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A look back at the beginning of
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Doug Davis, former Little Hawk great has been kind enough to go through some of his memories and give us a look back at the days when our very own legend Coach Clyde Bean held the reins at City High.

This is a picture from the District Wrestling Tourney of 1968. Coach Bean is in the back row with Tex Taylor to his left and Pat Griffin 33#er to the right. Next row is Ty Dunlap, manager and Jim Halvorsen Hwt. (both Class of '69). Steve Jeffries 103# state qualifier, Bill Knight 112# Champ, Doug Davis 95# 3rd in ’68, 2nd in ’69 and AAU Champ at 114. 5# in‘ 69 and Doug Jones 127#. Rich Betterly 120# state qualifier and Larry Barnes 138# qualifier are on the floor. Bill Knight was 2nd in the state in ’66 at 95#, 3rd in the state at 103# before being state champ at 112# in ’68

Photo of Doug Davis
1969 State AAU Champion at 114.5

Head Coach Clyde Bean wants hip action on the mat while assistant coach Kenny Reed is non-committal Clyde on the floor,
Doug Davis keeps the bench intact
1969 Bottom row left to right , Mike Bostwick, 2nd in state 120#, Doug Davis, 2nd in state 95# - State AAU Champ 114.5#, Barry Van Fossen 103#, Top row left to right Tim Taylor 138#, Dave Brender 165 # State Qualifier, Joe Williams 180# State Qualifier 1966 9th grade SE City Champs wrestling team: bottom left to right : Mgr. Scott Earle, Doug "D" Davis, Ron Madden, Steve "Squeak" Yetter, Duane Kinsinger, Bob "Dog" Davisson, Mgr. Ross Peterson. Middle row left to right : Denney Sieger, Ken Weaver, John "Stine" Whetstine, Steve Sieger, Mitch Willis, Sam "Silas" Marner.  Back row left to right :  Mike "The Big O" O`Leary, Ron "Smitty" Smith, Dale "Big Dale" Kofron, Denny "Broggie" Brogan, Jim "Pete" Peterson, Gary "Rito" Soporito.

1968 District Champions,
95# Doug Davis, 103# Steve Jeffries, 112# Bill Knight

1968 State wrestling tournament at the Hippodrome in Waterloo junior Doug Davis, 3rd at 95# senior John Evashevski 154# Champ senior Bill Knight 112# Champ

Circa 1968 Junior V arsity meet, Coach Bean leans into the action – left to right, Mike Bostwick, J.V. coach Dan Napierella, Manager Steve Albrecht, tired Barry Van Fossen & Tommy Evashevski, Jon Phillips, Steve Lee and Steve Sieger Doug Davis defending the takedown shot by Steve Natvig of East Waterloo in the 1969 state finals at 95# . Davis entered the match 24-0 on the year and lost 1,1 – 1-0 overtime to the stalling Natvig. Davis redeemed himself by winning the state AAU championship finals defeating Dave Nichol of Cedar Falls 11-3 in the 114. 5# weight class .  Nichol was a two time state champ at 95 # in 1968 and 103# in 1969 in the IHSAA state tournament along with being named a first team high school All-American. Natvig was 4th in the state AAU in the 105# weight class. 70-3 combined record s according to the Iowa City Press Citizen.1968 - 154# State Champ John Evashevski ’s pre -IHSAA state wrestling tournament record 9-1, 112# State Champ Bill Knight 21-0, 95# 3rd place Doug Davis 20-1 & 103# Qualifier Steve Jeffries 20-1
Picture from 1968 - Doug Jones 127# senior far back, Roy McCoy 165# sophomore (white shirt) Dennis Sieger 145# junior, Dale Kofron 154# junior, Ty Dunlap, junior drawing inspiration, manager, row of three, Larry Barnes 138# senior state qualifier, Steve Jeffries 103# senior state qualifier, Rich Betterley 120# senior state qualifier, Below Steve J. – Doug Davis 95# junior, 3rd in state, far bottom - unknown Doug Davis in the process of pinning Mike Dunphy of West High in the very first match of the very first City High / West High dual meet in the 1968-69 season. Clyde Bean, veteran City High head coach vs. veteran former Bean assistant and new first year West High head Coach Ken Reed.

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