Indianola High School has produced its share of athletes who have had to overcome adversity before achieving success. During his career at IHS, Alex Petersen was one of those athletes.
After qualifying for the state wrestling tournament as a freshmen, Alex severely broke his leg in the first round of the tournament. If that wasn’t enough, one week later Alex broke his ankle while on crutches. Due to the severity of his injuries and need for rehabilitation, Alex spent most of his sophomore year mending.
With the first half of his high school athletic career gone, Alex excelled his junior year. During the fall, Alex attacked the frustration he experienced due to his injury by earning unanimous first team All CIML honors as a defensive lineman. After the fall season, Alex was anxious to get back on the mat and resume the sport that had derailed him. As the season progressed, his confidence grew and he was ready for a return trip to the state wrestling tourney. Alex had a tremendous tournament and ended his junior year as the 3A heavyweight state runner-up. Alex also helped lead the Indians to a third place finish in the state dual meet that year.
During his senior campaign, Alex again was named first team All CIML in football and earned a return trip to the state wrestling meet. Alex lost a tough semifinal match that year and captured a third place medal at heavyweight. Alex and his teammates again returned to the state dual meet and repeated their third place finish from the previous year.
Alex credits Coaches Matt Young and Eric Kluver as well as the wrestling and football coaching staffs for their efforts contributing to his success. He also would like to thank all the tremendous people who work at Indianola High School.
Alex is currently a student at Des Moines Area Community College. He is the son of Jeff and Mary Petersen of Indianola