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Reach for the Stars Paper Back Book by Dan McCool
Reach for the Stars Paper Back Book by Dan McCool

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Product Code: 29000

Is this heaven? No, it's better than that....

Wrestling is as much a part of winter in Iowa as is snow and cold. Dreams of state championships begin in elementary school and, since 1972, come to fruition - or heart-breakingly fall short - at an arena in Des Moines in February or March.

In 2011, the tournament finals sold out for the 24th consecutive year. Individuals and teams carve their names on the sport's history tree each year. Some champions were blind, some were deaf, some were amputees but all earn the respect of thousands for their work ethic - a hallmark of the state's populace.

Is this heaven? No, it's better than that. It's high school wrestling in Iowa!

Reach for the Stars is a history of the Iowa high school state tournament, with 54 chapters of stories about some individual state champions, some legendary teams, some of the great coaches as well as some individuals who did not win gold, but left a forever mark on the tournament. There are stories on Dan Gable, Bob Siddens, Fred Cooper, T. J. Sebolt and Jeff McGinness....along with Nick Ackerman, Jack Barron and Ray Lough. Also, there are championship round results from 1921 to 2011 and a list of the state champions who became national champions in college.

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