WEBSTER CITY - Joey Powers doesn't have competing out of his system just yet.
The May Webster City High School graduate will continue his wrestling career at Iowa Central Community College later this year; he signed a letter of intent with the Tritons in his former wrestling room late last month.
"This is a good opportunity for Joey to further himself in wrestling," WCHS head wrestling coach Ted Larson said. "It's a whole other level change and he'll have to be ready for the challenge."
Recent WCHS graduate Joey Powers (sitting) recently signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Iowa Central Community College. On hand for the signing were (left to right) parents Tehra and Bill Powers, ICCC coach Luke Moffitt and Lynx coach Ted Larson.
Powers was a four-year starter for the Lynx and one of the key players in the program's resurgence in recent years. He finished off his prep career in February with an overall record of 93-60, and he owns the Lynx career takedowns record with 144.
Powers cracked the lineup as a freshman at 125 pounds and won 18 matches. He moved up to 135 as a sophomore, qualified for state as a junior at 145, and spent the majority of this past season at 152.
Larson says he thinks Powers will cut weight once he steps into the Tritons' wrestling room.
"For him to be competitive, he's going to have to be around 142," Larson said. "And with the workouts and training that they go through over there, he can do that."
Powers won his first North Central Conference title as a senior; he was a two-time league runner-up and a one-time bronze medal winner.
WCHS won a pair of conference tournament titles with Powers in the lineup, and twice he wrestled at the state duals. He went 2-1 at the state duals earlier this year and helped the Lynx place fifth in Class 2A.
Iowa Central is annually one of the premier junior college wrestling programs in the country. Under head coach Luke Moffitt, the Tritons won five consecutive NJCAA national championships from 2006-10; they were fourth in 2011 and finished in the runner-up slot this past winter.
Moffitt wrestled collegiately at the University of Iowa. He was a Big Ten Conference champion as a senior.