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    NIACC brings back wrestling program
    The school will compete for the first time since sport was cut in 1976.

    By DAN McCOOL
    REGISTER STAFF WRITER


    October 2, 2007
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    North Iowa Area Community College has resuscitated its wrestling program, and coach Richard Fergola's first recruiting effort went to No. 1.

    That's not the biggest reason Fergola can't wait for the season to start at the Mason City school.

    "If I had to pick out one thing, it's the love for wrestling here," Fergola said. "Where I was at before (at Dana College), in Blair, Nebraska, the tradition and the love for wrestling isn't the same there."

    Be it shopping for groceries or dining out, Fergola said he feels the love - especially when in a wrestling shirt.

    "Somebody says something (like) 'We're so excited about NIACC having wrestling, and we're going to be there to support you guys,' " Fergola said. "I run into something like that every day. To be involved with that, it's so exciting to think about what our home duals are going to be like."

    Wrestling was discontinued at NIACC because of budgetary concerns in 1976 - three years after the Trojans won the national junior college championship under Kaye Young.

    Young's name is on the Trojans' tournament Nov. 3 that will be the first competition.

    Fergola has representation of eight states, including 19 wrestlers from Iowa, in his first recruiting class. The most decorated Iowan in the NIACC group is two-time state champion T. J. Moen of Saydel, who had originally committed to Tennessee-Chattanooga.

    The Trojans have dates with two-time national champion Iowa Central and Ellsworth College. A third foe will be coming in 2008-09, as Iowa Lakes Community College starts a varsity program.

    NIACC will compete at the Harold Nichols tournament in Ames, the UNI Open in Cedar Falls, the Dick Walker Invitational in Waverly and the Central College Open in Pella.

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    1st year back and they'll walk away with the team title.

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    He's got some real good kids in the program. It wouldn't surprise me to see them win.

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    Posted today on the Iowa Preps site:

    Upcoming Events at NIACC Reply

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    For those that are interested in our first year program at NIACC, I just wanted to make you aware of some upcoming events with the NIACC wrestling program.

    On October 20th, the NIACC Trojan wrestling program will host their Fall Wrestling Clinic with feature clinician Doug Schwab. Check-in starts at 8:00 am with the clinic starting at 9:00 am. For full registration form and info, click on the link below.

    Also in October, will be the 1st Annual Blue & Gold Grapple on Saturday October 27th at 7:00 pm. This will feature the final wrestle-offs in front of a home crowd. This is a chance to see the NIACC Trojans in action for the first time, meet the coaching staff. Admission is free to the public.

    On November 3rd the Trojans will kick off their competitive season by hosting the Kaye Young/NIACC Open with wrestling starting at 10:00 am.

    For more information on the NIACC wrestling events, please check out our website at www.niacc.edu/athletics/wrestling . Thank you!
    This post was edited on 10/2 8:09 AM by Coach Fergola

    This post was edited on 10/2 8:09 AM by Coach Fergola

    Link: NIACC Fall Wrestling Clinic Registration Form

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    With Iowa lakes adding wrestling. We need to get DMACC to add and Kirkwood to bring back wrestling. that would make for a nice little JuCo conference in Iowa.

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    Wiltz - Good thinking. I just sent an email to Doug Wagemester who is the athletic director at Kirkwood, asking if they are considering reinstating the wrestling team. Anybody want to join in?

    doug.wagemester@kirkwood.edu

    A valid point to make in your email might be that there is roughly only 1 college participation opportunity for every 40 high school wrestlers. It would seem that the mandates of most community college systems would make them easier targets for adding programs than any other type of college.

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    i think each of us on here should "adopt" a juco college team, a DIII team, and a DII team and give updates here on how they are doing...what say you?
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gg121and2 View Post
    Wiltz - Good thinking. I just sent an email to Doug Wagemester who is the athletic director at Kirkwood, asking if they are considering reinstating the wrestling team. Anybody want to join in?

    doug.wagemester@kirkwood.edu

    A valid point to make in your email might be that there is roughly only 1 college participation opportunity for every 40 high school wrestlers. It would seem that the mandates of most community college systems would make them easier targets for adding programs than any other type of college.

    I am friends with Greg Stokes who is the Assistant BB coach under Doug. I will give Stokes a call and tell him that I will be bothering Doug about adding a wrestling team.

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    thats pretty cool, i think gg1 is really on to something here...I am writing my e-mail as we speak...

    "do it for Johnny!"

    (name the movie)
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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