New Era for Iowa State Wrestling Championships
With that said…the North prime seats need a mat adjustment for viewing the entire mat in the early rounds. The warm-up areas could use a little work to help decrease the congestion of the athletes and coaches match preparations.
To another point…It was quite an honor to be one of the Grand Marshals in this new arena and thanks for the booming applause for all involved.
Congratulations to all involved: coaches, athletes, administrators, workers, media and fans for another great championship tournament. Hopefully for those staying home, the TV coverage was really exciting as well. Again, thanks to Lashier, Wulkow, Beste, Thompson, Gibbons, etc, etc, etc, for continuing to make this a spectacular event.
Next I attended the NCWA National Wrestling Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For those unfamiliar with the NCWA it's the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. This group was founded by Jim Guinta to provide opportunity for the student wrestling athletes to compete in a national championship season at college, especially those that don't offer college wrestling at the NCAA or NAIA level. The number of teams that are members is at 140. It would be great to add this 140 back into the NCAA or NAIA level. Keep working to do so! Congrats to Dave Mills and his coaches at Grand Valley State for winning the championship! It was great to see teams from the Southern states, and there were several.
I spoke with coaches and helped lead the athletes in their opening ceremonies. The brackets were 32-person pairings and almost all were filled. They also had to qualify through several regionals to get there. Mark Ironside went with me and put on a wrestling clinic for the local youth clubs.
From Grand Rapids, Mark and I drove to Bloomington, Indiana for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships. Mark did the radio along with Morrie Adams for KXIC in Iowa City. I actually joined them for some of the broadcasts. We didn't have a lot of great highlights and results for the listeners. Hopefully we will at the NCAAs! A couple of the wrestlers especially Alex Tsirtsis and Eric Luedke seem to be making peaking progress.
Minnesota and Illinois battled it out with Minnesota staying tough the entire tournament so they were the winners. Michigan still is in the hunt, but had a set back or two. The Big Ten should battle Okie State for the NCAA title. Central Michigan is still staying in the battle as well. We need the home state in the hunt!
Getting ready for the NCAAs in Oklahoma City….Doing a few interviews with Oklahoma newspapers…will be broadcasting a USA work-out for the public between sessions on Thursday…attending WIN memorabilia show on Friday between sessions (72 Olympic Reunion) …Saturday after All American Round USAW board meeting. Too busy! The NCAAs should be exciting!