Iowa State Cyclones: 2013 Hall of Fame Revealed


Mar 23, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones mascot Cy looks on during a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the first round of the 2013 NCAA women. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Six former Iowa State athletes will be part of the Cyclones’ Hall of Fame for this year, and they’ll deserve the much-needed exposure when they’re honored at the Northern Iowa-ISU football game this fall.

Here’s a quick list of all six athletes who were revealed on

  • Doug Fitzjarrell (Gymnastics)
  • Kim Mazza (Gymnastics)
  • Gordon Hassman (Wrestling)
  • Veryl Long (Wrestling)
  • Roger Watts (Swimming)
  • Mike Myers (Baseball)

Yes, for the young and/or new fans, the Iowa State Cyclones did have a baseball team at one point. Myers was never a starter for a ballclub, but was a journeyman for nine different teams in his 13-year career in the big leagues. He led the league in appearances early in 1996 and 1997.

Myers’ best year was in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies when he pitched 45.1 innings and held an ERA of just 1.99, giving up two home runs in an offensive ballpark.

Long was one of two NCAA wrestling champions for the Cyclones and was on the 1965 championship team. He was a three-time All-American from 1963-1965 and went 95-4 in his career. Hassman was also a three-time All-American in the same seasons.

Mazza was the women’s gymnastics team’s first-ever NCAA qualifier in 1997 and won the Big 12 title in the floor exercise. She scored the first perfect 10 in school and Big 12 history in the same event. Fitzjarrell was an NCAA floor exercise champion in 1974, and was a member of two championship teams from that season and the previous year.

Last, but definitely not least, is Watts who was a 10-time conference champion in swimming, leading the Cyclones to three straight conference winning titles from 1947-1949. He broke six conference records. Unfortunately, the men’s swimming and diving team was cut due to budget costs after the 2000-2001 season.