Three northeast Iowa high school wrestlers, including Charles City’s Lilly Luft, are among the seven finalists for the Dan Gable Ms. Wrestler of the Year Award.
Fareway Stores and IAwrestle.com present Ms. and Mr. Wrestler of the Year Awards in coordination with the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA). Area finalists along with Luft include Waverly-Shell Rock’s Eva Diaz and Decorah’s Naomi Simon. All three are two-time state champions with Luft winning this year’s 130-pound title, Diaz at 115 pounds and Simon the 170-pound champ.
The IWCOA accepted nominations from high school coaches for student athletes in each of the three state wrestling classes for the men and combined all classes for the women’s award, regardless of their year in school and weight class, eventually selecting seven finalists in each division.
Fans can vote once per day for their top wrestler in each category until Tuesday, February 8th, to help determine the three finalists which will be announced the week of the 2022 IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.
The two runner-up student athletes in each class will each receive finalist award plaques. A duplicate Wrestler of the Year trophy and duplicate Wrestler of the Year runner-up plaques will be provided to each high school where finalists attend, for permanent placement in the high school trophy case.
The awards banquet will take place at the Fareway Conference Center in Boone, Iowa on February 22nd.
You can find a link to voting and more information here.
Please note, the fan vote winners will count as ONE vote towards the IWCOA’s committee votes in EACH round. (For example: Wrestler A received enough fan votes to place second in the poll but that does not guarantee them to move on to the next round. IWCOA has selected 12 coaches and officials to serve on the committee. The fan vote, this poll, is the 13th vote to break up any ties.)
VOTE ONCE EVERY 24 HOURS. PLEASE WAIT A FULL 24 HOURS. (FOR EXAMPLE: YOU CAN’T VOTE MONDAY AT 8PM AND THEN TUESDAY AT 8AM BECAUSE IT IS A NEW DAY. 24 HOURS MEANS 24 HOURS LIMIT APPLIES.)
2022 Ms. Wrestler of the Year – Top 7
Olivia Huckfelt (Spencer)
Naomi Simon (Decorah)
Alexis Ross (Fort Dodge)
Ella Schmit (Bettendorf)
Lilly Luft (Charles City)
Izzy Deeds (Ridge View)
Eva Diaz (Waverly-Shell Rock)