STATE CENTER - As the wrestling program has grown in participants through the years at West Marshall High School, the practice space kept appearing smaller.
The solution was unveiled Thursday during an open house for the newly-built wrestling room.
"It's something we've always wanted and needed," said West Marshall head coach Lonnie Ferguson. "With 34 wrestlers now, it's nice to spread out."
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West Marshall wrestling coaches Lonnie Ferguson, left, and Todd Kline, center, are pictured with Superintendent Ned Sellers during an open house for the new wrestling room at the high school Thursday.
The building cost approximately $229,000 and is 94 feet by 44 feet. The project, which is a standalone building just north of the high school, was led by King Construction of Iowa Falls and also includes restrooms. The former wrestling room was much smaller and was located behind the basketball bleachers, which made for plenty of scheduling conflicts - especially during basketball games.
"This is awesome," said sophomore wrestler Dale Hilleman of the new room. "There's a lot more room to do things and we don't have to share it with anybody."
Administrators appeared happy with the new building, which has been utilized since the start of wrestling practice in early November.
"It's what we needed," said Principal Jim Henrich. "I think we're very happy with the way it turned out."
Ferguson said they would often have injuries in the old wrestling room as wrestlers ran into each other.
"We have two full mats now," he said.