Once again, area students have been selected to compete for the annual Dan Gable Ms. and Mrs. Wrestler of the Year Awards. The awards are presented by Fareway Stores, Inc. and IAwrestle in coordination with the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.
Nominations are received from the high school coaches in all of three wrestling classes for the men and all classes are combined for the women's award.
15 finalists are candidates for the recognition and are being put up for a vote. You can vote one time per day - 24 hour period - through January 15
In the 2023 Class 2A Mr. Wrestler of the Year - 1st Round area students needing your vote include:
Cooper Sanders - Vinton Shellsburg
Jace Hedeman - Union LaPorte City
In the 2023 Ms. Wrestler of the Year - 1st Round, area wrestlers include:
Jillian Worthen, Union Laporte City
Moorea Brown, Center Point
Another round of voting will take place from January 16-29 to determine the three finalists which will be announced on January 30.
The Ms. Wrestler of the Year fan vote for overall winner will be open from January 30 to February 6.
The Mr. Wrestler vote for overall winner will be open from January 30 to February 20.
The two runner-up student athletes in each class will each receive finalist award plaques. A duplicate Wrestler of the Year trophy and duplicate Wrestler of the Year runner-up plaques will be provided to each high school where finalists attend, for permanent placement in the high school trophy case.
A luncheon awards banquet will take place at the Fareway Conference Center in Boone, Iowa on Wednesday, March 1 at noon. Dan Gable and Mark Ironside will be our special guests handing out awards. Media is encouraged to attend.