DMPS plans to leave CIML, joining with other non-suburban schools

London Heim, Staff Writer

On January 28, 2022, the high school hosted a major Central Iowa Metro League (CIML) meet consisting of all 18 schools involved with the CIML. Of those 19 schools, five of the Des Moines schools are leaving the league and joining with five other non-suburban schools. These schools consist of Des Moines East, Des Moines North, Des Moines Hoover, Des Moines Lincoln, Des Moines Roosevelt, Ames, Ottumwa, Mason City, Marshalltown and Fort Dodge. These schools will then form their own conference hoping for better competition and more student engagement.“There’s gonna be less schools competing, like less teams battling it out so you’re just gonna be facing the same teams and it won’t be as fun,” Evan Frisk ’22, JV1 wrestler said. “This is going to be a big change to our bracket. Now you have to go against these big teams over, and over, and over again instead of having those cooling days.”  This will be harder for the incoming freshman and upper classes to get onto varsity wrestling since we will have a lot more difficult schools to go against. Since the end of the season just ended and state was soon to come for five of our varsity wrestlers, the boys have been working hard, especially some of the younger boys wanting to get on varsity next year. It will be difficult for some of the rejoining JV wrestlers to get onto varsity now that we will not have any of the non-suburban schools to go against and will have a higher difficulty rate, but after we face some of the schools we will have better knowledge of what their boys are capable of and we can prepare ourselves for the next meet against them.