Purple Pioneer: SCC grappler King cultivates girls’ wrestling in the area

SCC senior grappler Keagan King stands next to her father Bill (left) and mother Carla (right) during the South Central Calhoun wrestling team’s Senior Day ceremony at the 19th Annual SCC Dual Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Rockwell City. [Tyler Anderson/The Graphic- Advocate]

The sport of wrestling is ingrained within the culture of Iowa. In fact, wrestling is a huge part of Iowa’s sports identity.

The Iowa men’s wrestling team and Iowa State men’s wrestling team have multiple national championship banners hanging from Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the Hilton Coliseum, respectively. The names of Dan Gable and Cael Sanderson are legendary figures, depending if one is embedded with black and gold or cardinal and gold.

Many wrestling programs in the state are consistently the top squads in the land, ranging from the No. 4-ranked Hawkeyes, No. 15-ranked Cyclones and No. 16-ranked Northern Iowa to the likes of Wartburg College, who had netted their third straight national title and 14th overall last March.

Even in the junior college level, four Iowa community colleges – Iowa Central, Ellsworth, Iowa Lakes and Iowa Western – are ranked in the NJCAA top 10.

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