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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Feb 20 2014 10:54AM
Traditional State Meet - Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 20-21-22
Prepared by the IHSAA & its Corporate Title Sponsor - the Iowa Farm Bureau
(Note: Athlete win-loss records are those reported following the District Meets)

TEN DECADES: This is Iowa's 94th high school state wrestling meet - the 89th under the auspices of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, who stabilized eligibility, length of the season, conformed to NFHS rules and weight divisions, and adjusted the tournament format in 1926.  Prior to 1926 the Iowa Athletic Council, with the consent of the IHSAA, operated tournaments from 1921-25.  Two tournaments were held in 1922, 1923 and 1924 with the University of Iowa and Iowa State hosting.

TURNSTILE CLICKS: An average of nearly 75,000 fans each of the last 10 years has attended Iowa's largest "mat party."  Saturday's championship round of 42 matches is expected to be sold out for the 27th straight year, making it the toughest ticket to obtain in Iowa high school sports.

QUALIFYING BREAKDOWN: The 672 qualifiers blanket Iowa.  This year there were 278 competing programs representing 337 high schools.  Advancing to the State Meet are qualifiers from 226 teams. Eighty-nine teams in Class 1-A have at least one qualifier while Class 2-A sports wrestlers from 76 teams and Class 3-A numbers its 224 qualifiers from 61 teams.

LEADING THE QUALIFYING: Following are the top three teams in each class from the 2013 tourney and the teams with the most qualifiers in this year's tournament.
3-A - 2013 Top 3: 1) Southeast Polk 180.50; 2) Bettendorf 134.50; 3) Prairie, Cedar Rapids 96
   Leading Qualifiers: 12 - Southeast Polk; 11 - Waverly-Shell Rock; 9 - Bettendorf; Iowa City, West;  7 - Cedar Rapids, Jefferson; Linn-Mar, Marion; North Scott, Eldridge;  6 - Epworth, Western Dubuque; Sioux City, East; Lewis Central; Prairie, Cedar Rapids; Valley, West Des Moines; Indianola
2-A - 2013 Top 3: 1) West Delaware 151; 2) Assumption, Davenport 113.50; 3) Mediapolis 100
   Leading Qualifiers: 10 - Assumption, Davenport; Mediapolis; 9 - Sergeant Bluff-Luton; 7 - Creston-Orient-Macksburg; Union, La Porte City; 6 - Albia; Charles City;  Osage; Clear Lake; 5 - Grinnell, Clarinda; Atlantic-CAM; West Delaware; Washington; Independence; Webster City
1-A - 2013 Top 3: 1) Alburnett 138; 2) Emmetsburg 76; 3) (tie) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont & Woodbury Central, Moville 68.50
   Leading Qualifiers: 10 - Alburnett; 8 - Wilton; 7 - Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont; Clarion-Goldfield; 6 - Don Bosco, Gilbertville; Southeast Warren; Woodbury Central, Moville; 5 - Guthrie Center; Audubon; 4 - Lisbon; Underwood; Central Lyon; Sibley-Ocheyedan; West Marshall; Iowa Valley; Ogden; Sigourney-Keota; Lake Mills; Manson Northwest Webster; Sumner-Fredericksburg

