DAN GABLE TO BE HONORED FOR BEING AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM AT THE METRO WRESTLING MEET AT WEST HIGH ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2022
Waterloo West High School and Waterloo Schools will be honoring Dan Gable, 1966 West High Alumnus, at the Metro Wrestling Meet to be held at the Bob Siddons Gymnasium at West High on Monday, November 28, 2022. Coach Gable was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on December 7, 2021 at the White House.
The Metro Wrestling Meet will feature Waterloo East, Waterloo West, Waterloo Columbus Catholic, and Cedar Falls competing in dual meets following the brief recognition ceremony at 5:00pm.
The wrestling meets are scheduled as follows on two mats (All meet times are approximate and will proceed as soon as possible after the conclusion of the previous round).
-Reception in the West High Commons at 4:00pm
- Dan Gable Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony - 5:00pm
Round 1 - 5:15pm
West vs. Cedar Falls
East vs. Columbus
Round 2 - 6:45PM
West vs. Columbus
East vs. Cedar Falls
Round 3 - 8:15pm
West vs. East
Cedar Falls vs. Columbus
Dan Gable National Wrestling Hall of Fame Bio
Any textbook on dedication, determination and desire should use Dan Gable as its model. His relentless pursuit of excellence carried him to the highest pinnacles of achievement. Gable won every major championship available to an American wrestler, climaxed by a gold medal in the 1972 Olympic Games.
He was an undefeated, three-time state high school champion at West Waterloo in Iowa. Starting in his senior year, he won six consecutive Midlands Championships. At Iowa State, he captured three Big Eight titles and National Collegiate honors in 1968 and 1969. He won 100 college matches in a row. Such was the stature of this magnificent athlete that he is best remembered for a match he lost, the 101st of his collegiate career, the 1970 NCAA finals to Larry Owings of Washington. Yet defeat only spurred him to new heights.
He won three National AAU Freestyle titles and won gold medals at the Pan American Games and the World Championships in 1971. In 1972, he won the Soviet Union’s famed Tbilisi Tournament in Tbilisi Georgia and was named Outstanding Wrestler, receiving a horsehair cape that weighs 15 pounds. Thousands of miles of roadwork, thousands of hours of training had brought Dan Gable within sight of his goal.
He was ready for the Olympic challenge. He overwhelmed all six opponents in the Games at Munich, without giving up a single point, and was widely acclaimed as outstanding wrestler of the 1972 Olympics.
Turning to coaching, Gable joined the Iowa staff in 1973 and became head coach in 1977. Starting in 1978, his Hawkeyes won a record nine consecutive NCAA team titles. He stepped down in 1997 with a 355-21-5 dual meet record, 15 NCAA team trophies, and 45 individual champions. His Hawkeyes won all 21 of their Big Ten meets. He also was World Freestyle coach and the 1980 and 1984 Olympic coach.
As one of the great athletes of wrestling history, and a living example of the values of dedication in pursuit of a goal, Dan Mack Gable is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
If you have any questions, contact the West High Athletic Office at 319-433-2707 or the East High Athletic Office at 319-433-2475.
Thursday, August 11 at Red Carpet Golf
Green Fees, Cart, Lunch, Social Hour & Dinner, Goodie Bag
11:30am–Lunch | 12:30pm–Shotgun Start
5:00pm–Social Hour | 6:00pm–Dinner
Raffle & Flight Prizes following dinner
Entries Due by Tuesday, August 2.
All proceeds to benefit West High Athletic Booster Club.
Sign up your foursome at Red Carpet Golf!
The purpose of the 2022 Waterloo West High Volleyball Camp is to introduce the youth to the game and to improve the skills of those who are already playing.
When: August 3-5 from 5:00-8:00pm
Who: Grades 9-12
Where: Central Middle School
Please bring form and entry fee to Central Middle School on the first day of camp. Registration will be from 4:30-5:00pm on August 3. Make checks payable to West High Volleyball.
The 2022 Family Week will be held on July 24-July 31, 2022. There will be no open gyms or practices being held, there is no student athlete contact allowed.
July 24-July 31: Family Week (no student athlete contact allowed)
August 8: First Day of Fall Sports Practices
August 11: West High Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing
August 18: Fall Kick-Off at Memorial Stadium
August 26: First Football Game (East vs. West) at Memorial Stadium
September 16: Homecoming Football Game
Mr. Bradley Maas will be named the new head wrestling coach at Waterloo West High School pending Waterloo School Board approval. He is a 2017 graduate of Minnesota State University where he also wrestled collegiately. Coach Maas has been an assistant wrestling coach at Southwest Minnesota State University, and he has also been an assistant wrestling coach at New Hampton High School.
