Thursday, May 3, 2012

Big 12 Orientation: Iowa State's other sports

Iowa State hasn't always been a heavy hitter in the sports that most of our readers care about, but they do have scoreboard on a lot of schools in terms of total national championship trophies being shown off in the lobby of the athletic department building. 

Leading the way is the Cyclone wrestling program, which has won 8 national championships- most recently in 1987- and 65 individual national crowns.  They've also won 15 conference titles.  Watching two men play Twister doesn't really sound all that entertaining to me, but what can I tell you? These crazy jean-short wearing midwesterners love this shit!  The most famous ISU wrestler is Cael Sanderson, seen above on a box of overrated breakfast cereal.  Cael was 159-0 in his career in Ames from 1999-2002, winning 4 NCAA titles in his weight class, 4 Big 12 titles in his weight class and 3 Dan Hodge awards (given to the best collegiate wrestler).  He also won the gold medal in his weight class at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.  He later spent three seasons as the head wrestling coach at Iowa State, but in 2009 big-timed his alma mater by taking the same job at Penn State.  I'll leave you to any Penn State/wrestling with boys jokes.

The other 10 national titles won by Iowa State came courtesy of women's cross-country (5), men's gymnastics (3) and men's cross country (2).  Please keep your applause to a dull roar.  The Cyclones have also won 115 total conference championships across all sports, which is nice although the last outright football title was a hundred years ago. 

I'm not going to continue to beat you guys down with stats and analysis of other schools' women's golf or ultimate frisbee teams, so I'll bring this around with a pretty cool story about Iowa State football.  I think it's worth knowing the origin of the name of the Cyclone's football facility, Jack Trice Stadium.  Trice was ISU's first African-American athlete, way back in the early 1920s.  Early during ISU's road game against Minnesota in 1923, Trice broke his collar bone but elected to stay in the game.  He was later deemed unable to play and sent to the hospital.  The doctors in Minneapolis decided Trice was well enough to return to Ames with his team via train, but he died two days later due to the internal complications from his injury.  74 years later in 1997, Iowa State officially changed the name of Cyclone Stadium to Jack Trice Stadium. 


Geezer Frog said...


SupFroggy05 said...

It's embarrassing that we actually have a Quidditch Team.

Also, I've been to Jack Trice. It's a pretty unique place to watch a football game. Super loud. They even have GA Lawn seating in the endzone.