Former Cyclone wrestler named to National Wrestling Hall of Fame


Courtesy of Kyven Gadson

Wrestling robes and sweaters hanging in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. The Iowa State robe was Nate Carr’s. Carr wrestled in the early 80’s for the Cyclones.

Trevor Holbrook

Four wrestlers were announced to be a part of the class of 2019 as members in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. 

One of the athletes recognized was former Cyclone Carl Adams. The ceremony for the four athletes occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on May 31-June 1, 2019.

Adams kicked off his career in Ames, Iowa, with a strong start. Adams finished fifth in the country at his weight in 1969 and received All-American honors as a true freshman.

Adams followed his strong freshman campaign by tacking on two National Championships at 158 pounds before graduation. Outside of individual success, Adams contributed to powerful Iowa State teams. In 1969, 1970 and 1972, Iowa State finished with a championship.

Iowa State added Adams to its Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. After his athletic career, Adams coached as an assistant at Iowa State for six seasons. 

The other members in the class of 2019 are Rich Lorenzo, Brandon Paulson and Townsend Saunders.