AMES – Iowa State wrestling only had nine takedowns as a team in its dual against Wyoming on Saturday in Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones lost 24-14 and the effort left Coach Kevin Dresser out of patience.
“We just had a long heart-to-heart talk to the team. (Associate) Coach (Mike) Zadick gave them the business and they probably deserved it,” Dresser said. “You kind of have to draw the line in the sand. We have to find out who’s with us and who’s not with us. Not in terms of winning and losing, in terms of effort and who’s coming to practice and who’s ready to go.
“It’s easy to say you want to be great but who really wants to be great? That’s where we’re at and I knew this day would come. I think we have some guys that understand and we have some guys, to be quite honest, that are pretty good wrestlers that will probably never understand, and those guys, I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be with us.”
Dresser used walk-on Jakob Allison (125) as an example of the kind of wrestler he’s looking for.
Allison wrestled for the ISU Club wrestling team last year. He pinned Wyoming’s Trent Olson on Saturday
“It’s not about ability and it’s not about who’s a starter and who’s not a starter,” Dresser said. “Look at our 125-pounder, he’s a daggone club kid. He’s an Iowa State intramural champion and he scored more points than anybody on our team. He’s maybe not the greatest wrestler, but the dude’s a little fighter. He got taken down, put in a cradle, on his back, down 6-0, could’ve packed it in – a lot of our guys probably would’ve packed it in and he fought it off. He comes back, ties the match up, wins the match and pins him. That’s what we want here at Iowa State.”
Iowa State’s wrestlers will get a week off for finals and some time off over Christmas. But the line has been drawn in the sand.
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“When we come back on the 26th, we’re going to rock and roll,” Dresser said. “I mean rock and roll. If you don’t want to rock and roll, stay home with grandma. ... We’ll know by the 27th which guys are serious about wrestling. The great ones will come back, and they’ll probably be better. The ones that want to be great, and it’s all lip service, their cards will be shown.”
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