Cyclones Sign Elite Wrestler from Eagle Grove

Mark Kist has won two state championships and is a freestyle national champion. Kist will wrestler for Iowa State in the 125 weight class next season and he's looking forward to being a Cyclone.

Mark Kist is a standout Iowa State Wrestling signee and his resume speaks for itself. Kist, a senior from Eagle Grove, Iowa looks to compete at the 125 weight for Iowa State. He is a two-time state champion, and the USU Junior National Freestyle champion of last year. Right now in high school, Kist is flirting around with the 112, and 119 weight classes but Mark doesn't believe he'll have any trouble with the weight gain.


Kist picked Iowa State after he took visits to Iowa and Cornell College in New York. The fact that Kist is a long time Cyclone fan helped Iowa State a lot in landing this standout. Kist's favorite wrestler of all-time in Iowa State's program to no surprise was Cael Sanderson. When asked which Cyclone he'd compare himself to, Kist said that it would have to be Nate Gallick.


"He's the man, I like his style," said Kist.


Kist said that his deciding factor in signing with Iowa State was just the pure fact that he feels comfortable in Ames.


"I was just really comfortable there. I already know a lot of the current wrestlers there so the coaches are great. They know what's going on. I fit in really good there," said Kist.


With a resume like Kist's, it's hard to criticize anything about his skills. Kist talked a little bit about what positions he feels comfortable in out on the mat.


"I'm really comfortable on my feet. I think I can go with about anybody on my feet. I need to work a little bit on bottom but I think I'm pretty strong in every area," said Kist.


Kist has been attending football games regularly at Iowa State this year as he also enjoys watching the Cyclones in other sports. Kist began his high school practice for this season on Nov. 14th and he's extremely confident when going for his 3rd state title. Kist talked about how he thinks his team will have a good shot at winning the state tournament but won't be as strong in duals throughout the year. However it ends up, the Cyclone's have a special wrestler coming in a year.

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