Jon Reader, Iowa State’s 174-pound wrestler, is quietly chasing some personal glory. Ranked fifth nationally in the preseason, he has climbed to No. 1 with his perfect 28-0 record.Reader’s spotlight match came Sunday when he defeated Cornell’s Mack Lewnes (the NCAA runner-up last year), 7-6. Two takedowns and a reversal by Reader set up the match-winning escape with 1:12 left in the third period. He’s been singularly focused on "wrestling hard for seven minutes" each time out and his record includes seven major decisions, eight technical falls and three pins. His dominating performance to date has him tracking for significant national honors. —
The women’s basketball coaching staff always leans on its senior class and that means the spotlight this year is on Kelsey Bolte. In league games only, Bolte is the only player in the Big 12 who ranks among the league’s top five in six different statistical categories (third in minutes, three pointers, 3-point% and scoring, fourth in FT% and fifth in FG%). Danielle Adams (Texas A&M) and Brittney Griner (Baylor) are listed in four categories each.
Iowa State’s Diante Garrett is the only men’s basketball player in the Big 12, who ranks among the top five in five different statistical categories. Garrett is first in assists, second in minutes and fifth in scoring, steals and assist-to-turnover margin.Justin Hamilton (Texas), Marshall Moses (Oklahoma State) and LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor) are among the five best in four categories.
Golfweek magazine, last week, listed five "surprise" women’s golf teams they’re tracking for the 2011 spring. The Cyclones were third on the list, which also included LSU, Colorado, Ole Miss and Florida International. The story suggested that Iowa State could challenge for the Big 12 crown this spring.
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