ISU wrestling adds transfer Carroll from Oklahoma St

AMES — Iowa State head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser announced the addition of the No. 2 pound-for-pound wrestler in the class of 2023 by MatScouts, Christian Carroll, to the Cyclones’ program.

Carroll, a transfer from Oklahoma State who took a redshirt season in 2023-24, will have four years of eligibility remaining.

“Christian brings a great resume and long list of credentials to Iowa State,” Dresser said. “His high energy style of wrestling will be a lot of fun for our fans to watch and will fit right in with how we like our guys to wrestle. Christian will start training with us this summer and will immediately raise the level and pedigree of our room.”

One of the nation’s brightest young talents, Carroll competed at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in April thanks to his win at the Last Chance OTT Qualifier tournament. Carroll has Freestyle wins over multiple-time NCAA All-Americans Jacob Warner and Tony Cassioppi in 2024.

Most recently, Carroll placed third in the 92 kg bracket at U23 Nationals in early June.

Wrestling at 97 kg, Carroll was a 2023 U20 Freestyle national champion, U.S. Open champion and was a 2023 U20 United States World Team member in the 2023-24 cycle. Carroll is accomplished in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman disciplines having wrestled each style at recent U20 World Championships (2023, Freestyle; 2022, Greco-Roman).

As a prep, the Elkhart, Indiana, native was a two-time Super 32 champ (2020, ’21) and was a 2021 junior freestyle national champion. Carroll was an Indiana Class 2A state champion and Wrestler of the Year with a 22-0 record in 2022.

Carroll projects at 197 pounds for the Cyclones.


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