Finding a seat at the State Wrestling tournament is always tough, but Thursday is usually the easy day. Wells Fargo Arena was packed for the team duals. Fans traveled from far and wide to cheer on their teams.
Some schools even cancelled classes to allow students to watch America’s top high school tournament.
“I love coming, I like watching wrestling, and I love a day off work, granted we do have to make it up,” a teacher from Creston said.
Another fan, Larry Homer traveled quite a way to watch his nephew battle for a title. “We are big wrestling fans and we came up here from Texas to watch this.”
The duals have been controversial in past years. Many coaches, wrestlers, and fans wanted the duals moved to after the traditional tournament. Last year, the tournament became a fiasco, when most coaches sent their JV wrestlers to the mat and saved their varsity wrestlers for the individual tournament.
This year things have been different, about half the teams sent their Varsity wrestlers in hopes of claiming a state title, including the Southeast Polk Rams.
SEP has never won a boys state championship in any sport in school history, they are hoping to change that when they take on Bettendorf in the final round of the duals tonight.
To make it into the championship the Rams rolled over Pleasant Valley and Waverly-Shell Rock. They are currently ranked 17th in the country.
Check live scores and standings here.