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Herkelman honored at Dan Gable Museum


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Cedar Falls freshman wrestler Cassy Herkelman made Iowa sports history last week, becoming the first female to compete and advance in the Iowa High School Wrestling Tournament.

To honor this historic moment, the Dan Gable Wrestling Museum is recognizing Herkelman for her efforts.

The event was set up months ago to honor African Americans and their impact on wrestling, but organizers thought while they were celebrating diversity they should also recognize Cassy for breaking through a new barrier in high school wrestling.

The event is called the African American Wrestling Experience, in honor of Black History Month.

After making a few announcements and introductions, Herkelman took center stage. Before the event Herkelman said it was an honor to be recognized by the museum, and a childhood hero, Dan Gable.

She says the past week has been a whirlwind of events and only now has realized the attention she gained.

"During the meet I was focused in and now I look back and see all these pictures and now I realize how many people were there trying to talk to me. My coaches were trying to keep my focused by keeping me away from them and now I look back and realize how much people were trying to talk to me," said Herkelman.

The museum does celebrate female wrestlers and in the future, they hope to do some remodeling and add a wall dedicated to their accomplishments.

During the event, the museum hosted a panel discussion on African Americans' role in wrestling and included current Iowa State Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Jackson and Head Coach Willie Gadson of Waterloo East.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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