Ankeny High School hires wrestling coach

Ankeny High School hires wrestling coach

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Ankeny High School hires wrestling coach

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Jack Wignall had some mixed feelings when Dave Ewing stepped down last month as Ankeny’s head wrestling coach.
“I wanted him to stay as long as he could because I learned so much from him,” said Wignall, who served as an assistant on Ewing’s staff for the last seven years. “The longer he stayed, the better it was for me because I got a chance to coach under him and give me more experience in the long run.”
Wignall will now take over the program that Ewing guided for the last 26 years. He will become only the third head coach for the Hawks since 1962, when Bob Sharp began his 25-year tenure at Ankeny.
“I’m very excited about it,” Wignall said. “There have been a lot of good assistant coaches here over the years who have come and gone, and for me I guess this was just an opening and an opportunity. I knew that coach Ewing wasn’t going to coach here forever, so it was kind of in the back of my mind that I’d like to be a head coach at some point, even before I knew about the split to two high schools (this fall).”
Ewing was named the Class 3-A coach of the year after guiding Ankeny to a second consecutive fifth-place finish in the state duals tournament. The Hawks posted a 31-2 record, the best mark in school history.
Wignall and the other assistant coaches were honored as the Class 3-A coaching staff of the year.
“There are some things like early-morning drills and lifting that I helped start, and we’re going to continue those things,” Wignall said. “But the formula here has been pretty good. I think we’ve won 50-plus dual meets in the last two years, so it’s hard to argue with that kind of success.
“I don’t think we’ll make a lot of changes,” he added.

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