IDA GROVE -The Herb Irgens Wrestling Invitational, (formerly the BCIG Wrestling tourney) will host 24 teams from around Iowa on January 22nd and 23rd in Ida Grove. This year's event will make the 40th anniversary of this event.
Of the 24 teams competing, Gilbertville-Don Bosco is the defending 1A State Champion and Dual Team Champion, and is currently the top ranked team in 1A this season. Other 1A ranked teams include #3 Twin River Valley and #11 Woodbury Central. Ranked Class 2A representatives include #8 Emmetsburg and #11 OA-BCIG.
Rounding out the field this year include: AGH/SC, Kingsley-Pierson, Okoboji, Pocahontas-Pomeroy/Palmer, Prairie Valley, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, RCL/So Cal, Storm Lake, Woodbine, Carroll, MVAO, Lawton-Bronson, West Lyon, Cherokee, Spirit Lake Park, Graettinger-Terrill, Akron-Westfield, Audubon and Marcus-Meridan Cleghorn.
Headlining the 48 ranked wrestlers expected to compete are Brandon Welter (GDB) 125, Cole Welter (GDB) 135, Clay Welter (GDB) 152, Taylor Kettman (GDB) 189 and Skylar Rice (Em) 135. Ranked second are Brance Simms (TRV) 103, Ben McMahon (GDB) 119, Michael Jensen (GT) 145, and Levi Peters (TRV) 160. Third rated wrestlers include: Jordan Bremer (WC) 103 and Dustin Schwaller (OK) 285. There are two returning state champions and runner-ups among the 20 State place winners.
Action begins on Friday night at 4:30, and will start up again on Saturday morning at 10:00. Finals are expected to begin around 5:30.