As the college wrestling season starts back up, there are a lot of guys to watch out for. David Carr of the Iowa State Cyclones bumped up from the 157-pound weight class and is now heavier at 165 pounds. Iowa State as a team is ranked ninth in the country.
For Carr, it will be a challenge to go to a national championship again this season and win.
Carr’s first season wrestling was in 2019-20, attached to Iowa State after his redshirt year. Carr had an 18-1 record and took home an individual conference title. He went into the tournament seeded third, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a redshirt sophomore, Carr put up an amazing season, finishing 20-0, with 14 of those wins in the bonus.
Carr won another Big 12 title the following season and got into the NCAA tournament seeded third. He went through some tough opponents and some very hard-fought matches. Carr came out on top. He won his first national title at 157 pounds against Jesse Dellavecchia out of Riders University, 4-0 in a very tough match.
Carr was also a finalist for the Hodge Trophy when he won his title, which is awarded to the best college wrestler of the season. After his perfect season, he was well on his way to defending his title. Carr went through the season with a record of 28-1, winning his third straight Big 12 title.
Carr went into the tournament seeded No. 1 and ready to defend his title. He cruised through his first match, winning by tech fall, 21-6. After a very good first match, he was upset and had to battle back to eventually take third place.
Now, Carr is a senior and going into this season ranked third in a very talented weight class. The two people ranked ahead of him are Stanford redshirt senior Shane Griffith and University of Missouri sophomore Keegan O’Toole. Both are national champions as well, with O’Toole being the defending champ and Griffith winning it back in 2020-21.
Carr will have a difficult path to win the title, but he has all the tools to go out there and compete for it. He has one goal in mind: to get back what he should have gotten last year. He is 100% the person to watch out for this season and will make an already tough weight class even tougher.
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