CLASS CAPSULES: Class 3A has depth and tradition and that generally means that you have to be ready each session.  Defending champion Southeast Polk annexed its first traditional title last winter after taking second in 2012. The Rams with 12 qualifiers wear the"favorite tag" in a class that is rich in competition and history. Former traditional champions Waverly-Shell Rock has 11 qualifiers while Bettendorf and Iowa City, West each have nine.  Bettendorf won its third title in 2012, while the Trojans and Go-Hawks dominated the field from 2005 through 2011. Iowa City, West's 2006 and 2007 crowns were sandwiched by five by Waverly-Shell Rock.  The Trojans have taken second five times and the Go-Hawks have one runner-up and are recent veterans of the "big stage." There are some strong challengers in the field. Cedar Rapids, Jefferson is in contention and the three time champs hope to grab some lightning for the first time since winning in 1974. In recent years they were runner-up in 1990 and had third place finishes in 1991 and 1995. Linn-Mar, third in 2002 and fourth in 2012, and rapidly improving North Scott also each have seven qualifiers. Among the teams with six qualifiers are Lewis Central, a three-time champion (2000, 01 and 04) and Prairie, Cedar Rapids which won titles in 1979 and 95 and took third last winter.
     In Class 2A, Assumption, Davenport has been a top four finisher each of the last six years and is seeking its fifth title (1995, 98, 99, and 2011), and is one of at least five teams that hope to grab the title won by West Delaware last year. The Knights share the favorite tag with fellow Eastern Iowa rival Mediapolis, who joins the Knights with 10 qualifiers.  Mediapolis had its best finish last winter scoring 100 points for third, just 13.5 behind the Knights.  It could be a breakthrough year for the Bulldogs. Also looking to get into the trophy ceremonies for the first time is Sergeant Bluff-Luton third in the qualifying with nine advancing.  Creston/O-M has a 2007 title and runner-up finishes in 1975 and 2008 have been a top four finisher six times since 2000.  The Panthers have qualified seven along with Union, LaPorte City, who was fourth last year and has 2000 and 2003 runner-up finishes in its résumé.   Albia, Charles City, Osage, and Clear Lake each advanced six qualifiers and loom in the list of challengers.  Charles City has a 1986 title in 3A and also a 1979 runner up finish in the big school class.  Osage has three titles with the last coming in 1981 and a whopping 11 runner-up finishes with the last in 2002.  Clear Lake's best finish is third in 2009. Albia is a consistent qualifier to the tournament and hopes to make a statement.
     In Class 1A defending champion Alburnett is favored with 10 qualifiers, but keen competition for the hardware is expected. Three consecutive third place finishes preceded the Pirates ascent to gold last year.  A strong talented field in this year's meet also includes Wilton; Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont; Clarion-Goldfield; Don Bosco, Gilbertville; Southeast Warren and Woodbury Central, Moville. Wilton has qualified eight and the Beavers have two titles (1997, 2002) and two runner-ups (1995 and 1998) and would like to make the top three, something they haven't done since the 2002 title. E-B-F and Clarion-Goldfield each have seven qualifiers. The Rockets were third a year ago and runner-up in 2010, their highest finish. The Cowboys want to capture the glory they have had in the meet with three titles, the last in 1983 and six runner-up finishes with the last in 1972. Don Bosco, Gilbertville is usually primed for the traditional tournament and will be shooting for its seventh title in 10 years, an era in which they have only missed the top four (last winter). They have six qualifiers along with Woodbury Central and Southeast Warren.  Southeast Warren's only time in the top four was a tie for fourth with Morning Sun in 1969, while Woodbury Central is seeking to crack the top four for the first time in the school's history.

TWICE THE FUN:  Winning the State Dual Team and Traditional championships in the same year is difficult. It has been done 41 times by 23 teams. The teams who have doubled up and their class follow.
    Class 1A: Lisbon 1988; Riceville 1994; Belle Plaine 2001; Don Bosco, Gilbertville (5) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; Logan-Magnolia 2011; and Alburnett 2013
   Class 2A: Eagle Grove 1987; New Hampton (2) 1990, 1993; West Delaware 1991; Assumption, Davenport (4) 1995, 1998, 1999, 2011; Emmetsburg-Armstrong-Ringsted (2) 2000, 2003; Creston/Orient-Macksburg 2007; Ballard (2) 2008, 2009; Denver-Tripoli 2010.
   Class 3A: Dowling Catholic, WDM (3)1988, 1990, 1991; Cedar Falls 1993; Urbandale 1996; Iowa City, City High (2) 1999, 2002; Lewis Central (2) 2000, 2001; Waverly-Shell Rock (4) 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010; Iowa City, West (2) 2006, 2007; Bettendorf 2012; and Southeast Polk 2013.

