CORALVILLE (March 23, 2020) – Think Iowa City is pleased to announce that the 2021 Iowa High School Girls State Wrestling Championships presented by the Iowa Wrestling Officials and Coaches Association will take place at Xtream Arena - the new 5,100 seat venue and adjacent 58,000 square foot GreenState Family Fieldhouse set to open this fall in Coralville's Iowa River Landing.
The 2021 Iowa High School Girls State Wrestling Championships presented by the Iowa Wrestling Officials and Coaches Association will take place January 22 and 23, 2021 and will be hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Iowa City West High School and Iowa City City High School.
"The new facilities set to open next August in Coralville are perfect for this event," said Bob Murphy, Executive Director, Iowa Wrestling Officials and Coaches Association. "We'll be utilizing both Xtream Arena and the GreenState Family Fieldhouse both state of the art and first class facilities for our high school athletes."
"I'm excited to work with Luke, Josh and their team at Think Iowa City," added Eric Whitcome, Head Coach at Waverly-Shell Rock. "They know how to put on top notch events like the USAW Olympic Team Trials, 2018 UWW World Cup, and next season's Dan Gable Donnybrook. I know our high school girls will receive the red carpet treatment."
The Iowa High School Girls State Wrestling Tournament has taken place during its inaugural two years at Waverly-Shell Rock. In 2019 the event attracted 87 wrestlers and in 2020 the event grew to 376 wrestlers.
About Iowa Wrestling Officials & Coaches Association: The Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Inc. ("IWCOA") is a non-profit organization with; the goal of promoting the welfare of the American sport of wrestling, it's participants, coaches and officials, and providing recommendations for coaches and officials in the State of Iowa. The mission is to help promote wrestling for coaches and the development of officials, and promoting the cause of athletics.
About Tournament Hosts: Waverly-Shell Rock was crowned team champions in 2020, making it the second year in a row to have won the team title. Although they didn't crown an individual champion, they had 5 girls place in the top-6 at the state tournament. West High ended their inaugural girls wrestling season with a State Champion at HWT and added a runner-up finisher at 145 to help the team to a 5th place finish. City High had two wrestlers join the West program this year but plans to continue toward develop a girl's club for the start of the 2020-2021 season.
About Think Iowa City: Think Iowa City is the visitor brand identity for the local Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The CVB works to attract visitors, meetings, groups, and events to the area through destination marketing, outreach, and facilitation. The organization was behind the successful 2012 and 2016 Olympic Team Trials bids and the 2018 World Cup. The CVB is also a primary sponsor of the new Dan Gable Donnybrook.