Dr. Anthony W. Pappas, Director of Athletics at West High School comments: “We are very excited to have Brad as our head wrestling coach. His extensive background in wrestling will serve him well as he leads our wrestling program. His leadership, hard work, and high standards will be an asset to our program and to West High School."
Debra Lusaku of Waterloo West High School signed her National Letter of Intent for Track and Field with Hawkeye Community College. Hawkeye Community College is a member of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. Lusaku was a Mississippi Valley First Team All-Conference selection during the 2022 track season. In addition, she was named team captain during her senior year.
Dr. Anthony W. Pappas, Director of Athletics at Waterloo West High School comments, “I am extremely happy for Debra and her family. She is a wonderful young lady and we want to wish her the best of luck as she joins the Hawkeye Community College RedTails.”
The boys track and field team has qualified 7 events for the state meet on May 19-21 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Long jump - Tyree Gardner
Discus - Treyvon Higham
Sprint Med Relay - Ben Frazier, Tarelle Hoskins, Kyle Elliott, Cavelle Fay (Alternates Layton Ritter Isaiah McDonald)
4x800 Meter Relay - Ryan Harn, Andrew Congdon, Layton Ritter, Caleb Moe (Alternates Andrew Tracy, Yairh Gonzales)
4x200 Meter Relay - Kyle Elliott, Cavelle Fay, Isaiah McDonald, Tyree Gardner (Alternates Chase Hollis, Tarelle Hoskins)
4x100 Meter Relay - Ben Frazier, Tarelle Hoskins, Kyle Elliott, Cavelle Fay (Alternates Tyree Gardner, Branden Bauler)
4x400 Meter Relay - Kyle Elliott, Isaiah McDonald, Tyree Gardner, Cavelle Fay (Alternates Elijah Gehrke, Caleb Moe)
Watch State Track: https://watch.ihssn.com/browse
Congratulations and go Wahawks!
The Waterloo Schools Summer Swim Camp will cover training for each stroke: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and improving starts, underwaters and breakouts. This camp will help you get ready for the upcoming season.
Waterloo Schools, Don Bosco, Columbus and La Porte City/Union
swimmers going into 7th through 12th grade are welcome to participate. If you are younger than 7th grade and have swimming background and want to participate in this camp, please contact Coach Jeff Kamp.
The camp will be held Monday, June 13, 2022 through Friday, July 29, 2022,
from 3:00-4:30PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week at the Central Middle School pool.
How to Register:
Please contact Head Coach Jeff Kamp at email@example.com or at 319-231-1285.
Please see the flyer attached.
Arnel Topcagic of West High School signed his national letter of intent on Friday, Aprill 22, 2022, to attend Quincy University and play soccer. Quincy University is a NCAA Division II school located in Quincy, Illinois. They are a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Arnel is a three-year varsity player, and a starter. Director of Athletics, Dr. Anthony W. Pappas stated: “Congratulations to Arnel and his family. We wish him well at Quincy University.”
Alen Dizdaric, a two-year varsity player for the West High School boy’s basketball team has decided to continue his basketball career at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Alen signed his National Letter of Intent today. Mount Mercy is a NAIA school and they are a member of the Heart of America Conference.
Alen was a senior starter and he was also named team captain during his senior season. He was an All Academic MVC selection during his junior and senior years. In addition, he was named to the Honorable Mention All Metro and All MVC.
Dr. Anthony W. Pappas, West High’s Athletic Director comments: “I am so happy for Alen and his entire family. He has worked very hard and he has been a model student over his career at West High School. He will do very well at Mount Mercy University. We want to wish Alen all the best as he moves on to the collegiate level."
Relmin Cufurovic of West High School signed his national letter of intent today to attend Clarke College and play soccer. Clarke College is a NAIA school and they are a member of the Heart of America Conference.
Relmin is a three-year varsity player, and a two-year starter. Director of Athletics, Dr. Anthony W. Pappas stated: “We are all very happy for Relmin. He has worked hard to become the best soccer player that he can be. We wish him well at Clarke College.”
Layton Ritter, a four year track letter winner for the West High School Boys' Track team has decided to continue his track career at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. Layton also plans to run cross country at the University of Dubuque.
At West High School, he was a two year letter winner in cross country and he was named team captain during his senior year.
