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
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.