Iowa State’s David Carr was selected as the 2021 Big 12 Wrestler of the Year, as voted by the league’s 12 head coaches. He is the first Cyclone to earn the distinction since the award’s inception in 2016.
Carr finished the 2021 campaign as the 157-pound National Champion by beating Rider’s Jesse Dellavecchia by a 4-0 decision and becoming the first Cyclone to win a national crown since 2015. He repeated as Big 12 Champion at 157 and finished 8-0 against conference opponents.
The Hodge Trophy finalist was the only Big 12 wrestler to finish the season undefeated, completing the year with a 20-0 record. The Canton, Ohio, native held an 11-0 mark against opponents ranked in the top-20.
Carr registered a 65% bonus-rate (five majors, four techs and four pins), while recording a 60-1 takedown differential during the season. The two-time All-American did not surrender a takedown at the NCAA Championship.