Big high school news out of Iowa City as IAwrestle has learned that Nate Moore will be headed back to his roots and will take over as the new head coach of the Iowa City West program. Moore will take over the program from his former coach, Mark Reiland. Prior to accepting the position Moore had spent time as an assistant coach on the West high staff and helped out with the kid’s program.
“It’s exciting. The green and gold blood has never really left me.” Moore told IAwrestle, “It’s exciting to go back and I know I have some big, big shoes to fill with Reiland I think he had over 400 wins in 19 years. He was doing some serious winning, but I’m excited for what the future holds.”
During his time as a West athlete Moore rates as one of the program’s all-time greats winning two state titles and reaching the state finals in his other two seasons. He finished his high school career with a 175-3 record, which gives him the program’s second best winning percentage (behind his brother Nick). His 151 consecutive victories rates as a program best and he is also among the top five in career takedowns and falls.
Moore was also a highly accomplished wrestler in the international styles winning two Junior national titles in 2007 and 2008, and he was twice runner-up as a Cadet in 2005 and 2006. He also claimed the 2006 Greco-Roman national title. That success at the national level coupled with his in-state accomplishments led to Moore getting a chance to wrestle just down the road for the University of Iowa where he won 20 matches for the Hawkeyes.
“I like working with high school kids and want to help them achieve their goals. Being an alum I am very attached to the program and remember the feeling of winning team state titles under Reiland. I want to do what I can to give these kids the same feeling.” Moore added.
He will now be tasked with following up one of the most successful coaches in the state of Iowa. During his time as head coach of the Trojans Reiland led the team to seven total state titles – five dual and two traditional, and he also crowned 16 wrestlers as individual champions.
West is coming off a season where they finished seventh as a team and two wrestlers claimed state titles – Nelson Brands and Francis Duggan, while two other wrestlers Graham Gambrall and Guy Snow brought home medals. Heading into next season the Trojans return Keaton Speicher (126), Gambrall (132), and WIll Hoeft (182) as state qualifiers.