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Wrestlers Who Fish: Chuck Yagla, Waterloo Columbus HS/Iowa Hawkeyes

I posted an article on Chuck Yagla back in March that chronicled his wrestling career starting in HS. The interesting thing about Chuck Yagla is that he never won state, but won 2 NCAA D1 Titles for The Hawkeyes in 1975 and 1976. He placed 2nd as a Senior in HS in 1972 and apparently was bot satisfied with that showing, for boy did he ever make up for not winning a state championship. He did win a Junior National Title after he graduated though, which may have sparks Iowa’s attention.

On top of winning 2 NCAA championships, he also won 3 Big 10 Championships and was named the OW of the 1976 National Tournament.

After college, Yagla continued to compete and won the Midlands championship in 1976, 1977 and 1978 and was an  international Greco-Roman champion in 1978. He qualified for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. After he qualified, President Carter decided that the USA  National team should boycott the Moscow Olympics. So Chuck never got to compete for the gold.

Chuck was also an Assistant Coach at Iowa 1977 thru 1982.

AND GUESS WHAT?!?!?! Chuck has reeled in some nice fish in his day, mostly bass! Check out some of these dandies!

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