Three Advance to State Wrestling Tournament

The Wrestling program at Waukee High School (WHS) has not only grown in size, but also competitiveness. Last week, seniors Chris Grow, Troy Gatzionis and Ryan Glenn competed at the state wrestling tournaments.

State Tournament Results

Grow lost his first round to #5 Briar Dittmer of Southeast Polk 9-1 in the opening round.  He followed that loss up with a pin over #6 Christian Foote of Pleasant Valley in 5:10.  He needed one more win to place and got that with a major decision over Juan Figueroa of Storm Lake, 13-2.  Chris then lost to #2 Colby Knight 11-4, dropping him to the 7th and 8th place match.  Here he lost to #4 Nathan Twito of Ames 8-2.  Chris had a tough road and placing 8th was a great feat for him.  He wrestled very well, losing to only highly ranked wrestlers who placed 3rd (knight), 4th (Dittmer) and 7th.

Gatzionis lost to #4 Trey Blaha of CR Prairie by fall in 3:10. Troy was wrestling well when he got pinned. He followed that up with a loss to #6 Randy McPhee of Pleasant Valley. Troy came out to win this match but was defeated 12-6.

Glenn lost in the first round to Landon Johnson of Webster City, 5-2.  Ryan came out strong, scoring the first two points.  A reversal followed by an injury put Ryan tied 2-2.  Late in the third period he was turned for 3.  This loss put him against #8 Zac Gillis of CR Washington. Glenn wrestled tough and physical, but he ended up on the wrong end of a scramble, losing by fall in 2:28.

About the Program

There have been years when WHS has only had 25 total wrestlers. This year, they started the season off with almost 60. While not all of those students were able to stick it out for the entire season, the season ended with just under 50 participants.

“This year our boys really bought into the program,” Chad Vollmecke, Head Werestling Coach said. “In the past, we have had a mass exodus after districts, but this season there were about 40 kids working out and helping the ‘G-Unit’ (Grow, Gatzionis and Glenn) prepare for state.”

Vollmecke has been Head Wrestling Coach since fall of 2004. During his time as head coach he has lead several to qualify for state and in 2008 coached a second place finisher. Over the last three years Vollmecke has focused on developing a youth program. Currently 120 wrestlers from kindergarten to eighth grade participate in the program at three levels of ability. Last season the Waukee Youth Wrestling club was crowned 4AAU state champions. Freshman Jakob Allison is a product of the youth program. Allison won 31 matches this season on varsity, tying the freshman win record set in 2005.

“The culture in Waukee is not one where wrestling is a priority. We are trying to change that,” Chad Vollmecke, Wrestling Head Coach said.

 About the “G-Unit”

Chris Grow, Senior
Weight Class 132
4 year varsity letter winner.
Current Record – 32-11

Grow has gotten better and better every year since his freshman season.  He was a district Champion to qualify for state. Grow has been a big part in the success we have had this season.  He works hard lifting weights and wrestling matches in the off season, and as a candidate for valedictorian, he’s been a student of the sport.  He also works well with others.  The kids respect him and follow his lead.


Troy Gatzionis, Senior
Weight Class 138
3 year varsity letter winner.
Current Record 23-10.

Gatzionis overcame a shoulder injury that he sustained on January 19 in order to place second at districts and qualify for state.  He’s a very explosive wrestler who has had to overcome adversity each year of his career.


Ryan Glenn, Senior
Weight Class 285 (actual weight, 265).
3 year varsity letter winner.
Current Record 11-3.

Glenn’s season didn’t really start until after Christmas because of injuries sustained in football.  Glenn recently received a full-ride scholarship to Iowa State for football, so his being a part of the wrestling program instead of just focusing on football is a testament to his commitment and desire to be part of a team. Glenn didn’t start wrestling until 8th grade, which makes this accomplishment that much more impressive.



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WHS Dance Team Seventh in the Nation in Pom

In early February, Waukee High School’s Varsity Dance Team added a Top 10 placement at the UDA National Dance Team Championships to their list of accomplishments. Competing at Walt Disneyworld’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the team faced 77 of the country’s best dance teams and placed seventh.

The 16-member team practices approximately seven hours a week. Together, these athletes have logged more than 4,000 hours of training time since June.

