We have another first in N’West Iowa girls wrestling in a season that has been full them.

Alex Koep, a senior at Okoboji High School, became the first girls wrestler in the region to commit to the sport past high school and to the collegiate level on Wednesday when she signed a letter of intent to continue competing at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Koep has a 5-2 record thus far this season.

This is the first year for girls wrestling as a sanctioned sport under the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The N’West Iowa teams will be at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City on Friday, Jan. 27, for the Super Regional event. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, Okoboji/Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Sheldon-South O’Brien, and Sioux Center are among the teams competing in Region 1. MOC-Floyd Valley, West Lyon and Western Christian will be among those competing in Region 2. The top eight in each weight class move on to the state tournament, which is set to take place Feb. 2-3 at Xtreme Arena in Coralville.

Also taking place in Coralville that weekend is the Iowa High School Athletic Association boys state dual team tournament.

The boys teams will take their shot at qualifying for state duals in the regional duals on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The top 24 ranked teams in each class according to the latest Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association rankings will compete at eight regional duals, with the highest ranked team hosting, if possible and practical within geographical areas. The top ranked team in the region gets a bye in the first round, then duals the winner of the first round dual to determine which team qualifies for state.

The final rankings from the IWCOA come out on Monday. In the most recent set of rankings, which was released on Jan. 16, West Sioux is the only N’West Iowa team ranked in Class 1A. The Falcons are 12th. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, ranked 21st, is the only N’West Iowa team in the Class 2A rankings.

Individual rankings

IAwrestle released its latest set of individual rankings on Wednesday.

On the girls side, West Lyon junior Jana Ter Wee is ranked first in the state at 190 pounds. Ter Wee, a defending state champion, is the only N’West Iowa girls wrestler in the rankings.

Three N’West Iowa boys made the Class 1A rankings. West Sioux senior Mikey Baker is fourth at 152 pounds, Western Christian senior Gavin De Hoogh is 12th at 220 and West Sioux junior Keegan McMillen is 10th at 285.

In Class 2A, there were also three N’West Iowa wrestlers on the list. Jarrett Roos, a junior from Sheldon-South O’Brien, holds the second spot at 182 pounds. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley senior Zach Strubbe is 11th at 160 pounds and Sheldon-South O’Brien senior Coy DeBoer is 11th at 152.