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Iowa-style wrestling, pioneered by legendary wrestling coach Dan Gable, is defined by relentless work and a refusal to concede an inch in the face of opposition.
It is this mentality that has served high school girls wrestlers in the state of Iowa in their fight for their sport to be sanctioned.
Few teams in the state embody this determination as much as the Anamosa High School Raiders girls wrestlers. The team was founded in 2019 by three current juniors, Ava Scranton, Emily Watters and Maggie Wagner — freshmen when the was program started.
These girls have played every possible role in building and supporting their teammates, all of whom had no previous wrestling experience this season.
These pioneers have built a grassroots community, with enthusiastically supportive parents and provided a foundation for the sport to flourish for years to come.
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This article is from Iowa Ideas magazine, published by The Gazette.