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Central Wrestlers Get Ready For Iowa Conference Wrestling Championships

Simpson College hosts the Iowa Conference Wrestling Championships in Indianola and varsity matches are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. The championship finals will begin at 7 p.m.

Joe Atwell will compete at 149 pounds after placing sixth in the same class last season, and brother Josh Atwell is set at 157 pounds after a seventh-place finish at 141 pounds in 2010.

The rest of Central’s probable lineup includes Kalen Greiner at 125 pounds, Bryan Connolly at 133 pounds, Reid Imerman at 165 pounds, Tommy Van Renterghem at 174 pounds, Greg Barner at 184 pounds, Theron Stewart at 197 pounds and Ted Dirkx at 285 pounds.

The Iowa Conference qualifies 35 wrestlers for the national tournament field of 170. The top three finishers in each weight class advance along with three wild cards selected in a league’s coaches meeting following the meet Friday and two additional wild cards chosen by the national wrestling committee next week after all qualifying tournaments are completed.

The championship finals will be televised live on Iowa Public Television’s statewide network at 7 p.m. Tim Johnson will provide play-by-play while Dan Gable provides analysis.