29 Teams - 5 Ranked Nationally - 7 States
Southeast Polk Rams win their 2nd Cheesehead (in 3 years) with a 92 point win over the National Dynasty of St. Edwards, Ohio (SEP 614.5 - St. Ed's 522.5). The Rams had the most Champions (3) in Nolan Hellickson at 126 lbs (3rd Title), Ethan Andersen at 220 lbs. (2nd Title), and Jake "Turbo" Marnin at 285 lbs. (1st Title).
The Rams' 2014-2015 Season should be an interesting one, to say the least. The Rams return 1 State Champion, 3 additional Finalists, and 6 more Placewinners, totalling 10 returning Placewinner. On top of that, they've 2 returning qualifiers and a crop of new freshman talent. As a result, the Rams are nationally ranked 6th (Intermat's Fab 50) or 10th (WIN) and 1st in the State of Iowa.
The team has at least 4 future Div. 1 Wrestlers, with Nolan Hellickson (Harvard), Keegan Shaw (Iowa), Aaron Meyer (Iowa), and Ethan Andersen (Missouri), and other potential Div. 1 athletes still undecided. On the whole, the Rams have 10 Div. 1 Athletes in the past 4 years attending Harvard, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, and University of Northern Iowa, along with numerous others on Div. 3, NAIA, and JUCO teams
Accolades aside, noone is going to hand SEP a Title. The Bettendorf Bulldogs return one of the best teams in the history of Iowa - 5 returning State Champions and a Finalist - who topped the Rams in 2014. Its going to be a clash of the titans, SEP v. Bett, as both team prepare to unload both barrells this year.
2014 - The Last Supper
The SEP Wrestling "Last Supper" was a huge success. We had over 300 wrestlers, parents, friends and family attend. The Wrestlers certianly gorged themselves Sunday night, which made for an interesting "display" during Monday's morning run.
Thanks to all of our parent / booster group, along with the following sponsors that made it all happen:
Bianchi Brothers Pizza
Hy-Vee - Altoona
Pizza Ranch - Altoona
Red Rock Mortgage - Karey Larkin
Village Inn - Atoona
The Rams dominated every competition they entered with a rare balance of super stars power and total team effort. The Rams won the Blazers Invitational in Gardner Edgerton HS, Kansas, the prestigious Cheesehead Tournament in Kaukana, Wisconsin, set records at the Winger Classic in Urbandale, Iowa, and CIML Conference Tournament. The Rams qualified 13 of 14 guys at the District Tournament before winning the SEP High School's first Men's State Title, in its 50-year history, by dominating the State Dual Tournament.
The Rams topped that performance just days later in scoring 180.5 points, the 3rd highest in 3A history, with individual State Champions in Tim Miklus (160 lbs.), Dylan Blackford (170 lbs.), and Bryce Fisher (220 lbs.). The Rams placed 11 of 13 qualifiers including Nolan Hellickson (3rd - 106 lbs. (soph.), Aaron Meyer (8th - 120 lbs. (soph.), Keegan Shaw (5th - 126 lbs. (soph.), Briar Dittmer (4th - 132 lbs. (soph.), Colin Strickland (4th - 145 lbs. (senior), Luke Sargent (4th - 182 lbs. (senior), Ethan Andersen (6th - 195 lbs. (frosh.), and Jake Scanlan (4th - HWT (Junior). The Rams finished the season with a National Ranking of #12.
The Rams will lose 7 Seniors from their starting line-up next year, but the boys are hungry to turn a good run into a repeat performance .
Blackford, - Fisher - Miklus Claim Individual State titles
Dylan Blackford (170 lbs.), Bryce Fisher (220 lbs.), and Tim Miklus (160 lbs.) celebrate following their State Title victories. The Ram seniors went 3-for-3 in the Finals, capping off the SEP State Traditional Title that was locked up during the morning's placing rounds. Welcome Dylan, Bryce, and Tim to the SEP Athletics Hall of Fame.
- - - 2013 dual state champions - - -
With a clinched victory over Bettendorf coming by pin from Sam Jones (152 lbs.), the SEP Wrestling Rams win the 1st Boys' State Championship in the 50-year history of Southeast Polk High School. The Drought is over. The Curse is broken. Free at last.
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