Davison High School wrestling star Jon Reader has given a verbal commitment to attend Iowa State.
"I am 100 percent committed to
Iowa State, the coaching staff, and the team
and look forward to competing at the next level with them. With the veterans on
the team and the recruiting class of 2004-05, I feel that there are some great
things that are going to take place in Ames, Iowa," Reader said.
"I personally want to take this
time to thank all of the coaches for showing an interest in me. I appreciate it.
I also want to thank Coach Hall and Coach Elliott for some of the best years of
my life at Davison High
School," he added.
Iowa State, Reader will be under the
tutelage of 2004 Olympic gold medalist and Cyclones assistant coach Cael
Sanderson, who played a heavy role in recruiting Reader. Sanderson remains the
only wrestler to ever finish his college wrestling career undefeated (159-0)
with four NCAA titles.
Reader will also learn from
Olympic coach Bobby Douglas, the head coach at
Iowa State, and two-time U.S. Freestyle
World Team member Chris Bono, also an assistant coach for the
Reader is projected to compete at
165 lbs. for Iowa State. He is listed as one of the top
recruits in the country by all recruiting publications. He is a two-time
Michigan state champion and a three-time
state finalist, helping lead Davison to three state team titles. He placed third
in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2005 Junior National
"We at Davison are extremely proud
of Jon. Obviously, this was a tough decision because of all the quality schools
recruiting him. However, Jon can reach his goals of being a national champion at
Iowa State," Davison head coach Roy Hall
stated. "He will be coached and work out with the greatest college wrestler
ever, Cael Sanderson. Bobby Douglas is a great man and
He has also competed against
college competition, placing third at the 2004 Kent State Open at 149
Iowa State over four of the top wrestling
programs in the country – Oklahoma State,
Virginia Tech. Oklahoma State has won the last three NCAA team
titles and Minnesota won two consecutive team titles
before that. Former Davison teammates Paul Donahoe and Brent Metcalf currently
attend Nebraska and Virginia Tech,
Last year, all wrestling
publications ranked the Iowa State recruiting class as the No. 1
recruiting class in the country. The program has produced 62 NCAA individual
champions and captured eight NCAA team titles.
Olympic champions Glen Brand
(1948), Dan Gable (1972), Ben Peterson (1972), Kevin Jackson (1992) and
Sanderson (2004) all competed at Iowa State.
Reader plans to major in Business
and minor in Construction Engineering.