Junior Nationals 1974: Iowa City becomes Wrestling’s capital
By John Hoke, The Young Wrestler
Pictured: 1974 Junior National Champion John Bowlsby of Waterloo West High School in Waterloo, Iowa.
For three hot days in July Iowa City, Iowa, became the wrestling capitol of the country as the University of Iowa entertained the fourth annual national junior competition of the United States Wrestling Federation and the top young wrestlers of the nation.
The competition began July 25 with Greco-Roman, and 216 entries elected to try their skills in the style that does not permit holds below the waist, a style in which the United States has a very poor record in international competition because it is so definitely different from our prevailing styles in scholastic and collegiate wrestling. This summer competition, it is hoped, will eventually improve our efforts internationally.