Iowa State wrestling coaches comment on Storr transfer

Iowa State Redshirt Freshman Kanen Storr Wrestles Christian Monserrat during the Iowa State vs West Virginia wrestling meet Jan. 21. The Cyclones Defeated West Virginia 25-16.

Trevor Holbrook

Redshirt freshman Kanen Storr’s oddly timed departure from the Iowa State program has arisen many questions.

On Jan. 23, Iowa State wrestling released a press release announcing Storr’s transfer news. The news came two days after Storr lost to West Virginia’s Christian Monserrat, 9-7.

“[Storr] was being tampered with…by some former coaches, I don’t think he got a chance to give my guys a chance,” said Iowa State head coach Kevin Dresser in an interview with The Open Mat. “That’s the untold story there.”

While Storr’s former head coach, Kevin Jackson, is working with USA Wrestling, two members of Jackson’s staff — Travis and Trent Paulson — are with the University of Virginia coaching staff.

After Iowa State’s 31-3 dual loss to Oklahoma State, Dresser reverberated a similar message.

“He’s been contacted by people that weren’t supposed to contact him,” Dresser said in an interview with FloWrestling. “There will be ramifications for the parties involved.”

At Iowa State’s weekly wrestling press conference, associate head coach Mike Zadick walked up to the microphone. Right off the bat, the first question asked was about Storr.

“I look at [the Storr situation] like this,” Zadick said. “I’m not married, but if I had a girlfriend or if I was married and I came home and she put a nice plate of dinner on the table and was in love with another man, it probably just wouldn’t work.

“It was a situation where you can’t be half in and in love with something else. That’s where we’re at and when we’re trying to change the culture and get going in the right direction, the sooner the better.”

Storr couldn’t be reached for comment, but the former Cyclone has been active on Twitter.

Currently, Iowa State will rely on redshirt freshman Ian Parker at 141-pounds. Parker surged in his 141-pound debut, knocking off Oklahoma’s Mike Longo and Oklahoma State’s two-time NCAA Champion Dean Heil.