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Top 50 Countdown - #16-#15

By MI Grappler, 04/03/20, 2:00PM EDT


16. Cam Simaz

Simaz was a three-time state champion for Allegan, also helping the Tigers win the team title in 2007.  Prior to his senior year, he placed 5th at FILA Cadets and was 5th at Super 32.  Following that year, Simaz was 6th at Fargo in Junior freestyle and also was named to the Academic Team by WrestlingUSA.  

He then began his career at Cornell, where he'd go on to have one of the best careers in program history.  Simaz racked up four NCAA All-American honors and closed it out with an NCAA title as a senior.  He was not seeded during his freshman year, and placed 8th. The next two years, he advanced to the semis before wrestling back to 3rd place.  As a senior, he was 31-1 (losing only by injury default) en route to the championship.

He was the 2009 EIWA Freshman of the Year, 2x Ivy Wrestler of the Year, 4x EIWA Champ, and OW at the 2012 EIWA Championships.  Over his career, Simaz put together a 145-21 record, including an incredible 93 victories by bonus points.  He currently is an Assistant Coach at South Dakota State, where he has been since 2018.

Flowrestling Videos:
Pre-NCAA Tourney,  2010
Post-NCAA Tourney, 2010
vs Sonny Yohn, 2011
Scuffle Finals vs Morgan McIntosh, 2012
Immediately after winning NCAAs

15. Jon Reader

Reader put together one of the most impressive careers in state history, from the time he was a youth until he retired from competition.  At Davison, he went 231-6 on his way to winning three state titles, after finishing 3rd as a freshman.  Additionally, Reader had a streak of 54 consecutive falls as a senior. 

On the national scene, Reader was equally dominant.  He was twice a finalist in Cadet freestyle, and also placed 4th in greco.  In 2004 and 2005, he won double titles at FILA Cadets and went on to place 3rd in both styles in Fargo at the Junior level.   A year later he capped off his senior year with a Super 32 belt, double Junior titles, and was 2nd at Senior Nationals. 

A three-time All-American at Iowa State, Reader had an unblemished 39-0 record as a senior, winning the NCAA title at 174 lbs.  He was 7th as a freshman and 4th as a sophomore as well.  With 124 career wins, he ranks 9th all time on the Cyclone wins list.  

Reader made University World Teams in 2010 and 2012, placing 8th at the University Worlds both times.  He was a top-five guy on the Senior level for pretty much the duration of his career, finishing 3rd at the World Team Trials in 2011.  Reader is currently. an assistant at Wisconsin, having had prior stints at South Dakota State and Iowa State .

Flowrestling Videos:
Midlands vs Colby Covington, 2007
vs Mack Lewnes, 2011
Immediately after winning NCAAs
Reader Being a Gladiator
Reader at Wisconsin, 2018