On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with Kevin Jackson, the Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion freestyle wrestler, who is in his sixth season as head wrestling coach for the legendary Iowa State Cyclones.
Iowa State will be the host this year for the Big 12 Wrestling Championship, which takes place Saturday, March 7, at Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University. The 2015 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships take place March 19-21 in St. Louis, Missouri.
We spoke with Coach Kevin Jackson by phone Wednesday.
“We’re excited to host the tournament. The Big 12 Championship has always been competitive, always been a highly-contest event,” he said.
“Oklahoma State has held that title for the last few years, and obviously we’re in a position where we feel like we can fight for it this year. Make no mistake, they’re the clear favorite going into the tournament, but we feel we’ve been wrestling pretty well. We have three guys seeded number one. They’re going have to hold their number one seeds, and then everyone else is going to have to out-perform their seeds to give us a chance to win.”
The home advantage for Iowa State could also play a role this year.
“Our crowds have been great. I think they can play a vital role in cheering on our wrestlers. But it’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said.
“And this is the time of the season that we’re most excited about that we do all the training and hard work for throughout the year.”
We discussed how the Iowa State wrestlers match up with their rivals in this tournament, how the team usually gets better as the season progresses, some of the plans of the seniors whose college wrestling careers will be over after the NCAA national tournament, and much more.
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