The banner year for Woodward-Granger continues as state champion Cody Fisher earned the Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year title among Class 2A contenders.
A finalist for the honor last year following his first state title, Fisher took this year's top prize over fellow nominees Will Esmoil (West Liberty) and Hayden Taylor (Solon).
Fareway Stores, Inc. and BodyArmor presented the Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year Awards, in coordination with IAwrestle and IWCOA, on Saturday, March 14 during an awards ceremony in advance of the premier invitational, War at West Gym.
Not only did Fisher bag his second 220-pound state crown this year, he also had a perfect slate with a 52-0 record with the added pressure of being the No. 1 ranked man in his class and was named to the preseason Iowa Eight by the Des Moines Register. Fisher walked away with 37 total pins, 28 of which came within the first two minutes.
With those staggering accomplishments behind him, he will take his 20th overall national rank in his class to Iowa State where he will enroll in the fall. As of February, he said he is unsure what weight the program plans to utilize him at.
As for the Dan Gable Wrestler of the Year Awards, fans had the ability to vote once per day for their top wrestler in each category until Feb. 7 on IAwrestle.com. Public votes were tallied, and the top voted wrestler received an extra vote towards the IWCOA committee vote. The following athletes were recognized as 2020 recipients:
Class 2A: Cody Fisher – Woodward Granger
Will Esmoil – West Liberty (finalist)
Hayden Taylor – Solon (finalist)
Class 3A: Drake Ayala – Fort Dodge
Gabe Christenson – Southeast Polk (finalist)
Caleb Rathjen – Ankeny (finalist)
Class 1A: Cael Happel – Lisbon
Adam Allard – West Sioux (finalist)
Robert Avila – Lisbon (finalist)
Ms. Wrestler: Tateum Park – Davenport North
Chloe Clemons – Pleasant Valley (finalist)
Abby McIntyre – Glenwood (finalist)
The two runner-up student athletes in each class received finalist award plaques. A duplicate Wrestler of the Year trophy and duplicate Wrestler of the Year runner-up plaques will be provided to each high school where finalists attend, for permanent placement in the high school trophy case.