To compete in the state tournament, high school wrestlers in Iowa must first prove themselves in a district tournament, and the state’s best prep grapplers look to do just that on Saturday, February 15th, when districts will be held for all three classes.
In Class 3A, which does not have a sectional qualifying round, both Ottumwa High and Oskaloosa High will be among the eight schools competing in the district tournament at Newton. Both squads will have the opportunity to field a wrestler in each of the 14 weight classes.
Wrestlers in Classes 1A and 2A needed to earn a top-two finish in last week’s sectional tournaments to advance to districts. In Class 2A, Albia, Davis County and Centerville wrestlers will compete in the tournament at Fairfield. Albia’s impressive squad is sending eight wrestlers to districts, Davis County has three, Centerville qualified one wrestler, and Fairfield will have two competitors wrestling on their home mats.
In Class 1A, Cardinal, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Moravia and Sigourney-Keota are sending their wrestlers to the tournament in Pleasantville. E-B-F’s roster qualified an amazing ten wrestlers for districts, Sigourney-Keota has seven qualifiers, Cardinal adds three and Moravia has one wrestler.
Also in Class 1A, Van Buren qualified three wrestlers for districts and Pekin qualified one. Those grapplers will compete in the tournament at Wilton.
The Ottumwa Radio Sports Network will have reporters on-site at this year’s district tournaments, providing live updates three times an hour on 101.5 Kiss FM, 104.3 KRKN, 1240 KBIZ and 92.7 KTWA. The tournaments begin at noon, and updates will run on all four stations throughout the afternoon.