AMES, Ia. — Last week, Sam Colbray stepped on the scale and weighed in at 174 pounds for the first time in his collegiate career. On Tuesday, the Iowa State junior was asked when he last saw those numbers on the scale.
It did not take him long to find the answer.
“Like seventh grade,” Colbray said, sparking laughter. “It’s been a long time, but it feels good. I feel like a monster.”
Indeed, a quick search through Trackwrestling’s archives show the Oregon native wrestled at 170 pounds in March 2012. A few months later, he won a Cadet Greco-Roman national title … at 182.
When he graduated from Hermiston High School as the No. 23 overall recruit in the 2016 class, he was the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 195.
Now, Colbray is back down to 174 as the 14th-ranked Cyclones (4-3, 1-0 Big 12) are set to face both South Dakota State and North Dakota State this weekend. His debut weekend at his new weight went pretty well. He went 3-1 — he’s now 9-5 overall this year — and looked more comfortable with each match.
In those four matches, he recorded 10 takedowns. He had scored just 12 in his previous 10.
“For the first time down to (that) weight, I thought he did pretty good,” Iowa State coach Kevin Dresser said. “When that guy goes out there very intentional for seven minutes, I think the sky is the limit for him. He just has to do more and push more.”