A pair of future Cyclone wrestlers compete at the Junior World Team Trials


New head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser listens as Athletic Director Jamie Pollard introduces him in his first press conference Feb. 22, 2017.

Trevor Holbrook

Iowa State fans that made the trip to Rochester, Minnesota, this weekend had to wait to see Austin Gomez and Gannon Gremmel, as their first-place finishes at the U.S. Open granted them a spot in the finals.

Instead, Cyclone fans spent Friday watching two wrestlers who will be on the roster in the fall: David Carr and Hunter DeJong.

Carr competed at 70-kilograms (about 154 pounds), and his first opponent was North Dakota State wrestler Jaden Van Maanen.

Carr built a 6-4 lead in the first period and followed by outscoring Van Maanen 9-5 in the second period, ending the match with a 15-9 score in Carr’s favor.

Next, Carr faced Arizona State’s class of 2018 commit Jacori Teemer in the semifinals. The first period ended with Carr leading 4-1, and the future Cyclones tagged on four more points to make it 8-1.

In the finals, Carr wrestled Penn State’s Brady Berge. Berge fell behind 4-1 early in the second period, but the Nittany Lion rattled off six points to take a 7-4 lead. 

Carr added another point with five seconds left, but Berge hung on for a 7-5 win. Carr missed the cut to advance the the championship, finishing second in the challenge tournament.

In the 97-kilograms (about 213 pounds) bracket, Hunter DeJong competed. DeJong matched up with Virginia’s Quinn Miller in his first match.

Miller delivered a fall over DeJong, sending DeJong to the consolation bracket.

In the consolation bracket, DeJong faced Wyoming’s Cale Davidson. Davidson jumped out to a 5-3 lead after the first period, and he followed by outscoring DeJong 3-2 in the second period, defeating DeJong 8-5.

Carr and DeJong won’t advance, but Gomez and Gremmel will compete in a best two-out-of-three format in the championships. The action will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.