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Junior High Wrestlers Compete in Outdoor Meet

Unseasonably warm weather proved to be the perfect backdrop for outdoor wrestling this week as junior high wrestlers took to the mat at Valley Stadium Thursday afternoon.

Wrestlers from Stilwell and Indian Hills junior high schools competed against teams from Ames, Des Moines East, and Indianola in a high-energy meet that saw nonstop action across three mats.

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It's the second year for the unique event, which was cut short last fall due to precipitation. But what began as an opportunity for parents and fans to cheer on wrestlers in a socially-distanced setting in 2020 has grown into something bigger.

"After seeing the setup and excitement of wrestlers last year, it was more about making a memory for the kids and taking advantage of some rare December weather," Zac Sinram, Indian Hills Junior High's Assistant Principal/Activities Director, said.

With mid-60s forecast all week, Sinram began working with David Perrigo, Assistant Principal/Activities Director for Stilwell Junior High, to facilitate moving the already-planned meet outdoors.

"It took some coordination with operations and custodial and some extra set-up from our coaches," Sinram explained, "and we certainly appreciate all they did."

The effort was more than worth it, though.

"Both last year and again this year, opponents were right with us, commenting how cool and unique it was," he said. "I don't think we can underestimate Valley Stadium's role in that excitement, either. Tossing mats in our green space wouldn't have the appeal this did."
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