Men's Sports

WRESTLING: David Carr reminisces on earning spot on junior men’s freestyle world team

Photo Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics Communications

On May 18th, David Carr walked off the mat in Raleigh, NC one step closer to achieving his ultimate goal: being a world champion.

Carr competed at the World Team Trials where he earned his spot on the Junior Men’s Freestyle World Team. He defeated Shane Griffith in a best-of-three series (6-3, 6-4) at 74 kilograms (160 pounds).

“After stepping off the mat, I was happy because that means I am one step closer to the ultimate goal which is to be a world champion,” Carr told Cyclone Fanatic. “I know I have the best coaches around and they will have me well prepared.”

Carr, however, is no stranger to this kind of accomplishment. In 2016, he was a world cadet bronze medalist.

“I think the expectation is always to win, said head coach Kevin Dresser. “David always expects to win. He’s very intentional.”

The Perry product is looking forward for the next few months of training in the Iowa State wrestling room with coaches he admires.

“I love wrestling and I love being a student of the game,” said Carr. “The coaches are super knowledgeable and it’s cool learning from all them.”

For Dresser and his staff, coaching Carr is just as enjoyable.

“He’s a sponge. Especially if Brent or Derek grab him and want to work on something, he’s very receptive to learning new things. Sometimes maybe too receptive because he really does listen to a lot of people,” said Dresser. “It’s a good characteristic. We just have to kind of get him honed in. For a guy to be that good and be that coachable it’s a great thing.”

For the 2019-20 wrestling season, Carr will make a crack at the lineup at 157 pounds bumping Big 12 Champion Chase Straw to 165.

“I’m ready to make and even bigger impact next year when I’m in the lineup,” said Carr. “I wanna be able to show people that at Iowa State, you can accomplish anything! I wanna be able to show that ISU is the place to be because we are on the come up! I’m excited to show everyone what I am made of next year.”

Although Carr has an impressive resume of talent, Dresser maintains that no individual’s place is safe.

“David’s great but you still have to make the team,” said. Dresser. “Everybody has to make the team. There will be guys wrestling off at 157 and 165.”

The next step is the Junior World Championships that will be held in Tallinn, Estonia on August 12-18.

Jacqueline Cordova


Jacqueline graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She has been fortunate enough to have interned for Cyclone Fanatic for 2 and a half years before being promoted to stay on. She currently wears a lot of hats at Cyclone Fanatic: Social Media Director, Iowa State Wrestling beat reporter, and staff photographer. Jacqueline loves reading and watching trash reality TV shows when she's not watching sports. One of her favorite accomplishments is having interned for the Minnesota Vikings and during Super Bowl LII.