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Our History

The Ankeny Wrestling Club (AWC) began in 1992 by a small group of volunteers and a handful of young wrestlers, which has grown to over 200 members annually!

Our Mission

The primary goal of the Ankeny Wrestling Club is to encourage participation in the sport of wrestling, keep the kids excited and interested in the sport as well as provide the proper technique and training to allow each kid to reach their fullest potential as a wrestler.

 

  

 

Bob Anderson

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • East 1992
  • 1992- State Qualifier
  • 1991- 4th Place
  • 1990- State Qualifier
College:
  • Swarthmore/Central College, 1997
Coaching:
  • Des Moines North Junior Club Wrestling Coach 2005-2009
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2010-present
  • USSSA Baseball 2010-present 

 

Curt Bennethum

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Elite & Senior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • WDM Valley 1989
  • 1989- State Champ
  • 1988- 4th Place
  • 1987- 2nd Place
  • 1986- state qualifier
College:
  • UNI, 1993
  • 2X NCAA Qualifier
  • Iowa National Freestyle and Greco Roman Experience
Coaching:
  • Ankeny wrestling Club 2011-Present
 

Justin Song

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Des Moines Hoover High School  1998
  • 4 Year Letter Winner
  • Team Captain
College:
  • Simpson College 2002
  • 4 Year Letter Winner
  • 3 Year Varsity Starter
  • Team Captain
  • Two Time Academic All-American
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2014- present

 

Joe Bennett

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Fort Dodge 1989
  • 1989- 5th Place
College:
  • UNI, 1993
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2011- Present
  • Ankeny Junior Football 2010 – present
  • USSSA Baseball 2012-present 

 

Brad Bruhl

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Elite Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Fort Dodge, IA 1988
  • 1988-State Champ
  • 1987-3rd Place
  • 1986-State Runner Up
  • 1985-4th Place
  • Greco Wrestling
  • 2X Iowa Junior National Team member
College:
  • University of Iowa 1988-1991
  • University of Northern Iowa 1991-1993
  • 2X NCAA Qualifier
  • 2X West Region Champion
  • UNI Team Co-Captain 1992-1993
  • Freestyle National Place winner
  • Competed in the 1992 Olympic Trials
Coaching:
  • UNI - Volunteer Assistant 1993-1994
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2013- present 

 

Mike Kelly

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Britt High School 1986
  • 1986-State Champ
  • National Espoir All-American
College:
  • Iowa State University 1991
  • Member of the Iowa State Wrestling team 1987-1991
  • 1987-NCAA Championship Team member
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2013- present 

 

Paul Folkers

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Turkey Valley 1992
  • 1992 - state qualifier
  • 1991 - state qualifier
College:
  • Iowa Central
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2013 - present
  • Assistant Coach- North Fayette/West Union 1997-1998 

 

Kirk Rathjen

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Iowa Valley 1992
  • 1992- State Champ
  • 1991- 4th Place
College:
  • Central College, 1997
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2008- present
  • Ankeny Junior Football 2007-present 

 

John Royer

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Marion 1989
  • 1989- State Champ
  • 1988- 5th Place
  • 1987-State Qualifier
College:
  • Kirkwood
  • 2X National Qualifier and National Freestyle Team
Coaching:
  • Waterloo Columbus HS 1993-1994
  • Belmond HS 1995-1999
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2009- present 

 

Dean Ken Worthy

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Clinton High School 1996
  • State Qualifier
College:
  • University of Dubuque
Coaching:
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2014 - present 

 

Scott Turner

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Ankeny 1993
  • Indianola 1989 - 1990
  • Freestyle Nationals Qualifier, 1993
Coaching:
  • Norwalk Wrestling Club 2007 - 2010
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2016- present
  • USSA Baseball 2010 - Present
  • Ankeny Little League 2010 - 2012
  • Certified IHSAA Wrestling Official 2009 - Present

 

Dave Kildow

Ankeny Wrestling Club Junior Coach

Wrestling Accomplishments:

High School:

  • Ottumwa High School 1997
  • Iowa Junior National Freestyle Team- 1996
Coaching:
  • Englewood, CO Wrestling Club 2001-2004
  • Ankeny Wrestling Club 2011-present
  • USSSA Baseball 2014-present