IAwrestle and Iowa High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IWCOA) partner on prestigious wrestling awards

RELEASE: Fareway Stores, Inc. and Powerade present the Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year Awards in coordination with IAwrestle and IWCOA.

The IWCOA accepted nominations from high school coaches for student athletes in each of the three state wrestling classes, regardless of their year in school and weight class. A committee selected by the IWCOA recently provided IAwrestle with a list of 15 finalist candidates for public input.

The top 15 will be presented online at IAwrestle.com on December 18 for fan voting. Fans will have the ability to vote once per day for their top wrestler in each class until January 15, where it will be narrowed down to the top 10. Another round of voting will take place to determine the three finalists. The fan votes will count as one vote towards the IWCOA’s committee votes. All finalists will be invited to the season end luncheon gala in late February, where a winner will be announced in each class.

The two runner-up student athletes in each class will each receive finalist award plaques. A duplicate Wrestler of the Year trophy and duplicate Wrestler of the Year runner-up plaques will be provided to each high school where finalists attend, for permanent placement in the high school trophy case.

Past Winners Include:

Alex Thomsen, Underwood,1A
Chase Shiltz, Creston, 2A
Brody Teske, Fort Dodge, 3A

Carter Happel, Lisbon, 1A
Carter Isley, Albia, 2A
Ethan Anderson, Southeast Polk, 3A

Carter Happel, Lisbon, 1A
Max Thomsen, Union, LaPorte City, 2A
Fredy Stoker, Bettendorf, 3A

Carter Happel, Lisbon, 1A
Max Thomsen, Union, LaPorte City, 2A
Marcus Harrington, Waterloo West, 3A

Loren Williams, Tri-Center, Neola, 1A
Brandon Sorensen, Denver-Tripoli, 2A
Colby Knight, Urbandale, 3A

Tyler Shulista, Alburnett, 1A
Dylan Peters, Denver-Tripoli, 2A
John Meeks, Des Moines Roosevelt, 3A

Brandon Welter, Don Bosco, 1A
Austin Blythe, Williamsburg, 2A
Cody Caldwell, Waverly-Shell Rock, 3A

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IAwrestle.com is an outlet for fans in Iowa to consume wrestling content. IAwrestle has grown into a bona fide media outlet providing coverage of Iowa’s three major Division I programs, its small college programs, as well as extensive coverage and commentary about the state’s rabid high school wrestling scene. Live streaming events, on-scene reporting, video interviews, and the Potentially Dangerous podcast are key draws to the site. IAwrestle also produces premiere wrestling events and showcases them in some of Iowa’s most iconic wrestling facilities.

Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) is a statewide professionals organization promoting the sport of wrestling in Iowa.