Video: Tristan Wirfs' journey from Mount Vernon to Iowa football

HS journalism: High school teachers, coaches, teammates offer insight on standout athlete and person

Mount Vernon H.S. Mustang Moon illustration
Mount Vernon H.S. Mustang Moon illustration

MOUNT VERNON — Tristan Wirfs was an extremely successful athlete at Mount Vernon High School and recently finished his first season as an offensive lineman at the University of Iowa.

In wrestling, Wirfs was a state qualifier his sophomore and junior years and finished his career with a Class 2A state heavyweight championship last February, his senior year.

In track, he was a three-time Drake Relays champion, won three state titles in discus, two state titles in shot put and was named Gatorade Player of the Year. He holds the school record for shot put and discus.

Finally, Wirfs was first team all district in football for three straight seasons, named to the Des Moines Register Elite All-State team his senior year, as well as being the Class 2A offensive lineman of the year.

Wirfs participated in the U.S. Army Bowl and was named The Gazette Male Athlete of the Year before starting his football career at Iowa.

This video is one of a series created by high school students for the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” which will be on display at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa, from March 18-April 29, 2018

The video was produced by Drew Adams, Nick Leopold, Casey Noska, Max Siders and Garrett Welch.



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