Front row (Seniors): Jordyn Glienke, Taylor Stumberg, Courtney Bavender, Claire Kirk, Meredith Ekberg, Micheala Sundermann, Maddie Clough , Madison Miller
Back row: Aubrey Seltrecht (assistant coach), Grace Gulbranson, Maddie Pals, Keely Smith, Camille Griffith, Megan Schaefer, Kelly Koch, Cassidy Longnecker, Emily Howard, Stephanie Guiter (head coach) and Jay Peterson (choreographer)
Not pictured: Andrea Goes (assistant coach)

“The girls on the team have worked very hard for this victory,” says Stephanie Guiter, the team’s coach since 2006. “We set a goal to break into the Top 10 at Nationals this year, and blew that goal away. These dancers are dedicated team players with years of experience – and they get along really well. I think the selfless commitment to a common goal has been key to our success.”

On Feb. 28, the team will perform at Wells Fargo Arena during halftime of the 3:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. Girls’ State Basketball Tournament games. The team’s final performance, their annual Spring Show, will take place on Saturday, March 30 at 6 p.m. in the Waukee Fieldhouse. The Spring Show is open to the public; tickets are available at the door.

Students in kindergarten through seventh grade can participate in a dance clinic that morning and perform with the team during the Spring Show. For more information, click here.

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Eason Flier

Below is the most recent edition of the Eason Flier.

Flier 2-15-13


The Branch

The Branch 2.15


Bits and Pieces

February 15, 2013


Shuler Scoop

February 15, 2013


Eason Students Study Balance and Motion

Students experiment with their “twirlers” in Mrs. Eighmy’s Science class at Eason Elementary. From left to right it are Ben Finch, Lauren Tetzlaff, Brynn Herren, and Jack Hillis.

In Rebecca Eighmy’s second grade classroom, the students are studying balance and motion in their Science class. They learned about spinners and where they occur in nature and also in man-made machines. They used different kinds of materials and made “twirlers,’ and were able to experiment with them by watching them twirl. They learned that the twirlers move when air pushes against the extended ‘wings.’


Community Education: Health/Wellness

Waukee Community Education offers classes for students, parents and community members. If you are looking for a fun exercise and fitness class, Zumba may be the class for you. Zumba is exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness party. This class is blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, proper gym shoes and bring energy!

  • Class Time: 6:00-7:00 pm., Tuesdays, 2/26-3/26.
  • Location: Waukee Middle School.
  • Cost: $40
  • Ages: 16+.

For more information contact, or 987-2761

To register click here.


WHS Love to Volunteer Fair

On February 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Waukee High School will host its 3rd Annual Love to Volunteer Fair. The fair will host up to 45 local non-profit organizations. Waukee high school students will be invited to visit with each attending non-profit and learn about possible volunteer and Silver Cord opportunities.

The fair is organized by the Waukee Silver Cord and School-to-Work Programs. The purpose of the Waukee Silver Cord Program is to instill within the students the importance of community service, and encourage students to be accountable for investing in their own education and in the community on a regular basis during their school years.  Silver cords are worn at the graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of students who actively participated in community service during their time at Waukee.

“This has been a great event for our students over the last two years and our visitors have been able to gain many volunteers for their organizations,” Mindi Heitland, School-to-Work Coordinator, said.

2013 LOVE to Volunteer Participants:

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport
American Cancer Society
American Legion Auxiliary
American Lung Association
Animal Rescue League
Bidwell Riverside
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa
Brenton Arboretum
Community Youth Concepts
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Des Moines Arts Festival
Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation
DMARC Food Pantry
Edgewater Retirement Community
Everybody Wins! Iowa
Gigi’s Playhouse
Iowa Health Hospice
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Katie’s Crusaders
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Link Associates
Living History Farms
Lupus Foundation of America
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Meals from the Heartland
National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
National Kidney Foundation
Panora P.E.T.S.
Salisbury House
Soles 4 Souls
South Middle School
Urbandale Food Pantry
Waukee Area Christian Services
Waukee Area Historical Society
Waukee Chamber of Commerce
Waukee Family YMCA
Waukee Parks and Recreation
Waukee Police Department (Safety City)
Waukee Public Library


For more information about Silver Cord please go to:

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560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701