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East High coach Willie Gadson passes away

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East High wrestling coach Willie Gadson passed away Sunday morning after a year-long battle against cancer.

Gadson's son Kyven posted the news on his twitter feed Sunday afternoon.  "At 11:38 am this morning March 10th, 2013 Willie Gadson passed away. Our family would like to say thank you to all for your love and support."

Kyven, a sophomore at Iowa State, had won the Big 12's 197 pound championship the prior evening.

During his coaching career at East High, Willie Gadson led 16 qualifiers to the state tournament including 10 place winners.  He was also himself a two-time All-American at Iowa State.  Coach Gadson led the East High wrestlers into this past season, but had to take a leave of absence after surgery in late December.

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