On Friday morning, Iola Middle School and High School wrestling coach Jason Bates was named the 2017-18 Kansas Middle School Coach of the Year by the Kansas Wrestling Coach Association.
Bates just finished up his fourth season at Iola and has the middle school program stocked with talent primed to revitalize a high school program that is currently rebuilding.
Bates was nominated by Burlington wrestling coach Doug Vander Linden.
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