Director of Athletics, Dr. Anthony W. Pappas stated: “I am so happy for Layton and his entire family. During his four years at West High School he has grown both as an individual and as an athlete. We want to wish Layton all the best as he moves on to the next part of his life.”
Jonathan Featherston, a senior bowler for Waterloo West High School, signed his national letter of intent to attend and bowl for Grand View University, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
He is a two-year letter winner and was named captain during his senior year. He was also a Second Team All Mississippi Valley Conference selection. Jonathan was an integral part of West High’s 2022 Boys 3A State Qualifying Bowling team.
Director of Athletics, Dr. Anthony W. Pappas stated: “Jonathan has really grown as a bowler for West High School. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his bowling career at Grand View University.”
The 2021-22 All-Metro Basketball Team has been voted on and announced.
Girls' First Team: Halli Poock and Sahara Williams
Boys' First Team: Keishaun Pendelton and Si'Marion Anderson
Girls' Second Team: Sierra Moore and Brooklynn Smith
Girls' Honorable Mention: Jaide Domatob and Charlotte Gettman
Boys' Honorable Mention: Tyree Gardner and Jahlil Manago
Armin Dedic signed his national letter of intent to attend Western Illinois University to play soccer.
Western Illinois is a Division I school and they are a member of the Summit League.
Armin was named to the All MVC Conference First Team last season. In addition, he was named First Team All State after the completion of his junior season.
Director of Athletics, Dr. Anthony W. Pappas stated, “We are all very, very happy for Armin. He is a fine young man who always represents West High School in a fine light. I know that he has worked extremely hard to become a good soccer player. We wish him well at Western Illinois.”
The Wahawks fell to Johnston 31-51 on Friday, March 4 in the 2022 5A State Tournament Championship.
This was their third straight year as MVC Division Champions and their third straight year qualifying for the state tournament.
Congratulations on a great season!
The Warriors Varsity hockey team finished 1st in the Midwest High School Hockey League’s Regular Season and have the 1st seed in the State Tournament at the MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex in West Des Moines on Friday, March 4th.
JV plays at 8:30AM on Friday, March 4th and Varsity plays at 6:00PM on Friday, March 4th.
The Varsity team has also earned the bid to represent the state of Iowa and will be heading to the USA Hockey National Tournament in Dallas, TX March 24-28. The Warriors players will be selling raffle tickets until March 19th to help fund this trip.
Landon Sturch has been awarded MHSHL’s First Team All Star again this year.
In addition... the Warriors will be receiving the Sportsmanship Award trophy at the State Tournament, which has been earned for the lowest number of penalty minutes in the league.
Congratulations Warriors and good luck at the State Tournament!
State Tournament Bracket Information: http://midwesthighschoolhockey.pointstreaksites.com/...
#6 Wahawks defeated #3 Ankeny Centennial 67-59 in the 2022 State Tournament Class 5A Quarterfinal on Monday, February 28.
#6 Waterloo West will compete in the 2022 State Tournament Class 5A Semifinal on Thursday, March 3 vs. #7 Des Moines Valley at 11:45AM at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA.
#6 Waterloo West (21-2) will compete in the 2022 State Tournament Class 5A Quarterfinal on Monday, February 28 vs. #3 Ankeny Centennial (20-3) at 3:15PM at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA.
This will be their third consecutive State Tournament appearance.
Halli Poock and Sahara Williams were named to the MVC 1st Team.
Brooklynn Smith was named to the 2nd Team All-Conference.
Jaxson Hoppes, a football player from Waterloo West High School, signed his Letter of Intent today to become a part of the Wartburg Football Team.
Wartburg is a Division III College and a member of the American Rivers Conference. Jaxson is a three-year starter and has been named to the All District and All Metro teams in each of the last two years. In addition, he was voted Special Team MVP during 2020 and 2021 football seasons.
Dr. Anthony W. Pappas, Director of Athletics at Waterloo West High School comments: “I am so very happy for Jaxson and his entire family and we are all very proud of him here at West High School. He is a special young man who has overcome several challenges in his life and he always stayed positive and succeeded in everything he undertook. We wish him nothing but the best of luck as he begins his collegiate football career at Wartburg College.”
Congratulations Jaxson Hoppes!
Three girls qualified for the Individual State Bowling Co-Ed Finals that will be held at Maple Lanes on Monday, February 21 at 9:00 am.
Those three are: Ainslee McConaughy (placed first overall), Sydney Wilson (placed second overall) and Melanie Nelson (placed third overall).
