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Ian Parker to start at 141-pounds the rest of the season

Ian Parker announced Wednesday during weekly media availability that he would be moving back to 141-pounds after starting the season at 149-pounds.

Parker had originally spent five seasons as the starter at 141-pounds before making the decision to compete for the 149-pound spot against Jarrett Degen.

Unfortunately, Parker has only wrestled one match this season after battling with a minor injury and sickness.

But, the Michigan native is feeling 100 percent ready for action.

“I’m so excited,” said Parker about returning to the lineup. “I talked with the coaches and we thought that’d be the best decision for me to go down to 141 (pounds) like I’d been the previous year.”

Dresser is looking forward to seeing Parker return to his element.

“I wanted it to be his idea,” said Dresser about Parker making the decision to return back to 141-pounds. “I think Ian’s strength is his strength and I think he’s big and strong at 141 (pounds) and I think he loses that a little bit at 149. I know he’s excited and his weight is in good shape like I knew it would be so he can start his second semester and make a run.”

You can watch Parker make his return to the mat on Thursday night against Northwest Kansas Technical College at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. The dual will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Jacqueline Cordova

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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.

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