AMES — Kanen Storr’s decision to transfer from the Iowa State wrestling program might’ve been a blessing in disguise for the Cyclones.

Storr’s transfer was announced last Tuesday, five weeks away from the Big 12 Championships.

“I look at it like this,” associate head coach Mike Zadick said. “I’m not married, but if I had a girlfriend or if I was married and I came home and she put a nice plate of dinner on the table and was in love with another man, it probably just wouldn’t work.

“It was a situation where you can’t be half in and in love with something else. That’s where we’re at and when we’re trying to change the culture and get going in the right direction — the sooner the better. Decisions were made and we wish him the best.”

Ian Parker, who was at 133 pounds, bumped up to 141 pounds to fill the hole Storr left last weekend. He defeated three-time NCAA qualifier Mike Longo of Oklahoma and two-time defending NCAA champion Dean Heil of Oklahoma.

“He’s probably the best guy for the weight,” Zadick said. “It’s not like there was a step back for us. It’s somebody in the room, working, who wants to be a part of this program and believes in the coaching staff, and you guys got to see it. We kind of knew it and saw what the potential was.

“Did we think he’d go this weekend and knock off a two-time national champion – which I was pretty excited about ... I think it’s the first time this program has knocked off a national champ in like 10 years.”

The last time an Iowa State wrestler beat a national champion was in 2010 when Dave Zabriskie beat Missouri’s Mark Ellis.

“You don’t just get lucky and knock off a two-time national champion,” Zadick said. “There has to be an unbelievably strong mind when you step on the mat that you believe in yourself and your ability and in what you’ve been doing — not just going out and wrestling and get lucky.

“That to me is pretty powerful from an overall program standpoint. Just from the standard of where we were nine months ago, to now, a guy can step on the mat and think he can beat a two-time champ and then go beat him.”

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