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Iowa State wrestling champ Jon Reader joins South Dakota State coaching staff

On the left, a bloodied and battered Jon Reader having just won an NCAA title; on the right, his official Iowa State portrait
On the left, a bloodied and battered Jon Reader having just won an NCAA title; on the right, his official Iowa State portrait
Photo (left) courtesy of South Dakota State; portrait courtesy of Iowa State, both used with permission

Jon Reader, 2011 NCAA wrestling champ and assistant coach at Iowa State, has been hired as an assistant coach at South Dakota State University, the Brookings, S.D. school announced Tuesday.

Reader will be joining fellow former Cyclone mat champ Chris Bono, who has been head coach of the SDSU Jackrabbits for the past two seasons. Bono won his NCAA title as an Iowa State wrestler in 1996, and was an assistant coach at ISU for two seasons while Reader was in the program.

A three-time All-American while at Iowa State, Reader concluded his collegiate career by winning the 174-pound title at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. That same year, Reader also claimed the 2011 Big 12 conference crown, and the championship at the Midlands Classic, the prestigious after-Christmas tournament at Northwestern University.

Reader capped off his senior season with a perfect 39-0 (winning 27 of those matches by bonus points), and compiled an impressive 124-23 career record as a Cyclone singlet. His 124 career wins is tied for eighth all-time at ISU.

A native of Davison, Mich. where he was a three-time state champ, Reader continues to train for international competition, as he is competing for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. A two-time World Team member, Reader represented the U.S. at the 2012 University World Championship in Kuortane, Finland.

In addition to his collegiate and freestyle wrestling credentials, Reader has a two-year stint as a volunteer coach at his alma mater, Iowa State. In his time on staff, he coached three All-Americans and saw the Cyclones place 11th at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

"You will not find a person more respected in our sport than Jon Reader," said coach Bono. "I am extremely fired up that Jon will be joining our program," Bono said. "He brings a work ethic and passion for our department that is unmatched. His personality and lifestyle fits perfect with what we are trying to accomplish at SDSU."

"I have a passion for the sport and am excited about the opportunity Coach Bono is giving me at South Dakota State," Reader said. "I am coming to Brookings to help build a program that will compete for All-Americans and national championships. I have been there and know what it takes.”