Iowa State’s Jackson signs contract extension

AMES – The Iowa State wrestling program now has a coach through the 2015 season.

The Cyclones’ athletic department announced Wednesday that coach Kevin Jackson has signed a contract extension and will remain the head coach for at least two more years.

“The progress that our young team made this year is exciting and very promising for our future,” Iowa State’s Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said in a press release. “We look forward to continuing to assist Kevin and his staff in building a nationally competitive program that our fans and the institution expect.”

The Cyclones more than doubled their win total from 2012 under the former Cyclone All-American and Olympic Gold Medalist Jackson. ISU rejoined the national rankings last week after taking second to No. 1 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championships. That was the team’s best finish in four seasons.

The Cyclones also qualified seven wrestlers to the NCAA Championships this week. That event will be held March 21-23 in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena.

“Kevin’s student-athletes have performed well in the classroom, been outstanding ambassadors for our athletics program and really enjoy wrestling for Kevin and his staff,” Pollard said.

Iowa State’s starting lineup this year included just two seniors ane one junior as well as four sophomores and three freshmen. Four of the underclassmen are nationally ranked.

Full terms of the contract will be available at a future date, according to the Iowa State press release.