The West Liberty Comets have been a program on the rise and in contention in the 2A team race for the last few years. Coach Jeff Wiele was named the class 2A coach of the year last season but decided after the season to step down from his head coaching position. The move makes way for former assistant coach Ian Alke to take over as the new head coach.
Alke has strong ties to the West Liberty program as well as a wealth of coaching experience. He is a 2002 graduate of West Liberty and wrestled at UNI for a time after high school. He has been an assistant coach for Morgan DePringer at West Liberty, Brad Smith and Cory Connell at Iowa City High, and has spent the last 4 years as an assistant back in West Liberty.
Alke told IAwreste “I am excited and humbled to take over as head coach for West Liberty Wrestling. I have huge shoes to fill and I am excited for the challenge. Comet Wrestling has been a big part of my life; the community support, school administration, student athletes, and parents are what make Comet Wrestling so great. I’m honored for the opportunity and can’t wait to start the grind. Go Comets!”
Alke is also an Iowa City Police Officer and added “I’d like to thank the Iowa City Police Department, West Liberty Schools and community, Jeff Wiele, and especially my wife, Candice, and our children.”
He takes over a strong squad that returns 5 state qualifiers in Talen Dengler, Will Esmoil, Coy Ruess, Austin Beaver and Kobe Simon as well as 2 other district qualifiers.