Drouin Thankful for Season with Jackson, Cyclones
AMES, Iowa ? Iowa State wrestling senior Chris Drouin jumped back on the mat Sunday against Missouri after an extended recovery from an injury.* This is Drouin?s only season at Iowa State after transferring from Arizona State, where he competed for three years.Drouin grew up in Temecula, Calif. with his parents, and his two siblings.*
Wrestling has been a part of his life since his older brother Shawn Drouin, introduced him to the sport.*
?It wasn?t like football where if my quarterback made a mistake, I?d possibly lose,? Drouin said.* ?It?s me out there, so if I make a mistake I lose, at least individually.* It was some of the stuff that drew me into (wrestling.)?
Drouin?s older brother began wrestling in high school.* Like any younger sibling, Chris wanted to be just like Shawn, so he began attending practice with his older brother.
?I was in sixth grade,? Drouin said.* ?I went right into the high school room and started wrestling with 103-pounders.* I was a little kid, I?d get beat up but it was fun and I kept showing up.?
Drouin then went on to wrestle at Chaparral High School, where he was two-time California state runner-up.
After high school, Drouin was recruited by former ASU NCAA champion Eric Larkin.* Drouin placed sixth at 141 pounds at the 2009 NCAA Championship to earn All-America honors.* He ended the season with a record of 29-9.* Drouin also placed twice on the All-Academic Pac-Ten Conference team and on the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic squad.
?(Former ASU head coach) Tommy Ortiz ran a pretty good program,? Drouin said.* ?He had plenty of experience and got the job done.* Anthony Robles and I were All-Americans the same year.?
Drouin posted many accomplishments while attending ASU.* But, he began to struggle after a coaching staff change.
?The chemistry just wasn?t there,? Drouin said.* ?The decision was not to wrestle and stay in Tempe, or transfer and wrestle.?
It was then when Drouin decided to look at the Cyclone wrestling program.*
?We hoped he would bring stability at 141 pounds and senior leadership with the ability to be an All-American,? Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson said.* ?I think he brought all of those things.?
Drouin and Jackson had met in previous years and worked together informally, which eased much of the transition Drouin had to experience while changing schools.
?Coach Jackson had been in Arizona for Sunkist camps when he was training guys at the Olympic level,? Drouin said. ?He?d come into ASU?s room and put me through workouts with his guys and I was naturally able to take note and follow his direction.?
Drouin jumped right in with the Cyclones, even becoming roommates with Iowa State captain Jon Reader.
?He tied right in with the team,? Jackson said.* ?It seems like he?s been here for four years.?
After an injury that put him out part of this season, Drouin?s a goal is to win all of his remaining matches.*
His motivation and love for the sport fuel him on his journey to obtaining his goal as March approaches.*