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    ISU All Time Dream Team

    Thought it would be fun to try and put together our all time best using current weights. Here goes:

    125--Mike Land

    133-Dan Gable

    141--Joe Gibbons

    149--?

    157--Nate Carr

    165--Joe Heskett

    174--Cael

    184--Varner

    197--Ben Peterson

    Hwt--Chris Taylor.

    What do you all think?



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Given that Cael never wrestled a match at 174, I don't think you can really put him at the 174 spot...

    I'd Say Cael 184 and Varner 197, or vice versa.



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    Given that Cael never wrestled a match at 174, I don't think you can really put him at the 174 spot...

    I'd Say Cael 184 and Varner 197, or vice versa.

    149-Gary McCall



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    If we're going by todays weights, Taylor wouldn't have been able to wrestle.



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    149 might also be Larry Hayes--three time NCAA champ 59-61



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonCyFan View Post
    Thought it would be fun to try and put together our all time best using current weights. Here goes:

    125--Mike Land

    133-Dan Gable

    141--Joe Gibbons

    149--?

    157--Nate Carr

    165--Joe Heskett

    174--Cael

    184--Varner

    197--Ben Peterson

    Hwt--Chris Taylor.

    What do you all think?
    Wasn't Tim Kreiger at 150? 116-3-2 and 2 national titles



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Quote Originally Posted by buf87 View Post
    Wasn't Tim Kreiger at 150? 116-3-2 and 2 national titles
    Thanks. I was trying to remember his name. I remember watching him wrestle in high school. He was an animal... just destroyed kids. Didn't follow his college career much but he definitely deserves a spot on this list.

    Tim Kreiger was a three-time state champion at Mason City High School who became a four-time All-American at Iowa State University. He claimed two NCAA titles, in 1987 and ’89, and won four Big Eight championships at 150 pounds. He was also second in 1988 and fifth in 1986 at the NCAA tournament. His overall record of 116-3-2 is one of the best in the history of Iowa colleges. He lives in Minneapolis, where he works in the financial industry.



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Quote Originally Posted by buf87 View Post
    Wasn't Tim Kreiger at 150? 116-3-2 and 2 national titles
    What makes you think he could cut weight to 149?


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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    What makes you think he could cut weight to 149?
    Well, under the current weight cutting rules he'd probably be 174.



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    What about Frank Santana? Around 190 I think. It was cool when the announcer called him to the mat.

    Frank Santana established himself as one of Iowa State’s best upper-weight wrestlers in school history, earning All-America honors and competing in the 190-pound national championship match three times. A native of Skokie, Ill., Santana compiled an 84-9 record and won two Big Eight titles (1976 & 1977) and one NCAA championship (1977). Santana was the lone NCAA titlist on ISU’s 1977 NCAA championship team.
    Highlights:
    - Three-time All-American at 190 pounds (1976, 1977, 1978)
    - NCAA champion at 190 pounds in 1977, defeating Minnesota’s Evan Johnson, 12-7 in the title match
    - Was the runner-up national champion in 1976 and 1978, suffering knee injuries in both tournaments which hampered his performance
    - Two-time Big Eight champion at 190 pounds (1976 & 1977)
    - Wrestled in the 1978 East-West All-Star meet
    - Compiled an overall 84-9 record
    - ISU finished second, first and second as a team in his last three seasons



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Or Ron Gray?

    When listing the best wrestlers to wear the Cardinal and Gold robe, Ron Gray’s name will rise to the top. Gray was one of Iowa State legendary head coach Harold Nichols’ first stars on the mat, winning two individual NCAA titles, earning All-America honors three times and capturing three Big Eight crowns in his three seasons (1957-59) in Ames.

    A native of Eagle Grove, Iowa, Gray was one of the most sought after high school recruits in the nation when he finished his prep career at Eagle Grove High School. Gray won three state titles (1952, 1953, 1955), owning the distinction as the first freshman Iowa state champion in 1952. Nichols, who started his outstanding wrestling coaching career at ISU in 1954 and was still in his early years with the Cyclones, lured Gray to Ames as one of his top recruits.

    Gray sat out his first season because of the NCAA freshman ineligibility rule and found his way into the Cyclone lineup as a sophomore in 1957. Gray won every match that year, including a Big Eight title, until the NCAA Championship title bout at 147 pounds against Iowa’s Simon Roberts. Gray lost to Roberts in an overtime period to finish second at 147 pounds, which would be one of just two personal setbacks in his Cyclone career. Ironically, Roberts, who prepped at Davenport High School, defeated Gray in the 1954 state finals when he was a junior, preventing Gray from becoming the first four-time Iowa state champion and first three-time NCAA champion.



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Joe Gibbons was OK too:

    Joe Gibbons’ talent was so overt that Nichols started him as a true freshman. The 1981-82 Cyclones are arguably the best Iowa State wrestling team not to win a national team championship. The Cyclones would have eight All-Americans in 1982 with Kevin Darkus (2nd, 118), Jim Gibbons (4th, 134), Randy Conrad (6th, 142), Nate Carr (1st, 150), Perry Hummel (4th, 177), Mike Mann (2nd, 190) and Wayne Cole (2nd, HWT). The supercharged lineup left little room for Gibbons, who cut weight to wrestle at 126-pounds.

    Joe was national champ in 1985.



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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    Quote Originally Posted by mmiille View Post
    Joe Gibbons was OK too:

    Joe Gibbons’ talent was so overt that Nichols started him as a true freshman. The 1981-82 Cyclones are arguably the best Iowa State wrestling team not to win a national team championship. The Cyclones would have eight All-Americans in 1982 with Kevin Darkus (2nd, 118), Jim Gibbons (4th, 134), Randy Conrad (6th, 142), Nate Carr (1st, 150), Perry Hummel (4th, 177), Mike Mann (2nd, 190) and Wayne Cole (2nd, HWT). The supercharged lineup left little room for Gibbons, who cut weight to wrestle at 126-pounds.

    Joe was national champ in 1985.
    larry hayes at 147,virgil carr at 157, les anderson at 123,tom peckham at 177, ron meleney at 167, what was the name of the black kid that won a national championship that was on the same team as peckham??? vic marcucci was also a national champ in the late 60's or early 70's...keith johnstone...


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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    glen brand 1948


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    Re: ISU All Time Dream Team

    verl long was the wrestler that was a national champ with tom peckham in the mid to late 60's


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