AMES — Kanen Storr’s departure from Iowa State’s wrestling program hasn’t been a quiet one.
It’s involved alleged tampering, a tweet alleging wrong-doing on Iowa State’s part and a lot of “he said, she said” stuff.
On Monday, Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser was asked about associate head coach Mike Zadick’s alleged role in all of this.
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— Kanen Storr (@kstorr_ISU) February 2, 2018
“That’s a ‘he said, she said’ thing, and I don’t get into ‘he said, she said’ stuff,” Dresser said. “What I will say is I completely, and 100 percent, back my staff and everything they’ve done throughout this whole situation. From Brent Metcalf, to Mike Zadick, to Derek St. John – although St. John said he didn’t do anything wrong – and to Coach Dresser. I have this staff for a reason and everything that we do and say is above board.”
Dresser said he wants to move forward from all of this. Dresser said he views Storr’s situation from a parent’s point of view.
“It’s never fun when you have an athlete that’s upset,” Dresser said. “It’s never, ever fun. I can tell you this, he’s a great kid, he’s going to figure out where he wants to go and where he wants to be, and at the end of the day, that’s what life is all about.
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“I’m a parent, I’ve got a 16-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old and if they come home and say, ‘Dad, you know what, I’m not happy here — wherever it is — and I don’t want to be here. I want them to be happy. I want my three kids to be happy and I want Kanen Storr to be happy.”
Storr is still on scholarship until the end of the semester at Iowa State. Once he finishes up the academic side of things, he’ll have his choice of where he wants to go, outside of any Big 12 schools due to a league rule.
“He’s immediately released to everybody else, including the University of Virginia,” Dresser said. “He’s going to be able to start over and get some things done. Any more than that, to me, it’s about getting the guy where he wants to be.”
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