Wrestling 'Border Battle'
set for Friday in Cresco
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 4:20 AM
The top senior wrestlers from northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota who have completed outstanding high school careers will face off in the 11th annual all-star "Border Battle" dual meet at 7 p.m., Friday, March 9, at the Crestwood High School, Cresco.
"Things are still up in the air as far as who will be wrestling for each squad," stated Dennis Meirick, president of the hosting Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. "Minnesota is wrestling their state tournament this weekend and will be putting their team together after that."
Meirick noted wrestlers from Decorah, New Hampton, South Winneshiek, Crestwood and Osage have already committed for the Iowa squad. The Border Battle dual meet record is split at 5-5 between the squads.
The Minnesota team will consist of senior wrestlers from school districts located in Mower, Fillmore and Houston counties. The Iowa team will consist of seniors from school districts drawing students in from Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties. As in the past, both teams could draw a few wrestlers from outside the boundaries.
Of the 16 Iowa wrestlers who have committed to the meet, 13 have been state qualifiers with seven being state place finishers. Fourteen of the wrestlers posted over 30 wins this past season. More wrestlers will be added as needed to match up with the Minnesota squad.
The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is located on Highway 9 and Elm Street in Cresco and is free to the public during regular business hours.
"We started this Border Battle to honor wrestlers who have committed so much time to this sport. Each year it amazes me that they are such solid athletes. I know Minnesota will be bringing down another very good squad this year and I think the Iowa team looks pretty 'salty' also. I think it has been a very positive experience for the wrestlers and the fans," Meirick said.
Border Battle organizers hope to feature about 20 matches again this year.
Tickets for the event are $5 and $4 for students and will be sold at the door at Crestwood.