MOUNT AYR — Mount Ayr Community High School will host the 25th edition of their Dual Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Nine teams will compete for the championship of this round-robin event, with simultaneous action taking place on four mats. Rounds 1-4 get under way at 4:30 Friday afternoon, and the wrestling resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday with rounds 5-9.
A series of special events are planned for the silver anniversary tournament, culminating with a ceremony to dedicate the tournament in memory of coach Ron Scott. Coach Scott died suddenly last spring, and the Mount Ayr Athletic Department and Raider wrestling team will honor his memory with the Ron Scott Memorial Dual Tournament.
“Scotty” was the head wrestling coach at Mount Ayr from 1966-1996, compiling a career record of 198-137-4. After stepping down from that position, he continued to work with coaches and athletes through the Pursuing Victory With Honor program, an initiative of the Iowa Institute for Character Development. In 2009, Scotty started a third career as the Midwest Area Director for International Cooperating Ministries, where he worked at the time of his death.
Coach Scott was selected to the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 2008 he was presented with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Service Award. He helped guide 57 Raider wrestlers to the state tournament, including his oldest son Jeff.
The dedication ceremony will take place at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday. Coach Scott’s family is expected to be on hand for the occasion. In addition, a group of coach Scott’s former wrestlers will present a plaque to the school commemorating the impact that Scotty had on their lives.
The school also announced the creation of the Ron Scott Wrestler of Character Award. Character was vitally important to coach Scott, who believed that without honor, it was impossible to achieve true victory. The Ron Scott Wrestler of Character Award will recognize a young person who demonstrates the type of character that coach Scott lived each day of his life.
Each competing school was invited to nominate one of their wrestlers who has displayed exemplary character. A committee of wrestlers, coaches, officials, and teachers who worked with coach Scott will review the nominations and select the Ron Scott Wrestler of Character.