Ten years after his retirement, former Union High School Head Wrestling Coach Dick Ingvall continues to make a difference in the lives of young wrestlers. Ingvall, who was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004, helped build the La Porte City and Union High School program into a perennial powerhouse. As the Head Coach in La Porte City for nearly 30 years, Ingvall amassed 324 dual meet wins, coached over 100 state tournament qualifiers, including seven state champions, and was a multiple Class 2A State Coach of the Year honoree. His teams won the State Dual Championship in 2004 and finished as runner-up on four other occasions.
Following his retirement in 2005, a golf tournament was established in his name and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Knights Wrestling Club, an organization designed to promote wrestling for youth of all ages. Last Saturday, the Four Person Best Shot Tournament was held at the La Porte City Golf Club, with more than 100 golfers participating in the event. In addition to the action on the course, the Golf Club also hosted a dinner and auction, where items such as a wrestling mat, Knights Wrestling Club bag boards, Knights Wrestling Club metal sign, a custom golf cart hood and state champion autographed hat were just some of the featured treasures sold to the highest bidders.
All of the money raised at the event will be used to fund the Knights Wrestling Club, which supports youth wrestling at all age levels in the communities that comprise the Union Community School District. Last year, the club purchased gear, national tournament entries and travel expenses, a new wrestling mat for the high school, in addition to sponsoring a youth pizza party and summer pool party. The Knights Wrestling Club also awarded three Jan Ingvall college scholarships for members of the Class of 2015. Scholarship eligibility requires a minimum 3.0 high school grade point average for students who will wrestle in college.
Wrestlers served by the club enjoyed phenomenal success last year, as Union High School claimed a state team dual title in Class 2A, crowned two individual state champions and placed second as a team in the individual tournament. Eight wrestlers from the club also qualified for the Cadet (3rd-8th grade) state tournament. Seven wrestlers advanced to the Pee Wee (K-2nd grade) tournament, with two earning top-seven finishes.