TWO STRIVING FOR THREE: A pair of junior wrestlers could take another step toward four titles if they can win their third crown this weekend. Hunter Washburn, Alburnett (34-5 in 1A 132) and Max Thomsen, Union, LaPorte City (45-0 at 2A 138) will try to keep their journey alive. That would allow them to join 78 other three-time champions and set up a possibility of winning a fourth championship in 2015. Twenty-three wrestlers have previously won four consecutive gold medals.

SEEKING A SECOND: A total of 14 athletes will try to secure their second state tournament gold medal this weekend. By class they are as follow. 1-A (3): Evan Hansen, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (53-0 jr. at 182); Carter Happel, Lisbon (49-0 soph at 132); and Dylan Windfield, Alburnett (44-1 sr. at 170).  2-A (3): Patrick Woods, West Delaware (42-1 sr. at 113); Fletcher Green, Washington (42-0 sr. at 120); and Adam Drain, Mediapolis (32-3 sr. at 170). 3-A (8): Spencer Derifield, Waverly-Shell Rock (45-2 sr. at 160); Marcus Harrington, Waterloo West (48-0 sr. at 195); Jake Koethe, Valley, West Des Moines (42-1 sr. at 132); Henry Pohlmeyer, Johnston (37-1 jr. at 113); Logan Ryan, Bettendorf (44-1 sr. at 138); Fredy Stroker, Bettendorf (44-0 jr. at 132); Matt Wempen, Linn-Mar, Marion (17-3 jr. at 132); and Jacob Woodard, Bettendorf (39-7 jr. at 152).

34 PURSUING PERFECTION: Going into this year's tournaments 34 wrestlers are undefeated in their weight class and 43 others have lost only once. Those entering the tournaments with unblemished records are:  Class 1-A (16): Lucas Dolder, Manson Northwest Webster (5-0 sr. at 182); Gavin Gremmel, Clarinda Academy (27-0 sr. at 170); Evan Hansen, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (53-0 jr. at 182); Carter Happel, Lisbon (49-0 soph at 132); Vinnie Harvey, St. Edmond, Fort Dodge (33-0 sr. at 220); Tyler Hoffman, East Buchanan, Winthrop (41-0 sr. at 195); Ryley Howell, Wapello (30-0 sr. at 285); Noah Irons, Lake Mills (45-0 sr. at 152); Logan Moore, West Monona, Onawa (46-0 sr. at 170); Landan Paulsen, Woodbury Central, Moville (30-0 jr. at 285); Casey Pence, West Branch (32-0 sr. at 160); Josh Portillo, Clarion-Goldfield (24-0 soph at 113); JD Radar, South Hamilton (37-0 jr. at 132); Ben Wellman, Tri-Center, Neola (41-0 sr. at 195); Drew West, Highland, Riverside (46-0 fresh. at 106); Tyler Yonkovic, Maquoketa Valley, Delhi (48-0 sr. at 285);  Class 2A (11): Lance Evans, Solon (27-0 sr. at 220); Andres Gonzalez, Clear Lake (35-0 sr. at 138); Fletcher Green, Washington (42-0 sr. at 120); Bryce Leshen, Albia (51-0 soph at 132); Shadow Leshen, Albia (58-0 sr. at 126); Brock Rathbun, Center Point-Urbana (42-0 soph at 113); Zach Skopec, Spirit Lake Park (45-0 sr. at 145); Chase Straw, Independence (47-0 jr. at 145); Joe Teague, Algona (40-0 jr. at 182); Max Thomsen, Union, La Porte City (45-0 jr. at 138); and Dylon Van't Hof, Sioux Center (37-0 sr. at 160). Class 3A (7): Ethan Andersen, Southeast Polk (41-0 soph at 220); Brenden Baker, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson (36-0 soph at 106); Marcus Harrington, Waterloo West (48-0 sr. at 195); Alijah Jeffery, Linn-Mar, Marion (37-0 sr. at 120); Ross Lembeck, Linn-Mar, Marion (15-0 soph at 152); Kaz Onoo, Mason City, (40-0 sr. at 126); and Fredy Stroker, Bettendorf (44-0 jr. at 132).

