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NCASB Wrestling 2017

On January 27-28, four wrestlers from Iowa traveled to Louisville, Kentucky in order to compete in a tournament sponsored by the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind.  Buoyed by a team effort that resulted in all 4 wrestlers earning medals in their respective weight classes, the Iowa Rams battled their way to a 5th place finish among the 11 teams competing.

The feature match of the tournament belonged to Alex Gillaspie who met Chris Avila from Indiana in the 126 lb. title bout.  Avila had been named outstanding wrestler of this tournament 2 years ago while Gillaspie had earned the honor of outstanding wrestler last year.   Gillaspie kept the match close, but could not recover from a late takedown in the 1st period and a relentless attack by Avila during the 2nd and 3rd periods.  Avila won the match 10-0 and was named Outstanding Wrestler again this year.  Gillaspie finished in 2nd place.

In the 160 lb. weight class, Eli Buck won 3 matches and lost 2.  He wrestled with tremendous energy, winning his first match by fall in 15 seconds.  He lost in the semi-finals to a wrestler from Arkansas, but bounced back in the consolation bracket to win two of his final 3 matches and earn 4th place.

Logan Humpal competed for the first time ever!  He led 2-0 before being reversed and pinned in his first match.  In his 2nd match, Humpal was leading 6-3 at the end of the 1st period, but was required to default after his 2 minutes of injury time expired.  His efforts led to a 4th place finish in the 189 lb. weight class.

Miguel Salas returned to the mat after having wrestled in Junior High 4 years ago.  He placed 3rd in the 285 lb. weight class.  Salas was pinned in his first match by the eventual champion, and then won by fall in his second match before losing his third and final bout.

Currently, there are thirteen (13) schools in the NCASB Conference. Through the years, the Conference has hosted track and field competition in the fall; wrestling, cheerleading and goal ball in the winter; and swimming and forensics in the spring.  In Iowa, participation is limited to students in grades 7-12 who receive support from Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The Iowa Rams were coached by Jay Colsch with assistance from Carter Fuhrman and Charles Gillaspie. For more information about participating in NCASB events, contact Jay Colsch at (319) 330-6869.

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