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    May 21. 2009 12:00PM
    2 wrestling recruits sticking with ISU, Jackson
    By Eric Petersen
    For The Gazette

    http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pb...705219919/1008
    AMES ? Iowa State will hold onto two of its four incoming wrestling recruits, new coach Kevin Jackson said today.

    Trent Weatherman, a two-time 152-pound state champion from nearby Ballard High School, and Boaz Beard, who owns four state titles and a 110-2 career record at Wichita (Kan.) Goddard H.S., have reaffirmed their commitments to the program after former coach Cael Sanderson left for Penn State last month.

    Recruits David Taylor of St. Paris, Ohio, and Luke Macchiaroli from Tempe, Ariz., have asked for and were granted releases from their letters of intent.

    Weatherman is one of the state's top recruits. His high school is 15 minutes south of Ames.

    "He is locked in now," Jackson said. "That's a huge keep for us. He's a hometown product from right down the road and one of our best kids in the state. I need to keep that kid."

    Beard and his parents met with Jackson on Monday on campus. A few hours later, Beard said he wasn't going anywhere else.

    "That makes me feel good, cause I'm just meeting the kid," Jackson said. "But in three hours I think I can express the mission of what we are all about. His parents loved Cael. They still do."

    As for Jackson's existing roster, he said there are some considering a transfer, though he is choosing not release them to Iowa or Penn State. He would not say the wrestler's names.

    "There may be one guy like that who is on the fence, maybe two," Jackson said.

    Add senior 157-pounder Cyler Sanderson to that list, too. Sanderson, the younger brother of Cael, has not yet told Jackson whether he'll be staying with the program.

    The rest of ISU's core group of Jake Varner, David Zabriskie, Nick Gallick, Nick Fanthorpe, Jon Reader and Mitch Mueller aren't going anywhere. Rumors continue to linger that Varner is thinking of following Cael Sanderson out East.

    Jackson said he hasn't gotten that impression from Varner. The 197-pound national champion does have a very close relationship with Sanderson.

    "I wouldn't be surprised if Cael is working on him," Jackson said. "Who wouldn't want a Jake Varner on your team. That would hurt us real badly if he left, but I don't believe he's going to leave. He told me he was all-in."
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    Default Re: 2 wrestling recruits sticking with ISU, Jackson

    He's not letting them transfer to Iowa? I wasn't aware any of them wanted to. But still, I'm glad that he's willing to let them go, but I think he should let them go where they want. You're better off with a team full of kids that want to be there.
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    The rumor was Eric Thompson considered transferring to Iowa.

    Some guys on the Iowa board also mentioned Weatherman.
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    "I wouldn't be surprised if Cael is working on him," Jackson said. "Who wouldn't want a Jake Varner on your team.
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    That was my thought as well.
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    Default Re: 2 wrestling recruits sticking with ISU, Jackson

    I think many of these rumors (including Varner's rumored departure--to which the reporter couldn't, or was unwilling to, name a source for) are largely the figment of overimaginative and wishful Hawkeye fans. The tail wagging the journalistic dog so to speak.
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    Last I heard, Thompson was 50/50. That was third party through his Dad to someone else who told a guy I know so it really doesn't mean squat. I hope he stays. He will be a great heavy.
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    Nice to see that KJ has managed to hold onto most everybody

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    If these kids have any sense, they should take a peek at the reruns of the team trials back in April. KJ got a lot of face time and his boys putting a hurting on the Band of Brands. That kinda sends a message about who the real KJ is.
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