It only counts as one vote towards the final tally, but Charles City’s Lilly Luft recently won the fan poll in voting for the Dan Gable Ms. Wrestler of the Year award.
Earlier this month, Luft won the 130-pound title at Iowa’s first-ever sanctioned Girls High School State Wrestling Championships. It was her third state title overall for the soon-to-be member of the Iowa Hawkeye women’s wrestling team.
Luft received almost 61% of the fan votes for Ms. Wrestler of the Year, conducted in coordination with Fareway Stores, IAwrestle.com and the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA). Riverside Oakland’s Molly Allen was second with 24% and Decorah’s Naomi Simon was third with 15%. Both won state titles themselves this year.
Fan voting for the Mr. Wrestler award continues through Monday, February 20th. Class 1A finalists include Nashua-Plainfield’s Garret Rinken, who won the 126-pound state title Saturday in Des Moines. Nick Fox of Osage is a finalist in Class 2A and comes off the 170-pound title Saturday night. Waverly-Shell Rock’s Ryder Block, who won his second straight 138-pound title Saturday night, is a finalist in Class 3A.
Fan vote winners will count as ONE vote towards the IWCOA’s committee votes in EACH round.
For example: Wrestler A received enough fan votes to place second in the poll but that does not guarantee them to move on to the next round. IWCOA has selected 12 coaches and officials to serve on the committee. The fan vote is the 13th vote.) The two runner-up student athletes in each class will receive finalist award plaques.
All finalists will be invited to attend the luncheon awards banquet at the Fareway Conference Center in Boone on Wednesday, March 1st. Dan Gable and Mark Ironside will hand out awards
Details and a link to voting can be found in this story on our station website.
**vote once every 24 hours. please wait a full 24 hours. (for example: you can’t vote monday at 8pm and then tuesday at 8am because it is a new day. 24 hours means 24 hours limit applies.)