by Joe Milledge KIIC Sports
Beginning Thursday, over 200 School Suburban vans and School busses will head toward Des Moines as Iowa’s most attended sporting event begins at Wells Fargo Arena. With 672 Iowa High School Wrestlers qualifying for a chance to be a champion, the Iowa High School Athletic Association expects around 80,000 fans, wrestlers and media to descend on Des Moines. Spokesman Bud Legg says the Iowa tourney is the largest attended wrestling tournament in the country.
What makes this event so special? Unlike other ‘team’ sporting events, it only takes one wrestler to qualify for state and ignite an entire community to rally in support. So, in the case of Montezuma and the Tri-County school district, you can bet several will get behind and support Tyler Foubert who made it past Districts last week in Pleasantville to get his slot at state. In all 226 communities or school districts will be represented for this 3 day affair concluding with the televised Championships Saturday night.
Last year’s event attracted lots of media attention when the 2 female wrestlers made it to state. Local grappler Megan Black from Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont schools was the first female wrestler to win a contested match at state. Black was plagued with injuries this season and was eliminated at sectionals. Meanwhile E-B-F is ranked 4th in the state and will wrestle Wednesday as a team in the team duals. For the second year in a row, the Rockets have advanced 7 wrestlers to state.
Below is a list of area wrestlers we’ll be following live on 96.7FM and live on www.kiicradio.com Let’s Wrestle!
SOUTHERN IOWA WRESTLING STATE QUALIFIERS:
Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont: