Jan. 13, 2004
Wrestler Ryan Fulsaas, a senior from Decorah, Iowa, has been added to the 2003-04 McLeodUSA StarHawks team.
Fulsaas, who wrestles at 197 pounds, finished the 2002-03 season with a 21-12 record, went 14-6 in dual competition – 7-1 in Big Ten duals -a nd scored 53 team points in dual competition. He recorded six pins, three major decisions and one technical fall and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week December 18, 2002 for his 6-5 upset over Northern Iowa’s Sean Stender. He also won the team’s Most Improved Wrestler Award.
“Ryan and Tyler Nixt are cut from the same cloth,” said Iowa Coach Jim Zalesky. “They are very hard workers academically and athletically, and give everything they have both in the classroom and on the mat.”
So far this season, Fulsaas holds an overall record of 15-5, a collegiate record of 13-3, is 5-1 in duals, has scored 19 points and has won three of his matches with pins.
“He’s another one of those guys who leads by example and provides the younger guys on the team with a model of how it should be done and what you can accomplish with dedication and determination.”
Iowa Coach Jim Zalesky
“Ryan is a quiet leader,” Zalesky said “He’s another one of those guys who leads by example and provides the younger guys on the team with a model of how it should be done and what you can accomplish with dedication and determination.”
Falsaas is also a very good student. Majoring in elementary education, he has earned both Dean’s List and academic all-Big Ten honors. “Ryan is the kind of young person every coach wants on their team,” said Zalesky. “The ideal team member takes both his studies and his athletics seriously, and Ryan is definitely that kind of person.”
The StarHawks program is an initiative funded in part by McLeodUSA, a leading telecommunications company with corporate headquarters in Cedar Rapids and a long-time member of the UI’s Partners in Excellence corporate sponsorship program. The StarHawks team is a collection of student-athletes at the University of Iowa who truly represent the very best the intercollegiate athletics program at the UI has to offer. StarHawks typically excel athletically and academically, and also are active in community or leadership activities.