WITH HONORS:  The special Awards Ceremonies that begins at 5:45 p.m., Saturday starts with the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association's coach-of-the-year in each class, followed by their official-of- the-year, junior high coach recognition and their President's Award. Gary Ross of Johnson, the Iowa High School Athletic Director-of-Year will be introduced with the IHSAA Hall-of-Fame Awards to wind up the program.

     An all around athlete from Littleport, veteran mat official Bruce Ennen joins the IHSAA Officials' Hall-of-Fame. The all around athlete from  Gilmore City-Bradgate competed in the 1973 State Wrestling Tournament. In 1974 he was convinced by two prominent coaches, Don Miller and Marv Reiland, to become an official and this year is observing his 39th season. This year is his 13th State Meet working his first in 1989 before going back to college in Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. He returned to the State Tournament in 2001. Three times, the coaches have voted him District Wrestling Official-of-the-Year. Since 1994 he has practiced Veterinary Medicine with his wife, Leigh in Cedar Rapids. He has also helped and supported several kids programs in southeast Iowa.

Five new members of the IHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday night during the Awards Ceremony. A sketch of each follows.
John Siegel  - has experienced the full gamut of the sport as a prep and collegiate wrestler, a successful head and assistant coach, and finally as the parent of a State Champion. He prepped at Bettendorf where he wrestled four years under hall of fame coach Franc Freeman.  He earned his collegiate degree at Coe College in 1972 and captained the 1972 Kohawks. At Morning Sun High School he authored a sterling 143-17-3 record, producing 55 State Meet qualifiers including 25 place winners that included four champions and five runner-ups. He was named Class 1A Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1989. When Morning Sun closed its high school, he moved into the role of an assistant. At Wapello he helped them win the 1992 Class 2A Championship. In 10 years at Columbus, Columbus Junction, he helped them to the 1995 and 1997 traditional state titles and three Dual Team State Championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He also assisted 10 years at New London and helped them to second in 2008.  One of his career highlights came at New London/Winfield-Mt. Union where in 2007 he coached his son Johnny to a state championship at 140. All told in his career he was associated with 88 state qualifiers, 56 medal winners and 12 state champions. He is a 40-year elementary teacher and continues to coach junior high wrestling. He and his wife Rebecca live in New London.

Joe Corso - was born in Italy but from age 5 he was raised in West Des Moines where he started a decorated life in wrestling. A three-time state meet qualifier, he was Valley, West Des Moines' first state champion in 32 years when he won the 1971 title at 112 after a second place finish in 1970. The summer of 1971, he became one of the nation's first to win a Junior National's freestyle title. He was a two time All-American for Coach Kaye Young at North Iowa Area Community College where he helped them to the 1973 national title. He earned his degree at Purdue where he was a 1975 All-American, Big 10 Conference Wrestler-of-the-Year and a conference champion. He was a member of America's 1976 Olympics team in Montreal and followed that with a third in the World Championships and a gold medal in the Pan-American Games. He won a total of 10 national freestyle titles and a gold medal in the 1992 Veterans' World Championships. He coached five American women's freestyle teams in world championship competition. He was a three-time recipient of USA Wrestling's Women's Coach-of-the-Year. In 2007, he was Louisiana High School Coach-of-the-Year as his team at Metairie Brother Martin won the state title. He has coached the Sunkist Kids to numerous national freestyle team championships. He lives in Katy, TX where he works for Dopak Sampling Systems and continues to coach wrestling.

