Local Wrestlers To Take Part In Senior All Star Meet
A trio of area wrestlers will take to the mats this Friday evening for the Second Annual Senior All Star Folkstyle Wrestling Meet. The event, which is sponsored by the Northwest Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Washington High School in Cherokee. There is no charge for the event, but a free will donation will be accepted.
Emmetsburg/Armstrong-Ringsted/Ruthven-Ayrshire wrestlers Joey Naig and Jacob Morris, along with Graettinger/Terril’s Michael Jensen, will join 19 of their fellow senior prep standouts for an evening of wrestling.
Michael Jensen, who placed second at 145 pounds for the Knights in Class 1A at the 2010 Iowa State Wrestling Championships, will be joined by sixth-place finisher Jacob Morris at 189 pounds and seventh-place finisher Joey Naig at 160 pounds from the E’Hawk wrestling room in the event.
A total of 22 wrestlers are slated to take part in the dual, and will be divided into teams. Coaching the two teams will be former Emmetsburg E’Hawk wrestlers Doyle Naig of Sibley and Ty Seaman of Storm Lake, while Steve Utesch of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn will coach the other team, along with Jason Carlson of Lawton-Bronson.
Naig started his career at Sheldon and then moved north to coach at Sibley-Ocheyedan. His career dual meet record is 148-80. Naig has coached 13 state place finishers. Ty Seaman of Storm Lake will be coaching with Naig. Seaman coached at West Lyon for 7 years and then went to Storm Lake for 16 years. In his 23 year career, he accumulated a record of 250-160-1. His teams were Class1A State Dual Runner Up in 1991, class 2A State Dual Runner Up in 1993, and State 2A Tournament Runner Up in 1993. In 1998, his team was a class 2A State Dual Qualifier.
The Honorary Tournament Director this year is Doug Manley of Akron. Doug was an active official for 29 years. He worked 18 consecutive state tournaments and out of those 18 years, 16 were officiating the finals. Manley refereed the State Dual Tournament six times. At the 2010 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament, Doug Manley was inducted into the IHSAA Officials Hall of Fame.