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    Les Anderson

    So sorry to hear of his passing; makes me long for older days of Cyclone Wrestling Glory.

    Wasn't Les targeted to replace Nichols, but instead went to coach at Washington ?


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    Re: Les Anderson

    Sad to hear this. Very nice man.


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    Re: Les Anderson

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I loved watching Iowa State wrestling in those days. There were some good match ups with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.



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    Re: Les Anderson

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    So sorry to hear of his passing; makes me long for older days of Cyclone Wrestling Glory.

    Wasn't Les targeted to replace Nichols, but instead went to coach at Washington ?
    I don't know if Les was "targeted". I really believe he wanted to coach University of Washington and would have still been there if the program hadn't of been dropped. Les was really a nice man and outstanding coach. Very well liked.



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    Re: Les Anderson

    Sad news, great Cyclone


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    Re: Les Anderson

    Les was a very nice man. He was my advisor when I was at ISU.


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    Re: Les Anderson

    Quote Originally Posted by Alnacin View Post
    I don't know if Les was "targeted". I really believe he wanted to coach University of Washington and would have still been there if the program hadn't of been dropped. Les was really a nice man and outstanding coach. Very well liked.
    Les was passed over by the then administration in favor of hiring Jim Gibbons.....don't know why he was not strongly considered for replacing Nick, but he was deeply hurt by this. I knew Les and saw him last at one of the last meets last yr and he looked in bad shape then.


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    Re: Les Anderson

    What majorcyfan said about Les being passed over for Jim Gibbons is wrong.



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    Re: Les Anderson

    Have several memories of Les. I'll share a couple.
    The first is when I was working one of the Cyclone wrestling camps. I was working in a room with Chris Campbell and Chris posted a playboy centerfold on the wall as "motivation" for the young wrestlers. Les pretty much let him know it wasn't appropriate. Pretty funny at the time.
    The second was when I took a weight training course at ISU. We used a system I believe was developed by Les. I used that same system with every wrestling team I coached. Was easy and worked incredibly well.
    He will be missed just as Coach Nichols is missed.



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    Re: Les Anderson

    Les was my PE instructor during one quarter of my freshman year. I don't recall the coursework. It might have been the first quarter PE class or volleyball. I do recall being lined up on the floor and everyone had to do sit ups. That had to be Les.



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    Re: Les Anderson

    Very sorry to hear this. Les was my wrestling instructor in a class I took my freshman year (fall quarter, 1979). It was held right before the team came in for practice. I got to take on guys like Nate Carr. Les was great.


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    Re: Les Anderson

    Great man! One I've always remembered as a Cyclone family member. Sorry to see he has passed.



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