio. He’s a national junior champion and a Cadet world bronze medalist.

“Anywhere I go I want to work as hard as I can and just be a leader,” Carr said. “I’m going to push the pace in practice, set goals, try to achieve those goals and stay focused.”

Nate Sr. said he wanted his son to make his own decision and that he stayed out of the recruiting process. He just told his son what to look for in a school and program and make whatever decision was best for him.

Nate Sr. went 117-20-1 wrestling at 150 pounds for Iowa State, winning three national championships. Wrestling at the senior level, Nate Sr. won an Olympic bronze medal in the 1988 games. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame member likes the energy around Iowa State and believes the new staff brings a fresh start for the Cyclones.

“I’m a Cyclone at heart and all about the Cyclones winning,” Nate Sr. said while his son was visiting Ames. “They have some champion coaches here and it’s a good staff.”


David joins Joel Shapiro, Isaac Judge, Anthony Sherry, Card Lara and Francis Duggan in the 2018 class.

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