Career record of 159-10, with 132 falls … two-time California high school state champion and four-time state qualifier and 2005 outstanding wrestler … only wrestler in California history to pin all six opponents in the state tournament … 2005 FILA Junior Freestyle World Team member … 2005 second-team Asics All-American … Amateur Wrestling News first-team All-American … 2005 Wade Schalles Award … California recipient of Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award … two-time champion at Reno Tournament of Champions … 2004 Brute Nationals Outstanding Wrestler … coached by Andy Varner.
Born March 24, 1986 … son of Steve and Renee Varner … criminal justice major.
2009 - 2010
Concluded final season as a Cyclone as a repeat NCAA 197-pound title…finished carrer at Iowa State with a record of 121-10…ended his senior year with an undefeated record of 31-0…recorded 10 major decisions, one technical fall and 10 pins…pushed his career fall total to 42…beat Nebraska’s Craig Brester 5-2 in the 197-pound NCAA final to go 4-0 against the Husker in his senior season… allowed only five points in five matches in the NCAA tournament…earned a first-round major decision by a score of 17-3 over Matt Casperson of Boise State and followed that victory with a 10-1 major decision over Riley Orozco of Cal-State Bakersfield… followed with shutout victories over Sonny Yohn in the quarterfinals (4-0) and Cam Simaz in the semi-finals (6-0)…earned his second Big 12 crown with a 5-2 victory over Brester of Nebraska…pinned Minnesota All-American Sonny Yohn in 6:59…pinned Oklahoma State All-American Alan Gelogaev in 4:43…scored a 19-1 technical fall over Cornell All-American Cam Simaz…won his second Midlands Championships title with a 6-1 decision over Wynn Michalak of Chippewa WC…pinned his first two opponents at the Midlands …defeated Brester of Nebraska 5-3 in the NWCA All-Star Classic…won his fourth Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open with four pins and a major decision, including a pin of South Dakota State’s Tyler Sorenson in 2:27 in the final round…started his final season with a 13-4 major decision of SDSU’s Sorenson.
2008 - 2009
World Team member at 96 kg in freestyle … concluded junior season with the NCAA 197-pound title … ended third ISU season with a 31-2 mark … recorded seven major decisions, one technical fall and 12 pins … pushed his career pin total to 32 … beat Nebraska’s Craig Brester 2-1 in the 197-pound final to push his record to 3-1 against the Husker … gave up seven points in five match victories on his way to the 197-pound title at the NCAA Championships … scored a first-round technical fall of Virginia Tech’s Daniel Bruce by a score of 17-2 (7:00) and followed the victory with an 11-0 major decision shutout of Purdue’s Logan Brown at the NCAA Championships … scored his second victory over Missouri’s Maxwell Askren in the semifinal round by a score of 8-3 … took runner-up honors at the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championship … notched a major decision of Oklahoma’s Eric Lapotsky, 16-5 … pinned Brent Chriswell of Boise State in 2:50 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals … took second place at the Midlands Championships … pinned his first three Midlands opponents in the first period of action … scored a fall of North Dakota State’s Drew Ross in 1:16 … notched a major decision of returning All-American Hudson Taylor of Maryland by a score of 13-1 in an exhibition match at the NWCA All-Star Classic … took the crown for the third time at the Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open with his first 197-pound title … tallied three falls and a major decision at the Cyclone Open … started his junior campaign with a 2:34 stick of Utah Valley’s Adam Fager.
Went 29-1 and registered four major decisions and team-leading seven pins … NCAA 184-pound runner-up … garnered first Big 12 title with a 4-1 decision over Oklahoma’s Josh Weitzel … finished league competition with a 6-0 record and holds an 11-2 career mark against Big 12 opponents … notched back-to-back pins at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals with a 3:50 fall of Penn State’s Phil Bromberger and a 2:17 stick of Northwestern’s Adil Kolovic … picked up second win of the season over Central Michigan’s Christian Sinnott in the second tie-breaker on a 4-2 decision … first defeated Sinnott in the semifinals of the Midlands Championships via 2-1 decision … avenged 2007 NCAA Championships title-match loss to Northwestern’s former national champ Jake Herbert to take the 184-pound Midlands Championships title in sudden victory, 3-1 … named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week (Jan. 7) for his Midlands performance … meeting for the second time in two weeks, Varner scored a 3-0 decision over two-time All-American Roger Kish of Minnesota … two weeks prior he handed Kish a 2-0 decision at the NCWA All-Star Classic … defeated Rider’s Doug Umbehauer 8-4 in his first dual match of the season … used a major decision and two pins en route to his second Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open title.
2006 - 2007
Posted a 29-7 record … ended rookie season as the 184-pound NCAA runner-up … Big 12 Conference 184-pound runner-up … scored major decisions in first two Big 12 match ups, 10-2 over Nebraska’s Levi Wofford and 11-2 over Oklahoma’s Josh Hinton … placed third at Midlands Championships … won first match in Hilton Coliseum with a 4:05 stick of Arizona State’s Greg Glifford … claimed 184-pound titles at Harold Nichols and Fullerton Opens … won first bout as a Cyclone by pinning Austin Hayes of Buena Vista in 1:07.
Red-shirted initial collegiate season.
2009 World Team Member (9th World Championships in Denmark)
2011 World Bronze in Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Bronze Yarygan Tournament
2012 Pan American Games Gold
2012 Olympic Gold in London