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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recap 1/13/2017

It has been a record-setting year for women’s wrestling in Iowa. As of this week, there are 92 female wrestlers who are certified and wrestling on their high school teams. That is a 39.4% increase over last year’s 66 wrestlers. Just imagine what that number would grow to if Iowa would sanction girls wrestling at…

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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recap (1/2/17)

In very few places across the country is wrestling more important and more a part of the popular culture than right here in Iowa. It is an exciting time of year with wrestling in full swing, but it is especially exciting to see the rapid growth among the ranks of our female athletes. With the…

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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recap (12/18/16)

Both the college and high school seasons are well under way for our Iowa wrestlers and we have had some great competition leading up to the holidays. As mentioned in last week’s Iowa High School Girls Wrestling Preview, the growth in participation among Iowa’s females has been impressive. It is important to note that four…

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Iowa High School Girls Wrestling Preview

In last year’s preview there were 37 girls registered to wrestle in Iowa on their high school teams. Within a few weeks of the start of the season we saw those numbers increase significantly to 66. In light of that, we waited a couple extra weeks this year to bring out our girls high school…

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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recap

With the Rio Olympics in the not too distant past, and the Non-Olympic-Weight World Championships yet to be contested, it seems a little early to be thinking about World Team Trials qualifying events. But last week at the Bill Farrell Memorial International tournament in New York City, athletes from around the globe battled it out…

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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recap

With the college season well underway it was exciting to review the WCWA/Intermat rankings that were released earlier this week. Several of Iowa’s own have earned their spots in the rankings and are included later in this update. As women’s wrestling continues its rapid growth, Iowa’s high school wrestlers have also had several opportunities over…

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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recap

Oklahoma City University Blue Chip Open, October 21-22 The majority of Iowa’s collegiate women wrestlers were back on the mats at the OCU Blue Chip Open in Oklahoma City with Iowa wrestlers taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes to highlight the weekend. Paige Bendt of Glenwood, a 116 pound freshman for Midland University (Fremont,…

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Iowa Women’s Wrestling Recap

It’s another autumn in Iowa, the leaves are turning and wrestling is in full swing… for the women. At the collegiate level, schools with Iowa ties have already participated in several duals and an open tournament with another open tournament this coming weekend. High School Girls: Girls wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports…

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Girl’s results at 2016 Conflict at Carver

Girls Elementary School (K-5th Grade) – 54 1st Place – Abigail Meyrer of Female Elite Wrestling 2nd Place – Kamryn Boss of Team Georgia Girls 3rd Place – Alyia Abbott of Female Elite Wrestling 4th Place – Elizabeth Menke of Bridgeport Wrestling Club 5th Place – Evelyn Yonke of Minnesota 6th Place – Danika Corbin…

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Megan Black ranked No. 2 in preseason rankings

Two former Iowa high school prep wrestlers have made their way into the WCWA preseason rankings. Both Megan Black and Jasmine Bailey compete for McKendree University, which boasts the highest number of ranked individuals with 11 total wrestlers ranked. They currently sit in fourth place in the team rankings behind perennial powers King University, Oklahoma…

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Watters goes 1-1 at Junior Worlds

Some Iowa wrestling fans woke up to some tough news this morning, as former Ballard prep Rachel Watters was eliminated from the Junior World tournament after going 1-1 at 72 kg. It was the second trip to the Junior World tournament for Watters, who was fifth a year ago at the same weight. Watters opened…

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Rachel Watters gets Junior World draw

Iowa native Rachel Watters will begin her quest for a Junior World title in Macon, France tomorrow at 3:00 AM Central. Watters drew the top line in the bracket and will face France’s Pauline Denise LeCarptentier in her first match. Watters was also a member of the 2015 Junior World team where she finished fifth.…

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Junior Women’s Triple Crown Places Watters In Good Company

If you have spent much time following wrestling you have undoubtedly heard of the coveted “Junior Triple Crown”. This is a rare occurrence in which a Junior-level-athlete wins, in the same season: USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Nationals (Fargo) USA Wrestling Freestyle Nationals (Fargo) It is an amazing accomplishment with a short list…