4 Ways Yelling at Referees is Hurting Our Children

We see and hear it every single weekend on the youth soccer fields: “Come on, ref!” “What are you doing?!” “Are you blind?!” “Call it both ways!” (The last one is my favorite, since it makes no sense at all – referees are not obligated to make an even number of calls for both teams [Read More]

Southeast Polk’s Christenson Receives National Honor

RUNNELS — Jason Christenson used to daydream back when he was wrestling at Central College in Pella. Every time he drove by Southeast Polk High School on the way to Des Moines, Christenson used to imagine the day he would one day work and coach wrestling at the school on the southeast outskirts of Des [Read More]

16U National Duals, Greco Roman, Iowa Bracket A

Here is the the bracket lineup for the 16U Greco Roman Duals in Spokane, Washington this week.  Iowa will wrestle Team Indiana in the first round in bracket A. Also on that half of the bracket is Oregon Red vs Washington Blue.  On the top half of the bracket is Minnesota Blue with a first [Read More]

Lance Runyon, Best of the Best Question & Answer

Getting to Know 3A Captain, Lance Runyon * When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport? I was six when I started wrestling in the living room on the floor with my dad. * Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do? Um, not too many honestly [Read More]

The ‘Drama Triangle’: How to Avoid Sports Team Turmoil

Unfortunately, many athletes have experienced toxic teammates or bad team chemistry at one point or another. Whether you know it or not, there’s a good chance these experiences can be attributed to “the drama triangle.” The drama triangle is a social model of human interaction created by Dr. Stephen Karpman. The three roles that encapsulate [Read More]

16U National Dual lineup

Here is the the lineup for the 16U DUALS in Spokane, Washington this week.  Greco – Roman duals start the week with Freestyle following. 88 JD Downs 94 Garrett Rinken 100 Ryder Block Camron Phetxoumphone 106 Gable Porter 113 Bailey Roybal Stevie Ray Barnes 120 Kolten Crawford 126 Aiden Riggins Kayden Gryp 132 Hayden Taylor [Read More]

152: Best of the Best, Lance Runyon

1.) Lance Runyon- SE Polk-SR 2.) Kyler Rieck- Spirit Lake Park-SR 3.) Kory Van Oort- West Sioux-SR 4.) Carter Schmidt- Norwalk-SR 5.) Adam Ahrendsen- Union- SO 6.) Brady Henderson- North Linn-SR * No wrestler had a better season than Lance Runyon did this year.  The kid wrestled a tough schedule that consisted of multiple placers, [Read More]

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum Award Winners

Bob Steenlage Iowa High School Wrestler of the Year Award Julien Broderson, Assumption, Davenport Russ Smith Community Impact Award Marti and Jerry Roling Bob Siddens Iowa High School Coaching Excellence Award Blake Williams, Solon Honorees Gene Doyle (Accepting is Sandy, wife and Matt, Son) Bob Kenny Dave Martin Steve Mocco Brent Metcalf Bowlsby Family Legacy [Read More]

Jason Christenson of Southeast Polk is National Head Coach of the Year

NWCA High School Boys Coach of the Year Winners Announced Manheim, PA –  The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) is proud to announce the 2019 winners of the Scholastic Coach of the Year awards for the State, Region, and National levels. This year’s National Coach of the Year is Jason Christenson from Southeast Polk High School [Read More]