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Match postponed

Creston’s home girls soccer match scheduled Tuesday against Carroll Kuemper Catholic was postponed because of inclement weather.

A makeup date has not been announced.

Wrestling resumes

LAMONI — Graceland University is bringing wrestling back to Lamoni.

The university is assembling a wresting facility and school officials are conducting interviews this week to determine who will lead the program this fall when the school fields a team for the first time since 1982.

“There’s a lot of wrestlers in the state of Iowa and we’ve had demands, we’ve had students ask if we’d ever bring it back, and because of that excitement and the demand that’s out there, we think it’s the thing to do,” said Kirk Bjorland, Graceland vice president for enrollment.

Graceland, which will compete at the NAIA level, is one of four schools in the process of adding wrestling and National Wrestling Coaches Association executive director Mike Moyer said five others are “on the bubble.”

Bjorland said an expected enrollment spike is one of the driving forces behind Graceland’s decision to reinstate the program, which he estimates will cost the school $100,000 in start-up expenses by the time the school hires a head coach, puts the finishing touches on its practice facility and books its travel schedule for next season.

The Yellowjackets captured 22 consecutive Heart of America Conference titles under coach Jerry Hampton before league opponents grew scarce and economic issues led to the program’s demise in 1982.



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