Iowa State wrestling head coach Bobby Douglas announced the signing of three student- athletes to National Letters of Intent at the close of the Fall 2005 early signing period.
Douglas signed two in-state recruits, T.J. Sebolt (Centerville, Iowa) and Mark Kist (Eagle Grove, Iowa). He also signed Jonathan Reader (Davison, Mich.).
Reader, ranked 11th overall by Intermat, has a career record of 171-6. Reader was a teammate of Brent Metcalf, the nation's No. 1 recruit last year. Metcalf and Reader helped guide Davison to three Div. 1 Michigan state team titles. Reader is ranked No. 2 at 160 pounds in Amateur Wrestling News' high school rankings and head coach Roy Hall has Davison currently ranked 23rd in AWN's Prep 40 high school teams. Reader was the only high-school participant at the Harold Nichols Open in November when he wrestled unattached for Sunkist Kids. He finished runner-up to Iowa State's top-ranked Trent Paulson at 157 pounds. He is projected to wrestle at 157 or 165 pounds at Iowa State.
Reader is a two-time high school Michigan state champion and three-time conference champion. He placed third in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2005 FILA Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., where current Cyclone freshmen Mitch Mueller and Cyler Sanderson captured titles. He was the freestyle runner-up in 2003 and 2004 at Fargo and was fourth in 2003 in Greco-Roman. Reader is a two-time FILA Cadet National Champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman and was chosen as the Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2005. He has compiled a 55-0 record the last three seasons (2003-05) at the Cadet National Duals.
Sebolt, a three-time Iowa state champion, was a 2004 ASICS Tiger All-American first-team member selection at 103 pounds in a group that included Oklahoma State All-American Coleman Scott, Minnesota's Dustin Schlatter, Illinois' Mike Poeta, and Oklahoma State's Nathan Morgan, all of whom are nationally ranked. Sebolt was a 2005 Central Junior Regional Freestyle champion and a 2002 Freestyle All-American. In 2003, he was a Junior Freestyle national champion. Sebolt is ranked No. 1 in the Predicament's Preseason Class 2A Iowa high school rankings and is Intermat's No. 50 overall recruit. Sebolt is ranked fourth in AWN's high school rankings and has a career record of 151-1 at Centerville. He is projected to wrestle at 133 pounds for ISU.
Kist, a two-time Iowa state champion at Eagle Grove, is ranked third at 112 pounds in AWN's high school rankings. Kist captured a title at the 2005 Junior Nationals in freestyle and is ranked No. 1 at 112 pounds in the Predicament's Preseason Class IA Iowa high school rankings. He is listed at No. 139 in Intermat's recruiting rankings and was undefeated at 42-0 in his junior season. Kist is projected to wrestle at 125 pounds for the Cyclones.