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Posted February 25, 2011
State Duals celebrates 25th anniversary

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Iowa High School Athletic Association is celebrating the 25th year of the State Duals wrestling tournament Saturday.

Tournament organizers will honor the top programs, teams and coaches in a ceremony immediately before the finals round at the U.S. Cellular Center, starting at 6 p.m.

Since the tournament’s inaugural event in 1987, Cedar Rapids Prairie leads Class 3A with 11 appearances, while Winterset (14) and Don Bosco (17) have qualified the most in 2A and 1A, respectively. Don Bosco also owns the most titles with eight, including the last six. Davenport Assumption is attempting to win its fifth State Duals crown, which would break a tie with Osage for most in 2A. West Des Moines Dowling has won a record six 3A titles.

Don Bosco’s Tom Kettman has won seven titles, while former Assumption Coach Wade King, Iowa City West Coach Mark Reiland and Rick Caldwell of Waverly-Shell Rock have coached four championship teams apiece.

The ceremony will also honor the late Dave Harty, who was the first tournament manager of the State Duals and ran the event for 19 years. Harty was an Assistant Executive Director for the IHSAA for 35 years before retiring in 2005. Harty passed away in October at age 75.

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