AMES — When 141-pound wrestler Kanen Storr transferred from Iowa State last Tuesday, it was mired in mystery.
According to a source close to the Iowa State athletics program, last week, Iowa State compliance requested the phone records of a University of Virginia assistant coach in regard to possible illegal contact with Storr, who was then a member of the Iowa State wrestling team. The source said Virginia ran the phone records the same day Iowa State reported the violation and the phone log showed substantial text messages and calls over an extended period.
Virginia has two assistant coaches listed on its athletics website, Travis and Trent Paulson. Both were assistant coaches at Iowa State last season and coached Storr.
According to the NCAA’s website, “If a student athlete is enrolled full time in a four-year school, athletics staff members from another NCAA school cannot contact that student athlete or their parents unless the school first has a letter from the current school’s athletics director. If the current school does not grant the student athlete written permission to contact, the other school cannot encourage the athlete to transfer and cannot give them an athletics scholarship until they have attended the new school for one academic year.”
The source added an NCAA penalty to their institution is forthcoming.
On Saturday, Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser went on Takedown Radio and discussed the Storr situation.
“I actually I feel kind of bad for Kanen, and I’ve always been one to lay it on the line and tell it like it is, and sometimes, I get in trouble for that,” Dresser said on the radio. “It’s unfortunate for Kanen because he’s a good kid. He was being tampered with since they day he left by some former coaches. I don’t think he ever really got a chance to give my staff a chance.”
Dresser said he doesn’t want to hold any athlete against their will and that’s why he signed off on Storr’s release to transfer.
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“There are no hard feelings between the Storr family and Iowa State,” Dresser said. “He just had a lot of things going through his head so I kind of feel bad for him. I think he’s on his way to looking at a couple of schools — he has a pretty short list. We wish him the best.
“There will be ramifications from this. Let’s put it that way. Not on Kanen. But there will be ramifications.”
Travis and Trent Paulson and Virginia Athletics didn’t respond to multiple attempts to contact them for this story.
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