Another article on the Carr's
Iowa State wrestling: Son of ISU legend Carr to be Cyclone
By DAN McCOOL
Register Staff Writer
November 1, 2007
Nate Carr had an outstanding wrestling career at Iowa State in the 1980s.
Now his son, Nate Carr Jr., wants to do the same for the Cyclones, starting in 2008-09.
The younger Carr, a junior college national champion at 157 pounds for Iowa Central Community College last season, said Wednesday he'll wrestle for Iowa State.
Carr's father won three NCAA championships and 122 matches between 1981-83 before earning a bronze medal in freestyle at the 1988 Olympics - and a place in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla.
"I don't want to go any lower than being a three-time national champ," said Carr Jr., who is being withheld from competition this season at Iowa Central.
Carr will have three seasons of eligibility at Iowa State, which he chose over Iowa.
Iowa State's history in the sport and coach Cael Sanderson were appealing, he said.
"When I was on my recruiting trip, he said, 'All we want to do here is win, no exceptions, and we want you to be a part of that winning,' " Carr said.
Carr will be the fourth family member to wrestle for the Cyclones. Nate Carr Sr.'s brothers, Solomon and Michael, also were Cyclones.
Carr Jr. signed to wrestle at West Virginia in 2005 after winning three Georgia state championships and forging a 210-2 career record. He did not qualify academically, and enrolled at Iowa Central.
The Carr name owns an impressive place in wrestling history. Fletcher Carr, Nate Jr.'s uncle, was a two-time NCAA Division II national champion at the University of Tampa and was head coach at Kentucky.
Jimmy Carr, Fletcher's brother, was 17 when he earned a spot at 114.5 pounds on the 1972 Olympic freestyle team that included three from Iowa State - Dan Gable, Ben Peterson and Chris Peterson.
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