Pete Bush - has excelled as a prep state champion, an NCAA champion and is currently an outstanding coach at his alma mater, Assumption, Davenport.  After finishing second in the 1978 State Meet, he became Assumption's first ever State Champion with a perfect 29-0 record in winning the 185 lbs. title in 1979. He was chosen for the United States Dream Team that year and won a national freestyle championship.  Continuing his education and wrestling career, he went to the University of Iowa where he was a three-time conference champion and a 1982 NCAA champion at 190 lbs. for legendary coach Dan Gable. He was an integral part of four Big 10 championship teams as well as four NCAA titles. Since 2007 he has been the head coach at his alma mater and has produced a sterling dual meet record of 175-30 heading into this year's State Dual Team Championships, where they are the three-time defending champion, with a runner-up in 2010. The Knights are working on a string of six straight top four finishes in the Traditional State Meet which includes a title in 2011 and second place performances in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He has mentored 54 state qualifiers with 40 winning medals, including four champions.  He is Vice-President of Mc-B Corporation specializing in residential and commercial development in the Quad-Cities area. He and his wife Julie have four children - Marybeth, Catherine, Daniel and Stephanie.

Jeff Coltvet  - A diligent fundamentalist, Mr. Coltvet, in 1984, became the 16th member of the elite four time finalist fraternity. He competed in a different weight division each year, while winning a pair of championships and runner-up medals for traditionally strong Eagle Grove. His titles came at 119 as a sophomore when the Eagles finished second, and at 155 as a senior. During his senior campaign he was unbeaten in 32 matches with 16 wins by a fall. Each of his final three seasons Eagle Grove had a top seven finish in the Traditional State Meet. His career record of 105-11 was punctuated with 48 falls. He was also a four time North Central Conference finalist and a three-time champion for hall-of-fame Coach Marv Reiland. Collegiately he wrestled at the University of Nebraska where he chalked up a 113-48-4 career mark while becoming a four time NCAA qualifier. He still ranks seventh on the career all-time win list for the Huskers, who in 1988 named him their Most Outstanding Wrestler. He was also a three-time All Big 8 Conference Academic selection. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and currently works in a Project Management role for Aeroflex in the Kansas City area. He also is the owner of Eagle Rock Investment Fund, LLC. He and his wife Monica and children Elyssa, Carly and Tanner live in Overland Park, KS.

Jeff Harrison  - A three-time state champion and four time qualifier with a 17-1 career state tournament record, Mr. Harrison is in some elite company. Less than four percent of those who have won a state championship have won three or more.  He competed for Coach Chad Shook at Westwood, Sloan. As a freshman he was third at 103 lbs. losing to the eventual champion by a mere point. He then wore gold three times - 1998 at 112 lbs.; 1999 at 119 lbs.; and 2000 at 130 lbs. In those title bouts he outscored his opponents by a combined margin of 34-5 as he boosted his career record to 168-11. He finished with 106 consecutive wins and a career total of 99 falls. He was a three time Academic All-State choice and a 2000 National Wrestling Academic All-American. He competed in the High School Nationals and was named as a 2000 Asics Tiger All-American and a National High School Coaches Association All American. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and posted a 79-30 record as a four year lettermen and a two-time NCAA Tournament qualifier. In 2005 he created an Internet site called "The Wrestling Recap." He narrated a 2012 documentary on the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team entitled "A Return to Glory."  He and his wife Meghan live in West Des Moines where he is a sales representative for Medtronic Spinal and Biologics. He is also a coach in youth wrestling programs.

     The 25 men and women who are the scorers and timers in this year's tournament will be the escorts of Saturday's Grand March, which features the 336 medal winners. They come from a variety of communities, small and large, from virtually every corner of the state. They labor through long days at the tournament and yet stay mentally sharp in their job, which often is pressure packed in an almost deafening atmosphere. They have a pride that ensures that each match in every round is treated as a championship. Their State Meet service ranges from a few years to those with over 30 years of service. Combined they bring 271 years of State Tournament experience to the arena.
02/20/2014 10:54AM
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