Ex-area wrestler Vote to Iowa State

AMES – Former Twin River Valley and Iowa Central wrestler Dana Vote has a new job.

Vote was named the new director of wrestling operations for Iowa State on Tuesday. He comes to the Cyclone program after four seasons as head coach at Concordia University.

“I’m excited to be part of Iowa State wrestling,” Vote said. “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and can’t wait to get started.”

The role will allow Vote to work on a daily basis with Iowa State’s wrestling team. Among his primary responsibilities will be making the competition schedule and managing the operation budget.

Vote, a native of Gilmore City, competed for the Tritons on the mats for two seasons and was an NJCAA national qualifier. He later was a two-time letterwinner for Buena Vista University before graduating in 2008 with a degree in exercise science and sports management.

Iowa State is one of just eight teams in the nation that returns three or more 2016 All-Americans to the roster this year, including former Iowa Central national champion Patrick Downey. Earl Hall and Lelund Weatherman are also back for the Cyclones.

“Dana is a piece of the puzzle that our program needs,” ISU head wrestling coach Kevin Jackson said in a press release. “He brings a multitude of experience being a head coach. We’re also excited about his experience as a full-time administrator.”

In his four seasons with the Bulldogs, who compete at the NAIA level, the school went 33-26 overall and 20-7 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. In 2012-13, they went 2-10, improving to 9-8, 9-4 and 13-4 in the following years under Vote.

Included in that was back-to-back 7-0 seasons, where they qualified 10 wrestlers for nationals and saw seven earn All-American status. Concordia also had a national champion this past season in Andrew Schulte – the first in school history.

Among his honors include two GPAC and NAIA North Group Coach of the Year titles, the highest ranking ever at nationals for the program (eighth) and three GPAC wrestlers of the year.

“I am a huge Iowa State wrestling fan. To have the opportunity to work with a program like this is amazing,” Vote said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity that coach Jackson has given me.”

Prior to his stop in Nebraska with Concordia, Vote was an assistant with Buena Vista. The Beavers advanced six wrestlers to nationals under his watch, with three claiming All-American status and four more being named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.