The girls team finished in first place at the state qualifying bowling meet on Tuesday, February 15 and qualified for the Team State Bowling Co-Ed Finals that will be held at Cadillac XBC on Wednesday, February 23rd at 9:00 am.
The team consists of:
Melanie Nelson, Lydia Orr, Halley Hackbarth, Samantha Camilo, Ainslee McConaughy, Sydney Wilson and Lilly Hackbarth.
Four boys also qualified for our Individual State Bowling Co-Ed Finals that will be held at Maple Lanes on Monday, February 21 at 9:00 am.
Those four are: Brady Steere (placed first overall), Jonathan Featherston (placed second overall), Aidan Kohl (placed fifth overall) and Tayvon Homolar (placed sixth overall).
The boys team finished in second place at the state qualifying bowling meet on Tuesday, February 15 and qualified for the Team State Bowling Co-Ed Finals that will be held at Cadillac XBC on Wednesday, February 23rd at 9:00 am.
The team consists of:
Tayvon Homolar, Aidan Kohl, Ben Geer, Drew Britson, Brady Steere, Jonathan Featherston, Dakotah Reiss.
State Bowling ticketing link:
The girls track and field online store will close on Sunday, February 27 2022 at 11:59pm.
For questions please contact head coach Lincoln Vorba.
Cooper Paxton finished in second place at the district wrestling tournament on February 12, in the 145 weight class.
Paxton's record is 37-3.
Paxton will wrestle on Thursday, February 17 in the Class 3A session beginning at 1:30PM at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
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Waterloo West High School will be inducting Mr. Don Huff into their Coaches Hall of Fame Thursday, January 13, 2022 in between the JV and Varsity Wrestling meets versus East Waterloo High School.
Coach Huff, a 1957 graduate of West High School, was a two-time Individual State Wrestling Champion (1956 & 1957). Don later came back to West as an assistant wrestling coach, and then he became the head wrestling coach in 1977, retiring in 1998. His 1989 team won the IHSAA State Team Wrestling Championship and he also coached two state dual runner-up teams. He coached 12 individual State Champions and in 1989, he was named the IHSAA 3A Wrestling Coach of the Year. He was later inducted into the IHSAA Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
Dr. Anthony W. Pappas, West High’s Athletic Director added: “Don Huff touched and influenced countless numbers of lives during his teaching and coaching career at West High School. He is very, very, deserving of this great honor!”
We are inviting all of Don’s friends, family, and fans of wrestling, to attend his induction ceremony this Thursday evening at Sidden’s Gymnasium at approximately 7:00 pm.
Congratulations to Halli Poock, who was named one of the Cedar Valley Stars of the Week!
Tyree Gardner, from Waterloo West High School, signed his National Letter of Intent today to play football at Saint Thomas University, located in St. Paul Minnesota. Saint Thomas is a member of the Pioneer Football League, a NCAA Division 1 AA school. Gardner was a First Team All-Metro selection, an All District and an Academic All-State Selection. In addition, he was named IPSWA 3 rd Team All-State. Tyree also participated in basketball and baseball. He has been selected to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl game in 2022.
Dr. Anthony W. Pappas, Director of Athletics at Waterloo West High School, comments: “I am extremely happy for Tyree and his family. He has worked very hard to become an excellent football player. We are very proud of him and wish him the best as he joins the Saint Thomas football program."
Brooklynn Smith, a 6’3” post player signed her National Letter of Intent today to play collegiate basketball for the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). Smith is a four-year starter, an All Mississippi Valley Conference selection, and was named an All-Metro selection the past two seasons.
“I’m very happy for Brooklynn. She has really improved her game during her time at West High School,” said West High Head Coach Dr. Anthony W. Pappas. “I have no doubt that her best basketball is ahead of her. We all wish her great success at the University of Nebraska.”
A NEW way to stream and watch athletic events here at West High!
(Athletic events will NO longer be streamed via the Waterloo West Livestreams YouTube channel)
The first athletic event that will be streamed is the Varsity Girls Basketball Jamboree on Thursday, November 18th starting at 5:45pm with tip-off at 6:00pm.
Each stream is $5.00.
There is also an app available for mobile devices, called “Team1Prep.”
Please make checks payable to: West High Athletic Booster Club
Please send completed form with payment to: West High Athletic Office, ATTN: WHABC, 425 E Ridgeway Ave, Waterloo, IA 50702
Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you times a million for your support!!!