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Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:44 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 7:10 a.m. CDT

The project

Director/photographer Tim Jackson logged 18,000 road miles, 65 hours of footage, interviews with all of the 21 previous four-time state wresting champions, numerous afternoons in wrestling rooms, evening and weekends at matches and tournaments; and two years of work to make an 81-minute documentary about two high school champions and their journey to join the list of Iowa’s four-time state wrestling champions.

The story

An original, feature length documentary, “Wrestling With Iowa” looks at the lives of two young men (Jake Marlin of Creston and Brandon Sorensen of Denver-Tripoli) as they work through their senior year of high school and fight their way back to the 2013 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament for their one-and-only chance to join the elite four-time champions list.  

The film visits with former champions to discover what it takes to maintain the focus to be the best and how the lessons learned carried into their adult lives. Follow the story as each wrestler finds their individual path to success at the highest level of high school competition.

Theater tour

In the first full week of January, wrestling fans will be able to see “Wrestling With Iowa” on the big screen during a six-stop tour of Iowa.  

Starting in Creston on Sunday, the film will have screenings at Forest City, Osage, Waverly, Nevada, and Oskaloosa.

“Thanks to generous support from the independent theaters, sponsors and support through a Kickstarter campaign, the shows will be free to all wrestlers and wrestling fans.” Jackson said.

Due to limited seating in select theaters, tickets will be required for the Creston and Nevada shows. First-come seating is planned for the rest of the theaters.


• Jan. 5 Strand Theater in Creston 4:30 p.m.

• Jan. 6 Forest Theater in Forest City 7 p.m.

• Jan. 7 Watts Theater in Osage 7 p.m.

• Jan. 8 Palace Theater in Waverly 7 p.m.

• Jan. 9 Camelot Theater in Nevada 7 p.m.

• Jan. 10 Daily Community Auditorium in Oskaloosa 7 p.m.

The director

“Wrestling With Iowa” is the thesis project for director Tim Jackson, 44, who recently completed his master’s studies at the School of Film at Ohio University. A career editorial and sports photographer, Jackson returned to college in 2010 to study film production. For the project, Jackson spent nearly two years in research, production and editing; including moving to Iowa for the 2012-13 wrestling season.

Jackson plans to be at every screening during the tour.

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