AMES – Kanen Storr’s departure from Iowa State’s wrestling program hasn’t been a quiet one.
It’s involved allegedtampering, a Tweet alleging wrong-doing on Iowa State’s part and a lot of ‘he said, she said’ stuff.
On Monday, Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser was asked about associate head coach Mike Zadick’s alleged role in all of this.
“That’s a ‘He said, she said’ thing, and I don’t get into ‘He said, she said’ stuff,” Dresser said. “What I will say is I completely, and 100 percent, back my staff and everything they’ve done throughout this whole situation. From Brent Metcalf, to Mike Zadick, to Derek St. John – although St. John said he didn’t do anything wrong – and to coach Dresser. I have this staff for a reason and everything that we do and say is above board.”
Dresser said he wants to move forward from all of this. Dresser said he views Storr’s situation from a parent’s point of view.
“It’s never fun when you have an athlete that’s upset,” Dresser said. “It’s never ever fun. I can tell you this, he’s a great kid, he’s going to figure out where he wants to go and where he wants to be, and at the end of the day, that’s what life is all about.
“I’m a parent, I’ve got a 16-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old and if they come home and say, ‘Dad, you know what, I’m not happy here – wherever it is – and I don’t want to be here. I want them to be happy. I want my three kids to be happy and I want Kanen Storr to be happy.”
Storr is still on scholarship until the end of the semester at Iowa State. Once he finishes up the academic side of things, he’ll have his choice of where he wants to go, outside of any Big 12 schools due to a league rule.
“He’s immediately released to everybody else, including the University of Virginia,” Dresser said. “He’s going to be able to start over and get some things done. Any more than that, to me, it’s about getting the guy where he wants to be.”
Injuries continue to mount for Iowa State men’s basketball team
The Iowa State men’s basketball team has been bit by the injury bug many times this season.
Hans Brase was out the first two games recovering from his second ACL tear, Jakolby Long suffered a concussion, Zoran Talley had a stress fracture in his foot, Brase sprained his ankle and Nick Weiler-Babb has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee the entire year and he’s currently sidelined.
On Monday, coach Steve Prohm said the injury bug has struck again. Brase will be out for a third time this season, this time with an ailing knee.
Prohm has added texting athletic trainer Vic Miller to his morning routine.
“I always text Vic – it’s one of those years you text him, ‘Hey, how many guys do I have today?’ And then he told me about Hans,” Prohm said. “You hate it for him because he’s tried to do every single possible thing,” Prohm said. “I think the ankle injury set him back a little bit. Defensively, you just need so much lower-body strength to play in the post and I just think it’s the wear and tear of that. He’s always in the pool and doing treatment, he’s just going to need some time.”
Prohm added that it’s nothing serious, just that he needs rest.
Prohm also gave an update on Weiler-Babb’s tendinitis.
“I would hope [Nick] is back for Kansas,” Prohm said. “That would be my thought process. Maybe another week. It’s still hurting and he still needs some time. Today will be his first day back on the floor and it will just be some light shooting. It could be Saturday, but I would plan on Kansas.”